The story (and song) behind Suzanne Vega's meeting with Prince Charles
On July 20, 1986, the concert of the Live Prince’s Trust at Wembley Stadium put on by Prince Charles and Princess Diana included a rock royalty lineup of Paul McCartney, Elton John, Phil Collins, Sting, Tina Turner and … Suzanne Vega?
Vega’s appearance was peculiar as her 1985 debut album barely dented the charts compared to the headliners in the Prince’s Trust lineup. Making the most of her opportunity, New York City-native Vega wowed over the crowd, including Prince Charles, who was so impressed that he gave the orders to have her meet the royal couple after the show.
One of the numbers performed that night was Marlene on the Wall, which only reached No. 85 on the UK singles chart in 1985, but was re-released and made it as high as No. 21 on the UK charts after her Live Trust performance.
Less than a year later, Vega would break out in her home country with the No. 3 smash “Luka” and go on to have more success with another Top 10 hit in 1990 with the remix of Tom’s Diner – which is the diner where Jerry, George, Kramer and Elaine all spent time doing nothing in Seinfeld. Vega still strums away in concerts all over the globe.