Robert Hazard, R.I.P.

Philadelphia-bred New Waver Robert Hazard, who performed the early-’80s hit “Escalator Of Life” (above) and wrote “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” which went to No. 2 on the U.S. pop charts after Cyndi Lauper covered it on her 1983 album She’s So Unusual, has passed away. Hazard died from issues related to pancreatic cancer, which had caused him to postpone some recent tour dates. He was 59. [; HT MTS / YouTube]