Kate was 18 when she saw a BBC TV mini series, based on the classic novel, Wuthering Heights. The novel, published in 1847, was written by one of the celebrated Bronte sisters, Emily.
Kate Bush missed the beginning of the TV series, so after the series had finished, she decided to read the book. Within a few hours of finishing the book, Kate had written her song, 'Wuthering Heights' (1978). It was a night with a full moon.
The character, Catherine Earnshaw, in both the song and the novel, pleads to her lover Heathcliffe, through his window, "let me in, I'm so cold."
The song was was intended as a track for her album, The Kick Inside (1978).
Kate Bush's record company EMI planned to take James and The Cold Gun as the first single from the album, but Kate was adamant that Wuthering Heights should be the lead single. She was a brave young woman, sticking to her guns against a giant of a record label but was proved right.
It was a stand which enabled her to take complete control of her career from then on.
It can't be denied that Kate's performance on Top Of The Pops had a lot to do with the success of the song. Not only was it an unusual sound but her dancing was mesmerising too. Beautiful and ghostly, her performance enthralled viewers. In preparation for the launch of the single, Kate had taken dancing lessons with Lindsay Kemp, who was famous for tutoring David Bowie in mime.
In March 1978, Wuthering Heights knocked ABBA's Take A Chance On Me off the number one spot in the UK chart. She became the first woman to have a chart topping song, written by herself. It was a huge hit all over Europe, Australia and New Zealand. It didn't make an impression in America though. In fact, Kate Bush has never made herself known in America.
In March 2013, 300 Kate Bush look-a-likes gathered in a park in Brighton to re-enact the famous video, Wuthering Heights.
Also, in 2013, Kate Bush was awarded the CBE by the Queen, for services to music.