On this day in music history: July 11, 1987 – “Alone” by Heart hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks. Written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly, it is the second chart topping single for the rock band from Seattle, WA fronted by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson. Following the huge success of their self-titled eighth album which spins off five hit singles, Heart return to the studio with producer Ron Nevison to record the follow up. Again turning to outside songwriters to provide songs for the project, Nevison finds the power ballad “Alone” which is submitted to him by its writers Tom Kelly and Billy Steinberg. Best known for writing the chart topping classics “Like A Virgin” (Madonna) and “True Colors” (Cyndi Lauper), “Alone” is first recorded by the duo under the name i-Ten. Embarrassed by their own rendition of the song, but still seeing its hit potential, they re-write part of it and record a new demo version to submit to Nevison. The producer agrees that it is a smash and gives it to Heart to record. Issued as the first single from their ninth album “Bad Animals” in May of 1987, it is an immediate hit. Entering the Hot 100 at #53 on May 16, 1987, it climbs to the top of the chart eight weeks later. The chart topping success of “Alone” propels the “Bad Animals” album to 3x Platinum status in the US. The recording studio Steve Lawson Productions in Seattle, WA, a demo and voice over studio, is renamed Bad Animals Studio after the album. The name change occurs Wilson sisters form a partnership with owners Steve and Debbie Lawson, opening another recording and rehearsal facility called Studio X. Heart as well as other major artists including Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam, Neil Young and Johnny Cash all record at Bad Animals Studio over the years, before it is sold in 1999.
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