Category: alone

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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On this day in music history: May 6, 1997 – “Still Waters”, the twenty-first studio album by the Bee Gees is released (UK release date is on March 10, 1997). Produced by Russ Titelman, David Foster, Hugh Padgham, Arif Mardin, Raphael Saadiq and the Bee Gees, it is recorded at Middle Ear Studios in Miami Beach, FL from October 1995 – August 1996. The band initially record an earlier version of the album that is rejected by Polydor Records, but regroup and rework the material with various producers. Among the producers working on the album include their old friend and mentor Arif Mardin, marking the first time they have worked with him since the “E.S.P” album in 1987. It is Mardin who had helped the band re-invent their sound in 70’s, guiding them into their second and most successful era of pop stardom. The result is their most successful album in twenty years, coinciding with the band being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame and being honored by the BRIT Awards for their Outstanding Contribution To Music. It spins off three singles including “Alone” (#5 UK, #20 US Pop). “Still Waters” peaks at number two on the UK album chart, number eleven on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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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.

On this day in music history: May 6, 1997 – “Still Waters”, the twenty-first studio album by the Bee Gees is released (UK release date is on March 10, 1997). Produced by Russ Titelman, David Foster, Hugh Padgham, Arif Mardin Raphael Saadiq and the Bee Gees, it is recorded at Middle Ear Studios in Miami Beach, FL from October 1995 – August 1996. The band initially record an earlier version of the album that is rejected by Polydor Records, but regroup and rework the material with various producers. Among the producers working on the album include their old friend and mentor Arif Mardin, marking the first time they have worked with him since the “E.S.P” album in 1987. It is Mardin who had helped the band re-invent their sound in 70’s, guiding them into their second and most successful era of pop stardom. The result is their most successful album in twenty years, coinciding with the band being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame and being honored by the BRIT Awards for their Outstanding Contribution To Music. It spins off three singles including “Alone” (#5 UK, #20 US Pop). “Still Waters” peaks at number two on the UK album chart, number eleven on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: November 19, 1991 – “Achtung Baby”, the seventh studio album by U2 is released. Produced by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno, it is recorded at Hansa Studios in Berlin, Germany, Elsinore Studios in Dalkey, Ireland, STS Studios and Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin, Ireland from October 1990 – September 1991. It marks the beginning of a major shift in U2’s musical direction. The album takes its title from a line in the Mel Brooks comedy “The Producers”, both as a tongue in cheek reference to the bands’ recording in Germany, and to add some levity to intensity of the music contained on it. Initial sessions for the album take place at Hansa Studios in Berlin which prove so arduous that the band nearly breaks up in frustration. The writing and recording of the track “One” (#10 Pop) allows them to regroup and creatively refocus their efforts, leading the way to the rest of the albums’ completion. The resulting work is a huge critical and commercial success, spinning off five singles including “Mysterious Ways” (#9 Pop) and “Even Better Than The Real Thing” (#32 Pop). The albums’ cover art, designed by Steve Averill, features a series of various photos (taken by photographer Anton Corbijn) also includes a full frontal nude picture of bassist Adam Clayton on the back cover. The original limited vinyl LP release features this photo uncensored, while the CD pressing includes the photo with an “X” drawn over Clayton’s private parts. The album is remastered and reissued to commemorate its twentieth anniversary in October of 2011, including a single CD, a double CD “Deluxe Edition”, and double vinyl LP releases (with a bonus 12″ EP featuring remixes, pressed on blue vinyl). Also released is a “Super Deluxe” that contain six CD’s, four DVD’s and a ninety-two page hardbound book.  And finally, a limited (to only six hundred copies) and numbered “Über Deluxe” edition containing all of the contents of the Super Deluxe version, plus the double LP set, and reproductions of all of the albums’ singles pressed on clear vinyl, and packaged with their corresponding picture sleeves. It also features a copy of Propaganda, the bands’ fan club magazine, art prints of the album cover artwork, four badges, stickers, and a pair of Bono’s “Fly” sunglasses. “Achtung Baby” debuts at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 8x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.