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On this day in music history: May 14, 1990 – &…

On this day in music history: May 14, 1990 – “Circle Of One”, the third album by Oleta Adams is released. Produced by Roland Orzabal and David Bascombe, it is recorded at Real World Studios in Box, Wiltshire, UK from Late 1989 – Early 1990. It is the major label debut for the Seattle, WA born singer, songwriter and musician. Adams is discovered by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith of Tears For Fears in 1985 while touring the US in support of their album “Songs From The Big Chair. On a tour stop in Kansas City, MO, they see her performing in the piano bar of the hotel they are staying at. Two years after they first meet, they invite her to participate in the sessions for their third album "The Seeds Of Love”, on which she sings co-lead vocals on the track “Woman In Chains”. The duo also help Adams secure a contract with their label Fontana Records. With Orzabal co-producing David Bascombe, they record Adams’ album at musician Peter Gabriel’s recording studio near Bath, UK. After getting off to a slow start, it eventually spins off three hit singles including her cover of Brenda Russell’s song “Get Here” (#5 US Pop, #8 R&B, #4 UK), which becomes hugely popular during the Gulf War crisis. “Circle Of One” hits number one on the UK album chart, peaking at number twenty on the Billboard Top 200, number eleven on the R&B album chart, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.