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On this day in music history: June 11, 1991 – …

On this day in music history: June 11, 1991 – “Seal” (aka “Seal I”), the debut album by Seal is released. Produced by Trevor Horn and Adamski, it is recorded at Sarm West Studios, Beethoven Street Studios, CTS Studios in London, The Manor Studios in Shipton-on-Cherwell, Oxford, UK, Cherokee Studios, Lion Share Studios in Hollywood, CA, The Complex in Los Angeles, CA, and Can-Am Recorders in Tarzana, CA from November 1990 – April 1991. Born Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel, the British born Afro-Brazilian musician makes his initial breakthrough in 1990, co-writing and singing on acid house producer Adamski’s UK chart topper “Killer”. From there, he signs with producer Trevor Horn’s ZTT Records and begin work on his solo debut album. Recorded in a relatively brief six months, Horn’s perfectionist tendencies come into play, as the deadline to release the album comes up. Two versions of Seal’s debut are released, with each featuring alternate versions or mixes of three songs (“Wild”, “Violet”, and “Crazy”). Once released, it is a critical and commercial success, establishing the musician on a worldwide basis, entering the UK album chart at number one. It spins off five singles in the UK (three in the US) including “Crazy” (#2 UK, #7 US Pop) and “Future Love Paradise” (#12 UK). The album is remastered and reissued in 2005 as a deluxe edition CD + DVD set. The CD contains the original nine song album. The DVD/DVD-A disc features the entire album remixed into 5.1 surround sound, including three music videos and five 12" remixes previously issued. “Seal” spends four weeks at number one on the UK album chart, peaking at number twenty seven 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: May 31, 1994 – &…

On this day in music history: May 31, 1994 – “Seal (aka Seal II)”, the second album by Seal is released (UK release date is May 23, 1994). Produced by Trevor Horn, it is recorded at Sarm West Studios, Sarm Hook End Studios, Sarm East Studios, Angel Studios in London, Real World Studios in Box, Wiltshire, UK and Sarm West Coast Studios in Los Angeles, CA from Early 1993 – Early 1994. Quickly earning major acclaim and Platinum sales for his self-titled debut album, Seal faces the task of following it it up. Seal and Horn utilize a number of the same musicians that played on the first album including Anne Dudley, Guy Isidore, Gota Yashiki. Several famous and high profile players including Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman, Jeff Beck, Pino Palladino, Andy Newmark, Harvey Mason and William Orbit also play on the album. Seal will write all of the material on the project, either alone or in tandem with the other musicians. Combined with Trevor Horn’s meticulous production, the pair come up with another solid album. It spins off a total of six singles including “Prayer For The Dying” (#21 Pop, #14 UK), “Don’t Cry” (#33 Pop, #51 UK) and “If I Could” (duetting with singer and songwriting legend Joni Mitchell). Though one song that Seal had written years before nearly does not make the

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cut of the album. “Kiss From A Rose” (#1 Pop, #4 UK), is originally written by the musician in the late 80’s. Recorded as a simple demo, the singer initially feels “embarrassed by it”, feeling that it isn’t up to par after playing it for Horn. Upon hearing it, the producer insists that they do the song. At first, the song doesn’t attract much attention when it’s first issued as a single in the UK in July of 1994. During post production on “Batman Forever”, the producers of the film hear the song. Director and producer Joel Schmacher calls Seal, and asks if he can use the song to under score a love scene between Nicole Kidman and Val Kilmer. Though it’s subsequently moved to the end credits, the singer says “yes” to its use in the film. Issued as the follow up to U2’s “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me”, “Kiss Like A Rose” quickly becomes a smash, hitting the top of the US pop singles chart in August of 1995. “Kiss” wins three Grammy Awards in 1996, including Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, and Record and Song Of The Year. The single propels sales Seal’s sophomore release past his debut, making it the best selling album of his career. The album is later remixed into 5.1 surround sound, and is reissued as a CD + DVD-A disc set. The DVD-A portion also includes three music videos as an added bonus. “Seal” spends two weeks at number one on the UK album chart, peaking at number fifteen on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the UK by the BPI, and 4x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: August 26, 1995 …

On this day in music history: August 26, 1995 – “Kiss From A Rose” by Seal hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week, also topping the Adult Contemporary chart for 12 weeks on the same date. Written by Seal , it is the biggest hit for the British born Nigerian/Afro-Brazilian singer, songwriter and musician. Originally written for his second self-titled album released in 1994, “Kiss From A Rose” is almost left off of the album when Seal and his producer Trevor Horn feel initially that it sounds “too different” from the other songs on the album, planning to drop it from the final track sequence. A friend of Seal’s hears the song and insist that he include it. When a Warner Bros A&R exec hears “Kiss”, he plays it for Gary LeMel, the president of music for Warner Bros movie division. LeMel plays the song for Batman Forever director Joel Schumacher who loves the song and asks to use it in the film. Entering the Hot 100 at #87 on June 24, 1995, it climbs to the top of the chart nine weeks later. The song drives both Seal’s second self titled album and the “Batman Forever” soundtrack to multi-platinum status, as well as winning three Grammy Awards including Record and Song Of The Year for 1995. “Kiss From A Rose” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: June 11, 1991 – …

On this day in music history: June 11, 1991 – “Seal” (aka “Seal I”), the debut album by Seal is released. Produced by Trevor Horn and Adamski, it is recorded at Sarm West Studios, Beethoven Street Studios, CTS Studios in London, The Manor Studios in Shipton-on-Cherwell, Oxford, UK, Cherokee Studios, Lion Share Studios in Hollywood, CA, The Complex in Los Angeles, CA, and Can-Am Recorders in Tarzana, CA from November 1990 – April 1991. Born Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel, the British born Afro-Brazilian musician makes his initial breakthrough in 1990, co-writing and singing on acid house producer Adamski’s UK chart topper “Killer”. From there, he signs with producer Trevor Horn’s ZTT Records and begin work on his solo debut album. Recorded in a relatively brief six months, Horn’s perfectionist tendencies come into play, as the deadline to release the album comes up. Two versions of Seal’s debut are released, with each featuring alternate versions or mixes of three songs (“Wild”, “Violet”, and “Crazy”). In the US, some promo copies of the album are issued in a special carton box set, with the CD, a cassette copy of the full album, and a poster card of Seal holding two falcons. Once released, it is a critical and commercial success, establishing the musician on a worldwide basis, entering the UK album chart at number one. It spins off five singles in the UK (three in the US) including “Crazy” (#2 UK, #7 US Pop) and “Future Love Paradise” (#12 UK). The album is remastered and reissued in 2005 as a deluxe edition CD + DVD set. The CD contains the original nine song album. The DVD/DVD-A disc features the entire album remixed into 5.1 surround sound, including three music videos and five 12" remixes previously issued. “Seal” spends four weeks at number one on the UK album chart, peaking at number twenty seven on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

Born on this day: February 19, 1963 – Singer, …

Born on this day: February 19, 1963 – Singer, songwriter and musician Seal (born Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel in Paddington, London, UK). Happy 55th Birthday, Seal!!