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Monday, May 17, 2010

Music Monday: Murder My Heart by Michael Bolton

"The only path that is right for you is the one your heart tells you to follow'

This is another great song from one of my favourite singers, Michael Bolton. I heard this song for the first time only recently and like it straight away. I like to share it here on my Music Monday post and hope it is a good selection for this week and you like and enjoy listening to it too.


"HAPPY MUSIC MONDAY"

Have a beautiful morning and may this week be a good week for all of us.

Cheers!




Biography

Michael Bolton (born Michael Bolotin on February 26, 1953), is an American singer-songwriter, best known for his soft rock ballads and tenor vocals.

His achievements include selling 53 million albums, eight top ten albums, two number one singles on the Billboard charts, and awards from both the American Music Awards and Grammy Awards.

Michael Bolton had an extensive, though not very successful, career under his real name, Michael Bolotin, before emerging in the mid-‘80s as a major soft rock balladeer. He turned up on RCA Records in the mid-‘70s singing in a gruff, Joe Cocker-like voice both his own blue-eyed soul songs and cover tunes. Neither record buyers nor critics were much interested by the result. He then became the lead singer in Blackjack, a heavy metal band that made two albums for Polydor at the end of the ’70s and the start of the ’80s. In 1983, he changed his name to Michael Bolton, signed to Columbia Records as a solo act, and relaunched his career.

Michael Bolton was released in April 1983, and made the Top 100 bestsellers, as did its single, “Fools Game.” At the same time, “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You,” which Bolton had co-written, became a Top 40 hit for Laura Branigan. Nevertheless, Bolton’s second Columbia album, Everybody’s Crazy (1985), was a commercial flop. His breakthrough came with his third album, The Hunger, released in September 1987. On this album, Bolton abandoned the more hard rock aspects of his style to concentrate on blue-eyed soul singing: both on his own songs, such as “That’s What Love Is All About,” and on covers like Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay.” Those two songs became Top 40 hits.

Soul Provider, released in July 1989, turned Bolton into a superstar, reaching the Top Ten, selling four million copies, and spawning five Top 40 singles, including Bolton’s number one version of “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You,” and the Top Ten hits “How Can We Be Lovers” and “When I’m Back on My Feet Again.” “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” won Bolton a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. Time, Love & Tenderness, released in April 1991, was even more successful, hitting number one, selling six million copies, and featuring four Top 40 hits, including the chart-topping cover of Percy Sledge’s “When a Man Loves a Woman,” and the Top Ten hits “Love Is a Wonderful Thing” (later the subject of a successful plagiarism suit brought against Bolton by the Isley Brothers) and “Time, Love and Tenderness.”

Bolton won another Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, for “When a Man Loves a Woman,” but he had to put up with abuse from two camps of detractors at the February 1992 ceremony. Just after Bolton had performed, pre-rock songwriter Irving Gordon won the Song of the Year award for “Unforgettable” and pointedly attacked songs that “scream, yell, and have a nervous breakdown” and singers who “have a hernia” when they sing. Then, backstage, Bolton faced a hostile press corps of critics unhappy with his tendency to copy great soul singers like Redding, Ray Charles, and Sledge. Bolton suggested they apply their lips to a certain part of his anatomy. He further responded with Timeless: The Classics in September 1992, an album made up entirely of cover songs. It went to number one, sold three million copies, and featured a Top 40 hit in Bolton’s version of the Bee Gees’ “To Love Somebody.” Bolton’s next album of original material, The One Thing, came in November 1993. It hit the Top Ten, sold three million copies, and featured the Top Ten hit “Said I Loved You…But I Lied.” Bolton released Greatest Hits 1985-1995 in the fall of 1995, which debuted in the Top Ten. The following year, This Is the Time: Christmas Album appeared.

Bolton returned with All That Matters, his first album of new material since 1993’s The One Thing, in the fall of 1997. Instead of continuing his success, it was a surprise flop. Not only did it not generate a hit single, it barely cracked the Top 40 and fell out of the charts after 15 weeks. Its lack of success didn’t stop Bolton from turning his attention to My Secret Passion, a collection of opera and arias that he released in January 1998. By classical standards, the album was a hit, and the record received a great deal of press and surprisingly good reviews. He supported the two albums with a summer tour which were co-headlined with Wynonna Judd. He voluntarily stepped back for almost four years, disappearing from the public eye until the spring of 2002 when he began promoting Only a Woman Like You, his first album on Jive Records. After a brief sabbatical, he returned with Til the End of Forever, a hybrid new album of seven new recordings and a live greatest-hits concert. In 2006 he released Bolton Swings Sinatra, a 12-song tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes that included a duet with fiancĂ©e/actress Nicolette Sheridan.

It would be worth mentioning “Can I touch you there” proved to be one of the all time hit love songs from Micheal Bolton from the album Greatest Hits.

www.michaelbolton.com/





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26 comments:

Liza said...

I like Michael Bolton too. Great pick this week. Happy MM!

Mine is up as well.
http://mlizcochico.com/?p=3602

Mariuca said...

:-D :-D :-D

Mariuca said...

Dis is the song u put up on FB kan? I love it too cause I love Michael Bolton yeeeha!

Mariuca said...

Happy MM sweetie, mine satu benda pun tak start lagi haha, come chop later if ur still up! 8-) 8-) 8-)

Lil said...

Hi Liza, welcome to my blog. I love Michael Bolton and mostly all his song.
Happy Music Monday to you too, hope you have a badge for me to put up below this post too. Will visit you in a matter of time.
:) ;) 8-) :* :-D

Lil said...

:-D :-D :-D

Lil said...

Ya lah, I sent the link to you remember? I know you like MB, so I thought just to share it with you first on FB since only recently I heard this song, not sure whether you have heard it before.

:) ;) 8-) :* :-D :* :* :*

Lil said...

Happy MM to you too my dearest Marzie. Hope I will be able to chop at your post this time around since I am not sleepy tonight. Last night I thought that I was going to die, remember I told you that after eating buah kwinin on empty stomach and then late night I had my dinner. I vomitted like hell repeated dah lah tu cirit-birit lagi and I when I looked up I saw the ceilings berpusing2, I became so dizzy, all this is due to food poisoning. So be care do not eat buah kwinin on an empty stomach, Jepun bilang "Zen Zen damet" never again, dah serek, dah lah tu makan pula nasi beriani with acar bercuka with nenas lagi, wow! what a shot!

So this morning I had oat and hot plain tea for breakfast to settle my system.

Oat is good and tea is good too if you rasa loya2. It is all over and never again I touch buah kwinin even on a full stomach, dah phobia! =-O =-O =-O

Lil said...

correction : repeatedly ...

Lil said...

correction: ...songs ...

Monica said...

:* :* :* :*

Monica said...

oh great pick Lily! I like Michael Bolton 8-) 8-) 8-)

bluecrystaldude said...

Hi Lily,

Are you put Michael Bolton video here? I can't see it tho. I am not sure whether it just my slow internet connection or what. Hehe..

Nevertheless, I know the song and I love it! He did a duet with Lady Gaga right? Oh my. Michael Bolton's voice always amaze me :)

Happy MM Lily :)

bluecrystaldude said...

Okey, now I can see the video. Hehe. Thanks for sharing Lil!

Lil said...

:) ;) :-D Thanks for coming in with your comments.

Lil said...

So finally you managed to see the video. Oh ya ke! you also like this song. I am glad you like it too, Marzie is also a fan of MB beside me.

:) :) :) 8-)

Lil said...

Happy Music Monday to you Haaziq. :)

Lil said...

:) :) :)

Lil said...

Thanks Monica, Happy MM to you too! 8-) 8-) 8-)

Liza said...

Wow! I'm glad I made it here last week. Thanks for the link Lily. :) :) :)

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Liza said...

I'll try to wait for your MM this week. ;)

Lil said...

Don't worry dear, it will be up soon, perhaps late tonight. I'm so busy around the house especially with the shelter cats, it is really demanding looking after them 'cause I am a typed who like to see things always in order. I do not like bad odor so everyday without fail I will clean the shelter plus doing my daily house chores. I let loose 8 of my own cats and the sleep in the living every night, so in the morning I will vacuum and mop the front living and then spray good Glade Lemon zest or Lavander fragrance. This will result with no cat fur at all and my home will smell good even though I have many cats, see what I mean, that's I am always busy. For the sake of the cats safety I let them sleep in the front living, but one thing good about them they never mess up whatever I have in my living. I provide them with a fountain, the sound of running water and all love it they even love to drink there and so the water which was placed in here are filter water for them. Only 8 cats are in my living but one of them "Spicy" loves to sleep outside the house at my front porch. I allow him there because he is always there and never go out of the gate to wander around at night only when nature call.

I have another 7 of my own cats (all spayed) in the shelter, the rest all abandoned female cats with 1 grown up male kitten (not spayed) here. In another partition, 1 female abandoned kitten in place in a cage where I moniter her everyday, she is now a happy kitten, I see her playing with a string I tied there. Another 3 grown up male cats in another 3 separate cages, I took them when they were small, now they are bigger so they cannot be mixed in the shelter, I have to give them away, otherwise I need to spay them too. I a lot of hard work, but I managed. In the meantime, I am still voicing around to give most of these rescued abandoned cats to good homes. At first I plan to send them to the Shelter Home in the capital city in Kuala Lumpur but I still got no heart to do so because I found out that if no one come to take them home, they will be put to sleep! :) ;) 8-) :* :* :* :* :*

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