” Broken Wings ” is by Mr. Mister, the American pop rock group. The group consisted of Richard Page on lead vocals and bass guitar, Steve George on keyboards and backing vocals, Pat Mastelotto on acoustic and electronic drums also percussion and Steve Farris on guitars and backing vocals.
In 1978 Richard Page and his friend Steve George founded a group called Pages in Phoenix, Arizona. Pages, however, found very little commercial success. Pages were disbanded in 1981 with Richard and George going on to work as songwriters for a variety of artists which ranged from Laura Branigan to the Village People. A year later Mr. Mister was formed with the group’s first album released by RCA Records in 1984.
The song was written by lead vocalist Richard Page, keyboardist Steve George and Richard’s cousin, John Lang. John who wasn’t part of the group had co-written songs ” I Do Believe in You “, ” I Get It From You ” and ” Let It Go ” for Pages, he also co-wrote Mr. Mister’s ” Kyrie “, a 1986 Billboard Hot 100 Chart Number One hit single.
” Broken Wings ” was released on the 25th of September 1985 by record label RCA ( Sony Music Entertainment ) and taken as the lead single from the group’s second album, welcome to the Real World.
The album, released on the 27th of November 1985, climbed the Billboard 200 Chart to reach Number One and peaked at number six on the UK album Chart.
A demo tape was given to RCA by the group in which ” Broken Wings ” was one of the three songs recorded. The record label didn’t plan to release the song as the lead single from their second album. The label told Mr.Mister that a more uptempo track had a better chance of charting. The group disagreed, Richard, explained to Roy Trakin of USA Today about the decision to release the track ” We just felt it was the best track on the record, that was our criteria, rather than looking for what would best fill the marketplace. ”
The song took just 20 minutes to write, Richard, George and John were at Richard’s Southern California home when the song was written. Richard recalled ” We weren’t there to write. The drum machine was going. I started with the bassline. Before I knew it, the song was done. It just sort of happened and luckily I had the tape machine on. ”
The inspiration for the song came from ” Broken Wings “, a poetic novel written by Kahlil Gibran, first published in 1912 in Arabic. The book talks about a secret love that is discovered and the woman forbidden to leave her house, breaking the lover’s hopes and hearts.
The song is a modern interpretation of the story, a love that is broken where there is a need to move on but a hope that love can return.
The accompanying music video was filmed on location at the oil fields not far from Los Angeles International Airport and begins with lead vocalist Richard driving a Ford Thunderbird through the desert.
Another scene was filmed on the Pacific Coast Highway in Palos Verdes, with the historic San Fernando Mission, situated in the Mission Hills district of Los Angeles, is used for the church scenes. The video, shot in black and white, was directed by Oley Sassone.
” Broken Wings ” was a commercial success for Mr. Mister. In the United States, the song reached Number One on the Billboard Hot 100, spending two weeks at the top and remaining for twenty-two weeks on the chart there.
In the United Kingdom, the single entered the UK Singles Chart on the 14th of December 1985 and reached a peak of number four. It spent three weeks in the Top Ten and a total of fifteen weeks on the chart.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 1
UK Highest Chart Position: 4
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (Kent Music Report) 4, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 17, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 2, Canada Top Singles (RPM) 1, Germany (Official German Charts) 8, Ireland (IRMA) 3, Italy (FIMI) 7, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 2, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 13, Norway (VG-lista) 4, Spain (AFYVE) 13, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 14, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 4
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