Holding Out for a Hero Bonnie Tyler
Song Title: Holding Out for a Hero
Artist: Bonnie Tyler
Date of release: 13th of April 1984
Description: ” Holding Out for a Hero ” is by Bonnie Tyler ( Gaynor Hopkins ), the Welsh singer. Bonnie was born on the 8th of June 1951 in Skewen, a former mining village within the county borough of Neath Port Talbot, Wales.
Growing up in a modest house with three sisters and two brothers, all with varying tastes in music, exposed Bonnie to different styles from an early age. As a child, Bonnie made her first public performance in a chapel; there she sang a rendition of ” All Things Bright and Beautiful “, an Anglican hymn written by Cecil Frances Alexander, who is also known for the Christmas carol ” Once in Royal David’s City “.
After she left school with without any qualifications, she took a job in a grocery shop. In 1969, Bonnie entered a local talent contest. After finishing as the runner-up, she decided to pursue a career in music.
By this time she’d changed her name to Sherene Davis, to avoid confusion as there was already another similar sounding name to hers, that of Mary Hopkin, the Welsh folk singer best known for her 1968 UK Number One single, ” Those Were The Days “.
Her first big break came when she met talent scout Roger Bell. He had seen her performing in the Townsman Club, Swansea. Bonnie travelled to London to make a demo track. Later she was contacted by RCA Records, offering her a recording contract.
RCA suggested that she change her stage name again. After compiling a list of both Christian names and surnames from a newspaper, she found a new name and settled with ” Bonnie Tyler “.
Her debut single, ” My! My! Honeycomb “, released in April 1976, failed to make any impact at all. The record company increased their efforts with the promotion of Bonnie’s second single, ” Lost in France “, which became a hit.
The song reached number nine on the UK Singles Chart in 1976 and peaked inside the Top Ten in Germany and South Africa.
Her debut studio Album, The World Starts Tonight, was released in February 1977. It debuted at number thirteen on the Swedish Albums Chart, peaking at number two and spent eight weeks on the chart there.
To date, Bonnie Tyler has released seventy-nine singles, sixteen studio Albums, two live Albums and four extended plays.
” Holding Out for a Hero ” was written by Jim Steinman and Dean Pitchford. Jim, who also produced this track, is an American composer, lyricist, and Grammy Award-winning record producer.
Born in New York City on the 1st of November 1947, Jim is best known for his collaboration with Meatloaf on his second studio Album, Bat Out of Hell. The Album, released on the 21st of October 1977 has sold over forty-three million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling Albums of all time.
He has also worked with many artists from pop to rock, including Barbra Streisand, Yvonne Elliman, Air Supply, Celine Dion, Russell Watson, Take That, Opera Babes and Boyzone.
Dean Pitchford is an American songwriter, screenwriter, director, actor and novelist. He co-wrote, along with Michael Gore, the Irene Cara hit single ” Fame “, which was the theme song to the film and TV series of the same name. Dean has won an Oscar, a Golden Globe Award, eight Grammy Awards and two Tony Awards. His songs have sold over seventy million records.
” Holding Out for a Hero ” was released on the 13th of April 1984 by record label Columbia Records ( Sony Music Entertainment ) and features on Bonnie’s sixth studio Album, Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire.
The Album, released on the 3rd of May 1986, received mixed reviews from critics. Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire was a commercial success for Bonnie. It reached Number One on the chart in Norway and in the United Kingdom it reached number twenty-four on the UK Albums Chart. In the United States, the Album peaked at number 106 on the Billboard 200 Chart.
The song was recorded for the film, the 1984 American musical drama which starred Kevin Bacon. The screenplay was written by Dean Pitchford, who also wrote most of the lyrics. Although the film opened to mixed reviews by critics, it grossed over eighty million dollars in the United States.
Jim Steinman had been recruited to work on the movie’s soundtrack, for which he co-wrote the song with Dean Pitchford. Jim suggested that Bonnie should record the song when he was tasked with finding a singer to perform the role. She recorded the track at the Paramount Studios and was shown the scene where the song would feature in the film.
The accompanying music video was produced by Jeffrey Abelson. The concept was by Keith Williams, with the video directed by Doug Dowdle, who has also worked with Stevie Nicks, Billy Joel, Rick Springfield and Fleetwood Mac.
” Holding Out for a Hero ” was a commercial success for Bonnie. In the United States, the song reached a peak of number thirty-four on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, spending thirteen weeks on the chart there.
In the United Kingdom, the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 5th of May 1984 and reached a peak of number ninety-six. It spent one week on the UK chart.
On the 31st of August 1985, it charted again, this time reaching number two. It spent six weeks in the Top Ten and a total of thirteen weeks on the chart.
The song peaked inside the Top Twenty in Canada, Austria, Germany and Sweden.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 34
UK Highest Chart Position: 96
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (Kent Music Report) 44, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 19, Canada Top Singles (RPM) 19, Germany (Official German Charts) 19, Italy (FIMI) 30, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 33, South Africa (Springbok Radio) 23, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 19
Official Website: Bonnietyler.com
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Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/BonnieTyler