Wednesday, August 13, 2014

"Lonely Nights" by Bryan Adams

Song#:  0946
Date:  03/13/1982
Debut:  88
Peak:  84
Weeks:  2
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Canadian Adams was playing in bands and on his own since his early teens. By the time he was 18, he had signed on to A&M Records and released a self-titled debut album. It did some business in Canada, but was ignored in the US. He got a little recognition here when this single from his second album became a #3 mainstream rock hit. That pushed the song onto the lower reaches of the pop chart for a couple of weeks making it his first appearance. It was a good introduction that would lead to a major breakthrough with his third album.

ReduxReview:  Adams and his writing partner Jim Vallance were just starting to really get the hang of writing solid, hooky, radio-ready pop/rock songs around this time. This one was a good effort that reminds me of something John Mellencamp might have done back in his early John Cougar days. Adam would go on to do far better than this, but this was not a bad single to get his US career kicked off.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  When he was 15, Adams fronted the glam rock band Sweeney Todd. The group had already issued a debut album with original lead vocalist Nick Gilder and got a minor chart entry with "Roxy Roller" in 1976 (#90). After that album, Gilder left for a solo career (later hitting in 1978 with the #1 "Hot Child in the City"). Their first replacement vocalist didn't work out and in stepped the teenaged Adams. He and the band re-recorded "Roxy Roller" (which spent 1 week on the chart at #99) and then went on to do the full album "If Wishes Were Horses." The LP tanked and after a short year in the group, Adams left. The group tried to keep going but fell apart soon after.


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