Bryan Adams Biography
Bryan Guy Adams was born on November 5, 1959, in Kingston, Ontario CANADA, he picked up the guitar at age of 10 and after dropping out of high school, joined a band called Shock as a singer and subsequently began writing songs with ex-Prism Jim Vallance.
Signing with A&M Records, in February 1980, Adams released his self-titled
debut album which included the single "Hidin From Love"; the
following May, he assembled a backup band that included lead guitarist
Ken Scott, bassist Dave Taylor and Vallance on drums; then, embarked on
his first tour, supporting Foreigner.
His second effort, 1981's "You Want It, You Got It", cracked the U.S. Pop Albums chart and generated "Lonely Nights" which peaked at #3 on Mainstream Rock Singles chart plus the top 20 hit "Fits Ya Good".
Adams issued his third album, "Cuts Like A Knife", at the start of 1983, the record crashed into the top 10 of the U.S. Pop chart highlighted by the slow ballad "Straight From The Heart" which entered the top 10 of the Pop Singles chart, the album included two more top 40 hits: "This Time" and the title-track, which both also climbed The Mainstream Rock chart reaching respectively the #21 and the #6 spots; the string of Mainstream Rock top 30 hit singles continued with "Take Me Back", "I'm Ready" and "The Only One"; Adams with his band toured North-America and Europe in support of the album's release; the record went on to sell over a million copies in the States and entered the Official U.K. chart.
Premiered by the transatlantic hit single "Run To You", his fourth album, "Reckless" was released in late 1984, storming the charts all over the globe, it shot to #1 on The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and peaked at #7 in Britain; in addition to the first single, which topped The Mainstream Rock chart and hit #6 on The Billboard Hot 100, the album spawned a series of hit singles: "Heaven" rose to the #1 slot on The Billboard Hot 100, "Somebody" hit #1 on Mainstream Rock chart; both "One Night Love Affair" and the duet with Tina Turner, "It's Only Love", peaked at #7 in the same chart, all of those singles also charted in the top 20 of The Billboard Hot 100 in which "Summer Of '69" climbed into the top 5; by the fall of 1985 the album surpassed 5 x platinum in the States and Adams released the holiday single "Christmas Time".
In the spring of 1987 he returned with "Into The Fire" which hit #7 in American Billboard Top 200 and experienced similar chart success in Britain; its first single, "Heat Of The Night", reached the #6 on The Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at #2 on Mainstream Rock chart, the album yielded two more Active Rock top 10 hits including the #3 "Hearts On Fire" and "Victim Of Love".
In 1990 Bryan Adams collaborated with Roger Waters at the special Berlin live-performance of "The Wall", the single track "Young Lust" reached the #7 spot on The Mainstream Rock Tracks.
A year later he achieved his greatest international success with "(Everything
I Do) I Do It For You", the theme song for the Kevin Costner movie,
"Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves", the track shot to #1 on The
Billboard Hot 100 and became the bestselling single of that year, it also
wound up in the Guinness Book of World Records after topping the U.K.
Singles chart for 16 weeks; with over 8 million copies sold worldwide
it became one of the most commercial success of all time pushing "Waking
Up The Neighbours" at #6 on The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and
at #1 in the British chart; the album generated no less than five American
Top 40 singles including the #2 "Can't Stop This Thing We Started",
"Do I Have To Say The Words?", "Thought I'd Died And Gone
To Heaven" and "There Will Never Be Another Tonight", the
latter hit #6 on Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and "Touch The Hand"
reached the #13 in the same chart.
In November 1993 Adams issued the retrospective collection "So Far So Good", which climbed into the top 10 of The Billboard 200 Albums list, the set included a previously unreleased song "Please Forgive Me", this slow-ballad peaked at #7 on The Billboard Hot 100 and hit the top 10 on the Official U.K. Singles chart.
A few weeks later another single, "All For Love", recorded with Sting and Rod Stewart, for the soundtrack of the film "The Three Musketeers", soared to the #2 spot in U.K. and hit #1 in U.S. charts.
One further romantic song, "Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?", taken from the movie soundtrack "Don Juan DeMarco" was released as a single in the summer 1995, the track shot to #1 on The Billboard Hot 100.
With the release of "18 Til I Die", in late spring of 1996, Bryan Adams restored his rocker image, but the record missed the top 30 of The Billboard 200 Albums chart and both, "Let's Make A Night To Remember" and "The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You", enjoyed limited chart success reaching respectively the #24 and #52 spots on American Billboard Hot 100.
"Bryan Adams Unplugged" followed one year later, the set was a top 10 hit in his native Canada, but in the U.S. sales were lackluster and the single "Back To You" barely sneaked into the top 40 of The Mainstream Rock chart.
In October 1998 the singer+guitarist returned with "On A Day Like Today", which reached the #3 on Top Canadian Albums list and generated the U.K. Top 3 hit single "When You're Gone", recorded in collaboration with Melanie C. from the Spice Girls.
After almost five years Bryan Adams re-emerged with his ninth studio album of all-new-material, "Room Service"; the record debuted at #2 in Canada and featured the single "Open Road".