Bruce Hornsby Biography
This Heartland-Rock singer+pianist & songwriter was born on November
23, 1954, in Williamsburg, Virginia USA, he started his career in the
music business in 1980.
After graduating from Miami University he and his brother John moved to Los Angeles where became house writers for 20th Century-Fox, in 1983 Hornsby joined Sheena Easton's backing band and two years later signed to RCA.
The label released Bruce Hornsby & The Range debut album in August
of 1986, the band comprised Hornsby, guitarist George Marinelli, David
Mansfield on violin+mandolin, Joe Puerta on bass and drummmer John Molo;
"The Way It Is" became an enormous success all over the globe,
reaching the top 3 of The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, selling over
2 million copies and spawning three smash singles: the title-track peaked
at #1 on The Billboard Hot 100 and at #3 on Mainstream Rock Tracks chart,
"Mandolin Rain" ranked in the top 5 in the same charts, "Every
Little Kiss" reached the #14 on The Hot 100 chart and after almost
a year and a half, "On The Western Skyline" hit #6 on Mainstream
Rock Tracks list; finally, at the 29th Annual Grammy Awards, Bruce Hornsby
& The Range, won for Best New Artist.
The next album, 1988's "Scenes From The Southside", entered the top 5 of The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, its first single, "The Valley Road", shot to #1 on Mainstream Rock chart and peaked at #5 in U.S. Hot 100; followed two more Active Rock top 20 hits, including the #5 "Look Out Any Window" and "Defenders Of Fhe Flag"; the album included their own version of "Jacob's Ladder" which was written by Hornsby brothers in 1986 for Huey Lewis & The News' "Fore", the new version entered the top 20 on both U.S. and U.K. Singles charts, Bruce Hornsby scored a long list of guest appearances including co-writing and performing on Don Henley's Grammy-winning smash "The End Of The Innocence".
In summer 1990 appeared "A Night On The Town" featured guest players such as guitarist Jerry Garcia, but the record saw a marked drop in sales, it reached the #20 on The Billboard 200, its singles "Across The River" and the title-track climbed into the Mainstream Rock chart reaching respectively the #1 and #4 spots.
Following the death of the Grateful Dead's Brent Mydland, on 26 July 1990, Hornsby joined as a temporary replacement.
Three years later he returned as solo act, without his backup band, and
released "Harbor Lights" which went gold in the States, it includes
only one Mainstream Rock top 40 single: the title-track.
In the rest of the '90s Bruce Hornsby issued two albums "Hot House" and "Spirit Trail" but didn't achieved the same level of commercial success as his preceding albums; in late 2000 he released a double-CD live "Here Come The Noise Makers" and two years later returned with "Big Swing Face".
In August of 2004, he returned with "Halcyon Days", which included the single "Gonna Be Some Changes Made ".