Bonnie Tyler - 80s Songs

Bonnie Tyler released seven Top 40 hit singles in the UK between 1976 and 1984 - numerous other singles failed to break the British Top 40 - although she continued to have hits in other countries until 2004. 

The welsh singer's real name is actually Gaynor Hopkins, and she's best known for the 80s hits "Holding Out For A Hero" and "Total Eclipse of the Heart", as well as that gravelly voice - this was the result of an operation to remove nodules from her voice box in the mid 70s. 

Holding Out For A Hero

"Where have all the good men gone?" Where have all the dramatic songs gone I ask myself? Even though I'm a bloke, I still love the drama in this song. Pet Shop Boys It's A Sin and Frankie's Two Tribes are also firm favourites. We need more drama and powerful productions in today's music!

Anyway, enough ranting from me, let me give you more details about this song, which featured on the official Footloose soundtrack album. On its original release in 1984, the song stalled at #96, but the 1985 re-release just missed the top-spot in the UK charts peaking at #2. Another re-release in 1991 reached #69.

Bonnie Tyler's other big 80s hits were Total Eclipse Of The Heart (#1 in 1983) and a A Rockin' Good Way (#5 1984) which was a duet with Shakin' Stevens.

Bonnie Tyler - Holding Out For A Hero - from the Footloose soundtrack album


Total Eclipse of the Heart (1983)

Total Eclipse of the Heart was the Welsh singer's fifth Top 40 single and her biggest hit, reaching #1 in the UK, US, Canada and Australia. In the UK the single spent two weeks at the top in March 1983, and at its peak, the single was selling 60,000 copies per day.

This was the first track from Tyler's fifth studio album Faster Than the Speed of Night, and was originally offered to Meat Loaf. Fortunately for Tyler his record company turned it down. You can imagine Meat Loaf belting out this one can't you? That was a bad move by his bosses!

Bonnie Tyler in Moscow, 6 May 1997
Bonnie Tyler in 1997 by Nadir Chanyshev [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons
Bonnie Tyler - Rocks And Honey

Bonnie's most recent album was released on 6th May 2013, and many are saying that it's her best work in a long time. The welsh singer's sixteenth studio album features a varied mix of catchy rock, pop, country and ballads and was mostly recorded in Nashville.


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