BRYAN ADAMS in the 80s
By Mark Nobes
Throughout the 1980s, Bryan Adams received numerous award nominations and accolades for his music, including Grammy nominations and Juno Awards (the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys).
Bryan Adams toured extensively during the 1980s, building a strong fan base around the world.
There is no doubt that the eighties wasa pivotal decade for Bryan Adams, establishing him as a major figure in the world of rock and pop music. His songs from this era remain popular and continue to be enjoyed by fans of all ages.
Debut Album (1980)
Bryan Adams released his self-titled debut album in 1980, which included the single "Hidin' from Love" While the album didn't achieve massive success (it only charted in Canada, reaching #69), it marked the beginning of a long recording career.
You Want It, You Got It (1981)
Bryan Adams' second studio album was slightly more successful, and reached the lower end of the charts in the UK (#78) and U.S. (#118). In his home country of Canada, the album reached #50, achieving a Gold certificate from Music Canada. This was the first album to contain Adams' signature sound, and is a good starting point for any new fans who want to discover some of his older work.
Cuts Like A Knife (1983)
The title track was released as the second single and reached No.12 in Canada and No.15 in the U.S. The video featured the Penthouse magazine model Raquel Rena, and she was chosen by Director Steve Barron because he wanted someone with "very long legs".
Third single "This Time" reached No.32 in Canada, No.24 in the U.S. and No.41 in the UK.
This is arguably the musician's most iconic album of the 80s, and the singles are still staples on classic rock radio.
"Summer Of 69" was released as the fourth single from the Canadian artist's fourth studio album, and was released in June '85. This is My personal favourite from that great album, although it only managed #42 in the UK, unbelievably!
The B-side included two previously released album tracks; Kids Wanna Rock and The Best Was Yet To Come. It would have been nice to have had some new tracks, but I'll let Mr. Adams off as the A-side is so amazing!
LIVE AID 1985
Bryan Adams performed at the historic Live Aid charity concert on Saturday 13th July, 1985, at the JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, further solidifying his status as a rock star. He performed four songs; Kids Wanna Rock", "Summer Of '69", "Cuts Like A Knife" and "Tears Are Not Enough".
Into The Fire (1987)
"EVERYThING I DO, I DO IT FOR YOU" (1991)
The ballad featured on the soundtrack to the movie Robin Hood; Prince Of Thieves and was also released as the lead single from Adams' very successful studio album Waking Up The Neighbours.
As I write, the video has received over 284 million hits on Youtube, so I guess many people never seem to tire of this tune!