Personalities | Bryan Adams | Nineties | Rock

(Singer-songwriter, b. 1959)

This Canadian singer-songwriter first found US success with his third album Cuts Like A Knife (1984). With material ranging from pleasing orthodox rock to lung-sucking ballads, the rest of the 1980s were fertile soil especially for rousing singles like ‘Summer Of ‘69’. Adams began the 1990s with the theme song from Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves, ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’, which topped the UK charts for a record 16 weeks in 1991. Waking Up The Neighbours (1991) and So Far So Good (1993) both went multi-platinum and spawned more singles. Although ballads always seem to predominate – on singles and MTV rotation – Adams’ roots were never hidden and 18 Till I Die (1996) was a rousing collection of radio-friendly rock. Adams ended the 1990s where he began with ‘When You’re Gone’, a UK Top 3 duet with Mel C from The Spice Girls. He has concentrated on photography in the new millennium.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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