Personalities | Michael Bolton | Eighties | Rock

(Vocals, b. 1953)

Blue-eyed soul singer, Bolton (or Bolotin as he was born), spent the early part of his career as a much heavier proposition singing for rock band Blackjack, before making his name with powerful renditions of soul classics intermingled with classy AOR ballads, often co-written with Dianne Warren. His change in style came with 1987’s The Hunger on Columbia, which yielded his first Top 20 hit, ‘That’s What Love Is All About’. Soul Provider (1989) and Time, Love And Tenderness (1991) followed with Bolton earning Grammys for ‘How Am I Supposed to Live Without You’ (1990) – which he had originally co-written for Laura Branigan – and Percy Sledge’s ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’ (1991). A surprising songwriting collaboration with Bob Dylan, ‘Steel Bars’ (1992) was also a hit, as was ‘Can I Touch You … There’ (1995). Golden-throated Bolton is still a fine interpreter and songwriter.

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


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