12 March 2016

Biography: Bryan Adams

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Canadian singer, songwriter, guitarist, activist, humanitarian and photographer Bryan Guy Adams, known professionally as Bryan Adams, was born in Kingston, Ontario on November 5 1959 to Capt. Conrad J. Adams and Elizabeth Jane (née Watson).

As a teenager, Adams’ passion for music instigated him to work as a dishwasher in order to accumulate money to buy a guitar and practiced with bands at clubs and bars. He eventually scored a position as a lead singer in the newly formed band ‘Sweeney Todd’ when Nick Gilder their lead singer opted out of the band to follow up a solo career.

In 1978, Adams got acquainted with Jim Vallance -former drummer and chief songwriter for rock band Prism- through a mutual friend; this led to a partnership which still exists till 2016 and together the duo penned some award winning songs. Later that year, Adams signed to A&M records.

Adams’ self-titled debut album was released in February 1980 with most of the songs co-produced by Adams and Vallance. The album was certified gold in Canada in 1986.

“You Want It You Got It”, Adams’ second (2nd) album, was released in 1981 and contained the mild hits ‘Lonely Nights’ and ‘Fits Ya Good’.

With his third (3rd) album came international success. “Cuts Like a Knife” was released in 1983, with its breakout song ‘Straight from the Heart’ gaining momentum to the top 10 songs at the Billboard hot 100. The album peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 album list, and was also certified platinum thrice in Canada.

In November 1984, Adams’ fourth (4th) studio album ”Reckless” was released and became an immediate success, peaking at number one (1) on the Billboard 200 album chart. On it were the hit songs ‘Summer of 69’, ‘Run to You’, ‘Heaven’ -which topped Billboard Hot 100, ‘One Night Love Affair’, ‘It’s Only Love’ -a duet with Tina Turner and ‘Somebody. “Reckless” is Adams’ best-selling album in the United States and was certified five times platinum.

His fifth (5th) album “Into the Fire” received a 1987 release and was a decent effort with songs such as ‘Hearts on Fire’ and ‘Heat of the Night’.

In 1991, Adams’ sixth (6th) album “Waking Up the Neighbours” was released, peaking at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 as well as topping charts in Germany and the UK. It’s breakout single ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It for You’, featured in the motion picture Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and retained the number one (1) position in the UK Singles Chart for sixteen (16) consecutive weeks.

In 1993, Adams released “So Far So Good”, a compilation album which topped the Charts in Germany, Australia and the UK. It comprised the smash hit ‘Please Forgive Me’. Another album “18 til I Die” was released in June 1996 and bore two (2) UK Top 10 singles: ‘The Only Thing That Looks Good on Me’ and ‘Lets Make a Night to Remember’.

Adams’ other albums include:

On a Day Like Today (1998), Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002), Room Service (2004),11 (2008), Tracks of My Years (2014) and Get Up! (2015).

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