Alone – Heart

THIS DAY IN MUSIC……………………………………..on July 11th of 1988 Heart reached #1 on Billboard with “Alone” a single they had released from their LP “Bad Animals”. This was written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly. They are a very successful songwriting team who have written several other #1 hits, including “So Emotional,” “Like A Virgin” and “Eternal Flame.” Most of their songs start with a lyric Steinberg comes up with. Kelly writes most of the music and sings on the demos. Steinberg and Kelly met the Wilson sisters for the first time when they were invited to the studio where this was being recorded. Kelly, who was an experienced session singer, ended up singing high harmony parts on the record.This was the first Heart song that was a hit in England where it rose to #3.After their 1983 album Passionworks, Heart left Epic Records and signed with Capitol, where they had enormous success with soaring ballads like “What About Love” and “These Dreams.” The band wrote most of their early hits, which were rockers like “Barracuda” and “Magic Man,” but starting with their 1985 album Heart, they got a lot of help from some top songwriters. In addition to Steinberg and Kelly, Heart recorded songs by Diane Warren, Bernie Taupin and Martin Page. In 1991, the Wilson sisters became co-owners of a recording studio in Seattle that was named after this album. Soundgarden, REM, Nirvana, Neil Young, Johnny Cash and Pearl Jam all recorded there. In 2004, when Carrie Underwood performed this on American Idol, judge Simon Cowell said, “Not only will you win this show, you will sell more records than any other previous Idol winner.” Underwood did win the competition.