Here I Go Again – Whitesnake

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………on October 10th of 1987 Whitesnake take their single “Here I Go Again” to the top of Billboard. Whitesnake leader David Coverdale wrote this song in Portugal. While it’s typically thought of as an inspiring song about facing your challenges head-on, it’s really a song about heartbreak and the loneliness that comes with it. The song documents the breakdown of Coverdale’s first marriage to Julia, with whom he tied the knot in 1974. This was written in 1981 after Whitesnake toured the UK. The band went on hiatus when lead singer David Coverdale’s daughter got sick that year, but this was resurrected in 1982 when he reformed the group and released Saints ‘N’ Sinners. The new version changed the line “Like a hobo I was born to walk alone” to “Like a drifter I was born to walk alone.” This was first released in 1982 on Whitesnake’s album Saints ‘N’ Sinners. The album went to #34 in the UK, but was hardly noticed in the US. In 1987, it was remixed with new backing vocals and more slick production for the album Whitesnake 1987. It became a huge hit in the US and also did well in England, where it was released as the “US Mix.” Coverdale formed Whitesnake after leaving Deep Purple. Since he was well known in the UK, Whitesnake did well there, but they did not hit it big in the US until this album, which had a very radio-friendly sound.The video features very quick clips of the actress Tawny Kitaen dancing seductively on the hood of two Jaguars (cars, not cats). One belonged to Coverdale, the other belonged to the guy who directed the video. It was a huge hit on MTV, and one of the first “tease” videos. Especially among hair bands, it became popular to show flashes of beautiful women throughout the video to keep the viewers interested. Kitaen, who was in the movie Bachelor Party, also appeared in the Whitesnake videos “Still Of The Night,” “Is This Love?,” and “The Deeper The Love”. She and Coverdale were married in 1989 and divorced in 1991.