Total Eclipse Of The Heart – Bonnie Tyler

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………….on March 12th of 1983 Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse Of The Heart reaches #1 on the UK Pop Singles Chart. This was written by Jim Steinman, who wrote all of Meat Loaf’s hits, including “Paradise By The Dashboard Light,” “Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad,” and “I’ll Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That).” Like these Meat Loaf songs, this uses elaborate production and is very long, running 6:51. According to an October 26, 2006 article in the Australian newspaper The Herald Sun, Steinman first offered this song, along with “Making Love Out Of Nothing At All” to Meat Loaf for his 1983 album Midnight At The Lost And Found. For financial reasons, Meat’s record company wanted him to write his own songs for the album, so this song went to Tyler and “Making Love Out Of Nothing At All” went to Air Supply. Bonnie Tyler is from Swansea, Wales. This was the first record by a Welsh artist to top the US chart. This entered the UK charts at #1, making Tyler the first female singer to do so. Drummer Max Weinberg and keyboardist Roy Bittan, who are both members of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street band, played on this. So did Rick Derringer, a guitarist who was a member of The McCoys (“Hang On Sloopy“) and had a hit on his own with “Rock and Roll, Hootchie Koo.” The distinctive “Turn Around, Bright Eyes” backup vocals were sung by the male vocalist Rory Dodd, who has appeared on many of Jim Steinman’s productions and sang backup on albums by Carly Simon, Barry Manilow, Barbra Streisand, Lou Reed and many others. This went on to sell over 5 million records worldwide. It won the Variety Club award in the UK for best single of 1983. The song also reached #1 in the US.