Lost or Forgotten Oldie of the Day: 1987 Cinderella – Nobody's Fool

Philadelphia musicians Tom Keifer and Eric Brittingham formed the heavy metal band Cinderella in 1982. Tom did the vocals and played keyboards and guitar while Eric Brittingham played bass. The group went through a few different drummers and guitar players while searching for a recording contract. After seeing the band live at a local club, Jon Bon Jovi talked his A&R man into seeing the group. The group signed a recording contract with Mercury/Polygram Records. Tom and Eric then replaced their guitar player with Jeff LaBar. A studio drummer played on the band’s first album, after which Al Barker took over drumming for the band.

The group released their first album in 1986, now focused on glam metal. They chose Shake Me for first single. A video for the song featured a slight twist on the Cinderella fairy tale, with a girl who is first seen sweeping the house and being taunted by a pair of mean girls who leave for a Cinderella concert without her. The girl magically gets a metal fan makeover from a poster and heads out to meet the band. The video may not have done a good job of selling the record, which peaked at #41 on the US Mainstream Rock chart and completely missed the Hot 100. Their second single failed to chart at all.

Fred Koury joined the band on tour as their new drummer. Cinderella’s tour to support the album started out by opening for Poison in Japan. The group returned to the US, and they opened a series of concerts first for David Lee Roth and later for Bon Jovi. Those appearances helped the band a great deal: their album went triple platinum. Their third single was Nobody’s Fool. The video for the single used the same models who had been in their first video and connected the story between the two videos. Something clicked, and the single reached #13 on the Hot 100 and #25 on the US Mainstream Rock chart.

The group’s second album came out in 1988 and had a more blues rock feel to it (while still fitting the glam rock mold). The second single from that album, Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone), became their most successful single. It peaked at #12 on the Hot 100 and reached the top ten on the US Mainstream Rock chart. The album also went triple platinum.

The group survived a fourteen month tour that lasted through 254 shows. They then cut their third album which came out in 1990 and earned single platinum status. Tom began to have trouble with his vocal cords, and had to have multiple surgeries, delaying work on their next album. The group finally finished their fourth album in 1994, but the reception was chilly enough that their label dropped them and the band split up for a few years.

The band reunited in 1996 and continued making public appearances with varying lineups through 2014. In 2017, Tom announced that the band was finished and would never, ever get back together.


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