1984 Night Ranger – When You Close Your Eyes
In 1979, Jack Blades formed the trio Stereo with ex-members of Rubicon, guitarist Brad Gillis and drummer Kelly Keagy. Alan Fitzgerald added keyboards to the mix, and Jeff Watson became their second lead guitar player. The band began using the name Ranger in 1980. A Country band that had already been using the name Ranger objected, so the name Night Ranger came into use in 1982.
The band recorded an album for Broadway Records. The album spawned the single Don’t Tell Me You Love Me. The single peaked at #40 on the Hot 100, but extensive airplay on MTV helped the song reach #4 on the Mainstream Rock chart.
Unfortunately, their record label collapsed. Their second album came out on MCA in 1983, and it generated two hit singles.
Kellly wrote and sang lead on Sister Christian, which became their best-known song because of the video for the record. He wrote the song for his sister Christine, and the single caught fire and peaked at #5 on the Hot 100 and reached #2 on the Mainstream Rock chart in 1984.
Jack, Alan, and Brad wrote their next single, When You Close Your Eyes. Later that year, it peaked at #14 on both the Hot 100 and the Mainstream Rock chart.
In 1985, Night Ranger placed three more singles from their next album into the Hot 100. They never reached the Hot 100 top forty again, but had two more top twenty hits on the Mainstream Rock chart in 1987 and 1988.
Jack left the group in 1989. He joined Damn Yankees, a supergroup that also included Ted Nugent and Tommy Shaw of Styx. Several other group members left to pursue solo careers, but the original five members reformed the group beginning in 1996.
Night Ranger slowly released a half-dozen more albums by 2017 and Jack, Brad, and Kelly currently lead a touring band.
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