1987 Bruce Hornsby and the Range – Every Little Kiss
Bruce Hornsby grew up in Virginia and attended three universities before finishing a degree in music in 1977. After school, he played in local clubs and began writing songs with his younger brother John. They moved to LA in 1980 and spent three years writing music for 20th Century Fox.
Bruce briefly joined Ambrosia and helped record their last album. In 1984, that group broke up and he and their bass player (Joe Puerta) became members of Sheena Easton’s touring band (you can see him in her video for Strut).
Later that year, he recruited Joe and three more musicians and formed Bruce Hornsby and the Range. The others included David Mansfield on guitar, George Marinelli on guitar, and John Molo on drums. The group signed with RCA Records the next year and released their initial album in 1986.
Bruce wrote the first single from their album, Every Little Kiss. It initially peaked at #72 on the Hot 100 and #37 on the Adult Contemporary chart, but managed to reach #18 on the US Mainstream Rock chart.
He also wrote the second release from the album, and it became his career song. The Way It Is topped the Hot 100 and the Adult Contemporary chart and reached #3 on the US Mainstream Rock Chart. It was probably the reason the group won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1987.
Two more singles from the album also did well. On the Western Skyline peaked at #6 on the US Mainstream Rock chart and in 1987 Mandolin Rain topped the Adult Contemporary chart and reached the top five on the other two charts.
After that much success from the double platinum album, the record company decided to re-release a new remix of Every Little Kiss. This time, the single reached #14 on the Hot 100 and #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
The group recorded two more albums and had another half-dozen hit records before Bruce disbanded the group so he could concentrate on music that was stylistically different.
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