Bonnie Tyler (born June 8, 1951 in Skewen, Wales, United Kingdom) is a Welsh rock singer. Born Gaynor Hopkins, she is widely recognizable by her highly distinctive, husky voice.
Following the Top 10 success of her 1976 song "Lost in France", Tyler released her first album in 1977 entitled The World Starts Tonight. A further single from the album, "More Than a Lover," made the UK Top 30. In 1977, Tyler was diagnosed with nodules on her vocal cords that were so severe that surgery was mandatory, causing her voice to take a raspy quality. At first this made her believe that her singing career was over, but (to her surprise) her next single made her an international star. "It's a Heartache" made #3 on the US chart and had become a hit worldwide; it topped the charts in several countries (including France and Australia) and peaked at #2 in Germany and at #4 in the UK. The Natural Force album was also retitled It's a Heartache for the U.S. market. Though further success was elusive during this era, Tyler did have a minor UK Top 40 hit with "Married Men" in 1979, the theme to the film The World Is Full of Married Men (based on the novel by British author Jackie Collins). Tyler released the albums Diamond Cut (1979) and Goodbye to the Island (1981). The track Sitting on the Edge of the Ocean was the Grand Prix winner of the 1979 Yamaha World Song Festival held in Tokyo.
Tyler released four albums for RCA from 1977 to 1981. During that time she became dissatisfied with her management, who were trying to lean her closer to the country music market. When her contract with RCA expired, she signed with David Aspden Management and sought help from songwriter Jim Steinman to give her music a rock style. She signed with CBS Records in 1982.
Her next album, Faster Than the Speed of Night, was released in Spring 1983 and spawned the ballad Total Eclipse of the Heart, written by Jim Steinman. The song was a worldwide hit, reaching no.1 in the UK, France, Australia and in the United States (where it remained for 4 weeks). Faster Than the Speed of Night entered the UK album chart at No.1, making Tyler a Guinness Record holder as the first ever British female solo artist to have an album enter the UK chart at no. 1. The album also became a Top Five bestseller in the US and Australia. Total Eclipse of the Heart also brought Tyler a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. In 1984, she performed the track at the Grammy Awards, and received another Grammy nomination as Best Rock Female Vocalist for "Here She Comes" , a song that was part of the soundtrack for the 1984 restoration of the film Metropolis. She also released the singles "A Rockin' Good Way" (a duet with fellow Welshman Shakin' Stevens) which made #5 in the UK, and "Holding Out for a Hero" from the film soundtrack Footloose which made the Top 40 in the U.S., and peaked at #2 in UK in the summer of 1985. The track was also used as the main theme for the 1984 US television series "Cover Up", though the version heard on the TV series was not sung by Tyler but by a Tyler sound-a-like.
The following albums Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire (1986) and Hide Your Heart (1988) failed to continue the global success of Faster Than The Speed Of Night, but were certified Gold and Platinum in Scandinavian countries and Switzerland. One of the single releases, If You Were A Woman (And I Was A Man) became another Top 10 hit in France in 1986 and was certified Silver.
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TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART
It's a heartache
HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO
COMPILATION OF HER HITS