is the fifth studio album by American recording artist Michael Bolton
, released in 1987
This was his breakthrough album, with the hits "That's What Love Is All About" and the Otis Redding cover "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay
". Zelma Redding, the widow of Otis Redding, said Bolton's performance of "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" moved her so much "that it brought tears to my eyes. It reminded me so much of my husband that I know if he heard it, he would feel the same." In a framed letter that hangs on the wall of Bolton's office, she called the record "my all-time favorite version of my husband's classic."
Several songs from this album feature Journey
members Jonathan Cain
on keyboards, Neal Schon
on guitar, and previous member from their Raised on Radio 1986-87 tour Randy Jackson
(of American Idol fame) on bass. During this time, there were rumors that Bolton might have been in the running as Journey's new lead singer after Steve Perry
's initial departure from the band in early 1987. Also playing on certain tracks on the album was then-current Kiss
guitarist Bruce Kulick.
Given a third chance to resurrect his third career, Bolton made drastic changes. He decided to stop trying to be Lou Gramm of Foreigner and decided that he really wanted to be -- Otis Redding? Well, that's what you'd think from his note-for-note copy of Redding's "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay," which brought him close to the Top Ten. Even more notable, though, was "That's What Love Is All About," an original ballad cowritten by Eric ("Love Has No Pride") Kaz that repositioned Bolton from heavy-metal hunk to tough guy with a tender heart. There had been prior hints that Bolton could sell a big ballad, but they were always buried album tracks. This time, the ballad was issued as a single in advance of the album, and it did the trick. For the rest, Bolton employed a new set of collaborators, including members of Journey and pop songwriting queen Diane Warren. The result was platinum sales and a firm place in the middle of the road.
Michael Bolotin (age 66), known professionally as Michael Bolton
, is an American singer and songwriter. Bolton originally performed in the hard rock and heavy metal genres
from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s, both on his early solo albums and those he recorded as the frontman of the band Blackjack. He became better known for his series of pop rock ballads, recorded after a stylistic change in the late 1980s. Bolton has sold more than 75 million records, recording eight top 10 albums
and two number-one singles on the Billboard charts, as well as winning six American Music Awards and two Grammy Awards