Song: “Heaven” by Bryan Adams
Reached #1: June 22, 1985 (his first, 2 weeks)
Previously: Day 22
Considering that Reckless was probably Bryan Adams’ best album, I was surprised to find that not only is “Heaven” the only #1 from that album… it was Adams’ only #1 of the ‘80s. The other three #1s of his career were his ‘90s soundtrack ballads – “(Everything I Do) I Do For You”, “All For Love (with Rod Stewart & Sting, linked above), and “Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?”
What you might not know is that this was also a soundtrack single – a year before it became a hit. In 1984, the Christopher Atkins flop “A Night In Heaven” used the song on its soundtrack – fortunately, the song survived that disaster and wound up on the Reckless album.
Except that it almost didn’t. I spent a good part of the last two years (on my other blog) blasting Jimmy Iovine for being clueless and out of touch. I thought it was a recent development… but Iovine was the producer on the Reckless album, and he tried to persuade Adams not to include “Heaven”. Adams almost listened, until the last-minute decision to add the track. History ensued.
Reckless also led to what I think was one of the first video albums – and one that I think I still have in my Box Of Old VHS Tapes somewhere… which had nothing to do with the music and everything to do with the fact that actress Lysette Anthony played Adams’ love interest in most of the videos on the tape. If you remember the videos for “Run To You” or “Summer of ‘69”, you’ll understand.
Tomorrow, the first #1 for a band whose name came from a Jane Fonda movie…
Other songs that reached #1 on June 22:
1968 – “This Guy’s In Love With You” by Herb Alpert (his first, 4 weeks)