"Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)" - Cinderella
from the album Long Cold Winter (1988)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #12 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 11
Today's song of the day comes from the "hair-metal" band Cinderella, who had gone from their Philly roots to national attention with their 1986 top-3 album Night Songs, which landed them a top-20 pop hit with "Nobody's Fool". They released their second album Long Cold Winter two years later, with the first single "Gypsy Road" stopped at the halfway mark on the Hot 100 at #51 (although it was their highest rock hit up to that time at #20). For the follow-up, like many rock bands in the decade, they went for the ace-in-the-hole, the "power-ballad" from the record, "Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)". Written by lead singer Tom Kiefer, the heartbreak anthem marked by Kiefer's screeching voice, gave radio a chance to put a little more "hard" music into their playlists...
"Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)" became Cinderella's second top-20 pop hit and highest charting single in November of 1988. The single also scored them their first top-10 Mainstream Rock radio song at #10. Internationally, the record was a minor hit in Canada (#75) and the UK (#54).
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...and here's the band performing the song in concert...
Up tomorrow: Airy British sophisti-poppers ask about love. Or gravity.