"Soul Provider" - Michael Bolton
from the album Soul Provider (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #17 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 7
Today's song of the day comes from pop singer/songwriter Michael Bolton, who found an audience when he went from rocker to serenader, with his soft-pop dominated sixth album The Hunger finally landing him a top-20 pop hit with "That's What Love Is All About", followed by another one in the cover of Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay". A third single, "Wait On Love", was a minor pop hit a #79, while another album track, "Walk Away", climbed to #14 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary radio chart.
With that success, Michael went into the studio to record his next album, Soul Provider, with an array of easy-listening-ready producers. The title track, written by Bolton with Andrew Goldmark, was another ladykiller that radio (mostly more "adult"-friendly stations) grabbed ahold of...
"Soul Provider" became Bolton's third top-20 pop hit in the U.S. in September of 1989. The song climbed all the way to #3 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart (tying "That's What Love...", and even crossed over to their R&B list at #71. Internationally, the record went to #25 in Canada, #75 in the Netherlands, and in the UK after originally peaking at #77, ended up reaching the top-40 at #35 in 1996 on a re-release.
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And now some live Bolton touring behind the album...
...and again in 2005...
Up tomorrow: British synth star is musically incarcerated.