Saturday, July 08, 2017

Songoftheday 7/8/17 - A penny for your thoughts now baby, looks like the weight of the world's on your shoulders now...

"Miracle" - Jon Bon Jovi
from the album Blaze Of Glory (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #12 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 11

Today's song of the day comes from mainstream rock singer Jon Bon Jovi, who took a detour from his namesake band to record a solo album to accompany the neo-western movie Young Guns II, scoring a #1 pop hit in the fall of 1990 with the title track "Blaze Of Glory". The second single released from the record would be the mid-tempo "Miracle", written by Jon who produced it with guitarist Danny Kortchmar with some Latin touches and a subtle keyboard background that reminds me of old Springsteen...

"Miracle" became Jon Bon Jovi's second top-40 pop hit in December of 1990. The single also climbed to #20 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart. Internationally, the song reached the top ten in Canada (#6), New Zealand (#6), and Australia (#8), and made the top-40 in Sweden (#15), Ireland (#20), Switzerland (#20), and the UK (#29). A third selection pulled from Blaze Of Glory, "Never Say Die", was a minor hit in Canada at #86.

In 1992, Jon contributed a track to the Elton John tribute album Two Rooms, "Levon", which didn't hit the Hot 100 (it wasn't released as a proper single), but made it to #64 on the airplay chart in Billboard and #27 on the rock radio list. Later that year, he returned to the Bon Jovi band, slipping away in 1997 to release a second solo album, Destination Anywhere. That record sent two songs to the top ten in the UK, with one of then, "Midnight In Chelsea", going to #29 on the Adult Top-40 radio format.

Up tomorrow: R&B/hip-hop trio had some false assumptions.

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