from the album Heartbreak Station (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #36 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 2
Today's song of the day comes from the glam/heavy metal band from Philadelphia, Cinderella, whose sophomore album Long Cold Winter had scored them a trio of top-40 pop hits with "Don't Know What You've Got ('Til It's Gone)", "The Last Mile", and "Coming Home". In 1990, the group released their third effort, Heartbreak Station, which was more blues/acoustic inclined and was led off with the single "Shelter Me". Written by lead singer Tom Keifer, it would be their last entry on the pop top-40, helped along with a MTV-ready video featuring Little Richard...
"Shelter Me" became Cinderella's fifth and final top-40 pop hit in February of 1991. The song also climbed to #5 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart, their highest ranking of their career. Internationally, the song reached the top-40 in Canada at #27, and was a minor hit in the UK (#55) and Australia (#48).
The band's second single from the album was the title track "Heartbreak Station", which also made the rock top ten at #10, but just missed the pop top-40 at #44. In 1992, their contribution to the Wayne's World soundtrack, "Hot And Bothered", got to #45 on the rock chart, and probably nice royalties from the success of the album. However touring behind the album caused Kiefer to require surgery to get his voice back, and Cinderella's next album took four years to emerge. That set, Still Climbing, sent lead track "Bad Attitude Shuffle" only to #37 on the rock radio list, and nowhere near the pop chart. They were dropped by their label, and went their separate ways, reuniting every now and then for touring and live sets, but Kiefer has had a solo album reach the chart in 2013.
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Here's the band in concert in Japan in 1990...
Up tomorrow: More shelter from this R&B teen.