Heart of Stone (Bucks Fizz song)

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"Heart of Stone"
Single by Bucks Fizz
from the album The Story So Far
B-side "Here's Looking at You"
Released 25 October 1988
Format 7" single, CD single, 12" single
Recorded October 1988
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:22
Label RCA
Writer(s) Andy Hill and Pete Sinfield
Producer(s) Andy Hill
Bucks Fizz singles chronology
"Keep Each Other Warm"
(1986)
"Heart of Stone"
(1988)
"Heart of Stone"
Single by Cher
from the album Heart of Stone
B-side "All Because of You"
Released January 23, 1990
Recorded November 1988
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:18
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Andy Hill and Pete Sinfield
Producer(s) Peter Asher
Cher North American singles chronology
"Just Like Jesse James"
(1989)
"Heart of Stone"
(1990)
"The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)"
(1990)
Cher European singles chronology
"Just Like Jesse James"
(1989)
"Heart of Stone"
(1990)
"You Wouldn't Know Love"
(1990)
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"Heart of Stone" is a song written by Andy Hill and Pete Sinfield for the band Bucks Fizz in 1988, and recorded by the band at Abbey Road Studios in London. The following year it was recorded by Cher as the title track of her album of the same name.[1]

Bucks Fizz version (1988)[edit]

"Heart of Stone" was originally recorded by Bucks Fizz and released as a single in 1988. It was the group's 20th single and their last one to chart, reaching number 50 on the UK Singles Chart in November 1988.[2] The single was accompanied by a Promotional video of the group performing the song inside and outside of a country mansion.[3] The mansion was owned by Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees who claimed that his house was haunted by the ghost of a gardener who enjoys playing pranks on the Gibb family. As a reference to this, a gardener was fleetingly seen in some shots.[4]

Soon after this, the group released The Story so Far, a greatest hits album, which featured "Heart of Stone" as the only new track (at a shortened 3:58). Bucks Fizz recorded several other songs at this time, but due to the low chart position of this single, went unreleased until they were unearthed for a compilation album of unreleased Bucks Fizz songs, The Lost Masters in 2006. Member Cheryl Baker later recorded a lead vocal for the track which was also included on The Lost Masters collection. Journalist Mark Frith said that the song was "a gusty pop classic".[5]

Track listing[edit]

7" single

  1. "Heart of Stone" (4.22)
  2. "Here's Looking at You" (5.49)

12" single

  1. "Heart of Stone" (4.29)
  2. "Here's Looking at You" (5.49)
  3. "My Camera Never Lies" (3.43)

Cher version (1990)[edit]

"Heart of Stone" is the fourth North American and third European single release from American singer/actress Cher's twentieth studio album Heart of Stone. The video featured Cher in a dark room with old clips of herself projected onto screens in the background. The video was shot in the first week of 1990. It made the Top 20 in the United States, Ireland and Poland. It narrowly missed the Top 40 in the UK. Her vocal range spans from a D3 and belting up to an Eb5, making her vocal range here about 2 octaves and a semi-tone.

Live performances[edit]

Cher performed the song on the following concert tours:

Track listing[edit]

Heart Of Stone CD Single[6]

  1. "Heart of Stone" (LP version) (4:18)
  2. "Heart of Stone" (Remix) (4:16)
  3. "All Because of You"

Charts[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 20
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 30
Canadian Singles Chart 26
German Singles Chart 23
Irish Singles Chart 24
Polish Singles Chart 18
UK Singles Chart[7] 43

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