Here Am I

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"Here Am I"
Single by Bonnie Tyler
from the album Natural Force
B-side "Don't Stop the Music"
Released 7 April 1978
Genre Country rock
Length 3:47
Writer(s) Ronnie Scott & Steve Wolfe
Producer(s) David Mackay
Bonnie Tyler singles chronology
"It's a Heartache"
(1977)
"Here Am I"
(1978)
"Hey Love (It's a Feelin')"
(1978)

"Here Am I" is a song by Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler, released as a single from her 1978 album Natural Force by RCA Records. It was written by Tyler's at-the-time managers Ronnie Scott and Steve Wolfe. The B-side was "Don't Stop the Music", a song that was never released on any Tyler studio album.

"Here Am I" was not a chart success in the UK, but peaked at number 18 in the singles charts in Germany, and was in the best-sellers lists for two months.[1] After two weeks in the Norwegian top ten, the single rose to number 4 in the third week. In the same week, her previous single "It's a Heartache" was one spot above "Here Am I" in the Norwegian singles chart.

Background and release[edit]

Tyler had begun working on her second studio album in 1977 at "The Factory" in Surrey, London with the aim of a release the following year. She had been given a new live backing band who went by the name of "The Bonnie Tyler Band"; Kevin Dunne on bass, Neil Adams on drums, Steve Laurie and Gary Hayman on guitars. Tyler flew with her new group to the U.S.A in early April 1978 to promote "It's a Heartache", which had just been released there. At the same time, "Here Am I" was released in Europe.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Tim Lott from Record Mirror stated that "[the song is] blessed with her smokey vocals," but said that the song lacked the "irresistible hook of "It's a Heartache"."[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
position
Norway (VG-lista)[3] 4
Germany (Media Control Charts)[4] 18

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://tsort.info/music/p3a9mz.htm
  2. ^ a b Hendriks, Phil (2009). "Natural Force". In ''Natural Force'' (pp. 3–9) [CD booklet]. London: Cherry Red Records.
  3. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Bonnie Tyler – Here Am I". VG-lista.
  4. ^ "Officialcharts.de – Bonnie Tyler – Here Am I". GfK Entertainment.