Michael Bolton

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Michael Bolton
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Bolton in Barcelona, Spain, January 2010
Background information
Birth name Michael Bolotin
Born (1953-02-26) February 26, 1953 (age 61)
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Genres Rock, pop[1]
Occupations Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1975–present
Labels RCA, Columbia, Jive, Concord
Associated acts Blackjack, The Lonely Island
Website michaelbolton.com

Michael Bolotin[2] (born February 26, 1953), known professionally as Michael Bolton, is an American singer-songwriter. Bolton originally performed in the hard rock and heavy metal genres from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s, both on his early solo albums and those he recorded as the frontman of the band Blackjack. He became better known for his series of pop rock ballads, recorded after a stylistic change in the late 1980s.

Bolton's achievements including sold more than 75 million records, recording eight top 10 albums and two number one singles on the Billboard charts, as well as winning multiple American Music Awards and Grammy Awards.[3][4]

Early life

Bolton was born Michael Bolotin in New Haven, Connecticut, the son of Helen (née Gubin) and George Bolotin. He has a brother, Orrin, and a sister, Sandra, both older. His family was Jewish, and all of his grandparents had been immigrants from Russia.[5] His parents were divorced when he was very young.[2]

Career

Music

Bolton began recording in 1975. This first album was self-titled using his original surname, Bolotin. Early in his musical career he focused on hard rock, with his band Blackjack once opening for heavy metal artist Ozzy Osbourne on tour. In fact, in 1983 Bolton auditioned for the lead vocalist position with Osbourne's former band, Black Sabbath.[6]

Michael gained his first major hit as a songwriter, co-writing "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You" for Laura Branigan, previously best known for singing the pop hit "Gloria". Narrowly missing the Top 10 on the US pop chart, Branigan took the song to number one on the Adult Contemporary chart for three weeks in 1983. The two sought to work with each other again, and their next collaboration was when Bolton co-wrote "I Found Someone" for Branigan in 1985. Her version was only a minor hit, but two years later, Cher resurrected the song, and with it her own singing career. Bolton co-wrote several other songs for both singers.

Bolton would achieve his greatest success in the late 1980s and early 1990s as a singer on the adult contemporary/easy listening charts. One of his first major hits was his 1987 interpretation of the Otis Redding classic, "(Sittin' On) the Dock of the Bay." Always interested in soul and Motown classics, Bolton's success with that song encouraged him to tackle the standard "Georgia On My Mind," with which he had another hit. In 1991, Bolton released the album Time, Love & Tenderness which featured his Grammy Award winning cover version of "When a Man Loves a Woman".[7]

As a singer, he has performed with other artists such as: Lucia Aliberti, Patti LaBelle, José Carreras, Tony Cetinski, Ray Charles, Céline Dion, Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming, Wynonna Judd, BB King, The Lonely Island, Luciano Pavarotti, Percy Sledge, and Zucchero. As a songwriter, he has written and collaborated on several songs for other artists as well.

Bolton's last Top 40 single in the US in his own right was the 1997 hit "Go the Distance" (featured in the Disney animated motion picture Hercules), which peaked at No. 1 on the US adult contemporary chart. He hired conductor Larry Baird (orchestral musical director/conductor/arranger for The Moody Blues, Three Dog Night, Al Jarreau, etc.) for his 2001 tour.

In 2006, Bolton and his then fiancee Nicollette Sheridan sang a duet, "The Second Time Around," for the album Bolton Swings Sinatra. In March 2007, Bolton toured South Africa for the first time. He was the headline act at Jacaranda 94.2 FM's two-day concert.

For Over the Rainbow, an album which was recorded in five days, Bolton recorded the song "New York, New York" (also on his Bolton Swings Sinatra album). This was for an episode of the TV series, Challenge Anneka. The proceeds from the album went to children's hospices across the UK.

Bolton performed a duet entitled "Il Mio Amico" with the Italian singer Anna Tatangelo at the Sanremo Music Festival 2008. The song was originally sung by Tatangelo alone, but the duet version contained English lyrics as well. It is a song about the difficulties of being gay in Italy, written by Tatangelo's partner, Gigi D'Alessio.[citation needed]

Bolton at the 1990 Grammy Awards

Bolton's album Only A Woman Like You was released in 2001. The title song was co-written by Shania Twain and with background vocals by Skyler Jett. Bolton released his album One World One Love in the UK on September 21, 2009. The first single, "Just One Love," was released one week earlier.[8]

In 2011, Bolton was featured as a guest vocalist in The Lonely Island's song "Jack Sparrow" on their Turtleneck & Chain album. His performance with the notorious comedic hip-hop trio focused on his (intentionally) off-topic chorus and miscommunication with the group, and the video featured him dressed in costumes as Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean, Forrest Gump, Erin Brockovich, and Tony Montana from Scarface.[9]

Bolton is currently working on his new studio album. He has collaborated with Indian musician A. R. Rahman for a song which was recorded in February 2011 for Gems – The Duets Collection.[10]

In 2013 Bolton released the album Ain't No Mountain High Enough – A Tribute to Hitsville USA featuring duets with Kelly Rowland, Melanie Fiona and Orianthi.[11]

In 2013 and 2014, Bolton appeared in Honda commercials in which he sings.

Acting

Bolton has made a number of cameo appearances in feature films and television, usually appearing as himself, such as in Meet Wally Sparks and The Nanny.[12] Although he has been rumored to have appeared as an extra in Dune as a "spice-eyed" drummer, Bolton has stated in interviews that it is not him.[13]

Bolton was a contestant on the eleventh season of Dancing with the Stars.[14] He and his dance partner Chelsie Hightower were the second couple to be eliminated, on September 28, 2010.

Legal troubles

On May 9, 2000, a US Court of Appeals affirmed a jury's 1994 decision that Bolton's 1991 pop hit, "Love Is a Wonderful Thing," infringed on the copyright of the 1964 Isley Brothers song of the same name, and let stand the jury's award of $5.4 million against the singer, his co-author, Andrew Goldmark, and their record company, Sony Music Entertainment.[15] This was the biggest payout in musical copyright infringement to date.

Personal life

Bolton was married to Maureen McGuire, but they divorced. They are the parents of three adult daughters: Isa, Holly, and Taryn.[16][17] Taryn gave birth to a daughter in October 2010.[18]

Bolton was introduced to actress Nicollette Sheridan in 1992 by adult contemporary/jazz saxophonist Kenny G.[16] Bolton and Sheridan dated until 1995, stopped dating, then reunited in 2005 and became engaged in March 2006;[16] however, it was confirmed in August 2008 that they had broken off their engagement.[19]

In January 2013, Bolton published an autobiography, The Soul of It All: My Music, My Life.[20][21]

Charity work

In 1993, he established the Michael Bolton Foundation (now Michael Bolton Charities) to assist women and children at risk from the effects of poverty as well as emotional, physical, and sexual abuse.[22]

Bolton also serves as the honorary chairman of Prevent Child Abuse America,[23] the national chairman for This Close for Cancer Research,[24] and a board member for the National Mentoring Partnership[25] and the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital.[26]

In March 2003, Bolton joined with Lifetime Television, Verizon Wireless, and many others to lobby on behalf of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence,[27] urging legislation to provide more assistance for victims of domestic violence, such as affordable housing options.

Bolton has received the Lewis Hine Award from the National Child Labor Committee, the Martin Luther King Award from the Congress of Racial Equality, and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations.[28] The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce[29] also recognized Bolton with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his musical and charitable contributions.

Discography

Since 1975, Bolton has released at least 17 studio albums and 35 singles. Nine of his singles have peaked at No. 1 on either the Billboard Hot 100 or the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts in the US. He has also released numerous compilation albums and three Christmas albums.

Filmography

As actor

As executive producer

See also

References

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Michael Bolton". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Michael Bolton: Biography, The Jewish Historical Society of New Haven, 1998.
  3. ^ Reporter, TWC (2014-06-06). "Time Warp Turntable Jams: Music ‘N’ Mullets". Time Warner Cable. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  4. ^ Ferguson, Jon (2013-02-21). "Michael Bolton may not be hip, but he's happening". Lancaster Newspapers, Inc. Retrieved 2014-05-23. 
  5. ^ Aliza Davidovit. "Michael Bolton: The Voice Within". Davidovit.com. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  6. ^ Iommi, Tony (2011). Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath. Da Capo Press. ISBN 978-0306819551. 
  7. ^ Michael Bolton at RockOnTheNet.com
  8. ^ Official website
  9. ^ "Michael Bolton's love for Jack Sparrow ruins Lonely Island's new hip hop single | Information, Gadgets, Mobile Phones News & Reviews". News.com.au. 2011-05-10. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 
  10. ^ "Hollywood, Kollywood, Bollywood, it's all good". The New Paper. March 17, 2011. Retrieved March 17, 2011. 
  11. ^ "HSN & The Venetian Ink Concert Deal Featuring Grammy Winner Michael Bolton". Broadway World. January 25, 2013. Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  12. ^ Michael Bolton at the Internet Movie Database
  13. ^ Rheinberger, Joel (12 April 2012). "Michael Bolton was not in Dune". Nerdzilla. ABC Hobart. Retrieved 13 April 2012. 
  14. ^ "'Dancing With the Stars' cast unveiled". TODAY.com. MSNBC. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 
  15. ^ Three Boys Music Corp. v. Bolton, 212 F.3d 477 (9th Cir. 2000).
  16. ^ a b c Michael Bolton : Celebrity : Biography, TV Guide.com.
  17. ^ Baker, K. C. Michael Bolton: Nicollette and I 'Remain Friends', People, September 23, 2008.
  18. ^ Cotliar, Sharon (2010-10-14). "Michael Bolton Becomes a Grandfather". People.com. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 
  19. ^ "Nicollette Sheridan & Michael Bolton End Engagement". People.com. 2008-08-26. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 
  20. ^ Bickel, Britt (February 20, 2013). "Ten Tidbits From Michael Bolton’s Autobiography ‘Soul Of It All’". 94.7 The Wave (news.radio.com). Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  21. ^ Bolton, Michael (January 29, 2013). The Soul of It All: My Music, My Life. New York, NY: Center Street. ISBN 978-1455523658. 
  22. ^ "The Michael Bolton Charities". The Michael Bolton Charities. Retrieved May 21, 2010. 
  23. ^ "Prevent Child Abuse America". Preventchildabuse.org. Retrieved May 21, 2010. 
  24. ^ "Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in America". Thisclose.org. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 
  25. ^ "Mentor: Expanding the world of quality mentoring". Mentoring.org. December 17, 2008. Retrieved May 21, 2010. 
  26. ^ "Children's Hospital". Jdch.com. Retrieved May 21, 2010. 
  27. ^ "National Coalition Against Domestic Violence". Ncadv.org. May 12, 2010. Retrieved May 21, 2010. 
  28. ^ Neco (2004-12-01). "Home". NECO. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  29. ^ Hollywood Chamber of Commerce[dead link]

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