Soldier of Love (Donny Osmond song)
|"Soldier of Love"|
|Single by Donny Osmond|
|from the album Donny Osmond|
|B-side||"My Secret Touch"
"Time Can't Erase"
|Format||CD, 7", 12″|
|Genre||Pop rock, R&B, new jack swing|
|Writer(s)||Carl Sturken and Evan Rogers|
|Producer(s)||Carl Sturken and Evan Rogers|
|Donny Osmond singles chronology|
"Soldier of Love" is a 1988 song by American singer Donny Osmond, which became his comeback hit.
A Top 30 hit in the UK in 1988, the track was not initially released in the US as Osmond did not have a record deal there. However, a cassette of the song from a British import was sent by an Osmond fan to Jessica Ettinger, the acting Program Director and Music Director at ABC's WPLJ-FM New York. Ettinger liked the song but was concerned that Osmond, a former child star, wouldn't be accepted by the current pop audience.
Ettinger, believing the song to be a hit, up-ended the top 40 music and radio industry by giving it a slot on her playlist. Osmond was not only unsigned by any record label in the U.S., but the song itself was unavailable for purchase in the U.S. at the time. To give the song a chance, she created a "mystery artist" promotion; put the song in rotation, and kept listeners guessing who the artist was for several weeks. Eventually, Ettinger had her air talent reveal that the song was by Donny Osmond, who appeared live on the air at the same time. Osmond was soon signed by Capitol Records, which copied Ettinger's promotion idea nationwide and released the song as a single. "Soldier of Love" reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1989, behind Michael Damian's "Rock On"; and Osmond credits Ettinger with re-launching his career by listening to the music and not pre-judging whether a song could be a hit based on the name of the artist.
- Popken, Randall & Newsome, Alice, and Gonzales, Lanell (1995). Departures: A Reader for Developing Writers: "The too-nice Mormon kid [Donny Osmond] who once sang "Puppy Love" has returned to the charts with "Soldier of Love," a faintly suggestive tune set to a post-disco beat.", p. 361. ISBN 0-205-16249-5
- Allmusic: Soldier of Love. Accessed 26 Aug 2008.
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