The Return of Bruno (album)

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The Return of Bruno
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Studio album by Bruce Willis
Released January 20, 1987
Recorded 1986
Genre R&B, Pop
Length 40:34
Label Motown
Producer Robert Kraft
Bruce Willis chronology
The Return of Bruno
If It Don't Kill You, It Just Makes You Stronger
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

The Return of Bruno is the debut album by actor Bruce Willis. Released by Motown in 1987, this album is an eclectic gathering of R&B music sung by Willis, with backing musicians including Booker T. Jones, The Pointer Sisters and The Temptations.

The album peaked at #14 on the US Billboard 200 album chart.[2] Leadoff single "Respect Yourself," a duet with June Pointer featuring background vocals by the Pointer Sisters, received considerable airplay; it peaked at #5 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and number 7 in the UK Singles Chart. Follow-up singles "Young Blood" and "Under the Boardwalk" did not fare nearly as well, peaking at #68 and #59, respectively. However, in the UK "Under the Boardwalk" was a massive success, reaching #2 in the charts and becoming the UK's 12th best-selling single of 1987.

The Return of Bruno is a companion piece to an HBO special of the same name which aired shortly after the album's release. A re-issue was distributed by Razor & Tie in 1997.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Comin' Right Up" (Brock Walsh) – 3:30
  2. "Respect Yourself" (Luther Ingram, Mack Rice) – 3:53
  3. "Down in Hollywood" (Ry Cooder, Tim Drummond) – 5:20
  4. "Young Blood" (Jerry Leiber, Doc Pomus, Mike Stoller) – 4:08
  5. "Under the Boardwalk" (Kenny Young, Arthur Resnick) – 3:03
  6. "Secret Agent Man / James Bond Is Back" (Steve Barri, P.F. Sloan) / (John Barry) – 4:48
  7. "Jackpot (Bruno's Bop)" (Robert Kraft, Bruce Willis) – 4:12
  8. "Fun Time" (Allen Toussaint) – 3:38
  9. "Lose Myself" (Larry John McNally, Jon Lind) – 3:56
  10. "Flirting with Disaster" (Brock Walsh, Jeff Lorber) – 4:33


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Bruce Willis - The Return Of Bruno: Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 February 2013.