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Encyclopedia > Michael Bolton
Michael Bolton
Michael Bolton at the 1990 Grammy Awards
Michael Bolton at the 1990 Grammy Awards
Background information
Birth name Michael Bolotin
Born February 26, 1953 (1953-02-26) (age 54)
Origin New Haven, Connecticut
Genre(s) Pop music
Pop rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Years active 1968–present
Associated
acts
Blackjack
Website MichaelBolton.com

Michael Bolotin (born February 26, 1953), better known as Michael Bolton, is an American singer-songwriter, known for his soft rock ballads and tenor vocals. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (689x1255, 89 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Michael Bolton ... is the 57th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the city in Connecticut. ... Official language(s) English Capital Hartford Largest city Bridgeport[3] Largest metro area Hartford Metro Area[2] Area  Ranked 48th  - Total 5,543[4] sq mi (14,356 km²)  - Width 70 miles (113 km)  - Length 110 miles (177 km)  - % water 12. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Pop music (disambiguation). ... This article is about the music genre. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... Blackjack was a band featuring Michael Bolton and Bruce Kulick. ... is the 57th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... Soft rock, also referred to as light rock or easy rock, is a style of music which uses the techniques of rock and roll to compose a softer, supposedly more ear-pleasing sound for listening, often at work or when driving. ... A ballad is a story in song, usually a narrative song or poem. ... This article is about Tenor vocalists in music. ...


His achievements include selling 53 million albums, eight top ten albums, two number one singles on the Billboard charts, and awards from both the American Music Awards and Grammy Awards. Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... The American Music Awards show is one of four annual major American music awards shows (the others being the Billboard Music Awards, the Grammy Awards, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony). ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music...

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Background

Bolton was born in 1953 to a Jewish family in New Haven, Connecticut. The youngest of three children, he found his biggest success in the mid-eighties and early nineties as a singer in the adult contemporary/easy listening genre. Unbeknownst to many, however, Bolton received his first record label contract at the age of 15. His band, Blackjack, once toured with heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne. He began recording as Michael Bolton in 1983, after gaining 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 disco-pop classic "Gloria". Narrowly missing the pop Top 10, Branigan took the song to number one on the Adult Contemporary charts for three weeks. The two sought to work with each other again, and their next of several associations 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. “New Haven” redirects here. ... Official language(s) English Capital Hartford Largest city Bridgeport[3] Largest metro area Hartford Metro Area[2] Area  Ranked 48th  - Total 5,543[4] sq mi (14,356 km²)  - Width 70 miles (113 km)  - Length 110 miles (177 km)  - % water 12. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Blackjack was a band featuring Michael Bolton and Bruce Kulick. ... “Heavy metal” redirects here. ... Ozzy redirects here. ... How Am I Supposed to Live Without You is a song originally recorded by Laura Branigan in 1983 (after Air Supply turned it down). ... Laura Branigan (July 3, 1957 – August 26, 2004) was a popular American singer/actress from Brewster, New York, best known in the U.S. for the song Gloria (1982). ... Gloria is a pop song recorded by Laura Branigan in 1982, released as a single and appearing on her debut album, Branigan. ... I Found Someone is the name of a song written by Michael Bolton and Mark Mangold. ... This article is about Cher, the entertainer. ...


One of the prolific songwriter's first major successes as a singer was with his interpretation of someone else's composition, the Otis Redding classic, "(Sittin' On) the Dock of the Bay." Always interested in soul and Motown classics, that song's success encouraged him to tackle the standard "Georgia On My Mind," with which he had another hit. Most of Bolton's recordings are original material, however, and he has also written songs for such artists as Barbra Streisand, Rush, Kenny Rogers, Kenny G, Peabo Bryson and Patti LaBelle. Bolton's early songwriting collaborators included Doug James and Mark Mangold, and as his fame grew he began to cowrite with higher-profile writers such as BabyFace, Diane Warren, and Bob Dylan. As a singer, he has performed with Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Renée Fleming, Zucchero, Patti LaBelle, Celine Dion, Ray Charles, Percy Sledge, Wynonna Judd, and BB King. Otis Ray Redding, Jr. ... (Sittin On) the Dock of the Bay is a song co-written and first performed by Otis Redding, with the co-writer Steve Cropper. ... Georgia on My Mind is a song written in 1930 by Stuart Gorrell (lyrics) and Hoagy Carmichael (music). ... Barbra Joan Streisand (born April 24, 1942) is an American singer, theatre and film actress, composer, liberal political activist, film producer and director. ... Rush is a Canadian rock band comprising bassist, keyboardist, and lead vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer and lyricist Neil Peart. ... Kenneth Donald Kenny Rogers (born August 21, 1938, in Houston, Texas) is a prolific American country music singer, photographer, producer, songwriter, actor and businessman. ... For the WFMU DJ, see Kenneth Goldsmith. ... Peabo Bryson (born Robert Peabo Bryson on April 13, 1951) is an American R&B and soul singer, born in Greenville, South Carolina. ... Patti LaBelle (born Patricia Louise Holt on May 24, 1944 in West-Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an multi-grammy winning American R&B and soul singer and songwriter who fronted two groups, Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles and Labelle, which changed and birthed a new era of womens music and... Kenneth Babyface Edmonds (born April 10, 1958 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is an R&B and pop singer, songwriter, keyboardist, record producer, film producer, and entreprenuer. ... Diane Warren (Born Diane Eve Warren on September 7, 1956 in Van Nuys, California) is an American songwriter. ... This article is about the recording artist. ... Plácido Domingo José Plácido Domingo Embil KBE (born January 21, 1941)[1] better known as Plácido Domingo, is a world-renowned operatic tenor. ... Luciano Pavarotti performing on June 15, 2002 at a concert in the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille Luciano Pavarotti, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI[1] (October 12, 1935 – September 6, 2007) was a celebrated Italian tenor in operatic music, who successfully crossed into popular music becoming one of the most... Renée Fleming Renée Fleming, (born Valentines Day, February 14, 1959), is an American soprano, and sings principally opera and jazz. ... Adelmo Fornaciari (born September 25, 1955), more commonly known by his stage name Zucchero, is an Italian rock singer. ... Patti LaBelle (born Patricia Louise Holt on May 24, 1944 in West-Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an multi-grammy winning American R&B and soul singer and songwriter who fronted two groups, Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles and Labelle, which changed and birthed a new era of womens music and... Céline Marie Claudette Dion OC, OQ, (born March 30, 1968) is a Canadian singer and occasional songwriter and actress. ... For the composer and conductor of the Ray Charles Singers, see Ray Charles (composer). ... Percy Sledge Percy Sledge (born November 25, 1941 in Leighton, Alabama) is a US-American R&B and soul performer. ... Wynonna Ellen Judd (born May 30, 1964) is an American country music singer. ... Riley B. King aka B. B. King (b. ...


Bolton is the father of three daughters (Isa, Holly and Taryn) born during his 1975-1990 marriage to Maureen McGuire. Between 1993 and 1995, he dated Knots Landing actress Nicollette Sheridan. In 2006, he accompanied her to the 2006 Primetime Emmy Awards in January. In late February it was announced that Bolton and Sheridan were living together and were engaged after she proposed in the Bahamas. Michael Bolton is now believed to be married after he was spotted wearing a wedding ring on August 23, 2007. Knots Landing was a primetime television soap opera that aired for 14 seasons, from December 27th, 1979 to May 13th, 1993 on CBS. Set in a fictitious coastal suburb of Los Angeles in California, the show initially centered around the lives of four married couples residing in a cul-de... Nicollette Sheridan (born Colette Sheridan on November 21, 1963) is a Golden Globe nominated British actress, primarily on soap operas, movies and television. ... An Emmy Award. ... is the 235th day of the year (236th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


In 1993, he established the Michael Bolton Foundation (now the Michael Bolton Charities) to assist women and children at risk from the effects of poverty and emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. The foundation has provided over $3.7 million in funding to local and national charities. A boy from an East Cipinang trash dump slum in Jakarta, Indonesia shows what he found. ... Emotional abuse refers to a long-term situation in which one person uses his or her power or influence to adversely affect the mental well-being of another. ... Physical abuse is abuse involving contact intended to cause pain, injury, or other physical suffering or harm. ... “Bad Touch” redirects here. ...


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


In March 2003, Bolton joined with Lifetime Television, Verizon Wireless, and many others to lobby on behalf of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, urging legislation to provide more assistance for victims of domestic violence, such as affordable housing options. This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Cellco Partnership, doing business as Verizon Wireless, is the largest American wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenue. ...


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. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce also recognized Bolton with a star on the "Walk of Fame" for his musical and charitable contributions. The National Child Labor Committee (NCLC) is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1904 and incorporated by an Act of Congress in 1907 with the mission of promoting the rights, awareness, dignity, well-being and education of children and youth as they relate to work and working. ... “CORE” redirects here. ... The Ellis Island Medal of Honor was established in 1986 to pay tribute to the immigrant experience and individual achievement, and are awarded to U.S. citizens from various ethnic backgrounds. ...


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.


Michael Bolton appeared as an extra in the theatrical release of Frank Herbert's "Dune," featuring Sting and Kyle McLachlan. In their final fight scene, he appears as a "spice-eyed" drummer.


Michael Bolton recorded the song "New York, New York" (also on his Bolton Swings Sinatra album), for an album which was recorded in five days, Over the Rainbow. This was for an episode of the TV series, Challenge Anneka. The proceeds from the album go to children's hospices across the UK. Over the Rainbow is a charity album of showtunes, recorded by various artists and released in 2007. ... Challenge Anneka is a British television programme, produced by the independent production company Mentorn for the BBC and aired on Saturday evenings on BBC One from 1989 until 1995. ...


Office Space

In the 1999 film Office Space, David Herman plays a computer programmer, also named Michael Bolton, who does not enjoy the singer's music. The characters stated he enjoyed the music, only to impress the two consultants. The fictional Bolton was twelve years old when the real Michael Bolton "became famous and started winning Grammys." Office Space is an American comedy film written and directed by Mike Judge. ... David Herman (born February 20, 1967) is an American actor, comedian and voice actor. ...


Discography

The songs on the album Michael Bolton (1983) Fools Game She Did the Same Thing to Me Hometown Hero Cant Hold On, Cant Let Go Fighting For My Life Back in My Arms again Carrie I Almost Believed You ... Album by Michael Bolton, recorded under his given name, Michael Bolotin, and released on RCA Records in 1976 Track listing Rocky Mountain Way Every Day Of My Life You Mean More To Me Singin The Blues Dancing In The Street You Make Me Feel Like Lovin You Common Thief These... Released in 1985 on CBS, Everybodys Crazy is an excellent melodic hard rock/AOR from Michael Bolton, recorded before he had his biggest hits. ... The Hunger, by Michael Bolton, was released January 1, 1987 on the Columbia label. ... Soul Provider, by Michael Bolton, was released in June, 1989 on the Columbia label. ... Time, Love & Tenderness is an album by Michael Bolton. ... The One Thing is an album by Michael Bolton. ... The Artistry of Michael Bolotin is an album by Michael Bolton. ... Album: Greatest Hits Year: 1995 1. ... This Is The Time is an album by Michael Bolton Track Listing Silent Night Santa Claus Is Coming To Town Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Joy To The World Ave Maria - (with Placido Domingo) Christmas Song, The O Holy Night White Christmas This Is The Time - (with Wynonna) Love... All That Matters is an album by Michael Bolton, released in 1997, and was his first studio album since 1993s The One Thing. Bolton was aided in production by Babyface and Tony Rich, and among the song writers are Bolton, Diane Warren, Babyface, Lamont Dozier, Gary Burr, and Tony... My Secret Passionis an album by Michael Bolton. ... An album by Michael Bolton Track listing Dance With Me I Wanna Hear You Say It Only A Woman Like You All That You Deserve Love With My Eyes Closed To Feel Again Center Of My Heart, The This Is The Way Simply Slowly I Surrender ... An album by Michael Bolton Track listing Very Thought Of You, The All The Way Kiss To Build A Dream On, A If I Could At Last When I Fall In Love You Dont Know Me Smile Daddys Little Girl Summertime What Are You Doing For The Rest... Til the End of Forever is an album by Michael Bolton, released in 2005. ... Bolton Swings Sinatra is an album by Michael Bolton. ...

See also

This is a non-definitive list of best selling recording artists, embracing worldwide single and album sales. ...

External links

  • Official website
  • Michael Bolton Club - official fan club
  • Michael Bolton Charities Inc.
  • Michael Bolton interview (2006) on I Like Music

  Results from FactBites:
 
Michael Bolton - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (842 words)
Michael Bolton (born Michael Bolotin in New Haven, Connecticut, February 26, 1953) is an American pop, rock and adult contemporary singer-songwriter known for his soft rock ballads and powerful singing voice.
Bolton was born in 1953 to a Jewish family in New Haven, Connecticut.
Bolton found his biggest success in the mid-eighties and early nineties as a solo vocalist in the adult contemporary/easy listening genre.
Michael Bolton - Biography - AOL Music (741 words)
Michael Bolton was released in April 1983, and made the Top 100 bestsellers, as did its single, "Fools Game." At the same time, "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You," which Bolton had co-written, became a Top 40 hit for Laura Branigan.
Bolton suggested they apply their lips to a certain part of his anatomy.
Bolton returned with All That Matters, his first album of new material since 1993's The One Thing, in the fall of 1997.
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