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Night Ranger

Cover of their 1987 #28 US album Big Life.
Background information
Origin San Francisco, California, USA Flag of the United States
Genre(s) Hard rock, Glam metal
Years active 1982 - present
Website nightranger.com
Members
Kelly Keagy
Brad Gillis
Jack Blades
Michael Lardie
Reb Beach
Former members
Jeff Watson
Alan Fitzgerald
Gary Moon
Jesse Bradman
David Z

Night Ranger, is a U.S. rock band formed in San Francisco, California. The quintet is perhaps best known for the power ballad "Sister Christian", which peaked at #5 in early 1984. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Image File history File links Night Ranger album This image is of a music album or single cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the album or the artist(s) which produced the music in question. ... Big Life is a Night Ranger album released in 1987. ... San Francisco redirects here. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Hard Rock redirects here. ... Glam metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal music that arose in the late 1970s - early 1980s in the United States. ... See also: 1982 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1982 Record labels established in 1982 list of years in music // January 15 - K.C. and the Sunshine Bands Harry Wayne Casey is seriously injured in an automobile accident in Miami, Florida. ... Present redirects here. ... Kelly Keagy (born September 15, 1952 in Glendale, California) is a singer and drummer who is most famous for playing for Night Ranger, both as a lead vocalist and as a drummer. ... One time guitarist for Ozzy. ... Jack Blades, American bass playing musician, has worked in Rubicon, as bassist and one of the lead vocalists for Night Ranger, and also as a founding member of Damn Yankees along with Tommy Shaw and Ted Nugent as well as drummer Michael Cartellone. ... Great White is an American blues-based rock and glam metal band. ... Reb Beach (born Richard Earl Beach, Jr. ... Jeff Watson is a guitarist who is most famous for playing with the band Night Ranger, in which he has played as co-guitarist with guitarist Brad Gillis. ... Alan Fitzgerald, U.S. musician, was a member of several U.S. bands. ... Gary Moon is a bassist who has played for several bands, including Night Ranger. ... David Z, from the ZO2, an alternative rock group, also plays bass for the Trans Siberian Orchestra. ... For other uses, see United States (disambiguation) and US (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... San Francisco redirects here. ... To emphasize the emotional aspect of a power ballad, crowds customarily hold up lit lighters. ... Sister Christian is a power ballad by the hard rock band Night Ranger, which was first released on their album Midnight Madness. ...

Contents

History

The group's nucleus formed in Rubicon, a pop group led by Jerry Martini of Sly and the Family Stone fame. After Rubicon's demise in 1979, bassist Jack Blades (b. 1954) formed a hard rock trio with drummer Kelly Keagy (b. 1952) and guitarist Brad Gillis (b. 1957). Performing under the name Stereo, the threesome later added keyboardist Alan Fitzgerald (b. 1949), a former member of Montrose and the offstage keyboard player for Van Halen 1991-1995 & 2004, Gamma, and the Sammy Hagar group. Fitz soon recommended enlisting a second virtuoso guitarist, Jeff Watson (b. 1956), who led his own band in Northern California. The seeds were sown for a new melodic hard rock band, initially called simply Ranger. Rubicon was a funk rock band from California. ... Jerry Martini (born October 1, 1943 in Colorado) is an American musician, best known for being the saxophonist for the popular and influential psychedelic soul/funk band Sly & the Family Stone. ... Sly & the Family Stone were an American rock band from San Francisco, California. ... Jack Blades, American bass playing musician, has worked in Rubicon, as bassist and one of the lead vocalists for Night Ranger, and also as a founding member of Damn Yankees along with Tommy Shaw and Ted Nugent as well as drummer Michael Cartellone. ... Kelly Keagy (born September 15, 1952 in Glendale, California) is a singer and drummer who is most famous for playing for Night Ranger, both as a lead vocalist and as a drummer. ... One time guitarist for Ozzy. ... Alan Fitzgerald, U.S. musician, was a member of several U.S. bands. ... Montrose was the original Californian hard rock band, pioneering the kind of short and punchy songs that would be a template for later and more successful bands such as Van Halen. ... This article is about the band Van Halen. ... Gamma was a band formed by guitarist Ronnie Montrose and singer Davey Pattison. ... Samuel Roy Hagar (born October 13, 1947 in Monterey, California, USA), better known as Sammy Hagar (aka The Red Rocker), is an American rock guitarist, singer, and composer. ... Jeff Watson is a guitarist who is most famous for playing with the band Night Ranger, in which he has played as co-guitarist with guitarist Brad Gillis. ...


In 1982, the band subsequently changed its name to Night Ranger after a country band, The Rangers, claimed a trademark infringement. By this point, they had recorded Dawn Patrol for Boardwalk Records, opening for ZZ Top and Ozzy Osbourne; the latter performer employed Brad Gillis as an alternate guitarist for the recently deceased Randy Rhoads. When Boardwalk folded under, producer Bruce Bird secured Night Ranger a deal with MCA Camel in 1983. The phrase Dawn patrol may refer to: The Dawn Patrol, a 1930 World War I film starring Richard Barthelmess and Douglas Fairbanks Jr Early morning BBC Radio 2 show hosted by Sarah Kennedy The Dawn Patrol, a National Public Radio show, see Mick Wagner Alternative name for the Odds, a... ZZ Top is an American blues rock band formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. ... Ozzy redirects here. ... For the talk radio host, see Randi Rhodes. ...


Their first three albums struck a balance between hard rockers laden with sexual innuendo, and accessible pop ballads to guarantee airplay. Dawn Patrol, (1982) Midnight Madness, (1983), and Seven Wishes all reached RIAA platinum albums. 1987's Big Life fell short at around 800,000 copies, still yielding a gold album. Thereafter, the group's fortunes began to decline. The phrase Dawn patrol may refer to: The Dawn Patrol, a 1930 World War I film starring Richard Barthelmess and Douglas Fairbanks Jr Early morning BBC Radio 2 show hosted by Sarah Kennedy The Dawn Patrol, a National Public Radio show, see Mick Wagner Alternative name for the Odds, a... Midnight Madness is the second album from Night Ranger. ... Seven Wishes is an album by the band Night Ranger released in 1985. ... Big Life is a record label established in 1987 by Jazz Summers and Tim Parry. ...


Night Ranger's overall image tended to be somewhat cleaner than MTV contemporaries like Mötley Crüe or Ratt -- which helped the band flourish during a decade characterized by PMRC controversy. Moreover, their Top 20 anthem, "(You Can Still) Rock In America," appealed to a patriotic trend in 1980s rock, pushed forward by both Ted Nugent and Sammy Hagar (Jack Blades would later form a popular supergroup with Nugent, called Damn Yankees). This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ... Mötley Crüe (pronounced Motley Crew) is an American Heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California. ... Ratt is an American sleaze metal and semi glam metal band that formed in San Diego and enjoyed significant commercial success during the 1980s. ... The Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) was a committee formed in 1985 by the wives of several congressmen. ... Theodore Ted Nugent (born December 13, 1948) (a. ... Samuel Roy Hagar (born October 13, 1947 in Monterey, California, USA), better known as Sammy Hagar (aka The Red Rocker), is an American rock guitarist, singer, and composer. ... For other uses, see Supergroup (disambiguation). ... Damn Yankees were an American rock supergroup. ...


Negative criticism abounded during the band's heyday; Rolling Stone's review of Seven Wishes took a swipe at Night Ranger's "formula" of "sub-Broadway" ballads. Other critics were less flattering, with terms such as "poseurs" and "pomp-rockers" in various music guides. But favorable critics, such as Hit Parader, underscored Jack Blades' puppy-dog appeal, which won over female fans, while Gillis and Watson's duelling guitars pleased the same male audience that guitar-driven bands such as Van Halen had already begun to cultivate. Both guitarists also featured prominently in magazines like "Guitar for the Practicing Musician." This article is about the magazine. ... Seven Wishes is an album by the band Night Ranger released in 1985. ... Hit Parader is an American music magazine focusing on the genres of hard rock and heavy metal External links Hit Parader website Categories: | ... This article is about the band Van Halen. ...


"Dawn Patrol"'s first single, "Don't Tell Me You Love Me," received a boost through its MTV video airplay and peaked modestly at #40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. "Sing Me Away," a concert favorite sung by Keagy, failed to chart even though it also featured onMTV. This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ... This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ...


Night Ranger's hold solidified with their second album, "Midnight Madness," which pushed the band from opening act to headliner status by the summer of 1984. Apart from "Rock in America," Night Ranger released two ballads: "When You Close Your Eyes" (#14) and "Sister Christian," (#5) written and sung by Kelly Keagy for his younger sister, Christine. "Sister Christian" proved to be the band's milestone -- as well as a millstone -- as future events turned out.


According to a later interview with Brad Gillis, "Sister Christian" had actually been completed in 1982. But Gillis said the band chose not to release it on "Dawn Patrol" because they were afraid of losing their hard rock credentials. "Sister Christian," soon became a prom favorite, as well as a cautionary anthem for teenage girls across conservative Middle America, warning them not to "give it up before their time is due," as the song's second verse urged.


In 1985, Night Ranger continued headlining their own tours in support of "Seven Wishes," which followed a very loose concept of the band flying across the ocean in a WWII B-25 Mitchell bomber. Jack Blades later reported he and Brad Gillis were fascinated by World War II planes. Night Ranger's "Sentimental Street" video even placed them in an Amelia Earhart scenario, which reported the entire band lost at sea. Like "Midnight Madness," "Seven Wishes" was also blessed with three hit singles: "Sentimental Street" (#8; sung by Kelly Keagy), Jack Blades' mid-tempo rocker "Four In The Morning" (#19), and the pleasant, acoustic-flavored "Goodbye" (#17), which saw the band veering toward an overtly commercial direction. The North American B-25 Mitchell (NA-62) was an American twin-engined medium bomber manufactured by North American Aviation. ... Amelia Mary Earhart (24 July 1897 – missing 2 July 1937, declared deceased 5 January 1939) was a noted American aviation pioneer, author and womens rights advocate. ...


Between 1984 and 1987, Night Ranger branched out into soundtracks, recording or contributing songs to several teenage films. In 1984, the band released "Interstate Love Affair" (later appearing on "Seven Wishes") for "Teachers," starring Nick Nolte. The band also received exposure on two Anthony Michael Hall vehicles, "Sixteen Candles" (1985) and "Out of Bounds" (1986). "Rumours in the Air" from "Midnight Madness" appeared on the former, while the latter featured "Wild and Innocent Youth," a Blades-Keagy composition unreleased by the band. Nicholas King Nolte (born February 8, 1941) is a Oscar-nominated American actor, model, and producer. ...


In 1987, they co-wrote the title theme to the Michael J. Fox film The Secret of My Success, which served as the lead single from Big Life. Unfortunately, Night Ranger faced stiff competition from glam bands such as Bon Jovi and Poison, while overall tastes had begun to shift toward "bad boy" groups, such as Guns N' Roses. Moreover, some Night Ranger fans perceived the band's Hollywood flirtations as evidence of "selling out," reflected by a decline in album sales for Big Life. For other persons named Michael Fox, see Michael Fox (disambiguation). ... The Secret Of My Success is a 1987 movie starring Michael J. Fox, Helen Slater, Richard Jordan, and Margaret Whitton. ... Bon Jovi is a hard rock band originating from Sayreville, New Jersey. ... Poison is an American glam metal band which originally achieved popular success in the late 1980s and early 1990s. ... Guns N Roses is an American hard rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1985. ... ...


Despite a collection of fairly mature songs, including the nuanced "Rain Comes Crashing Down," none of the chosen singles from Big Life hit the Top 40. "Secret of My Success" stalled just short of hit single status, despite heavy MTV rotation in 1987. Night Ranger also openly quarrelled with MCA over choosing "Hearts Away" in lieu of one of the heavier songs. Their label expected another Top 10 ballad, like "Sister Christian" or "Sentimental Street," but "Hearts Away" failed to catch on during Night Ranger's 1987 tour — a vigorous series of dates across North America and the Caribbean. This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ... MCA can stand for: Maximum credible accident MCA (rapper) - A rapper in the group, The Beastie Boys Micro Channel architecture - a type of computer bus Music Corporation of America - a music booking company and record label. ...


In 1988, Man In Motion promised a return to earlier form, with more hard rock to anchor the group's sagging fortunes. However, Alan Fitzgerald left during the recording, requiring a touring keyboardist (Jesse Bradman) to be hired for the road. Furthermore, none of the singles were distinguished enough to gain radio airplay, and MCA once more chose ballads over rockers. "I Did It For Love" (written by Russ Ballard) fared poorly, even with a cameo appearance by Morgan Fairchild in the video. Although the band still views "Restless Kind" as a favorite, it also failed to chart. "Man in Motion" thus became the first Night Ranger album not to achieve gold or platinum status. After a mediocre tour, Jack Blades left Night Ranger to form the popular supergroup Damn Yankees with Ted Nugent and Tommy Shaw of Styx. Man In Motion is a Night Ranger album. ... For an Englishman who was born and still lives in the heart of the British countryside, Russ Ballad has certainly made his presence felt around the globe. ... Damn Yankees were an American rock supergroup. ... Theodore Ted Nugent (born December 13, 1948) (a. ... Thomas Roland Tommy Shaw (born September 11, 1953) is an American guitarist, best known for his work with the rock band Styx. ... Styx (pronounced sticks) is an American rock band that was popular in the 1970s and 1980s, with such hits as Come Sail Away, Babe, Lady, Suite Madame Blue, Mr. ...


Meanwhile, Kelly Keagy and Brad Gillis enlisted Gary Moon to replace Jack Blades as bassist, returning to trio format after Jeff Watson left to renew his solo career. Night Ranger recorded one album, "Feeding Off The Mojo," which did not improve the band's profile despite a rigorous tour schedule in the early 1990s. In 1996, Jack Blades returned to Night Ranger, which reformed with all five original members for two studio albums on CMC Records, who engineered a similar comeback for Styx. While Neverland and Seven have not recouped the band's heyday, they have demonstrated that Night Ranger still had some longevity and new ideas.[citation needed] The band tours sporadically in between solo albums and projects. Jack Blades also serves as chief counselor for the Rock 'n Roll Fantasy Camp. Gary Moon is a bassist who has played for several bands, including Night Ranger. ... Styx (pronounced sticks) is an American rock band that was popular in the 1970s and 1980s, with such hits as Come Sail Away, Babe, Lady, Suite Madame Blue, Mr. ... // Rock n Roll Fantasy Camp is a week long event, offered several times each year, that allows players of all levels together to share the stage with musicians such as Roger Daltrey, Jack Bruce, Slash, Vince Neil, Paul Stanley and others. ...


Night Ranger continues to play the summer festival circuit. In 1999 they joined other 1980s band in the second installment of the Rock Never Stops Tour. This article is about the year. ... Rock Never Stops is a US rock tour aiming to bring back the rock of the 80s, bringing together some of the best bands that surfaced in that decade. ...


In 2004, Alan Fitzgerald was replaced by Great White guitarist/keyboardist Michael Lardie. Fitz handled offstage keyboards once again for Van Halen.


In 2007, Jeff Watson officially left the band, while on tour. Unofficially, he was fired from the band over contractual matters, which he is still resolving. His replacement for the remainder of the tour is Winger/Whitesnake guitarist Reb Beach. Reb Beach (born Richard Earl Beach, Jr. ...


Band members

Line-ups

(1982-1988)
  • Jack Blades - bass, lead vocals
  • Kelly Keagy - drums, lead vocals
  • Brad Gillis - lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals
  • Jeff Watson - lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals
  • Alan Fitzgerald - keyboards, backing vocals
(1988-1989)
  • Jack Blades - bass, lead vocals
  • Kelly Keagy - drums, lead vocals
  • Brad Gillis - lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals
  • Jeff Watson - lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals
  • Jesse Bradman - keyboards
(1991)
  • Gary Moon - bass, lead vocals
  • Kelly Keagy - drums, lead vocals
  • Brad Gillis - lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals
  • Jeff Watson - lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals
(1992-1994)
  • Gary Moon - bass, lead vocals
  • Kelly Keagy - drums, lead vocals
  • Brad Gillis - lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals
(1995-1996)
  • Gary Moon - bass, lead vocals
  • Kelly Keagy - drums, lead vocals
  • Brad Gillis - lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals
  • David Zajicek - rhythm guitar, keyboards
(1996-2004)
  • Jack Blades - bass, lead vocals
  • Kelly Keagy - drums, lead vocals
  • Brad Gillis - lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals
  • Jeff Watson - lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals
  • Alan Fitzgerald - keyboards, backing vocals
(2004-2007)
  • Jack Blades - bass, lead vocals
  • Kelly Keagy - drums, lead vocals
  • Brad Gillis - lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals
  • Jeff Watson - lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals
  • Michael Lardie - keyboards, backing vocals
(2007-present)
  • Jack Blades - bass, lead vocals
  • Kelly Keagy - drums, lead vocals
  • Brad Gillis - lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals
  • Reb Beach - lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals
  • Michael Lardie - keyboards, backing vocals

Discography

Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... The phrase Dawn patrol may refer to: The Dawn Patrol, a 1930 World War I film starring Richard Barthelmess and Douglas Fairbanks Jr Early morning BBC Radio 2 show hosted by Sarah Kennedy The Dawn Patrol, a National Public Radio show, see Mick Wagner Alternative name for the Odds, a... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Midnight Madness is the second album from Night Ranger. ... This article is about the year. ... Seven Wishes is an album by the band Night Ranger released in 1985. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Big Life is a Night Ranger album released in 1987. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Man In Motion is a Night Ranger album. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Live In Japan is a Night Ranger live album. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Feeding Off The Mojo is a Night Ranger album. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Seven is an album by Night Ranger released on July 14, 1998. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hits, Acoustic & Rarities is an album by Night Ranger. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Best Of Night Ranger Live is an album by Night Ranger released in 2005. ... 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. ... 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. ... Extended Versions is a live album recorded November 26, 2005 at Texas Station in Las Vegas, NV. Track listing Head Games (5:54) Cold as Ice (5:45) Waiting for a Girl Like You (5:53) Dirty White Boy (4:27) Starrider (6:51) Feels Like the First Time (5... 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. ... 2008 (MMVIII) will be a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (common) era, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ...

Singles

Year Song US Hot 100 US Mainstream Rock Album
1983 "Don't Tell Me You Love Me" 40 4 Dawn Patrol
1983 "Sing Me Away" 54 39 Dawn Patrol
1983 "(You Can Still) Rock In America" 51 15 Midnight Madness
1984 "Sister Christian" 5 2 Midnight Madness
1984 "When You Close Your Eyes" 14 14 Midnight Madness
1985 "Sentimental Street" 8 3 Seven Wishes
1985 "Four In The Morning (I Can't Take Anymore)" 19 13 Seven Wishes
1985 "Goodbye" 17 16 Seven Wishes
1987 "The Secret Of My Success" 64 12 Big Life
1987 "Hearts Away" 90 - Big Life
1988 "I Did It For Love" 75 16 Man In Motion
1988 "(Don't Start Thinking) I'm Alone Tonight" - - Man In Motion

“Hot 100” redirects here. ... The Mainstream Rock Tracks chart is a ranking in Billboard magazine of the most-played songs on mainstream rock radio stations, a category that includes stations that play primarily rock music but are not modern rock (that is, alternative) stations, which are counted in the Modern Rock Tracks chart. ... See also: 1983 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1983 Record labels established in 1983 // Michael Jacksons Thriller, the most successful album not only of 1983, but of all time, was released in 1982 and began its epic domination of the music charts the following year, 1983. ... See also: 1983 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1983 Record labels established in 1983 // Michael Jacksons Thriller, the most successful album not only of 1983, but of all time, was released in 1982 and began its epic domination of the music charts the following year, 1983. ... See also: // January 21 - Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood reaches number one in the UK singles chart: it spends a total of forty-two weeks in the Top 40. ... See also: // January 21 - Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood reaches number one in the UK singles chart: it spends a total of forty-two weeks in the Top 40. ... Sister Christian is a power ballad by the hard rock band Night Ranger, which was first released on their album Midnight Madness. ... See also: // January 21 - Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood reaches number one in the UK singles chart: it spends a total of forty-two weeks in the Top 40. ... See also: other events of 1985 Musical groups established in 1985 Record labels established in 1985 list of years in music 1980s in music // January 28 - Various artists, including Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Steve Perry, Kenny Loggins, Willie Nelson, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Kenny... See also: other events of 1985 Musical groups established in 1985 Record labels established in 1985 list of years in music 1980s in music // January 28 - Various artists, including Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Steve Perry, Kenny Loggins, Willie Nelson, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Kenny... See also: other events of 1985 Musical groups established in 1985 Record labels established in 1985 list of years in music 1980s in music // January 28 - Various artists, including Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Steve Perry, Kenny Loggins, Willie Nelson, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Kenny... See also: Musical groups established in 1987 Record labels established in 1987 // January 3 - Aretha Franklin becomes the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1987 Record labels established in 1987 // January 3 - Aretha Franklin becomes the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1988 Record labels established in 1988 // Peter Ruzicka becomes director of the Hamburg State Opera and State Philharmonic Orchestra. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1988 Record labels established in 1988 // Peter Ruzicka becomes director of the Hamburg State Opera and State Philharmonic Orchestra. ...

External links

  • Official Website

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Montrose keyboardist Alan Fitzgerald, Night Ranger was one of the most popular mainstream hard rock bands of the mid-'80s.
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Night Ranger's audience began to diminish after 1987's Big Life.
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Night Ranger, a rock band formed in San Francisco, California in 1981.
Night Ranger's hold solidified with their second album, "Midnight Madness," which featured the ballads "When You Close Your Eyes," and the aforementioned "Sister Christian," written and sung by Kelly Keagy for his own sister.
Night Ranger was blessed with hit singles once again: "Sentimental Street" (#8; sung by Kelly Keagy), the mid-tempo "Four In The Morning (I Can't Take Anymore)" (#19), and the acoustic-flavored "Goodbye" (#17), as the band went in a more obviously commercial direction.
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