BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #539: ‘TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART’- BONNIE TYLER – OCTOBER 4, 1983

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Billboard #1 Hits: #539: ‘Total Eclipse Of The Heart”- Bonnie Tyler. October 4, 1983. #1 for 4 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.

  • Single: ‘Total Eclipse Of The Heart’- Bonnie Tyler
  • Record Company- Columbia
  • Genre: Pop Rock
  • Written by Jim Steinman
  • Time: 4:30
  • B-side:’Straight From The Heart’
  • Album-Faster Than The Speed Of Night
  • Grade: B+
  • Peaked at #1 4 weeks in Billboard Hot 100. #1 in UK Singles Chart, #1 in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa.

Written by Jim Steinman of Meatloaf fame- who passed away at the age of 73 a few days ago. Playing on this song- Rick Derringer on guitar and a couple of the E-Street Band members- Roy Bittan and Max Weinberg. The song was originally over 7 minutes and Tyler thought it was too long to be radio friendly so it was cut down to 4 1/2 minutes. Tyler who is still active- had 3 Top 40 hits- 2 of which sold over 6 million copies- “It’s A Heartache” #3 in 1977 and then this one.

6 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #539: ‘TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART’- BONNIE TYLER – OCTOBER 4, 1983

  1. When I first heard it I thought…wow Meatloaf should be singing this opus of a song…I later found out why.
    When Bonnie hit…she hit big. I was happy when Rod Stewart covered It’s a Heartache…would be a funny duet…you couldn’t tell them apart.

  2. didn’t know Jim Steinman wrote it – it definitely has that Meatloaf vibe to it! And that video is just strange with a capital S. I always liked Its a Heartache better – love that raspy voice

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