Wednesday, July 02, 2014

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Belinda Carlisle

Artist:Belinda Carlisle
Song:Heaven Is A Place On Earth
Album:Her Greatest Hits

Belinda Carlisle became famous as the lead singer of the all girl band The Go-Gos. She had success as a solo artist after she left the group. Heaven Is A Place On Earth was her only number one hit in 1987. She was born Aug. 17, 1958 in Hollywood, CA. She was the oldest of seven siblings. Her mother remarried after her father abandoned the family. But she didn't get along with her stepfather. So she left home after graduating high school and got into the local punk music scene. She was supposed to be lead singer of The Germs as Dottie Danger. But she got sick and dropped out of the band. She formed The Go-Gos with Jane Weidlin in 1978 and they had success with songs like We Got The Beat. But Weidlin left in 1984 and then Belinda left and The Go-Gos split up in 1985. Her 1986 solo debut Belinda did well and Mad About You reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Her 1987 album Heaven On Earth did even better. For one thing, Belinda changed to a more mature look with longer darker hair. And this appealed to older listeners and she not only did well in pop but in Adult Contemporary. Heaven Is A Place On Earth topped the charts and was a worldwide hit. The album was produced by Rick Nowels who had worked with Stevie Nicks. He wrote Heaven Is A Place On Earth with Ellen Shipley. She recorded three albums from 1979-83 and then became a backup singer and songwriter. BTW, the guy in the video is Belinda's husband. That album was so successful, it was going to be difficult to follow it up. The 1989 album Runaway Horses did OK but Belinda was starting to fade. She never had another big hit after this though she continued to release new music until 1997. You can get all her hits on this budget comp. Belinda Carlisle still tours and has also reunited The Go-Gos occasionally. Her latest CD Live From Metropolis Studios is a re-recording of her hits. Obviously she is now a nostalgia act. Here's the video for Heaven Is A Place On Earth by Belinda Carlisle.

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