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Adams, Bryan, hard-rocking Canuck who quit school at 16 to chase his rock and roll dreams, and 20 years later was singing duets with Barbra Streisand; b. Nov. 5, 1959, Kingston, Canada. The son of a Canadian diplomat, Bryan Adams went to boarding schools around the world. This only convinced him that he probably could do better without school. He spent the money put aside for college on a piano and started working with rock bands and writing songs. He hooked up with Jim Vallance, who worked with the dance rock band Prism. Together they wrote tunes for Kiss, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, and Loverboy. This earned them a publishing contract with Almo Music and a recording contract with A&M, a scant three years after Adams quit school.

Adams’s eponymous debut tanked. His second album, You Want It You Got It, fell about 20 spots shy of the Top 200 albums, while the single “Lonely Nights” didn’t break the Top 80. He hit the road, supporting acts such as the Kinks and Loverboy. Two years later, in 1983, he released Cuts Like a Knife, with the breakthrough single “Straight from the Heart.” The single went Top Ten. On the strength of that hit, “This Time,” and the Top 20 title track, the album reached #8 and sold a million copies in the U.S. Five months later, he followed that up with Reckless . That album topped the charts and sold five million copies, with the Top Ten tunes “Run to You” and “Summer of 69” as well as the Top 20 “Somebody” and his duet with Tina Turner, “It’s Only Love.” All of these established a larger-than-life video presence for the diminutive Adams. “It’s Only Love” earned him and Turner an MTV Award for Best Stage Performance. Another track from the album, the ballad “Heaven,” was included in the film A Night in Heaven . That song topped the charts. Suddenly Adams became the poster boy for the power ballad. His next album, Into the Fire, included the Top Ten lead single “Heat of the Night,” but “Hearts on Fire” barely broke the Top 30.

Adams took his video presence to Hollywood, doing a cameo in Clint Eastwood’s Pink Cadillac and spending considerable time on the road. In 1990 he was awarded the Order of Canada. He also went Hollywood musically, with his biggest hits of the 1990s coming in films. This started with “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You,” the #1 song that ran under the credits for the 1991 film Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves and holds the Guiness record for most weeks atop the British charts (16). The song was nominated for an Oscar and won an American Music Award (Pop/Rock Single), Billboard Music Award (Top World Single), Grammy (Best Song Specifically Written for a Motion Picture or Television show), and an MTV Movie Award (Best Song). It helped propel Adams’s Waking Up the Neighbours to #6 on the charts and quadruple platinum status in America. The album topped the U.K. charts and kicked off a tour that lasted the better part of three years. Adams teamed up with Rod Stewart and Sting to form a triumvirate of former rockers for the chart-topping theme “All for Love” from the 1993 remake of The Three Musketeers . His song “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman,” for the film Don Juan de Marco also topped the charts and was nominated for an Oscar, as was his duet with Barbra Streisand, “I Finally Found Somebody,” for her film The Mirror Has Two Faces .

Adams took a 1993 greatest hits collection to the Top Ten, but his 1995 live album didn’t chart. The 18 ‘til I Die album attempted to regain some of his rock and roll credibility, despite including “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman.” Tracks like “The Only Thing That Looks Good on You Is Me” and “Let’s Make a Night to Remember” sent the record to platinum in the U.S. Adams released an album recorded for the MTV Unplugged series that didn’t even go gold. Nor did the follow-up, On a Day Like Today, despite including a duet with Mel “Sporty Spice” C. of the teen sensation group The Spice Girls.

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