Continuing the changing of the styles/genres theme with more lost AOR hits.
Michael Bolton - Fools Game (1983)
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Michael Bolton. Your eyes (and ears) are not deceiving you. Before he went the Lite FM route, M.B actually had four AOR charted hits to his credit. Only one of them - 1988's remake of "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay" - was also a Pop hit.
Richard Marx - Have Mercy (1987)
Another artist who went the Lite FM route. But before he did, he had 7 AOR charted hits to his credit - one of them previously posted in this series by Captain 13. This was also off of his debut album and is only one of two that were not released as Pop singles, so they are easily forgotten.
Side note: Richard is now back to rocking, as evidenced by his newer material receiving airplay on Class X radio. http://classxradio.com/
ABC - That Was Then But This Now (1984)
Best known for the Pop hits "The Look Of Love" and "Poison Arrow" - both of which also received a decent amount of AOR airplay back in the day - this band went for a harder-edged sound on the follow-up album, alienating fans and nearly losing the recording contract in the process - this AOR hit notwithstanding.
The band later regrouped later on in the decade with a return to a Pop style with more Pop hits. "When Smokey Sings" this aint.
LRB - Playing To Win (1985)
If you've already figured out (without looking it up) that LRB is/was just another incarnation of the Little River Band, go to the head of the class.
With John Farnham replacing Glenn Shorrock on vocals, among other personnel moves, this sounds nothing like the original Little River Band Sound, but the harder-edged sound fit in well on AOR radio at the time - this track was a big AOR hit in early '85.
I also distinctly recall the original band's well-known previous hits "The Night Owls" and "Lonesome Loser" - IMO, the bands best all-time track - receiving extensive AOR airplay. But, for a few tracks here or there over the years, the Little River Band was not known as a fixture on AOR radio; they were a mainstay on Pop/Top 40 radio.
As always, Rock On Redszone!
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