Before coming a major fixture of the adult-contemporary music community, American singer Michael Bolton was the lead vocalist of a hard rock called Blackjack. Though the group released two albums and went on a US national tour to support Ozzy Osbourne, it ultimately decided to disband in 1980. Bolton would go on to release solo rock-centric albums after the implosion of his hard rock outfit, but it wasn't till the late 1980s, when after contemplating his musical leanings, Bolton decided to pursue a more subdued and well-honed sound. His sonic reinvention came in the form his 1987 album, The Hunger, and his new found sound managed to go over well with audiences who were looking for mellow, pensive songs that center around stories of love. Bolton's best selling LP, to date, was 1991's Time, Love & Tenderness, an album that produced his hit song "When a Man Loves a Woman" and helped establish Bolton as a cornerstone of the modern adult soft rock scene.
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