Michael Bolton
American singer-songwriter
Michael Bolton
Michael Bolotin, better known as Michael Bolton, is an American singer and songwriter. Bolton originally performed in the hard rock and heavy metal genres from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s, both on his early solo albums and those he recorded as the frontman of the band Blackjack. He is best known, however, for his series of soft rock ballads, recorded after a stylistic change in the late 1980s.
Biography
Michael Bolton's personal information overview.
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Michael Bolton is back
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What’s New On Netflix In February 2017?
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Netflix just keeps swimming along with its new titles for February 2017. The additions include a mix of family favorites such as “Finding Dory” and “Babe” as well as highly anticipated originals such as Drew Barrymore’s “Santa Clarita Diet” and Ricky Gervais’ ”David Brent: Life on the Road.” February is also known for Valentine’s Day, so there are some steamy ones for all the Netflix and chill enthusiasts. These include “Magic Mike” and “Michael Bolton’s Big, Sexy Valentine’s Day Special.”  (We’re using “steamy” very loosely here.) Here are the rest of the titles:   Feb. 1 ”Ashley Madison: Sex, Lies, and Cyber Attacks” (2016) ”Babe” (1995) ”Babe: Pig in the City” (1998) ”Balto” (1995) ”Balto 2: Wolf Quest” (2001) ”Balto 3: Wings of Change” (2004) ”Contact” (1997) ”Corpse Bride” (2005) ”Disney’s Finding Dory” (2016) ”Eleven P.M.” (1928) ”From This Day Forward: A Trans Love Story” (2016) ...
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Some other dude named Mike Pence is owning his @mikepence Twitter handle
Yahoo News - 3 months
Governor Mike Pence, a.k.a. the Vice President-elect of the U.S., doesn't own the @mikepence Twitter handle. That's because someone else already grabbed it. And it's a dude who fervently does not support the Vice President to be.  SEE ALSO: 'Avengers' cast is assembling against Donald Trump on Twitter Not-famous Pence's perfect pinned tweet, using a quote from Office Space character Michael Bolton, says it all: pic.twitter.com/o8q9dwjvzO — Mike Pence (@mikepence) November 16, 2016 Twitter's first Mike Pence has been a member of Twitter since April 2007, while the VP-elect's two accounts were created in Aug. 2008 Feb. 2009.  Non-Governor Pence's bio reads, "Software developer, writer, and speaker. Recent marathoner and grandpa. Not a Christo-fascist politician," distinguishing himself from the politician. After Trump announced Governor Pence as his VP, Twitter Pence spoke with NY Mag . "[T]he vast majority of people are not paying any attention to what I have actually said on my Twitter ...
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Love Hurts: A Mature, Brief Surmise on Moving on From Rejection and Heartache
Huffington Post - over 1 year
"I can't make you love me when you don't, " Bonnie Raitt sings. "How am I supposed to live without you," Michael Bolton swoons. "Nothing compares to you," Sinead O' Connor laments. "Love is a battlefield," Pat Benetar told us. Finally, "love hurts," Nazareth informs us. Love does hurt, as they say; or it can hurt, literally and figuratively. Some of us know this better than others. Some of us know it only too well, sadly. One individual we all know and love knows it extremely well. She has been known to kiss a frog or two. In fact, she recently told me when I met her in California, "I don't expect much from frogs anymore." Meanwhile, the press has reported that on at least three separate incidents, she attempted to coerce her partner into a relationship, beating him when he refused. Other times she reacted with violence and rage when he broke up with her, or when he was simply hugging a friend, talking to another woman, or even just standing too close to them. She deni ...
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Love Hurts: A Mature, Brief Surmise on Moving on From Rejection and Heartache
Huffington Post - over 1 year
"I can't make you love me when you don't, " Bonnie Raitt sings. "How am I supposed to live without you," Michael Bolton swoons. "Nothing compares to you," Sinead O' Connor laments. "Love is a battlefield," Pat Benetar told us. Finally, "love hurts," Nazareth informs us. Love does hurt, as they say; or it can hurt, literally and figuratively. Some of us know this better than others. Some of us know it only too well, sadly. One individual we all know and love knows it extremely well. She has been known to kiss a frog or two. In fact, she recently told me when I met her in California, "I don't expect much from frogs anymore." Meanwhile, the press has reported that on at least three separate incidents, she attempted to coerce her partner into a relationship, beating him when he refused. Other times she reacted with violence and rage when he broke up with her, or when he was simply hugging a friend, talking to another woman, or even just standing too close to them. She denies ...
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NYC Pizza Rat Is Now A Sexy Halloween Costume End Of Headline
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Halloween costumes are like Michael Bolton albums, even if the word "sexy" is attached, it always ends up being very sad when you put one on. The NYC rat who captured our hearts when he captured that giant slice of pizza is now a sexy Halloween costume, because nacsjbaicjsvlkjbvbablfdk.* Now, you too can walk around your Halloween party for hours meeting your friends' puzzled looks with "Eh? ... EH??" "PIZZA RAT!" you'll finally reveal pretentiously, before your friends fade into the huddled masses to drink the rest of your alcohol. Happy Halloween!   *Nope. I refuse to even think of a half-joking reason. Nope.   Also on HuffPost: -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Percy Sledge Dies At 73 Of Liver Cancer – Singer Gave Us First Southern Soul Hit
The Inquisitor - almost 2 years
The man who gave voice to the original “When a Man Loves a Woman,” Percy Sledge, has died at age 73. Sledge died just after midnight Tuesday morning, his doctor, Dr. William “Beau” Clark, told Fox8. Percy had battled liver cancer and was under hospice care; he died with his wife Rosa and his children by his side. Though Sledge is most famous for “When a Man Loves a Woman,” he had a long career peppered with other hits. The song originally hit the airwaves in 1996 (it was the first Southern soul record to top the charts), was re-released in 1987 and covered by Michael Bolton in 1991, CNN added. During the 1960s, Percy sang at frat parties and clubs throughout the Southeast on the weekends with his group, the Esquires, and was a hospital orderly Monday to Friday, ABC News added. “I was singing every style of music: the Beatles, Elvis Presley, James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Motown,Sam Cooke, the Platters,” Percy said, according to his Rock & Roll Hall of Fame biography. His ...
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John Oliver & Michael Bolton Serenade The IRS, 'The Anus Of Our Country'
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Why does everyone hate the IRS? On HBO's "Last Week Tonight," host John Oliver said it's because the agency combines two of the things we hate most: "someone taking our money and math." However, Oliver argued that our anger is misdirected because the IRS "does a difficult, thankless, almost dangerously boring job," and GOP cuts to the agency's budget is making their task even more difficult. So if you've got a problem with how much you pay in taxes, don't blame the IRS. Blame Congress. “The fact is, blaming the IRS because you hate paying your taxes is a bit like slapping your checkout clerk because the price of eggs has gone up," Oliver said. "It’s not her fault -- she’s just trying to help you get out of the store.” Oliver said it's time to change the way we think about the IRS, even if no one likes the agency. "Not everything that's important is likable," Oliver said. "Think of our government as a body. The IRS is the anus: It's nobody's favorite part, but you need ...
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Conversations with PUSA's Jason Finn, Plus Chatting with Sabina and Exclusives from Grace Valerie and Analog Rebellion
Huffington Post - about 3 years
A Conversation with The Presidents of the United States of America's Jason Finn Mike Ragogna: After twenty years together, it's about time you were asked who is or was your favorite president of the United States, you know, like you've never been asked that before. Jason Finn: As Michael Bolton said in Office Space: "I guess I sorta like 'em all." MR: Bill Clinton, "W" and Barack Obama. What would you ask each president? JF: I'd ask them what specifically each would change about the track sequencing of Physical Graffitti. Obviously, it would be a trap question, since it's a perfect double album. MR: How did you approach the material this time out and how is it different from your last one? JF: We booked a couple of days last October with no material or preparation, purely for fun. We were truly shocked when those yielded four or five complete songs. Surely, this was a fluke! So we booked a few more in November. This time, we ended up with 6 or 7 more. Clearly, a crisis was bre ...
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Men's Figure Skating Costumes: Toy Soldier, Aged Rocker, Bird Person or Shakespeare in the Park?
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Soaring jumps, sexy swivels, gravity defying glute muscles and costumes which could easily transition into a Renaissance Festival or Civil War reenactment wardrobe. Is there anything better than men's figure skating? I think not. Now that we've answered the big question, which two men will be competing for the USA in Sochi -- that would be veteran Jeremy Abbott and teenager Jason Brown -- let's move on to the even bigger question, what are they going to wear? As Evan Lysacek taught us four long years ago in Vancouver, even a man who is 6 foot 2 can pull off not one, but two, bejeweled snakes strapped to his torso. But if reptiles that double as Judith Leiber purses are not your thing, you really have one of four costume options to choose from: the classic toy soldier, the aged rocker ensemble (billowing shirt and slicked back hair optional), the let-me-strap-on-my-feathers-and-fly-away or going full on Shakespeare in the Park. So which will it be, Jeremy and Jason? Here's a little ...
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Michael Bolton Returns as TV Commercial Pitchman
Bloomberg - Businessweek - about 3 years
The singer makes it big—again—by making fun of himself
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Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson Saluted at First Grammy Museum Gala, Architects of Sound: Motown
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Did you know all the joy you'd be bringing? Did you know you'd be the songs The whole world is singing? Did you know when you dreamed your dream That you would make so many other dreams come true? Did you know, way back when, first we met, You and I would be as close as true friends can get? Though the road has been rough at times We made it through, And I'd live it all again Just to be with you; And I'm hoping that right now you know My friend, my wonderful friend, I love you so -- Smokey Robinson Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson: living legends. Smokey Robinson sang for us Monday night, and specifically to his best friend, Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, Jr. Let me tell you: the terms "singer," "businessman" and "record label" may clue you in a bit, but this was more. Much more. These men got the whole world dancing, swaying, singing along (and they still do). Mr. Robinson's angelic vibrato may sing words, but in attempts to define it, it defies them! And words c ...
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Michael Bolton On His 'Darkest Hours' Before Fame (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Michael Bolton landed his first record deal with Epic Records at age 15, but it took nearly two decades for him to strike it big. When "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" caught up with the now 60-year-old singer/songwriter, he opened up about how he struggled to get by in those early years. Bolton says when his band Joy received their first deal from Epic Records, he didn't hesitate to throw himself into the music business. "I left school with my parents' blessing because I had record industry people saying, 'You've got what it takes, you've got the element in your voice that our industry thrives from,'" he says. If he stuck with it, they told him he would make it. "I didn't realize they meant stick to it 18 years," Bolton says. "I learned that just because you have a record deal doesn't mean you've made it, doesn't mean you and your family are going to be okay." In his early 20s, Bolton married Maureen McGuire and they had three daughters. "Without any doubt the toughest part was havi ...
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USW Welcomes Veritas Acquisition of PDM Bridge Plant in Wisconsin
Yahoo News - over 3 years
MENASHA, Wis., Nov. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United Steelworkers (USW) released the following statement today from USW District 2 Director Michael Bolton in response to Veritas Steel's acquisition of certain assets of PDM Bridge, including a plant in Eau Claire, Wis., where workers are members of the USW:(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20080131/DC12982LOGO)"This acquisition is a win-win for both the USW and for the future of the steel fabrication industry. We are excited to work with a company like Veritas. ...
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Jon Gosselin On Kate: 'There Is No Cooperation' (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
After 10 years of marriage, eight children and a hit reality TV show, Jon and Kate Gosselin are divorced and co-parenting their children in separate households. In the above video from "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" Jon Gosselin opens up about his relationship with his ex-wife and his need for a more private lifestyle. "I don't really have a relationship with Kate," Gosselin says. "It's more texting, custodial stuff. I wish her the best in all that she does, but [we're] just moving in totally two different directions, just totally not on the same page at all, about anything." Today, Gosselin lives in a cabin in rural Pennsylvania and works as a waiter. "I don't really know what goes on in Kate's house and she really doesn't know what goes on in my house," he says. "At this point, there is no cooperation. There's nothing. There's two totally different parenting styles and two totally different everythings -- which is a shame because it affects me, but it really affects my children." ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Michael Bolton
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 62
    In 2015, Bolton starred in a Pizza Hut commercial as himself singing Jingle Bells while the family opens up their pizza order.
    More Details Hide Details On February 24, 1992, the American R&B group The Isley Brothers filed a lawsuit against Bolton, claiming his 1991 hit song "Love Is a Wonderful Thing" plagiarized their 1966 song of the same name. A Los Angeles jury ruled in favor of the Isley Brothers on April 25, 1994. The jury determined there were five instances in which Bolton's song plagiarized the Isleys' tune. Bolton, co-writer Andrew Goldmark and Sony Publishing were ordered to turn over more than $5 million in profits from the sales of Bolton's version of the song to the Isley Brothers. It was the largest award in history for plagiarism in the music industry. Bolton, Goldmark and Sony appealed the verdict, and the court fight continued for nearly seven more years. The case came to a close on January 22, 2001, when the Supreme Court of the United States refused to hear the appeal of a May 2000 decision by the Ninth Circuit Court Of Appeals in San Francisco.
    In 2015 Bolton sang on John Oliver's Last Week Tonight episode concerning the IRS.
    More Details Hide Details Bolton has made a number of cameo appearances in feature films and television, usually appearing as himself, such as in Meet Wally Sparks and The Nanny. Although he has been rumored to have appeared as an extra in Dune as a "spice-eyed" drummer, Bolton has stated in interviews that it is not him. In August 2006, Bolton was one of Lucy Lawless's duet partners on the Fox network's program Celebrity Duets, which Simon Cowell's Syco Productions Company produced for the network. Bolton was a contestant on the eleventh season of Dancing with the Stars. He and his dance partner Chelsie Hightower were the second couple to be eliminated, on September 28, 2010.
    As of February 2015, Bolton was working on the recording of a new studio album.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2013
    Age 60
    In 2013 and 2014, Bolton appeared in Honda commercials in which he sings.
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    In 2013 Bolton released the album Ain't No Mountain High Enough – A Tribute to Hitsville USA, which featured duets with Kelly Rowland, Melanie Fiona and Orianthi.
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  • 2011
    Age 58
    He has collaborated with Indian musician A. R. Rahman for a song which was recorded in February 2011 for Gems – The Duets Collection.
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    In 2011, Bolton was featured as a guest vocalist in The Lonely Island's song "Jack Sparrow" on their Turtleneck & Chain album.
    More Details Hide Details His performance with the comedic hip-hop trio focused on his (intentionally) off-topic chorus and miscommunication with the group, and the video featured him dressed in costumes as Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean, Forrest Gump, Erin Brockovich, and Tony Montana from Scarface.
  • 2010
    Age 57
    Bolton was married to Maureen McGuire, but they divorced. They are the parents of three adult daughters: Isa, Holly, and Taryn. Taryn gave birth to a daughter in October 2010.
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  • 2009
    Age 56
    Bolton released his album One World One Love in the UK on September 21, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details The first single, "Just One Love," was released one week earlier.
  • 2008
    Age 55
    Bolton performed a duet entitled "Il Mio Amico" with the Italian singer Anna Tatangelo at the Sanremo Music Festival 2008.
    More Details Hide Details The song was originally sung by Tatangelo alone, but the duet version contained English lyrics as well. Bolton's album Only A Woman Like You was released in 2001. The title song was co-written by Shania Twain and featured background vocals by Skyler Jett.
  • 2007
    Age 54
    In March 2007, Bolton toured South Africa for the first time.
    More Details Hide Details He was the headline act at Jacaranda 94.2 FM's two-day concert. For Over the Rainbow, an album which was recorded in five days, Bolton recorded the song "New York, New York," which was also on his Bolton Swings Sinatra album. This was for an episode of the TV series, Challenge Anneka. The proceeds from the album went to children's hospices across the UK.
  • 2006
    Age 53
    In 2006, Bolton and his then fiancee Nicollette Sheridan sang a duet, "The Second Time Around," for the album Bolton Swings Sinatra.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2001
    Age 48
    He hired conductor Larry Baird (orchestral musical director/conductor/arranger for The Moody Blues, Three Dog Night, Al Jarreau, etc.) for his 2001 tour.
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  • 1997
    Age 44
    Bolton's last Top 40 single in the US in his own right was the 1997 hit "Go the Distance" (featured in the Disney animated motion picture Hercules), which peaked at No. 1 on the US adult contemporary chart.
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  • 1995
    Age 42
    Bolton and Sheridan dated until 1995, stopped dating, then reunited in 2005 and became engaged in March 2006; however, it was confirmed in August 2008 that they had broken off their engagement.
    More Details Hide Details In January 2013, Bolton published an autobiography, The Soul of It All: My Music, My Life. In 1993, Bolton established "The Michael Bolton Foundation," later renamed The Michael Bolton Charities, to assist women and children at risk from the effects of poverty as well as emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. Bolton also serves as the honorary chairman of Prevent Child Abuse America, the national chairman for This Close for Cancer Research, and a board member for the National Mentoring Partnership and the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital. On July 25, 1993, Michael Bolton played Michael Jordan in a televised charity softball game at the Chicago White Sox stadium, Comiskey Park. Michael Bolton's team, The Bolton Bombers, won the game 7-1 against Michael Jordan's team, Jordan's Air Force. The Bolton's Bombers were composed of Michael Bolton and his band while the Jordan's Air Force was composed of celebrities including Magic Johnson, Chris Chelios, Ahmad Rashad, Mark Harmon, MC Hammer, Tom Selleck, Stacey King, and Bo Jackson as coach.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1991
    Age 38
    In 1991, Bolton released the album Time, Love & Tenderness which featured his Grammy Award-winning cover version of "When a Man Loves a Woman."
    More Details Hide Details As a singer, he has performed with other artists such as: Lucia Aliberti, Patti LaBelle, José Carreras, Tony Cetinski, Ray Charles, Céline Dion, Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming, Wynonna Judd, BB King, The Lonely Island, Luciano Pavarotti, Percy Sledge, and Zucchero. As a songwriter, he has written and collaborated on several songs for other artists as well.
  • 1987
    Age 34
    One of his first major hits was his 1987 interpretation of the Otis Redding classic "(Sittin' On) the Dock of the Bay."
    More Details Hide Details Redding's widow, Zelma Redding, said she was so moved by Bolton's performance "that it brought tears to my eyes. It reminded me so much of my husband that I know if he heard it, he would feel the same." Always interested in soul and Motown classics, Bolton's success with that song encouraged him to tackle the standard "Georgia On My Mind," with which he had another hit.
  • 1985
    Age 32
    The two sought to work with each other again, and their next collaboration was when Bolton co-wrote "I Found Someone" for Branigan in 1985.
    More Details Hide Details Her version was only a minor hit, but two years later, Cher resurrected the song, and with it her own singing career. Bolton co-wrote several other songs for both singers. Bolton would achieve his greatest success in the late 1980s and early 1990s as a singer on the adult contemporary/easy listening charts.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1983
    Age 30
    Indeed, in 1983, Bolton auditioned for, but was denied, the lead vocalist position with Osbourne's former band, Black Sabbath.
    More Details Hide Details After Anglicizing his family name to Bolton, he gained his first major hit as a songwriter, co-writing "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You" for Laura Branigan, previously best known for singing the pop hit "Gloria." Narrowly missing the Top 10 on the US pop chart, Branigan took the song to number one on the Adult Contemporary chart for three weeks in 1983.
  • 1975
    Age 22
    Bolton began recording in 1975.
    More Details Hide Details This first album was self-titled using his original family name of Bolotin. Early in his musical career he focused on hard rock, with his band Blackjack once opening for heavy metal artist Ozzy Osbourne on tour.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1953
    Age 0
    Born on February 26, 1953.
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