Bonnie Tyler - Did You Know?

Bonnie Tyler - Did You Know?May 16, 2019

Music facts, music trivia, interesting stories and much more. Introducing the "Did You Know" page about Welsh singer, Bonnie Tyler.




Bonnie Tyler (real name: Gaynor Hopkins) is a Welsh singer who is known for her distinctive husky voice. She came to prominence with the release of her album The World Starts Tonight in 1977 and the singles "Lost in France" and "More Than a Lover". Her 1978, her single "It's a Heartache" reached the No.4 spot on the UK Singles Chart, and the No.3 spot on the US Billboard Hot 100.

During the 1980s, Bonnie Tyler teamed with songwriter and producer Jim Steinman, who wrote her her biggest hit, "Total Eclipse of the Heart." The song was actually first offered to Meat Loaf for his 1983 album, Midnight at the Lost and Found. However, due to financial reasons, Meat Loaf's record company preferred that he will write his own songs for the album, and thus, the song "Total Eclipse of the Heart" went to Bonnie Tyler.

The song was a huge success and topped both the US and UK charts, making Bonnie Tyler the first female singer that topped the UK chart. Steinman also wrote another major hit for Tyler, the song "Holding Out for a Hero".

Both the singles "Total Eclipse of the Heart" and "It's a Heartache" are among the best-selling singles of all time, selling more than 6 million copies each. During her music career, Bonnie Tyler's was nominated 3 times for the has won three Grammy Award and also had three nominations for the Brit Award, among other accolades.

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