The Life Of Bryan Adams

Bryan Adams was born in Kingston, Ontario on November 5,1959. The son of a Canadian diplomat, he admits that moving with his parents throughout Europe and the Middle east, attending British and American schools has made him tough. At age fourteen he was living in Vancouver, playing guitar and growing disillusioned with the slackness of North American schools. His report card read: " Bryan is a very attentive student - when he attends". But, he had discovered Rock ‘n' Roll and there was no turning back......

1976: At 16, Bryan joins a band and goes on the road across Canada.

1977: Adams meets drummer Jim Vallance, and the two begin collaborating as songwriters. Their material is soon being covered by many artists.

1979: A&M Canada hears some Adams' demos, including the song ‘Let me take you dancing' and signs him to a recording contract.

Dec 1979: Bryan signs with manager Bruce Allen of Loverboy and Bachman Turner Overdrive success.

Feb 1980: "Bryan Adams", his first solo LP, is recorded in Toronto on A&M Records. Adams does a club and college tour across Canada for four solid months.

Spring 1981: Bryan records 2nd album in New York with engineer, Bob Clearmountain (Stones, Roxy Music, Bruce Springsteen).

June 1981: Second album released ; first idea for a title is "Bryan Adams Hasn't Heard Of You Either",before settling on ‘ You Want It, You Got It'. Produced by Adams and Clearmountain, the album includes four successful singles - ‘Lonely nights', ‘Coming home','one good reason' and ‘Fits ya good'.

Sept 1981: First ground-breaking U.S. dates include Detroit, St. Louis, Kansas City & Dallas.

Oct 1981: Western Canadian tour starts.

Jan- May 1982: Bryan spends months on the road, opening for the Kinks and Foreigner and perfects material for his next album. Introduces himself to Kinks guitarist, Dave Davies, who thinks that Adams is a roadie.

Aug 1982: Recording begins on his third album at Vancouver's Little Mountain Sound Studios.

Oct 1982: Bryan performs with Jim Vallance on drums at the Yamaha Music Festival in Japan.

Dec 1982: New Years Eve, Bryan Adams and Loverboy rock the Los Angeles Forum in California.

Jan 1983: The album, ‘Cuts Like A Knife' is released. Produced by Adams and Clearmountain, the first single is ‘Straight from the heart'. It reaches # 10 on the Billboard Singles Chart. The video for the second single, ‘Cuts like a knife' is shot in a Los Angeles swimming pool by Steve Barron. Music Express Magazine's national popular opinion poll votes him Canada's top male vocalist for 1982.

Jan- Feb 1983: Bryan tours through Eastern and Central Canada.

Mar 1983: Bryan hits the road in America, opening for Journey and performing over 100 dates in five months. Bryan is featured on ‘American Bandstand'!

Apr 1983: A breather in the schedule is used to shoot a video for the third single, ‘This Time' at Edwards Air Force base in California. The video is directed by Steve Barron with cinematography by Lazlo Kovacs.

May 1983: He briefly interrupts the Journey tour to headline The Bottom Line club in New York City. In the audience are Mick Jagger, Nils Lofgren, Rick Nielson (Cheap Trick), Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley (Kiss) and John McEnroe. Paul Dean(Loverboy), John Waite and Rick Derringer join him on stage.

June 1983: ‘Cuts Like A Knife' becomes Bryan's first U.S. gold album. The second single reaches #15 on Billboard.

Aug 1983: The Journey/Adams tour winds down.

Sept 1983: ‘Cuts Like A Knife' goes platinum in the U.S., passing the one million mark in sales and entering the Billboard Top 10. The third single ‘This Time' reaches #24. Bryan plays with Supertramp to 30,000 Vancouver fans at the new B.C. Place domed stadium. he performs in eleven countries on a six-week solo tour of Europe. While in Germany, he tapes the popular rock TV show, ‘Rockpalast'.

Nov 1983: Bryan tours Japan. By year's end, he's been on the road 283 days. A&M releases the movie soundtrack album for ‘A Night In Heaven', featuring the song ‘Heaven'. This becomes a top 10 AOR airplay hit. He headlines a ‘SOR' tour of Western Canada.

Dec 1983: Bryan's numerous music industry awards for the year include Best Selling New Artist (The National Association of Record Merchandisers), #2 Male AOR Artist (The Album Network) and #3 most played AOR Album (Radio & Records), as well as the Juno Award for Top Male Vocalist.

Jan 1984: Adams and Vallance start writing for the upcoming album.

Feb 1984: Adams tours Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii