Gaynor Hopkins, 8 June 1951, Skewen, South Wales. Tylers powerful, melodramatic voice was a perfect vehicle for the quasi-operatic imagination of producer Jim Steinman. After winning a talent contest in 1970, Tyler sang regularly in Welsh clubs and pubs, fronting a soul band called Mumbles. A throat operation in 1976 gave her voice an extra huskiness that attracted writer/producers Ronnie Scott and Steve Wolfe. Tyler successfully recorded their compositions Lost In France and Its A Heartache, a million-seller in the USA. Married Men (from the movie The World Is Full Of Married Men) was only a minor hit, and in 1981 Tyler changed labels to CBS Records and was teamed with Meat Loaf producer Steinman. He created Total Eclipse Of The Heart, a gigantic ballad that is probably Tylers finest performance. The single reached number 1 on both sides of the Atlantic while Faster Than The Speed Of...
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