Michael Bolotin, 26 February 1953, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. Bolton became one of the most successful rock balladeers of the late 80s and 90s, selling over 50 million records and winning two Grammys and six American Music Awards.
The young Michael Bolotin grew up listening to soul artists such as Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and Marvin Gaye before recording his first single (under his real name) for Epic Records in 1968. Among the backing musicians on Bolotins first solo album for RCA Records were Bernard Purdie, David Sanborn and Muscle Shoals session musician Wayne Perkins. Critics made frequent comparisons between Bolotin and Joe Cocker. In the late 70s, Bolotin became lead singer with hard rock band Blackjack. However, despite the presence of top producers Tom Dowd (Allman Brothers Band and Eric Clapton) and Eddy Offord (Yes), their two albums for Polydor Records sold poorly. After the band split, guitarist Bruce Kulick played with...
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