Phil & Mel In The Afternoon

Phil & Mel In The Afternoon

Bryan Adams performs at the Colosseum on July 31, 2006 in Rome, Italy. (Photo Elisabetta Villa/Getty Images)

Bryan Adams has a lot of job titles that he could list on his LinkedIn profile. He’s a singer, songwriter, guitarist, Broadway composer (Pretty Woman: The Musical), and renowned photographer. The longtime vegan is also known for his animal activism and humanitarian work. Bryan’s Wikipedia entry even includes the letters OC, OBC, and FRPS after his name. Those stand for Order of Canada, Order of British Columbia, and Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, respectively.

As the son of a Canadian diplomat, Adams grew up in Ontario, Portugal, Austria, Israel, and British Columbia. A career in music came quickly for Bryan. He joined his first band at the age of 15 and, by 20, had released his first album. By the time his third album, Cuts Like a Knife, came out in 1983, Bryan Adams was a bona fide rock star. The life of Bryan only got bigger from there.

Adams’ career took on another dimension in the late-1990s when he began publishing his photos. His work has appeared in British Vogue, L’uomo Vogue, American Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, British GQ, Esquire, and Interview magazine, as well as in numerous ad campaigns and gallery exhibitions all over the world. He has also released seven books of his photography and shot a handful of album covers for other musicians.

Some of Bryan Adams’ biggest musical successes came as the result of his work on movie soundtracks beginning in the early-1990s. His singing voice was heard in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), The Three Musketeers (1993), Don Juan DeMarco (1995), The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996), and Old Dogs (2009). But for this installment of the Throwback Threesome, we’re rewinding even further with three of Bryan’s earlier hits from the ’80s.

Throwback Threesome: Bryan Adams

  • Cuts Like A Knife (1983)

    The low-budget music video for “Cuts Like a Knife” was filmed inside an empty indoor swimming pool in Hollywood. The pool had been drained and out of use for several years. The woman in the video was Penthouse magazine model Raquel Pena. MTV played the video in heavy rotation and it was one of the most popular of 1983.

  • Run To You (1984)

    The “Run To You” video was nominated for the 1985 MTV Video Music Awards in five different categories: Best Direction, Best Special Effects, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, and Best Cinematography. It didn’t win any of them. However, “Run To You” was Bryan’s highest charting song to date, peaking at #6 in the U.S. and #4 in his native Canada.

  • Summer Of '69 (1985)

    As with “Run To You,” the video for “Summer of ’69” was also nominated but did not win an MTV Video Music Award in 1985. It’s surprising because both music videos were directed by Steve Barron, who directed such iconic videos as “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson, “Money for Nothing” by Dire Straits, and “Take On Me” by A-ha.

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