SHORN TO BE MILD; Bolton's ponytail comes a cropper.
Shorn-again crooner Michael Bolton Michael Bolotin (born February 26, 1953), better known as Michael Bolton, is an American singer-songwriter, known for his soft rock ballads and powerful tenor vocals. has revealed the reasons he ditched his trademark curly pony-tail after 30 years.
The US soul singer took the hair-raising decision on the spur of the moment Adv. 1. on the spur of the moment - on impulse; without premeditation; "he decided to go to Chicago on the spur of the moment"; "he made up his mind suddenly"
suddenly because he was sickened by years of taunts about his dodgy dodgy - Synonym with flaky. Preferred outside the US barnet.
And the cruel jibes turned him into an outcast when he was growing up in New Haven New Haven, city (1990 pop. 130,474), New Haven co., S Conn., a port of entry where the Quinnipiac and other small rivers enter Long Island Sound; inc. 1784. Firearms and ammunition, clocks and watches, tools, rubber and paper products, and textiles are among the many , Connecticut.
He said: "My brother and I couldn't walk down the street without being harassed or literally pulled into a fight just because we had long hair.
"People would pull their cars over and swear at us and yell all kinds of provocative things. I was ostracised by society.
"I wasn't allowed into a lot of my friends' homes because their parents thought I was going to influence their kids to grow long hair and somehow rebel against the establishment.
"But I don't think our behaviour was ever disrespectful dis·re·spect·ful
Having or exhibiting a lack of respect; rude and discourteous.
disre·spect . It was just our look."
Now multi-millionaire Michael, 44, has had the last laugh on the yobs who made his teen years hell.
He is back on the music scene with a new cropped look and a new single riding high in the charts.
But he laughed: "I wouldn't have got my hair cut if I'd been given time to think about it. I thought I was seeing a stylist for a consultation. Then, all of a sudden, the scissors scissors
Cutting instrument or tool consisting of a pair of opposed metal blades that meet and cut when the handles at their ends are brought together. Modern scissors are of two types: the more usual pivoted blades have a rivet or screw connection between the cutting ends came out and he went for it."
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Michael's global success has brought him 40 million record sales and endless Grammy awards Grammy Awards
Annual awards given by the Recording Academy (officially the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences). The first Grammies (the name is a dimunitive of “gramophone”) were given in 1958. for songs such as How Am I Supposed To Live Without You.
His double A-side single The Best Of Love and Go The Distance - from the Disney film Hercules - shot straight into the charts at number 14 this week.
His new album All That Matters - out on Monday - features a totally revamped sound, created with the help of R&B godfather Babyface and top US producer Tony Rich.
The workaholic work·a·hol·ic
One who has a compulsive and unrelenting need to work. star has also written his first children's book - The Secret Of The Lost Kingdom - inspired by an English country castle. But despite his success, Michael was no stranger to struggle in the early days.
He was inspired by his mother's courage in bringing up her family alone after she divorced.
Then, before Michael's marriage to Maureen McGuire broke down, the couple and and their daughters, Isa, Holly and Tanya faced eviction The removal of a tenant from possession of premises in which he or she resides or has a property interest done by a landlord either by reentry upon the premises or through a court action. while the singer tried to persuade music companies that he had talent.
The memories of the tough times are vivid and the chart star set up the Michael Bolton Foundation in 1993 to provide safe houses for children and women on the breadline and at risk from physical and sexual abuse.
Celebrities Andre Agassi, Michael Jordan, Oprah Winfrey and Whitney Houston have enlisted their help to the cause.
Michael - who has been showered with humanitarian awards - said: "Some children don't have anyone to give them hope.
"I remember how tough it was to raise a family. I had three daughters and a wife to support and I couldn't do it. I could barely make ends meet.
"Through my foundation, I'm able to make sure that the facilities I am funding are doing their job and are improving people's quality of life."
POP sensation Diana King has proved she's no shy girl when it comes to putting men in their place. The singer - who shot to fame with her first hit, Shy Guy - released her new album, Think Like A Girl, on Monday.
And she said: "The title song is saying that sometimes guys should try to see where we're coming from. The world would be a much better place if men could think like girls from time to time."
Diana is in the charts with I Say A Little Prayer.
TOP 10 SINGLES CHART
1 (1) AQUA, Barbie Girl: The Danish pop sensations face a court battle with toy makers Mattel. Now they've upset The Spice Girls, too.
2 (-) NATALIE IMBRUGLIA, Torn: Classic pop song from the Aussie stunner stunner
device used in abattoirs to stun an animal so that it is unconscious when it is bled out.
a captive-bolt, nonpenetrating device, activated by a standard bullet. , who is the latest former soap star to cross over into the pop charts.
3 (2) SPICE GIRLS, Spice Up Your `Life: The famous five lost their grip on pole position after one week, but their album Spiceworld is set to top the chart.
4 (3) ELTON JOHN, Candle In The Wind: Elton's single is the biggest ever. Scots fans will be able to see him with Billy Joel at Ibrox next summer.
5 (4) SASH! featuring La Trec, Stay: Sash's dance smash is doing extremely well in the clubs and continues to keep pace with its Top 10 rivals.
6 (-) PETER ANDRE, Lonely: From six-pack star to No 6 in the charts, Peter says: "I plan to put my music first and my image second from now on."
7 (8) BACKSTREET backstreet
a street in a town far from the main roads
denoting secret or illegal activities: a backstreet abortion
backstreet n BOYS, As Long As You Love Me: The Backstreet Boys continue to live up to their reputation as the 90s New Kids On The Block.
8 (-) EMBRACE, All You Good People: The McNamara brothers, Danny and Richard, have been tipped as "bigger than Oasis" by Radio 1's Steve Lamacq.
9 (7) N-TRANCE, featuring Rod Stewart, Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?: Rod said `no' to a duet with N-Trance, until the band sang the song on his doorstep.
10 (6) DARIO G, Sunchyme: This familiar single features the vocal hook from the 1985 Dream Academy hit Life In A Northern Town.
SINGLE OF THE WEEK
CAST: I'M SO LONELY
LED by bouncy singer/bass player John Power, this Liverpool foursome shrugged off comparisons with Oasis with their brilliantly tuneful album Mother Nature Calls, from which this fine single is taken.
Although the Cast sound does hark back hark
intr.v. harked, hark·ing, harks
To listen attentively.
To return to a previous point, as in a narrative. to the Beatles, their approach is far less overblown o·ver·blown
Past participle of overblow.
a. Done to excess; overdone: overblown decorations.
b. than that of Oasis. But it's John Powers' vocals which top off this haunting ballad and should ensure another top 20 smash
ALBUM OF THE WEEK
SPICE GIRLS: SPICEWORLD
WHETHER you love them or hate them, The Spice Girls are going to rake in even more cash with their second album. It features the salsa-flavoured hit Spice Up Your Life and will fill thousands of stockings this Christmas.
But there are some awful songs and some of the raunchy raun·chy
adj. raun·chi·er, raun·chi·est Slang
a. Obscene, lewd, or vulgar: "[He] lyrics seem tasteless - considering that children make up the bulk of the band's audience.
Of the other songs, Stop is a homage to Motown, and Never Give Up is Philadelphia disco.