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Cinderella

Hard rock band Cinderella gained success in the mid-'80s, turning out a series of million-selling albums and hit singles while placing music videos in heavy rotation on MTV. By the mid-'90s, the group's mass popularity had subsided due to professional setbacks and perceived changes in taste. But they continued to tour regularly well into the 21st century.

Cinderella was founded in Philadelphia, PA, in 1983 by singer/songwriter/guitarist/keyboardist Tom Keifer (born January 26, 1961) and bassist Eric Brittingham (born May 8, 1960), who quickly added lead guitarist Jeff LaBar (born March 18, 1963). Guitarist Michael Kelly Smith and drummer Tony Destra were also early members of the band, but they left in 1985 to form Britny Fox. Cinderella then added drummer Jody Cortez and continued as a four-piece. Insisting on playing original material, they performed in clubs and bars in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and in 1985 Jon Bon Jovi caught one of their shows. He was sufficiently impressed to alert his record company, Mercury, which signed the band. Their debut album, Night Songs, was released in June 1986. Shortly after its completion, Cortez left the band and was replaced by Fred Coury (born October 20, 1964). The LP was not an immediate success, but it gained momentum gradually while the band toured extensively as an opening act to promote it. It broke into the Billboard chart in July, and the track "Shake Me," although it failed to chart as a single, got enough radio attention to turn up on Billboard's Album Rock Tracks chart in August. On October 1, the album was certified gold. That month, Mercury released a second single, "Nobody's Fool," accompanied by a music video that earned play on MTV; it broke into the charts in November and peaked at number 13 in February 1987. Its success further stimulated sales of the album, which was certified platinum in December 1986 and broke into the Top Ten by the end of the year; it peaked at number 3 in February 1987, and that same month was certified double platinum. In April, Mercury released a third single, "Somebody Save Me," which peaked at number 66 in May. (The album was certified triple platinum in May 1991.)

Having broken through to popular success with Night Songs, Cinderella returned with their second album, Long Cold Winter, in July 1988. Radio initially focused on the track "Gypsy Road," giving it a Top 20 ranking in the Album Rock Tracks chart, but Mercury did not release it as a single at first (although in the U.K., where it was released as a single, it charted). Instead the power ballad "Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)" was released as a single in August, and it peaked at number 12 in November. The album reached number ten in September, the same month it was certified gold and platinum simultaneously, with a double-platinum certification following in November. (It was certified triple platinum in January 1997.) As the group continued to tour relentlessly through 1988 and 1989, Mercury broke more singles from the LP. "The Last Mile," released in December, peaked at number 36 in March 1989; "Coming Home," released in March, hit number 20 in June; and "Gypsy Road," finally put on 45 a year after the release of Long Cold Winter in July 1989, and backed by a live version of the Rolling Stones' "Jumpin' Jack Flash," got to number 51 in September.

Again, Cinderella came off the road and spent a year crafting its third album, Heartbreak Station, which appeared in November 1990. Although it was a hit out of the box, going gold in January 1991 and platinum in February, the album encountered more resistance than the band's previous efforts, peaking at number 19, with no multi-platinum certifications forthcoming. Leadoff single "Shelter Me" peaked at number 36 in February, and the title song reached number 44 in April. More disturbing than this mild commercial disappointment, however, were problems within the band. Coury departed, and Cinderella initially replaced him with Kevin Valentine, then hired noted session drummer Kenny Aronoff temporarily before bringing in Kevin Conway. Then, after the U.S. leg of the Heartbreak Station tour had ended and the band was gearing up to go to Japan in 1991, Keifer woke up one morning and found he couldn't sing. Doctors initially were unable to figure out what was wrong, but a specialist finally diagnosed paresis of the laryngeal nerve controlling the left vocal cord. Keifer was forced to undergo two throat operations, followed by extensive therapy. Cinderella managed to put a track, "Hot and Bothered," on the chart-topping Wayne's World soundtrack, released in February 1992, but otherwise the band was out of commission for an extended period of time.

In the meanwhile, fashions changed. Cinderella had been part of a "pop-metal" movement including Bon Jovi, Great White, and Ratt, who preceded them, as well as Poison, the enormously popular Guns N' Roses, and L.A. Guns, who followed them. But when "grunge" rockers Nirvana, boasting a neo-punk style, broke through to success in the fall of 1991 with their album Nevermind and single "Smells Like Teen Spirit," the record labels suddenly became enamored of their stripped-down approach. Suddenly, instead of the teased and blown-dry coiffures and skin-tight stage costumes of the pop-metal bands, it was the dirty-hair-falling-in-the-face, flannel-shirt-and-jeans look of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain that was all the rage. Soon, the pop-metal groups were written off with a new epithet, dismissed as "hair metal" bands. By the time Keifer & Co. finally emerged with the fourth Cinderella album, Still Climbing, in November 1994, it could only manage to spend one week at number 178 before disappearing. Mercury promptly dropped the band.

Cinderella's touring opportunities also dried up, and while the group did not formally disband in 1995, it became inactive for lack of offers. Keifer moved to Nashville in 1997 and worked on his songwriting, eventually getting cuts on albums by Andy Griggs and Lynyrd Skynyrd. By 1998, there was enough interest by promoters for Cinderella to reunite (with Coury rejoining) for a tour. On October 2 and 3, they appeared at the Key Club in Hollywood, CA, and recorded the show for an album, Live at the Key Club, released on Cleopatra's Dead Line label in July 1999. Unfortunately, the disc was also licensed out to other labels over the years and has confused consumers by also appearing under the titles In Concert and Live From the Gypsy Road. Meanwhile, Cinderella had been signed to Sony's Portrait label by famed record executive John David Kalodner, who was also signing other hard rock bands of the '80s. But initial Portrait releases were not successful, and Cinderella's contract was canceled. Nevertheless, a faithful fan base supported continuing road work by the band, which reunited in the summer of 2000 for a tour with Poison, followed by a second outing by the two groups in 2002. In 2005, VH1 sponsored the Rock Never Stops package tour, which Cinderella headlined, supported by Ratt, Quiet Riot, and Firehouse, with dates extending through the summer. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi
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Somebody Save Me great song. Luv the whole album. Nothing compares to Cinderella they got there own unique sound. Will always luv em. ROCK ON EVERYONE and Merry Christmas
love this staion
wishing everyone a merry christmas
Cinderella

If you want me back to stay....I want to hear YOU say the words I long to hear and pop the "Question" to ME, on bended knee!....Bet t e r hurry cause I have decided NOT to wait forever.... I want ALL your love. *hint* 2015 is a new year......
One of my favorite bands
I love the bass in the songs of this band. Super rockin blues.
Love them ��
I grew up on this s**t!! Music sure isnt what it used to be . Who g.a.f. how much $ u got or how big your rims are
And whose to care if I grow my hair to the sky , I'll take a wish and I prayer cross my fingers Co's I'll always get byyyy: )
This badasss bands should really be back this is real music \m/ no band today in 2014 can top them for sure
Cinderella still kicks a**
Damn right they do hell yeah
Cinderella kicks f**kin' a**, Shake don't break it baby, all night long!
Cinderella. Great Band. Great memories here.
Seen them open for bonobo in 85 they were the best
Don't be anybody's fool! \m/
Nobody's Fool great tune. Saw Cinderella open for Poison in 06 on there 20th anniversary tour Excellent concert. Tommy was so f**ked up singing this song he fell in front of his microphone laid on stage for about 2 min and then jumped up shook it off drank a miniature of Jack and sang his a** off.. lol. Great bunch of guys and rwurzbach u r so right they got the short end of the stick. They were way 2 good. ROCK ON EVERYONE
Recently saw Tom Kiefers solo show at BB Kings. Great show. His voice sounded really strong considering all the surgeries he's had to endure.
I saw them live in 99 they were great but of course the prime would of been the best!! Great voice and always one of my favorites.
one of the best concerts I have seen. right up there with kamelot. AWSOME !!!!!!
Great in concert
Amo esta banda. Amo a Tom Keifer. Fielmente su fan #1
One of my favorite hair bands! Tom Keifer was so hot!
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed in the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However, if you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you've started reading s don't stop. This is so scary put this on the next five songs in the next one hundred fifty three minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come up on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
Wow.....
Helll yeah
Had the biggest crush on the drummer.
Tom and the boys are still rocking check there page on Facebook
skyhawk72342
Seen these guys several times and they Rock!!!
I love the songs Gypsy road and heartbreak station.
Comin Home!!! Another great tune off this classic album...
Nothin for Nothin!!! Great album.
This has gotta b the deepest, truest song of all times. Cinderella is amazing in concert especially seeing Tom do this live. Music in the 80s will always b the greatest in my opinion. ROCK ON EVERYONE
They r real musician's!! ! I miss 80's rock..the crap they have now just is not the same);
Tom Keifer's voice is awesome! jennifer...i know the other bands you speak of.
Help help im still lookin for gypsy road someone point me in the right direction please lol love cinderella miss the 80s rock
i never cared for Keifers voice but they played w/Badlands nd i must state that i prefer the lesser known but way better bands....... . . . . A c c e p t , rough cutt, Alcatrazz, Bullet Boys Gary moore and esp......Gle n n hughes oh ya forgot Y & T and whitesnake
I took the wrong way home.
Windz of change.. Goez out to corletta moore......�
Thanks Jennifer Rock On!
jlrichardson . 6 7
rwurzbach, I totally agree with you. They were very much underestimat e d . Still one of my favorites.
This band was so much more than their name and image projected. They had a real blues based rock sound that just got sadly lost with how they looked. One band that should have been bigger and taken more seriously.
to people who use the word poseur and tell you what bands you have to listen to, to be a metalhead, as lame as it may sound, I got into metal as an escape from all the rules we're forced to follow. so I guess it's unmetal to forsake rules and think for yourself. feel free to repost this.
hey bobnint you would know good music if a hair curler smakced you in the face!
thye came out when it seemed there was a change in the air for hair metal. they got lumped into that category, they were a real hard rock band on that first album. victim of the times
No permed hair, makeup wearing glam poseurs on my Pandora station
Seen them live in there glory days in late 80's..Louisv i l l e , Ky.. Memorial Gardens..Bri t n e y Fox & Kix two warm up bands... i rocked out what great times... high school. Party -- party long live the 80's best times of my life..HANDS DOWN!!
Thanks Tom for the attitude lol
Saw Tom Kiefers solo show at BB Kings back in July. What a great show!
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