The song was originally recorded by Roger Whittaker in 1982, as well as by Sheena Easton and Lee Greenwood. The song appeared very shortly thereafter in charted versions by Colleen Hewett (1982), Lou Rawls (1983), Gladys Knight & The Pips (1983), and Gary Morris (1983). The highest-charting version of the song to date was recorded in 1988 by singer and actress Bette Midler for the soundtrack to the film Beaches. This version was released as a single in early 1989, spent one week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in June 1989, and won Grammy Awards for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year in February 1990. On October 24, 1991, Midler’s single was also certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipment of one million copies in the United States. In 2004 Midler’s version finished at No. 44 in AFI’s 100 Years…100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema.
When The Night Comes is an album by Lou Rawls, released in 1983. Louis Allen Rawls (December 1, 1933 – January 6, 2006) was an American recording artist, actor, voice actor, songwriter, and record producer. He is best known for his singing ability; Frank Sinatra once said that Rawls had “the classiest singing and silkiest […]
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