Sep 2, 2009

'Total Eclipse Of The Heart' Re-Recorded: Back By Popular Demand, Bonnie Tyler and Only Men Aloud Record Brand New Version

Bonnie first performed the song live with Only Men Aloud at their request for their sell-out Cardiff Arena show in April. She was so impressed with Tim’s arrangement and the audience’s enthusiastic response that this, teamed with a huge resurgence in popularity after the song was used in the current T-mobile advert, prompted Bonnie to re-record the track.

Upon the song’s first release in 1983, Bonnie became one of just a few British female artists to have a US chart no.1, the latest being Leona Lewis last year. The song also made her the first Welsh artist to reach the top of the US charts (beating both Tom Jones and Dame Shirley Bassey).

Tim Rhys-Evans, MD of the choir, said ”Bonnie was such a huge part of the music scene when I was growing up so it was a surreal moment, taking my arrangement of her biggest hit to her home. Thankfully she loved it! Bonnie has been an absolute star - so excited and positive - and she’s sounding better than ever.”

Bonnie Tyler added, “I'm delighted with this version of Total Eclipse and it is wonderful to be working with such a great choir as Only Men Aloud. I am so happy that the legendary Jim Steinman, who wrote this beautiful song, has told me how much he adores this recording of it”.

Bonnie first had a hit with the song in 1983 when it went to No.1 in the UK, USA, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. The song sold more than 6 million copies and has since gone down in rock legend, becoming one of the most popular karaoke tracks of all time.

The popularity and strength of the song has led to it being covered several times, including versions by Westlife and Tori Amos as well as being an American Idol favourite. But these versions have never reached the same level of popularity as Bonnie’s version with her inimitable, powerful vocals.

The latest Only Men Aloud version of 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' will be released as a single on October 12th. It will also be available on Only Men Aloud's second album, entitled 'Band of Brothers', to be released on the same day.

Bonnie-mania has reached such a height that she will appear on Hollyoaks on Oct 2nd. TopShop have also launched its own line of Bonnie Tyler t-shirts, proving that this timeless song is still speaking to new generations.

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