Tag Archives: Oleta Adams

The Billboard Roll Call: Oleta Adams

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The Billboard Roll Call is a listing of regional artists who have charted a song on the Billboard Top 40 from 1955-2009. The introduction has additional information.

Oleta Adams
Born and reared in Washington state, Adams has lived in Kansas City for about 30 years. She was a fixture on the local scene, mainly playing piano and singing at hotel bars. In the mid-1980s, she was discovered by the English band Tears for Fears, which lead her recording career.

Her first Top 40 success was as a member of Tears for Fears. Sowing the Seeds of Love hit No. 2 in September 1989. The band’s next single, Woman in Chains, featured Adams on vocals, and peaked at No. 36.

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Introducing KC Music Tube

Writing about music is fine, but to experience the true essence of music, you need to listen to it or watch a performance. So I’ve started a new feature that I’m really excited about: KC Music Tube.

KC Music Tube collects the videos of KC music artists that are scattered all over the Internet (YouTube mostly). With video, you can see (and hear) what makes them so special.

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Today in KC’s Music History: “The Seeds of Love” by Tears for Fears

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Long a fixture in Kansas City’s music community, Oleta Adams received a big career boost with the release of Tears for Fears’ third album on Sept. 25, 1989.

Born and reared in Washington state, Adams moved to Kansas City on the advice of her vocal coach. She quickly made a name for herself playing hotel bars and showrooms.

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Video: “Woman in Chains” by Tears for Fears Featuring Oleta Adams

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I think that Tears for Fears has held up pretty well over the years, and this song is no exception.

Woman in Chains is the opening track and the first single from Tears for Fears’ third album, The Seeds of Love. Although not exactly a duet with Roland Orzabal, the song features Oleta Adams in prominent role on the recording and in this video. Phil Collins and his big drum sound also played on the record but he did not appear in the video.

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Today in KC’s Music History: “The Seeds of Love” by Tears for Fears

Video: “Get Here” by Oleta Adams

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There are songs I never get tired of hearing, and this is one of them. This is one of the outstanding recordings of the last 20 years. Oleta Adams is not a flashy singer, but she’s a masterful one, and you can hear it from the moment she opens her mouth to sing.

This is a live performance that was broadcast on the BBC in 1991. The audio is not particularly good (it sounds like it was originally recorded on VHS tape and then transferred to a digital file), but it’s worth hearing the interplay between the band.

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Today in KC’s Music History: “The Seeds of Love” by Tears for Fears