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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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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