Michael Bolton dominated the adult contemporary airwaves during the late '80s and early '90s, racking up a series of number one AC hits that also peaked in the upper reaches of the Hot 100. A former hard rock singer, Bolton refashioned himself as a blue-eyed soul singer, reviving such '60s R&B standards as Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" and Percy Sledge's "When a Man Loves a Woman," and having success with his covers. Despite his evident debt to the past, Bolton was thoroughly a man of his moment, relying on his barrel-chested vocals and airbrushed productions -- a combination that defined the soft rock of the George H.W. Bush era. During that time, Bolton was so omnipresent, he became a recurring punchline -- most memorably, an aggrieved employee in Mike Judge's 1999 comedy Office Space shared his name. While the ...
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