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Album: RecklessReleased: 1984Charted:
In a December 2003 interview, composer Jim Vallance said he co-wrote this song with lyricist Bryan Adams for "a dreadful film called A Night In Heaven, about a male stripper, which was released in 1983." The film may have been third rate but the song was deservedly a monster hit. Originally a power ballad, in 2002 it was recorded by DJ Sammy, whose version went to #1 in the UK and #8 in the US.
In 2002, DJ Sammy recorded his version together with German producer Yanou and Dutch vocalist Do. Yanou recalled in 1000 UK #1 Hits
by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh: "The reason I chose 'Heaven' is because I love it and it has a very special memory from my youth. I asked Do to sing on the trance track which she agreed to, but she also insisted on recording a slower version true to the original."
When we asked Adams how he feels about the DJ Sammy version of this song, he replied: "Everyone loves this song, and I was thrilled at the dance version produced by Yanou. It's always interesting to hear how other people interpret your music, sometimes, like this version, they connect." (Check out our interview with Bryan Adams
The DJ Sammy remix was also a personal favorite of Jessie Gilbert, who at the age of eleven won the Women's World Amateur Chess Championship. Jessie died in tragic circumstances in July 2006 aged just nineteen; the song was played at her funeral service at St Mark's Church, Reigate, the following month.
Two version of the video were made. The first, released in November 1984, was directed by Steve Barron, who worked on most of Adams' videos of the time. This one showed Adams standing on stage amid stacks of television sets showing parts of his band members. Shots of the crowd reveal that the seats are filled with not people, but TV sets, making Adams the only human in the building.
The second video was released in March 1985 and has a more accessible concept. In this one, a guy gets pulled over for drunk driving across the street from a Bryan Adams concert. The girl he was driving ditches him and goes to the show, where she and Adams make a connection. This second version was nominated for an MTV Video Music Award in the category Best Cinematography.