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Seal wrote this in tribute to Crosby Stills & Nash while living in a squat in Kensal Green, London.
Seal recorded this for his second album, and it was later used over the end credits of the Batman Forever movie, which helped make it a huge hit. It didn't start climbing the charts until the movie was released.
With its curious waltz time, lavish harmonies and epic sound proportions, this had a very different sound and stood out on the radio, where many stations were willing to play it. In the US, it was a #1 hit on the Adult Contemporary charts for 12 weeks.
This won Grammy Awards in 1996 for Record of the Year, Song Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance.
This song was a worldwide hit, scoring in the Top 10 in Australia, Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands, France, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the US, and the UK. In 1994, there was no getting away from it on the radio.
Not only is this song part of the Batman Forever soundtrack, but the second version of the video contains a great deal of film footage, and has Seal on a rooftop stage set next to a bat-signal. This ages the song badly, as - brace yourself for an onslaught from the world's most hideous fandom - director Joel Schumacher was later credited with ruining the Batman franchise "forever," resulting in the reboot with the Nolan version.
What is Seal's actual birth name? Take a deep breath and say "Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel." Yes, all six of them. Seal is of Nigerian and Brazilian heritage, which might explain some of his unique international appeal. He's married to model/actress/designer Heidi Klum.
"Kiss From A Rose" is Seal's only #1 hit on the Billboard charts; however, he charted five times in the Billboard Top-40 from 1991 ("Crazy
") to 1996 (a cover of Steve Miller Band's "Fly Like An Eagle
"). This song also made it to #1 on the Billboard Top-40 Mainstream, Hot Adult Top-40, and Adult Contemporary charts.
Don breaks down "Hotel California" and other songs he wrote as a member of the Eagles. Now we know where the "warm smell of colitas" came from.