Heaven Is A Place On Earth

Album: Heaven On Earth (1987)
Charted: 1 1
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  • This was written by San Francisco songwriter Rick Nowels and New York-based Ellen Shipley. It features Michelle Phillips from the Mamas & The Papas and prolific hit songwriter Diane Warren on backing vocals. Nowels and Shipley also sang backup.
  • Nowels and Shipley wrote many other hits for Belinda Carlisle. Rick Nowels also wrote and produced Stevie Nicks' first solo single "I Can't Wait."
  • Rick Nowels recalled in 1000 UK #1 Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh, "We started brainstorming concepts. Ellen mentioned the title Heaven On Earth and I thought it was a good concept for Belinda. I started singing 'Heaven is a place on earth,' which I thought was a fresher title and before long we had finished the song."

    After a month of recording, Rick Nowels was very happy with the hook but was uncomfortable with the verse, so he asked Ellen back to Los Angeles to re-write the song. The new version was played to Belinda who loved it. Belinda said, "'Heaven is a Place on Earth is a kind of hopeful song. I think it's saying you can create your own piece of heaven on your own patch. It's a song about peace of mind and it's also partly a love song."
  • The video was directed by the American actress Diane Keaton. It created a new, more glamorous image for Carlisle, who was known for her work as lead singer of The Go-Go's. The new look with make-up and fancy clothes was quite a departure from Carlisle's early days with The Go-Go's. They started off as a punk band and sometimes wore garbage bags onstage.
  • The video featured an appearance by Morgan Mason, son of the British actor James Mason, whom Carlisle married the previous year. Morgan also made an appearance in Carlisle's video for "Mad About You," which was her solo breakthrough hit in the US. This was her breakthrough hit in the UK.
  • This topped the charts not only in the US and UK but also several other countries. It was Carlisle's only chart topper with or without The Go-Go's.
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Comments: 4

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn November 28, 1987, Belinda Carlisle performed "Heaven Is A Place On Earth" on the Dick Clark ABC-TV Saturday-afternoon program, 'American Bandstand'...
    At the time the song was at #2 on Billboard's Top 100 chart, the following week it peaked at #1 for one week...
    It also reached #1 in Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom...
    Between 1986 and 1991 she had nine records on the Top 100 chart, four made the Top 10...
    Besides "Heaven Is A Place On Earth", her three other Top 10 records were "Mad About You" {#3 in 1986}, "I Get Weak" {#2* in 1988}, and "Circle In The Sand" {#7 in 1988}...
    As a member of the Go-Go's, she charted seven times, with two Top 10 records, "We Got The Beat" {#2 in 1981} and "Vacation" {#8 in 1982}...
    Belinda Jo Carlisle celebrated her 59th birthday three months ago on August 17th {2017}...
    * "I Get Weak" was #2 for one week, the week it was at #2, the #1 record for that week was "Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley...
  • George from Vancouver, CanadaNo, there's no familial relation between Bob & Melinda, unless they're hiding it really well.
  • Doug from Kansas City, Moa great song sung by the beautiful Belinda Carlisle..what more could you want?
  • Annabelle from Eugene, OrThis is a mistery to me. I've always wondered, is Belinda Carlisle the mother of Bob Carlisle?
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