In 1985, Leslie Wunderman was recording 12-inch dance singles for the club market under the name "Les Lee." Two years later, a friend who used to work at Warner Chappell Publishing had them send some demos her way, and "Tell It To My Heart" was on one of the tapes. She and her producer Ric Wake loved the song, and Taylor, borrowed $6,000 from her dad to record a slick version of the song that got the attention of Clive Davis, who signed her to something called a "single-option album," which means they could drop her if the song tanked, but had rights to her if it worked.
In our interview with Taylor Dayne
, she said: "If you look at the original artwork for 'Tell It To My Heart,' I don't even have a picture on there. It's just a black cover with graffiti-esque colors of the rainbow and my name: 'Taylor Dayne.' No pic. It was released in Europe first in, I think, the summer of '87. It blew up and started going #1 throughout the rest of the world. And Clive and the rest of the company realized, 'Holy s--t, we have no record.' And 'how much can we make running singles?' They realized a phenomenon started. I'd been in Europe back and forth for the first six months of the single release, and then they released it in the United States. I was signed to a single-option album, and then that album came quicker than we thought. So did those negotiations and the changes and my career.
Within a year's time I was opening up for Michael Jackson, who was at the height of his career with the Bad
tour. And I was on the road; I remember I never came home for about 15 months."