Although Bryan was born in Kingston, Ontario in 1959, it wasn’t until he moved to Burnaby in British Columbia that he became the Rock ‘n’ Roller that he is now.
His first hit, and video, was “Cuts Like A Knife” in 1983.
Because we were living in BC at the time, he became a local celebrity. But it was his 1984 album that caught us totally unprepared.
Although Bryan was only 10 years of age in 1969, his next hit spoke of that special year.
Another song on this album seemed to speak directly to me.
It became my anthem.
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Here is a link to the story behind the song “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” We were now living in the UK when this hit the music charts. I like to think that I had a small hand in keeping at #1 for 17 weeks.
This collaboration was different: there were two ‘foreign’ elements to it (the composer of the theme and the producer of the record) and that meant that it didn’t get recognized as a Canadian content hit, and therefore missed getting a Juno for that year. Bryan was recognized with an International Achievement Award instead.
Duets and Other Groupings
Bryan has had a few hits that he’s shared with others.
Rod Stewart and Sting
This is a man who is an international superstar. But he’s still humble and unpretentious. Would it surprise you to know that he rides a bicycle to his concerts?
In short, he is Canadian.