In January 1978, he met a young Bryan Adams in a record store in Vancouver. Soon after, they started writing songs together, which resulted in Bryan Adams' first solo single (after he quit being the lead singer of Canadian pop band Sweeney Todd, were he replaced UK singer Nick Gilder). The song, "Let Me Take You Dancing", was only a minor hit in Canada, but gained significant success after being remixed by John Luongo in 1979, making it Bryan's first hit single in the US. In 1980 Jim Vallance produced Bryan Adams' debut album, which included the hit single "Hidin' From Love", written by Vallance and Adams. By 1983, when Adams released his third album "Cuts Like A Knife", Bryan started to have hits on a regular basis in the US and in 1985 Bryan broke into the European and Asian markets, with his multiplatinum rock album "Reckless".
All songs on here are co-writes with Jim Vallance and include such rock classics as "Summer Of '69", "Run To You", "Heaven", "It's Only Love" (with Tina Turner), "Somebody" and "Kids Wanna Rock". Both Bryan and Jim became regulars at the annual JUNO Awards from that time on. After Vallance quit his songwriting collaboration with Bryan Adams in 1989, two years after the release of the commercially weak album "Into The Fire", Jim started working with Aerosmith. One of the songs he wrote with Aerosmith was "Rag Doll". Vallance continued to be a songwriter throughout the 1990's (most notably is his work with Ozzy Osbourne in this period) and he built a studio in his hometown Vancouver.
Bryan Adams asked Vallance to produce Adams' "Unplugged" performance, but Jim refused and one time Madonna producer Pat Leonard was hired for the job. Some early Adams-Vallance songs, like "I'm Ready" and "Fits Ya Good", were included in the "Unplugged" performance, as well as the obvious classics. By the turn of the century there was a new generation of artist that started adapting the songs of Adams and Vallance. Most remarkable was the success of the song "Heaven", which was a worldwide hit (again!) in 2002, this time in a dance version recorded by DJ Sammy & Yanou (featuring the vocals of Dutch singer Dominique van Hulst a.k.a. Do).
In The Netherlands three versions of the song (all with Do on vocals) reached the Dutch Top 40 and two of them (ballad versions) even peaked in the top 10. "Heaven" entered the UK Top 40 again in the summer of 2007, in a version recorded by the producers of Cascada, that strongly resembles the dance version by DJ Sammy & Yanou. Although Jim Vallance declared he has "retired" from songwriting, there were still some (more or less) new songs released for which he was credited as a writer. Vallance and Adams were planning to write again for the soundtrack "Spirit - Stallion Of The Cimarron" (2002), but the creative director of DreamWorks rejected Jim's ideas.
On Bryan's 2008 studio album, "11", Vallance co-wrote a few new songs. Nowadays Jim Vallance is a member on the board of SOCAN and still lives in Vancouver with his wife Rachel and son Jimmy (a well-known trance DJ in the Vancouver area). For more info on Jim Vallance and his work visit: www.jimvallance.com Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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