Dancing with the Stars Season 11: Michael Bolton

Photo Credit: Andrew Macpherson/ABC

Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Michale Bolton was born Michael Bolotin to Jewish parents. He began as a hard rock singers with a band called Blackjack. His first album was self-titled, using his real surname.

FAMOUS FOR: Bolton is most famous for soft ballads, tenor voice and songwriting. His first success was as a songwriter when Laura Branigan made a minor hit of the song Bolton co-wrote, “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You.” The song was number one on the Adult Contemporary chart in 1983 and they would collaborate again for the 1985 “I Found Someone.” That was a minor hit for Branigan.

In 1990, Bolton won the Best Pop Vocal Performance Grammy (Male) for “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You.” Bolton’s cover of “Georgia On My Mind” was a hit for him as well as “When a Man Loves a Woman.” The latter won him a Grammy Award in 1992.

Bolton’s singing partners have included Luciano Pavarotti and Ray Charles. Besides Branigan, he’s written songs with Bob Dylan, Ne-Yo and Lady Gaga.

Earlier this year, Bolton released his latest album “One World One Love” featuring his current single, “Murder My Heart” which he co-wrote with Lady Gaga and is currently on a worldwide concert tour.

Bolton  founded The Michael Bolton Charities, Inc. in 1993. Based in his home state of Connecticut, the major focus of The MBC is the critical issue of violence against women. Since its inception, The MBC has dispersed over $6 million in grants to various organizations that support children and women at risk of poverty, abuse, neglect, homelessness and domestic violence.

In several movies, he has played himself (the 2008 “The Onion Movie,” the 2002 “Snow Dogs,” and the 1997 “Meet Wally Sparks”).

AGE: 57

BIRTHDATE: 26 February 1953 (Pisces)

Website: MichaelBolton.com

CONNECTIONS: Bolton’s band Blackjack toured with Ozzy Osbourne. Osbourne’s daughter Kelly finished third on “Dancing with the Stars” during season 9, behind the winner Donny Osmond with Kym Johnson and singer Mya with Dmitry Chaplin.Kelly’s partner was Louis Van Amstel.  Brandy was replaced by Sharon Osbourne on “America’s Got Talent.” David Hasselhoff was a judge along with Brandy and later with Sharon Osbourne.

DANCE: His dance skills might be very low, but he does have rhythm and that should help. The oldest winner on the show was Donny Osmond who is younger than Bolton.

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About Jana J. Monji

I've written for the Rafu Shimpo, LA Weekly, LA Times, Examiner.com and, more recently, the Pasadena Weekly and RogerEbert.com. I formerly worked for a dot-com more interested in yodeling than its customers.

Posted on August 31, 2010, in Dancing with the Stars: Season 11, Michael Bolton and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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