Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Popular Musicians Since by David Freeland

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Producer Cory Rooney was an important contributor. Anthony said that Rooney was the first collaborator with whom he’s felt chemistry—they finish each other’s hooks and lyrical ideas. The single “I Need to Know,” written by the pair, uses a stripped-down arrangement featuring piano and synthesized brass, borrowing from the old free-style days. But the tempo recalls classic Afro-Cuban ballroom fare. Despite sounding like nothing else on Top 40 radio, the song shot to number three on the Hot 100. The ballad “You Sang to Me” became one of the biggest recent pop hits to feature an accordion solo.

Never one to worry about offending people, Amos made waves with her next album, Boys for Pele (1996), the cover of which depicts a pig sucking her breast. ” Boys for Pele debuted at the number two spot and quickly went platinum. During most of 1997, Amos dealt with personal changes, including a miscarriage and a marriage, while working on her fourth album, From the Choirgirl Hotel (1998), which also went platinum. Two years later Amos kicked off a tour with Alanis Morissette with the release of To Venus and Back, a two-CD set with one disc of new material and the other of live concert recordings.

Throughout, Allman was in an up-and-down relationship with pop diva Cher, marrying her twice before their split in 1979. In the meantime, Betts and Allman made amends and decided to reform the Allman Brothers in 1978 with a lineup that featured brothers Dan and Frankie Toler on guitar and drums. They toured successfully to packed stadium-sized venues and recorded three albums. Nevertheless, they broke up again in 1982 over creative squabbles and rampant drug use. Picking Up the Pieces In 1990 the Allman Brothers re-formed after releasing a four-album box set of their past music, Dreams (1989).

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