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John Hiatt


John Hiatt (born on August 20, 1952 in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.) is an American blues and rock guitarist, pianist, and singer-songwriter. He has been nominated for eleven Grammy Awards. Hiatt's sales have never quite matched his reputation. His songs have been covered by a wide variety of artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Ronnie Milsap, Willie Nelson, Iggy Pop, Three Dog Night, and The Neville Brothers, yet it took him thirteen years to reach the charts himself.

As well, it nearly took him that long to find his own style. Hiatt began his solo career in 1974, and over the next decade he ran through a number of different styles from rock & roll to new wave-esque pop before he finally settled on a rootsy fusion of rock, country, blues, and folk with his 1987 album 'Bring the Family'. Though the album didn't set the charts on fire, it became his first album to gain some major commercial success, and several of the songs on the record became hits for other artists, including the aforementioned Raitt and Milsap. Following its success, Hiatt became a reliable hit songwriter for other artists, and he developed a strong cult following that continued to gain strength into the mid-90s.

While he was growing up in his hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana, Hiatt played in a number of garage bands. Initially, he was inspired by the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, and the music of those two artists would echo strongly throughout his work. Out of all the bar bands he played with in the late 60s, a group called The White Ducks was the one that received the most attention. Following his high-school graduation, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee at the age of 18, where he landed a job as a songwriter for Tree Publishing.

For the next several years, he wrote and performed at local clubs and hotels. Within a few years, his songs were being recorded by several different artists, including Conway Twitty, Tracy Nelson, and Three Dog Night, who took Hiatt's "Sure as I'm Sittin' Here" to number 16 in the summer of 1974. Eventually, his manager secured him an audition at Epic Records, and the label signed him in 1974, releasing his debut album, Hangin' Around the Observatory, later that year. Despite their critical acclaim, neither Hangin' Around the Observatory nor its 1975 follow-up Overcoats sold many copies, and he was dropped by the label. By the end of the year, Tree Publishing had let him go as well.

Following his failure in Nashville, Hiatt moved out to California. By the summer of 1978 he had settled in Los Angeles, where began playing in clubs, opening for folk musicians including Leo Kottke. With Kottke's assistance, Hiatt hired a new manager, Denny Bruce, who helped him secure a record contract with MCA Records. Slug Line, his first record for MCA, was released in the summer of 1979. Where his first two records were straight-ahead rock & roll and folk-rock, Slug Line was in the new wave vein of angry English singer/songwriters like Elvis Costello, Graham Parker, and Joe Jackson, as if Hiatt was vying for the role of the American angry young man. The new approach earned some strong reviews, yet it failed to generate any sales. Two Bit Monsters, his second MCA album, faced the same situation. Although it was well-received critically upon its 1980 release, it made no impression on the charts, and the label dropped him.

Apart from working on Two Bit Monsters, Hiatt spent most of 1980 as a member of Ry Cooder's backing band, playing rhythm guitar on the Borderline album and touring with the guitarist. Hiatt stayed with Cooder throughout 1981, signing a new contract with Geffen Records by the end of the year. Produced by Tony Visconti (David Bowie, T. Rex), his Geffen debut All of A Sudden was released in 1982, followed by the Nick Lowe/Scott Matthews & Ron Nagel-produced Riding With the King in 1983. As with his previous records for Epic and MCA, neither of his first two Geffen releases sold well. By this time, Hiatt's personal life was beginning to spin out of control as he was sinking deep into alcoholism. Around the time he completed 1985's Warming Up to the Ice Age, his second wife committed suicide. Following the release of Warming Up to the Ice Age, Hiatt was dropped by Geffen. By the end of 1985, he had entered a rehabilitation program. During 1986, he remarried and signed a new deal with A&M Records.

For his A&M debut, Hiatt assembled a small band comprising his former associates Ry Cooder (guitar), Nick Lowe (bass), and Jim Keltner (drums). Recorded over the course of a handful of days, the resulting album, Bring the Family, had a direct, stripped-down rootsy sound that differed greatly from his earlier albums. Upon its summer 1987 release, Bring the Family received the best reviews of his career and, for once, the reviews began to pay off, as the album turned into a cult hit, peaking at 107 on the U.S. charts; it was his first charting album. Hiatt attempted to record a follow-up with Cooder, Lowe, and Keltner, but the musicians failed to agree on the financial terms for the sessions. Undaunted, he recorded an album with John Doe, David Lindley, and Dave Mattacks, but he scrapped the completed project, deciding that the result was too forced. Hiatt's final attempt at recording the follow-up to Bring the Family was orchestrated by veteran producer Glyn Johns, who had him record with his touring band, the Goners. Despite all of the behind-the-scenes troubles behind its recording, the follow-up album, Slow Turning, actually appeared rather quickly, appearing in the summer of 1988.

Slow Turning, like Bring the Family before it, received nearly unanimous positive reviews and it was fairly well-received commercially, spending 31 weeks on the U.S. charts and peaking at 98. Within the next year, Hiatt successfully toured throughout America and Europe, strengthening his fan base along the way. Inspired by the success of Hiatt's two A&M albums, Geffen released the compilation Y' All Caught? The Ones That Got Away 1979-85 in 1989. That same year, other artists began digging through Hiatt's catalog of songs, most notably Bonnie Raitt, who covered "Thing Called Love" for her multi-platinum comeback album, Nick of Time.

In 1990, Hiatt returned with Stolen Moments, which was nearly as successful as Slow Turning, both critically and commercially. "Bring Back Your Love to Me," an album track from Stolen Moments that was also recorded by Earl Thomas Conley, won BMI's 1991 Country Music Award. By the time "Bring Back Your Love to Me" won that award, it had become a standard practice for artists to cover Hiatt's songs, as artists as diverse as Bob Dylan, Ronnie Milsap, Suzy Bogguss, and Iggy Pop all covered his songs in the early '90s. In 1993, Rhino Records released Love Gets Strange: The Songs of John Hiatt, which collected many of the cover versions that were recorded during the '80s and '90s.

During 1991, the group that recorded Bring the Family — Hiatt, Cooder, Lowe, and Keltner — re-formed as a band called Little Village, releasing their eponymous debut in early 1992. Based on the success of Bring the Family and Hiatt's A&M albums, expectations for Little Village were quite high, yet the record and its supporting tour were considered a major disappointment. Later, the individual members would agree that the band was a failure, mainly due to conflicting egos.

Hiatt decided to back away from the superstar nature of Little Village for his next album, 1993's Perfectly Good Guitar. Recorded in just two weeks with a backing band comprised of members of alternative rock bands School of Fish and Wire Train, the album was looser than any record since Bring the Family, but it didn't quite have the staying power of its two predecessors, spending only 11 weeks on the charts and peaking at number 47. The following year, he released his first live album, Hiatt Comes Alive at Budokan? Hiatt left A&M Records after the release of the record, signing with Capitol Records the following year.

Walk On, Hiatt's first Capitol album, was recorded during his supporting tour for Perfectly Good Guitar and featured guest appearances by the Jayhawks and Bonnie Raitt. Walk On entered the charts at 48, but slipped off the charts in nine weeks, indicating that his audience had settled into a dedicated cult following. Fittingly, after 1997's Little Head quickly came and went in the marketplace, Hiatt parted ways with Capitol, and his next album, 2000's Crossing Muddy Waters was released on the established independent imprint Vanguard Records. After a second album with Vanguard, The Tiki Bar Is Open, Hiatt alligned himself with another independent label, New West, for the release of his 2003 set Beneath This Gruff Exterior. Master of Disaster, along with CD and DVD versions of Live from Austin, TX followed in 2005.

Same Old Man followed in 2008; then The Open Road in 2010.



Song lyric Have A Little Faith In Me HAVE A LITTLE FAITH IN ME John Hiatt
Song lyric Cry Love CRY LOVE John Hiatt
Song lyric Memphis In The Meantime MEMPHIS IN THE MEANTIME John Hiatt
Song lyric Perfectly Good Guitar PERFECTLY GOOD GUITAR John Hiatt
Song lyric Feels Like Rain FEELS LIKE RAIN John Hiatt
Song lyric Thing Called Love THING CALLED LOVE John Hiatt
Song lyric Crossing Muddy Waters CROSSING MUDDY WATERS John Hiatt
Song lyric Slow Turning SLOW TURNING John Hiatt
Song lyric Drive South DRIVE SOUTH John Hiatt
Song lyric Tennessee Plates TENNESSEE PLATES John Hiatt
Song lyric Alone In The Dark ALONE IN THE DARK John Hiatt
Song lyric Buffalo River Home BUFFALO RIVER HOME John Hiatt
Song lyric Riding With The King RIDING WITH THE KING John Hiatt
Song lyric Your Dad Did YOUR DAD DID John Hiatt
Song lyric Child Of The Wild Blue Yonder CHILD OF THE WILD BLUE YONDER John Hiatt
Song lyric Thank You Girl THANK YOU GIRL John Hiatt
Song lyric Icy Blue Heart ICY BLUE HEART John Hiatt
Song lyric Lift Up Every Stone LIFT UP EVERY STONE John Hiatt
Song lyric Learning How To Love You LEARNING HOW TO LOVE YOU John Hiatt
Song lyric Tip Of My Tongue TIP OF MY TONGUE John Hiatt
Song lyric Real Fine Love REAL FINE LOVE John Hiatt
Song lyric Master Of Disaster MASTER OF DISASTER John Hiatt
Song lyric Stood Up STOOD UP John Hiatt
Song lyric Paper Thin PAPER THIN John Hiatt
Song lyric Take It Down TAKE IT DOWN John Hiatt
Song lyric Sometime Other Than Now SOMETIME OTHER THAN NOW John Hiatt
Song lyric Something Wild SOMETHING WILD John Hiatt
Song lyric Georgia Rae GEORGIA RAE John Hiatt
Song lyric My Old Friend MY OLD FRIEND John Hiatt
Song lyric Before I Go BEFORE I GO John Hiatt
Song lyric Lincoln Town LINCOLN TOWN John Hiatt
Song lyric Gone GONE John Hiatt
Song lyric Thunderbird THUNDERBIRD John Hiatt
Song lyric Angel ANGEL John Hiatt
Song lyric Through Your Hands THROUGH YOUR HANDS John Hiatt
Song lyric Walk On WALK ON John Hiatt
Song lyric God's Golden Eyes GOD'S GOLDEN EYES John Hiatt
Song lyric Trudy And Dave TRUDY AND DAVE John Hiatt
Song lyric After All This Time AFTER ALL THIS TIME John Hiatt
Song lyric Ain't Ever Goin' Back AIN'T EVER GOIN' BACK John Hiatt
Song lyric Ain't Never Goin' Back AIN'T NEVER GOIN' BACK John Hiatt
Song lyric All The Lilacs In Ohio ALL THE LILACS IN OHIO John Hiatt
Song lyric Almost Fed Up With The Blues ALMOST FED UP WITH THE BLUES John Hiatt
Song lyric Back Of My Mind BACK OF MY MIND John Hiatt
Song lyric Back On The Corner BACK ON THE CORNER John Hiatt
Song lyric Back To Normal BACK TO NORMAL John Hiatt
Song lyric Back To The War BACK TO THE WAR John Hiatt
Song lyric Blue Telescope BLUE TELESCOPE John Hiatt
Song lyric Book Lovers BOOK LOVERS John Hiatt
Song lyric Bring Back Your Love To Me BRING BACK YOUR LOVE TO ME John Hiatt
Song lyric Circle Back CIRCLE BACK John Hiatt
Song lyric Cold River COLD RIVER John Hiatt
Song lyric Come Home To You COME HOME TO YOU John Hiatt
Song lyric Cop Party COP PARTY John Hiatt
Song lyric Cross My Fingers CROSS MY FINGERS John Hiatt
Song lyric Death By Misadventure DEATH BY MISADVENTURE John Hiatt
Song lyric Distance DISTANCE John Hiatt
Song lyric Doll Hospital DOLL HOSPITAL John Hiatt
Song lyric Down Home DOWN HOME John Hiatt
Song lyric Down In Front DOWN IN FRONT John Hiatt
Song lyric Ethylene ETHYLENE John Hiatt
Song lyric Everybody Went Low EVERYBODY WENT LOW John Hiatt
Song lyric Face The Nation FACE THE NATION John Hiatt
Song lyric Falling Up FALLING UP John Hiatt
Song lyric Far As We Go FAR AS WE GO John Hiatt
Song lyric Farther Stars FARTHER STARS John Hiatt
Song lyric Feelin' Again FEELIN' AGAIN John Hiatt
Song lyric Find You At Last FIND YOU AT LAST John Hiatt
Song lyric Fly Back Home FLY BACK HOME John Hiatt
Song lyric Forever Yours FOREVER YOURS John Hiatt
Song lyric Friend Of Mine FRIEND OF MINE John Hiatt
Song lyric Full Moon FULL MOON John Hiatt
Song lyric Getting Excited GETTING EXCITED John Hiatt
Song lyric Girl On A String GIRL ON A STRING John Hiatt
Song lyric Good As She Could Be GOOD AS SHE COULD BE John Hiatt
Song lyric Good Girl, Bad World GOOD GIRL, BAD WORLD John Hiatt
Song lyric Graduated GRADUATED John Hiatt
Song lyric Hangin' Around The Observatory HANGIN' AROUND THE OBSERVATORY John Hiatt
Song lyric Hangin' Round Here HANGIN' ROUND HERE John Hiatt
Song lyric How Bad's The Coffee HOW BAD'S THE COFFEE John Hiatt
Song lyric Howlin' Down The Cumberland HOWLIN' DOWN THE CUMBERLAND John Hiatt
Song lyric I Can't Wait I CAN'T WAIT John Hiatt
Song lyric I Could Use an Angel I COULD USE AN ANGEL John Hiatt
Song lyric I Don't Even Try I DON'T EVEN TRY John Hiatt
Song lyric I Got A Gun I GOT A GUN John Hiatt
Song lyric I Killed An And With My Guitar I KILLED AN AND WITH MY GUITAR John Hiatt
Song lyric I Know A Place I KNOW A PLACE John Hiatt
Song lyric I Look for Love I LOOK FOR LOVE John Hiatt
Song lyric I Spy (For The F.B.I.) I SPY (FOR THE F.B.I.) John Hiatt
Song lyric I Want Your Love Inside Of Me I WANT YOUR LOVE INSIDE OF ME John Hiatt
Song lyric I'll Never Get Over You I'LL NEVER GET OVER YOU John Hiatt
Song lyric I'm A Real Man I'M A REAL MAN John Hiatt
Song lyric I'm Tired Of Your Stuff I'M TIRED OF YOUR STUFF John Hiatt
Song lyric Is Anybody There? IS ANYBODY THERE? John Hiatt
Song lyric It Hasn't Happened Yet IT HASN'T HAPPENED YET John Hiatt
Song lyric It'll Come To You IT'LL COME TO YOU John Hiatt
Song lyric It's All Right With Me IT'S ALL RIGHT WITH ME John Hiatt
Song lyric Let It Slip Away LET IT SLIP AWAY John Hiatt
Song lyric Lipstick Sunset LIPSTICK SUNSET John Hiatt
Song lyric Listening To Old Voices LISTENING TO OLD VOICES John Hiatt
Song lyric Little Blue Song For You LITTLE BLUE SONG FOR YOU John Hiatt
Song lyric Little Head LITTLE HEAD John Hiatt
Song lyric Living A Little, Laughing A Little LIVING A LITTLE, LAUGHING A LITTLE John Hiatt
Song lyric Long Night LONG NIGHT John Hiatt
Song lyric Love Like Blood LOVE LIKE BLOOD John Hiatt
Song lyric Love's Not Where We Thought We Left It LOVE'S NOT WHERE WE THOUGHT WE LEFT IT John Hiatt
Song lyric Lovers Will LOVERS WILL John Hiatt
Song lyric Loving A Hurricane LOVING A HURRICANE John Hiatt
Song lyric Madonna Road MADONNA ROAD John Hiatt
Song lyric Marianne MARIANNE John Hiatt
Song lyric Maybe Baby, Say You Do MAYBE BABY, SAY YOU DO John Hiatt
Song lyric Mile High MILE HIGH John Hiatt
Song lyric Missing Pieces MISSING PIECES John Hiatt
Song lyric Motorboat To Heaven MOTORBOAT TO HEAVEN John Hiatt
Song lyric Mr. Stanley MR. STANLEY John Hiatt
Song lyric My Baby Blue MY BABY BLUE John Hiatt
Song lyric My Dog And Me MY DOG AND ME John Hiatt
Song lyric My Edge of the Razor MY EDGE OF THE RAZOR John Hiatt
Song lyric My Sweet Girl MY SWEET GIRL John Hiatt
Song lyric Nagging Dark NAGGING DARK John Hiatt
Song lyric Native Son NATIVE SON John Hiatt
Song lyric New Numbers NEW NUMBERS John Hiatt
Song lyric Number One Honest Game NUMBER ONE HONEST GAME John Hiatt
Song lyric Ocean OCEAN John Hiatt
Song lyric Old Habits OLD HABITS John Hiatt
Song lyric Old School OLD SCHOOL John Hiatt
Song lyric One Kiss ONE KISS John Hiatt
Song lyric One More Time ONE MORE TIME John Hiatt
Song lyric Only The Song Survives ONLY THE SONG SURVIVES John Hiatt
Song lyric Overcoats OVERCOATS John Hiatt
Song lyric Overnight Story OVERNIGHT STORY John Hiatt
Song lyric Permanent Hurt PERMANENT HURT John Hiatt
Song lyric Pink Bedroom PINK BEDROOM John Hiatt
Song lyric Pirate Radio PIRATE RADIO John Hiatt
Song lyric Radio Girl RADIO GIRL John Hiatt
Song lyric Ride Along RIDE ALONG John Hiatt
Song lyric Rock Back Billy ROCK BACK BILLY John Hiatt
Song lyric Rock Of Your Love ROCK OF YOUR LOVE John Hiatt
Song lyric Rose ROSE John Hiatt
Song lyric Runaway RUNAWAY John Hiatt
Song lyric Say It With Flowers SAY IT WITH FLOWERS John Hiatt
Song lyric Seven Little Indians SEVEN LITTLE INDIANS John Hiatt
Song lyric Sharon's Got A Drugstore SHARON'S GOT A DRUGSTORE John Hiatt
Song lyric She Loves The Jerk SHE LOVES THE JERK John Hiatt
Song lyric She Said The Same Things To Me SHE SAID THE SAME THINGS TO ME John Hiatt
Song lyric Shredding The Document SHREDDING THE DOCUMENT John Hiatt
Song lyric Slug Line SLUG LINE John Hiatt
Song lyric Smiling In The Rain SMILING IN THE RAIN John Hiatt
Song lyric Some Fun Now SOME FUN NOW John Hiatt
Song lyric Something Broken SOMETHING BROKEN John Hiatt
Song lyric Something Happens SOMETHING HAPPENS John Hiatt
Song lyric Stolen Moments STOLEN MOMENTS John Hiatt
Song lyric Straight Outta Time STRAIGHT OUTTA TIME John Hiatt
Song lyric String Pull Job STRING PULL JOB John Hiatt
Song lyric Sure As I'm Sittin' Here SURE AS I'M SITTIN' HERE John Hiatt
Song lyric Sure Pinocchio SURE PINOCCHIO John Hiatt
Song lyric Take It Back TAKE IT BACK John Hiatt
Song lyric Take Off Your Uniform TAKE OFF YOUR UNIFORM John Hiatt
Song lyric The Crush THE CRUSH John Hiatt
Song lyric The Lady Of The Night THE LADY OF THE NIGHT John Hiatt
Song lyric The Last Time THE LAST TIME John Hiatt
Song lyric The Love That Harms THE LOVE THAT HARMS John Hiatt
Song lyric The Most Unoriginal Sin THE MOST UNORIGINAL SIN John Hiatt
Song lyric The Negroes Were Dancing THE NEGROES WERE DANCING John Hiatt
Song lyric The Night That Kenny Died THE NIGHT THAT KENNY DIED John Hiatt
Song lyric The Rest Of The Dream THE REST OF THE DREAM John Hiatt
Song lyric The River Knows Your Name THE RIVER KNOWS YOUR NAME John Hiatt
Song lyric The Tiki Bar Is Open THE TIKI BAR IS OPEN John Hiatt
Song lyric The Usual THE USUAL John Hiatt
Song lyric The Walking Dead THE WALKING DEAD John Hiatt
Song lyric The Way We Make A Broken Heart THE WAY WE MAKE A BROKEN HEART John Hiatt
Song lyric The Wreck Of The Barbie Ferrari THE WRECK OF THE BARBIE FERRARI John Hiatt
Song lyric Thirty Years Of Tears THIRTY YEARS OF TEARS John Hiatt
Song lyric This Secret Life THIS SECRET LIFE John Hiatt
Song lyric Uncommon Connection UNCOMMON CONNECTION John Hiatt
Song lyric Usual USUAL John Hiatt
Song lyric Warming Up To The Ice Age WARMING UP TO THE ICE AGE John Hiatt
Song lyric Washable Ink WASHABLE INK John Hiatt
Song lyric What Do We Do Now? WHAT DO WE DO NOW? John Hiatt
Song lyric What Love Can Do WHAT LOVE CAN DO John Hiatt
Song lyric When My Love Crosses Over WHEN MY LOVE CROSSES OVER John Hiatt
Song lyric When We Ran WHEN WE RAN John Hiatt
Song lyric When You Hold Me Tight WHEN YOU HOLD ME TIGHT John Hiatt
Song lyric Whistles In My Ears WHISTLES IN MY EARS John Hiatt
Song lyric Wild-Eyed Gypsies WILD-EYED GYPSIES John Hiatt
Song lyric Window On The World WINDOW ON THE WORLD John Hiatt
Song lyric Wintertime WINTERTIME John Hiatt
Song lyric Wintertime Blues WINTERTIME BLUES John Hiatt
Song lyric Woman Sawed In Half WOMAN SAWED IN HALF John Hiatt
Song lyric Wrote It Down And Burned It WROTE IT DOWN AND BURNED IT John Hiatt
Song lyric You May Already Be A Winner YOU MAY ALREADY BE A WINNER John Hiatt
Song lyric You Must Go YOU MUST GO John Hiatt
Song lyric You Used To Kiss The Girls YOU USED TO KISS THE GIRLS John Hiatt
Song lyric You're My Love Interest YOU'RE MY LOVE INTEREST John Hiatt
Song lyric Your Love Is My Rest YOUR LOVE IS MY REST John Hiatt
Song lyric Zero House ZERO HOUSE John Hiatt