Glenn Medeiros

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Glenn Medeiros

Do you wanna know by now how much I love you? Coz nothing’s gonna change my love for you! Glenn Medeiros, this is your life!

It’s one of the cheesiest songs of all time, but back in 1987/88, seventeen year old Hawaiian born singer Glenn Medeiros ruled the charts and was for a brief moment, the most successful male artist in the world. So was that it and what’s he doing now?

Glenn Alan Medeiros was born in 1970 of Portuguese origin and began singing at the age of ten on his father’s tour bus on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. He won a local talent competition in 1986 performing “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You”, recorded by singer George Benson for his 1985 album “20/20”. A visiting radio executive heard the performance and went back to the US and by word of mouth, Glenn found himself signed to Amherst Records and in the recording studio to sing the song for real. It was initially released in America in February 1987 (Medeiros was still 16) and achieved a chart peak of No.12.

The song’s international released was staggered over a period of eighteen months while Medeiros was recording his self-titled debut album which was released Stateside in May 1987, but only reaching No.83 there. “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You” was next released in Australia in August that year, this time faring a little better in reaching No.10. It saw release across Asia and Europe during the rest of the year and into early 1988 and this is where the song really took off, either topping the charts or peaking in the top three throughout the whole continent. Its final release was in the UK in June 1988 and it was here that the song would achieve its greatest success, topping the singles chart for four weeks and becoming with sixth biggest seller of the year.

Glenn released “Lonely Won’t Leave Me Alone” and “Watching Over You” in 1987 but these failed to capitalise on the success of his debut. His album was only confined to US shores as well, the rest of the world would get a new album in 1988 “Not Me”, which would contain “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You”, although this was only a moderate hit as were the singles “Long And Lasting Love” (UK No.42) and “Never Get Enough of You”. Medeiros did win a second number one in France in early 1989 with the duet “Un Roman d’amitié” (“Friend You Give Me A Reason”) with French singer Elsa Lunghini.

That same year our Glenn recorded the song “Under Any Moon” with The Jets (what happened to them?!) for the movie ‘The Karate Kid Part 3’ in which he also made a cameo appearance. He would next bother us the following Summer, teaming up with Bobby Brown for the track “She Ain’t Worth It”. In a bizarre reversal of chart positions, the song topped the US singles chart (his first and only number one there) and No.12 in the UK (his second and last top 40 entry to date)! The song was the lead single from his third studio album, confusingly called “Glenn Medeiros”, which reached No.82 in America, one place higher than the other “Glenn Medeiros” had achieved three years earlier! The album featured the singles “All I’m Missing Is You” with Ray Parker Jnr. (US No.32) and “Me − U = Blue” featuring The Stylistics which made No.78.

Although Glenn continued to record into the 1990’s, he was by now not achieving any recognition whatsoever. He married in 1996 and has two children and achieved his long standing career dream of becoming a teacher back home in Hawaii. He won a doctorate in Educational Leadership in 2014 and became principal of an all boys school in Honolulu the following year.

While he may be addressed as ‘Sir’ these days, the rest of the world will still remember him for the mullet, the beach and his damn right cheesyness, which still resonates today in TV commercials and 80’s programmes. There is one thing you CAN be sure of, nothing’s gonna change my love for you!

Glenn Medeiros today

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!