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BIRTHDAY: June 26, 1956
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BIGGEST SINGLE: "Wicked Game" (1991)
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BIGGEST LP: Heart Shaped World (1989)
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GRAMMY AWARDS: 0

 
TIMELINE

Chris Isaakbutton.gif (123 bytes) Chris Isaak was born June 26, 1956 in California. With a style reminiscent of the 60s and a sound that combines rockabilly with rock and soul, Isaak has created his own style of swooning, 90s style. Music appears to have won out as one of Isaak's passions, which also has included surfing and boxing. Isaak's musical roots date back to when he would sing country ballads with his brother to their mom until she cried. Isaak's musical roots began after finishing college when he formed a rockabilly band called Silvertone. Members of the band eventually became Isaak's permanent band. Isaak signed with Warner Brother Records after many performances in the clubs of San Francisco. As CMJ New Music Report puts it: "...there's no denying that Chris Isaak, the Stockton California native with a pompadour, has 1 of the most beautiful and moody voices in pop..."

1985...

button.gif (123 bytes) Isaak signed with Warner Brother Records and released Silvertone (with a LP cover reminiscent of Elvis Presley).

September
button.gif (123 bytes) The video for "Dancin'" was nominated for 2
MTV Video Music Awards for Best Direction and Most Experimental Video.

1987...

July
Chris Isaak - Chris Isaak button.gif (123 bytes) Isaak released his debut LP, Chris Isaak and although sales weren't high, critics embraces Isaak's refreshing sound.

1988...

button.gif (123 bytes) Isaak appeared in the film, Married To The Mob and contributed the track, "Suspicion Of Love."

1989...

June
Chris Isaak - Heart Shaped Worldbutton.gif (123 bytes) The LP Heart Shaped World, was released and contained his breakthrough hit, "Wicked Game."

1990...

button.gif (123 bytes) Isaak's notoriety increased with the release of the film Wild At Heart and the inclusion of "Wicked Game" in the film. The track went Top 10 and renewed interest in Isaak's LP, Heart Shaped World. More exposure came for Isaak when the video for "Wicked Game" was redone featuring Isaak and model Helena Christensen in a steamy black-and-white video.

1991... # 68 Singles Artist of the Year

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Isaak hit the Top 40 with "Wicked Game."

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Isaak hit the
Top 10 with "Wicked Game."

Chris Isaakbutton.gif (123 bytes) Isaak appeared in the Oscar-winning film, The Silence Of The Lambs.

September
button.gif (123 bytes) At the
MTV Video Music Awards, the video for "Wicked Game" was honored with 3 statues: Best Cinematography (Rolf Kesterman), Best Video From a Film, and Best Male Video, and nominated for Video of the Year, Best Direction,Best Editing, and Viewer's Choice.

1992...

button.gif (123 bytes) Isaak could be seen in the film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me and guest starred on the TV show, The Larry Sanders Show.

1993...

April
Chris Isaak - San Francisco Daysbutton.gif (123 bytes) Isaak released San Francisco Days and appeared in the film, Little Buddha. Q magazine said of the LP, ...full of irresistible pop songs laced with a curious, almost ironic, melancholy..." Isaak hat a moderate hit with "Can't Do A Thing (To Stop Me)."

October
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Rolling Stone: "The 100 Top Music Videos" included "Wicked Game" at # 73.

1995... # 94 Singles Artist of the Year

May
Chris Isaak - Forever Bluebutton.gif (123 bytes) Isaak released Forever Blue with the Top 20 hit "Somebody's Crying" and favorite "Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing." The songs on the LP reflect a relationship breakup that Isaak termed more "...like an explosion."

July
button.gif (123 bytes) Isaak hit the Top 40 with "
Somebody's Crying."

September
button.gif (123 bytes) The video for "
Somebody's Crying" was nominated for a MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video.

1996...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Isaak was nominated for 2
Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album (Forever Blue) and Best Rock Vocal Performance - Male ("Somebody's Crying").

October
Chris Isaak - The Baja Sessionsbutton.gif (123 bytes) Isaak released The Baja Sessions, appeared in the films, Grace Of My Heart and That Thing You Do, and did a guest stint on TV's Friends.

1998...

button.gif (123 bytes) In the summer, Isaak could be seen in HBO's miniseries, From The Earth To The Moon.

September
Chris Isaak - Speak Of The Devilbutton.gif (123 bytes) Isaak released Speak Of The Devil with the first single, "Please."

1999... # 187 Singles Artist of the Year

button.gif (123 bytes) At the California Music Awards, Isaak was named Outstanding Male Vocalist.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Isaak was honored with the key to his hometown of Stockton, California.

2001...

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Isaak began starring in a comedy series on ShowTime -
The Chris Isaak Show.

May
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VH1: 100 Greatest Videos includes: # 13 - "Wicked Game."

2002...

February
Chris Isaak - Always Got Tonightbutton.gif (123 bytes) Isaak released Always Got Tonight.

September
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68 on VH1: 100 Sexiest Artists.

2003...

November
Chris Isaak - Chris Isaak Christmasbutton.gif (123 bytes) Isaak could be heard on the soundtrack for Mona Lisa Smile with "Besame Mucho."

2004...

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Isaak released the holiday LP
Chris Isaak Christmas.

2005...

September
Chris Isaak - Best Of Chris Isaakbutton.gif (123 bytes) Isaak could be heard on the Ray Charles LP Genius And Friends with the duet "You Are My Sunshine."

2006..

May
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Best Of Chris Isaak.

2008..

January
Chris Isaak - Mr. Luckybutton.gif (123 bytes) Isaak could be heard on the Elvis: Viva Las Vegas soundtrack on the track "Love Me Tender."

2009..

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Isaak released Mr. Lucky.

2010...

June
Chris Isaak - 'Live At The Fillmore'button.gif (123 bytes) Isaak released Live At The Fillmore.

2011...

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Isaak released the 2 CD collection of cover songs -
Beyond The Sun.





LPs
Chris Isaak - Silvertone Silvertone
Released: January 10, 1985
Rolling Stone review: 3 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Dancin'" - "Talk To Me" - "Livin' For Your Lover" - "Back On Your Side" - "Voodoo" - "Funeral In The Rain" - "Lonely Ones" - "Unhappiness" - "Tears" - "Gone Ridin'" - "Pretty Girls Don't Cry" - "Western Stars" - "Another Idea"
Chris Isaak - Chris Isaak Chris Isaak
Released: July, 1987
Billboard peak: # 194
Tracks: "You Owe Me Some Kind Of Love" - "Heart Full Of Soul" - "Blue Hotel" - "Lie To Me" - "Fade Away" - "Wild Love" - "This Love Will Last" - "You Took My Heart" - "Cryin'" - "Lovers Game" - "Waiting For The Rain To Fall"
Chris Isaak - 'Heart Shaped World'
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Heart Shaped World
Released: June, 1989
US: 2x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 7
Rolling Stone review: 3 and 1/2 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Heart Shaped World" - "I'm Not Waiting" - "Don't Make Me Dream About You" - "Kings Of The Highway" - "Wicked Game" - "Blue Spanish Sky" - "Wrong To Love You" - "Forever Young" - "Nothing's Changed" - "In The Heat Of The Jungle" - "Diddley Daddy"
Chris Isaak - San Francisco Days San Francisco Days
Released: April, 1993
US: Gold
Billboard peak: # 35
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "San Francisco Days" - "Beautiful Homes" - "Round 'N' Round" - "Two Hearts" - "Can't Do A Thing (To Stop Me)" - "Except The New Girl" - "Waiting" - "Move Along" - "I Want Your Love" - "5:15" - "Lonely With A Broken Heart" - "Solitary Man"
Chris Isaak - Forever Blue Forever Blue
Released: May, 1995
US: Platinum
Billboard peak: # 31
Tracks: "Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing" - "Somebody's Crying" - "Graduation Day" - "Go Walking Down There" - "Don't Leave Me On My Own" - "Things Go Wrong" - "Forever Blue" - "There She Goes" - "Goin' Nowhere" - "Changed Your Mind" - "Shadows In A Mirror" - "I Believe" - "The End Of Everything"
Chris Isaak - The Baja Sessions The Baja Sessions
Released: October, 1996
US: Gold
Billboard peak: # 33
Tracks: "Pretty Girls Don't Cry" - "Back On Your Side" - "Only The Lonely" - "South Of The Border (Down Mexico Way)" - "I Wonder" - "Wrong To Love You" - "Waiting For My Lucky Day" - "Yellow Bird" - "Two Hearts" - "Return To Me" - "Dancin'" - "Sweet Leilani" - "Think Of Tomorrow"
Chris Isaak - Speak Of The Devil Speak Of The Devil
Released: September, 1998
Billboard peak: # 41
Tracks: "Please" - "Flying" - "Walk Slow" - "Breaking Apart" - "This Time" - "Speak Of The Devil" - "Like The Way She Moves" - "Wanderin'" - "Don't Get So Down On Yourself" - "Black Flowers" - "I'm Not Sleepy" - "Lonely Nights" - "Talkin' About A Home" - "Super Magic 2000"
Chris Isaak - Always Got Tonight Always Got Tonight
Released: February, 2002
Billboard peak: # 24
Rolling Stone review: 3 and 1/2 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "One Day" - "Let Me Down Easy" - "Worked It Out Wrong" - "Courthouse" - "Life Will Go On" - "Always Got Tonight" - "Cool Love" - "Notice The Ring" - "I See You Everywhere" - "American Boy" - "Somebody To Love" - "Nothing To Say"
Chris Isaak - Chris Isaak Christmas Chris Isaak Christmas
Released: October, 2004
Billboard peak: # 109
Entertainment Weekly: B+
Tracks: "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" - "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" - "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" - "Washington Square" - "Blue Christmas" - "The Christmas Song" - "Hey Santa" - "Let It Snow" - "Christmas On TV" - "Pretty Paper" - "White Christmas" - "Mele Kalikimaka" - "Brightest Star" - "Last Month Of The Year" - "Gotta Be Good" - "Auld Lang Syne"
Chris Isaak - Greatest Hits Best Of Chris Isaak
Released: May, 2006
Billboard peak: # 54
Tracks: "San Francisco Days" - "Somebody's Crying" - "Wicked Game" - "Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing" - "Let Me Down Easy" - "Two Hearts" - "King Without A Castle" - "Only The Lonely" - "Speak Of The Devil" - "Blue Spanish Sky" - "You Owe Me Some Kind Of Love" - "Can't Do A Thing (To Stop Me)" - "Let's Have A Party" - "Dancin'" - "Blue Hotel" - "Please" - "I Want You To Want Me" - "Forever Blue" (Acoustic Version)
Chris Isaak - Mr. Lucky Mr. Lucky
Released: February, 2009
Billboard peak: # 29
Tracks: "Cheater's Town" - "We Let Her Down" - "You Don't Cry Like I Do" - "We've Got Tomorrow" - "Breaking Apart" (with Trisha Yearwood) - "Baby Baby" - "Mr. Lonely Man" - "I Lose My Heart" (with Michelle Branch) - "Summer Holliday" - "Best I Ever Had" - "We Lost Our Way" - "Very Pretty Girl" - "Take My Heart" - "Big Wide Wonderful World"
Chris Isaak - 'Live At The Fillmore' Live At The Fillmore
Released: June, 2010
Live Tracks: "Lonely With A Broken Heart" - "Somebody's Crying" - "Want Your Love" - "We Let Her Down" - "Graduation Day" - "Western Stars" - "Speak Of The Devil" - "Wicked Game" - "Best I Ever Had" - "Worked It Out Wrong" - "Two Hearts" - "Take My Heart" - "Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing" - "San Francisco Days" - "Move Along" - "Dancin'" - "Blue Spanish Sky"
Chris Isaak - 'Beyond The Sun' Beyond The Sun
Released: October, 2011
Tracks: "Ring Of Fire" - "Trying To Get To You" - "I Forgot To Remember To Forget" - "Great Balls Of Fire" - "Can't Help Falling In Love" - "Dixie Fried" - "How's The World Treating You" - "It's Now Or Never" - "Miss Pearl" - "Live It Up" - "I Walk The Line" - "So Long I'm Gone" - "She's Not You" - "My Happiness" - "My Baby Left Me" - "Oh, Pretty Woman" - "Doin' The Best I Can" - "Your True Love" - "Crazy Arms" - "Lovely Loretta" - "Everybody's In The Mood" - "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry" - "Love Me" - "Doncha' Think It's Time" - "That Lucky Old Sun"
LINKS
POP SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY [based on The ARC Weekly Top 40 (listing explanation)
1 Wicked Game
Heart Shaped World
5 12 1991 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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2 Somebody's Crying
Forever Blue
13 8 1995 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Can't Do A Thing (To Stop Me)
San Francisco Days
** ** 1993 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Please
Speak Of The Devil
** ** 1998 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing
Forever Blue
** ** 1999 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Let Me Down Easy
Always Got Tonight
** ** 2002 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  King Without A Castle
Best Of Chris Isaak
** ** 2006 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  I Want You To Want Me
Best Of Chris Isaak
** ** 2006 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  We Let Her Down
Mr. Lucky
** ** 2009 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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