In honor of her 60th birthday, today’s Song of the Day is Taylor Dayne’s “Tell It To My Heart”. This title track was the first single released from her debut album. The week of January 23, 1988, the single peaked in the number seven spot. It was on the Hot 100 for 25 weeks. Dayne was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal, Female for her performance on “Tell It to My Heart” in 1988.
Taylor Dayne was born Leslie Wunderman on March 7, 1962. The New Yorker hit it big with this huge debut single, followed by six additional U.S. top-10 singles, including “Prove Your Love“, and “I’ll Always Love You“. She had further hits with “Don’t Rush Me” (1988) and “With Every Beat Of My Heart” (1989) as well as the Diane Warren penned “Love Will Lead You Back” which hit #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart.
This is the song that launched Taylor Dayne’s career. It was written by Seth Swirsky and Ernie Gold. While writing the song, Swirsky had Madonna in mind, but when he heard Dayne sing it, he knew she was the right choice.