Steven Tyler of the classic rock band Aerosmith has an incredibly memorable voice that’s impacted a lot of people. For example, the songwriter behind the group’s only No. 1 hit in the United States had a really strong reaction to hearing Tyler’s recording of her song for the first time. Here’s what she had to say.
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Brad Whitford, Joey Kramer, Joe Perry, Steve Tyler, and Tom Hamilton of Aerosmith | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic
The writer of Aerosmith’s only No. 1 hit started swearing when she heard Steven Tyler’s vocals
Aerosmith made their name with hard rock songs in the 1970s. However, in the 1990s, they got on the power ballad/easy listening bandwagon with “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” from the Armageddon soundtrack. The song was written by Diane Warren, the songwriter known for writing other power ballads like Starship’s “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” and Ace of Base’s “Don’t Turn Around.” During an interview with Shortlist, Warren revealed how she reacted to Tyler’s vocal on the track.
“I still remember to this day when I first heard it – Matt Serletic produced it and I remember they sent me a CD and I remember sitting and listening to it and just literally being just… like falling off my chair almost – it was that great,” she said. “Because I literally hadn’t heard anything – the only thing I’d heard was teaching the song to Steven at the Sunset Marquee, at the villa there’s a piano there, where he was staying and just sitting at the piano hearing him sing that.