Desmond Child, can be described as legendary and one of the most accomplished hit makers with more than 80 Billboard Top 40 singles to his credit, spanning five decades.

He is, in fact, a magnificently successful and towering production and songwriting wunderkind. Gracing the Hangin’ & Bangin’ show, episode 53 on June 10th. A must see- this show is going to be a high energy hang with some of the best minds and creativity in the music industry.

An American songwriter and producer. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008.

His hits as a songwriter include Sakis Rouvas‘ “Ola Kala“; Kiss‘s “I Was Made for Lovin’ You“; Joan Jett & the Blackhearts‘ “I Hate Myself for Loving You“; Bon Jovi‘s “You Give Love a Bad Name“, “Livin’ on a Prayer“,[1] “Bad Medicine“, and “Born to Be My Baby “; Aerosmith‘s “Dude (Looks Like a Lady), “Angel“, “What It Takes” and “Crazy“; Cher’s “We All Sleep Alone” and “Just Like Jesse James“; Alice Cooper‘s “Poison“; Michael Bolton‘s “How Can We Be Lovers?“; and Ricky Martin‘s “The Cup of Life” and “Livin’ la Vida Loca

Artists Child has worked with include KissCherAerosmithBon JoviBonnie TylerDream TheaterPer GessleRicky MartinSelena Gomez, and Kelly Clarkson. Desmond is credited with discovering Troy Curtis Tuminelli and recommending him to Edgardo Diaz before Tuminelli landed in Menudo, and, eventually, on Guiding Light. He was the key partner in Alice Cooper‘s album Trash (1989). He was also responsible for the majority of song writing on Ratt‘s comeback album Detonator (1990).

Child scored a Billboard Top 40 hit in 1991 as a solo artist with “Love on a Rooftop,” a song he had co-written with Diane Warren, originally recorded by Ronnie Spector, and later by Cher. “Love on a Rooftop” also peaked at number 55 on the Australian ARIA Charts.

He produced Meat Loaf‘s album Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose, and co-wrote six of its songs.

Additionally, Child has also worked with Barbra Streisand, Garth Brooks, Alice Cooper, Mötley Crüe, Cher, Joan Jett, Cyndi Lauper, Michael Bolton, Christina Aguilera, Selena Gomez, Meat Loaf, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Sia, and many others.

Now living in Nashville, after two stints in Los Angeles, and being based in Miami, Child has yet to slow down. He was born with a drive, and a sense of destiny that keeps pushing him to greater heights.

On meeting Paul Stanley, “One of the most successful collaborations I had was with Paul Stanley of KISS, and we co-wrote a song called ‘I Was Made For Lovin’ You’. Motown dance beat and rock guitars; it was revolutionary and changed the course of pop music. It definitely did. It’s still to this day KISS’ biggest international hit of all time. Paul Stanley used to come to see Desmond Child And Rouge at a place called Trax on the Upper West Side on 72nd Street. Paul would come all the time, and one night he said, ‘Hey, why don’t you and I try writing a song together?’ I said, ‘Okay, well, why don’t you write a song with me for Desmond Child And Rouge? And I’ll write a song with you for your band.’ I didn’t really know that much about KISS because it was kind of like, ‘Oh, that’s what little kids with lunchboxes listen to…’ or something. But they would play Madison Square Garden. So we made the trade. He co-wrote a song with me called ‘The Fight’, which we co-wrote with David Landau, and I co-wrote a song with him called ‘I Was Made For Lovin’ You’, and I think it turned out that I did better on the trade.”

Catch Desmond Child on Hangin & Bangin on Facebook and YouTube live with Carmine Appice, Vinny Appice and Ron Onesti every Thursday, 7PM EST, 6PM CST and 4PM PST.

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