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Hide Your Heart

Paul Stanley, Desmond Child, Holly Knight

During the writing sessions for the "Crazy Nights" album Paul worked with two female writers who were having major successes on the airwaves. While only the collaboration with Diane Warren ("Turn On The Night") was used at the time, "Hide Your Heart," co-written with Holly Knight and Desmond Child would be demoed and rejected. Holly had been a member of the band Spider, with drummer Anton Fig, who had been managed by Bill Aucoin. Her introduction to Paul, and specifically KISS, came when Bill enlisted her keyboard services (and Anton on drums for that matter) while KISS were recording "Unmasked" in 1980.

With KISS not using the song in 1987 Paul offered it out to other artists to record. Numerous artists picked it up including Robin Beck, Molly Hatchet, Bonnie Tyler, and even Ace Frehley. Bonnie Tyler's version was released first, on 5/9/88 on her "Notes From America" album. It was followed by Molly Hatchet's, on their "Lightning Strikes Twice" album on 9/6/89, KISS' on 10/17/89, Ace Frehley's on 10/24/89, and finally Robin Beck's on 11/9/89. Paul also performed the song during his 1989 solo tour and received enough positive response to it to suggest that the song would be included on a KISS album. It is likely that an over-saturation of the use of "Hide Your Heart" damaged the public reception to the song. KISS single's highest chart position was #59 in the United Kingdom and even the "West Side Story" inspired video didn't help the song. The performance part of the video was filmed on top of the Hotel Royale in Los Angeles.

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