The Welsh singer didn't like cavorting with barely dressed boys but asked director Russell Mulcahy back after it became a smash.
Bonnie Tyler's Wagnerian power ballad "Total Eclipse of the Heart" hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on Oct. 1, 1983, giving the then-32-year-old whiskey-voiced singer the biggest single of her career. Written and produced by Meat Loaf collaborator Jim Steinman, the track spent four weeks at No. 1, thanks in part to the popularity of its melodramatic music video. The clip was directed by pioneer Russell Mulcahy, then 30, who had directed the first video shown on MTV, The Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star," as well as early music- channel staples for Duran Duran and Billy Joel.