Billy Steinberg & Tom Kelly are among the most successful songwriters of the past 25 years, co-writing five #1 singles on Billboards Hot 100 chart, including Madonnas Like A Virgin, Cyndi Laupers True Colors, Whitney Houstons So Emotional, The Bangles Eternal Flame, and Hearts Alone.
They began working together in 1981 and recorded an album as I-10 on Epic Records in 1983, which featured Alone and marked the beginning of a longtime writing partnership that resulted in some of the most memorable hits of the 80s and 90s. Steinberg & Kelly have written for artists such as Tina Turner, Roy Orbison, Pat Benatar, Belinda Carlisle, Bette Midler, Rod Stewart, Celine Dion, Carrie Underwood and The Divinyls with I Touch Myself among others.
Many of Steinberg & Kellys songs have become enduring classics and continue to receive attention from many of todays top artists. Like A Virgin was honored by Rolling Stone & MTV as the #4 song on its list of the 100 Greatest Pop Songs. True Colors was recorded by Phil Collins for his Greatest Hits album and became a major worldwide hit. True Colors was also featured in Kodaks prominent television-based advertisement campaign for several years. Celine Dion scored hits with covers of I Drove All Night and Alone.
These songs have also been staples for singers on American Idol. In 1993, Steinberg & Kelly began another high-profile collaboration, writing numerous songs with Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders. The trio wrote six songs for the groups Last of the Independents album in 1994, which included the Top 10 hit, Ill Stand By You, and the single, Night In My Veins.