Fantasy – Aldo Nova | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#23) & Mainstream Rock (#1); 1982

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

In a way, Aldo Nova started at the top: portraying George Harrison in a production of Beatlemania. Offstage Aldo worked diligently on his guitar skills and played the club circuit in his native Canada. A gig as studio engineer led to a record label deal, and 1981’s self-titled album. The multi talented Nova not only played guitar and keyboards, he also wrote, arranged and sang on all the tracks, and produced thw hole shebang to boot!. Due to heavy MTV rotation of Fantasy, Aldo suddenly found himself with a hot rock track. Instead of taking flight, Nova’s solo career nosedived. He lent his talents to albums by Michael Bolton and Blue Oyster Cult among others, then retired from the music business in mid-decade. Friend Jon Bon Jovi coaxed him out for a featured role on the Jersey singer’s solo debut, Blaze Of Glory in 1990. Soon Aldo was back; working with Celine Dion. In 2003 he returned to the charts as co-writer of This Is the Night recorded by American Idol Clay Aiken.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2023 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

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  • Aldo Nova