When I’m With You Sheriff (Capitol, 1989)
This power ballad came from Canadian arena rock band Sheriff. When I’m With You was a top ten hit in Canada (#8) in 1983 and only peaked at #61 in the U.S. When I’m With You was the third single off Sheriff’s self-titled debut (actually only) album. Sheriff consisted of Freddy Curci (lead vocals), Steve DeMarchi (lead guitarist), Arnold Lanni (keyboardist) and Wolf Hassell (bassist).
In 1988, a DJ in Rome, New York began to play the song religiously. Other radio stations followed suit and When I’m With You shot to #1 on the Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts in the U.S. Unfortunately for Sheriff, they had broken up in 1985. Curci and DeMarchi tried to revive Sheriff, but Lanni and Hassell had since formed the rock band Frozen Ghost and were enjoying moderate success off their first album that had been released in late 1986. Frozen Ghost’s second album was released in 1988. So Curci and DeMarchi formed the rock band Alias and went to #2 with More Than Words Can Say in 1990.
Trivia: Freddy Curci is listed in the Guinness Book of Records for holding the longest note in a pop song for the ending lyric of When I’m With You.