Jim Vallance began to write songs (under his own name) in 1978 with Bryan Adams; during their 11-year collaboration they composed virtually all of Adams’s hits of that period, including ‘Cuts Like a Knife,’ ‘Hearts on Fire,’ ‘Heat of the Night,’ ‘Heaven,’ ‘Run to You,’ ‘Somebody’ and ‘This Time.’ At times working with a third partner, they also completed songs recorded by the Canadians BTO, Paul Dean, and Loverboy and by the popular American and British acts Joe Cocker (‘Edge of a Dream,’ ‘When the Night Comes’); Roger Daltry; Neil Diamond; KISS; Juice Newton; Bonnie Raitt; Carly Simon; Rod Stewart; Tina Turner; and 38 Special (‘Teacher Teacher’). With David Foster and others, Vallance and Adams composed ‘Tears Are Not Enough’ in 1985; Vallance played drums for, and co-produced, the recording.
Jim Vallance has also collaborated with other writers, including David Foster and Charles Goodrum (‘Now and Forever,’ the Canadian Country Music Associationawards’ song of the year for 1986 as recorded by Anne Murray); Alice Cooper; and Rick Springfield; as well as members of Toronto (‘What About Love,’ recorded by Heart); Aerosmith (‘Ragdoll,’ ‘The Other Side’); Ozzy Osbourne; and the Scorpions. Vallance produced the first two albums by Glass Tiger, collaborating on such hits as ‘Someday’ and ‘Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone).’ After sharing Juno Awards as composer of the year with Adams in 1984 and 1985, Vallance won the award alone in 1986 and 1987. He was co-recipient with Adams of PRO Canada’s William Harold Moon Award for international achievement in 1985.