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Bruce Hornsby “Every Little Kiss” (1986) Filming Locations

 

The Video

“Every Little Kiss” was originally released in May 1986 as the first single from Bruce Hornsby and the Range. Bruce Hornsby had been raised in Williamsburg, Virgina, and attended the University of Richmond and later the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, before graduating from the University of Miami, Florida in 1977.
In 1980, Hornsby and co-writer brother John, moved to Los Angeles, where the two worked as songwriters at 20th Century-Fox Records.

Bruce later worked as a session musician before forming Bruce Hornsby and The Range in 1984, and getting a record deal in 1985 that led to the release of the album The Way It Is in 1986.  While “Every Little Kiss” made only a dent in the music charts, the next single, the album’s title track, reached the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100, prompting a re-release of the first single.  From what I can determine, it was the second release of “Every Little Kiss” that was accompanied by the music video directed by Oley Sassone.

 
 
 
 

The Locations

The video for “Every Little Kiss” was filmed near Manor, Texas.
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I often check the “on this date” pages to see if there are any notable historical dates or celebrity birthdays. On November 23, I saw that it was Bruce Hornsby’s birthday, prompting me to revisit some of his music videos. While watching the “Every Little Kiss” video, I was so surprised to recognize a familiar Texas location that I initially doubted it was the place I thought it was, because I would have assumed the video would be more likely to film in Williamsburg or Los Angeles. My best guess now is that it have been filmed in Texas due to scheduling while the band was on tour, but I still haven’t tracked down the real reason.
This page of filming locations is “exclusive,” in the sense that there doesn’t seem to be any information online about the filming or locations for this video.

 

The Barn
As our view moves across an open field with classic white barn, we see young woman who appears forlorn as she hitchhikes along a country road.
The barn in the scene is the Richland Hall, 18312 Cameron Rd, Manor, TX 78653, a picturesque community event space and wedding venue.
Reference: I determined the location after recognizing the “gas station” location (below), and I haven't seen either spot listed anywhere else on the Internet.

The barn from “Every Little Kiss,” as seen in November 2014

The barn from “Every Little Kiss,” as seen in November 2014

 
The intersection from “Every Little Kiss,” as seen in December 2018

The intersection from “Every Little Kiss,” as seen in December 2018

Car at Sunrise
As the sun rises in the background, we see a car driving along a country road at an intersection.
I’m about 95% certain that the intersection is on Cele Road at Cameron Rd, Manor, TX 78653, but resolution on the YouTube video is so low, that I can’t be completely certain.
Reference: I determined the location after recognizing the “gas station” location (below), and I haven't seen either spot listed anywhere else on the Internet.

 

Gas Station

The hitchhiking woman finds respite in the shade of a Fina gas station, where she later cross paths with the men in the car seen earlier.
The gas station is the Cele Store, 18726 Cameron Rd, Manor, TX 78653, a local landmark. They’ve been serving barbecue for over 60 years at the store in the small community of Cele (pronounced “seal”), so be sure to visit when they're open.
Reference: I recognized this location from its appearance in the movie Secondhand Lions (2003).

 

Extras
Hornsby has since become known for his musical improvisation, and in a 2011 interview with Bands That Jam, he said that he felt “Every Little Kiss” didn’t “hold up well” as a song, so he rarely played it. However, he told the Arizona Republic in 2017 that he’d been able to breath new life into the song in a way that allowed him to play it again.
In December 2018, he posted video of himself playing a stripped down, reworked version of the song. It’s well worth watching for a glimpse at an artist keeping a song fresh.