Leo Sayer Part One

Leo Sayer Part One

Leo Sayer Part One

Even today, when I hear that song “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing”, I start dancing, so I’m going to do Leo Sayer Part One

Leo Sayer (born Gerard Hugh Sayer, 21 May 1948) is an English-Australian singer-songwriter musician and entertainer whose singing career has spanned four decades.He is now an Australian citizen and resident.

Leo Sayer


Sayer in 2009

Background Information

Birth Name

Gerard Hugh Sayer


21 May 1948 ( age 71).
Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, England.


Soft rock.
disco Occupations.



Years Active

1973 present.


Chrysalis ( United Kingdom).
Warner Bros. and Rhino( United States).
Universal ( Aus).

Associated Acts

Roger Daltrey.



Sayer launched his career in the United Kingdom in the early 1970s, and became atop singles and album act on both sides of the Atlantic in the 1970s. His first seven hit singles in the United Kingdom all reached the Top 10 a feat first registered by his first manager, Adam Faith. His songs have been sung by other notable artists, including Cliff Richard ( Dreaming).

Sayer’s Early Life

Sayer was born to Thomas E G Sayer, an English father and Theresa Nolan, an Irish mother, in Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex where he attended St Peter‘s Catholic Primary School. He was the second child of three siblings Michael, b. 1939, and Brian b.1951. He later attended Blessed Robert Southwell (now Chatsmore) in Goring-by-Seabefore studying commercial art and graphic design at West Sussex College of Art and Design in Worthing, Sussex.
He was initially discovered by musician David Courtney, who then co-managed and co-produced him with former pop singer turned manager, Adam Faith. In January 1967, while 18-year-old Sayer was working as a hall porter at the King‘s Hotel in Hove, he assisted in the rescue of elderly guests from a serious fire that damaged the first floor of the hotel. He himself was rescued from the blazing hotel by builders working on a block of flats beside the hotel.

Sayer’s Career Life

Sayer began his music career co-writing songs with David Courtney, including Giving It All Away, which gave Roger Daltrey of The Who his first solo hit in 1973.  The same year, Sayer began his career as a recording artist under the management of Adam Faith, who signed Sayer to the Chrysalis label in the UnitedKingdom and Warner Bros. Records in the United States.

His debut single Why Is Everybody Going Home failed to chart, but he achieved national prominence in the United Kingdom with his second single, the music hall styled song The Show Must Go On, which Sayer performed on British televisionwearing a pierrot costume and makeup. The single went to # 2 on the chart in the United Kingdom, as did his debut album Silverbird, co-written with David Courtney, who co-produced the album with Adam Faith. Three Dog Night‘s cover, the group‘s last Hot 100 top 10 record, reached # 4 on 25 May 1974.

His subsequent singles were all major hits in the United Kingdom One Man Band” went to # 6 in 1974, Long Tall Glasses (UK # 4, 1974) became his first Top Ten hit in the United States, reaching # 9, and Moonlighting went to # 2 in the United Kingdom in 1975. In 1976, Sayer recorded three Beatles songs, I Am the Walrus, Let It Be, and The Long and Winding Road for the Beatles-themed concept film, All This and World War II. His albums in this period were also consistently successful in the United Kingdom: he scored five consecutive Top 10 placings on the United Kingdom album chart between 1973 and 1977.

Sayer performing on Dutch television in 1974
He also garnered success as an album artist in the United States, beginning withhis second LP Just A Boy (1974 ), which reached # 16. His fourth album Endless Flight (1976) consolidated his international popularity, reaching # 4 in the United Kingdom and # 10 in the United States; it also charted strongly in other countries including Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, and New Zealand, and was certified as a platinum album in both the United Kingdom and the United Statesand double-platinum in Canada.
The peak of his career came in 1977, when he achieved two consecutive number one hits in the United States, first with the disco-styled You Make Me Feel Like Dancing (a Grammy Award winner for the year‘s best Rhythm and Blues Song),followed by the romantic ballad, When I Need You (1977 ), which reached number one in both the United Kingdom and United States. Written by Albert Hammond and Carole Bayer Sager, it was Sayer‘s first # 1 single in the United Kingdom (after three number two hits). It was also the first of two chart-toppers in a row in the United Kingdom for producer Richard Perry.
While touring Memphis in August 1977, his knee faltered and he was taken to the hospital by a security guard who also worked for Elvis Presley. A couple of days later he and Presley made arrangements to meet, but on the day they had scheduled to visit at Graceland, Presley died. Sayer stated so in a TV interview on the UK show Lorraine, broadcast 3 May 2017.
In 1979, the compilation album The Very Best of Leo Sayer became Sayer‘s first United Kingdom No. 1 LP and his seventh consecutive United Kingdom Top 20 album but, despite his popularity there, it failed to chart in the United States(probably due to its not being released in the U.S.). Sayer also guest-starred in the second episode of the third season of The Muppet Show, and performed You Make Me Feel Like Dancing, The Show Must Go On, and When I Need You.
Sayer also made cover versions of Bobby Vee‘s Sonny Curtis-Jerry Allison composition More Than I Can Say (his fourth UK # 2 hit and US # 2), and Buddy Holly‘s Raining in My Heart (1979) and Orchard Road in 1983. In the United States, three of his singles You Make Me Feel Like Dancing (1977 ), When Need You (1977) and More Than I Can Say (1980 ) were certified gold.
Sayer provided songs for the soundtrack of the French Belgian animated film The Missing Link (Le Chainon manquant) in 1980. In 1981, he voiced Dan the fore stranger in The Raccoons on Ice, the second of four specials serving as predecessor to the Canadian animated series The Raccoons. He also sang several songs for the special, all of which were included on the 1983 album Lake Freeze.

In 1990, he contributed to the last studio collaboration between Alan Parsons andEric Woolfson, Woolfson‘s solo album Freudiana, performing I Am A Mirror. Sayer performed at the Sanremo Music Festival in 1990, with The Moth And The Flame (English version of Tu by Mango) and, in 1991, with All Alone(English version of Dubbi No by Mietta).

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