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.
Sayer in 2009
Gerard Hugh Sayer
21 May 1948 ( age 71).
Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, England.
Chrysalis ( United Kingdom).
Warner Bros. and Rhino( United States).
Universal ( Aus).
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-Sea. before 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 television, wearing 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.