Leo Sayer Part Two
Sayer’s Financial Difficulties With Money
After a decade of success, Sayer‘s career suffered repeated setbacks due to aseries of financial and legal problems. When Sayer and his first wife Janice divorced in 1985, subsequent financial disclosure revealed Adam Faith had badly mishandled his business affairs and that much of the millions of pounds he had earned over the previous decade had been lost through Faith‘s questionable investments and business expenses.
Sayer sued Faith for mismanagement; and the case was eventually settled out of court in 1992, with Sayer receiving a reported payout of ₤ 650,000. In the early 1990s, his career stalled again while he fought a protracted but ultimately successful legal battle against his former label, Chrysalis, to regain the publishing rights to his songs.
In 1996, Sayer sued his new management, after he discovered that his pension fund had allegedly been mismanaged to around ₤ 1 million. Despite spending more than ₤90,000 in legal fees the case never made it to court and Sayer abandoned the suit for reasons of cost. He assembled a band led by former Van Morrison guitarist Ronnie Johnson and toured his way back to financial security. They recorded a live album, Live in London, which was released in 1999.
Sayer’s Later Career With Music And Television
On 12 February 2006, he made a return to number one in the UK Singles Chart, with DJ Meck‘s remix of “Thunder In My Heart“. It was his first appearance in the United Kingdom Top 10 for almost twenty-four years, and his second chart-topper in the United Kingdom, almost three decades after his first. LeoSayer: At His Very Best, a career spanning compilation album, was released in the United Kingdom on 6 March 2006. It featured the Meck single, alongside “When I Need You“ and “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing“.
In June 2008, Sayer released a new album only in Australia, Don’t Wait Until Tomorrow. This album, produced by Garth Porter (from the Australian pop band Sherbet), and released by Universal Music Australia, featured selections from his catalog re-arranged with strings and acoustic and jazz instrumentation.
In January 2009, Sayer became an Australian citizen, having lived in Sydney, New South Wales, since 2005.
Sayer has appeared in various television shows including The Muppet Show (1978‘s Episode 3.02 on which he sang “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing“, “The Show Must Go On“, and “When I Need You“); The Wiggles 2008 DVD, You Make Me Feel Like Dancing, which featured Sayer‘s hit of the same name; Celebrity Big Brother UK in 2007; and the Australian television comedy, Stupid, Stupid Man. In the episode “Days of Wine and D’oh‘ses“ of the television series The Simpsons, a character mentions Sayer as being another singer he likes, after Elvis Presley.
In January 2015, Sayer released his album, Restless Years, and toured from Perth across many places in Australia to Singapore, with various support acts including Jason Ayres. In January 2015, Sayer also featured in Singapore‘s Leo Sayer in Concert— 40 Years at the Top, presented by the British TheatrePlayhouse. In October 2015, Sayer was awarded with a Gold Badge of Merit from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.
On 3 May 2019, Sayer released his latest album, Selfie on Demon Records. It was recorded at his home studio at The Barn, Plainlands, Queensland, Australia.