Leo Sayer

Leo Sayer is an English pop singer who released ten studio albums between 1973 and 1983 on Chrysalis and Warner Bros. He scored ten Top 10 hits on the UK Singles Chart, including “The Show Must Go On,” “Long Tall Glasses (I Can Dance),” “Moonlighting,” and “More Than I Can Say.” His 1976 fourth album Endless Flight features “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” and “When I Need You,” which both reached No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100.


Early Life

Leo was born Gerard Hugh Sayer on May 21, 1948, in Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex; the middle son of Englishman Thomas E. G. Sayer and his Irish wife Theresa (née Nolan). He studied commercial art and graphic design at West Sussex College of Art and Design in Worthing. While attending school, he worked as a typographic designer and fronted the Terraplane Blues Band and Phydeaux. He was nicknamed “Leo” in reference to the lion’s mane due to his curly hair.

In January 1967, Leo (then eighteen) worked as a hotel porter at King’s Hotel in Hove, where he rescued an elderly woman from a first-floor fire.

In 1971, Sayer formed the pop band Patches, which released the single “Living In America” (b/w “The Hour Is Love”) on Warner Bros. in 1972. They were managed by David Courtney, the one-time drummer of ’50s pop idol Adam Faith. Courtney wrote the a-side and co-wrote the flipside with Sayer. The two cut a demo tape of originals and handed it to Faith, who remortgaged his home to launch Sayer onto the public.

In April 1973, Sayer got his first break when Who frontman Roger Daltery scored a UK No. 5 hit with the Courtney–Sayer ballad “Giving It All Away.” It appeared on the singer’s debut solo album, Daltery, along with eight other compositions by the pair. That same year, Sayer signed to Chrysalis (Warner in the US) and recorded his first album.


Silverbird

Leo Sayer released his debut album, Silverbird, in November 1973 on Chrysalis (UK) and Warner Bros (US).


Just a Boy

Leo Sayer released his second album, Just a Boy, in October 1974 on Chrysalis and Warner Bros.


Another Year

Leo Sayer released his third album, Another Year, on September 5, 1975, on Chrysalis and Warner Bros.


Endless Flight

Leo Sayer released his fourth album, Endless Flight, on October 29, 1976, on Chrysalis and Warner Bros.


Thunder in My Heart

Leo Sayer released his fifth album, Thunder in My Heart, on September 30, 1977, on Chrysalis and Warner Bros.


Leo Sayer

Leo Sayer released his self-titled sixth album on August 11, 1978, on Chrysalis and Warner Bros.


Here

Leo Sayer released his seventh album, Here, on September 21, 1979, on Chrysalis and Warner Bros.


Living in a Fantasy

Leo Sayer released his eighth album, Living in a Fantasy, on August 22, 1980, on Chrysalis and Warner Bros.

The Missing Link (OST, 1980)


World Radio

Leo Sayer released his ninth album, World Radio, in April 1982 on Chrysalis and Warner Bros.


Have You Ever Been in Love

Leo Sayer released his tenth album, Have You Ever Been in Love, on November 4, 1983, on Chrysalis and Warner Bros.


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