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The Show Must Go On
by Leo Sayer

#1973

Following on from one popular British male solo artist of the Seventies to another. Here's Leo Sayer, all the way from Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex (near where I lived for part of that decade, as it happens), and his massive hit "The Show Must Go On".

Today's quick quote is from the blog "Liberal England" (Liberal Democrat Blog of the Year 2014)..... Don't ask. I have no idea what 1970s music has to do with UK politics!

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Leo Sayer: "The Show Must Go On"

Leo Sayer has long been seen as the quintessence of naffness - that Kevin Keegan perm did not help - but for a few years in the mid 1970s he enjoyed enormous success on both sides of the Atlantic.

I can still remember the impact this strange figure in full clown costume and make-up had on me when I first saw him on [UK 'BBC TV' show] "Top of the Pops". If, as I suspect, it was the show on 3rd January 1974, then that tape has been wiped.

Nor can I find what other acts were on the show, but I like to think of Sayer as offering something new and intriguing to the 13-year-old me when set against Suzi Quatro, 'The Rubettes' and other 'Chinn & Chapman' dreck that the charts had to offer in those days. It was up there with "I Know What I Like in Your Wardrobe" [?].

These days Leo Sayer is an Australian citizen and very opposed to fracking.

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In the US, a cover version by 'Three Dog Night' [!!] was preferred for issue over Leo's UK release; in Britain however, it hit No. 2 (and in the Republic of Ireland, No. 3).
http://liberalengland.blogspot.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Show_Must_Go_On_%28Leo_Sayer_song%29
1973 - Chrysalis - United Kingdom - From the album "Silver Bird". Did not chart until 1974.
Posted: 18th October 2019
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