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Leo Sayer

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Leo in 1974

Gerard Hugh "Leo" Sayer (born 21 May 1948) is an English-born pop singer. He was born in Shoreham-by-Sea near the city of Brighton and Hove, England, on 21 May 1948. He was most successful during the 1970s and early 1980s. He had hits such as "When I Need You", "The Show Must Go On", "Moonlighting" and "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing". He became an Australian citizen in January 2009.

Early life[change | change source]

Sayer was born in Shoreham-by-Sea to an English father and Irish mother on 21 May 1948. He attended St. Peter's Catholic Primary School in Shoreham and later attended Blessed Robert Southwell, renamed Chatsmore in Goring-by-Sea. Leo also attended West Sussex College of Art and Design in Worthing to study commercial art and graphic design.

Career[change | change source]

Leo first found fame in his home country in 1973 when his single "The Show Must Go On" reached no 2 in the UK single charts. He performed this song dressed as a pierrot clown. He co-wrote a number of his songs, including this song. His singing career went from strength to strength and by the late 1970s he was well known internationally having had hit singles and albums in the USA, Ireland, Sweden, Australia and other countries. A number of hit singles followed in the early 1980s, including "Orchard Road" and "More Than I Can Say" . He returned to the top of the UK singles chart in 2006 with a remix hit of his 1977 single, "Thunder in my Heart ".

Sayer appeared in The Muppet Show in 1978 where he sang "The Show Must Go On", "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" and his best selling single, "When I Need You". He also was a participant in the UK's Celebrity Big Brother 2007.