70s Music Artist watch: Leo Sayer

Mr Gerald Sayer came into the world back in 1948, and he became a huge part of the music from the 70’s , with his ability to sing pop songs and ballads, and to dress up and entertain, and entertain he did.

Leo started his song writing career by having a co written hit for Roger Daltry from The WHO called "Giving It All Away". Gerald  later became Leo Sayer.

His first single success was "The Show Must Go On", and reached No. 2 in the UK in 1974, and saw Leo Sayer dressed as a clown, and in a lot of ways it did resemble the clown from McDonalds. As a teenager, I thought it was some sort of clever advertisement for the McDonald company, he even appeared on TV and was not recognisable at all, in-fact it could have been any one in the outfit.

The single came from the album "Silverbird", and Leo appeared on "The Old Grey Whistle Test”, a late night live TV show, dressed for the first time as the Pierrot clown, this in itself launched him, and for a while he supported Roxy Music on tour, and those costumes were put together by his wife Janice. Well done Janice.

Being an ex choir boy gave him good training for his upcoming pop career, and also at one time he lived on a river boat, as money was very tight. no way could he know he was going to be huge in the music of the 70s.

He met David Courtney after answering an advert in a Brighton newspaper, who went on to co write "The Show Must Go On", his manager was also Adam Faith a huge singing star from the 1960s. Adam was a very successful business man too, and died in 2003.

Some of the Lyrics

Baby although I chose this lonely life
It seems it's strangling me now
AII the wild men with big cigars and gigantic cars
They're all laughing at me now.
Oh! I've been used oo-hoo
I've been taken for a fool - oh what a fool
I broke all the rules
oh yeah
But I won't let the show go on.
Baby there's an enormous crowd of people
And they're all after my blood
I wish maybe they'd tear down the walls
Of this theatre and let me out - let me out.
Oh! I've been so blind
oh yeah
I've wasted tine


  1. Years ago there was a man who sang "I know I can dance" on a talk show. He dressed as a clown and did a great job singing the song, and he was a sensational dancer. There was a time when I could find a video of the skit. If anyone knows where this can be found please let me know. In the performance on TV he danced and did the splits on stage and sang "you know I can dance."

  2. You are talking about the SHOW MUST GO ON...the video is in this article


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