With the guidance of writing partner David Courtney and manager Adam Faith, Leo followed this up with his first solo album on Warner Brothers in the U.S.A. and Chrysalis Records for the rest of the world.
Produced by Faith and Courtney, “Silverbird” featured the hit song “The Show Must Go On” with Leo famously appearing on stage dressed as a white faced and white costumed Pierrot.
”The Show Must Go On” was also a chart topper for Three Dog Night in the U.S.A. and his second album “Just A Boy” was released a year later, featuring international hits: “One Man Band” and “Long Tall Glasses” and “Train”.
By this time, Leo’s success had reached around the globe and he toured extensively to sell out crowds in the U.S.A. as well as in Europe, the Far East and Australia.
In 1975 “Moonlighting” continued the trend, and then Leo hit the really big time with 1976’s platinum selling “Endless Flight”, the album boasting two international number 1 hits, the U.S. Grammy winning “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” and his classic “When I Need You”.
Further chart success came from ten more chart albums, featuring hits as diverse and unique as “More Than I Can Say’, “Thunder In My Heart”, “I Can’t Stop Loving You”, “Easy To Love”, “Have You Ever Been In Love” and “Orchard Road”.
In fact, Leo has had 20 worldwide top ten hits during his career, many of these self penned, and is still entertaining audiences around the world with an amazing live show featuring his truly original songs and that uniquely powerful and recognisable voice.
In 2004 he played live concerts in the USA, Britain, Europe and the Baltic States and he finished a new studio album: “Voice In My Head”.
In 2005 Leo released Voice In My Head throughout Europe. In June he received permanent resident status in Australia and moved from London to Sydney. He is currently awaiting Citizenship status in Australia.
He also released the Voice In My Head album in Australia on the First Edition label on ABC Music distributed by Warner Music.
At the release of the album in July Leo toured Australia playing large theatres in the capital cities.
He has also been in great demand on the corporate circuit in Australia with some clients saying he created the best event they have ever had.
Leo’s new stage show has been receiving standing ovations every night. He still delivers one of the most energised performances in the world with a show that documents his history and includes all of his smash hit songs plus a sample from his new album Voice In My Head.
Leo has put together a band of musicians that is arguably the finest line up of musical talent in Australia. The rhythm section is made up of Mark Kennedy (Ayres Rock, Marcia Hines, Men At Work, Renee Geyer, Kevin Borich) on Drums and Harry Brus (Australian Crawl, Renee Geyer, Kevin Borich plus everyone else of any note) on Bass Guitar.
The keyboard section of the band is handles by Alan Mansfield (Robert Palmer, Bette Midler, Pat Benetar, Dragon) and on a second keyboard is Sharon O’Neill who also does backing vocals. Sharon biggest solo hit was Maxine.
The horn section comprises of John Kirk on Trumpet and Flugal Horn and Ross Middleton on Sax and Flute. Both John and Ross toured the world with INXS in the 80’s. Leo’s band is rounded out with the inclusion of guitar virtuoso Paul Berton (Russell Crowe, Renee Geyer, Looking Through A Glass Onion).
In 2006 Leo has toured Australia, E ngland, Asia, Belgium, Germany. The year started with the re-mix of “Thunder In My Heart” going number one in England and top ten around Europe and Australia.
ABC Music has released a Special Limited Edition of the ‘Voice In My Head’ album that will include a bonus disc of 12 live tracks which are all of Leo’s biggest hits from the 70’s and 80’s recorded live in Melbourne during his 2005 tour.
Leo Sayer is a pop music legend who continues to deliver a world class show night after night.
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DISCOGRAPHY – THE HITS
Title: Producer(s): Year of release U.K.Chart Position
SILVERBIRD Faith/Courtney 1973 No 2 Jan 1973
JUST A BOY Faith/Courtney 1974 No 4 Oct 1974
ANOTHER YEAR Faith/Ballard 1975 No 8 Sept 1975
ENDLESS FLIGHT Perry 1976 No 4 Nov 1976
THUNDER IN MY HEART Perry 1977 No 8 Oct 1977
LEO SAYER Perry 1978 No 15 Sep1978
THE VERY BEST OF Various 1979 No 1 Mar 1979
HERE Courtney 1979 No 44 Oct 1979
LIVING IN A FANTASY Tarney 1980 No 15 Aug1980
WORLD RADIO Mardin 1981 No 30 May1981
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN
IN LOVE Neil etc; 1983 No 15 Nov1983
COOL TOUCH Tarney 1990 —
ALL THE BEST Various 1993 No 26 Mar1993
THE DEFINITIVE HITS
COLLECTION Various 1999 No 35 Feb1999
LIVE IN LONDON Brel 1999 Internet only
VOICE IN MY HEAD SAYER 2005
Title: U.K. Chart Position
THE SHOW MUST GO ON No 2 Dec 1973
ONE MAN BAND No 6 June 1974
LONG TALL GLASSES No 4 Sept 1974
MOONLIGHTING No 2 Aug 1975
YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE DANCING No 2 Oct 1976
WHEN I NEED YOU No 1 Jan 1977
HOW MUCH LOVE No 10 Apr 1977
THUNDER IN MY HEART No 22 Sept 1977
I CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU (THOUGH I TRY) No 6 Sept 1978
RAINING IN MY HEART No 21 Nov 1978
MORE THAN I CAN SAY No 2 July 1980
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN LOVE No 10 Mar 1982
HEART (STOP BEATING IN TIME) No 22 June 1982
ORCHARD ROAD No 16 Mar 1983
TIL YOU COME BACK TO ME No 51 Oct 1983
UNCHAINED MELODY No 54 Feb 1986
YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE DANCING
(THE GROOVE GENERATION featuring LEO SAYER) No 32 Aug 1998
THUNDER IN MY HEART
(MECK FEATURING LEO SAYER) No1 Jan 2006