Hey, Leo! The 70s called…they want their hair back! Actually, I believe my Uncle Don had hair just like that when I was little.
I thought long and hard about using Leo’s biggest hit for this post but in the end I decided to go with my favorite of his songs. You Make Me Feel Like Dancing, by the way, was recorded as a kind of joke during a jam session. It’s cool how he switches from falsetto to his normal voice and vice versa.
I did not know that he was British, and during my research I discovered that he worked with Roger Daltrey of The Who early on. Also, when he first started his singing career, he dressed up in a Pierrot costume to match the mood of his songs. I kid you not:
Thankfully he dropped that little detail from his act, because some people are scared, or at least unnerved, by clowns. No one we know, of course.
Anyway, I love, love, loved this sweet ballad about being apart from the one you love, or lost love, or something like that.
Fun little tidbit: Mr. Sayer’s name was originally Gerry, but he was nicknamed “Leo” by a friend because of his leonine mane. And rightly so, I’d say. I’ll take the afro over the sad clown look any day.