‘Long Tall Glasses’ by Leo Sayer – Classic Hit or Miss
Sayer was born on 21 May 1948 to an Irish mother and English father in Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, England.Sayer began his music career co-writing songs with David Courtney, including “Giving It All Away”, which gave Roger Daltrey of The Who his first hit without The Who in 1973.That same year, Sayer began his career as a recording artist. At the time of his initial chart breakthrough in the UK, with his second single “The Show Must Go On”, he wore a pierrot style costume and make-up and the song went quickly to number two.He had several subsequent single hits including, “One Man Band” (1974), “Long Tall Glasses” (1974) and “Moonlighting” (1975). In 1976, Sayer recorded three Beatles songs, “I Am the Walrus”, “Let It Be” and “The Long and Winding Road” for the film, All This and World War II.In 1977, he had a US number one with “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” (a Grammy Award winner for the year’s best Rhythm and Blues Song), as well as the romantic ballad, “When I Need You” (1977), which reached number one in both the UK and US. Written by Albert Hammond and Carole Bayer Sager, it was Sayer’s first UK chart-topper (after three number two hits) and his second successive US number one.It was also the first of two UK chart-toppers in a row for producer Richard Perry.
#9 in 1974, how about today?