Figaro Brotherhood of Man
Song Title: Figaro
Artist: Brotherhood of Man
Date of release: 6th of January 1978
Description: ” Figaro ” is by Brotherhood of Man, the British pop group. The group, initially formed in 1969 by Tony Hiller as a front name for a continuously changing line up of session singers, they became a permanent four-piece in 1973.
The line-up from then, which continues today touring Europe, consists of Martin Lee, Nicky Stevens, Lee Sheriden and Sandra Stevens. The group began as a trio in 1972. Martin Lee, Nicky Stevens and Lee Sheriden recorded ” Rock Me Baby “, set to be released in 1972. The song’s release was cancelled due to David Cassidy releasing a song of the same name, which incidentally reached number eleven on the UK Singles Chart. The next two singles by the trio failed to chart and soon after the second single’s release Sandra Stevens joined the others to form a quartet.
Although the debut single by the foursome, ” When Love Catches Up on You ” released in January 1974, failed to chart, ” Lady “, the follow-up single did well and went on to become a hit in Europe.
In early 1976, Tony Hiller was keen for Brotherhood of Man to be a success in the United Kingdom, and he decided that a song called ” Save Your Kisses for Me ” should be put forward for the A Song for Europe competition. Brotherhood of Man took the song to the final twelve songs. On the 25th of February, they won, beating Co-Co, the second-placed act by two points.
On the 3rd of April, the 1976 Eurovision Song Contest was held at the Nederlands Congrescentrum ( a concert venue and convention centre in The Hague ) in the Netherlands. The group performed the song and won easily.
Brotherhood of Man has had their most significant success in the United Kingdom, notching up three chart-topping singles and four Albums that have reached the top twenty. During their career, they have released sixteen studio Albums and have record sales topping 15 million.
The song was written by Tony Hiller, Martin Lee and Lee Sheriden with production for the single by Tony Hiller. Tony, Born in London, England, is an English songwriter and producer. His songs have been recorded by over 500 artists including Elton John, Olivia Newton-John, Andy Williams, Sonny and Cher, The Osmonds, Glen Campbell, The Hollies. He is best known for writing many of the Brotherhood of Man’s biggest hits. The song 1970 hit single, ” United We Stand “, co-written with Peter Simons, was used many times in the news broadcasts covering the events of 9/11.
” Figaro ” was released on the 6th of January 1978 by record label Pye Records ( Universal Music Group ) and taken from the group’s fifth studio Album, B for Brotherhood.
The Album, released on the 7th of June 1978, advertised on TV in the United Kingdom, reached number eighteen on the UK Album Chart. It was to be the highest position any of their Albums had made at that point. B for Brotherhood was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry ( BPI ) with sales of over 60,000 copies.
The lyrics are built around the story of a Spanish cabaret singer who’s intention is gaining the interest of the opposite sex. Tony Hiller stated in an interview when asked about the makeup of the lyrics ” My daughter had just come back from vacation in Spain and was full of stories about the young waiters trying to romance the young girls “.
Many have noted the similarity between this song and ” Fernando “, ABBA’s 1976 UK chart-topping single. Brotherhood of Man member Lee Sheriden has always denied the allegations of plagiarism. To add a peculiar twist, it was ABBA that knocked the Brotherhood of Man off the top of the UK Singles Chart with their single ” Take a Chance on Me “.
” Figaro ” was a commercial success for the Brotherhood of Man. The song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 14th of January 1978 and reached Number One on the 11th of February, spending one week at the top. It spent six weeks in the top ten and a total of twelve weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Ireland 1, Norway 12, South Africa 12, Belgium 16, The Netherlands 28
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