The Show Must Go On Leo Sayer


” The Show Must Go On ” is by Leo Sayer ( Gerard Hugh Sayer ), the Grammy Award-winning British-born singer-songwriter, musician and entertainer.
The single, released in 1973 under the Chrysalis Records label in the United Kingdom, was written by Leo Sayer and David Courtney, the award-winning British singer, songwriter and record producer.
The Grammy-nominated and internationally renowned songwriter and producer has notched up worldwide record sales of over 33 million. In addition to working with Leo Sayer, David Courtney has worked with a variety of recording artists including Roger Daltrey, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Jimmy Page, Hank Marvin and Adam Faith.
He has become the first British recipient of the Russian Tsarskoselskaya Art Award. David Courtney was given the award for composing and production of Matinee, the 2016 album by Russian recording artist Marina Kapuro.
” The Show Must Go On ” was taken from Leo Sayer’s debut solo studio album, Silverbird. The album was released in the latter half of 1973 by Chrysalis in the United Kingdom and Warner Bros. in the United States.
It was co-produced by David Courtney, and Adam Faith, who was a 1960s British teen idol, singer, actor and financial journalist, best known for his UK chart-toppers ” What Do You Want? ” and ” Poor Me “.
In a retrospective review for AllMusic, Richie Unterberger awarded the album three out of five stars. He praised Leo Sayer as being ” a good, versatile singer with an impressive range. ”
Adding that although the singer ” didn’t have the monster hooks of Elton John and certainly not the quirky originality and edgy experimentalism of Bowie, ” he feel it was ” a better album than many would remember. ”
The Silverbird album became a success in the United Kingdom. It entered the UK Albums Chart on the 5th of January 1974 and peaked at number two. The album spent seven weeks in the Top Ten and twenty-two weeks in the Top 100.
The song, which became Leo Sayer’s first hit single in the United Kingdom, uses a circus theme as a metaphor for dealing with difficulties and misguided choices one often makes in life.
In the United States, ” The Show Must Go On ” was covered by Three Dog Night, the American rock band.
The song, their last Top Ten US hit reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100. It has been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America ( RIAA ) for sales of over half a million copies.
Leo Sayer’s original version became a commercial success. In the United Kingdom, the single entered the UK Singles Chart on the 15th of December 1973 and peaked at number two. It spent nine weeks in the Top Ten and thirteen weeks in the Top 100.
Outside of the United Kingdom, the single reached number three in Ireland, ten in Australia and eleven in South Africa.

BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: N/A

UK Highest Chart Position: 2

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