Gerard Hugh Sayer, 21 May 1948, Shoreham-By-Sea, Sussex, England. Sayer fronted the Terraplane Blues Band and Phydeaux while a Sussex art student before moving to London, where he supplemented his wages as a typographic designer (during this time he designed three of his own typefaces) by street busking and via floor spots in folk clubs. In 1971, he formed Patches in Brighton who were managed by Dave Courtney, to whose melodies he provided lyrics. Speculating in artist management, Courtneys former employer, Adam Faith, found the group ultimately unimpressive and chose only to promote its animated X-factor - Sayer. During initial sessions at Roger Daltreys studio, the Whos vocalist was sufficiently impressed by the raw material to record some Courtney-Sayer numbers himself. These included Giving It All Away, Daltreys biggest solo hit. After a miss with Why Is Everybody Going Home, Sayer reached the UK number 1 spot...
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