Sarah Jane Morris

Genres: Pop / Rock Television
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

England. This quality singer rose to fame as joint vocalist on the Communards number 1 hit ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’ in 1986. Morris’ previous work as a vocalist had principally comprised Berlin theatre songs with groups like the Happy End. As well as duetting on the Communards’ hit she appeared on the gay pop band’s debut album track ‘Lover Man’. Her presence and husky tones, alongside Jimmy Somerville in live appearances became an integral part of the Communards’ show. Whether this helped or hindered her initial attempt to launch a solo career is subjective, for while her 1989 debut album on the Jive Records label received warm reviews it met with little UK chart success. The second single, a bold reading of Billy Paul’s soul hit ‘Me And Mrs Jones’, was banned by the BBC because of its alleged espousal of gay rights (Morris is actually heterosexual). Her subsequent output has seen her move further...

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