Shakespear's Sister

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

Biography

Formed by Siobhan Marie Fahey-Stewart (10 September 1958, Dublin, Eire) who was better known simply as Siobhan Fahey, and Marcella Detroit (b. Marcella Levy, 21 June 1959, Detroit, Michigan, USA) with producer and writer Richard Feldman keeping a low profile as third member. Fahey, who had left Ireland for the UK to become a press officer at Decca Records, was a member of the top 80s female band Bananarama. She left in early 1988, although Detroit, too, had previously released solo material and worked as songwriter to Al Jarreau and Chaka Khan (having co-penned ‘Lay Down Sally’ with Eric Clapton while touring as his backing singer).

Taking their name from a Smiths’ song and keeping the spelling mistake made by a designer, one of the first gigs by Shakespear’s Sister (sometimes written as Shakespears Sister) took place in Leningrad, USSR, in January 1989. Their debut, ‘Break My Heart (You Really)’, was not a hit....

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