A brace of sparkling pop hits in late 1986/early 1987 marked a fine opening for UK jazz/pop trio Swing Out Sister. Breakout (number 4) and Surrender (number 7) preceded Its Better To Travel, which topped the UK album charts. Breakout also provided the band with a US Top 10 single in autumn 1987. The band was formed by Corinne Drewery (vocals), Andrew Connell (keyboards) and Martin Jackson (drums). Connell had played for many years in the respected Manchester funk/new-wave band A Certain Ratio while Jackson had drummed with various Manchester bands including Magazine and the Chameleons. A management link-up saw the pair join forces with fashion designer Drewery whose father had been a member of the Nottingham-based Junco Partners. Jackson left the band soon after Its Better To Travel and did not play on the follow-up, Kaleidoscope World, although he helped program drum machines on several tracks. Connell, a grade eight...
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