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SpouseJanice Lisseter
FactSpent 151 weeks on the UK singles chart.

Leo Sayer (born Gerard Hugh Sayer, 21 May 1948) is a British singer-songwriter, musician, and entertainer whose career has spanned more than four decades. His first seven hit singles in the United Kingdom were all written by him, and six of those were co-written with his producer Richard Perry. He has also had success as a songwriter, penning songs for other artists including Roger Daltrey, Cliff Richard, and Rod Stewart.

Sayer was born in Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, England, to Sylvia (née Greenhalgh) and James Sayer. His father worked as a civil servant for the Ministry of Agriculture and his mother was a housewife. He has two sisters, Jane and Joanna. He attended Montpelier Primary School, Shoreham-by-Sea Grammar School for Boys, and Worthing Technical High School for Boys.

Sayer began his music career co-writing songs with David Courtney, including “Giving It All Away”, which was a hit for Roger Daltrey in 1973. He then secured a record deal with Chrysalis Records and released his debut album Silverbird in 1973. The album’s first single “One Man Band” reached the top 10 in the UK and was followed by the Top 5 hit “The Show Must Go On”.

Sayer’s second album, Just A Boy, was released in 1974 and yielded the UK Top 10 hit “Long Tall Glasses (I Can Dance)”. His third album, Another Year, was released in 1975 and contained the UK Top 10 hit “One of These Nights (I’m Gonna Win Your Love)”.

Sayer’s fourth album, Endless Flight, was released in 1976 and contained the hit singles “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” and “When I Need You”. His fifth album, Leo Sayer, was released in 1977 and contained the UK Top 10 hit “Thunder in My Heart”.

Sayer’s sixth album, Here, was released in 1978 and contained the UK Top 10 hit “More Than I Can Say”. His seventh album, Living in a Fantasy, was released in 1980 and contained the UK Top 10 hit “Till You Come Back to Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)”.

Sayer’s eighth album, World Radio, was released in 1981 and contained the UK Top 10 hit “Have You Ever Been in Love?”. His ninth album, Touching Home, was released in 1982 and contained the UK Top 10 hit “Heart (Stop Beating in Time)”.

Sayer’s tenth album, Voice in My Head, was released in 1983 and contained the UK Top 10 hit “Orchard Road”. His eleventh album, Silverbird / Endless Flight / Leo Sayer / More Than I Can Say / Touching Home / Voice in My Head / Have You Ever Been in Love?, was a compilation album released in 1984.

Sayer’s twelfth album, Right Here on Earth, was released in 1986 and contained the UK Top 10 hit “When I Give My Heart to You”. His thirteenth album, Cool Touch, was released in 1988 and contained the UK Top 10 hit “I Can’t Stop Loving You (Though I Try)”.

Sayer’s fourteenth album, Slow Motion, was released in 1990 and contained the UK Top 10 hit “More Than Words Can Say”. His fifteenth album, The Very Best of Leo Sayer – 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection, was a compilation album released in 2000.

Sayer has been married three times. His first marriage was to Janice White with whom he has two sons, Daniel (born 1974) and Samuel (born 1977). His second marriage was to Sarah Dallin of Bananarama with whom he has a daughter, Rebecca (born 1991). His third marriage is to model Beverly Baker with whom he has two sons, Benjamin (born 1996) and Thomas (born 1998).

Sayer has a net worth of $20 million.

General Info

Full NameLeo Sayer
Height1.63 m
ProfessionEntertainer, Singer-songwriter


SpouseJanice Lisseter
ParentsTereasa Nolan, Thomas William Sayer


AwardsGrammy Award for Best R&B Song, Juno Award for International Single of the Year, NME Award for World's Most Promising New Name, NME Award for Most Promising New Name (British)
NominationsGrammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
MoviesThe Raccoons on Ice, A Tribute to Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Get Down Tonight: The Disco Explosion Live, The Gold Diggers, Leo Sayer: Live at the Basement: One Night in Sydney
TV ShowsThe Raccoons, Celebrity Big Brother

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1I really don't write for anybody else, I only write for myself. I'm one of those terribly self-centred kind of singer-songwriters who can only really feel my own passion, so when Dolly Parton or Tina Turner or Phil Collins has sung my songs before...Céline's like a real honour.
2Live performance is my mainstay because record sales are down from what they were in the Seventies. This isn't just because of illegal downloading - I think these days we are surrounded by so much music all the time there is less incentive to own it.


1Emigrated to Australia in November 7th, 2004, lives in Sydney. [April 2005]
2The name "Leo" came from his lionized mane of curly hair.
3Scored a No.1 hit in Britain for 2 weeks with his 1977 single "Thunder In My Heart" which was remixed by Meck. Also appeared on Top of the Pops in February to promote the single. [2006]
4Spent 151 weeks on the UK singles chart.
5He has performed with the S.A.S. (Spike Edney's All Stars) Band.
6British singer.



Daddy's Home2015performer: "More Than I Can Say"
Strictly Come Dancing2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
Hardcore Henry2015lyrics: "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" / music: "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" / performer: "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing"
Atop the Fourth WallTV Series 1 episode, 2015 writer - 2 episodes, 2010 - 2015
Top of the Pops: The Story of 19802015TV Movie documentary performer: "More Than I Can Say"
Northern Soul2014performer: "The Show Must Go On" / writer: "The Show Must Go On"
FringeTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
The Hooker with a Heart of Gold2010performer: "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" / writer: "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing"
OC87: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger's Movie2010Documentary writer: "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing"
It's Complicated2009performer: "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" / writer: "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing"
The Paul O'Grady Show2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Morning Show2008TV Series performer - 1 episode
Patinando por un sueñoTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2007 writer - 1 episode, 2007
Las Vegas2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
Allt om min buske2007performer: "You make me feel like dancing" / writer: "You make me feel like dancing" - as L Sayer
Cold Case2006TV Series 1 episode
My Name Is Earl2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
Singapore Idol2004TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ella Enchanted2004performer: "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" / writer: "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing", "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing Remix" uncredited
My Boss's Daughter2003writer: "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" - as Gerard Sayer
Anger Management2003writer: "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing"
The Sopranos2002TV Series performer - 1 episode
When Snooker Ruled the World2002TV Movie documentary performer: "Lean On Me" - uncredited
Charlie's Angels2000performer: "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" / writer: "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing"
An Extremely Goofy Movie2000Video writer: "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing"
Late LoungeTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1999 writer - 1 episode, 1999
Don't Go Breaking My Heart1999performer: "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" / writer: "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing"
The Crucible: 21 Years in the Frame1997TV Mini-Series documentary performer - 1 episode
To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday1996performer: "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" / writer: "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing"
The Simpsons1996TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mystery Science Theater 30001993TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Night We Never Met1993performer: "When I Need You"
Stars in Their Eyes1992TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Misadventures of Mr. Wilt1990performer: "Love Hurts"
EastEnders1986TV Series performer - 1 episode
Car Trouble1986performer: "Unchained Melody"
Making the Grade1984performer: "Takin' the Brakes Off" / writer: "Takin' the Brakes Off"
The Raccoons: Let's Dance!1984Video short performer: "You Can Do It", "Taking My Time", "To Have You"
Cannon and Ball1982TV Series performer - 1 episode
Top of the PopsTV Series performer - 19 episodes, 1976 - 1982 writer - 3 episodes, 1977
The Raccoons on Ice1981TV Movie performer: "Taking My Time", "To Have You", "You Can Do It"
Endless Love1981writer: "Dreamin'"
Inside Moves1980performer: "It's Your Move"
The Midnight Special1980TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Bitch1979performer: "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" / writer: "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing"
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1979TV Series performer - 1 episode
James at 161978TV Series performer - 1 episode
The End1978writer: "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" - uncredited
The Stud1978performer: "Moonlighting" - uncredited / writer: "Moonlighting" - uncredited
The Muppet ShowTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1978 writer - 1 episode, 1978
An Unmarried Woman1978performer: "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" 1976 - uncredited / writer: "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" 1976 - uncredited
The Sonny and Cher Show1977TV Series writer - 1 episode
Saturday Night LiveTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1977 writer - 1 episode, 1977
All This and World War II1976Documentary performer: "I Am the Walrus", "Let it Be", "The Long And Winding Road"


Dog2008ShortThe Critter (voice)
Comedy Lab2000TV Series
The Raccoons on Ice1981TV MovieDan the Forest Ranger (voice)
The Little and Largest Show on Earth1977TV Movie


Molly: The Real Thing2016TV Movie documentaryHimself - Artist
Loose Women2010-2015TV SeriesHimself
Australian Story2014TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
The Magical Scarecrows2014Video shortHimself
The Wright Stuff2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest Panelist
The Alan Titchmarsh Show2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 7PM Project2011TV SeriesHimself
Murray Walker: Life in the Fast Lane2011TV Movie documentaryHimself - Musician
Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation2010TV SeriesHimself
The Magical Scarecrows Stars with Hearts: Final Signatures2009Himself
20 to 12006-2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Spicks and Specks2006-2008TV SeriesHimself
RocKwiz2008TV SeriesHimself
The Wiggles: You Make Me Feel Like Dancing2008VideoHimself
Getaway2008TV SeriesHimself
The Morning Show2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Stupid Stupid Man2006-2008TV SeriesHimself
John Foreman Presents Burt Bacharach2007TV MovieHimself
My Music: The 70s2007TV MovieHimself
What a Year2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Razzle Dazzle: A Journey Into Dance2007Himself
Celebrity Big Brother2007TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Big Brother's Big Mouth2007TV SeriesHimself
The Friday Night Project2007TV SeriesHimself
Kings of 70s Romance2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Countdown Spectacular2006TV MovieHimself - Performer
Australia's Brainiest Kid2006TV SeriesHimself
Clever2006TV SeriesHimself
Top of the Pops1973-2006TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest Co-Presenter / Moonlighting / ...
The Footy Show2005TV SeriesHimself
More All-Time Greatest Love Songs2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Get Down Tonight: The Disco Explosion2004TV Special documentaryHimself
I Love Muppets2002TV SpecialHimself
Night Fever1999-2002TV SeriesMusical Guest / Himself
A Tribute to Burt Bacharach & Hal David2002VideoHimself
Das ZDF-Sommerhitfestival2001TV SeriesHimself
A Question of Pop2001TV SeriesHimself
Never Mind the Buzzcocks2001TV SeriesHimself
Trigger Happy TV2001TV SeriesHimself
An Audience with Des O'Connor2001TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Top Ten2000TV Series documentaryHimself
SAS Band: The Show2000VideoHimself
Open House1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Late Lounge1999TV SeriesHimself - Special Guest / Singer
Reasonably Scary Monsters1998TV ShortHimself
Joy to the World1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
Shooting Stars1997TV SeriesHimself
The Big Breakfast1997TV SeriesHimself
Pebble Mill at One1994TV SeriesHimself
Casino1990TV Series
A Question of Sport1986TV SeriesHimself
Leo Sayer1984TV SeriesHimself - Host
Saturday Superstore1983-1984TV SeriesHimself
Solid Gold1982-1983TV SeriesHimself / Guest
Pop Quiz1982TV SeriesHimself
The Glen Campbell Music Show1982TV SeriesHimself
Cannon and Ball1982TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Na sowas!1982TV SeriesHimself
Starburst1981TV SeriesHimself
The Marti Caine Show1981TV SeriesHimself
Lena Maria Show1980TV SeriesHimself
The Midnight Special1974-1980TV SeriesHimself / Themselves
Bitte umblättern1980TV Series documentaryHimself
Lynda Carter Special1980TV SpecialHimself
Disco1974-1980TV SeriesHimself
Christmas Snowtime Special1979TV MovieHimself - Performer
Disco in the Snow1979TV MovieHimself - Performer
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1979TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Kenny Everett Video Show1979TV SeriesHimself
Paul1978TV SeriesHimself
The Muppet Show1978TV SeriesHimself - Special Guest Star
Julie Andrews: One Step Into Spring1978TV MovieHimself
The 20th Annual Grammy Awards1978TV SpecialHimself
Perry Como's Olde English Christmas1977TV SpecialHimself
Les rendez-vous du dimanche1977TV SeriesHimself
Numéro 11977TV SeriesHimself
The Captain and Tennille1977TV SeriesHimself
Saturday Night Live1977TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Musikladen1976TV Series
Musik aus Studio B1975TV SeriesSinger
451975TV SeriesHimself
The Ernie Sigley Show1975TV SeriesHimself
Top1974TV SeriesHimself
In Concert1974TV SeriesHimself
In Concert1974TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Pop Gold2015TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Top of the Pops: The Story of 19802015TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Footy Show2005TV SeriesHimself
Favouritism2005TV SeriesHimself
When Snooker Ruled the World2002TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Crucible: 21 Years in the Frame1997TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Muppet Video: Rock Music with the Muppets1985VideoHimself
Top of the Pops1976-1982TV SeriesHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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