Leo Sayer hardly ever gets a mention when it comes to
discussing the subject of 80s music, and is best-remembered for his 70s hits.
Having said that, the British singer/songwriter is probably now best-remembered by the younger generation for the 2006 remix of Thunder In My Heart Again which
topped the UK charts - you may also remember when he lost his rag on
the reality show Celebrity Big Brother during 2007- he achieved success with
several hits during the early part of the 1980s.
Orchard Road reached #16 in the UK singles chart during March 1983. Taken from the album Have You Ever Been In Love, the lyrics to the ballad were written by Sayer himself. The previous single Heart (Stop Beating In Time) had reached #2 during 1982.
Although Leo had numerous Top Ten hits during the 70's - including his biggest single, When I Need You,
which reached #1 in the UK, US and Canada, and which my Mum bought on
7" vinyl in 1977 and I played rather a lot - this was actually Leo's
last Top 40 hit single in the UK until 1998, when a dance version of You Make Me Feel Like Dancing by Groove Generation reached #32.
If you're old enough to remember the seventies, like myself, you will still have memories of Leo's golden days when he had 7 consecutive top ten hits, including You Make Me Feel Like Dancing and Moonlighting
which I used to play quite often on good old vinyl. However, as I've
already hinted at, they were actually my Mum's records, and I still have
them in a dusty old box which is gathering cobwebs. One day I may just get around to buying another turntable so that I can actually play them