Sweet (a.k.a. The Sweet) was a British glam rock/hard rock/bubblegum pop band from London that became famous during the 1970s. The classic lineup consisted of Steve Priest (bass, vocals), Andy Scott (guitars, keyboards, vocals), drummer/singer Mick Tucker (July 17, 1947 - February 14, 2002), and lead singer Brian Connolly (October 5, 1945 - February 10, 1997). Formed in 1968, the band had its first in a long string of hits on the U.K. charts in 1971 with the bubblegum-styled "Funny Funny." Sweet's style then gradually evolved from mostly bubblegum pop to rock, with a signature sound due in large part to its band members' breathless, high-pitched vocals.
Sweet debuted on the U.S. Pop/Rock charts in 1971 with "Co-Co," a minor hit which reached #2 on the U.K. charts. The band's best known songs include "Little Willy" (1973), "Ballroom Blitz" (1975), "Fox On The Run" (1975), "Action" (1976), and "Love Is Like Oxygen" (1978), which all became Top 10 hits in the U.S. and made Sweet famous worldwide. Sweet's long string of hits, which continued through 1978, also include "Block Buster" (1973), "Funk It Up (David's Song)" (1977), and "California Nights" (1978).
After Connolly left Sweet to go solo, the remaining members continued on as a trio until 1981 when the band split. Beginning in the mid 1980s, Scott, Connolly and Priest each played with their own versions of Sweet at various times. Both Scott's and Priest's incarnations of the band have remained active to the present day.
- For more info about Andy Scott's The Sweet, visit thesweet.com.
- For more info about Steve Priest's The Sweet, visit thesweetband.com.
- The Independent remembers Sweet original members Brian Connolly and Mick Tucker.
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