Sandra Stevens

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Sandra Stevens
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Sandra Stevens
Background information
Born (1949-11-23) 23 November 1949 (age 64)
Leeds, Yorkshire United Kingdom
Genres Pop music
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1966–present
Labels Pye, EMI, Dawn, Warwick

Sandra Stevens (born 23 November 1949, Leeds, Yorkshire) is a British singer and member of pop group Brotherhood of Man.

Early career[edit]

Sandra Stevens first entered into a singing career at the age of sixteen when she joined the club band, The Track (who then changed their name to The Nocturnes).[1] The group was formed by drummer Ross Mitchell and among the six members Stevens sang vocals alongside Eve Graham (later of The New Seekers). Based in Manchester, the band played local clubs, performing pop hits of the day such as "The Loco-Motion" and "Da Doo Ron Ron". In early 1967 Stevens decided to leave the group and was replaced by Lyn Paul (also later of The New Seekers).[2] Over the next few years she sang with the big bands of Joe Loss and Ken MacKintosh and also joined another group, Jason Flocks.[3] Also at this time Stevens was working during the day as a shorthand typist.

Brotherhood of Man[edit]

In 1973, Stevens was performing as the resident singer at the Wakefield Theatre when she came to the attention of Tony Hiller who was looking to recruit a new singer for Brotherhood of Man - a group he was managing.[4] The group were currently performing as a trio (Martin Lee, Lee Sheriden and Nicky Stevens (no relation)) and had released two singles. Stevens took the two singles and listened to them, immediately she was taken by the sound and was keen to join them. In late 1973 Brotherhood of Man became a four-piece with Sandra sharing lead vocals.[5]

It wasn't long before the group released their first single featuring the new line up. In January 1974 "When Love Catches Up on You" was released on Dawn Records and by the end of the year they had scored a European hit with "Lady" and had released an album.[6]

Over the next few years, Stevens enjoyed great success with Brotherhood of Man throughout the world. In 1975 they scored their first number one single and a year later they won the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Save Your Kisses for Me".[7] The song made No.1 in the UK as well as many other countries and this was followed by two more UK chart toppers, "Angelo" and "Figaro".[8][9] Although Hiller, Sheriden and Lee wrote the bulk of their material, Stevens is credited as a co-writer on one of their songs: "Let's Love Together", the B-Side to "Save Your Kisses for Me". In over 100 songs recorded, this is the only time that one of the female members of the group received a writing credit.

Stevens continued with Brotherhood of Man, recording lead vocals for many of their biggest hits and performing live with them through the decades. The group is still together and active today, still with the same line-up. They continue to appear in concert and on television.[10]

Personal life[edit]

During the peak of the group's success, Stevens was in a relationship with fellow band member Martin Lee and moved in with him. Due to the young age of many of the group's fans, this was kept largely a secret. In August 1979 they married and are still together today.[11] They have no children and live in Surrey.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The New Seekers.com. "The Track/The Nocturnes with early photo of Stevens". Retrieved 2009-02-15. 
  2. ^ Lyn Paul. "The Nocturnes info". Retrieved 2009-02-15. 
  3. ^ Keithm. "Joe Loss and Ken McIntosh bands". Retrieved 2008-10-15. 
  4. ^ Look-In 1977 No.34. "Brotherhood of Man feature". Archived from the original on 2009-10-26. Retrieved 2009-01-02. 
  5. ^ Official website. "Brotherhood of Man biography". Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  6. ^ Radio 538 - Netherlands. ""Lady" - Dutch charts". Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  7. ^ The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History. O'Connor, John Kennedy. Carlton Books 2007 ISBN 978-1-84442-994-3
  8. ^ Chartstats. ""Angelo" at No.1". Archived from the original on 2012-07-30. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  9. ^ Chartstats. ""Figaro" at No.1". Archived from the original on 2012-07-31. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  10. ^ Official website. "Concert details". Retrieved 2008-10-14. 
  11. ^ Metro. "Lee Sheriden interview". Retrieved 2009-02-04. 
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Netherlands Teach-In
with "Ding-A-Dong"
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
1976
(as par of Brotherhood of Man)
Succeeded by
France Marie Myriam
with "L'oiseau et l'enfant"
Preceded by
The Shadows
with "Let Me Be the One"
UK in the Eurovision Song Contest
1976
(as par of Brotherhood of Man)
Succeeded by
Lynsey de Paul and Mike Moran
with "Rock Bottom"