THE SWEET are a British rock band that rose to worldwide fame in the 1970s as a prominent glam rock act, with their most prolific line-up: lead vocalist Brian Connolly, bass player Steve Priest, guitarist Andy Scott, and drummer Mick Tucker.
THE SWEET were formed in 1968 and achieved their first hit "Funny Funny" in 1971 after teaming up with songwriters Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman and record producer Phil Wainman. During 1971 and 1972, their musical style followed a marked progression from the Archies-like bubblegum style of "Funny Funny" to a Who-influenced hard rock style supplemented by a striking use of high-pitched backing vocals. THE SWEET achieved notable success in the UK charts, with thirteen Top 20 hits during the 1970s alone, with "Block Buster!" (1973) topping the chart, followed by three consecutive number two hits in "Hell Raiser" (1973), "The Ballroom Blitz" (1973) and "Teenage Rampage" (1974). The band turned to more Hard Rock style with their mid-career singles like 1974's "Turn It Down". Their first self-written and produced single, "Fox On the Run" (1975), also reached number two on the UK charts. These results were topped in West Germany and other countries on the European mainland, where the band was also very popular. THE SWEET had their last Top 10 hit in 1978 with "Love Is Like Oxygen".
Brian Connolly left the group in 1979 to start a solo career and the remaining members continued as a threesome until disbanding in 1981.
From the mid-1980s, Andy Scott, Brian Connolly and Steve Priest each played with their own versions of THE SWEET at different times. Brian Connolly died in 1997 and Mick Tucker in 2002. The two surviving members are still active and Andy Scott's version is based in the United Kingdom with still a huge live show success all over Europe, surroundings and Australia.
Sadly, BRIAN CONOLLY (lead vocals) died from renal failure and liver failure on 9th February 1997, at the age of 51. R.I.P. !
Sadly, MICK TUCKER (drummer) died from leukemia on 14th February 2002, at the age of 54 !
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