Wednesday, November 29, 2006


Originally, the Sweet were called the Sweetshop and consisted of Brian Connolly (vocals), Mick Tucker (vocals, drums), Frank Torpey (guitar), and Steve Priest (bass). In 1970, the group shortened their name to Sweet and signed a record contract with Fontana/EMI, releasing four unsuccessful singles.

Following the failure of the four singles, Torpey left the group and was replaced by Andy Scott. The new lineup of Sweet signed to RCA Records in 1971, where they were placed under the direction of songwriters Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman.

"Blockbuster," the first result of Chinn and Chapman's neo-glam rock approach, was the biggest hit Sweet ever had in the U.K., reaching number one on the charts in early 1973 and eventually going platinum.

Sweet continued to chart in the U.S. and U.K. throughout the 70s until Connolly left the group following the 'Level Headed' album in 1978. The band slogged on as a trio until they disbanded in 1982. Connolly died in 1997 and Tucker passed away in 2002.

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