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June 8, 2020 2:14 pm  #1

RIP Bassist Steve Priest: An appreciation of The Sweet

Everyone has a band that they’re inexplicably drawn to when they’re young and just getting into music. For me, that band was The Sweet.
I can’t explain it, but that’s music. There are certain sounds and attitudes and sonics that grab you in a special way. Why would I gravitate to The Sweet during my adolescence and teen years? No clue. But I’m a fan to this day.


June 8, 2020 5:48 pm  #2

Re: RIP Bassist Steve Priest: An appreciation of The Sweet

I'm with Lorne on this. I had seen a couple of international acts, but with my parents. Performers like Cilla Black. But in 1972 I went to see The Sweet. Opening act was a bloke called Daniel Boone singing things like "Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast". He didn't go down well. And then, the lights went out; the strobe lights were pointed at the crowd so you couldn't see anything; the siren started and Brian Connelly in a jump suit was standing with microphone held aloft which he snapped over his knee. They burst into Blockbuster, very loud. Hell it was magic

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June 8, 2020 9:02 pm  #3

Re: RIP Bassist Steve Priest: An appreciation of The Sweet

The comments were actually from the first two paragraphs of the article by Toronto broadcaster and writer Alan Cross ... I generally like to include the beginning of the articles I post as a preview, so that people can get an idea of whether they're interested in reading the rest of the article or not. But having said that, I did like a lot of The Sweet's records as well. However, I found your comment about Daniel Boone quite interesting, because I never knew that he did Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast ... looked the song up on Wikipedia and found that he did it before Wayne Newton, who had the big hit with it here. But I can see where songs like that wouldn't have been the best fit with The Sweet's music. Not sure if Boone's 1972 hit Beautiful Sunday would have been out when you saw him, but in North America that's what he's known for. Anyway, it's always interesting to read about things like this from other parts of the world ... thanks for sharing. 

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