How can one forget the movie To Sir With Love, featuring a vivacious raven haired student who captured our hearts the minute she sung to the teacher who changed her life. The little pocket rocket affectionately known as Lulu, soared to the top of the British charts in 1967 with the movie's theme tune.
To Sir With Loe Movie Poster. Photo: By Source (WP:NFCC#4), Fair use,https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=39691964
Fast forward seven years and another British artist dressed as a pierrot clown, expressed difficulties and wrong choices in life with the hit "The Show Must Go On" which topped the charts in 1974. This performer was none other than Leo Sayer.
Leo Sayer dressed as a pierrot clown. Photo: Wikimedia AVRO
These two great voices of British pop, Leo Sayer and Lulu are joining forces for the first time to tour Australia.
Lulu was only 15 when she recorded her first UK hit, a version of the Isley Brothers' "Shout", followed by hits like "The Boat That I Row", "Let's Pretend" and "Love Loves to Love" which established her as one of the most dynamic voices of the era. She's the little woman with the huge voice. Before ABBA put the Eurovision Song Contest on the map, Lulu won in 1969 representing the UK.
Lulu won Eurovision in 1969. Photo: By Source, Fair use,https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20061531
Lulu has always found ways to reinvent herself as a performing artist, songwriter and entertainer - from TV variety show host to recording with David Bowie as producer.
They say age is a number, but to Lulu it's like that number hasn't changed in years. At 67 she's one of these people who seem to be ageing in reverse. On top of that, she's still vocally dynamic, in demand, and highly respected in the music industry.
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In 2002, Lulu recorded an album of duets with various artists including Elton John, Paul McCartney, Joe Cocker, Cliff Richard, Westlife and Ronan Keating amongst others. The album reached #4 in the UK album charts and was certified Gold. The cover of Bob Seger's "We've Got Tonight," a duet with The Voice Australia judge, Ronan Keating also reached #4 on the UK charts.
In 1993 she collaborated with Take That to record dance hit "Relight My Fire" that topped the UK Singles Chart for two weeks.
Singer songwriter Leo Sayer
Leo Sayer established himself as a singer songwriter with a string of hits like "Moonlighting", the disco-fired "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" and romantic ballad "When I Need You". He can also proudly 'call Australia home' as he's lived here since 2005, and became an Australian citizen in 2009.
His career has been nothing but phenomenal, with nine Top 20 albums and 14 Top 20 singles from 1973 to 1983. His career went into overdrive and sold more than 80 million albums worldwide. In 2006 a remix of his 1977 hit "Thunder In My Heart" took him back to the top of the UK charts.
Lulu & Leo Sayer hit it off immediately on stage together
After promoters suggested Lulu go see Leo perform in London in 2015, she was blown away by his charismatic stage presence and voice that she joined him on stage the same night. She saw that he could match her own soulful delivery, and as the two hit it off so well the Leo and Lulu tour was born.
Lulu seems to have discovered the fountain of youth