As the band's lead singer, he performed hit singles such as "Little Willy" (1972), "Wig-Wam Bam" (1972), "Block Buster!" You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. A number of dates were planned, with the tour starting in Adelaide, and proceeded during November. They then moved into a house in Beverley Road, Ruislip. The Home Counties were a hotbed of musical talent and Connolly soon replaced Ian Gillan (later with Deep Purple) in a Harrow-based cover band called Wainwright's Gentlemen. Brian Connolly, the blond lead singer with the Seventies glam-rockers Sweet, saw both sides of the coin. In 1995, Connolly released a new album, Let's Go, backed up with merchandising. At the age of 12, Connolly moved to Harefield, Greater London, where he attended the local secondary modern school. During January 1997, Connolly had another heart attack and he was hospitalised in Slough. The music business is full of rags-to-riches stories. Connolly's family and friends were at his bedside in a Berkshire hospital when he died. He was 52. It's also an incredibly difficult and destructive environment to operate in. By 1985, Connolly had sobered up, and he toured in a revamped version of the band, called The New Sweet, then later Brian Connolly’s Sweet. He played his last British show with the classic Sweet line-up at Hammersmith Odeon, London on 24 February 1978. He is best known as a member of the British glam rock band The Sweet from 1968 to 1979. Tia Carrera's version of "Ballroom Blitz" became one of the highlights of the soundtrack of the 1992 film Wayne's World. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. No cause of death was revealed. In his mid-teens he joined the Merchant Navy, and got a tiger's head tattooed on his right arm during his Navy service. Songs played included "Windy City", "Fox on the Run", "Hypnotized" and new numbers, "Sick and Tired", "Red Hair Rage" and "Burning The Candle". He was 51. Connolly studied to become an engineer but music was more of an attraction for a youngster keen to make his mark on the world. In 1974, Connolly was badly beaten after leaving a nightclub in Staines where he received several kicks to his throat resulting in his being unable to sing for some time and permanently losing some of his vocal range. In 1982 with his Polydor contract having expired, Connolly signed with French independent label, Carrere Records. In 1990, he reunited with the original Sweet line-up for the promotion of a music video documentary in London at Tower Records. The rest of the band played a show in Adelaide without him, so as not to disappoint the waiting fans. He was married twice: to Pauline until her death in 1979, and to Janet until his death. In 1979, Connolly left to attempt a solo career (his single "Hypnotised" didn't set the charts alight) and the others soldiered on for three years without ever recovering their former status. Personal life. In something of a truce, both parties agreed to distinguish their group's name to help promoters and fans. It contained demos of four new songs, totaling about 20 mixes. The Chapman-produced reunion floundered quickly due to problems with Connolly's voice. Still clinging to his memorabilia and his dyed blond hair, the vocalist appeared as a shadow of his former self, shaking constantly and walking with a limp. He was the beloved husband of Heidi (Brown) Connolly with whom he shared over 28 years of marriage. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Soon, with Sweet making numerous television appearances covered in glitter, make-up and warpaint, the rest of Europe and the United States fell for simplistic ditties like "Little Willy" and "Wig Wam Bam". He pursued a solo career to get into country music, released the album "Let's Go", which was only semi successful. Fans organised a memorial concert for Connolly at the Camden Palace in London on 11 October 1998. His band sold over 50 million records, but he fell from grace and ultimately couldn't capitalise on the recent renewed interest in all things glitter. The group shortened its name, changed guitarists as often as it swapped record labels (Fontana, Parlophone) and only stabilised with the arrival of Andy Scott in 1970. American success also came at a price; Kiss virtually borrowed Sweet's sound and look wholesale, adding even more gimmicks and eventually stealing the British group's thunder.
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