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Leo Sayer's Biography

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Leo Sayer was born Gerard Hugh Sayer in Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, on May 21, 1948.

In the 1960s Leo Sayer designed record covers and illustrated magazines. Leo Sayer had a band Patches, but their single was not a commercial success.

Leo Sayer started co-writing songs, including Roger Daltrey's hit Giving It All Away in 1973.

Leo Sayer's single, You Make Me Feel Like Dancing, reached No 1 in the US in 1976 and won a Grammy and he followed up with another number one worldwide, When I Need You.

In 1985 Leo split up with his wife Janice.

Leo Sayer moved to Australia in 2005 with his partner and manager Donatella Piccinetti. They had met in Kensington in 1984, when she was a waitress.

In 2006 Leo Sayer enjoyed a comeback. Meck's Thunder In My Heart Again was released first as a club remix and then as an official release by Meck featuring Leo Sayer and reached number one.

Leo Sayer told The Times about an interesting encounter with Muhammad Ali and how he sang at the celebrations for Ali's 60th birthday.

Leo Sayer is keen on motor sports. He told The Times that his love of motor sport came from his father, a motorcycle racer.

Leo entered Celebrity Big Brother in 2007, and proved himself to be a chatterbox, before becoming the third housemate to leave the Big Brother house of his own volition - following in the footsteps of Donny Tourette and Ken Russell.

The straw that broke Leo Sayer's back was, in his words: "I'm leaving the house because they won't provide me with clean underwear". Ironically Sayer would probably have gone that night anyway. At 1.15pm when Leo Sayer did a runner from the Celebrity Big Brother house, the voting was stopped and at that stage he had the largest percentage of public votes to evict as opposed to the other nominated housemates, Carole Malone and Dirk Benedict.

In 2007, Leo Sayer got engaged to air hostess Risa Takaya, but they broke up after five months.

In January 2009, the BBC reported that Leo Sayer had become an Australian citizen.

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