Sailor Biography

Sailor were signed to Epic Records who released their debut single ‘Traffic Jam’. A projected 1975 tour with Mott was expected to bring Sailor success; however, it was cancelled when Mott split. Subsequent tours with Kiki Dee and Cockney Rebel did have the desired effect, and Sailor reached number 2 in the UK charts with the sparkling ‘A Glass Of Champagne’. They had two more hits with ‘Girls Girls Girls’ and ‘One Drink Too Many’ before the onset of punk overwhelmed them, but they continued gigging. The line-up underwent some changes with the surviving founding members Marsh and Pickett (who had himself been absent for the band’s 1977 release Checkpoint) joined by vocalists Gavin and Virginia David for 1980’s Dressed For Drowning.

Kajanus formed DATA in 1980 and they made three albums under that name. In 1983, Pickett acted as keyboard player and songwriter for Culture Club and the co-written ‘Karma Chameleon’ was an international hit for them, although he was later sued by the writers of Jimmy Jones’ ‘Handy Man’ for alleged plagiarism. Pickett went on to write and perform ITV’s ‘Olympic Games Theme’ in 1984 and produce ex-Dollar singer Thereze Bazaar’s solo album that same year. Marsh also enjoyed success writing music for television and films.

The original line-up of Sailor re-formed in 1990, releasing their first album in 13 years. The quartet continued to record and tour during the 90s, but in 1996 the band’s long-time leader Kajanus was replaced by Peter Lincoln (15 March 1956). Three years later, fellow founding member Marsh decided to terminate his involvement with the band and concentrate on his interest in musical theatre. His successor Anthony England was in turn replaced two years later, with Rob Alderton (b. 7 November 1966) joining Pickett, Serpell and Lincoln. Alderton then made way for the returning Marsh, who was quickly joined in the line-up by his son Oliver Marsh, who replaced the departing Lincoln as lead vocalist.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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