Swing Out Sister
Swing Out Sisteris a British musical band known worldwide for their 1987 song, Breakout. It was the only song they released to ever reach the Top 10 on the charts. Their music is classified as smooth jazz, cool jazz, or acid jazz. The group is currently a duo but they began as a trio. They began in the U. K. And the group was formed by Andy Connell (keyboard), and Martin Jackson (drums). Corinne Drewery (vocalist) later joined them. They got the name of the froup from the movie, Swing Out, Sister, which starred Arthur Treacher. Corinne became the lead singer for the group. Their debut album, It’s Better To Travel, was released in1987. The album reached number one in the U. K. The group and their producer, Paul O’Duffy, signed with Mercury records and they released the single, Blue Mood, just prior to their first album. In 1986 the single, Breakout, was released and it reached number 3 in the U. K. And number 6 in the U. S.. Their album was a mix of both jazz and electropop.
The group was nominated for two American Grammy Awards in 1988 for Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Group or Duo. The group has used the help of Gary Barnacle (sax player), Luis Jardim (percussion), Tim Cantsfield, guitar), and Jerry Hey (trumpet and fluegehorn). Drummer, Martin Jackson, left the group while they were making their second album, Kaleidoscope World, which was released in 1989. After he left the group, Martin later worked with Frank Zappa. The album was a success and was a combination of easy listening and classical. Breakout was a big hit and the hit single, Waiting game was a big hit single from the album, Other singles from the same album were, Where in the World, and Forever Blue. Get In Touch With Yourself, was their third album and was released in 1992. It contained dance tunes and had influences of soul, pop, jazz, and funk.
There were very few of the groups albums that gained much success but their music was aired on radio jazz stations. They did become very popular in Japan and their song, Now You’re Not here, which was from their fifth album, Shapes and Patterns, was only released in japan. It was used as a theme song for a Japanese television program. It received the Japanese, Grand Prix, (like a Grammy) for Best International Single in 1997.
The group continues recording and in 2005 was recording a new CD called, Even When Tonight is over. They were to do a tour in America in 2006 but it was cancelled due to recording commitments. The group released a total of 16 albums and 22 singles and are still going.
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