Steve Priest Wiki – Steve Priest Bio
Steve Priest has passed away at the age of 72. Steve had been touring as The Sweet Featuring Steve Priest.
Steve Priest was born in Hayes, Middlesex. He made his own bass and started playing in local bands as a young teenager, after being influenced by artists like Jet Harris of the Shadows, the Rolling Stones, and The Who. In January 1968, Priest was invited to form a four-man band with vocalist Brian Connolly, drummer Mick Tucker, and guitarist Frank Torpey (b. April 30, 1947, Kilburn, North West London), the band that would become The Sweet.  Torpey was replaced by Mick Stewart in 1969. Guitarist Andy Scott joined in August 1970, following Stewart’s departure and the established classical formation. The Sweet was a band that went through many ups and downs. The Sweet’s initial success began in 1971, after the band teamed up with songwriters Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman. However, The Sweet would write several of its own hits. Priest often directly supported Brian Connolly’s voice and took distinctive and treble vocal tracks that were key to his musical style at the time.
After Brian Connolly left The Sweet in early 1979, Priest became the main singer. This continued until 1982, when the original Sweet disbanded. By this time, Priest had divorced his first wife, Pat, and moved to New York City. On 18 June 1981, he married his current wife Maureen (née O’Connor), who was then East Coast Director of Publicity and Artist Relations for Capitol/EMI Records in New York. While in New York, he formed a band called the Allies with guitarist Marco Delmar and drummer Steve Missal. Success was elusive, although their composition “Talk To Me” was featured in a film, Fast Food.
Invited in 1985 by former bandmate Andy Scott to reform the Sweet, Priest declined. Shortly thereafter, Priest and his family relocated to Los Angeles.
During this period, Priest largely reverted to private life but made occasional forays into production and session work, as well as collaborations with other artists such as David Arkenstone and future bandmate Stuart Smith.
Priest did, however, go into a demo session in Los Angeles with the other members of the original Sweet in 1988, with Mike Chapman producing, to see if a studio album and reformation were possible. It is rumoured that the US record company MCA was interested at the time. However, the band members were unable to come to an agreement and the project failed. Despite the difficulties of the late ’70s, Priest continued his friendship with former Sweet lead singer Connolly, who was by now in poor health.
In 1994, Priest published his autobiography, Are You Ready Steve?, the title of which is taken from the intro to the Sweet’s “The Ballroom Blitz” when Brian Connolly counts in the song with, “Are you ready Steve? …Andy? …Mick? …Alright fellas, let’s gooooo!”, and in 2006, he released a CD entitled Priest’s Precious Poems. In January 2008, Priest formed a new version of the Sweet, not related to Andy Scott‘s version of the band.
Steve Priest Age
He has died at the age of 72.
Steve Priest Wife & Children
Priest later lived with his wife Maureen and daughters Danielle and Margaret in La Cañada Flintridge, California.
Steve Priest Death & Cause
Steve Priest, the bassist of glam rock band The Sweet, has died at the age of 72.
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