born on 26/11/1949 in London, England, United Kingdom
Martin Lee (singer)
|Martin Lee (singer)|
Martin Lee (born 26 November 1949) is a singer-songwriter, best known as a member of the British pop group Brotherhood of Man.
Lee was born Martin Barnes in Purley (then in Surrey, but now in London), but spent five years of his youth in Australia. As a teenager he had a great interest in music and after learning to play guitar he formed his first band. In the early 1970s he came to the attention of songwriter and publisher Tony Hiller, while he was working as lead singer with the Johnny Howard Band. Hiller signed him up to his company, Tony Hiller Music initially as a writer. On discovering that he could sing as well, he asked him to be part of the group he managed, Brotherhood of Man. The group had recently disbanded and Hiller was keen to put a new line-up together. Along with Lee Sheriden and Nicky Stevens and later Sandra Stevens, the new line-up was born. Lee had already released a solo single by this time, a song called "Cry José", but it failed to gain much interest. Working alongside Hiller and Sheriden, he began composing new songs for the group during 1972. The following year they released their first single and the year after, their first hit. Lee quickly emerged as the lead singer of the group, taking the lead on many of their songs, including that first hit "Lady".
In 1975, Brotherhood of Man scored their first European No.1 with the song "Kiss Me Kiss Your Baby", again with a Martin Lee lead vocal. Later that year, the writing team set about composing a song they would enter for the Eurovision Song Contest.
The song they came up with was "Save Your Kisses for Me" and featured Lee on lead vocals. The song went on to win the Eurovision and made No.1 in several countries including the UK, where it became a million seller. Lee received three Ivor Novello Awards for this composition.
The group continued this run of success over the next three years with two more UK No.1 hits "Angelo" and "Figaro" - both co-written by Lee.
Lee still performs with Brotherhood of Man today as they regularly tour the UK and appear on television throughout Europe.
Not long after she joined the group, Sandra Stevens began a relationship with Lee, and they were living together by the time of their Eurovision win. In August 1979 they married and are still together today. They live in Surrey.
- ASCAP songwriters database
- Look-In 1977 No.34
- Hiller.com - Tony Hiller's official website
- Fortunecity.com - Biography
- Dutch Charts 1974 - first hit, "Lady"
- Brotherhood of Man official website - Biography
- Chartstats.com - "Angelo" at No.1
- Chartstats.com - "Figaro" at No.1
- Official website - tour information
- Metro - Lee Sheriden interview, mention of Martin and Sandra
|Brotherhood of Man|
|Martin Lee Lee Sheriden Nicky Stevens Sandra Stevens|
Love One Another · United We Stand · Where are You Going To My Love · This Boy · Reach Out Your Hand · You and I · California Sunday Morning · Say A Prayer · Happy Ever After · Our World of Love · When Love Catches Up On You · Lady · Lady Lady Lady Lay · Spring of 1912 · Kiss Me Kiss Your Baby · Save Your Kisses For Me · My Sweet Rosalie · Oh Boy (The Mood I'm In) · Angelo · Highwayman · Figaro · Beautiful Lover · Middle Of The Night · Goodbye Goodbye · Papa Louis · Taxi · Honey Don't Throw Our Love Away · Will You Love Me Tomorrow · Lightning Flash · Cry Baby Cry · When The Kissing Stops
United We Stand · We're the Brotherhood of Man · The World of the Brotherhood of Man · Good Things Happening · Love and Kisses from Brotherhood of Man · Oh Boy! · Images · B for Brotherhood · Twenty Greatest · Higher Than High · Singing a Song · Good Fortune · Sing 20 Number One Hits · 20 Disco Greats / 20 Love Songs · Lightning Flash · The Butterfly Children · Greenhouse · The Seventies Story ·
Brotherhood of Man discography · Tony Hiller · Congratulations (Eurovision) · Eurovision Song Contest 1976 · United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest ·
Pye Records · Deram Records · Dawn Records · EMI · Warwick Records · Dazzle Records
|Eurovision Song Contest winning songwriters|
|1950s||Géo Voumard / Émile Gardaz · Guus Jansen / Willy van Hemert · Hubert Giraud / Pierre Delanoë · Dick Schallies / Willy van Hemert|
|1960s||André Popp / Pierre Cour · Jacques Datin / Maurice Vidalin · Claude-Henri Vic / Roland Valande · Otto Francker / Sejr Volmer-Sørensen · Nicola Salerno / Mario Panzeri · Serge Gainsbourg · Udo Jürgens / Udo Jürgens, Thomas Hörbiger · Bill Martin, Phil Coulter · Manuel de la Calva, Ramón Arcusa · David Hartsema / Lenny Kuhr · Alan Moorhouse / Peter Warne · Maria José de Cerato / Aniano Alcalde|
|1970s||Derry Lindsay, Jackie Smith · Jean-Pierre Bourtayre / Yves Dessca · Mario Panas, Klaus Munro / Yves Dessca, Klaus Munro · Claude Morgan / Vline Buggy · Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Stig Anderson · Dick Bakker / Will Luikinga, Eddy Ouwens · Tony Hiller, Lee Sheriden, Martin Lee · Jean-Paul Cara / Joe Gracy · Nurit Hirsh / Ehud Manor · Kobi Oshrat / Shimrit Orr|
|1980s||Shay Healy · Andy Hill, John Danter · Ralph Siegel / Bernd Meinunger · Jean-Pierre Millers / Alain Garcia · Torgny Söderberg / Britt Lindeborg · Rolf Løvland · Jean Paul Furnémon, Angelo Crisci · Seán Sherrard · Nella Martinetti, Atilla ereftu · Rajko Dujmi / Stevo Cviki|
|1990s||Toto Cutugno · Stephan Berg · Seán Sherrard · Jimmy Walsh · Brendan Graham · Rolf Løvland / Petter Skavland · Brendan Graham · Kimberley Rew · Svika Pick / Yoav Ginai · Lars Diedricson / Marcos Ubeda|
|2000s||Jørgen Olsen · Ivar Must / Maian-Anna Kärmas · Marija Naumova / Marija Naumova, Marats Samauskis · Demir Demirkan, Sertab Erener / Demir Demirkan · Ruslana Lyzhychko / Ruslana Lyzhychko, Alexandr Ksenofontov · Christos Dantis / Christos Dantis, Natalia Germanou · Tomi Putaansuu · Vladimir Grai / Saa Miloevi Mare · Dima Bilan, Jim Beanz · Alexander Rybak|
|2010s||Julie Frost / John Gordon|