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Blind Items Revealed #22

March 16, 2022

This band was A list in their home country several decades ago. They became huge when they teamed up with a songwriting duo. This duo were responsible for many hits in a particular genre that wasn't popular in the States but proved to be a big influence on later US bands. Most of the members are now deceased, but a continuation of the band with the one surviving original member is still recording and touring. Let's call the surviving member GM.

They were one hit wonders in the States but could have made it big here if one of the band members didn't suffer a career threatening injury in a fight on the eve of a blockbuster tour. We'll call him LS. To this day the circumstances of the fight have not been made public and GM refuses to talk about it. The truth is, GM was jealous of all the attention LS was getting over him and the other members of the band and set out to end his career by injuring a certain body part that LS needed to perform.

While GM's plan didn't work and LS recovered, LS was never the same. He fell into a spiral of drugs and alcohol and was eventually fired from the band. The substance issues would later kill him. Now the current version of the band performs with GM front and center, so you could say he got his way in the end.

Band: The Sweet

Songwriting duo: Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman

GM: Andy Scott (guitarist)

US hit: "Ballroom Blitz"

LS: Brian Connolly (lead singer- stabbed in throat)

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