Brian Connolly

Was An British Musician
Born Oct 5, 1945

Brian Francis Connolly was a Scottish born English musician, best known as the lead singer of the British rock band, Sweet.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Brian Connolly.


1945 Birth Brian Connolly was born in 1945 in Govanhill, Glasgow. … Read More


1963 17 Years Old On his discharge from the Merchant Navy in 1963 he returned to Harefield and played in a number of local bands, including Generation X, from mid-1965 until about October 1966. … Read More


1967 21 Years Old Tucker and Connolly left Wainwright's Gentlemen in late 1967 and recruited guitarist Frank Torpey, and bassist Steve Priest, naming their new band The Sweetshop. On the eve of releasing their debut single, Slow Motion, in July 1968, the band shortened their name to The Sweet. … Read More
1974 28 Years Old In 1974 Connolly was badly beaten after leaving a nightclub in Staines where he received several kicks to his throat resulting in his being unable to sing for some time and permanently losing some of his vocal range. … Read More


Brian's alcohol abuse further compromised his role with the band as his voice began showing the impact in recordings and on stage during Sweet's 1978 US tour.
His departure was not made public until March 1979. … Read More
1980 - 1981 2 More Events
1982 36 Years Old In 1982 with his Polydor contract having expired and Connolly signed with French independent label, Carrere Records. … Read More
1983 37 Years Old During January 1983, Connolly supported Pat Benatar for three shows including one at Hammersmith Odeon, London. … Read More
1984 38 Years Old From early 1984 onward, despite recurrent ill health, Connolly toured the UK and Europe with his band, now under the name of The New Sweet. … Read More
1985 39 Years Old Connolly had reportedly stopped drinking in 1985, but separated from his wife Marilyn, divorcing in 1986.


1987 - 1989 3 More Events
In 1990, he reunited with the original Sweet line-up, for the promotion of a music video documentary in London at Tower Records.
1992 46 Years Old However his plans would suffer a small setback when on 22 March 1992, a heavy duty tape recorder was stolen from the band's van whilst at a gig in the Bristol Hippodrome with Mud. … Read More
1994 48 Years Old In 1994, Connolly and his band played in Dubai. … Read More
1995 49 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1995, he released a new album entitled Let's Go. … Read More


1996 50 Years Old 1 More Event
On 2 November 1996, British TV Network Channel 4 aired a programme "Don't Leave Me This Way", which examined Connolly's time as a pop star with The Sweet and the subsequent decline in the band's popularity, and its impact on Connolly and the other band members. … Read More
During January 1997, Connolly had another heart attack and he was hospitalised in Slough. … Read More
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