Brian Connolly
was an British musician
Brian Connolly
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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Dog Ears Music: 'Love Is Like Oxygen'
Huffington Post - about 3 years
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CHUCK OF ROUGHCAST CRASHES INTO TOWN CENTRE STREET - Ayrshire Post
Google News - over 5 years
Brian Connolly, independent councillor for Maybole, North Carrick and Coylton, has been campaigning to find a solution to the abandoned building for years. He said: “I've had grave concerns about this building for a long time. The age of the building,
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Varsity football: Pelham defeats Ossining 44-41 - The Journal News | LoHud.com
Google News - over 5 years
Stallworth knocked down a Brian Connolly pass with 8:25 to go, and Brian Buckley separated a receiver from the ball with 3:13 to go, allowing the Pelicans to run out the clock. Pelham rolled up 514 total yards. Tuttle completed 10 of 15 passes for 189
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Carroll Square Welcomes Le Pain Quotidien and Leica Camera - MarketWatch (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
"We couldn't be happier to have such ideal businesses filling these final spaces," said P. Brian Connolly, Senior Vice President of Akridge. "The addition of these quality retailers continues the renaissance of the F Street corridor, and their presence
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Saturday, Sep. 10, 2011: Recapping Friday's football highlights - NY State Sportswriters Association (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Ossining pulled off the comeback without QB Brian Connolly, a Bucknell recruit, who was woozy after taking several hits in the first half. Stephen Candelaria ran for 125 yards and a touchdown, and Sebastian Montenegro scored the winning TD with :22 to
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High school football: Week 1 matchups - The Journal News | LoHud.com
Google News - over 5 years
With quarterback Brian Connolly, Ossining will vie for that title, beginning tonight. Mount Vernon at Yorktown, 7 pm: One of the week's top games features a marquee matchup of Super 11 linemen in Mount Vernon's Lance McDowdell and Yorktown's Eric
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Shelton Orders Mandatory Evacuation for Flooding at The Maples - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
Brian Connolly, another resident, said the water level began to rise at 6 am, and at 2 pm it was still rising. He and other neighbors began receiving recorded reverse 911 calls from the Shelton Police Department at 10 am advising a voluntary evacuation
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Edward Connolly, 69 - Journal and Courier
Google News - over 5 years
Surviving with his wife are three sons, Brian Connolly (wife: Jennifer E.) of Charlotte, NC, Michael Connolly (wife: Marina) of Salem, Mass., and Sean Connolly (wife: Jennifer L.) of Noblesville. In addition, he is survived by his mother-in-law,
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Partnerships change health care landscape - The Detroit News
Google News - over 5 years
"We let you keep the look and feel of private practice," said Brian Connolly, president and CEO of Oakwood, which has a total of about 1300 employed and affiliated doctors who can admit patients into the four-hospital system
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Shelton's Maples Residents Recovering From Irene - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
Brian Connolly, who lives in a charming red, three-story home, trimmed in white, was one of those residents who braved Mother Nature's fury. Connolly has lived in his riverfront home every summer for the past 51 years, and moved his family in
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'This Time, The River Was Angry' - Valley Independent Sentinel
Google News - over 5 years
“It was something I've never seen before,” said Maples resident Brian Connolly. “The river itself, it looked like the ocean.” Twins Joe Martinelli and Jim Martinelli said they saw several things float down the river during the height of the storm
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The Affirmative Action President, Yes Barack Obama… - ThyBlackMan
Google News - over 5 years
Three reasons: 1) As reported by The New York Sun: ”A spokesman for the university, Brian Connolly, confirmed that Mr. Obama spent two years at Columbia College and graduated in 1983 with a major in political science. He did not receive honors…
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SQUARE FEET; Government, Too, Has Trouble Selling Buildings
NYTimes - almost 6 years
For more than six years Akridge, a developer in Washington, had its eye on a 10-story office building in Bethesda, Md., which had been vacant since the National Institutes of Health moved out in 2002. But the federal government did not put the building on the market until November 2009. By then, of course, the real estate market had slumped.
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Influence of the N.F.L. on Youth Safety Is Cited
NYTimes - over 7 years
The voices belonged mostly to N.F.L. executives, N.F.L. doctors, N.F.L. players and United States congressmen. But as they clashed Wednesday in a House Judiciary Committee hearing on football brain injuries and how the league and its players union have handled the issue, consensus emerged on one point: How the N.F.L. evolves from here will
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NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: MIDTOWN; Contemplating Saying Ciao To a Palazzo on Madison
NYTimes - over 10 years
In 1979, the developer Harry B. Helmsley gave the Municipal Art Society a 25-year low-rent lease on part of the Villard Houses, a complex of six richly dappled Renaissance Revival brownstones ringing a courtyard at Madison Avenue and 51st Street. The group, one of the city's oldest advocates for preservation and urban design, promptly sublet some
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Africa and the West
NYTimes - over 12 years
To the Editor: While Robert Guest is right to note the problem of government corruption in Africa as an impediment to economic development (''Africa Earned Its Debt,'' Op-Ed, Oct. 6), there is another problem that he does not mention at all. The long history of imperial exploitation at the hands of European powers is just as, if not more,
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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL; Edgemont Coach Reaches Milestone With 100th Victory
NYTimes - over 14 years
Brian Connolly won his 100th game as coach at Edgemont High School yesterday when the Panthers defeated previously unbeaten Eastchester, 43-23. ''It's more of a relief,'' Connolly said of the milestone. ''I never really thought about it that much, but they've been making a big deal of it up here.'' Under Connolly, the Panthers (3-0) have won nine
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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL; Edgemont Seeking Another Championship
NYTimes - over 15 years
At first glance, Edgemont High School does not appear to have the typical trappings of a strong football program. The school is located next to Scarsdale in Westchester County, N.Y., and does not even field a junior varsity squad. No one is cut from the team at tryouts, and this is the first season the team has had more than 24 players. But
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FOR THE RECORD; Leader of Edgemont High Team Runs Through the Competition
NYTimes - about 16 years
REMEMBER this Edgemont High football team and its leader, Matt Bernstein. What they have accomplished this season merits the overused adjective awesome. When the Panthers rolled past Walton, 37-20, last weekend in the Class C final at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, they did far more than complete an 11-0 season as state champions. They also became
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EXECUTIVE CHANGES
NYTimes - over 16 years
AVON PRODUCTS, New York, named Brian Connolly, senior vice president for United States sales and operations, to the post of president at its Avon U.S. division. BIGCHANGE NETWORKS, Washington, named Timothy R. Noonan president and chief operating officer. He had been vice president for business operations at Kaplan.com. BERNARD CHAUS, New York,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Brian Connolly
    FIFTIES
  • 1997
    Age 51
    He was cremated after a ceremony at Most Holy Name Roman Catholic Church at Old Mill Road, Denham, Buckinghamshire on Monday, 17 February 1997 and his ashes were scattered over the water by his daughters Nicola and Michelle.
    More Details Hide Details He was also survived by his ex-wife, Marilyn, and a two-year-old son Brian (born 26 May 1995) by his girlfriend Jean. Fans organised a memorial concert for Brian at The Camden Palace in London on 11 October 1998. Money was raised to pay for a plaque dedicated to Brian at Breakspear Crematorium, Breakspear Road, Ruislip, Middlesex. It was unveiled on 9 February 2000. In 2013 Connolly's son, Brian, competed in the television talent show The X Factor. Brian Connolly Band The New Sweet / Brian Connolly's Sweet
    During January 1997, Connolly had another heart attack and he was hospitalised in Slough.
    More Details Hide Details After a week in hospital, he discharged himself, but he had to be readmitted the following week. This time there was little more that could be done.
  • 1996
    Age 50
    Connolly's final concert was at the Bristol Hippodrome on 5 December 1996, with Slade II and John Rossall's Glitter Band Experience.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details The show revealed Connolly's ill health but also that he was continuing with his concert dates at Butlins. Much has been written about the fact he was touring Butlins. In fact his appearances were nothing new. Connolly and his band had appeared at Butlins consistently a number of times on tour during the early 1990s.
  • FORTIES
  • 1995
    Age 49
    In 1995, Jean finally managed to track down his missing biological family.
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    In 1995, he released a new album entitled Let's Go.
    More Details Hide Details Available on CD, this was backed up at the time with merchandising as well. His partner Jean, whom he had met a few years earlier, gave birth to a son that year.
  • 1994
    Age 48
    In 1994, Connolly and his band played in Dubai.
    More Details Hide Details He appeared at the Galleria Theatre, Hyatt Regency. He also performed in Bahrain. By this time Connolly had well and truly healed the differences with Steve Priest and Mick Tucker, as shown when he was invited to the wedding of Priest's eldest daughter, Lisa. At the private function, for which Priest specially flew back to England, Priest and Connolly performed together.
  • 1992
    Age 46
    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.
    More Details Hide Details It contained demos of four new songs, totaling about 20 mixes. Legal problems were still going on in the background over the use of the Sweet name between Connolly and Andy Scott. In something of a truce, both parties agreed to distinguish their group's name to help promoters and fans. The New Sweet became Brian Connolly's Sweet and Andy Scott's version became Andy Scott's Sweet. Connolly and his band continued to tour, both in the UK and Europe.
  • 1990
    Age 44
    Connolly went back to England and his band appeared on The Bob Downe Christmas show, on 18 December 1990.
    More Details Hide Details During the early 1990s Connolly played the European "oldies" circuit and occasional outdoor festivals in Europe with his band.
    By July 1990, plans were made for Connolly and his band to tour Australia.
    More Details Hide Details A number of dates were planned with the tour starting in Adelaide. This proceeded and took place during November. However, during the very long flight to Australia, Connolly's health had suffered and he was hospitalised temporarily in Adelaide Hospital. This was allegedly for dehydration and related problems. The rest of the band played a show in Adelaide without him, so as not to disappoint the waiting fans. After several other shows, including one at the Dingley Powerhouse, Connolly and his band played the final Australian date of the tour at Melbourne's Greek Theatre. It was felt at the time that Connolly's health was sufficient reason for the tour not to be extended, and some of the later planned dates were abandoned.
    In 1990, he reunited with the original Sweet line-up, for the promotion of a music video documentary in London at Tower Records.
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  • 1989
    Age 43
    It emerged that he had an aunt in Ontario, Canada who revealed that Connolly's true birth mother had died in 1989.
    More Details Hide Details She also informed him that he had a living brother and sister, whom he met up with in England.
  • 1988
    Age 42
    In 1988, Connolly reunited in Los Angeles, California, with former band members Mick Tucker, Steve Priest and Andy Scott, to rework studio versions of "Action" and "The Ballroom Blitz".
    More Details Hide Details This was to be trial to see if a full reunion and new album could be arranged. This was for America's MCA Records. This Mike Chapman-produced reunion floundered quickly due to problems with Connolly's voice. Connolly went back to performing with his band "The New Sweet".
  • 1987
    Age 41
    During 1987, Connolly would meet up again with Frank Torpey, who was the original Sweet lead guitarist from 1968 to 1969.
    More Details Hide Details Frank Torpey later explained in interviews that Brian Connolly was trying to get a German recording deal. The two got on very well and Torpey subsequently invited Connolly to go into the recording studio with him, as an informal project. After much trepidation and as always, running very late, Connolly turned up and the track "Sharontina" was recorded. However, this recording would not be released until 1998, when Frank Torpey's 1998 CD album, "Sweeter", became available.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1985
    Age 39
    Connolly had reportedly stopped drinking in 1985, but separated from his wife Marilyn, divorcing in 1986.
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  • 1984
    Age 38
    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.
    More Details Hide Details His most successful concerts were in West Germany every year, before and after Germany's reunification. He visited other countries including Denmark, and he also continued to perform on and off in the UK.
  • 1983
    Age 37
    During January 1983, Connolly supported Pat Benatar for three shows including one at Hammersmith Odeon, London.
    More Details Hide Details Connolly's Encore, included most of the members of Verity (fronted by ex-Argent guitarist John Verity) and Terry Uttley, bass player from Smokie. Songs played included "Windy City", "Fox on the Run", "Hypnotized" and new numbers, "Sick and Tired", "Red Hair Rage" and "Burning The Candle". These three tracks are available on a bootleg 7" single and CD. The band and Connolly also played two other dates for the Benatar tour in Birmingham and Newcastle. The British Inland Revenue served Connolly and the other members of the Sweet with a multi-million pound tax assessment for the income earned off their hit records. Connolly sold his house to pay his share of the tax bill.
  • 1982
    Age 36
    In 1982 with his Polydor contract having expired and Connolly signed with French independent label, Carrere Records.
    More Details Hide Details Carrere then released the hard-rock single "Hypnotized", written by Joe Lynn Turner. A Fandango cover, the track was released in Europe with wide distribution by RCA but failed to chart. During this time Connolly recorded a dozen or so new tracks. The original plan was to have a completed album out by August 1983 but this never eventuated.
  • 1981
    Age 35
    In 1981, Connolly was admitted to hospital with bloating, and he sustained multiple heart attacks.
    More Details Hide Details His health was permanently affected with some paralysis on his left side which would later develop into a nervous system condition. These problems were most likely related to Connolly's excessive alcohol consumption, coupled with the use of prescription diuretic medicine. Connolly's next release was "Don't You Know A Lady", composed by Roger Greenaway, was also recorded by British four-piece band Brooks shortly after Brian Connolly's release. Again, the track failed to make an impact.
  • 1980
    Age 34
    It was issued as Connolly's first solo single during 1980, by Polydor.
    More Details Hide Details This single is also included on the Polydor Germany "High Life" compilation album from 1980.
  • 1979
    Age 33
    Also in 1979 was Connolly's first major appearance since leaving the Sweet, at the Bravo Super Disco '79 event, held at the Olympiahalle in Munich on June 22. 10,000 people heard Connolly perform a sneak peek of his first solo Polydor single: "Take Away The Music".
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    By mid to late 1979 he had recorded a few new tracks at Chipping Norton Recording Studios, in Oxfordshire, with the assistance of friend and producer Mick Angus.
    More Details Hide Details One of the tracks "Take Away The Music" was rerecorded the following year, with then Polydor producer Pip Williams, at the Marquee Studios, in London.
    His departure was not made public until March 1979.
    More Details Hide Details After news of his leaving Sweet broke, Connolly was interviewed by the German music magazine Bravo in which he said he was taking time off to be with his family, and considering a new musical direction (countrified rock).
  • 1978
    Age 32
    His final live performance with the band was in July 1978 in Florida, USA when they supported Alice Cooper.
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    He played his last British show with the classic Sweet line-up at Hammersmith Odeon, London on 24 February 1978.
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    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1974
    Age 28
    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.
    More Details Hide Details This event also meant the band missed out on supporting The Who at Charlton Athletic Football Ground. Several songs on the Sweet Fanny Adams album had to be sung by other members of the band. As time progressed issues between Connolly and other members of Sweet developed and he would find the band excluding him from decisions. Brian developed a significant alcohol problem in the mid-1970s. During 1977, when no tours were undertaken and two of Sweet's most successful albums were recorded, the power struggle within the band became even more apparent.
  • 1967
    Age 21
    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.
    More Details Hide Details They recorded a further three unsuccessful singles; Andy Scott joined the line-up in late 1970, just before the release of their first hit single "Funny, Funny". After this, Connolly was propelled into the limelight, with many appearances on Top of the Pops, with the other members of the Sweet. A flood of very successful singles would follow and both The Sweet and Connolly became instantly recognisable around the world with Brian enjoying a large fan base.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1963
    Age 17
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The group recorded four tracks but these were not commercially released. The lineup featured Connolly on vocals, Chris Eldridge and Lee Mordecai on guitars, Mark Conway (bass) and drummer Martin Lass. Connolly eventually replaced singer Ian Gillan (later of Deep Purple fame) in a band called Wainwright's Gentlemen, which included drummer Mick Tucker.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1945
    Born
    Brian Connolly was born in 1945 in Govanhill, Glasgow.
    More Details Hide Details The identity of his father was never made public. His mother was a teenaged waitress, Frances Connolly, who left him in a Glasgow hospital as an infant whilst he was possibly suffering from meningitis. He was fostered, aged two, by Jim and Helen McManus of Blantyre and took their family name. In a radio interview, Connolly reported that singing was a large part of growing up since there was no television, and that he was regularly called upon to sing for family and friends. Connolly has credited the Everly Brothers as being his earliest musical influence. After inadvertently discovering his lineage he eventually reverted to the name Connolly. At the age of twelve Connolly moved to Harefield, Greater London, where Connolly attended the local Secondary Modern school. In his mid-teens he joined the Merchant Navy. He got a tiger's head tattooed on his right arm during his Navy service.
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