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Martin Lee (singer)

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Martin Lee
Martin Lee
Martin Lee
Background information
Birth nameMartin Barnes
Born (1949-11-26) 26 November 1949 (age 70)
Purley, United Kingdom
GenresPop music
InstrumentsVocals, Guitar
Years active1973–present
LabelsPye Records

Martin Lee (born 26 November 1949) is a singer-songwriter, best known as a member of the British pop group Brotherhood of Man.[1]

Early career

Lee was born Martin Barnes in Purley, Surrey, 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.[2] 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.[3] 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".[4]

Eurovision win

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.[5]

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.[6][7]

Lee still performs with Brotherhood of Man today as they regularly tour the UK and appear on television throughout Europe.[8]

Personal life

Martin Lee spent five years of his early life in Australia. His mother died when he was young and with his father, he returned to the UK.[9]

Soon after she joined the group in late 1973, Sandra Stevens began a relationship with Lee, and they were living together by the time of their Eurovision win in 1975. Lee married Stevens in August 1979.[10] They live in Surrey.


  1. ^ "ASCAP songwriters database". Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "AccountSupport". Archived from the original on 30 October 2007. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
  4. ^ "Radio 538". Archived from the original on 11 March 2009. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
  5. ^ "Share Prices - Fund Prices and Data - Morningstar".
  6. ^ "Brotherhood of Man - Full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Brotherhood of Man - Songs". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Share Prices - Fund Prices and Data - Morningstar".
  9. ^ Stevens, Nicky (2014). The Road to Eurovision and Beyond. Christchurch, UK: Natula Publications. p. 171. ISBN 1906631506.
  10. ^ "Metro - Lee Sheriden interview, mention of Martin and Sandra". Retrieved 27 September 2014.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Netherlands Teach-In
with "Ding-A-Dong"
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
(as part of Brotherhood of Man)
Succeeded by
France Marie Myriam
with "L'oiseau et l'enfant"
Preceded by
The Shadows
with "Let Me Be the One"
UK in the Eurovision Song Contest
(as part of Brotherhood of Man)
Succeeded by
Lynsey de Paul and Mike Moran
with "Rock Bottom"
This page was last edited on 29 September 2020, at 18:44
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