Steve Priest was born in England on February 23, 1948. English bassist and founder of the band The Sweet. He played on his debut album Funny How Sweet Co-Co Can Be in 1971. He has stated that he was influenced by Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones. He formed The Sweet with his bandmates in 1968. At CELEBS TREND NOW, he was one of the successful bassists. He had been ranked on the list of those famous people who were born on February 23, 1948. He was one of the wealthiest bassists born in England. It also had a position on the most popular bassist list. Steve Priest was one of the famous people in our database at 71 years old.
He was 71 years old.
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His birth sign is Pisces.
Rock band “The Sweet”
Stephen Priest, founding member and bassist of The Sweet, was born in Hayes, England. Influenced as a teenager by Jet Harris of The Shadows, as well as acts as important as the Rolling Stones and The Who, he created his own homemade bass and began playing in local bands. Among Steve’s early experiences in his musical career, his collaboration with legendary British producer Joe Meek and his service with British groups such as The Countdowns and The Army stood out. In January 1968, Steve was invited to form a four-man band with a pair of Wainwright Gentlemen alumni, vocalist Brian Connolly and drummer Mick Tucker, along with guitarist Frank Torpey. Their original nickname, Sweetshop, was appropriated by another group, so the band’s name was truncated to “The Sweet”. In the first two years, the band’s list of guitarists changed twice; Torpey left to get married, and Mick Stewart’s replacement left after the band’s first singles failed to appear. The band then introduced themselves to the songwriting team of Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, who had a song they wanted to promote, and Sweet accepted the job. Andy Scott auditioned and was hired as the new guitarist, and in 1971, with Phil Wainman as executive producer, “Funny Funny” was released and peaked at number 13 on the UK charts. Sweet signed a management agreement with Chinn and Chapman, and was awarded a contract with RCA Records.
Chinn and Chapman wrote five more Top 40 hits for the group, including “Little Willy” and “Wig Wam Bam,” which were all two-way, pop-infused bubble gum numbers aimed at a teenage audience. However, Sweet’s self-styled B-sides and album tracks, combined with his outrageous stage antics, revealed his true center of hard rock and created a buzz among fans. Consequently, Chapman decided to write sharper songs for the group, and the first effort to this effect, “Blockbuster”, became Sweet’s biggest hit in the UK, reaching number one on the charts in early 1973 and it eventually went platinum. As the group’s popularity grew, Sweet put on a huge rotation of UK and European television commercials, including numerous appearances on Top of the Pops and Supersonic. In a “Blockbuster” performance in Top of the Pops, Steve Priest sparked a lot of controversy with an ironic appearance on stage dressed in Nazi regalia. the band and the songwriters. Sweet returned to the studio and re-recorded “Fox On The Run” as a single, giving them their first self-written hit when they hit the top ten in both the United Kingdom and the United States “Ballroom Blitz”, which would become perhaps the The band’s best-known anthem also appeared on the charts in the summer of 1975. “Strung Up”, released in the fall of 1975, continued the group’s move toward album-oriented rock. Sweet returned to the charts in 1978 with “Love Is Like Oxygen”. In late 1978, Brian Connolly, citing creative differences, announced his departure from the band. The group continued as a three-piece unit, but eventually disbanded three years later. Sweet performed his last live show at the University of Glasgow on March 20, 1981.
Meanwhile, Steve Priest moved to the United States and married his current wife, Maureen, who was a publicist for Capitol Records. In New York City, he formed a band called The Allies with guitarist Marco Delmar and drummer Steve Missal. The success was elusive, although his composition “Talk To Me” appeared in a movie called “Fast Food”. In the mid-1980s, his wife’s professional career brought the Priest family to California. During this period, Steve largely returned to private life, but made occasional forays into production and session work, as well as collaborations with other artists such as David Arkenstone and future bandmate Stuart Smith. In 1988, an attempt was made to reunite the original Sweet members, but the project never materialized. Steve published a 1994 autobiography, “Are You Ready Steve?” which was a stark exposition of his time with Sweet. Brian Connolly died of liver failure in February 1997. Mick Tucker passed away five years later in 2002 after a long battle with leukemia. In 2006 Steve released “Priest’s Precious Poems”, a CD made up of his latest material. In January 2008, after attending an Eric Clapton concert, he decided it was time to go back to his roots and reunited his new incarnation of Sweet, now based in Los Angeles. Steve Priest lives with his family in California
He married wife Maureen and the couple has two daughters, Danielle and Margaret. Priest then lived with his wife Maureen and daughters Danielle and Margaret in La Canada Flint ridge, California. He died on June 4, 2020 and is survived by his wife, Maureen, three daughters, Lisa, Danielle, and Maggie, and three grandchildren, Jordan, Jade, and Hazel.
Cause Of Death
Steve Priest passed away on Thursday morning at the age of 72, the band has confirmed
Andy announced the death of Steve on the official Facebook page of The Sweet.
He wrote, “Then there was one! I am in pieces right now. Steve Priest has passed away. His wife Maureen and I have kept in contact and though his health was failing I never envisaged this moment. Never. My thoughts are with his family.
He was the best bass player I ever played with. The noise we made as a band was so powerful. From that moment in the summer of 1970 when set off on our Musical Odyssey the world opened up and the rollercoaster ride started! He eventually followed his heart and moved to the USA. First New York then LA.”
Shortly after the news broke out, fans of Steve turned to social media to pay tribute to him.
Estimated Net Worth in 2019 $1 Million – $5 Million (Approx.)