Sixteen-year-old singer Marcia Hines came to Australia from the US in 1970 for Hair, stayed for Jesus Christ Superstar, and became Australia’s most popular female pop star of the late 70s, voted ‘Queen of Pop‘ for three years. She was again prominent on TV 2003-2009 as a judge on Australian Idol.
References, further reading: 1. Milesago’s Marcia Hines page. 2. Ian McFarlane, Encyclopedia of Australian Rock & Pop (1999) pp. 285-6.
Suggested by Terry Stacey.
The best source I've found on The Duncans is a page from DiscoMuseum.com, now offline but still accessible at Internet Archive.
By this time, British songwriter Roger Cook was writing and producing in Nashville, where he'd bought a house in 1977.
Saundra Steele (b. c.1949) was from Flintstone, Maryland, near Cumberland, where her family had moved from Cheshire, Ohio. As Saundra Rucker, her birth name, she became well-known as a child singer at community events in the Cumberland area. Also known as Sandy or Sondra, by the age of 11 she had completed a summer season at Atlantic City, and had appeared on The Original Amateur Hour and the WWVA Jamboree.
From the early 1970s she teamed with country (later gospel) singer Dianne Sherrill for engagements in Nashville, Las Vegas, and elsewhere. In February 1974 Rucker released a single on Monument, The Prisoner's Song, produced by label founder Fred Foster and arranged by Bill Justis. That was followed in July 1974 by a Saundra Rucker & Dianne Sherrill single, also on Monument.
In the mid-70s Saundra Rucker was appearing as a solo singer at Nashville venues. After her marriage to Nashville banker and businessman Alex Rucker in 1975 her stage name became Saundra Rucker Steele. Her 1980 solo album was released as Saundra Steele, as were singles 1979-1981 on United Artists and British PYE subsidiary Precision.
This artist biography is my work, from original research. If you use it, please credit me or this website. ©Lyn Nuttall 2019
This wasn't Roger Cook's first collaboration with Nashville-based writer and session player Bobby Wood. For example, US country star Crystal Gayle took the the Cook-Wood song Talking In Your Sleep onto the charts in 1978 (#18 Pop, #1 Country).
See notes below on chronology of the Saundra Steele and Dusty Springfieldversions.
References, further reading: 1. Hiroshi Asada's Cook & Greenaway Song List. 2. Bobby Wood biography by Steve Kurutz at AllMusic. 3. Saundra Steele discography and session details at PragueFrank's country music
Single on Mercury produced by David McKay.
A British singing star of the 60s and beyond, Dusty Springfield (1939-1999) was born in London as Mary O'Brien. Before going solo in 1963 she was in the successful folk-pop trio The Springfields with brother Dion, known as Tom Springfield.
The versions of Your Love Still Brings Me To My Knees by Dusty Springfield and Saundra Steele were released close to each other in January 1980, but I have not found any sources that exactly narrow down the two release dates. If pressed to pick one, circumstantial evidence and informed guesswork might favour Dusty's as the original.
The Roger Cook Chronology also listed Dusty Springfield before Saundra Steele. In The Complete Dusty Springfield, Paul Howes writes that Roger Cook had previously said he would "love to write a song to resurrect Dusty Springfield's career and this song provided him with his opportunity to do so".
The release of Dusty's single is dated at 45cat.com as 4 January 1980.
Billboard, 17 November 1979, noted that Saundra had been signed to UA for a January 1980 debut album. The album was registered at US Copyright Office on 21 January 1980 but that doesn't indicate an exact release date.
References, further reading: 1. Song history by Arnolds Rypens at The Originals. 2. Song history at Secondhand Songs. 3. Chronology from RogerCook.com [archived]. 4. Discographical details at 45cat.com. 5. "Signings", Billboard, 17 Nov 1979 [Google Books]
Thanks to Giuseppe for raising this one again, and for a useful reference.
Leo Sayer's biggest international singles were You Make Me Feel Like Dancing (1976, #2 UK #1 USA, wr. Sayer & Vini Poncia), When I Need You (1977, #1 UK & USA, wr. Albert Hammond & Carole Bayer Sager), and More Than I Can Say (1980, #2 UK & USA, wr. Sonny Curtis & Jerry Allison).
Giving It All Away (written by Sayer with David Courtney) was the highest charting UK hit (1973, #5) for The Who's lead singer Roger Daltrey.
Sayer now lives in Australia and became an Australian citizen in 2009.