Mr. Big (UK)- Sweet Silence (UK Import 1975)
Mr. Big (UK)- Sweet Silence (UK Import 1975)
Mr. Big (UK)- Sweet Silence (UK Import 1975)
Mr. Big (UK)- Sweet Silence (UK Import 1975)
Mr. Big (UK)- Sweet Silence (UK Import 1975)
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Mr. Big (UK)- Sweet Silence (UK Import 1975)

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Artist: Mr.Big (The UK Band)

Album: Sweet Silence (UK Pressing)

Type: Used

Condition: Media (VG) Sleeve (VG )

Details: Not to mistaken for the American band of the same name. Mr Big were a British pop rock band, active in the 1970s and 1990s. They were formed by Jeff Pain (aka Dicken) and best known for their 1977 Top 5 hit, "Romeo".[1] The band was originally active from 1972–78 and then for a second period from 1990–98.

The members of Mr Big had been playing together since the late 1960s, under the name 'Burnt Oak'. They first played under the name, 'Mr Big', in 1972, at the Marquee Club in Wardour Street, London, when the manager billed them as Mr Big instead of Burnt Oak. The manager refused to change it, so it stuck for the rest of the band's career.

In 1974, the band signed to Epic Records, releasing three singles, none of which made a significant breakthrough, but which did lead to appearances on Lift Off, a TV pop show presented by Ayesha Brough.

In 1975, Bob Hirschman, then manager of Mott the Hoople, took over as the band's manager. Their first album, Sweet Silence, was released on EMI, to greater acclaim than their previous singles. Promotional TV appearances for this album included Supersonic with Mike Mansfield and Superpop. In November 1975, Mr Big supported Queen on their A Night at the Opera tour.[2]

In 1976, Mr Big embarked on their own UK headline tour and supported Sweet on their tour of Europe, performing on TV in Denmark, the Netherlands and the UK. Mr Big were also the first British band to be signed to Clive Davis's Arista Records in America.[citation needed] They recorded their second album, Photographic Smile, in Los Angeles, California, with Val Garay.

In 1977, the band toured the United States in February, March and April with Tom Petty, Journey, Kansas and The Runaways. Meanwhile, the single "Romeo" reached No. 4 in the UK Singles Chart,[1] despite a temporary ban by the BBC. It also peaked at number 44 in Australia.[3] It also sold well in Japan, the U.S. and parts of Europe, and was covered in 1977 by the South African band 'Pendulum'. The follow-up single "Feel Like Calling Home" failed to capitalise on the success of the previous one, and only reached No. 35 in UK.[1] The band embarked on a UK headline tour with more television appearances in the UK and Europe.

In 1978, the third album Seppuku was recorded with Ian Hunter as producer and the band again toured the UK. They appeared on Top Of The Pops with "Senora", and split up soon afterwards.