WHAT'S ON / Gallagher & Lyle in Concert
at The Queen's Hall
The pop duo phenomenon Benny Gallagher and Graham Lyle recorded a series of hits including I Wanna Stay With You, Heart On My Sleeve and Breakaway. They were known as quality songsmiths in a decade that was more famous for glam acts such as the Bay City Rollers and, later, punk.
The pair have worked alongside stars from Paul McCartney to Eric Clapton, while their songs have been recorded by Bryan Ferry, Ringo Starr and Phil Everly. Their song A Heart In New York was performed by Simon & Garfunkel and Garth Brooks at live concerts in New York’s Central Park, to audiences of 500,000 and 750,000 respectively. Lyle has written or co-written songs for Tina Turner, including What’s Love Got To Do With It and We Don’t Need Another Hero.
Gallagher and Lyle first got together in 1959, as part of the Bluefrets. In 1968 they were signed by The Beatles to write for the Apple label. Ken Kesey, author of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, was also a resident writer for a time, and the duo set to work, writing songs for some of its artists. In 1970, as part of McGuinness Flint, they came up with When I’m Dead And Gone, a UK top-10 hit.
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