Church of England Diocese of London Hayes

Steve Priest RIP

6 Jun 2020, 3 p.m.

Stephen Norman Priest (23 February 1948 – 4 June 2020) was a British musician who was the bassist (and, later, lead vocalist) of the rock band from the 70's glam era called The Sweet.

Priest was born in Hayes, Middlesex and in his autobiography admitted that in his youth his only musical training was at school and at church where he sang in the choir. The church in which he sang was called St. Mary's and the school was Dr. Triplett's.

The management team of Chinn and Chapman wrote the group's major hits and cultivated the band's glam rock image.The group capitalised on the glam rock explosion, rivalling Gary Glitter, T. Rex, Queen, Slade, and Wizzard for outrageous stage clothing. The band first achieved success in the UK charts, with thirteen Top 20 hits during the 1970s alone.