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United Kingdom (1985 – present)

Swing Out Sister are a British pop musical group best known worldwide for their 1986 hit single Breakout.

The group presently comprises Andy Connell (born Andrew John Connell, Jul 26, 1961, Nottingham; keyboards) and Corinne Drewery (born Sep 21, 1959, Nottingham; vocals), though it began as a trio in the United Kingdom. The group was initially formed by Connell and Martin Jackson (drums), in 1985 who were later joined by Drewery. The group’s name came from a 1945 movie called Swing Out, Sister, and they reportedly chose the name because there was only one thing they could agree on: they all hated it! Both Connell and Jackson had been playing in other bands prior to forming SOS, while Drewery was actually a fashion designer and model before she became the band’s lead vocalist and lyricist.

It’s Better To Travel (1987, debut album)
Together with their producer, Paul Staveley O’Duffy, they signed with Mercury Records Limited. Prior to their first album, they released the single Blue Mood in the UK in November 1985. However, it did not chart. In late 1986, the single “Breakout” was released. It peaked at #4 on the UK charts, and #6 in the United States. Consequently, when they released their debut album, It’s Better To Travel, on May 11, 1987, it reached #1 on the UK album charts.

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  • MusiQ3985

    <3

    16 Sep 2014 Reply
  • TroyTempest

    Superb band with a superb name. I've been to numerous gigs, but SOS are one of the most outstanding live acts I've had the pleasure to see and hear. All power to SOS and long may you prosper and continue to make music

    15 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Wirmeth

    So underrated. Kaleidoscope World is one of the greatest album ever recorded.

    6 Mar 2014 Reply
  • fredpaul

    Breakout..!!!

    29 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Vote4cake

    I was RAISED on this. Gives me the mehmoriez

    23 Jan 2014 Reply
  • dardar227

    Highly talented and underrated. Every song is so well performed, composed and arranged. They may have hit it big in the 80's but they're no 80's band. This is feel good, goosebumps all over Jazz at its best!

    17 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Anteat3r

    One of the best groups of all time, bar none. :)

    25 Aug 2013 Reply
  • jdotperiod

    A great band with an unfortunate name.

    2 Aug 2013 Reply
  • PrinceWatercres

    Finally, one million scrobbles!

    2 Jun 2013 Reply
  • MusiQ3985

    Had to drop in some shoutbox love for these two.

    26 Apr 2013 Reply
  • lucassalgado

    Now You're Not Here

    10 Oct 2012 Reply
  • JNez

    twilight world <3 <3 love their brand of smooth jazz/easy listening!

    17 Sep 2012 Reply
  • RedjMusic

    so great...huge love these guys when they came out...nice jazz pop blend

    28 May 2012 Reply
  • Dumbangel

    Corinne, I love you.

    15 Apr 2012 Reply
  • viathin12

    awesome i always loved the break out song since it first was on a 45 rpm recod

    22 Jan 2012 Reply
  • daverave38

    will not even attempt to say how much appreciation is mine to give ---- www.daveravedotnet.tumblr.com ----

    19 Dec 2011 Reply
  • hjdiet

    They're excellent....

    23 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Pitbullgringo

    vieja rica <3

    4 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Tangenziale

    Corinne's voice is the very definition of flawless.

    4 Aug 2011 Reply
  • mgpixlab

    Twilight World [Superb, Superb Mix] might be the classiest song ever recorded.

    14 Jul 2011 Reply
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