This Anglo-Norwegian band was the brainchild of Georg Kajanus, the son of a Russian prince and a Finnish sculptress who had also been a folk-rocker (in Eclection).
The quartet devised an ingenious palette featuring tack pianos, accordions, glockenspiels, dulcimers and 12-string guitars – a spangled old-world sound modernised by fruity synth basslines.
Kajanus even hand-crafted an antique-looking multiple keyboard device played by Phil Pickett and Henry Marsh onstage – the Nickelodeon.
Sailor enjoyed worldwide hit singles in the 1970s with Girls Girls Girls (Germany #2, Switzerland #3, UK #7, Australia #14) and A Glass Of Champagne (UK and Switzerland #2, Germany #3, Australia #5).
Although regarded as a one-hit wonder (albeit with two hits), Sailor recorded five albums and remained popular in Continental Europe. Indeed, they are still a major attraction on the European oldies circuit.
Vocals, guitars, charango, Veracruzana harp, harmonium, synthesisers
Nickelodeon, accordion, keyboards, guitars, vocals
Nickelodeon, piano, guitarron, synthesised strings, calliope, xylophone, bass, Hammond organ, mandolin, autoharp, vocals
Drums, percussion, vocals