random notes / biography
Sue Glover, who receives a credit as a backing singer on
the Frank Zappa album Apostrophe’ ,
is a British session singer whose real name is Yvonne Wheatman. She and her
sister Heather were born in
The two were now known as Sue Glover and Sunny Leslie,
presumably having adopted the Christian names of the duo and their married names
as surnames. Sue Glover made a solo album for DJM in 1976 entitled (wait for it)
Solo, featuring drummers Tony Williams
and Dave Mattacks.
From the late 1960s, the soulful voices of Sue and Sunny
made them greatly in demand as recording session singers, and they appeared on
many singles and albums. Notable appearances were on Joe Cocker’s With
A Little Help From My Friends and The Love Affair’s Rainbow
Valley. In 1974 Sunny (Heather) had a UK Top 10 hit with Doctor’s Orders.
In 1969 the vocal group Brotherhood of Man were formed,
featuring Sue and Sunny, Roger Greenaway, Tony Burrows and Johnny Goodison. They
recorded a single, Love One Another,
but Sue and Sunny left before enjoying the success that the group later
attained. In 1981 Sue Glover entered A Song For Europe, fronting the group
Unity, with the song For Only A Day.
Sue and Sunny have remained in demand as backing singers, particularly as part
of the James Last entourage.
I have not come across any information regarding which Apostrophe’
song(s) Sue Glover appears on. My guess is that she’s on Uncle
Remus, (a) because it sounds like her, and (b) because there are two other
Brits on this track. The personnel is Frank Zappa, George Duke, Alex Dmochowski
and Aynsley Dunbar. It was recorded in 1972 at the same time as Waka
Jawaka and The Grand Wazoo (‘phone conversation with Alex Dmochowski in
1993). Of course, my guess could be completely wrong.
-- notes by Geoff Wills 2002