Nick Beggs and Sal Solo
Nick and Sal Solo
Did any KajaFax readers like 80’s act Classix Nouveaux? Here’s a reminder:
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Sal Solo, real name Christopher Stevens, was the singer with top 80’s act Classix Nouveaux. A singer, keyboardist, guitarist and producer, Solo has more strings to his bow than you may be aware of. Originally fronting his group ‘The News’ in the 1970’s, they disbanded after their only single release ‘Blue Through’. Within a year, Sal Solo and former band mate Mik Sweeney had formed Classix Nouveaux. Classix Nouveaux was to release three superb albums, accumulating numerous gold and silver discs before disbanding in the mid 1980’s.
Nick and Sal had become friends, and in 1983 they took a trip together that was to prove significant. Sal Solo explains:
“I had made friends with a new young band named Kajagoogoo and bass player Nick Beggs was a born-again Christian. We hung out together quite a bit, and decided in October ’83 to go to Italy on a pilgrimage. The place was called San Damiano”
After visiting San Damiano, Solo converted to the Catholic faith, soon after releasing a solo single clearly inspired by his life changing journey.
By 1987, he had stopped recording commercial pop in favour of Christian music.
“At first I hated the pilgrimage, but after a couple of days, having listened to the conversion stories of simple people, and soaked up the atmosphere of prayer, I believed as they did”
Nick was to collaborate musically with Solo on the 1991 album ‘Look at Christ’.
Now rather difficult to find and out of print, the album contains some particularly interesting work. KajaFax is pleased to say that they have a copy of this album and would recommend that if you ever see a copy on eBay, give it a try!
Here’s a taster of what to expect:
We are hoping to bring you an interview with Sal Solo in the forthcoming weeks – keep checking the site for more details!