Around the time Daltrey was climbing the UK charts with the Sayer-penned hit "Giving It All Away
," Sayer was breaking into his own recording career with his first hit, "The Show Must Go On," in 1973. To accompany the music hall number, Sayer took on the persona of a Pierrot clown and performed many of his early songs, including "One Man Band," in costume. He explained to Rolling Stone
in 1974: "We chose the Pierrot because he's the sad, lonely figure who really doesn't want to get involved in it all. He's the face behind me. You don't tear the mask off the clown - you tear off the mask of me and he's the character inside. I think he's the little sad character which lurks inside everybody."