Pete Townshend did most of the songwriting for The Who, so when their frontman, Roger Daltrey, decided to make a solo album, he had to find a different songwriter. His problem was solved when Leo Sayer came to Daltrey's recording studio in Sussex, England, to make his first solo album with producer David Courtney. Daltrey liked what he heard and asked the pair to write songs for him. They complied, and came up with 10 tracks for Daltrey's album, including "Giving It All Away," his first single as a solo artist.
When Sayer became a star a few years later with the hits "When I Need You
" and "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing
," few would have suspected he had anything to do with Daltrey, but at the time, Sayer was an unknown.