The Rubettes

Profile:
In 1973, Wayne Bickerton, then head of A&R at Polydor Records, wrote four songs in an "American 50's type" sound with co-writer Tony Waddington. A group of session musicians and singers were gathered in a London studio and recorded a demo of these tracks. Three of the session musicians were then asked to form the beginnings of a band, and with that John Richardson, Alan Williams and Pete Arnesen were the start of The Rubettes. John got some musician friends to round out the group, with Mick Clarke, Bill Hurd and Tony Thorpe making the original group of six.

Pete Arnesen, the only American of the group, was the first to part ways. Later, Bill Hurd chose to pursue a solo career, cutting the band to four. Tony Thorp left the band in 1979, and the final three continued to make music together.

In 1982, the band re-formed to tour on the wave of nostalgia. This time, Alan Williams and Mick Clarke were joined by Bill Hurd and Alex Bines, once Hurd's Milkman, completed the revised line up on drums. Mick Clarke was replaced by Steve Kinch 1987-1991 and Trevor Holliday 1991-1993. c.1992: the line up was Alex Bines, Alan Williams, Trevor Holliday and Bill Hurd.

In 1999, the re-formed line up split again, forming two "competing" Rubettes groups, one lead by Bill Hurd and the other by Alan Williams. This resulted in two separate entities, who took distinct names following a court order, making The Rubettes featuring Bill Hurd and The Rubettes feat. Alan Williams. William's group consists of Alan Williams, John Richardson, Mick Clarke, and Mark Haley.

Sidenotes:
Of the Original Rubettes line-up only John Richardson, Alan Williams and Pete Arnesen participated in the recording of "Sugar Baby Love" with the falsetto lead vocal performed by Paul Da Vinci (legal name: Paul Prewer). With contractual obligations preventing Prewer from joining the band when it was formed, he never toured with the original band. He later featured with Hurd, Bines and the rest in this Rubettes formation from 2000 until 2006, when he left for personal reasons and is replaced by George Bird.

The band name was born from the interest in jewel-based names like "Diamonds," and one of Thorpe's girlfriends owned a purplish-red colored Mini which she affectionately called "Ruby."
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Albums

3170 206 The Rubettes - Wear It's 'At album art The Rubettes Wear It's 'At (Album) Polydor, Polydor 3170 206 UK 1974 Sell This Version
2383 306 The Rubettes - Wear It's 'At album art Rubettes* Wear It's 'At(LP, Album, Promo) Polydor 2383 306 Germany 1974 Sell This Version
3109001, 3109 001 The Rubettes - We Can Do It album art The Rubettes We Can Do It (Album) State Records (3) 3109001, 3109 001 Belgium 1975 Sell This Version
ETAT 4, 2309 004 The Rubettes - Rubettes album art Rubettes* Rubettes (Album) State Records (3) ETAT 4, 2309 004 UK 1975 Sell This Version
MWF 1006 The Rubettes - Sign Of The Times album art Rubettes* Sign Of The Times (Album) State Records (3) MWF 1006 Japan 1976 Sell This Version
ETAT 12 The Rubettes - Baby I Know album art Rubettes* Baby I Know (Album) State Records (3) ETAT 12 UK 1977 Sell This Version
2383 520 The Rubettes - Still Unwinding album art The Rubettes Still Unwinding (Album) Polydor 2383 520 UK 1978 Sell This Version
2460 278 The Rubettes - Sometime In Oldchurch album art The Rubettes Sometime In Oldchurch (Album) Polydor 2460 278 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
nn The Rubettes - Shangri 'La  album art The Rubettes Shangri 'La (LP, Album) Dice Records (3) nn France 1979 Sell This Version
RUB CD 1 The Rubettes - Riding On A Rainbow album art The Rubettes Riding On A Rainbow(CD, Album) Dice Records (3) RUB CD 1 UK 1992 Sell This Version
4509-97255-2 The Rubettes - Smile album art The Rubettes Smile (Album) Royal River Music 4509-97255-2 France 1994 Sell This Version
RUB CD 16 The Rubettes - Making Love In The Rain album art Rubettes* Making Love In The Rain(CD, Album) Dice Records (3) RUB CD 16 UK 1995 Sell This Version
CL CD002 The Rubettes - On Tour album art The Rubettes On Tour(CD) Creative License Inc. CL CD002 2008 Sell This Version
SJPCD 343 The Rubettes - 21st Century Rock'n'Roll album art The Rubettes featuring Bill Hurd The Rubettes featuring Bill Hurd - 21st Century Rock'n'Roll(CD) Angel Air Records SJPCD 343 UK 2010 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

2058 529 The Rubettes - Jukebox Jive album art The Rubettes Jukebox Jive (Single) Polydor 2058 529 UK 1974 Sell This Version
2058 499 The Rubettes - Tonight album art The Rubettes Tonight (Single) Polydor 2058 499 Germany 1974 Sell This Version
DP-1940 The Rubettes - Sugar Baby Love album art The Rubettes Sugar Baby Love (Single) Polydor DP-1940 Japan 1974 Sell This Version
AS 275 The Rubettes - Sugar Baby Love / Fuochi D'Artificio album art The Rubettes / Ely Neri Di Romagna* The Rubettes / Ely Neri Di Romagna* - Sugar Baby Love / Fuochi D'Artificio(7", Promo) Polydor, Fontana AS 275 Italy 1974 Sell This Version
2354, 2200 118 The Rubettes - Da Gracias A Dios Por Lo Que Tienes album art The Rubettes, William DeVaughn, Bee Gees, Las Burbujas The Rubettes, William DeVaughn, Bee Gees, Las Burbujas - Da Gracias A Dios Por Lo Que Tienes(7", EP, Promo) Polydor, Polydor 2354, 2200 118 Mexico 1974 Sell This Version
none The Rubettes - Saturday Night album art Rubettes* Saturday Night(Flexi, 7", S/Sided) Record Mirror, Polydor none UK 1974 Sell This Version
2088 017 The Rubettes - Foe-Dee-Oh-Dee album art Rubettes* Foe-Dee-Oh-Dee International Polydor Production 2088 017 Greece 1975 Sell This Version
2058508 The Rubettes - Sugar Baby Love / Tonight album art The Rubettes Sugar Baby Love / Tonight (Single) AMIGA 2058508 Greece 1974 Sell This Version
2088.013 The Rubettes - Little Darling album art The Rubettes Little Darling (Single) State Records (3) 2088.013 Portugal 1975 Sell This Version
STAT 1 (2088 001) The Rubettes - I Can Do It album art The Rubettes I Can Do It (Single) State Records (3) STAT 1 (2088 001) Ireland 1975 Sell This Version
2088 007 The Rubettes - Foe-Dee-O-Dee album art Rubettes* Foe-Dee-O-Dee (Single) State Records (3), State Records (3) 2088 007 Austria 1975 Sell This Version