The Rubettes

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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The Rubettes Discography Tracks

Albums

The Rubettes Wear It's 'At (Album) Polydor, Polydor UK 1974 Sell This Version
The Rubettes We Can Do It (Album) State Records (3) Scandinavia 1975 Sell This Version
Rubettes* Rubettes (Album) State Records (3) UK 1975 Sell This Version
Rubettes* Sign Of The Times (Album) State Records (3) Italy 1976 Sell This Version
Rubettes* Baby I Know (Album) State Records (3) UK 1977 Sell This Version
2460278 The Rubettes Sometime in Oldchurch(LP, Album) Polydor 2460278 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
2460278 The Rubettes Sometime In Oldchurch(LP, Album) Polydor 2460278 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
The Rubettes Still Unwinding (Album) Polydor UK 1978 Sell This Version
The Rubettes Sometime In Oldchurch (Album) Polydor Bulgaria 1978 Sell This Version
nn The Rubettes Shangri 'La (LP, Album) Dice Records (3) nn France 1979 Sell This Version
RUB CD 1 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(CD, Album, Car) Royal River Music 4509-97255-2 France 1994 Sell This Version
RUB CD 16 Rubettes* Making Love In The Rain(CD, Album) Dice Records (3) RUB CD 16 UK 1995 Sell This Version
SJPCD 343 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

The Rubettes Tonight (Single) Polydor US 1974 Sell This Version
The Rubettes Jukebox Jive (Single) Polydor UK 1974 Sell This Version
The Rubettes Tonight (Single) Polydor Germany 1974 Sell This Version
The Rubettes Sugar Baby Love (Single) Polydor Japan 1974 Sell This Version
AS 275 The Rubettes / Ely Neri Di Romagna* The Rubettes / Ely Neri Di Romagna* - Sugar Baby Love / Fuochi D' Artificio(7", Jukebox, Promo) Polydor, Fontana AS 275 Italy 1974 Sell This Version
none Rubettes* Saturday Night(Flexi, 7", S/Sided) Record Mirror, Polydor none UK 1974 Sell This Version
The Rubettes Little Darling (Single) State Records (3) Portugal 1975 Sell This Version
The Rubettes Sugar Baby Love / Tonight (Single) AMIGA Greece 1974 Sell This Version
Rubettes* Foe-Dee-O-Dee (Single) State Records (3), State Records (3) Austria 1975 Sell This Version
The Rubettes I Can Do It (Single) State Records (3) Ireland 1975 Sell This Version
2088 017 Rubettes* Foe-Dee-Oh-Dee(7") State Records (3) 2088 017 Greece 1975 Sell This Version