The Songwriters

Wayne Bickerton & Tony Waddington were born and grew up together in Liverpool in the 1960’s. They spent most of their teenage years playing in bands during the legendary “Merseybeat” era and as songwriters, first tasted success in the 60’s when artists including the Tom Jones and the Flirtations recorded their songs.

In 1973 they came up with the concept and idea for a rock ‘n’ roll musical and out of this project the Rubettes were created. In 1974 they scored a Worldwide No 1 hit with their song Sugar Baby Love and from this they went on to become one of the most successful songwriting partnerships, of the 70’s and 80’s. When the Rubettes went on to have a string of international hits with their songs: Tonight, Juke Box Jive, I Can Do It, Foe-Dee-Oh-Dee etc, their songwriting talents were truly recognised and they were awarded the coveted Ivor Novello award for Songwriters of the Year. They went on to form State Records / State Music in 1975 and in addition to the Rubettes, had more success with Mac & Katie Kisoon, Delegation etc.

Unfortunately Wayne and Tony no longer write songs together but their outstanding songwriting partnership has earned them a place in rock ‘n’ roll history. These days Wayne still runs State Music amongst other musical activities and Tony spends most of his time writing music for films and television.