The whole wide world probably knows by now that the Rubettes‘ incredible story began when they appeared on BBC TV’s “Top Of The Pops” in 1974.
The band became an overnight success when their debut single”Sugar Baby Love” stormed to the top of the UK charts. Originally recorded as a “studio session”, the record went on to sell more than 10 million copies around the World and it has become one of the all time classics !
Incredibly only weeks before that first ever TV appearance the band did not even exist, and with an element of luck and a strange twist of fate, the Rubettes unexpectedly got their big chance when the band “Sparks” were unable to appear at the very last minute. To their credit, they grabbed the opportunity with both hands, adopting a unique image with the infamous white caps and a “slick” routine to make an enormous instant impact.
The 50’s and 60’s American rock’n’roll/doo-wop sounds were a huge influence on songwriter/producers Wayne Bickerton and Tony Waddington. With a passion for that kind of music and incredible faith in their song “Sugar Baby Love”, they completely masterminded the creation of the Rubettes. Even the name is typically 50’s style and came from playing around with names like the Ronettes, the Diamonds etc.
From that first infectious “bop-showaddy” sound the band went on to have a string of international hits, with some more great songs from the Bickerton/Waddington partnership and clever productions moving from the sophisticated orchestration of “Tonight” to great rock’n’roll tracks like “Juke Box Jive”, “I Can Do It”, “Foe-Dee-Oh-Dee”, etc. The Rubettes sound, with good musicianship and its distinctive hamonies, enabled the band to notch up sales of 30 million records and to deservedly build up an excellent reputation worldwide.
Like many bands, a hectic schedule of touring, recording and TV appearances took its toll over very quickly, and with various members following a natural progession of solo musical and personal projects, the original band virtually ground to a halt by the end of 1978. Nothing is forever it seems and with a wave of interest for ‘nostalgia’ music, the band reformed in 1982, primarily to play the European ‘oldie circuit’ where the music of the Rubettes had always had a very strong following.
The line up of the band, Alan, Bill, Alex and Mick, remained unchanged through the 80’s, with only Mick Clarke parting company with the band in 1989. Through the 90’s, the band featured Steve Kinch and Trevor Holiday on bass guitar. By late 1999, the last remaining remnants of the band known as the Rubettes finally disbanded due to policy differences.
Under a High Court ruling of 2002 there are two official Rubettes bands in existence today and “The Rubettes featuring Bill Hurd”, is an extremely impressive line-up that really rocks, and at the same time continues the legacy of the Rubettes music. Such is their success and popularity, the band have won two international music awards, including the coveted Radio Regenbogen media prize.
These days, The Rubettes are widely recognised as one of the more stylish bands from the Glam-Rock era, and the Rubettes style of music is still very much in demand today.
Blending the trademark vocal harmonies associated with the Rubettes, and with superb musicianship, The Rubettes featuring Bill Hurd are thrilling audiences everywhere with its exceptional live performances.
Fans of the band can expect to hear all of the ‘hits’ and many of their personal favourites from the albums and ‘B’ sides, reproduced for live performances, sounding exactly as they were originally recorded. The band has not been content to stand still either, and have continued to introduce some great new material alongside the ‘old favourites’, which is stunning audiences everywhere that they play.
With each and every show, the reputation of the “Rubettes featuring Bill Hurd” continues to grow, and with incredible audience reactions and consistent great reviews, they continue to attract many new fans around the World.