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The Rubettes were a British glam rock teeny bopper pop group who in later years they played country music. Their first hit was their biggest immediately: "Sugar baby love", a number one hit in the summer of 1974. They performed in teddy pants, oversized jackets and caps, all in white and pastel colours.
The Group was brought together in 1973 by the producer duo Bickerton-Waddington. This duo in the 1960s had already worked with ex-Beatle Pete Best and ran to peddling in 1973 with various Doo-Wop-compositions. Studio musicians who assisted Barry Blue turned out to be the best ones to perform the songs.
The members were:
- Paul da Vinci (real name: Paul Prewer)- vocals, famous for his falsetto. He left before his Sung "Sugar baby love" was a hit for a solo career and returned in the 1990s will be back in a by Bill Hurd Rubettes again set up. The Rubettes version of Alan Williams with John Richardson and Mick Clarke in the ranks, however, even if operated under that name. Logical consequence was a lawsuit.
- Alan Williams – lead vocals, piano, guitar, clarinet (instrument)
- Tony Thorpe - tenor voice
- Bill Hurd - keyboards, backing vocals
- Mick Clarke - bass, backing vocals
- John Richardson - drums, bass voice
- Pete Arnesen (real name: Hans-Peter Arnesen)-piano (departed on 23 november 1974).
The group existed until in 1979; Alan Williams then went solo on. The group came together In 1983 because the gouwe ouwecircuit demand for performances of the original Rubettes. After violent quarrels in 1998 a British judge had to decide who had the most right on the group name. There came a compromise on which the gamecocks on had to: presently there is a "The Rubettes feat. Alan Williams "and a" The Rubettes feat.Bill Hurd ".
Of the first three lp's "Wear its ' at", "We can do it" and "Rubettes" cover versions of songs were hits for other artists from the Bickerton-Waddington-stable: "Way back in the fifties" for formerMovesinger Carl Waynein July 1975, "Don't do it baby" for Mac & Katie Kissoon in May 1975 and "I'm just dreaming" in February 1976 for the same duo.
Beginning in 1976, it was decided by sound to change after the disappointing success of "Little darling". "You're the reason why" and further singles and LPs were produced by Alan Blakely (ex-member of The Tremeloes).
|Album (s) with any charts in the
the Dutch Album Top 100
|Wear its ' at||16-11-1974||42||3||The Rubettes|
|We can do it||24-5-1975||32||11||same|
|Sign of the times||1976||same|
|Baby I know||1977||same|
|Sometime in Oldchurch||same|
|I can do it||same|
|Making love in the rain||same|
|The very best of the Rubettes||same|
|Over the Rainbow||same|
|Single (s) with any charts in the
the Dutch Top 40
|Sugar baby love||15-6-1974||1||15||The Rubettes/# 1 on the National Charts|
|Your baby ain't your baby anymore||10-8-1974||4||11||Paul da Vinci; # 4 in the national hit parade|
|Tonight||24-8-1974||6||9||The Rubettes; # 4 in the national hit parade|
|If you get hurt||16-11-1974||26||3||Paul da Vinci|
|Juke box jive||14-12-1974||2||10||The Rubettes; # 2 in the national hit parade|
|I can do it||15-3-1975||5||7||the same; # 5 in the National hit parade|
|Foe dee oh dee||12-7-1975||8||7||the same; # 7 in the national hit parade|
|Little darling||29-11-1975||18||6||the same; # 19 in the National hit parade|
|It hurts to be in love||10-4-1976||tip||Paul da Vinci|
|You're the reason why||1-5-1976||3||8||The Rubettes; # 7 in the national hit parade|
|Julia||1976||only in Belgium|
|Under one roof||4-9-1976||tip||same|
|Baby I know||29-1-1977||tip||same|
|Doing things with you||28-3-1981||tip||Alan Williams|
|Number (s) with markings
in the Radio 2 Top 2000
|' 99||' 00||' 01||' 02||' 03||' 04||' 05||' 06||' 07||' 08||' 09||' 10||' 11||' 12||' 13|
|I can do it||-||1771||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Juke box jive||1496||-||-||1854||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Sugar baby love||1321||1147||1039||1427||1468||1268||1338||1148||1441||1296||1516||1854||-||-||-|
|You're the reason why||-||1875||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|