The Rubettes

The Rubettes

The Rubettes are an English pop/glam rock band put together in 1974 after the release of "Sugar Baby Love", a recording assembled of studio session musicians in 1973 by the songwriting team of Wayne Bickerton, the then head of A&R at Polydor Records, and his co-songwriter, Tony Waddington, after their doo-wop and 1950s American pop-influenced songs had been rejected by a number of existing acts. Waddington paired the group with manager John Morris, the husband of singer Clodagh Rodgers and under his guidance, the band duly emerged at the tail end of the glam rock movement, wearing trademark white suits and cloth caps on stage. Their first release, "Sugar Baby Love" was an instant hit remaining at number one in the United Kingdom for four weeks in May 1974, while reaching number 37 on the US chart that August, and remains their best-known record. Subsequent releases were to be less successful, but the band continued to tour well into the 2000s with two line-ups in existence.


LabelsPolydor Records, State Records, Sobel Nation Records
Previous membersSee Personnel section
MembersThe Rubettes featuring Alan Williams Alan Williams Mark Haley Laurie Haley Glyn Davies Spencer Lingwood The Rubettes featuring John, Mick, & Steve John Richardson Mick Clarke Steve Etherington The Rubettes featuring Bill Hurd Bill Hurd John Summerton Damian Fisher Dave Harding Chris Staines
Years of activity1974–1980, 1982–1999, 2000–present

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