The Rubettes

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The Rubettes featuring Alan Williams[1]
Alan Williams
John Richardson
Mick Clarke
Mark Haley

The Rubettes were an English pop band assembled 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.[3] The band duly emerged at the tail end of the glam rock movement, wearing trademark white suits and cloth caps on stage.[3] 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 U.S. chart that August,[4] and remains their best-known record.[3] Subsequent releases would be less successful, but the band continued to tour on the nostalgia circuit well into the 2000s.[3]

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Career

The Rubettes’ first and biggest hit was "Sugar Baby Love" (1974) which was a number one in the United Kingdom, going on to sell around 500,000 copies in the UK and three million copies globally.[5] Two million copies were sold in France alone, an achievement matched by no other British group.[citation needed] With more three songs, "Sugar Baby Love" was recorded for Polydor in October 1973 at Landsdown Studios in Holland Park, London by a group of session musicians featuring the distinctive falsetto lead vocal of Paul Da Vinci (real name: Paul Prewer). Da Vinci would not however become a member of the band put together by John Richardson but would pursue solo work.[6] "Sugar Baby Love" was their only UK #1 and sole U.S. Top 40 entry.[7] In November 1974 NME music magazine reported that The Rubettes, The Glitter Band and Mud were among the UK bands who had roles in a new film titled Never Too Young To Rock.[8]

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