Rubettes, The

Also known as Les Rubettes, Rubbets, The, Rubbettes, The, Rubettes
Members of Rubettes, The: Alan Williams, Alex Bines, Bill Hurd, John Richardson, Mick Clarke, Peter Arnesen, Steve Kinch, Tony Thorpe (2)
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Discography of Rubettes, The:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 I Can Do It 2 Audio 1975 State Records (3)
2 Baby I Know 2 Audio 1977-01-00
3 Sugar Baby Love 2 Audio 1974 Polydor
4 Juke Box Jive 2 Audio 1974 Polydor
5 Juke Box Jive 2 Audio 1974 Polydor
6 We Can Do It 12 Audio 1975 State Records (3)
7 Julia / Dancing In The Rain 2 Audio 1976 Polydor
8 Chérie Amour 2 Audio 1977 Polydor
9 Sugar Baby Love 2 Audio 1974 Polydor
10 Tonight / Silent Movie Queen 2 Audio 1974 Polydor
11 Sugar Baby Love 12 Audio 1976 AMIGA
12 In Gold 12 Audio Polydor
13 Sugar Baby Love 2 Audio 1987 Polydor
14 Sugar Baby Love 12 Audio 1974 Polydor
15 I Can Do It / If You've Got The Time 2 Audio 1975 State Records (3)
16 We Can Do It 12 Audio 1975 State Records (3)
17 You're The Reason Why 2 Audio 1976 State Records (3)
18 Wear It's 'At 12 Audio 1974 Polydor
19 Baby I Know 2 Audio 1977 State Records (3)
20 Sugar Baby Love 2 Audio 1974 Polydor
21 Tonight 2 Audio 1974
22 Rubettes 12 Audio 1975 State Records (3)
23 Wear It's 'At 12 Audio 1974 Polydor
24 Foe-Dee-O-Dee 2 Audio 1975-06-00 State Records (3)
25 Megamix 9 Audio 1989 Atoll Music
26 Still Unwinding 10 Audio 1978 Polydor
27 Wear It's 'At 12 Audio 1974 Polydor
28 We Can Do It 12 Audio 1975
29 Under One Roof / Sign Of The Times 2 Audio 1976 State Records (3)
30 Foe Dee Oh Dee 2 Audio 1975 State Records (3)
31 Foe-Dee-O-Dee 2 Audio 1975 State Records (3)
32 Sign Of The Times 10 Audio 1976 State Records (3)
33 Still Unwinding 10 Audio 1978 Polydor
34 Rubettes 12 Audio 1975
35 Sometime In Oldchurch 9 Audio 1977 Polydor
36 I Can Do It 2 Audio 1975 State Records (3)
37 You're The Reason Why 2 Audio 1976 State Records (3)
38 Rubettes 12 Audio 1975 State Records (3)
39 Little Darling 2 Audio 1975
40 Sometime In Oldchurch 9 Audio Polydor
41 Megamix 9 Audio 1989 Atoll Music
42 Sugar Baby Love / You Could Have Told Me 2 Audio 1974 Polydor
43 Sugar Baby Love / Juke Box Jive 2 Audio Polydor
44 Come On Over 2 Audio 1977 Polydor
45 Wear It's 'At 12 Audio 1974 Polydor
46 Ooh La La / I Really Got To Know 2 Audio 1977 State Records (3)
47 The Rubettes 10 Audio Балкантон
48 Sugar Baby Love 2 Audio 1974 Polydor
49 I Can Do It 2 Audio 1975 State Records (3)
50 The Rubettes 9 Audio 1978 Балкантон


In 1973, Wayne Bickerton, then head of A&R at Polydor Records, wrote four songs in an "American 50's type" sound with co-writer Tony Waddington. A group of session musicians and singers were gathered in a London studio and recorded a demo of these tracks. Three of the session musicians were then asked to form the beginnings of a band, and with that John Richardson, Alan Williams and Pete Arnesen were the start of The Rubettes. John got some musician friends to round out the group, with Mick Clarke, Bill Hurd and Tony Thorpe making the original group of six.

Pete Arnesen, the only American of the group, was the first to part ways. Later, Bill Hurd chose to pursue a solo career, cutting the band to four. Tony Thorp left the band in 1979, and the final three continued to make music together.

In 1982, the band re-formed to tour on the wave of nostalgia. This time, Alan Williams and Mick Clarke were joined by Bill Hurd and Alex Bines, once Hurd's Milkman, completed the revised line up on drums. Mick Clarke was replaced by Steve Kinch 1987-1991 and Trevor Holliday 1991-1993. c.1992: the line up was Alex Bines, Alan Williams, Trevor Holliday and Bill Hurd.

In 1999, the re-formed line up split again, forming two "competing" Rubettes groups, one lead by Bill Hurd and the other by Alan Williams. This resulted in two separate entities, who took distinct names following a court order, making The Rubettes featuring Bill Hurd and The Rubettes feat. Alan Williams. William's group consists of Alan Williams, John Richardson, Mick Clarke, and Mark Haley.

Sidenotes:

Of the Original Rubettes line-up only John Richardson, Alan Williams and Pete Arnesen participated in the recording of "Sugar Baby Love" with the falsetto lead vocal performed by [a=Paul Da Vinci] (legal name: Paul Prewer). With contractual obligations preventing Prewer from joining the band when it was formed, he never toured with the original band. He later featured with Hurd, Bines and the rest in this Rubettes formation from 2000 until 2006, when he left for personal reasons and is replaced by George Bird.

The band name was born from the interest in jewel-based names like "Diamonds," and one of Thorpe's girlfriends owned a purplish-red colored Mini which she affectionately called "Ruby."


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