"The Rubettes" were an English pop band of the 1970s 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. The band duly emerged at the tail end of the glam rock movement, wearing trademark white suits and cloth caps on stage.
The original line-up of the band was:-
*Alan Williams (born 22 December 1948 in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire) - vocalist / pianist
*Tony Thorpe (b 20 July 1947 in London) - vocalist
*Bill Hurd (b 11 August 1948 in London) - keyboardist
*Mick Clarke (b 10 August 1946 in Humberside) - bassist / vocalist
*John Richardson (b 3 May 1947 in South Ockendon, Essex) - drummer
The Rubettes’ first (and biggest hit) was “Sugar Baby Love” (released in 1974) which was a UK number one, going on to sell around three million copies worldwide. The distinctive falsetto lead vocal to “Sugar Baby Love” was however performed by Paul Da Vinci (real name: Paul Prewer), who left the group after a few weeks to be replaced by Williams....