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The Rubettes were a British pop group of studio musicians assembled in 1973 by the songwriting team of Wayne Bickerton, then the 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 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 UK Singles Chart for four weeks in May 1974. It also reached number 37 on the US Billboard charts that August, and remains their best-known record. Subsequent releases were less su...

The Rubettes en avril 1975.
Photos © Tony Frank
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