The Rubettes were an English pop band 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.
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 U.S. chart that August, and remains their best-known record.
Subsequent releases would be less successful, but the band continued to tour on the nostalgia circuit well into the 2000s.
The original line-up of the band was:-
Alan Williams (born Alan James Williams, 22 December 1948, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire) - vocals, guitar
John Richardson (born John George Richardson, 3 May 1947, South Ockendon, Essex) - drums, vocals
Mick Clarke (born Michael William Clarke, 10 August 1946, Grimsby, Lincolnshire) - bass, vocals
Tony Thorpe (born Anthony John Thorpe, 20 July 1947, London) - lead guitar, vocals
Pete Arnesen (born Peter Arnesen, 25 August 1947, Austria) - piano
Bill Hurd (born William Frederick George Hurd, 11 August 1948, East London) - organ, piano