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Supertramp Biography

This Pop-Rock band was formed in London, ENGLAND by vocalist+keyboardist Rick Davies who recruited musicians in 1969 after advertising for players in a rock music paper; with lead guitarist+bassist Roger Hodgson, guitarist Richard Palmer and drummer Bob Miller, Supertramp released their self-titled debut album just a year later on A&M Records. In 1971, after bass player Frank Farrell and drummer Kevin Currie replaced Palmer and Miller, the band released their second album, "Indelibly Stamped", that fared no better than the first, by this point the group split up. During 1973 Davies and Hodgson put together a new line-up with Dougie Thompson on bass, John Helliwell on saxophone and Bob Siebenberg on drums, they released in mid-1974 a more pop-influenced effort titled "Crime Of The Century" which peaked at #13 in the British Albums chart and cracked the top 40 in the States, the record contained the U.K. top 40 hit single "Dreamer" plus "Bloody Well Right" that ranked in the American top 40 singles list. The next year Supertramp issued "Crisis? What Crisis?" that achieved a comparable level of success of its predecessor, it reached the #44 in U.S. Pop Albums chart but may not have given the band any charting single. In 1977, "Even In The Quietest Moments...", rose to the top 20 in U.S. spawning the transatlantic smash single "Give A Little Bit" which peaked at #15 on the Pop chart Stateside. Two years later the group returned with their breakthrough LP, "Breakfast In America", the record dented the Pop charts all over the globe selling 18 million copies, it peaked at #1 in the U.S. where stormed the Pop Singles chart with no less than four tracks: "The Logical Song" hit the #6, "Take The Long Way Home" reached the #10, "Goodbye Stranger" entered the top 20 while the title-track made #62. Before the year's end the band recorded the live set "Paris" that reached the #8 spot on The U.S. Pop Albums chart. In 1982, Supertramp, issued the last album with Roger Hodgson before the lead guitarist embarked on a solo career, "Famous Last Words" peaked at #5 in U.S. Pop chart and climbed into the top 10 in U.K. but generated only one top 20 Pop charting single, "It's Raining Again"; in America the track also hit the #7 on Mainstream Rock chart, "Crazy" ranked in the top 10 and "Don't Leave Me Now" reached a modest #32 in the same chart, finally "My Kind Of Lady" was a success on Adult Contemporary radio. Supertramp resurfeced three years later with "Brother Where You Bound" on which Davis wrote all the music and lyrics, the record hit the #21 on The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, its main single, "Cannonball" peaked at #4 on Mainstream Rock chart and entered the American Top 40. In 1987 Crowded House guitarist Mark Hart was featured on the group's ninth studio-LP, "Free As A Bird", it missed the top 100 of The Billboard Albums chart and generated only one minor hit single, "I'm Beggin' You". Davies, Siebenberg, Hart, Helliwell and the newcomer Cliff Hugo on bass re-joined for the their first album in ten years, "Some Things Never Change", that was released in June of 1997 to little attention; the follow-up "Slow Motion" which arrived in April 2002 was recorded with the same line-up and replicated the modest success of the previous album.

 

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