In the autumn of 1973, Wayne Bickerton then head of A & R at Polydor Records, gathered together several top session musicians and singers at Landsdown Studios in Holland Park, London to record four songs, three of which would later become International ‘Hits’ for the then ‘unconceived’ and therefore as yet ‘unheard of’ Rubettes. Polydor, convinced of the potential of one of those songs, concluded that a certain ‘magic’ had been captured in the ‘demo’ and decided to release it there and then, but as an Artist or Group didn’t exist as such one had to be found to promote the record.
It seemed obvious to Wayne Bickerton, who wrote the songs with co-writer Tony Waddington, that some of the guys who actually played and sung on the record should be approached first, and that to consolidate the image they should be given an American 50’s type name that would convey their sound precisely. What better name could there be than ‘The Rubettes’.
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