In 1981 John, Alan and Mick signed a new contract with CBS Records hoping to re emerge in the eighties as a three piece. Two new singles followed in the form of ‘Don’t Come Crying’ and ‘Stuck on You’ but despite several T.V. appearances virtually went unnoticed, as did their last ever single ‘Don’t come Crying’ for Carrere Records in 1982.
In 1983 virtually 10 years after they first appeared the Rubettes vanished into Rock n’ Roll history. It was a fitting end. From ‘Sugar Baby Love’ to ‘Baby I know’ and beyond, having recorded 8 Albums producing 15 International ‘Hit’s’ Worldwide. They had travelled a great journey.
Having sold in excess of 30 million records Worldwide of all their achievements one remains significant in the fact that they are without question the one and only British pop band from any era to have attained prolonged success and recognition in the French territories where even today they remain reservedly more well known than even the Beatles.
In an attempt to qualify the last statement Alan said during a conversation he had with Paul McCartney after the Rubettes had once appeared with 'Wings' on the same show. Paul had told him when on a recent TV show in Paris he was asked first if his name was Paul McCartney and second did he know the Rubettes.
Today all six original members of the Rubettes remain in good health and are still involved in the music industry.
There are currently two forms of the Rubettes still actively recording, touring and making television appearances.
For information on the Rubettes band which features original vocalist Alan Williams, original drummer John Richardson and original Bass guitar Mick Clarke go to
For information on the Rubettes band which features original keyboards Bill Hurd go to
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