Personalities | Supertramp | Seventies | Rock

(Vocal group, 1970–present)

Keyboard player Rick Davies assembled Supertramp under the patronage of a Dutch millionaire. His most important recruit was singer Roger Hodgson. After several line-up changes, Dougie Thomson (bass), Bob Siebenberg (drums) and John Helliwell (saxophone, keyboards) joined for the third album Crime Of The Century (1974), which mixed progressive rock with accessible melodies and proved their commercial breakthrough, assisted by the hit singles ‘Dreamer’ in Britain and ‘Bloody Well Right’ in America. Crisis? What Crisis? (1975) and Even In The Quietest Moments (1977) were less successful.

Supertramp relocated to the States and their material became more pop orientated. 1979’s Breakfast In America scaled the heights worldwide, spawning hits with the title track, ‘The Logical Song’ and ‘Take The Long Way Home’. Citing musical differences with Davies, Hodgson left after Goodbye Stranger (1982). Davies has kept Supertramp alive with a combination of old and new members, but without Hodgson.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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