As familiar as the white caps Alan has featured with the Rubettes throughout. Over the years there have been various Rubettes line ups with original members coming and going but Alan has proved to be the one common denominator.
Born in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire but living most of his early life in East London Alan started playing Guitar in a school band at 15 years old, then in local clubs and bars until eventually touring in Europe at 18 years old with a popular East London band called the Medium. lt was at this time upon his return to the U.K. that he first met John Richardson. who having successfully auditioned for the Medium went on to play with Alan in several bands during the months that followed. John and Alans’ paths continued to cross during the early 70’s mostly on the recording session scene.
With John he played on many early 70's recordings with such artists as Peter Noone (Herman's Hermits), John Lodge (Moody Blues), Lynsey De Paul, Barry Blue and later Randy Van Walmer. They began to write and record songs together which brought about some minor chart successes as a duo called Baskin & Copperfield. These successes included amongst others a Beatles cover, The Long And Winding Road.
Then in 1974 after having taken part as a session musician in the recording of Sugar Baby Love he became a member of the Rubettes and has remained throughout writing with John many of the bands hit’s and acting as a co-conspirator in much of their direction.
When the Rubettes stopped touring in the early 80's, Alan concentrated on a solo career achieving some recognition in Europe before eventually in 1983 going 'back on the road' with the Rubettes and it was he at the start of the new Millennium who finally persuaded John to return to his rightful place as Rubettes drummer after an absence of almost 20 years.
Alan is kept busy with management, publishing and all aspects of running the band including flying them about in the company airplane but when he gets a moment he likes nothing better than a gruelling session at the gym then wasting all his efforts by relaxing with a decent bottle of wine.
Alan’s solo projects can be found on the merchandising page.
To find out more of Alan and of his time in the Rubettes go to www.rubettes.com
A founder member of the Rubettes on Drums and Vocals having recently returned to the Rubettes in 2000 after some considerable time away. A very popular figure who is well remembered and has no doubt brought back new dimensions to an already familiar but well respected line-up. John’s dynamic drumming thrills audiences with its style and unpredictability. His powerful voice, characteristic humour and sensitive charm make him unique.
As an Essex boy born in South Ockendon he taught himself drums when he was 16 and after playing in a succession of groups for several years and touring around the country he met up with Alan Williams and his career somewhat paralleled Alan’s playing with him in Medium during the 60’s and being the other half of Baskin & Copperfield in the early 70’s. By the time he was 23 he started to achieve success on the recording session scene playing on many top ten international hits such as ‘Kung Fu Fighting’ (Carl Douglas), ‘Dancing on A Saturday Night’ (Barry Blue), ‘Born With A Smile On My Face’ Stephanie De Sykes) and of course ‘Sugar Baby Love’.
After forming the Rubettes John proved to be one of the driving forces writing many of their Hits and becoming famed for his antics, in France he was affectionally know as ‘le clown’. In 1983 John left the Rubettes and the pop world to concentrate on a career in alternative medicine, studying Massage, Reflexology, Herbal medicine, Hypno and Past Life Therapy and in recent years Music and Mantra Therapy. He has many popular New Age recordings with New World Music to his credit as a solo artist.
John doesn’t have much time for hobbies these days but when he gets a moment he likes to sleep.
To find out more about John and of his time in the Rubettes go to www.rubettes.com
When not playing with the band John is permanently active in other forms of musical activities. For a more in depth insight visit youtube under jayadev2 and my space under musicofjayadev.
Original member of the Rubettes on Bass and Vocals Mick’s appearance may have changed slightly over the years but his dynamic economically effective bass lines have maintained their consistency throughout. Mick’s simple but direct style dominated without interference always allowing the Rubettes music room to breath.
Originally from Grimsby he grew up in Dagenham, Essex. Experiencing those magical early Rock ‘n’ roll years that eventually moulded his destiny. It was then that he met and formed his first group ‘The Teens’ with Rick Westward now famed guitarist with the ‘Tremeloes’. Mick later became a ‘Tremeloe’ himself for a while and was instrumental in bringing ‘Silence Is Golden’ to their attention. He then went on to enjoy success with the ‘Symbols’ who’s record ‘Best Part Of Breaking Up’ stormed the U.K. charts.
It was with the 'Symbols' that he first tasted life on the road for real when they toured America. It was Mick's first time away from home shores and from the stories he tells a never to be forgotten experience.
Mick having been with the Rubettes from the start took a break from their busy schedule in the early 90’s to work with such greats as the Jordanaires, Cliff Richard, Elton John and Shakin’Stevens, but returned shortly afterwards to once more work with Alan & John.
Throughout the 80's and 90's Mick had often teamed up with Alan in one form of Rubettes band or another and when the opportunity came to once again play with John he couldn’t resist renewing the experience of anchoring down John’s ‘Powerhouse’ drumming.
To find out more about Mick and of his time in the Rubettes go to www.rubettes.com
Apart from a little Golf and the occasional shopping spree Micks only hobbies are Music, music and more music.
The most recent addition to this Rubettes line-up was born in Portsmouth into a musical family and learnt classical piano at the age of 5. He began playing in bands while still at school then went straight into the music business after taking his exams.
Best known for his 5 year stint as keyboardist with the Kinks, Mark's first 'lucky break' came when invited to record and tour with the legendary Billy Fury which opened the door to a succession of opportunities with many established artists.
As a session musician Mark can be heard on hit recordings including 'Take On Me' by A-ha and 'Stars On 45' by Starsound, while his live gig resumé includes touring with The Tornados, Bert Weedon, Eden Kane, PJ Proby, Denny Laine and, most notably, on the Monkees hugely successful reunion tours.
Mark was 'discovered' when he sent a song to the Rubettes offices called 'Highwire' which he hoped Alan would like and possibly record. Alan was impressed with the track and informed Mark that, had the Rubettes not just finished recording the album 'Making Love In The Rain', his song would have certainly been considered, but would still be held on file for the future. The song was eventually recorded by Alan for his solo album 'Bienvenue En France'
When the new Rubettes line up of Alan, John and Mick took shape at the beginning of the Millenium a singing keyboard palyer was also needed and Mark proved to be the ideal candidate. Apart from the guys one reservation of him being "too damned good looking" he got the job as he had a wealth of experience and, unbeknown to the rest of the Rubettes, was a "closet" Rubettes fan who knew all the songs already which saved considerable rehearsal time.
When not playing with the band Mark spends most of his time thinking up lucrative new ideas. For the latest on what he's getting up to visit www.markhaley.co.uk