We are all no doubt familiar with the Rubettes conception in 1974 with the band’s original line up of Alan Williams, John Richardson, Pete Arneson, Tony Thorpe, Mick Clarke, and Bill Hurd and during the ensuing years of the success and hit’s that followed.
The departure of Pete Arneson in 1974 and of Bill Hurd in 1975 of Tony Thorpe in 1979 replaced by Bob Benham until 1980 and of John Richardson in 1982. The 2nd phase Rubettes formation 1983 until 1999 with Alan Williams, Mick Clarke, Bill Hurd and Alex Bines during which saw the departure of Mick Clarke in 1987 replaced by Steve Kinch and subsequently Trevor Holiday until Mick’s return in 1993.
The 3rd phase Rubettes formation 2000 until 2002 with Alan Williams, John Richardson, Mick Clarke and Mark Haley. Then in 2003 following a skirmish with Bill Hurd surrounding the Rubettes identity saw a 4th phase Rubettes formation of Alan Williams, John Richardson, Mick Clarke and Mark Haley continuing as the Rubettes featuring Alan Williams until when in 2015 following the departure of Mark Haley replaced by Steve Etherington the band continued until their disbandment in 2019 brings us up to the present day with a 5th phase Rubettes line up featuring Alan Williams, Mark Haley, Spencer Lingwood, Laurie Haley and Glyn Davies.
In celebrating 45 years of continuing Rubettes line ups, 1974/2019/20, it’s significant that the common denominator Alan Williams having remained throughout has perpetuated and sustained the authentic sound of the Rubettes well into the 21st century and continues to do so. With Alan being the Rubettes lead vocalist and frontman from the very beginning there can be no better ambassador for Rubettes music than the latest line up of the Rubettes featuring Alan Williams.