Supertramp is a veteran English rock band from London that became internationally famous beginning in the late 1970s. They began as a mostly progressive rock group, later incorporating other genres such as classic rock, pop, soft rock, art rock, and progressive pop. Formed in 1969 by Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson, the band was first known as Daddy before the name was changed to Supertramp the following year. In addition to Davies and Hodgson, who served as the band's co-frontmen and main songwriters, the classic lineup also consisted of John Helliwell (sax, keyboards, clarinet, backing vocals), Bob Siebenberg (drums, percussion), and Dougie Thomson (bass), with a number of personnel changes over the years. Since Hodgson's departure in 1983, Davies has remained the band's sole leader.
Supertramp made its debut on the U.S. Pop/Rock charts in 1975 with "Bloody Well Right," which became a Top 40 hit. The band later hit the Top 20 in 1977 with the romantic power ballad, "Give A Little Bit." Supertramp's fame took off in 1979 with the release of the band's sixth studio album, "Breakfast In America," which spawned four top hits: "The Logical Song" (1979), "Goodbye Stranger" (1979), "Take The Long Way Home" (1979), and "Breakfast In America" (1980). This critically acclaimed album topped the Billboard 200 the year of its release, won two Grammys in 1980, and is quadruple platinum-certified. The band's long string of hits, which continued through 1985, also included "Dreamer" (1980), "It's Raining Again" (1982), "My Kind Of Lady" (1983), and "Cannonball" (1985).
Supertramp is one of rock's all-time top-selling acts, with over 60 million albums sold to date. After splitting in 1988, the band reunited several times over the years before reuniting again in 2015 on a more permanent basis. The band's current lineup consists of three original and early members - Rick Davies, John Helliwell, and Bob Siebenberg - plus newer members Gabe Dixon (keyboards, tambourine, vocals), Mark Hart (vocals, keyboards, guitar), Cliff Hugo (bass), Cassie Miller (backing vocals), Jesse Siebenberg (vocals, guitars, percussion, keyboards), Lee Thornburg (trombone, trumpet, keyboards, backing vocals), and Carl Verheyen (guitars, percussion, backing vocals). Former co-frontman Roger Hodgson launched a solo career and in 1984, released his debut solo album, "In The Eye Of The Storm," (1984), which spawned a hit, "Had A Dream (Sleeping With The Enemy)."
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- Bloody Well Right 1975
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