Many aspiring musicians would have envied the opportunity which was given to Supertramp founder Rick Davies (Richard Davies, 22 July 1944, Swindon, Wiltshire, England; vocals, keyboards, harmonica) in 1969. While playing with the Joint in Munich, Germany, Davies met Dutch millionaire Stanley August Miesegaes, who offered to finance a new band. Davies was given carte blanche to recruit, through the UK music paper Melody Maker, the band of his choice. He enlisted Roger Hodgson (b. Charles Roger Pomfret Hodgson, 21 March 1950, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England; bass, vocals), Richard Palmer (b. September 1947, Bournemouth, Hampshire; guitar) and Bob Miller (drums). Originally named Daddy, the band took their new name from a bestselling 1908 novel by WH Davies, The Autobiography Of A Supertramp. They were signed by A&M Records on the strength of their demo tapes, but their 1970 debut Supertramp was an unspectacular affair full of lengthy self-indulgent solos....
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