The Rumour

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in 1975, the Rumour served as the backing group to Graham Parker. Brinsley Schwarz (guitar/vocals) and Bob Andrews (keyboards/vocals), both ex-Brinsley Schwarz, were joined by Martin Belmont (guitar, ex-Ducks Deluxe), Andrew Bodnar (bass) and Steve Goulding (drums) in a unit supplying the necessary punch to the singer’s R&B ambitions. Their own aspirations were realized in 1977 with the release of Max, but a sense of individuality only fully emerged on Frogs, Sprouts, Clogs And Krauts which included the single ‘Emotional Traffic’. However, as the parent attraction fell from commercial favour, so too did the career of the Rumour whose independent recordings ended with Purity Of Essence.

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