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BORN: October 2nd, 1950, Guildford, Surrey, England

A founding member of the long-running art-rock band Genesis, Mike Rutherford also made the occasional excursion into solo projects, most notably the pop combo Mike + the Mechanics. Born October 2, 1950 in Guildford, England, Rutherford formed Genesis while a student at the exclusive secondary school Charterhouse; beginning with their 1969 debut LP From Genesis to Revelation, the group earned a devoted cult following for their richly complex, theatrical approach, reaching their creative peak with the 1974 double album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.

With the subsequent departure of frontman Peter Gabriel, however, Genesis installed drummer Phil Collins as lead vocalist, pursuing a more concise, pop-oriented direction which resulted in the mainstream chart success of records like 1980's ...And Then There Were Three and 1981's Abacab. In the meantime, Rutherford issued his first solo effort, 1980's Smallcreep's Day, a concept album based on the Peter C. Brown novel; Acting Very Strange followed two years later.

While working in Genesis, guitarist Rutherford has had a solo career broken into two distinct phases. Smallcreep's Day was a concept album based on Peter C. Brown's novel, featuring vocalist Noel McCalla, formerly with Moon who made two Epic albums in 1976/7. But neither that nor the follow-up were commercially successful. Rutherford resumed his solo activity in 1985, under the name Mike And The Mechanics. He had two new songwriting partners - producer Chris Neil and former hit-maker B.A. Robertson. The group also had twin lead vocalists in Paul Carrack (ex- Ace ; Squeeze ) and Paul Young from Sad Cafe. The new formation created two US hit singles, 'Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)' and 'All I Need Is A Miracle' and a million-selling album. The same line-up was retained for Living Years, whose title track was both an international best seller and an Ivor Novello award winner. Co-written by Rutherford and Robertson it was strongly autobiographical in its theme of the death of a parent. During the late 80s and 90s, the group was also a touring band, with the addition of Peter Van Hooke (drums) and Adrian Lee (bass).

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