Mike Rudd Profile

Teneti Ririnui
24 Mar 2014

When he left New Zealand in the mid-1960s, Chants R&B's Mike Rudd began a long career in music in Australia that has remained largely unknown in his home country.

Although best known across the ditch for his iconic 1970s hit ‘I’ll Be Gone’, Rudd’s unique voice, songwriting and humour has been responsible for some brilliant music over many genres and years.

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W.H.Y., Mike Rudd's short-lived band with Bill Putt and John Moon. They recorded a single album in 1983 for Klaus Schulze's Innovative Communication in Germany.
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Party Machine in 1968
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A Spectrum poster in Australian TV Week, 1971
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Ariel at Dallas Brooks Hall, Melbourne, 1977
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Mike Rudd And The Heaters, early 1980s
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Ariel, 1976
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Ariel on GTK, 1973
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Spectrum at Lucifers, Melbourne, in 1969
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Spectrum at Melbourne club The Thumpin Tum in 1971
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Spectrum at Melbourne's TF Much Ballroom, 1971
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A Spectrum poster in Australian TV Week, 1973
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Party Machine in 1969
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Ariel - Jamaica Farewell (GTK, 1973)
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Ariel in 1975
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Ariel in 1974
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Ariel's final gig at Melbourne's Dallas Brooks Hall, 1977
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Spectrum - Make Your Stash - Live on GTK
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Mike Rudd in 1973 with Ariel
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Mike Rudd live with Spectrum, Semaphore Workers Club, outside Adelaide, Sept 27 2009
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Ariel - Disco Dilemma
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Trivia:

In May 2001, the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), as part of its 75th Anniversary celebrations, named 'I'll Be Gone' as one of the Top 30 Australian songs of all time.

Also in 2001, music by Spectrum and the Indelible Murtceps was covered for a "soundtrack" to Tim Winton’s book Dirt Music.

Released in 1972, Spectrum’s Milesago is recognised as one of the first double-rock albums ever released in Australia.

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Labels:

Mushroom Records


Harvest


EMI


CBS


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Innovative Communication

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