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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Ariel's final gig at Melbourne's Dallas Brooks Hall, 1977
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Ariel, 1976
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Party Machine in 1969
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Spectrum at Lucifers, Melbourne, in 1969
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Mike Rudd in 1973 with Ariel
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Spectrum - But That's Alright
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Ariel in 1974
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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 - Jamaica Farewell (GTK, 1973)
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Spectrum at Melbourne club The Thumpin Tum in 1971
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Party Machine in 1968
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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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Ariel - Disco Dilemma
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Ariel in 1975
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A Spectrum poster in Australian TV Week, 1973
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Spectrum - I'll Be Gone
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Spectrum at Melbourne's TF Much Ballroom, 1971
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Mike Rudd live with Spectrum, Semaphore Workers Club, outside Adelaide, Sept 27 2009
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A Spectrum poster in Australian TV Week, 1971
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Ariel on GTK, 1973
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Spectrum - Make Your Stash - Live on GTK
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Mushroom Records


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Innovative Communication

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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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