Supertramp was formed in 1969 by pianist and vocalist Rick Davies. Davies was in a group called the Joint, but he became disenchanted with them, so Davies started a new band by placing an ad in the British music weekly Melody Maker, and recruited guitarist Richard Palmer, percussionist Robert Millar, and vocalist/bassist Roger Hodgson. Davies initially dubbed the new band Daddy, but to avoid comparison with a number of other paternally named acts, he changed their billing to Supertramp, taking the name from the 1908 memoir “The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp”, by Welsh author William Henry Davies. Rick Davies was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2015, but by 2018 Davies had largely overcome his health problems. Supertramp has been snubbed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Roger Hodgson, the legendary co-founder of Supertramp wrote many of their classic hits and he was the driving force behind what fans call the 14 golden years of the band. Hodgson wrote ‘Dreamer’, ‘Breakfast in America’, ‘Give a Little Bit’, ‘The Logical Song’, ‘Take The Long Way Home’, ‘It’s Raining Again’, and many more. He wrote, sang, and arranged the enduring rock standards that made Supertramp a worldwide phenomenon with album sales in excess of 60 million. Roger Hodgson left the band in 1983 and the Supertramp that most people know has not existed for over 30 years. The music of Supertramp totally changed after Roger left to match Rick Davies’s musical influence, which is more jazz and blues. Hodgson moved his family away from the Los Angeles music scene to live a simpler lifestyle close to nature and be home with his children as they were growing up.
‘Bloody Well Right’ was written by Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson and this song became Supertramp’s first charting hit in the US reaching #35 on the charts. It was recorded on their Crime Of The Century 1974 album. Supertramp was a progressive rock band that formed in London in 1970, but ‘Bloody Well Right’ failed to chart in the UK, and it is thought that the British were offended by the adjective “bloody” in the title, as it has been considered to be a swear word over there since at least 1676. These days it is considered a mild expletive at best all around the world, but a few years back, it was only used by people who were thought to be in the lower class, and anyone respectable considered it to be a horrid word. Some people referred to this as a concept album. but Roger Hodgson said that other…
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