The Rumour

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The Rumour were a British rock band in the late 1970s and early 1980s. They are best known as the backup band for Graham Parker, whose early records (from 1976 to 1980) were credited to Graham Parker & The Rumour. However, The Rumour were also recording artists in their own right, releasing three albums: Max (1977), Frogs, Sprouts, Clogs And Krauts (1979), and Purity of Essence (1980).


Members of The Rumour came from the veteran UK pub rock bands Brinsley Schwarz and Bontemps Roulez. Throughout most of their existence (1975–1980), The Rumour consisted of founding members Bob Andrews (keyboards), Brinsley Schwarz (guitar), Martin Belmont (guitar), Andrew Bodnar (bass), and Stephen Goulding (drums). Lead vocals were shared amongst all group members.

The Rumour debuted on disc as Graham Parker's backing band on his 1976 album Howlin' Wind. While continuing to work with Parker (and to receive billing on his albums), the following year The Rumour began to issue their own recordings, starting with the 1977 album Max.

The Rumour were noted for their hard driving, skilled, tightly arranged ensemble playing. They have been compared to The Band and the Rolling Stones, frequently recalling both simultaneously. Together with Parker they recorded several albums, most notably 1979's Squeezing...... ...
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