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10cc Biography

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Birth Place: Stockport, England
Years Active: 1972–1983, 1992–1995
Genres: Rock, Pop, Art Rock, Soft Rock

10cc are an English rock band who reached the height of their commercial success in the 1970s. The band initially consisted of Graham Gouldman, Eric Stewart, Kevin Godley, and Lol crème. Stewart and Gouldman were the prominent song writers, whereas Godley and Creme provided the experimental music side of 10cc, with their art school leanings. Every member was a multi-instrumentalist, singer, writer and producer. The majority of the band's albums were recorded at their own Strawberry Studios and engineered by Stewart. Godley and Creme knew each other as children, and Gouldman and Godley attended the same secondary school; the foursome's musical interests led them to joining the Jewish Lads' Brigade, where they all first played together. Throughout the 1960s, the future 10cc members played in various bands. By 1969, all four members of 10cc were working together regularly at Strawberry Studios, at which time they met American producers Jerry Kasenetz and Jeff Katz of Super K Productions and recorded some music together.

Out of these recording sessions came the hit, “Sausalito,” peaking at #86 on the U.S Charts. The band were signed to Super K's U.K. label in 1972 and began calling themselves 10cc. “Donna” was the first 10cc single to hit the radio stations in England; with BBC Radio 1 disc jockey Tony Blackburn being the first to play the band on his show. The song peaked at #2 in the U.K. Singles Chart and the band began to gain some momentum. A self-titled debut album arrived in1973, followed by the hit single, “Rubber Bullets,” which gave the band their first international hit and their first British #1 single. The band released a string of successful singles and embarked on a U.K. tour later that year. The band's second offering, “Sheet Music” arrived in 1973 and included the hits: “The Worst Band In The World,” “The Wall Street Shuffle,” and “Silly Love.” This album was the band's breakthrough album to mainstream success; and remained on the U.K. Charts for six months, which lead to a U.S tour in 1974. 1975 saw the band sign with Mercury Records on the strength of their soon to be massive international hit single, “I'm Not in Love.” The band became a household name overnight.

By 1976 tensions had developed within the band and Godley and Creme left with Stewart and Gouldman recruiting back-up drummer Paul Burgess to form a trio. 1977 saw the arrival of the trio's first album, “Deceptive Bends,” together as 10cc, followed by an international tour with guitarist Rick Fenn, keyboardist Tony O'Malley and an additional drummer Stuart Tosh. The band's 1978 album, “Bloody Tourists” produced their third #1 hit single in the U.K., “Dreadlock Holiday,” but was also the band's last hit. Tragedy struck in 1979 when Stewart was seriously injured in a car crash. By the early 1980s the band had disbanded.

1991 saw the original four members of 10cc reunite to record “...Meanwhile” (1992); however the album wasn't quite the comeback success the record label was hoping for. The album was followed by a tour in 1993, with Fenn and Tosh returning and additional new members Steve Piggot on keyboards and synthesizers, and Gary Wallis on drums. The band's eleventh, and final studio album, “Mirror Mirror” arrived in 1995, and did not fare well commercially. The band embarked on a tour of Europe and Japan later that same year, with a line-up of Stewart, Gouldman, Fenn, Tosh, Alan Park on keyboards, and Geoff Dunn on drums. Despite Stewart's public statements in the press: “10cc is well and truly finished as far as I am concerned,” Gouldman, Fenn and Burgess continue to tour as 10cc.