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Supertramp Biography

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Birth Place: United Kingdom
Years Active: 1969–1988, 1996–2002, 2010–present
Genres: Rock, Pop Rock, Progressive Rock

Supertramp are a British band whose music has spanned such genres as rock, pop, progressive rock and art rock.

The band's work is marked by the use of spiritual and philosophical lyrics and the distinctive voice of co-founder Roger Hodgson, which appeared on the majority of the band's biggest hit singles.

They were also well known for their prominent use of the Wurlitzer electric piano. During their career they enjoyed considerable commercial success, releasing a series of top-selling albums in the 1970s and early 1980s.

“Crime of the Century,” released in September 1974, began the group's run of critical and commercial successes, hitting #4 in Britain, supported by the iconic counter-cultural opening track "School", and the 1975 top 20 single "Dreamer". Its B-side "Bloody Well Right" hit the US Top 40 in May 1975, peaking at #35.

The band continued with “Crisis? What Crisis?” released in November 1975. It achieved good though not overwhelming commercial success. The following album, “Even in the Quietest Moments, “released in April 1977 spawned a hit single with Hodgson's "Give a Little Bit" (#15 U.S.), and “Fool's Overture,” also by Hodgson.

This trend reached its zenith on their most popular album, :Breakfast in America: in March 1979, which reached Number 3 in the UK and Number 1 in the United States and spawned four successful singles: Hodgson's "The Logical Song" (#6 U.S.), "Take the Long Way Home" (#10 U.S.), and "Breakfast in America" and Davies' "Goodbye Stranger" (#15 U.S). The album had sold over 19 million copies by 1990

The band attained superstardom in the United States, Canada, most of Europe, South Africa, Australia and Brazil, while enjoying moderate commercial success in their native UK. Since Hodgson's departure in 1983, co-founder Rick Davies has continued to lead the band with some success.