Today in Music History: May 19, 1979
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Supertramp a blend of keyboard-heavy progressive rock and immaculate pop
Supertramp were many things during the few years in which they were reliable hitmakers: art-rock proggers, post-Beatle popsters, kinda-classical rockers. They moved from esoteric cult band to the top of the charts — undoubtedly hastened by the core group’s relocation from the U.K. to the shiny sunscapes of Los Angeles in 1977. But the early-’80s split between co-founders Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson aided the band’s quick slide off the charts. [Source: Ultimate Classical Rock]
In 1979, Supertramp became one of the most successful bands in America, thanks to an album (Breakfast in America) that explored the country from the perspective of an Englishman. The band moved to California in the mid-'70s; Hodgson loved it and lived there permanently. Davies was less enthusiastic about California ("I don't think that's a place where anybody wants to settle down, not even Americans," he said), and moved to Long Island. Moving to America allowed them to keep a lot more of their income, as they would have been heavily taxed in England. [Source: Songacts.com]
1979 Supertramp went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Breakfast In America', the group's only US No.1. It featured three US Billboard hit singles: 'The Logical Song', 'Goodbye Stranger' and 'Take the Long Way Home'. Worldwide, "Breakfast in America" sold millions of copies, making Supertramp a household name.
And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...