02 April 2018


Supertramp are an English rock band formed in London in 1969.

The band's individual songwriting founders, Roger Hodgson and Rick Davies, originally called their band "Daddy" but to avoid confusion with the similarly named Daddy Longlegs, the band changed its name to "Supertramp." That name was inspired by The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp by William Henry Davies.

Davies (1871–1940) was a Welsh poet and writer who spent a significant part of his life as a tramp or hobo, in the United Kingdom and United States. He also became one of the most popular poets of his time. His writing focused on nature, observations about life's hardships, his own tramping adventures and the various characters he met.

In 1948 the BBC Home Service recorded a version of the book in 15 episodes narrated by Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas.

Though the band's music was initially viewed as progressive rock, they went on to combine rock, pop and art rock into their music and made prominent use of Wurlitzer electric piano and saxophone.

Their commercial success came with more radio-friendly pop elements into their work in the mid-1970s. They went on to sell more than 60 million albums.

Their commercial peak was with 1979's Breakfast in America, which sold more than 20 million copies.

Official Site www.supertramp.com


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