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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 2 October 1950Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, UK
Birth NameMichael John Cleote Crawford Rutherford
Nickname Alf
Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Mike Rutherford was born on October 2, 1950 in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England as Michael John Cleote Crawford Rutherford. He has been married to Angie since November 13, 1976. They have three children.

Spouse (1)

Angie (13 November 1976 - present) (3 children)

Trade Mark (2)

Doubleneck bass/12-string guitar
Towering height and slender frame

Trivia (16)

Guitarist/bassist for the bands, Genesis and Mike + The Mechanics.
Thomas Rutherford appeared as a real-life son with/of Michael Rutherford in the music video, "The Living Years", by Mike + The Mechanics.
Father of 'Thomas Rutherford'.
One of the founding members of Genesis, with Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, and Anthony Phillips. They were only 15 and in boarding school when they formed the group. Rutherford was in a band called "The Anon" with Phillips. Gabriel and Banks had a band called "The Garden Wall" with drummer Chris Stewart. These groups merged to form Genesis. Steve Hackett and Phil Collins were hired later to replace Phillips and drummer John Mayhew, respectively.
Created the side band, Mike + The Mechanics in the 1980s, while remaining involved with his main band, Genesis. Paul Carrack, formerly of bands, "Ace" and "Squeeze", and Paul M. Young, formerly of "Sad Cafe", were recruited as the vocalists for "The Mechanics".
Assumed lead guitar duties on Genesis albums from "And Then There Were Three" (1978) onwards, replacing Steve Hackett.
His favorite Genesis album is "Genesis" (released in 1983).
He has co-written and played on two US number one hit singles: "Invisible Touch" by Genesis (released in 1986) and "The Living Years" by Mike + The Mechanics (released in 1989).
Mike + The Mechanics' song, "The Living Years", which he co-wrote with B.A. Robertson, won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song. 1991 saw Mike + The Mechanics' songs, "Silent Running" (also co-written with Robertson) and "The Living Years", awarded "MillionAir" status by BMI for more than one million broadcast performances in the US. By 1998, BMI acknowledged "Silent Running" at two million plays, and "The Living Years" was recognized with a three million award in 1999.
Educated at Charterhouse School, Surrey.
Wrote the lyrics to "Land of Confusion" while sick in bed.
Swept floors at Sainsbury's during the night shift for extra money during the early days of Genesis.
Was banned from playing the guitar at Charterhouse.
He and Tony Banks are the only people to have played on every Genesis album.
Wrote the lyrics to "Follow You Follow Me" in five minutes.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010.

Personal Quotes (4)

Despite the media's perception of us, we didn't think of ourselves as a singles band. In our minds we were a band that did long songs but just happened to have a few hits. (On Genesis)
We are all shocked and devastated by Paul's death. He had a fantastic voice, one of the best rock voices of his generation, and aside from his musical talent, he had such an infectious enthusiasm for the business. Paul loved performing. (On the death of Paul M. Young)
Abacab, Genesis and Invisible Touch were for me a real pleasure to do. Each one was an adventure we faced without any preconceived ideas. It was, 'Here we go, hope it works and let's see which way it takes us'. And Phil's voice had developed so much. He'd gone from being a drummer who sang to being a great singer.
After Peter Gabriel left we started to get into individual songs for a while. But Genesis has always worked best when we worked together on stuff that we liked. 'Follow You Follow Me' was a classic example of that and we started writing together again. I think if we hadn't started writing songs like 'Turn It On Again' we would have started to lose our way.

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