The Rumour was one of the most successful New Zealand pop/rock music acts of the late 1960's and early 1970's. Formed in 1966 and featuring twin brothers Shade and Gerard Smith, Jacques Koolen and Ross Hindman they went on to achieve success in the NZ pop scene with chart-topping hits "L'amour Est L'enfant de la Liberte" and "Holy Morning". The band was at various times a duo, quartet and quintet.
1 Early Years
2 1968 - 1974
3 1974 - 1987
4 1987 - Present
5 - DISCOGRAPHY -
It was New Zealand in the early 1960's and Cliff Richard and the Shadows, Buddy Holly and the Crickets and Elvis were soon to be replaced in the national psyche of the new teen generation by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the great tsunami now known as the British Pop Invasion. In New Zealand a grand awakening was underway in the new generation with this heightened level of interest in music. Bands sprang up in every town, at every school from church groups to scout clubs. In the small Waikato town of Huntly, twin brothers John (Shade) and Gerard Smith teamed up with their schoolmates and neighbours Jacques Koolen and Ross Hindman and formed a Shadows-emulating band called The Sapphires and began performing at local and district functions, eventually "cracking the big-time" in Hamilton at the Starlight ballroom, the Waikato's entertainment mecca. Changing their name to the Surfires and moving to Auckland they recorded 3 singles at Stebbing's Recording Studio during 1966/67 "I Can't Wait For Summertime"/"Flying Saucers", "Friction"/"A True Gentleman" and "Notice Me"/"When Will The Seasons Bring". All songs were written by lead guitarist Shade with Gerard taking care of the vocals and rhythm guitar, Ross on bass and Jacques on drums.
1968 - 1974
The move to Auckland coincided with Ross leaving to go to university so the band changed tack and brought in Colleen Ralph to strengthen the vocal line-up. The band quickly came to the attention of artist manager Ray Columbus who changed the name to The Rumour and signed the group to the Polygram label. Their first single "What Have You Done With That Day God Gave You"/"Darling Kathy Baby" came out in 1970 and was followed by "We've Got To Learn To Live Together"/"Teach Your Children". At this point Colleen left the band and Ross, having completed university, rejoined. The band's single "Garden Of Your Smile"/"We Can't Know The Reason Why" began to get airplay towards the end of 1970. In 1971 the first album "Garden Of Smiles" was released. It wasn't until they entered the 1971 New Zealand Television songwriting contest "Studio One" and became winners, that they rose to prominence. L'Amour est l'enfant de la Liberte (Love is the child of Freedom) written by Shade established the band nationwide and they frequently toured with and/or supported overseas acts such as Cilla Black, The Beach Boys, Robin Gibb, Neil Sedaka and Lobo amongst others. The second album "Land Of New Vigour and Zeal" came out in 1972 and produced two more singles, "Holy Morning"/"Two Ways To Look" and "No Money On Our Trees"/"When Will The Seasons Bring". These two songs reaching numbers 3 and 21 respectively on the national charts. A third album "Holy Morning" was also released in 1972. It contained songs from the first two albums, plus a few new songs. Two more singles came out in 1973, "Like Children Do"/"The Fish and the Alley Of Destruction" and "Beautiful To Me"/"Play Mama Play" before the release of the fourth album "An Evening At Home - The Best Of The Rumour". By this time Shade was in demand as a songwriter and, despite the band's growing popularity he subsequently left the group to work as a solo artist . Gerard and Jacques continued the Rumour as a duo recording several singles and the album entitled "An Evening At Home". At the behest of the record company, the band went to Australia to record a single "Play Mama Play" for release in Australia and NZ but the song didn't gain traction, either in NZ or Australia. The band had reached the end of the road and decided to call it quits in 1974.
1974 - 1987
Shade Smith released another single in 1974, "A Better Way"/"Peter Costello Theme" and there were two other singles by the Rumour in 1977 "Queen of Paradise" and "Precious Love". In 1981 the ex drummer from Palmerston North band Kal-Q-Lated Risk, Barry Rushton - upon his return from Chiropractic College in USA - joined up with Gerard, Jacques and Shade to form a band called Somersault and recorded their first album "Never Lose The Wonder". This consisted mainly of songs written by Gerard. In 1984 the band recorded a second album "Somersault USA" in Los Angeles which only made it to the "demo vinyl" stage.
1987 - Present
Subsequently the original Rumour members together with Barry Rushton and Judy Donaldson (The Chicks) got together in 1987 to perform as a 60's and 70's rock and roll band and have been performing ever since as The Rumour.
- DISCOGRAPHY -
1971 Garden Of Smiles
1972 Land of New Vigour and Zeal
1972 Holy Morning
1973 An Evening at Home (The Best of The Rumour)
1970 Garden of Your Smile / We Can't Know the Reason
1970 We've Got To Learn To Live Together / Teach Your Children
1970 What Have You Done With That Day God Gave You / Darling Kathy Baby
1971 L'Amour Est L'Enfant De La Liberte / Nobody Knows
1972 Holy Morning / Two Ways to Look
1972 The Life Of A Story / Beautiful To Me (Shade Smith)
1972 Woman In My Life / I've Got To Stay (Shade Smith)
1973 Play Mama Play / Beautiful To Me
1973 Like Children Do / The Fish and the Alley Of Destruction