Mike Rudd

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15, 1945
New Zealand
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15, 1945 (age 75)
New Zealand


Best known for his work with the 1970s Australian bands Ariel and Spectrum, this singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist is particularly famous for his 1971 chart-topping song, "I'll Be Gone." He recorded over a dozen albums during the 1970s and early 1980s, including Milesago (with Spectrum) and Rock and Roll Scars (with Ariel).

Before Fame

He began his music career during the 1960s, performing with a New Zealand-based band called Chants R&B. Before founding Spectrum in 1969, he was a member of a band called The Party Machine.


His second major music group, Ariel, was praised and promoted by the famous British disc jockey John Peel.

Family Life

A native of Christchurch, New Zealand, he settled in Melbourne, Australia, at the age of twenty-one.

Associated With

He and his musical contemporary, drummer Virgil Donati, were both members of Australian progressive rock bands.