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Mike Rutherford didn't want solo career

Mike Rutherford only set up Mike + The Mechanics because he didn't want to be a solo star. The musician, who is in rock band Genesis with Phil Collins and Tony Banks, decided never to make another solo album after his second studio release, while the group were on hiatus.

Mike Rutherford: The precious living years with my father

As a teenager in the late 1960s, the last thing I wanted was to be like my father. He was a retired naval captain who'd fought in the second world war; I'd just recorded my first album with Genesis, had hair down to my elbows and lived in jeans and a military jacket from Kensington market that smelled like an entire battalion had worn it at some stage or another. It never occurred to me that he might see this as disrespectful.

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