10cc are an English band that was primarily active between the early 1970s and early 1980s. The band released nine albums and numerous singles between 1973 and 1983.

In their initial four-piece lineup, 10cc recorded the choral-layered production landmark “I’m Not in Love.” Following the departure of co-founders Kevin Godley and Lol Creme, the remaining duo of Graham Gouldman and Eric Stewart issued the angular, harmonized evergreen “The Things We Do for Love” and then reconstituted the band as a six-piece, which issued 1978’s acclaimed Bloody Tourists LP.

Members: Graham Gouldman (bass, guitar, vocals), Eric Stewart (vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, 1972-95), Lol Creme (vocals, guitar, keyboards, 1972-76, 1992), Kevin Godley (drums, vocals, 1972-76, 1992), Rick Fenn (guitar, 1976-present), Paul Burgess (drums, 1976-77, 1980-present), Duncan Mackay (keyboards, 1978), Tony O’Malley (guitar, 1978), Stuart Tosh (drums, 1978)

10cc coalesced during the early 1970s at Stockport’s Strawberry Studios — one of North England’s most state-of-the-art yet remotely located and underused recording facilities — where the band members refined an assortment of production techniques in the guise of Hotlegs, noted for the 1970 tribal-rock novelty “Neanderthal Man.” During the 1960s, the members had variably rubbed shoulders in the Mancunian beat combos The Mindbenders (Stewart, Gouldman) and The Mockingbirds (Gouldman, Godley).

Amidst production and instrumental backing for an assortment of artists — Ramases, Neil Sedaka — the embryonic 10cc lineup recorded the ’50s doo-wop pastiche “Donna,” the success of which fueled the similarly mock-retro “Johnny Don’t Do It,” which failed chart-wise yet stirred the band’s creative juices.


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