Graham Gouldman leads 10cc back to America for first time in 34 years

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Graham Gouldman and 10cc will play in the U.S. for the first time since the late 1970s, with a July 13, 2012, date set for New York City’s Concert Hall. The group, famous for hits like “I’m Not in Love” and “The Things We Do For Love,” will also headline Canada’s Ottawa BluesFest.

Gouldman and drummer Paul Burgess are the last of the original 10cc lineup, which originally also included Eric Stewart, Kevin Godley and Lol Creme. The current lineup of the band, together for a decade now, also includes guitarist Rick Fenn (who joined 10cc in 1977 after the departure of Godley and Creme), keyboardist Mike Stevens and vocalist Mick Wilson.

“I’m Not in Love” was 10cc’s second UK charttopper (following 1973’s “Rubber Bullets”), and broke the band in America — where it reached No. 2. 1977’s “The Things We Do For Love” was a No. 5 in the U.S., and went to No. 6 in Britain. The 90-minute 10cc set these days also includes a number of songs composed by Gouldman for other groups — including “Bus Stop” and “Looking through Any Window” (The Hollies); “For Your Love” (The Yardbirds); “Listen People” (Herman’s Hermits) and “Tallyman” (Jeff Beck), among others.

Gouldman also had a lengthy songwriting partnership with Andrew Gold, and produced albums for Neil Sedaka and the Ramones, while the duo of Godley and Creme had a 1985 hit with “Cry” while establishing an award-winning second career as video directors. Stewart was later a member of Paul McCartney’s band — appearing on four of his albums in the 1980s, Tug of War, Pipes of Peace, Give My Regards to Broadstreet and Press to Play..

Gouldman and Godley reunited more recently, calling themselves GG/06.

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Here’s a look back at our recent talk with Kevin Godley of 10cc. Click through the title for more …

SOMETHING ELSE! INTERVIEW: KEVIN GODLEY, CO-FOUNDER OF 10CC: evin Godley, as a co-founder of 10cc, helped propel “I’m Not In Love” to No. 2 on the U.S. charts in the summer of 1975, before leaving the band with fellow co-founder Lol Creme. They scored a Top 20 hit in the mid-1980s, even while starting a brilliant career together as video directors. More recently, Godley has paired with fellow 10cc alum Graham Gouldman, performing as GG/06. He talked with us about 10cc, those subsequent projects with Creme and Gouldman, his lost musical experiment with something called the Gizmo and the overlooked dangers — from fires, to flying hammers — of working as a video director.

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