Roger Hodgson tries to reclaim his songwriting legacy: ‘I never dreamt that Supertramp would continue’

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Roger Hodgson says, at one time, he loved the anonymity of being in Supertramp. Fast forward a few decades, and he’s left to rebuild a separate legacy — even as few people associate him with his own hit songs.

Hodgson, in a new talk with Acoustic Storm linked below, says he figured when he split with Supertramp that the brand would end then, too. After all, he’d been the creative spark that led to tracks like “The Logical Song,” “Breakfast in America,” “Give a Little Bit,” “Dreamer” and “Take the Long Way Home,” among others.

It didn’t work out that way, as fellow band co-founder Rick Davies continues on under the Supertramp banner, while Hodgson — despite having wrote nearly all of the band’s biggest hits — remains a largely anonymous presence.

[SOMETHING ELSE! REWIND: Roger Hodgson joined us to discuss his reinvigorated solo career, the highs and lows with Supertramp and a devastating hand injury that almost ended everything.]

“I realize that I am living with some choices that I made earlier in life,” Hodgson says. “In a way, I buried my own identity in Supertramp. I never thought that I would be leaving Supertramp, because Supertramp was so much my creation — and I never dreamt that Supertramp would continue without me. I didn’t even think that was possible.”

Hodgson eventually all but retired from music, having suffered a traumatic hand injury. He’d spend some two decades away. More recently, however, Hodgson has begun touring around the world again and, beginning last year, made a long-awaited series of concert stops in America — the first since he left Supertramp in early 1980s.

“It’s been difficult to go out, especially after 20 years of not touring, under the name Roger Hodgson — because, unless you are a diehard Supertramp fan, you really don’t know who Roger Hodgson is,” he admits. “We’ve had to do a lot to connect the dots.”

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