The Sutherland Brothers

Sutherland Brothers

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The Sutherland Brothers (Gavin and Iain Sutherland) originally performed as a folk and rock music duo in the British music scene in the early 1970s, and then from 1973 to 1978 joined with rock band Quiver to record and tour as Sutherland Brothers & Quiver. Under this combined moniker, the group recorded several albums and had a significant international hit single with the song "Arms of Mary" in 1976. In North America they are primarily known for their 1973 debut single "(I Don't Want to Love You But) You Got Me Anyway", which was not a hit in the UK.[1]

Personal details

  • Gavin Sutherland (born 6 October 1951, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland) - Bassist and vocalist.
  • Iain Sutherland (born 17 November 1948, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland) - Vocalist, guitarist and keyboards.


The Sutherland Brothers began their career in 1968 as A New Generation, having some success with the single "Smokie Blues Away" (which used a melody based on the main theme of Dvoák's, New World Symphony), backed with "She's A Soldier Boy" on Spark. Subsequently with the Sutherland Brothers Band (featuring bassist Kim Ludman[2] and drummer Neil Hopwood), they won a new recording contract with Island Records and put out an album in 1972. Their first single as the Sutherland Brothers Band was under this contract, and was a minor hit, "The Pie", in January 1972. Their follow-up single was the Gavin Sutherland penned Sailing, which had much radio play but was commercially unsuccessful (it was later covered by Rod Stewart).

Their second album Lifeboat was billed simply as Sutherland Brothers, and was recorded with different backing musicians.

They released another two singles in 1972 (one as the Sutherland Brothers Band, one as Sutherland Brothers), then in early 1973, in an effort to diversify and expand their folk based sound, the Sutherland Brothers joined forces with a local rock band known as Quiver. Quiver were originally formed by guitarist Tim Renwick and bassist John 'Honk' Lodge (both formerly with Junior's Eyes and David Bowie), but soon comprised Tim Renwick, guitarist and singer Cal Batchelor, bassist Bruce Thomas and drummer Willie Wilson.

The Sutherland Brothers and Quiver (1973-78)

The Sutherland Brothers' greatest success came through their collaboration with Quiver, whereby releases were credited to the "Sutherland Brothers and Quiver". The amalgamated group's first single, 1973's "(I Don't Want to Love You But) You Got Me Anyway", was a minor success in North America, reaching No. 48 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, N. 20 on the Cashbox pop charts[3] and peaking at No. 25 in Canada.[4] After the release of this single, and after only a few gigs with the band, Batchelor (who had been Quiver's primary songwriter) left. After a few more shows as a five-piece, Batchelor was replaced by keyboardist Peter Wood. The six-piece group then recorded three other tracks that were included on a heavily-revised North American issue of Lifeboat. In the US and Canada, Lifeboat was credited to the Sutherland Brothers and Quiver, although Quiver did not play on the majority of the album's tracks.

The Sutherland Brothers and Quiver's proper full length debut was 1973's Dream Kid, which spun off no hits. Bruce Thomas, who had been repeatedly clashing with Iain Sutherland, then was asked to leave the group during a tour of Europe in March, 1974. With only a week to go before the band was due to record their next album, Tex Comer filled in on bass for live gigs and a few album cuts, but Gavin Sutherland quickly moved over from guitar to bass, and the band continued as a five-piece.

The 1974 album Beat of the Street also spun off no hits. Wood then left the group, and the remaining members left Island Records for CBS, with Iain Sutherland explaining: "The main reason we left Island was because they wouldn't distribute singles from our albums in the United States."[5]

As the band was switching labels, a cover of one of the earlier Sutherland Brothers recordings, "Sailing", became a major UK hit for Rod Stewart.

The September 1975 album release Reach for the Sky marked the debut of the Sutherland Brothers and Quiver on CBS Records. Their first CBS single, "Ain't Too Proud" (1975; featuring David Gilmour of Pink Floyd on pedal steel guitar[6]) did not chart, but the second CBS single, "Arms of Mary" charted in April 1976, becoming a UK Top Ten hit single. "Arms of Mary" was also an international success most notably in Ireland and the Netherlands - in which territories the track was No. 1 for respectively four and three weeks - with the track also reaching No. 1 on Belgium's Flemish charts.

The Sutherland Brothers and Quiver achieved one further UK chart success, "Secrets", in November 1976. Guitarist Renwick left the group in 1977 and was not replaced; this left drummer Willie Wilson as the only remaining member of Quiver. The Sutherland Brothers and Quiver recorded one final album with a wide array of guest musicians helping out, including Renwick, Andy Pyle from the Kinks, Rick Wills of the Small Faces, Brian Bennett from the Shadows and ex-Moon drummer John Shearer on percussion. It failed to chart, or to spin off any hits.

Back to being a duo (1979)

The Sutherland Brothers parted company with Quiver (i.e., Wilson) by 1979, but continued to release material as the Sutherland Brothers for a time. In this period they achieved one further chart success with "Easy Come Easy Go", in June 1979. However they disbanded late in 1979 after recording a final album When The Night Comes Down on CBS, with the final single being "First Love"/"Crazy Town".

Post Quiver

  • Quiver's Tim Renwick went on to play lead guitar with Al Stewart, and a later incarnation of Pink Floyd.[7]
  • Bassist Bruce Thomas likewise recorded with Al Stewart in 1972 to 73, and subsequently joined Elvis Costello and the Attractions.
  • Peter Wood (aka Peter Woods) contributed keyboards to Al Stewart's albums from 1972 to 78, later worked with Cyndi Lauper, and also worked with Pink Floyd during their 1980 and 1981 shows for The Wall.[7] Born Peter John Wood, 9 April 1950 in Middlesex, England, he died in 1993 in New York.
  • Drummer Willie Wilson (born 8 July 1947, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire) recorded with Al Stewart in 1972 to 73, and also worked with Pink Floyd during the period (198081) when the band were touring with The Wall,[7] and played drums on David Gilmour's first solo album.[7]


Quiver albums

  • Quiver (1971)
  • Gone in the Morning (1972)

The Sutherland Brothers Band album

  • The Sutherland Bros' Band (1972)

The Sutherland Brothers album

  • Lifeboat (1972)

Sutherland Brothers and Quiver albums

  • Lifeboat (1972) - was re-issued in North America under The Sutherland Brothers and Quiver banner with three newly recorded tracks: "Have You Had a Vision", "Rock and Roll Show", and "You Got Me Anyway".
  • Dream Kid (1973)
  • Beat of the Street (1974)
  • Reach for the Sky (1975) - UK Albums Chart - Number 26
  • Slipstream (1976) - UK Albums Chart- Number 49
  • Down to Earth (1977)

Sutherland Brothers album

  • When the Night Comes Down (1979) - duo only album, recorded in Los Angeles

Compilation album

  • Sailing (1976) - Island Records Ltd (L35928 / ILPS9358), features the track 'Sailing' written by Gavin Sutherland.

Gavin Sutherland albums

  • Diamonds and Gold - (1999)
  • The Deal - (2008)
  • Tango at the Lost Cafe - 2013



  • "The Pie" b/w "Long Long Day" (The Sutherland Bros. Band) (Island WIP 6120, 1/1972)
  • "Sailing" b/w "Who's Crying Now" (The Sutherland Bros. Band) (Island WIP 6136, 6/1972)
  • "Lady Like You" b/w "Annie" (Sutherland Brothers) (Island WIP 6147, 12/1972)
  • "(I Don't Want to Love You But) You Got Me Anyway" b/w "Not Fade Away" (Island WIP 6157, 2/1973)-Billboard Hot 100 No.48, US Cashbox No.20[9] (with Quiver)
  • "Dream Kid" b/w "Don't Mess Up" (Island WIP 6182, 1/1974) (with Quiver)
  • "Saviour In The Rain" b/w "Silver Sister" (Island WIP 6209, 10/1974) (with Quiver)
  • "Aint Too Proud" b/w 'Mad Trail" (CBS 3769, 9/1975) (with Quiver)
  • "Arms of Mary" b/w "We Get Along" (CBS 4001, 3/1976) (with Quiver) - UK Singles Chart Number 5
  • "Secrets" (CBS 4668, 10/1976) (with Quiver) - UK Singles Chart Number 35
  • "If I Could Have Your Loving" b/w "Midnight Rendezvous" (CBS 4934, 2/1977) (with Quiver)
  • "Ice In The Fire" b/w "Where Lies Your Soul" (CBS 5563, 8/1977) (with Quiver)
  • "Every Tear I Cry" b/w "Rock N Roll People" (CBS 5818, 11/1977) (with Quiver)
  • "One More Night With You" b/w "Sunbird" (CBS 6226, 3/1978)
  • "Somebodys Fool" b/w "Sailing" (CBS 6453, 5/1978)
  • "Easy Come Easy Go" b/w "On The Rocks" (CBS 7121, 5/1979) - UK Singles Chart Number 50
  • "As Long As Ive Got You" b/w "Im Going Home" (CBS 7746, 1979)
  • "First Love" b/w "Crazy Town" (CBS 7915, 1979)



  2. Kim Ludman
  3. cashboxcountdowns/70s_archives
  4. Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved on 2012-04-03.
  6. Miles, Barry (1994). Pink Floyd the visual documentary, London: Omnibus.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Mabbett, Andy (2010). Pink Floyd - The Music and the Mystery, London: Omnibus.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums, 19th, London: Guinness World Records Limited.
  9. cashboxcountdowns/70s_archive

External links

  • [Sutherland Brothers at All Music Guide The Sutherland Brothers biography at the "AMG" website]
  • Peter Wood death confirmation at the "The Dead Rock Stars Club" website
  • Brief anecdotal history of SBQ at Any Given Tuesday
  • Detailed fan site
  • Tim Renwick bio with details of Quiver and SBQ line-up changes etc.
  • 1977 SBQ TV Concert
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