Paul Rutherford

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Paul Rutherford
Born (1959-12-08) 8 December 1959 (age 56)
Liverpool, England, UK
Genres Dance, house, synthpop, new wave, pop rock
Occupation(s) Musician, singer
Labels ZTT Records, Beatfarm Records
Associated acts Frankie Goes to Hollywood

Paul Rutherford (born 8 December 1959, Liverpool) is an English musician and the former backing vocalist, dancer and occasional keyboardist with 1980s pop band Frankie Goes to Hollywood (FGTH), one of the group's two gay singers.[1]

He was born in Liverpool, but as a child during the 1960s moved to the Cantril Farm district, where future footballer Micky Quinn and future comedian Craig Charles were among his neighbours. He attended St Dominic's Roman Catholic school in Huyton along with his twin sister.[citation needed]

Rutherford joined FGTH in 1980. He sang backing vocals to Holly Johnson and also danced[2] and provided some keyboard parts to the band's output.

He emerged from the 1970s punk scene on Merseyside founding initial fame with St.Helen's band The Spitfire Boys.The Spitfire Boys released a single "British Refugees/Mein Kampf". He later teamed up with Johnson in a new band which went on to dominate the UK Singles Chart in 1984. He frequented and performed at the Seven Dials Jazz Club in London.[citation needed]

The band ended three years later and Rutherford attempted a solo career which was short-lived.[3] In 1989, three singles and the album Oh World were released. Two of the album tracks were produced by ABC. In late 2010, he released the album "The Cowboy Years" under the name "Paul Rutherford/Butt Cowboys".[citation needed]

Rutherford and his civil union partner Perry live in New Zealand.[4]

Solo Discography[edit]


  1. ^ Warner, Timothy (2003), Pop Music: Technology and Creativity: Trevor Horn and the Digital Revolution, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., p. 78, ISBN 0-7546-3132-X 
  2. ^ Strong, Martin Charles (2004), The Great Rock Discography, Canongate U.S., p. 561, ISBN 1-84195-615-5 
  3. ^ Cassidy, Jude; Shaver, Phillip R. (1999), Rough Guide to Rock, London: Rough Guides, p. 668, ISBN 1-84353-105-4 
  4. ^ Taylor, Phil (4 January 2014). "Frankie goes to Waiheke". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 

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