Graham Parker

Graham Parker & The Rumour were an English rock band in the late 1970s and early 1980s. They are best known as the backup band for Graham Parker (born 18 November 1950), whose early records (from 1976 to 1980) were credited to Graham Parker & The Rumour. However, The Rumour were also recording artists in their own right, releasing three albums: Max (1977), Frogs, Sprouts, Clogs and Krauts (1979), and Purity of Essence (1980).

The group broke up at the end of 1980, but reunited as Parker's backing band in 2011, and have performed and recorded with Parker ever since. The band undertook a short final UK tour in October 2015, finishing with a final concert at the London Forum on 17 October 2015. At this show, the surviving members of the horn section also reunited, the first time for 33 years.

Links to Peel

Graham Parker's music was first heard on Charlie Gillett's Honky Tonk show on BBC Radio London, which led to him being offered a recording contract and teaming up with The Rumour, which included former members of Brinsley Schwarz and Ducks De Luxe, two bands who had both done Peel sessions. Their style was very much "new wave", although not quite punk, and as such it had a strong appeal for the DJ. The band did two sessions for his show in 1976, and their records were frequently played by Peel on his shows of 1979 and 1980 - until they disbanded in 1980.


GRAHAM PARKER & THE RUMOUR (1st John Peel Session 1976)

GRAHAM PARKER & THE RUMOUR (1st John Peel Session 1976)

1. Recorded: 1976-06-01. Broadcast: 16 June 1976. Repeated: 16 April 1980, 23 June 1982

  • White Honey / Back Door Love / Don't Ask Me Questions / Soul Shoes

2. Recorded: 1976-11-02. Broadcast: 15 November 1976, 08 September 1978 (Paul Gambaccini)

  • Hotel Chambermaid / Pouring It All Out / Help Me Shake It / Heat Treatment

Other Shows Played

Graham Parker - Heat Treatment

Graham Parker - Heat Treatment

Graham Parker & The Rumour



  • 19 March 1979: Tired Of Waiting (LP – Frogs Sprouts Clogs And Krauts) Stiff

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