Mike Rutherford is 70 this week.
He was a founding member of Genesis and the band’s lead guitarist. In the 1980s he assembled Mike + the Merchanics – a sort of supergroup that comprised vocalist and keyboardist Paul Carrack, who had played with Squeeze, Nick Lowe and Ace, co-lead vocalist Paul Young formally of Sad Cafe and drummer Peter Van Hook who used to play with Van Morrison.
Their best-known song was the number two hit The Living Years which was co-written by Rutherford and B.A. Robertson both who had recently lost their fathers.
Including collections, they have charted 12 albums and 11 hit singles, Let’s remember the title track of their 1995 album, A Beggar on A Beach of Gold.