This Day In Prog-Rock: GENESIS
Happy birthday Mike Rutherford, 66 today!
Michael John Cleote Crawford Rutherford was born on October 2, 1950 in Surrey, in the south of England. He received his first guitar at the age of 8. At the age of 15, with Anthony Phillips, Tony Banks and Peter Gabriel, Mike founded Genesis.
‘Supper’s Ready’ was the reason Mike began to use a double-neck guitar, it was made up of a twelve-string part (upper neck) and a four-string part (lower neck). This opus (released in 1972 on the ‘FOXTROT’ album) has many fast changes, and he just could not work with two instruments. That was why he chose “this big heavy object hanging round my neck”, as Mike put it.
Another anecdote about Mike’s guitars: “I used to play the original ‚stick’ Steinberger which looked quite ridiculous because I am so tall… I asked Steinberger whether they could change the design for me. They said no, as a small company they could not afford custom jobs. So one night I laid my guitar on a big sheet of cardboard and drew up the shape of the instrument that I wanted. Roger Griffin then built it for me. Later the Steinberger people saw my guitar and asked whether they could take a closer look at it. In the end they used my Steinberger as the model and prototype for their GM series”.
He was inducted into the ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’ as a member of Genesis in 2010.