I’ll Be Gone hit no 1 on the Go-Set National Top 40 on 1 May 1971.
Once signed to EMI’s progressive imprint Harvest Records, Spectrum went into the studio to make their first official recordings under producer Howard Gable, who had worked with The Masters Apprentices. They had a #1 Australian hit with their first single, “I’ll Be Gone”, which has become one of the most enduring Australian rock songs of that era.
On release, the original I’ll Be Gone turned out to be a runaway hit. “The middle of 1970 we recorded it, maybe even earlier, and the song gradually clawed its way to No 1 the following year,” Rudd told ABC’s Bill Brown in a video interview in 2010. “With the Whitlam government coming in, as well, there was a great upswell of acceptance of [all] things Australian. There was us, Daddy Cool, Billy Thorpe, and a whole bunch of acts that were on the charts.”
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