Iain Sutherland, of Sutherland Brothers & Quiver Fame, Dies

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Iain Sutherland, a Scottish musician who with his brother Gavin formed a soft-rock duo that earned acclaim in the 1970s when they recorded and toured as the Sutherland Brothers & Quiver, died November 25, 2019. His death at age 71, following an undisclosed illness, was revealed on his Facebook page.

The brothers, who hailed from Aberdeenshire, earned a recording contract in 1972 as a folk group, the Sutherland Brothers Band, , with Iain on vocals, guitar and keyboards. After only modest success, including the release of a Gavin Sutherland composition, “Sailing,” they combined with a local rock band, Quiver, and billed themselves as the Sutherland Brothers & Quiver.

The group immediately earned minor success with the Iain Sutherland composition, “(I Don’t Want to Love You But) You Got Me Anyway,” which reached #48 on the Hot 100 in 1973.

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In 1975, Rod Stewart recorded their song, “Sailing,” to enormous international success.

The Sutherland Brothers & Quiver continued to record, and earned acclaim with such songs as 1976’s “Arms of Mary,” a #5 U.K. hit, but true success evaded them.

Several of Quiver’s members went on to bigger things: Tim Renwick became Al Stewart’s lead guitarist, and Bruce Thomas became Elvis Costello’s bass guitarist in the Attractions.

Iain Sutherland was born on November 17, 1948. After the group disbanded, he released several solo albums. Many of his songs have been recorded by other artists.

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  1. Dogtired93
    #1 Dogtired93 29 November, 2019, 18:59

    Canadian rock band Chilliwack reached no67 on billboard in 1978 with Arms of Mary

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