This website celebrates the career of Sydney's original Rubber Band

The Rubber Band was one of Australia's most popular dance-bands of the 1960s and 1970s

Enthusiastic fans flooded into a thousand venues and functions across Sydney, regional NSW and the Pacific, to enjoy dancing to their music. They came to university and corporate balls, school formals, sports club presentation nights, Bachelor and Spinster balls in country centres, P&O cruises, and to the 21sts, engagements and weddings of the savvy Sydney Go Set, from the North Shore to the Eastern Suburbs and beyond.

For many years The Rubber Band remained one of the most successful and sought-after dance bands on Sydney's social scene. The band is still remembered as one of Sydney's greatest dance bands from what's regarded as the best era we've ever seen for social dancing to live popular music. We will probably never see the like again.

The Rubber Band

The Rubber Band perform at the NSW Water Ski Association Ball, at Unisearch House, Sydney, 29 May 1971. Left to Right: Kevin Currie, John Long, Les Murray, Ray Lynn, Mick Csapo and Mayliu Currie.

To get The Rubber Band for your gig was something of a status symbol. People planned events around the band's availability. Bookings were heavy, and made far in advance.

The Rubber Band set out to make each and every night, as promised on their business card, "A Night to Remember!"

If you were there in those days, the pictures and stories on these pages will revive memories of those great nights. If you weren't, well, you'll get an idea of what all the fuss was about.

The times they were a changin'

Socially, these were turbulent times: the iron curtin had gone up and the cold war threatened us all with annihilation. the Vietnam war started, and we struggled with student protests, the anti-war and ban the bomb movements, the loss of 1950s innocence, the generation gap, the sixties counterculture, the sexual revolution, drugs, hippies, feminism and all the rest.

Looking back, it was a tumultuous time of unrest and uncertainty.

And as individuals in our generation, we were all balanced on the brink of the life passage that would carry us from capricious youth to commited adult; we were not quite prepared to give up the good times, yet we were eager to strike out, make our mark and change the world.

If 'stress' had already been invented, we all most surely would have caught it!

But then, there was the music

Ah yes, the music. You could tune in, turn on, drop out. You didn't need drugs - you could dance. And The Rubber Band was one of the most popular dance bands around.

"A great cover band"

The Rubber Band was purely a dance band. They provided great cover performances on stage of the most popular dance numbers of the day.

They have left no legacy of recordings.

But the memory lingers on through the photographs and stories on these pages, and in the minds of those who were there.

We played the music people loved. Music of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Animals, The Supremes, The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Doobie Brothers, Cliff Richard and the Shadows, The Ventures, The Ronettes, The Crystals, The Beach Boys, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Neil Diamond, The Spencer Davis Group, Carole King, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bill Hayley and many more.

There was an endless supply of magical music to choose from. Melodies that would define an era long after the cold war was forgotten. Songs that echoed through the steam of a thousand showers before the start of the morning peak.

At the start of the 1960s, Elvis Presley, Bobby Darin, Bill Hayley, Little Richard, Fats Domino and the like had been the stuff of the 'pop charts,' a kind of flowing through from the fifties. But then The Beatles came along and changed everything forever. The British Invasion followed quickly behind, more or less like a second colonial coming. We loved it. We copied it.

The Rubber Band thrived on this new music. It was different, exciting and it made a statement. A new generation had arrived. And The Rubber Band rode the crest of this new wave; passionate ambassadors, perfectly reproducing the soundtrack of a new era. This website reflects that story.

I hope you get as much pleasure from the site, and the memories it contains, as we've had putting it together. Enjoy.

Kevin Currie

Bass Player

The Original Rubber Band

The Rubber Band

The Rubber Band at the Silver Spade Room, Chevron Hotel, Sydney, December 1970. Left to Right: Kevin Currie (bass guitar), John Long (drums), Les Murray (vocals), Ray Lynn (lead guitar - partially obscured), Mick Csapo (rhythm guitar) and Mayliu Currie (vocals).

Les Murray

Les Murray, vocals.

Mayliu Currie

Mayliu Currie, vocals.

Ray Lynn

Ray Lynn, lead guitar.

Kevin Currie

Kevin Currie, bass guitar.

Mick Csapo

Mick Csapo, rhythm guitar.

John Long

John Long, drums.

Richard Debenham

Richard Debenham, manager.

The Rubber Band