Ongoing History of New Music

Ongoing History Daily: The first Oasis singer

Here’s a trivia question: who was the lead singer of Oasis before Liam Gallagher came along? It was a guy named Chris Hutton.

Before there was an Oasis, there was a group from Manchester called The Rain, a band that took their name from the predominate weather pattern of the city.

Sometime around 1990, Chris noticed that two of his bandmates (Paul McGuigan and Paul Arturs) were hanging around a new kids named Liam. He should have paid attention. In April 1991, Chris was suddenly fired by his mates and replaced by Liam. The Rain continued in that form for a while before Noel Gallagher stepped in an launched a coup of his own. That’s when The Rain became Oasis.

Where’s Chris now? Last I heard, he was working for a company that specializes in children’s clothing.

Alan Cross

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