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The Mechanics tool a success
[NORTH SPORTS FINAL, CN Edition]
Chicago Tribune (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Chicago, Ill.
Author: DeKnock, Jan
Date: Mar 24, 1989
Start Page: I
Section: FRIDAY
Abstract (Document Summary)

In recent years, Genesis member Mike Rutherford has seen one of his bandmates, Phil Collins, consistently reach the top of the pop singles' chart as a solo act.

This week, Rutherford scored his own No. 1 as leader of Mike & the Mechanics, whose "The Living Years" finally took over the top spot from Debbie Gibson's "Lost in Your Eyes" (now No. 6) after two near-misses at No. 2.

But though Rutherford co-wrote and co-produced "The Living Years," he can't take full credit for the record's success, which also includes four straight weeks at No. 1 on the adult contemporary list. That's because he turned the lead vocals over to Paul Carrack, who previously has hit the charts both as a Mechanic ("All I Need Is a Miracle") and as a solo act ("Don't Shed a Tear").

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