On Jan. 18, 1975, Supertramp’s Crime of the Century entered the Billboard Hot LPs & Tape chart at #193. This was the band’s third album, released in September, and a breakthrough for them internationally. It would peak in the US at #38.
The history of Supertramp is an interesting one. A Dutch millionaire offered to bankroll a band for keyboardist Rick Davies in 1969. Davies founded Supertramp with pianist and guitarist Roger Hodgson, guitarist Richard Palmer, and drummer Robert Millar. The group recorded two progressive rock LPs.
Then, in 1972, the millionaire pulled his funding. Only Davies and Hodgson decided to continue on. They added bassist Doug Thomson, Californian drummer Bob Siebenberg, and keyboardist and saxophonist John Helliwell.
Supertramp did not abandon their lengthy, progressive musical arrangements, but consciously decided to add more accessible pop melodies and vocals to their work. The result was Crime of the Century, which garnered the band worldwide acclaim. At the time, Thomson and Siebenberg were living with Hodgson in his mother’s house.
The song “Dreamer” was released as a single in the UK, but not immediately in the US (it wouldn’t be released in the US until after 1979’s Breakfast in America album). Instead, the single selected for the US was “Bloody Well Right”—and it went to #35 on the Billboard Hot 100.