Founded in 1974 by Liverpudlian tenor-saxophonist Albie Donnelly and drummer Dave Irving, Supercharge soon built up a cult following in Liverpool. They then built a following on the British college circuit and released their first album, Between Music and Madness.
The band moved to London and were soon signed by Virgin Records and recorded their major-label debut LP, Local Lads Make Good in 1976. The accompanying single, You’ve Gotta Get Up and Dance provided the band with a #3 hit in Australia. Meanwhile, their bawdy novelty track She Moved The Dishes First enjoyed a great deal of airplay on Radio Caroline.
Throughout several lineup changes, Supercharge established a reputation as one of the best live bands in the UK (and Europe) through to the end of the 1980s and into the 1990s.
Albie Donnelly has continued to front various versions of Supercharge, most recently with top German R&B session musicians.
Albie (Albert) Donnelly
Saxophone, guitar, vocals