≠ (aka Does Not Equal)
Da Grassroots
Da Slyme
Dabsters, Les
Dahlquist, Patricia
Dahms, Gail
Dakus, Wes
Dal Bello, Lisa
Dalcos, Les
Damron, Dick
Dandi Wind
Dandys, Les
Dangerously Americanized Canadians
Danko Jones
Danko, Rick
Danko, Terry
Darow, Mike
David, Robert
Davies, Bob
Davis, Morgan
Dawson City
Dayglo(w) Abortions
D’Carot & D’Boize
de Keyzer, Jack
Deadbeat Honeymooners
Dears, The
Death From Above 1979
Death of Gods
Death Sentence
DeBolt, Daisy
Deck Chairs
Dee & the Yeomen
Deep End
Deep Six
Defayds, The
DeFranco Family
Deja Voodoo
Déjà Vu
del Junco, Carlos
Del-Hir, Les
Delinquants, Les
Demics, The
Demi-Douzaines, Les
Demolition Dogs
DePaul, Dee
Dervieux, Franck
Descendants of Tyme, The
Desperate Minds
Deuces Wild
Devalons, Les
Deverons, The
Dew Line
Dewey & the Decimals
Diables Noirs, Les
Diamond In The Rough
Diamond, Charlotte
Diamonds, The
Dibble, Scott
Dice, The
Dickens, The
Die Mannequin
Diel, Bill
Differents, Les
Dik Van Dykes
Dinner is Ruined, The
Diodes, The
Dion, Celine
Direct Action
Direktive 17
Discords, The
Dishes, The
Dishrags, The
District (Ouest), Le
Diviners, The
Dixon, Carl
Dixon, Hugh
Doane, Creighton
Doane, J. Chalmers
Doane, Melanie
Dobson, Bonnie
Dobson, Fefe
Dodson, Rich
Dog Eat Dogma
Dogs of War
Doherty, Denny
Doiron, Julie
Done on Bradstreet
Donovan, Lynne
Doppler Bros.
Dorian Gray
Dorians, The
Dormouse, Jeremy W.
Double Dare
Double Think
Doucette, Jerry
Doug and the Slugs
Douglas, Johnny
Dowd, Stephen
Down Syndrome
Down With Webster
Downchild Blues Band
Doyens, Les
Doyle, Damhnait
Dr. Music
Draper, Terry
Drastic Measures
Dream Warriors
Drums Along the Gardiner
Dry Heaves
Dry Heeves
Dub Rifles
Dublin Corporation
Dubois, Claude
Du-Cats, The
Ducharme, Annette
Dudes, The (1)
Dudes, The (2)
Dufresne, Diane
Dukes, The
Duncan and Fife
Dundrells, The
Durand, Catherine
Durango 95
Durst, Bill
Dybold, Jim

Joey “Shithead” Keithley
(vocals, guitar, bass) / Randy Rampage [aka Randy Archibald]  (bass, guitar, vocals) / Chuck Biscuits [aka Charles Montgomery]  (drums; 1978-1982) / Harry Homo (vocals; 1978) / Dave Gregg (guitar, keyboards; 1980-1988) / Stubby Pecker [aka Simon Wilde] (bass;1980) / Zippy Pinhead (drums;1980) / Andy Graffiti (drums, 1980) / Dimwit [aka Ken Montgomery] (bass, drums; 1982-1983, 1984-1986) / Wimpy Roy [aka Brian Roy Goble] (bass; 1982-1996) / Greg James (drums; 1983-1984) / Kerr Belliveau (1986) / Jon Card (drums; 1986-1990) / Chris Prohom (guitar;1988-90) / Ken Jensen (drums; 1992-1995) / Ford Pier (guitar, keyboards; 1994-1996)  / John Wright (drums; 1995) / Brien O’Brien (drums, percussion, vocals; 1995-1998), / Wycliffe (bass;1997) / Kuba Ohms (bass; 1998-2003 except 2001) / The Great Baldini [aka Jan Rodgerson] (drums, vocals; 1999-2008) / Dan Yaremko (bass; 2003) / James Haydon (drums; 2008) / Floor Tom Jones (drums; 2008-2010) /  Jesse Pinner (drums; 2010)
Formed in Vancouver  on February 11, 1978, D.O.A. have managed to be the longest reigning punk act in Canada. After making their debut with the ‘Triumph of the Ignoroids’ EP in 1979, the ‘Something Better Change’ (1980) and ‘Hardcore ’81’ (1981) albums established D.O.A.’s dynamic formula of fast, rousing political. The ‘War on 45’ EP won the group new converts in Europe, before they moved to The Dead Kennedys’ label Alternative Tentacles. By this time the personnel had shuffled, with Dave Gregg now on guitar, Gregg James on drums and Brian Goble on bass joining Keithley. After the career anthology ‘Bloodied but Unbowed’ (1984), 1985’s ‘Let’s Wreck The Party’ caught them at a peak, both in popularity and form. Arguably the hardest touring hardcore band in the world went on the road for the 174th time in 1986 across Canada. They played a sold out show at the Edge in Vancouver and a surprise visit by Randy Bachman for a duet on D.O.A.’s “Takin’ Care of Business” remake. Also that year they helped secure a 5 year deal from Profile Records. ‘True (North) Strong And Free’ (1987) was almost as good, and royalties from songs such as “Ready To Explode” were donated to the ANC. Topics broached included the domestic growth of fascism (“Nazi Training Camp”) and Canada’s cultural domination by the USA (“51st State”). Long-standing guitarist Dave Gregg made way for Chris Prohom on ‘Last Scream of the Missing Neighbors’ (1988) – which was a collaboration with Jello Biafra – and on ‘Murder’ (1990). ‘Talk – Action = Zero’ (1991) brought D.O.A. back into the limelight as did their major label outing of 1993’s ‘The 13 Flavours of Doom’. John Wright (No Means No) drummed for the band following Ken Jensen’s death in 1995. After Wright played drums on ‘The Black Spot’,’ the drums went to Brian O’Brien, and then to The Great Baldini. Chuck Biscuits has been hardcore’s best-known drummer and would subsequently work with the Circle Jerks, Black Flag and Danzig; Ken Jensen died in a house fire January 29, 1995; Dave Gregg died of a heart attack March 30, 2014; Randy Rampage died August 14, 2018. with notes from Robert Gutman.

1978 Disco Sucks [4 song EP] (Sudden Death)  SD-001
1978 The Prisoner/13 (Quintessence) QS-102
1979 Disco Sucks [4 song EP] [re-issue] (Quintessence) QEP-002
1979 World War III/Watcha Gonna Do (Sudden Death/Quintessence] QD-206
1981 Positively DOA [5 song EP] (Alternative Tentacles/Virus 7 – UK) VIRUS-7
1983 Right To Be Wild [2 song 7″] [Ltd. Edition benefit for The Vancouver 5]
1983 General Strike/That’s Life (Sudden Death)  SD-004
1984 The John Peel Sessions: Don’t Turn Yer Back (On Desperate Times) [EP] (Alternative Tentacles)
1986 Expo Hurts Everyone [“Billy And The Socreds” D.O.A/split w/RHYTHM ACTIVISM] (Alternative Tentacles)
1987 Ready to Explode/Ready To Explode (Profile – US) PRO-7144-DJ
1991 Communication Breakdown//LA Woman/Won’t Get Fooled Again [promo single w/’Greatest Shits’ LP] (QQRYQ Productions – Poland) QQP-019SP
1995 Ken Jensen Memorial Single [“Knots”, “Overtime” by D.O.A./split w/RED TIDE] (Alternative Tentacles)  VIRUS-161
1995 Marijuana Motherfucker/“Order//[split w/SHOWBUSINESS GIANTS] (Essential Noise) VER-103
1998 World Falls Apart/Used to be Revolution//[split w/d.b.s.] (eMpTy – EU)  MT-424

1979 Triumph of the Ignoroids [4 song 12″] (Friends)  FR-001
1980 Triumph of  the Ignoroids [4 song 12″ – CENSORED] (Friends) FR-001
1980 Something Better Change (Friends/Black Band)  FR-003
1981 Hardcore ’81 (Friends) FR-010
1983 War On 45 (Fringe Product) FPE-3006
1983 War On 45 [alt. track listing] (Alternative Tentacles/Virus – UK) VIRUS-24
1983 Bloodied But Unbowed [alt. track listing] (Alternative Tentacles/Virus – UK) 31
1984 Don’t Turn Yer Back On Desperate Times [4 song 12″] (Alternative Tentacles/Virus – UK) VIRUS-42
1985 Let’s Wreck the Party (Justin Time) JTB-840
1987 True (North), Strong And Free (Profile – US) PRO-1228
1988 Last Scream of the Missing Neighbors [w/Jello Biafra] (Alternative Tentacles/Virus – US) 78
1990 Murder (Restless/Roadrunner – US) LS-9413
1991 Talk – Action = Zero (Restless/Roadrunner – US) 7-72506
1991 Talk – Action = Zero (Live) (Roadrunner – Holland) LS-9251-1
1991 Greatest Shits (QQRYQ Productions – Poland)
1992 Bloodied But Unbowed/War On 45 [re-issue] (Restless/Roadrunner) LS-9185-1
1992 The Dawning of a New Error (Alternative Tentacles – UK) VIRUS-106
1993 The 13 Flavours of Doom (Alternative Tentacles/Virus – US) VIRUS-117
1993 Moose Droppings (Timberyard) DJ-69
1994 Loggerheads (Alternative Tentacles) VIRUS-130
1995 The Black Spot (Essential Noise) 835299
1998 The Lost Tapes (Sudden Death) SDR-0001
1998 Festival of Atheists (Sudden Death) SD-002
2001 Just Play It Over and Over
2002 Win The Battle (Sudden Death) SDR-0048
2003 War and Peace: D.O.A. 25th Anniversary Anthology (Sudden Death) SDR-0051
2003 Live Free or Die (Sudden Death) SDR-0056
2007 Live In San Francisco (2B1) TBO-2219-2
2007 Punk Rock Singles (Sudden Death) SDR-0073
2008 Northern Avenger (Sudden Death)
2009 Kings of Punk, Hockey and Beer (Sudden Death) SDR-0085
2010 Talk – Action = Zero [re-issue] (Sudden Death) SDR-0088

Dead Beat (drums) / Goohaw Groon (keyboards) / No Moniker (sax, bass)  / Roscoe Santiago (vocals, harmonica)  / Snotty Slyme (vocals, jawbone d’ass) / Kirt Sic-o-via (lead guitar, bass) / Stig Stilletto (bass, guitar) / Pasquali Neutron (occasional vocals, writing)
Da Slyme is Newfoundland’s first punk band.  Formed in December 1977 at Memorial University of Newfoundland under ever changing names like The Piss-Eyed Sleazoids, The Assholes, Bagelmania, The Bagels, The Blushing Sleazoid Lizards, they finally chose Tooloose and Da Slyme (and later just Da Slyme), the band played around St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, for a number of years. In 1980, Da Slyme released their self-titled debut double album by a Canadian punk band. It featured live and studio material recorded throughout 1978-79. After the records were pressed the band ran out of money to complete the project so it packaged the vinyl in remaindered album jackets from other artists (that it bought for $0.25 each), and spray painted Da Slyme over the front covers. When work and travel commitments spread the members across North America they took a hiatus. In 1989 Da Slyme returned for a memorable reunion, The Skeletons out of the Closet Tour in Newfoundland. In 2000, Da Slyme released its first CD, ‘The 20 Year Scam’. The song “Crazy Glue” was featured on the 2005 release ‘Punk History Canada Presents: Only in Canada, Eh!’. The band has never folded and when circumstances allow, the members get together to continue what is their life project. with notes from Peter S. Morris

1980 Da Slyme (Loo Enterprises)                                                                      
2000 The 20 Year Scam (Loo Enterprises)

Norman Beaudet
(vocals) / Denis Beaudet (lead guitar) / Michael Roy (guitar) / John Smith (bass) / Cody Normand (drums) / Vioto Dioro (lead guitar; replaced Denis Beaudet) / Jacques Asselin (bass; replaced Smith) / Norman Boudreau (drums; replaced Normand)Formed in 1966 in the Montréal districts of Verdun and Saint-Henri, Les Dabsters began performing at local dance halls.  They soon signed with Passe-Temps Records and released their debut single, “J’en Ai Assez”, that same year. The record allowed them to appear on several Quebéc TV shows. In 1967 the switched to the Sonore label for the “La liberté” single. Tragically, Denis Beaudet died in 1968 and was replaced by Dioro. Smith and  Normand would eventually leave and be replaced by Asselin and Boudreau. The band dissolved in late 1968.

J’en ai assez/Tu le sais bien (Passe-Temps) PST-906       
1967 La liberté/Oh non oh non (Sonore) S-8002

Danny Clout
(bass) / Frank Ross (guitar, vocal) / Gil Heynemann (drums) / Syd Brophy (guitar)
A Montréal, Quebéc metal act that formed in 1982 as Hell’s Dagger who were signed to Attic Records’ imprint label Viper Records in 1985.

Give ‘em What They Want [cassette] (independent)
Not Afraid of the Night (Viper/Attic) VPR-114
1986 Metal Rebels (independent)

Born: Nelson, British Columbia
Patricia Dahlquist studied Theatre and Education at University of British Columbia for five years, ballet for nine years, violin for ten years, singing for twelve years and has been singing professionally for thirty-five years. She was in her Master’s program in Theatre when she decided to go professional. Dahlquist traveled with Hagood Hardy and The Montage in 1970/71, including an appearance in New York City’s Playboy Club and the National Arts Centre as a warm-up act for Carmen MacCrae. After hearing her voice on a television ad for the YWCA in 1975, Columbia Records A & R man Bob Gallo signed Dahlquist. She recorded disco songs for Columbia Records and Epic which were released as part of the ‘This is Patricia Dahlquist’ album in 1975. She also released a self-titled adult contemporary album for Radio Canada in 1982. From there she has sang in show rooms with her sisters in a group called The Frames of Mind, sung with players from the Toronto Symphony and the Boss Brass, worked with Jimmy Dale, musical director of the Sonny and Cher show, worked as a warm-up act for Gino Vannelli’s cross-Canada tour, appeared in a concert with Larry Gatlin at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto, appeared on stage at Ontario Place between sets at the Prince Hotel in Toronto, and appeared in a show written for performances at the Imperial Room at the Royal York Hotel. Dalquist studied directing and since that time has spent many years directing musical revues, teaching scene study and acting-on-camera. Her film credits include ‘The Commish’, two episodes of ‘The X-Files’, ‘Outer Limits’, ‘Super Dave’s All Stars’, Shari Lewis’ ‘Musical Pizza’, ‘Cold Squad’, and ‘First Wave’ among others.  From her training at UBC she has extensive stage experience and, since 1982, has been producing and teaching her own ‘Stepping Out Performance Class’ in Toronto, Vancouver and the Yukon. with notes from Patricia Dahlquist.

1975 Keep Our Love Alive/Broken Hearted and Free (Columbia/CBS) C4-4095
1975 Mr. Fascination/Bang A Boomerang (Columbia/CBS) C4-4105
1976 I Just Want To Keep It Together (Columbia/CBS) C4-4133
1977 Nothing But Heartaches/Simple Man (Columbia/CBS) C4-4167
1978 Give Me More/Freedom Is Today (Epic/CBS) E4-8304


1975 This Is Patricia Dahlquist (Epic) KE-33937
1982 Patricia Dahlquist (Radio Canada) RCI-516

Born: June 27, 1957 in Kitchener, Ontario
Singer Gail Dahms (now Dahms-Bonine) from Kitchener, Ontario was an actress working in theatre — including the French language version of South Pacific — and television work. She became instantly recognizable as the Marilyn Monroe-like character in the Smiles & Chuckles Turtles chocolate commercial who dances with turtles in formal wear and sings the line “Oooo, I love Turtles”. David Lodge, of Major Hooples Boarding House, brought her to the attention of Axe Records and signed her to a 5 year recording contract with the label. Label owner/producer Greg Hambleton produced two singles for her: “Can’t We Somehow” and “Rescue Me” which both charted on the RPM Top100 singles charts in 1976. However, her recording career was short lived and she continued in acting. Her on-screen roles include ‘The Silent Partner’ (1978), ‘Stone Cold Dead’ (1979), ‘Killing ’em Softly’ (1982), the made-for-TV film ‘984: Prisoner Of The Future’ (1982), and the television shows ‘In Good Company’ (1975) and ‘Flappers’ (1979-1981). She was also the singing coach in the 1994 big-screen version of  ‘The Little Rascals’. It is believed that she has been the Worship Pastor at First Baptist Church of Boise, Idaho since 2002.

1976 Can’t We Somehow (Axe) AXE-31                                                              
1976 Rescue Me/If I Fell (Axe) AXE-38

Wes Dakus was a renowned Edmonton, Alberta musician who led several instrumental and British Invasion-styled bands throughout the ’60s and had a lengthy solo career. Wes Dakus & the Club 93 Rebels formed in 1958 and often interchanged personnel with Edmonton’s Nomads. They were signed to Quality Records in 1959 and released “Pink Canary” in November that year. Touring as the backing act for several other prominent artists, including Buddy Knox, which established the band as seasoned professionals allowing them to record material as Wes Dakus & The Rebels with famed producer Norm Petty (Buddy Holly & The Crickets, The Fireballs) starting in 1962. Later sessions in 1964 also produced recordings for Dakus himself and erstwhile member Barry Allen’s side project as a solo artist. There were also singles released under the name The Dundeeville Players featuring guitarist George Tomsco and Violet Petty (producer Norman Petty’s wife). In 1965 ‘The Wes Dakus Album – With The Rebels’ was released on Capitol and spawned several singles including “Hobo” and “Come On Down”. In 1966 a second album was issued on KAPP in the US as “Wes Dakus’s Rebels”. In Canada the album was not released but split into several individual singles as solo recordings for the bands’ various members including Wes Dakus, Stu Mitchell, Barry Allen and Dennis Paul. RPM Magazine voted Wes Dakus & The Rebels Canada’s ‘Top Instrumental Group’ in 1964 and 1965. Dakus opened a recording studio in the 1970s called Sundown Recorders; Dakus succumbed to a brain tumour on August 18, 2013. with notes from Shawn Nagy, Gord Baker, Eric Brand, Norm Bright.

1964 Pedro’s Pad/Sidewinder (Quality) 1631X
1964 Las Vegas Scene/Sour Biscuits (Quality) 1660X
1965 Hoochi Coochi Coo/Feel Good (Capitol) 72305
1966 She Ain’t No Angel/Snooper (Capitol) 72350
1966 We’ve Got A Groovy Thing Going/Bach’s Back (Capitol) 72396
1967 Mama’s Boy/Midnight Hour (Capitol) 72442
1967 Shotgun/Lobo, The Ferocious Dog (Capitol) 72457

1959 Pink Canary/Road Block (Quality) 1982X
1960 Taboo/Remind Me (Quality) 1023X
El Ringo/Creepy (Quality) 1250X
1962 Cavalier Twist/Walk Down (Quality) 1408X

1964 Wheels/Woodpecker (DOT) 16744
1964 Replica/Sunday (DOT) 16787

1965 Hobo/Rolling Back (Capitol) 72213
1965 Come On Down/Honeybun (Capitol) 72259
1967 Manipulator/Come On In (Capitol) 72484

1968 Organized/The Chaser (Capitol) 72532

1968 Casting My Spell/Mission Bell (Artone – NL) RM-25-777

1965 The Wes Dakus Album – With The Rebels (Capitol) T-6120
1966 Wes Dakus’s Rebels (Kapp) KS-3536
2006 Wes Dakus & The Rebels – Volume 1 (Super Oldies) SOCD-3
2007 Wes Dakus & The Rebels – Volume 2 (Super Oldies) SOCD-5
2012 Wes Dakus & The Rebels – Volume 3 (SuperOldies) SOCD-12

Born: 1958 in Woodbridge, Ontario
Dalbello, originally from Woodbridge, Ontario, began her professional career at the age of 13 touring Ontario with the “Summer Sounds ’71” revue. After appearing in commercials and on CBC-TV’s ‘Singalong Jubilee’, ‘Keith Hampshire’s Music Machine’, and ‘The Bobby Vinton Show’, she secured a contract with MCA. She released her first album of dance styled pop songs, ‘Lisa Dal Bello’, in 1977 which won her a Most Promising Female Vocalist JUNO. ‘Pretty Girls’ (1978) followed with a Best New Female Vocalist JUNO as well. ‘Drastic Measures’ came in 1981 at which time she took a break from recording and instead focused on her poetry and attending York University. During this period former David Bowie guitarist Mike Ronson saw a CBC-TV documentary on her and convinced her to get back into recording. In 1984, they co-produced the album “Whomanfoursays”, at which time she change her professional name to Dalbello. With this, she made the transformation complete by redefining her appearance and her sound — burying the disco queen and introducing the avant garde artiste. Ronson and Dalbello continued working together to record a second album, but Ronson’s ongoing feud with Dalbello’s label caused him to pull out. Instead, Dalbello continued working on her own at her new home in England, and released the album “She” in 1987 after nearly a year’s delay. Dalbello soon parted with her manager, Roger Davies, and Capitol Records. With Capitol Records out of the picture, Ronson and Dalbello began working together again in 1991. Ronson was enthusiastic enough with Dalbello’s cutting edge material he wanted to play guitar for her in a Scandinavian club tour scheduled for November ’91. However, due to Ronson’s ongoing poor health, the tour was pushed back to April 1992. His health continued to slide forcing the tour to be cancelled and recording post-poned. Ronson would eventually succumb to cancer April 29, 1993. Dalbello seemingly disappeared for good but what she was doing was working with her brother Stefano to record 1997’s “whore” in Toronto. She kissed and made up with manager Roger Davies and re-signed with EMI. During these serious recording periods, Dalbello blew off steam writing and recording material for dozens of other artists  including Maxus, Julie Masse, Dan Lucas, Sheree Jeacocke, Nena, Patti Labelle, Heart, Helix, Helen Arnesen, Maria Gundersen. She also did radio and TV jingles and provided the voice of ‘Monster of the Day’ in the TV cartoon ‘Sailor Moon’.  with notes from Will Jackson and Dale Primonato.

1977 Don’t Wanna Stand In Your Way/Day Dream
1978 Still In Love/Hollywood (Talisman) TAL-101
1978 Pretty Girls/Dreams Are For Lovers (Talisman) TALI-UF-NV-5
1981 Never Get To Heaven/Dr. Noble (Capitol-EMI) 72853
1981 Just Like You/What Your Mama Don’t Know (Capitol-EMI) 72868
1981 She Wants To Know/Bad Timing (Capitol-EMI) 5006

1984 Gonna Get Close To You/Guilty By Association (Capitol-EMI) 72942
1984 L’il Boy and Heavy Boots [12″]
1984 Animal/Target (Capitol) B72954
1984 Animal/Animal (extended mix)/Cardinal Sin [12″] (Capitol)
1984 Animal(Jungle Mix) (7:30)/Animal (Tribal Mix) (5:38)/Animal (Dub Mix) (7:16) [12″] (Capitol – US) SPRO-9286/87
1987 Black On Black [12″]
1987 Baby Doll [12″]
1987 Tango (LP version)/Why Stand Alone (Capitol-EMI) B-73074
1987 Tango (Dance Mix)/Tango (7″ Mix)/Tango (Dub Mix) [12″] (Capitol)
1987 Talk To Me/Imagination (Capitol-EMI) B-73083
1995 eLeVeN/whore/whore (remix) (EMI Electrola – Holland)
1995 eLeVeN (Edit)/Whore (4:16)/Whore (Remix) (4:40) [CD] (EMI Electrola – Holland)

1977 Lisa Dal Bello (MCA) MCA-2249
1979 Pretty Girls (Talisman) TALI-1000
1981 Drastic Measures (Capitol) ST-12140

1984 Whomanfoursays (Capitol) C2-48991
1987 She (Capitol) C2-48286
1995 Whore (EMI) 37985

Claude Steben
(vocals) / Réjean Brault (lead guitar) / Jean-Pierre Chapleau (guitar) / Donat Steben (organ)/ Claud Charland (drums) 
Formed in Montréal, Quebéc in 1965. Several line-up changes occurred following the departure of Claude Steben to pursue a solo career. The band released two singles and split up in 1966.

17 Ans/Suzy (Figaro) F-021                                                                        
1966 Tu ne savais pas/Mon ange blond (Figaro) F-022

Born: Joseph Glenn Damron in Bentley, Alberta on March 22, 1934
Alberta’s Dick Damron began his career straddling the line between rockabilly with appearances on Red Deer, Alberta’s CKRD Radio show The Musical Round-Up Gang and with the country act known as The Nightriders.  Laurel Records was interested in him as a young songwriter and performer in the late 1950s which led to the release of the 1959 single “Havin’ A Party” b/w “Rockin’ Baby” under the name Dickie Damron. In 1960 he recorded two albums on his own imprint – Holiday Records – and then headed to Nashville where he aligned himself with some of that city’s biggest session players resulting in a distribution deal with Starday Records stateside. With several songs recorded the songs were licensed to Quality Records back in Canada starting in 1960 through 1961.  He was then picked up exclusively in Canada by RCA Canada International where he had his first Canadian #1 hit, “Hitch Hikin'” in 1964. He continued releasing singles with RCA Canada International before moving to Apex in 1970 which saw his next hit “Countryfied” storm the charts. He moved to MCA briefly later that year before going to Columbia for a string of early 1970s singles including “Rise ‘n’ Shine,”The Long Green Line,” ‘Going Home To Country’, “The Locket,” “The Prophet,” and “Bitter Sweet Songs”. Damron was prolific and despite ending his deal with Columbia, was still able to dominate the Canadian Country charts with singles on Marathon, Condor, and Broadland Records. Through this period he toured in the US (with a stop at the Grand Ole Opry in 1972) and Europe which raised his international profile considerably. Finally, Damron found a permanent musical home with RCA Victor in Canada beginning in 1978 as a reknowned singer-songwriter in the Outlaw Country musical style. He would stay with RCA through the next decade releasing seven studio albums and several compilations of older material.  In the 1980s he performed at the Wembley International Country Music Festival in London, England. He spent six seasons as the resident artist at Howard Hughes’ Desert Inn in Las Vegas, Nevada (1985 – 1991). Damron had a stroke in 2001 but continued performing on and off between resting at his second home in Mazatlan, Mexico during cold Canadian winters.

1960 That’s What I Call Livin’/Julie (I Love You So) (Quality) 1213X
1960 (I Guess) That’s Life/Black Maria (Quality) 1260X
1961 Little Sandy/Nothin’ Else (Quality) 1319X
1961 The Same Old Thing/Times Like This (Quality) 1374X
1963 Double Trouble/Strangers Again (RCA Victor) 47-8162
1964 Hello Heartaches/Pretty Moon (RCA Victor) 57-3312
1964 Hitch Hikin’/Stop Feelin’ For Yourself (RCA Victor Canada International)
1965 The Cumberland/The Night The Dice Grew Cold (RCA Victor Canada International) 57-3387
1965 The Hard Knocks In Life/A Thing Called Happiness (RCA Victor Canada International) 57-3388
1970 Countryfied/No One Knows It Better Than The Clown (Apex) 77110
1970 Rise ‘N’ Shine/When Our Love Was Young (MCA) MCA-2011
1971 The Long Green Line/Jackson County (Columbia) C4-3043
1971 Going Home To The Country/Walk A Country Mile (Columbia) C4-3078
1971 The Locket/Old Ira Gray (Columbia) C4-3087
1972 The Prophet/All That I Was Living For (Columbia) C4-4007         
1973 Bitter Sweet Songs/Somewhere There’s a Mountain (Columbia) C4-4048
1975 Mother, Love and Country/Backstage Ladies (Marathon) C45-1132
1975 On The Road/Half A Jug Of Wine (Marathon) C45-1143
1975 The Cowboy And The Lady/I Remember Love (Broadland) BR-2141X
1976 Good Ol’ Fashion Memories/Good Ole Fashion Memories (Condor) C-97-124
1976 Waylon’s T-Shirt/North Country Blues (Condor) C-97-133
1977 Susan Flowers/You Can’t Call It Country (Condor) C-97-144
1977 Charing Cross Cowboys/Alberta Skyline (Condor) C-97-156
1977 Susan Flowers/Waylon’s T-Shirt (RPA) RPA-7621
1978 Whiskey Jack/The Only Way To Say Goodbye (RCA Victor) PB-50428
1978 My Good Woman (That Ain’t Right)/California Friends (RCA Victor) PB-50471
1978 Silver and Shine/The Minstrel (RCA Victor) PB-50491
1979 High On You/It Ain’t Easy Goin’ Home (RCA Victor) PB-50518
1979 The Ballad of T.J.’s/Slightly Out Of Tune (RCA Victor) PB-50544
1980 Dollars/All Night Country Party (RCA Victor) PB-50575
1980 If You Need Me Lord/Better Think It Over (RCA Victor) PB-50602
1981 Mid-Nite Flytes/Sweet September (RCA Victor) PB-50624
1981 Reunion/Sundown Lady (The Music Connection) TMC 1001       
1982 Honky Tonk Angels and Good Ole Boys/The Last of the Rodeo Riders (RCA Victor) PB-50670
1982 Good Ol’ Time Country Rock ‘n Roll/The Same Old Songs (RCA Victor) PB-50694
1982 I’m Not Ready For The Blues/Homegrown (RCA Victor) PB-50738
1982 Jesus It’s Me Again/Rollin’ Stone (RCA Victor) Canada PB-5-713
1984 A Little More Country Music/Give It All We’ve Got (RCA Victor) PB-50761
1984 Riding Shotgun/Cozy Inn (RCA Victor) PB-50788
1984 Don’t Touch Him/Tequila Charlie’s (RCA Victor) PB-50799
1985 Last Dance On A Saturday Night/Burnin’ A Hole In My Heart (RCA Victor)
1985 Falling In and Out of Love/Softer Than Satin (RCA Victor) PB-50822
1986 Masquerade/We’ve Almost Got It All (RCA Victor) PB-50864
1986 1955/Ain’t No Love Around (RCA Victor) PB-50895
1987 Hotel Mexico/I’m Not Ready For The Blues (RCA Victor) PB-50913
1987 You’d Still Be Here Today/[same] (RCA Victor) JB-50930
1987 Cinderella and the Gingerbread Man/[same] (RCA Victor) JB-50964
1987 St. Mary’s Angel/[same] (RCA Victor) JB-50997
1987 Here We Are Again/[same] (RCA Victor) JB-51015
1989 The Legend and the Legacy/[same] (RCA Victor) JB-51037
1989 Ain’t No Trains To Nashville/[same] (RCA Victor) JB-51046

1959 Gonna Have A Party/Rockin’ Baby (Laurel) 45-792

1985 Falling In And Out Of Love/Softer Than Satin [DICK DAMRON] (RCA Victor) PB-50822
1985 Rise Against The Wind/Lover (RCA Victor) PB-50833

The Nashville Sound of Dick Damron (Holiday) 1001
Dick Damron Sings Canadiana (Holiday) 1002
Dick Damron (Point) PS-346
1969 Lonesome City (Point) PS-351
1972 Countrified (Harmony) KHE-90216
1975 The Cowboy and the Lady (Broadland) BR-1915
1976 A Thousand Songs of Glory(Record Productions of America) RPA-1015
1976 Soldier of Fortune (Westwood – UK) WRS-099
1977 North Country Skyline (Condor) 977-1474
1978 Lost In the Music (RCA Victor) KKL1-0271
1978 A Thousand Songs of Glory [re-issue] (Westwood – UK) WRS-119
1980 High On You (RCA Victor) KKL1-0334
1980 The Cowboy and the Lady [re-issue] (Westwood – UK) WRS-150
1981 The Best of Dick Damron (RCA Victor) KKL1-0414
1982 Honky Tonk Angel (RCA Victor) KKL1-0446
1984 Last Dance On Saturday Night (RCA Victor) KKL1-0540
1987 Dick Damron (RCA Victor) KZL1-0588
1987 Night Music (RCA Special Products) ST-58068
1989 The Legend and the Legacy (RCA) KKL1-0599
1993 Wings Upon the Wind (ATI)
1995 The Anthology (RCA/BMG) 74321-30362-2
1997 Still Countryfied (Westwood – UK)  WIR-9704D
2005 The Big Picture
2011 More Than Countryfied : The Early Recordings 1959 – 1976 [3CD] (Bear Family)
2012 Lost In the Music: 1978 – 1989 (RCA)

1976 Northwest Rebellion – 12 Original Instrumentals (Westwood – UK) WRS-102

Claire Du Bac
(vocals, bass) / Roger Perreault (guitar) / Ide Kelneck (organ, saxophone) / Bob Morandin (drums)
Formed in Ontario in 1967.

Beaux souvenirs/Pour encore plus aimir (Caravelle) CA-7201                 
1968 Chaque fois/Amour et marriage (Caravelle) CA-7204

  Richard Clare Danko on December 29, 1942 in Simcoe, Ontario
Died: December 10, 1999 in Woodstock, New York
Hailing from the tiny rural town of Simcoe, Ontario, Danko was born into a musical family. Both of his parents and his three brothers played and/or sang, and music was a way of life for him from the beginning. He listened to Hank Williams and Sam Cooke as a small child, and was ready to go to Nashville by the age of seven. With his oldest brother, Maurice (Juinor), Rick sang and performed at family get-togethers and made his public debut on four-string tenor banjo before an audience of his first-grade classmates. He quit school at 14 to purse music full-time and in 1960, when he was 17, he joined rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins’ group, the Hawks, initially as rhythm guitarist. He soon moved to bass and, with the help of the Hawks’ piano player Stan Szelest. Under Ronnie Hawkins’ tutelage, Danko began a three-year tenure of non-stop gigging and rigorous rehearsals that fellow Band-mate Richard Manuel once likened to ‘boot camp.’ By the time he was 20, he was a seasoned pro, having spent most of his teenage years playing in bars that you were supposed to be 21 to play in. By the early 60s, Rick and the other Hawks had outgrown the limited roadhouse and honky-tonk circuit and left Hawkins to pursue greener pastures. Bob Dylan saw them perform in the mid-60s and was so impressed that he signed the Hawks to accompany him on his 1965-66 world tour. The Band’s collaboration with Dylan, initially greeted with boos and catcalls around the globe, changed the course of popular music by spawning one of the most significant musical hybrids of the rock era, ‘Folk Rock.’ After the tumultuous world tours with Dylan (the European leg of which was documented in the obscure film, Eat the Document), Danko relocated from Manhattan to upstate New York, along with Dylan and the other members of the still un-named Band. He rented a big pink house in West Saugerties, near Woodstock, and with Dylan and The Band began recording songs which soon surfaced on bootlegs and were officially released in 1975 as The Basement Tapes. In 1968, after toying with a host of politically incorrect names, like the Crackers and the Honkies, The Band made its official debut with ‘Music from Big Pink’. The album shot The Band into folklore. A succession of albums and tours followed, and, The Band, now a firm fixture in the rock aristocracy, played virtually every major festival from Woodstock to Watkins Glen. In 1976, on Thanksgiving day, The Band officially called it quits with a farewell concert at San FranciscoDs Winterland Ballroom. The concert, which featured an unprecedented all-star lineup to which The Band graciously played back-up, was documented in Martin Scorsese’s much lauded film, ‘The Last Waltz’, regarded by many as the finest concert film of all time. Following ‘The Last Waltz’, Danko continued to perform and record as a solo artist. His 1978 self-titled debut, overshadowed at first by The Band, later gained critical and popular acclaim. During the early 1980s, he maintained a low profile, and in 1983, reunited with The Band (minus Robbie Robertson, who pursued a solo career). During that period, he began playing acoustic guitar as well as bass on-stage, and his unique style of tuning and playing (revealing the bass player in his soul), has become another of his signature sounds. Throughout the 80s, never one to ‘sit at home’, Rick continued to play solo, with The Band, in pairings with Richard Manuel, Levon Helm, Paul Butterfield, Jorma Kaukonen and others. In 1985, he appeared (with Manuel, Helm and Hudson) in a feature film, Man Outside, and in 1987 he released an instructional video, ‘Rick Danko’s Electric Bass Techniques’ (Homespun). In 1989, he and Band drummer/vocalist Levon Helm toured as part of Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band. That same year, The Band was inducted into the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Hall Of Fame. In 1990, Danko, along with Helm, Hudson, Sinead O’Connor, Van Morrison and others, appeared in Roger Waters’ ‘The Wall’ concert in Berlin. Danko began recording with Folk legend Eric Andersen and Norwegian singer/songwriter Jonas Fjeld in 1991 and one sidebar of the trio’s collaboration was an award-winning album, Danko Fjeld Andersen (Stageway), which was honored in Norway with a Spellemans Pris (the Norwegian Grammy) for ‘Record of the Year’ and was released in late 1993 by Rykodisc. It was honored by AFIM (formerly NAIRD) the following year. In October, 1992 he performed with The Band at the Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary tribute at Madison Square Garden and, in January 1994, he and The Band were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame by Eric Clapton. 1993 saw The Band record their first studio album in 17 years, ‘Jericho’, which featured a radically extended line-up of members including Richard Bell. They followed this up with another album, ‘High On The Hog’, in 1996. In February, 1997, Rykodisc released ‘Ridin’ On The Blinds’, the follow-up to Danko Fjeld Andersen, which was recorded in Norway in 1994; ‘Jubilation’, The Band’s third album in five years, was released on River North Records in September, 1998. In September 1999, Danko returned with an 11-song collection of inspired performances called ‘Live On Breeze Hill’. He was joined on this mostly live outing by some of the finest musicians in the business, including Band-mate Garth Hudson and long-time collaborator and Band co-producer Aaron Hurwitz. Danko began actively promoting the CD, as well as laying down tracks for a new album which would be released, posthumously, in August 2000 as ‘Times Like These’  following his untimely passing in his upstate New York home on Friday, December 10, 1999. Excerpted from Rick Danko’s Official Biography (c) 1992, 2000 by Carol Caffin. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission. [also see THE BAND, RONNIE HAWKINS]

1977 What a Town/[same] (Arista) AS-0306
1977 Java Blues/Shake It (Arista) AS-0320
2000 Sip the Wine/Next Time You See Me

Rick Danko (Arista) AB-4141
1995 Rick Danko & Friends – Live at the Iron Horse (Retroworld – UK)
1997 In Concert (Woodstock)
1999 Live On Breeze Hill (Woodstock)
2000 Times Like These (Woodstock)
2002 A Memorial Edition [2 CD] (unknown – Japan)
2005 Cryin’ Heart Blues (OPM/Universal) OPM-6601
2009 At Dylan’s Café (Bear) VP-113-CD
2011 Live Anthology [2CD] (Universal)

1991 Danko/Fjeld/Andersen (Stageway)
1997 Ridin’ On The Blinds (Rykodisc) 310371
2002 One More Shot [2-CD] (Appleseed – US)  APR-CD-1062

D’Arcy Draper
(vocals, acoustic guitar harmonica)  / Graeme Lennox (keyboards) / Jerry Mercer (drums) / Pierre Fauteux (bass) / Ron Dan (pedal steel) / Rayburn Blake (guitar) / Tim Forsythe (keys) / Denis Forcier (guitar) / Abner (flute) / Roger D’Ioger (percussion)
D’arcy Draper had been on several Donald K. Donald Promotions double bills as the opening act for Mashmakhan when he asked drummer Jerry Mercer and guitarist Rayburn Blake to perform on an album of Draper’s songs as a studio project. This short-lived Montréal-based project also featured Lennox and Fauteux (both from Montréal act Mantra), Forcier, and Forsythe (from Our Generation/Peter & The Pipers) who had been working as DJ for CHOM-FM. Line producer Doug Pringle had suggested him as keyboardist for the project. Mercer would join April Wine shortly after. with notes from Jean Dumont, D’Arcy Draper and Dave Buerster.

1972 Forest/Fly to the Sky (Absolu/Polydor) ABS-4401

1972 Back at the Beginning (Absolu/Polydor) ABS-33001

Jim Gray (vocals) / Gary Law (bass) / Jeff Schmidt (bass; replaced Law) / Alan Marks (guitar) / Wolf Radke (guitar, keyboards) / Barry Lindal (keyboards; replaced Radke) / Tim Palmar (drums)
Formed by Gray and Marks in Edmonton, Alberta in 1982 the band was initially signed to the short-lived Vera Cruz label for their debut 4-song EP ‘Pressure’ which was recorded at Sundowner Studio in Edmonton. They soon attracted the attention of Warner Music who sent the band back to Sundrowner with owner/producer Wes Dakus, and new bassist Jeff Schmidt, to rework songs from the EP and add six new tunes which became their debut album ‘San Paku’ in 1983. Though the title track and “In Dim Light” failed to make the charts, Darkroom found an audience on College/University radio while doing a national tour. The band then went to Toronto to record their follow up album, ‘A Test of Time’, with producer Tom Treumuth and new keyboardists Barry Lindal.The album was released in the summer of 1985. A North American and European tour followed but the band was still unable to reach critical mass with the public or radio. Warners dropped the group in the Spring of 1986. Darkroom pressed on but failed to land another recording contract and finally split up in 1989; singer Jim Gray starred in the TV series ‘Little Vampires’. Following the split of the band he formed a 1950s retro act called Cheatin’ and Hurtin’ before making his way to Hollywood in the 1990s where he eventually went behind the scenes as a set designer. Gray currently lives in Toronto doing session work; Wolfe Radke has played in the Shake Masters and the Hardline Blues Band.

In Dim Light/Proven Guilty (Warner) 25-97727
San Paku (Edit)/It’s Cold Out Here (Warner) 25-96657
1984 San Paku (Extended Mix)//San Paku/Fixing Pieces [12” EP] (Warner)
1985 Test of Time/Temptation (Warner) 25-92537
1985 Don’t Play With Breaking Hearts/The Wall’s Too High (Warner) 25-90607

1982 Pressure [4 song EP] (Vera Cruz) VCR-1026
1983 San Paku (Warner) 25-02431
1985 A Test of Time (Warner) 25-15151

James Paul Cassar
(bass, vocals) / Peter Cassar (drums, vocals) / Timothy Chipman (guitars, keyboards, vocals)
Toronto three-piece who released an independent single in 1977 called ‘Holy Roller’. Their debut album was ‘Into the Heartland’ in 1978 on their own Ariel Records. Their sophomore release was 1980’s ‘Escape Routines’. with notes from Keith Henderson.

1977 Holy Roller (Lifesongs) 45007
1978 Hit and Run Lover (Ariel)
1978 Into the Heartland (Ariel)
1980 Postcard From Jamaica (Ariel)
1980 Won’t Be Disappointed (Ariel)
1981 Wondering Who/Same Old Me (Ariel) AR-118

1978 Into the Heartland (Ariel) AM-102
1980 Escape Routines (Ariel) ARLP-110

Born: January 8, 1933
Died: December 7, 1996
Mike Darow was one of Toronto radio station CHUM-AM’s top disc jockeys from 1959 until the Fall of 1965. As a means of promoting the radio station, it would release novelty records featuring CHUM personalities. Darow released the second in a long line of these recordings (the first was DJ Hank Noble’s 1957 hit “Here Comes The Night”). Darow did a take off of “The Battle Of New Orleans” with lyrics re-written by CHUM’s other resident personality, Garry Ferrier, called “The Battle Of Queenston Heights” which reached No.17 on the CHUM chart (and affiliated stations) over the course of 9 weeks in the summer of 1959. In March 1964 Darow teamed up with several CHUM DJs – Garry Ferrier, John Spragge, Bob McAdorey – under the collective handle of The CHUMingbirds doing a Garry Ferrier song called “Brotherhood of Man”. The song reached #24 after 7 weeks on the CHUM chart. Mike Darow also hosted Club 6 on CBLT (1961-62), CTV’s ‘A Go-Go 66’, and the CBC game show ‘Bluff’ from October 1976 to April 1977. with notes from Don Adams.

1959 The Battle of Queenston Heights/The Tea Taster (Apex)  9-76550

Brotherhood of Man/My Mother (Quality) 1600X

Tim Clément
(lead guitar, vocals) / Bill Wood (lead vocals, acoustic guitar) / Mychael Danna (keyboards, vocals) / Mark Shannon (bass, vocals) / Mike Lalonde (drums)
Darwin won 5 hours of recording time as a result of taking top place in the Lord Elgin High School Battle of the Bands in 1976 in Burlington, Ontario. They recorded two tracks at Sound Canada in Toronto. The band pressed 500 copies of a 7” single on their own imprint; Following the band’s break-up in 1977, Bill Wood moved to Wolfsville, Nova Scotia to enroll at Acadia University. He won a talent contest through Q107 back in Toronto and won. The prize included recording time and a showcase gig at the El Mocambo. He reunited with the members of Darwin to record a track for the Q107 Homegrown album and perform at the gig. They changed their name to The Oh No’s. Bill Wood later join Eye Eye; Tim Clément and Mychael Danna would release solo projects and collaborate on soundtrack work; Mike Lalonde died in 2000. with notes from Tim Clément.

1976 My Love/  (Darwin) SCV-2000

Francis H. Webster (vocals, guitar, bass, chimes) / Tony Lecaillon (drums, percussion) / John Webster (vocals, guitar, trumpet) / Cliff Snyder (trombone, piano, organ) / Bill Szekeres (vocals, bass) / Deborah Kelly (vocals) / Ted Grimes (vocals, trumpet, piano)
Seven-piece psychedelic act from Collingwood, Ontario who formed in 1963 as The Marcatos. With a name change in 1968 to David and relocation to Toronto, Sound Canada released their self-titled album in 1969. The 37 minute album, featured remakes of The Beatles “Hey Jude” and the blues standard “House of The Rising Sun” as well as original numbers like “Alvin J. Ashtray” and “Flight of The Egyptian Army”.

Please Mr. Postman/Light of Your Mind (Sound Canada)
1969 Little Boys/Cup of Tea (Sound Canada)  SC-706


1967 I Will See You/I Really Think a Lot of You (Quality)

David (Sound Canada) SC-7705

DAVID, Robert
David was managed by Barry Keane and flirted briefly with the Canadian music charts when his single “Rhoda” cracked the RPM Top100 Singles chart in June 1974. His self-titled debut, produced by Jack Cornell, was released on RCA the same year and spawned a second single in “Sunshine Man”.

Rhoda (RCA) KPBO-0028
Sunshine Man/Easier (RCA) PB-50003

Robert David (RCA) LSP-4589

Born: May 3, 1937 in Montréal, Quebéc
Bob Davies was born in Montréal and grew up in the neighbourhood of Verdun. His father would occasionally play harmonica for the boy but Davies musical upbringing started when he would sing at Cub Scouts and Life Boy camps. At the age of fourteen he admired a new guitar his school friend owned, and he soon was using money from  his paper route to purchase  his own guitar. He soon taught himself how to play by ear from his favourite records. He left school in Grade 10 and was soon working at the Montréal stock market. He put his first band together in 1953 called The Down Yonder Boys. Next, he and a friend, Norman “Curly” Robertson, joined the Blue Sky Revue troupe as a country and western comedy duo called Slim & Curly. After auditioning at the Hale Hakala Club in 1954, they began playing there weekends and broadened their scope to playing around Quebéc at social clubs. The duo managed to get on a local radio program called ‘Opportunity Knocks’ and came in second place in a talent contest featuring opera singers, classical acts and jazz.  They later met another musician, lead guitarist Rick Munro, in 1955 and hit it off so well they became a trio – changing their name to The Rhythm Jesters. They did the club circuit around Montréal performing rock and roll material (usually Elvis Presley songs) and appeared regularly on Montréal station CFCF’s ‘The Hometown Jamboree’ show. By the summer of 1956 they had met drummer Emmett McGoogan who was tutoring a young Verdun singer named Little Billy Mason. The five musicians teamed up as Little Billy Mason & The Rhythm Jesters and attracted the attention of Rama Records in the US. After some unsatisfactory demos were recorded at RCA Studio in Montréal, they reconvened in New York City where Rama booked them into Bell Studios to cut four ‘sides’. Two of the tracks – “I Love My Baby” and “Make Me Your Own” – were issued under the name Little Billy Mason while the other two tracks – “Rock to the Music” and “Hole in My Bucket” – were issued under the name The Rhythm Jesters. Mason’s single was released in Canada on Apex and in the US on Rama Records. Meanwhile, the group’s single was only in the US on Rama Records.  Little Billy Mason and the Rhythm Jesters repeated their solo and group duties for Allen Freed’s Rock And Roll Revue at the Apollo Theatre with many of that era’s doo-wop acts, crooners and rockabilly artists. The Rhythm Jesters were noticed by Frank Sinatra’s agent who invited them to back the legendary singer in Australia. The band left their house gig at the Holiday Tavern in Toronto and headed down under. While waiting for Sinatra’s arrival, the band had a few days to appear on Oz radio and were offered local gigs but their work visas were limited and after Sinatra failed to show up for the planned event, they headed back to Canada.  Little Billy Mason and The Rhythm Jesters soon returned to Bell Studios in New York to repeat recording for another four ‘sides’. Mason did a version of Bob Davies’ “Thinking of You” and the old standard “You Are My Sunshine”. The Rhythm Jesters did “Never Anymore” and “She’ll Never Know”. This time both singles were released stateside and in Canada on the Apex label. Another show for Allan Freed followed called The Easter Jubilee of Stars at the Brooklyn Pavillion which featured over a dozen acts that included Bo Diddley and Buddy Knox among many others. Soon The Rhythm Jesters sans Billy Mason did twenty live dates in the United States north and southwest before returning to club shows in their native Montréal. In 1958 the three original Rhythm Jesters grabbed new drummer Dave Holtzman and did a series of return gigs through the US again. Holztman was soon replaced by Dick Grant and they eventually lost Curly Robertson when he decided to enlist in the US Air Force. He was replaced by bass, piano and trumpet player Lloyd Hiscock. This latter line-up continued throughout the club circuit in Quebéc, Ontario and parts of the United States. In 1959 the manager of The Champs (fresh off their success of the “Tequila” single) saw them in Reno and offered to produce and manage them. But Bob Davies was engaged to be married. They returned to Canada and subsequently split up. Davies would begin a solo career following his wedding. During a house gig as MC for The Cavendish Café – where he was dubbed ‘The Canadian Jellyhips’ – he would occasionally release solo singles including “Come On Baby Don’t Be Mean” for the Zirkon label. The B-side, a ballad, would garner him some local radio airplay in Montréal. He also did guest vocals on an album by Wayne King And His Country Boys. Always busy, Davies did small solo tours in Quebéc and Ontario, appeared on the ‘Jimmy Tapp Show’ and ‘Like Young Show’ on TV and he would often drop in unannounced at clubs and sit in with local musicians. He also managed several more solo singles in 1963 and a full solo album on the Rusticana label. He left his Master of Ceremonies job at the Cavendish Café when his next single became a major hit. It was the first novelty tune about a hockey player entitled called “Gordie Howe” – song Davies wrote in 1959 and was rejected by RCA Records in 1960 as having no hit potential. With a revised lyric by friend Mo Chapman, Davies recorded the tune with The Dollars featuring Hugh Dixon (guitar), “Curly” Robertson (bass), Danny Smith (drums), and Dorothy Dodds (backing vocals). Though initially rejected at Quebéc radio stations because of their loyalty to Montréal Canadiens’ “Rocket Richard”, Davies did manage to get the song on a ‘Hockey Night In Canada’ telecast in when the Canadiens played against Gordie Howe’s Detroit Red Wings. The tune did become a hit on CHUM affiliated stations and peaked at No.35 in April 1963. The song never made Davies any money after his label, Globe Records, declared bankruptcy but the tune became popular in nearly every hockey town in North America allowing Big Bob Davies & The Dollars to tour in many of these cities. The flip-side, an instrumental of the same song, was often played on jukeboxes in clubs where patrons often sang along karaoke style. Davies would go on to regularly release songs about famous sports figures including the Montréal Alouettes football team, and hockey players Jean Béliveau and Bobby Hull. In 1964 he and Danny Smith reformed their short-lived duo called The Bobsmiths and released on album called ‘Meet the Bobsmiths’ during the height of Beatlemania. The two would eventually relocate to Ontario and recorded a live album from The Derby in Toronto. When Gordie Howe was traded to the World Hockey Association in 1975, Davies updated  the “Gordie Howe” song and  released it on Broadland Records. Davies recorded a live album from The Longhorn Inn in Sharon, Ontario in 1978 and continued releasing records through the 1980s. He currently lives with his wife in Stouffville, Ontario where he ran a car dealership for many years. with notes exclusively by Marc Coulavin.

Come On Baby Don’t Be Mean/That’s How Young Love Should Be (Zirkon) 1003
1963 Rock and Roll Show/With You Tonight (Click) CK-14
1963 I Wanna Hold You Close Tonight/Hello Baby (Click) CK-57
1963 Big Jean Béliveau (Click)
1963 The Mighty Als of Montréal (Click)
1964 Here’s to Bobby Hull (Click)
1975 Gordie Howe (The Greatest of Them All)/Gordie Howe (The Greatest of Them All) [instrumental] (Broadland) BRSP-2127
1982 Cam Fella The Pacing Machine/Cam Fell The Pacing Machine [instrumental] (JMR) JM-8325

I Love My Baby/Make Me Your Own (Apex) 76110
1957 Thinking of You/You Are My Sunshine (Apex) 76134

Rock to the Music/Hole in the Bucket (Rama – US) RR-213

Never Anymore/She’ll Never Know (Apex) 76135

1963 Gordie Howe/You (Globe) G-400

Bob Davies Sings Bob Davies (Rusticana) RMM-619
1978 Live at the Longhorn Inn, Sharon, Ontario (Celina) CPLPS-7802

Meet the Bobsmiths (Rusticana) RMM-682
1971 Live at the Derby (Nation Program Services) ST-56893

DAVIS, Morgan
Originally from Detroit, Davis grew up listening to rhythm and blues by such diverse artists as Jimmy Reed, Ike and Tina Turner, Chuck Berry and Fats Domino along with many Delta Blues masters. He later moved to California with his family, and then in 1968 left for Canada. While living in Rochdale College in Toronto, he immersed himself in the study of Delta Blues, especially the music of Robert Johnson. Toronto’s music scene in the early 1970’s was the perfect place for Davis to cut his teeth as a journeyman, having the opportunity to see and play with many legendary performers like Bukka White, Johnny Shines, Sunnyland Slim, Snooky Pryor, Hubert Sumlin, and John Hammond who were all early supporters. Davis hit the road with the Rhythm Rockets, The Knights of The Mystic Sea, and David Wilcox’s first band after leaving Great Speckled Bird. Davis eventually formed his own trio Morgan Davis and Catfish. His first solo album, 1982’s ‘I’m Ready to Play’, features the additional appearance of guitarist Colin Linden. The record was produced by Billy Bryans (Parachute Club) with two live cuts engineered by Tom Jardin at Grossman’s Tavern in Toronto. Over the years he has had the privilege of opening shows for Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker, Albert King, John Hammond, Albert Collins, and Eric Bibb among  others. A highlight of his career was backing the phenomenal Dr. John. Morgan Davis has shared the stage with Colin Linden (who also produced his second album for Stony Plain Records in 1989), James Cotton, Hubert Sumlin, Sunnyland Slim, Snooky Prior, James Harmon, Gene Taylor (of The Blasters), Dutch Mason, Sue Foley, Ray Bonneville, as well as Carlos del Junco. Davis’ songwriting talent received international recognition when Colin James covered his searing ballad “Why’d You Lie”. His 1999 CD, ‘Blues Medicine, for Electro-Fi Records in Holland, garnered critical acclaim as well as awards for songwriting and production. His multiple award winning 2003 CD release, ‘Painkiller’, won an impressive four awards at the 2004 Maple Blues Awards and not long after he took home the JUNO Award for ‘Blues Album of the Year’. with notes from Morgan Davis.

1982 I’m Ready To Play (Bullhead) I-842
1989 Morgan Davis  (Stony Plain) SPL-1148
1994 Live  at Grossman’s (independent)
1999 Blues Medicine (Electro-Fi – HOL) 3362
2003 Hogtown Years (Eletro-Fi – HOL) 3372
2003 Painkiller (Electro-Fi – HOL) 3382
2007 At Home in Nova Scotia (Deep Cove)
2011 Drive My Blues Away (Electro-Fi)

Willy Jak
(bass, vocals)  / Murray Cretin” Acton (guitar, vocals) / Jesus Bonehead (drums) / Gymbo (vocals, guitar; replaced Acton)
Formed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1979, the Dayglo Abortions were part of the Hardcore 2nd wave of punk who did their best to offend with black and often offensive humour involving rape, killing, body functions, sex and other related taboo and distasteful subjects to the general public. However, they got more than they bargained for when the band and their record label, Fringe Product were charged with distributing obscene material under the Canadian Criminal Code. Several hundred copies of the band’s LPs were seized in 1988 following a four month investigation by Nepean, Ontario police after complaints from an officer whose daughter had brought home a copy of a Dayglo Abortions album. A precedent setting trial was held in Ottawa on November 5, 1988 for obscenity related offences. Toronto record company Fringe Product Inc. and its distribution arm Record Peddler faced charges of distribution and possession for the purpose of distributing obscene material.  The prosecution was centered on 11 of  37 Dayglo Abortion songs from two albums entitled “Feed U.S.A. Fetus” (1985), which shows a painting of former President and First Lady Ronald & Nancy Reagan in front of a baked human fetus on a plate, and “Here Today, Guano Tomorrow” (1988) which showed before and after pictures of a hamster being killed with a gun. The charges were the first ever in Canadian law under obscenity provisions enacted in 1959. However, the Ottawa jury, originally deadlocked, was ordered back into deliberation before returning nine hours later with a ‘Not Guilty’ verdict. Charges against the band itself were dropped early in the case as Canadian law does not prohibit the creation of obscene material, only the selling or distributing of it. The downside to the victory was the enormous cost of Fringe defending itself in court and the ultimate collapse of the label due to insurmountable legal bills. The band’s reaction to the ordeal was to release an even more offensive follow-up album in 1990 called ‘Two Dogs Fucking’. Following this, lead singer The Cretin quit to form country-punk act Lummox.  The band hired new singer Gymbo and two additional guitarists which gave the Dayglo Abortions a more metal sound for ‘Little Man In the Canoe’ (1995), ‘Corporate Whores’ (1997), and ‘Stupid World, Stupid Songs’ (1998). Cretin finally returned to the fold for ‘Deathrace 2000’ (1999) and gave the band back its punk pedigree. Their final album was 2004’s ‘Holy Shiite’.

1981 Out of the Womb (Sharpe) SHARPE-001
1985 Feed U.S.A. Foetus (Fringe) FPL-3021
1988 Here Today, Guano Tomorrow (Fringe) FPL-3053
1990 Two Dogs Fucking * Deux Chien Fourrent (God) CD-6969
1995 Little Man In the Canoe (God) CD-2332
1997 Corporate Whores (God) CD-6669
1998 Stupid World, Stupid Songs (God)
1999 Deathrace 2000 (God)
2004 Holy Shiite

Dave Javex [aka David Leone] (vocals;1986) / Jeff St. Louis (drums) / Gerry Ouellette (guitar;1985-94) / Eddie Shahini (guitar; 1985) / Phil Dakin (bass, guitar, vocals) / Cory Lowe (vocals; replaced Javex 1986) / Jason Quinn (guitar) / Graham Ferguson (drums; part-time) / Daniel Mongrain (guitar; 2003)
In 1985 Montréal guitarists Gerry Ouellette and Eddie Shahini had a duo called Final Chapter and soon recruited former Genetic Control singer Mike “Zabo” Price. They wrote songs together but Price soon left.  Meanwhile, following the life-span of their former punk acts Zyklon B and Vomit & The Zits in the early and mid-80s respectively, Montréal’s Dave Javex and Jeff St. Louis joined Ouellet and Shahini in a new thrash metal venture they called Dead Brain Cells at their first rehearsal in February1986. Guitarist Phil Dakin also joined and switched to bass. But following several shows they were not satisfied with Javex and replaced him with Unruled’s vocalist Cory Lowe. Lowe was also let go and DBC decided that Dakin would play bass and sing. After being spotted by an A & R scout while opening for Slayer in Montréal, the band was signed to Combat Records in the US in 1986. The band went into Victor Studio from March 16 to April 14, 1987 with Megadeth producer Randy Burns and recorded their self-titled debut album which was released to favourable metal magazine reviews.  By 1988 they were able to play out of province and made demos that summer of a full concept album. With Garth Richardson producing, they recorded their sophomore album, ‘Universe’, at Tempo Studios. The album was released in 1989 and led to the band’s first tour of the US Midwest and east coast in through July and August. A highlight was opening for Bad Brains in Long Island, New York. Upon return to Montréal the band was given a one-hour TV special on MuchMusic’s French sister station Musique Plus. The station also played the band’s independently made concept video for the song ‘The Genesis Explosion’. The band returned to the US to tour in January 1990 – this time on the west coast covering California, Arizona and Texas and another east coast tour from Florida up to New York. With their return to Montréal they began pre-production on album number three. They continued writing and recording into 1991 but Combat Records balked at the cost of the album and planned videos leaving DBC without a label. They attempted to get signed with another label, but they found no takers. The band played its last show in 1991. Ouellete died November 12, 1994. The band reunites in 2002 to complete and release a CD of the incomplete third album entitled ‘Unreleased’. DBC would perform sporadic shows with Jason Quinn covering Ouellette’s guitar parts and the addition of drummer Graham Ferguson. In 2005 the band re-issued its first two albums on CD. Theyplay a number of reunion shows between then and 2011 including a headlining spot at the ‘Hell Freezes Over Festival’ in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2011. Shahini went on to form the band Kill of Rights.

Dead Brain Cells (Combat) 618161
1989 Universe (Combat) 561200
1995 Unreleased [EP] (DBC)
2002 Unreleased (Galy) GALY-002

Bill Hodge / Doug Hergott
(vocals, lead guitar) / Hugh Mitchell (bass) / Laurie Currie (drums)
Saskatchewan act featuring former Liverpool/Aerial/Spice drummer Laurie Currie and Doug Hergott & Hugh Mitchell of Legend. D’Carot And D’Boize made two videos for singles off their lone album entitled ‘Zealanda Green’ – “I’m Inspector Prints” and “Zealanda Green” – which were done by SRTV and produced by Bruce Woloshyn. Hergott would go on to produce and be music director with a reformed version of his band Legend in 1992 with country singer Marilyn Faye Parney.

1986 Zealanda Green (Carobird) WRC1-3702

de KEYZER, Jack
Guitarist Jack de Keyzer is originally from London, England by way of Rotterdam, and is a former member of Hamilton band The Bopcats – a rockabilly group who released two albums in the 1980’s on Attic Records. After leaving The Bopcats he was a member of The Rock Angels who released an independent EP in 1983.  de Keyzer’s solo work started in 1989 with the release of “Blue Train” as an indie video. This track led to the album ‘Hard Working Man’ which was produced by Stacey Heydon. The album mad a name for de Keyzer in the Canadian blues industry through the successful singles “Blue Train”, “That’s The Way” and “Nothing In the World”. The single “That’s The Way” made it all the way to #13 on Rock Radio. His sophomore effort, 1994 ‘Wild at Heart’ was produced by Kevin Doyle (Harem Scarem, Alannah Myles) and Jack de Keyzer. February 1999 saw the release of “mostly live” ‘Down In the Groove’ on de Keyzer’s own Blue Star label. The CD was nominated for a 1999 JUNO Award for ‘Best Blues CD’ and ‘Best CD of 1999’ by the National MAPL Blues Awards. de Keyzer, along with engineer Alec Fraser, won their nomination for Best Recording by MAPL Blues. Along with performing and recording, de Keyzer also produces and has other acts signed to his Blue Star label including John Mars. He is also a veteran session man having played on recordings by the likes of Richard Newell (aka King Biscuit Boy), Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Rita Chiarelli, John Mars, “Baby” Chris Houston, and Art Bergmann. de Keyzer’s music has also appeared in movie soundtracks, (‘Michelle Apartments’) and on TV (‘Traders’, ‘PSI Factor’). with notes from Kevin Murphy. [also see THE BOPCATS]

1989 Blue Train (Blue Train)
1990 Blue Train (Parfio Music Group)
1990 That’s The Way (Parfio Music Group)
1990 Nothing In The World (Parfio Music Group)
1994 Way That I Love You

1982 Lucky One/Real Thing (Blue Train) CCR-9177

1990 Hard Working Man (Parfio Music Group)
1994 Wild at Heart
1999 Down In the Groove (Blue Star)
2002 Six String Lover
2007 Blues Thing

Peter Cleaver (vocals, guitar) / Doug Proulx (drums) / Syd Savage (guitar) / Tim Challenger (bass) / Jim Sigmund (bass; replaced Challenger) / Brad Kent (guitar; replaced Savage) / Dan Scum (vocals) / Puke / Nipplehead Keller
Originally from Burnaby, British Columbia this 5-piece hardcore punk act was formed in 1984. Their eight-song demo, ‘Undergrowth’, also became the name of their indie label. With a win in a Vancouver ‘Battle of the Bands’ contest they were able to afford to record and  release an 8 song 12” entitled ‘Not a Pretty Sight’. Later that year they migrated to Toronto to be closer to the active T.O. punk scene and signed with Fringe Product. ‘Not a Pretty Sight’ was re-released by Fringe in 1986. Their follow-up album, ‘Stop Killing Me’, came out in 1988 but the album’s promotion was mired in problems due to Fringe’s court battle on behalf of label mates The Dayglo Abortions on obscenity charges.

1988 Danger Zone/I.W.A.W.F.T. Soviet Union (Fringe) FPS-1783

1984 Undergrowth [cassette] (Undergrowth)
Not a Pretty Sight [8 song 12”] (Undergrowth) UG-1305
1986 Not a Pretty Sight [re-issue] (Fringe) FPE-3032
1988 Stop Killing Me (Fringe) FPL-3054
2009 Death Sentence (Lazy 8)

DeBOLT, Daisy
Born: Donna Marie DeBolt on July 19, 1945 in Winnipeg, Manitoba
Died: October 4, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario
In a career that spanned over 35 years, DeBolt caught her first taste of stardom as part of folk duo Fraser & DeBolt in 1969. They released two albums for Columbia Records before going their separate ways in 1974. The multi-instrumentalist began recording her debut solo album, ‘Soulstalking’, in August 1989 at Inception Sound with produer John Switzer and didn’t finish it until May 1991. It was finally released on her own label in 1992. The follow-up, ‘I Can’, was produced by John Switzer at Sunshine Studio in 1995 and featured the musical contributions of Bob Derkach and Larry Stanley. Stanley passed away between ‘I Can’ and the 2000 release of ‘Just Mountain Songs’ EP and DeBolt was inspired by the location of the recording and the loss of a friend. During the promotion of ‘Just Mountain Songs’, DeBolt and Derkach recorded a live-off the floor performance at radio station CIUT-FM August 31, 2000.  This recording was released as ‘Back to the Sugarcamp’ later that year. For her next album, DeBolt chose to record a jazz album as a tip of the hat to her late musician mother. ‘Live Each Day with Soul’ was produced by Tony Quarrington who chose Phil Dwyer as leader of the horn section consisting of Tom Skublics, Terry Lukiwski, and Daniel Lapp,  Doug Riley (keyboards), George Koller (bass), Marty Cordrey (drums), Tiina Kiik (accordion) and Bob Derkach (accordion). Special guest appearances were made by Jane Bunnett, Roberto Occhipinti, Victor Bateman, Marg aret Stowe and Dave Restivo. In 2004 she returned to her folk roots with the CD ‘Lovers & Fantasies’ featuring songs written by DeBolt and additional lyrical contributions from ‘The English Patient’ book writer Michael Ondaatje who lead an earlier life as musician. DeBolt was accompanied by Koeller and Stowe; Daisy DeBolt died October 4, 2011. with notes from Daisy DeBolt. [also see FRASER & DEBOLT]

Soulstalking (Debolt)
1996 I Can (Debolt)
2000 Just Mountain Songs [EP] (Debolt)
2002 Live Each Day With Soul (Debolt) DCD-106
2004 Lovers & Fantasies (Debolt)

Back to the Sugarcamp

courtesy David Sampson

Graham “Dee” Dunnett
(lead vocals, guitar) / Terry Watkinson (organ) / Len Lytwyn (drums, vocals) / Peter Sterbach (keyboards; replaced Watkinson 1968) / Billy King (drums; replaced Lytwyn)
England’s very own Graham Dunnett was a veteran on the UK music scene from 1957 to 1961 fronting more than 20 different bands. During the period of great musical growth in Hamburg, Germany, Dunnett led The Starliners to near fame in 1962, first backing the Beatles and then Gerry & The Pacemakers on the heels of two singles and a role in a British teen movie. Following a tour in France for 6 months, Dunnett decided to make the move to North America where all his peers had found fame and fortune during the British Invasion. Dunnett relocated to Canada where he formed Dee And The Yeomen with Fort Williams native Watkinson (Sonny & The Sequins) and Montréal’s Lytwyn in Autumn of 1964. In 1965 they released several singles a variety of independent labels, and in the spring of 1966 were signed to the high-profile REO Records. The first single for the label, “A Love Like Mine”, managed to hit #1 in some radio markets. They would eventually base themselves out of the Night Owl coffee house in Toronto’s Yorkville club district. They also played at all the surrounding area high schools and clubs along with work in Montréal, Calgary and on the East Coast. “In A Minute or Two” managed to reach #1 on some West Coast stations. The band eventually changed their name to Dee And The Quotum, Rock Show Of The Yeomen and later just The Yeomen. At this point Sterbach (Big Town Boys) had replaced Watkinson. Members of The Yeomen would rise again, one more time, as Quality Records artists Wishbone in 1971. Keyboardist Terry Watkinson would go on to join Max Webster in the mid-70’s; Sterbach went on to perform with The Paupers and Mandala. He is now a successful music teacher; Lytwyn became the CEO of the AFM Musicians union. with notes from Andre Gibeault and Paul Knight.

1965 Say Baby/You Should Know It (Wolff) 101
1965 Take The First Train Home/Why Why Why (Can-Cut) 8880
1965 Take The First Train Home/Why Why Why (Bell) 633
1966 A Love Like Mine/Be Gone Be Gone (REO/Quality) 8909
1966 Baby It’s All Worthwhile/Broken Hearted Melody (REO/Quality) 8940
1966 In A Minute Or Two/Afraid Of Love (REO/Quality) 8968


1967 Village Girl/Afraid of Love (REO/Quality) 8993

1969 We Are The Dream/The Chains (Mainstream) 701


1969 Someday You’ll Need Someone/Send Flowers To Julie (Sound Canada) SC-705

Dave Champion
(vocals) / Steve Gelling (guitar) / Tim Mech (bass) / Ian Seabrook (drums) / Rob Sanzo (bass)
Ottawa’s Deep Six was formed in Ottawa in 1984 and featured Dave Champion and Tim Mech who had played together in punk bands Civil Terror and Snuff Maximus. They teamed up with ex-Porcelain Forehead member Ian Seabrook and ex-Restless Virgins member Steve Gelling. Following Tim Mech’s departure he was replaced by Rob Sanzo and the band recorded one single for Nomad Records in 1985. Mech went on to co-found The Bookmen with Dave Bookman. After doing road work for The Rheostatics and Tragically Hip, he moved to Toronto where he formed the band Peep Show. Recently he was the guitar tech for Elvis Costello on the road; Champion works for the government; Seabrook lives in Vancouver; Gelling died in 2010.


1985 Complaints Department/Rockin’ The Rideau (Nomad)

Anthony “Tony” DeFranco
(vox) / Benito “Benny” DeFranco (vox) / Nino DeFranco (vox) / Marisa DeFranco (vox) / Merlina DeFranco (vox)
The five DeFrancos – Benny, Marisa, Nino, Merlina and Tony – were born and raised in Port Colborne and Welland, Ontario, by Italian immigrant parents Antonio and Maria, the DeFranco children all experimented with musical instruments at an early age.  Mr. DeFranco taught 10 year old Benny guitar and, less than eight years later, Benny was busy teaching guitar professionally and winning awards for his playing all over Canada.  Soon after Benny began his lessons, Marisa developed her own talents on the accordion and then the organ. Nino followed by showing his natural ability on the guitar.  The three of them played so well together that younger sister Merlina insisted on a place in the group – so they bought her some maracas. Tony, who was only 4, took to the maracas before Merlina could protest, so Mr. DeFranco bought Merlina a set of drums…and the DeFranco Quintet was formed.  It wasn’t long before the DeFrancos were a much sought-after act in their local area. They were in demand for local TV shows, benefits, parades, weddings and church functions. All this time, however, the DeFrancos remained a musical group, singing only during rehearsals.  Mrs. DeFranco, who knew her son Tony had a fine singing voice, asked him to sing onstage at a large banquet in Toronto. Tony refused. Mrs. DeFranco offered him $5. Tony reconsidered. The song was “Hey Jude,” and it brought the house down. After that, singing became the DeFrancos’ specialty, and they became more popular than ever.  A friend believed in them enough to send their picture to Charles Laufer, publisher of Tiger Beat Magazine, who immediately invited the DeFrancos to Hollywood for an audition.  Once in Hollywood, the DeFrancos did a series of interviews and photo sessions for Laufer and his staff. Their stories and pictures were published in the teen magazines, and it wasn’t long before the mail response convinced Chuck Laufer that there was something special about this family.  The DeFrancos took up residence in Hollywood, and the Laufer Entertainment Group (L.E.G.) had the DeFrancos cut three sides. Laufer took the finished songs directly to Russ Regan, President of 20th Century Records who signed the band to the label after only a single listen to the material. Producer Walt Meskell trained The DeFranco Family, and particularly Tony DeFranco, in preparation for their first album. The first single was “Heartbeat, It’s a Lovebeat,” in June of 1973. Dick Clark invited the DeFrancos on “American Bandstand” in July, which created more viewer reaction than any other Bandstand guest at that time. In total, the DeFrancos would appear on American Bandstand 9 times. “Heartbeat” would go to sell more than 2 1/2 million copies. The follow-up single, “Abra-Ca-Dabra”, was released at the beginning of 1974. The label decided to strike while the fire was hot and return the act to the recording studio to prepare for the next album. There erupted a power struggle in the production of second album LP with management telling returning producer Walt Meskell which songs to record while the DeFrancos themselves wanting more hands-on participation. Though they believed in continuing with the same musical tradition, they wanted the elbow room to mature as musicians and performers. Meskell elected to stockpile more of his own original songs while the DeFrancos fought for the right to record one of Benny’s original compositions. Alas, the label, producer and management team tethered the act to their bubblegum origins. The sophomore album, ‘Save the Last Dance for Me’, contained their third and final Top40 hit. Originally a hit for The Drifters, the remade title track reached No.18 in 1974. The band’s schedule was relentless and in June of 1974 they began an 11-week United States/Canadian tour in the summer and by the fall would tour Japan. Following the tour, they were sequestered for work on album #3. Pressure was immense from the creative team to zero in on the specific type of songs that needed to be recorded. With the success of the Drifters remake it was decided the act should continue the route of revising old cover tunes; coupled with that came the decision to switch producers by replacing Meskell with Mike Curb who’d had great success with the Osmonds. The DeFranco’s stuck to their creative guns hoping that the successful formula of the previous two records could be maintained. Ultimately, they lost the battle and were coerced into recording several songs with Mike Curb which proved to be less than satisfactory. By the end of 1974 the DeFranco’s had no third album or a recording career. The band retired in 1979 and the family relocated to southern California. The ladies settled into married life; Benny did production work at Disney studios; Nino owned a music store in the San Fernando Valley; Tony and his wife ran a production company and were handling the careers of several international artists. Despite their standing Canadian citizenship, the majority of their recordings were disqualified as Canadian Content due to the songwriting and production being American. In recent years The DeFranco Family have reunited including an appearance at Rhino Records’ annual RetroFest and on April 13, 2000 at B.B. King’s nightclub in Los Angeles to coincide with a long overdue CD re-issue of their best material on a K-Tel Records ‘best of’ CD. Tony DeFranco is a real estate agent in California.

1973 Heartbeat – It’s A Lovebeat/Sweet, Sweet Loretta (20th Century/GRT) 1209-2030
1974 Abra-Ca-Dabra/Same Kind ‘A Love (20th Century/GRT) 1209-2070
1974 Save The Last Dance For Me/ Because We Both Are Young (20th Century/GRT)  1209-2088
1974 Write Me A Letter/Baby Blue (20th Century/GRT)  1209-2128
1975 We Belong Together/Time Enough For Love (20th Century/GRT) 1209-2214


1973 Heartbeat – It’s A Lovebeat (20th Century/GRT)  T-422
1974 Save The Last Dance For Me (20th Century) T-441
2000 The DeFranco Family Featuring Tony DeFranco (K-Tel)

Gerard van Herk
(vocals, guitar) / Tony Dewald (drums)
Formed in Monreal in 1981, eccentric music-meisters and OG Music record label owners Deja Voodoo were music’s answer to B-movie actors Bela Lugosi and Peter Laurie. Deja Voodoo brewed up their zany Sludgeabilly swamp rock with the enthusiasm of Buddy Holly and the charm of Herman Munster.  Live, raw guitars, drums and vocals are all that grace their records and contained no studio trappings.

1982 Monsters In My Garage [4 song EP] (Og Music) DV-01
1984 Cemetery (Og Music) OG-4
1985 Too Cool To Live, Too Smart To Die (Midnight Int’l – US)
1988 Hiekkaa Hietarannan (Gaga Goodies – Finland) GO-7


1983 Gumbo (Og Music) OG-1
1985 Too Cool To Live, Too Smart To Die (Midnight Int’l – US) MIR-112
1986 Swamp of Love (Og Music) OG-11
1987 Too Cool to Live, Too Smart to Die [remixed + extra track] (Og Music) OG-12
1987 Gotta Have Money (Gaga Goodies – Finland) GOD-2
1987 The Worst of… (Og Music) OG-14
1988 Big Pile of Mud (Og Music) OG-18
1990 Live At The Backstage Club, Helsinki Finland (Og Music) OG-28

Bob Bonnell
(vocals) / Cal Dodd (vocals) / Paul Gordon (vocals) / John Pym (guitar) / Terry Wilkins (bass) / John Sheard (keyboards) / Wally Cameron (drums) / John Lowry (guitar) / Doug MacAskill (guitar; replaced Lowry) / Mel O’Brien (bass; replaced Wilkins)
Formed in 1974 with members out of several disparate Toronto area bands, Déjà Vu were signed to Capitol Records. Their debut album ‘Song For Everyone’, was produced by Lighthouse’s Skip Prokop in 1976. The single from the album, “Dance”, became a Top30 hit in the summer of 1976 and landed the band an opening slot on tour with Joe Cocker. Wilkins and Lowry were replaced by O’Brien and MacAskill respectively for the second album, 1977’s ‘Get It Up For Love’, produced by Corky Abdo at Captain Audio studios except a hold-over track from the first album produced by Skip Prokop which was a cover version of his old Lighthouse hit “Pretty Lady”.  The album spawned two radio singles but both failed to do any significant chart action. The band split up later that year. Doug MacAskill soon replaced Rich Dodson in The Stampeders; Wilkins went on to join Rough Trade; John Sheard joined Dan Hill on his 1977 Australian tour; Mel O’Brien now lives in Ireland; Bonnell sang on the self-titled 1979 Emigré album. with notes from Mel O’Brien.

1976 Dance/Don’t Wanna Take the Chance (Capitol) 4277
1977 Don’t Want to Say Goodbye/Be Happy (Capitol) 4321
1977 Love I’d Like to Thank You/Somebody to Believe In (Capitol) 4396

1976 A Song For Everyone (Capitol) ST-11527
1977 Get It Up For Love (Capitol) ST-11604

Bill Leeb
/ Michael Balch / Rhys Fulber (replaced Balch)
Former Skinny Puppy collaborator Bill Leeb left that band to create Front Line Assembly in Vancouver with Michael Balch. The two also worked on a side project they called Delerium starting in 1986 and released ‘Faces, Forms and Illusions’ in 1989. By 1990 Balch had left both acts and Leeb began working with Rhys Fulber in Delerium. With half a dozen albums under their belts, Fulber moved on to pursue other musical interests and Leeb began working with producer Chris Peterson. In 2003 Fulber returned for Delerium’s next two releases – ‘Chimera’ (2003) and ‘Nuages de Monde’ (2006). The act performed their first live concerts during this period with singers Kristy Thirsk and Shelley Harland supplying vocals. In 2004 they also performed at the ‘One World Benefit Concert’ in aid of the Japanes Tsunami victims with Sarah McLachlan singing on their tune “Silence”. Delerium collaborators with many vocalists on their recordings featuring Camille Henderson (West End Girls), Leigh Nash (Sixpence None The Richer), Jacqui Hunt (Single Gun Theory), and many sampled vocals clips from other famous musical works. Leeb and Fulber have also worked under many other names including Equinox, Interim, Noise Unit, and Pro-Tech among others. They also created a one-off project with Leigh Nash called Fauxliage.

1994 Flowers Become Screens (Nettwerk)  W2-3080
1997 Euphoric (Firefly) (Nettwerk)
1997 Duende (Nettwerk)
1999 Silence (Nettwerk UK)

1989 Faces, Forms, and Illusions (Dossier) ST-7558
1989 Morpheus (Dossier) DCD-9010
1990 Syrophenikan (Dossier) DCD-9015
1990 Stone Tower (Dossier) DCD-9024
1991 Spiritual Archives (Dossier) DCD-9033
1991 Euphoria [EP] (Third Mind) TMD-9262
1994 Spheres I (Dossier) DCD-9053
1994 Spheres II (Dossier) DCD-9060
1995 Reflections I (Dossier) DCD-9071
1995 Reflections II (Dossier) DCD-9074
1996 Semantic Spaces (Nettwerk) W2-30092
1998 Sampler (Nettwerk) PRO-39811
1997 Karma [2 CD] (Nettwerk) 30112
1997 Karma (Nettwerk) 30113
2000 Poem (Nettwerk) 30165
2000 Poem [2 CD] (Nettwerk) 30166
2001 Archives Vol.1 (Nettwerk) 30226
2001 Archives Vol 2 (Nettwerk) 30227
2001 Odyssey: The Remix Collection (Nettwerk) 30240
2003 Chimera (Nettwerk) 30317
2004 The Best of (Nettwerk) 30377
2005 Silence: The Materpieces
2006 Nuages de Monde (Nettwerk) 30602
2010 Remixed: The Definitive Collection – Mixed by Niels Van Gogh (Nettwerk) 30873
2010 Voice – An Acoustic Collection [EP] (Nettwerk)

Marc Poitras
(vocals, lead guitar) / Michel Poitras (guitar) / Jacques Roberge (bass) / Raymond Parent (drums) / Dwight Kaser (bass) / Claude Atkins
The band formed in Montréal, Quebéc in 1964 by the brothers Marc & Michel Poitras as Les McKoy but soon changed it to Les Del-Hir. Their first single was a French version of The Rolling Stones’ “Last Time” entitled “Elle m’attend” on London Records. The song gained them television exposure around Quebéc. By the fall of 1965 Parent had left to join Les Habits Jaunes. In 1966 they released a French version of the Zombies’ “She’s Not There” entitled “On m’a souvaet parlé d’elle”. With a line-up change in 1967that saw Jacques Roberge leave and was replaced by Dwight Kaser and Claude Atkins from the group Les Million-Airs. The band would return to London Records in 1968 for two more singles before splitting up in 1969.

Elle m’attend/ Le chemin (London) FC-718
1966 On m’a souvaet parlé d’elle/Mathilda (Vedettes) VD-3022
1968 C’est la vie qui veut ça/Je ne sais plus quoi faire (London) FC-765
1968 C’est ta faute/Voila pourquoi (London) FC-766

Danny Janz
(vocals) / Ken Janz (vocals) / Paul Janz (vocals, keyboards) / Herb Rempel (vocals, percussion, bongos; 1976-1977) / Paul Barnard (bass; 1976-1977)  / Vern Giesbrecht (vocals: 1976-1978) / Doug Virgin (guitars: 1978) / Guy Roellinger (bass; 1978) / Rick Shaw (drums, percussion, vocals; 1978) / Dave McSparran (drums; replaced Shaw 1979) / Jacques Emanuel Belzung (guitars; 1979)
Originally from Calgary, Alberta, the Janz brothers were sons of a Mennonite family who spent their formative years in Switzerland. The brothers dabbled in church choirs and opera while secretly cultivating a love of pop music. Danny and Paul would team up early on to record as a duo simply named “Danny and Paul” (and later adding Wayne Quiring). Meanwhile, Ken Janz followed his own spiritual music quest with several early ’70s releases under the name The Janz Team Singers. But they were torn between their classical upbringing and pop music and the three brothers put together a Christian-oriented English language sextet of strong vocalists featuring additional members from The Janz Team Singers in Europe and called it Deliverance. Deliverance relocated to Munich, Germany in the mid-1970’s after winning a songwriting contest in a German music magazine. The band would stay together for 10 years, release 4 albums and play shows to crowds of up to 10,000 people with the likes of The Scorpions. Their biggest hit was “Leaving L.A.” released in Europe in 1979. The single went to No. 56 on the Billboard Hot 100. By 1980 they had signed a deal with Global Records who licenced their material out to no less than 4 record labels worldwide — Atlantic, Epic, Attic and Metronome. With legal troubles from a copyright suit concerning the band’s name, the act became known as ‘Janz’ who recorded a single that went #1 but were advised by their attorney that the deal for a full album was not in their best interest. Paul Janz felt the glass ceiling of the European music industry trapping him and quit Deliverance several thousand Deutschmarks in debt, and returned to Vancouver in 1980 to become a jingle writer and a member of Prism briefly. Brothers Danny and Ken stayed in Germany where they remain today running a company called The Janz Team. Danny is still making music with Canada’s Danny Plett. Paul Janz would eventually sign with A & M Records, and later Attic, for a lucrative solo career. with notes from Daryl Sawatzky and Don Palmer. [also see PAUL JANZ]

1979 Leaving L.A./Face The Lady (Global/Attic) GL-400


1981 Mirrors (Global)


1976 To God Be The Glory (Image VII/Word) VII-7738
1977 Give It A Try (Blue Rose/Intercord – Germany) INT-160083
1978 Lasting Impressions (Global/Atlantic/WEA – Germany) KSD-50531
1979 Tightrope (Global/Attic) GLO-4001

Jeremy Harris
(drums, lead vocals, backing vocals) / Warren Nichols (bass, keyboards, backing vocals, guitar) / Chris Smith (guitar, steel guitar, backing vocals)
From Montreal, Quebec. Their self-titled debut album in 1978 was produced by Andre Perry at Le Studio.

Don’t Hold In Your Love/Looking For Love (Sky) SKX-1000

Delta (Sky) SK-100

Michel Demars
(vocals, keyboards)  / Luc Lanthier (guitar, vocals) / Michel Lanthier (percussion) / Guy Seguin (bass, keyboards)
Gloucester, Ontario new wave band that found popularity in Montréal, Quebéc.

1983 Stories From Between The Walls [4 song EP] (Zaradisc) ZD-1010

Compilation Tracks
“Love Tonight” on ‘Sharechez ’85’ [CHEZ] 106/85

Keith Whittaker
(vocals) / Iain Atkinson (bass) / Rob Brent (guitar) / Jimmy (J.D.) Weatherstone (drums) / Steve Koch (guitar)
The Demics began in the late ’70’s in London, Ontario and soon moved from the small club setting where their style of punk was barely appreciated to the hotbed of the Canadian punk scene itself — Toronto. Soon, the band found itself the showpiece act on fledgling indie label Ready Records in Toronto and a 5-song EP called ‘Talk’s Cheap’ led to some notoriety on cutting edge Toronto radio like CFNY-FM due to the uncensored track “New York City” (where Keith Whittaker declares “I’m fucking pissed off” and “the same shit every day”). The band was wooed to Tom Treumuth’s Hypnotic Records label which was equipped to take the band farther with its distribution deal through Intercan/Pickwick Records. The result was the self-titled debut album in 1980 with a remake of “New York City” featuring ‘clean’ lyrics – which radio promptly ignored. The Demics’ rising star was short lived and the band split up amidst lack of a clear vision and musical direction following the loss of their deal on Intercan/Hypnotic;Weatherstone would go on to play drums for various incarnations of country cow-punk Handsome Ned’s Sidewinders and The Hellions. In 1996, Other People’s Music out of Toronto released a compilation CD of the Demics’ material. This was followed by Chart Magazine’s listing of “New York City” as the number one greatest Canadian single of all time.  On July 16 of that year, Keith Whittaker died of cancer in Toronto after years of living in London, Ontario. A post-humous collection of Keith Whittaker demos was released on Bullseye Records in 2006 entitled ‘Drink to Me’. with notes from Steven Davey and Nick Smash.

1980 New York City/Blue Boy (Intercan/Hypnotic) CAN-10014
1981 All Gone Wrong/The 400 Blows (Intercan/Hypnotic) CAN-10018


1979 Talk’s Cheap (Ready) EPRR-001
1980 Demics (Intercan/Hypnotic/Pickwick) IC-1010


Dee Depaul’s was signed to Toronto promotional manager Robert J. Stone’s Now Records after hearing her sing in an Oshawa boutique which she happened to own. Her only known single,“Remember Me” (composed by Montréal’s Toni Catichio), peaked at No. 83 on the RPM Top100 singles chart in July 1968. A full album featuring cover versions of “Satisfaction” and “Release Me” was rumoured to be in the works shortly after the single release.

Remember Me/Come Dance with Me (Now) NOW-606

Dervieux’s ‘Dimension “M”‘ LP features contributions by members of Contraction and Ville Émard Blues Band.

Dimension ‘M’ (Columbia) FS-90072

Bill Vrebosch
(vocals) / Robert Ahern / Ken Sim / Angelo Nunner / David Gillespie
North Bay act Descendants of Tyme was formed from the ashes of Billy And The Belmonts. Lead singer Bill Vrebosch was soon fronting the revamped Bill Vrebosch And The Descendants of Tyme who managed to release one single, “Caramia”, on the Vintage label. They were local heroes around northern Ontario playing the Commodore and Fraser Taverns and often performed in the nearby town of Callender, Ontario. Vrebosch would go on to serve as a municipal politician in North Bay (including a run as mayor) starting in 1978. He also ran as the Progressive Conservative Provincial election candidate in the riding of Nippissing in the 2007 Ontario election.

Caramia/Duk the Togue (Vintage) 1147

Chris Gibb
(synth, bass, vocals) / Kenny MacLean (synth, guitar, vocals) / Henry Diclemente (drums) / Greg Stephens (synths, vocals)
Ajax, Ontario band The Suspects, featuring ex-Hairdressers member Kenny MacLean released an independent single called “Raining Over France” in 1979 which gained some airtime on Toronto radio stations. Meanwhile, members of Johnnie Lovesin’s backing band – ex-Wanka member Chris Gibb and Henry DiClemente left him to form The Deserters which MacLean was asked to join. They soon came to the attention of Capitol-EMI Records in Canada and released their eponymous debut in 1980. The album sported a charting single in the track “Alien” and the Deserters was able to do opening slots for other Capitol New Wave acts in Canada. To augment and expand their sound beyond the obvious Police boundaries, they added keyboardist Stephens for their follow-up ‘Siberian Nightlife’ which was also recorded in Los Angeles in 1982. Despite intensive touring and a push at radio for the singles “Nothing Ever Happens” and “Julie” by Capitol-EMI, the album failed to ignite; With the Canadian punk scene officially dead and the new wave scene firmly progressing into techno-pop, another Toronto act, Platinum Blonde as Kenny MacLean to join the band as keyboardist, vocalist. MacLean went on to a solo career. He passed away November 24, 2008. [also see THE SUSPECTS, WANKA]

1981 Alien/Inner Visions (Capitol-EMI) 72856
1981 Inner Visions/A.W.O.L. (Capitol – UK) CL-212
1981 Alien/Protection (Capitol – UK) CL-225
1981 Take It Away/Raining Over France (Capitol-EMI) 72870
1983 Nothing Ever Happens/Siberia (Capitol-EM) 72913
1983 Julie/Take It All (Capitol-EMI) 72918

1981 The Deserters (Capitol-EMI) ST-12164
1983 Siberian Nightlife (Capitol-EMI) ST-12257

1981 Alien/Inner Visions (Capitol-EMI) 72856
1981 Inner Visions/A.W.O.L. (Capitol – UK) CL-212
1981 Alien/Protection (Capitol – UK) CL-225
1981 Take It Away/Raining Over France (Capitol-EMI) 72870
1983 Nothing Ever Happens/Siberia (Capitol-EM) 72913
1983 Julie/Take It All (Capitol-EMI) 72918

1981 The Deserters (Capitol-EMI) ST-12164
1983 Siberian Nightlife (Capitol-EMI) ST-12257

Social and political pop-punk act from Kamloops, British Columbia.


1987 A Chance to Feel Emotions Inside [5 song EP] (Chikara) CR-001

1988 Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream (Chikara) CR-002

From Montréal, Quebéc. Destiny was one of many studio concoctions created by disco producer Tony Green.

1981 Candy/Oh Darling (Destiny) 001
1982 Dance/Suzanne (Destiny) 002
1982 Dance Freaks, Party Freaks/(instrumental) [12”] (JC) JC12-006
1987 Games (Long Version)//Games (Quick Mix)//Games (Radio Mix) (Quick Sound) QS-001
1987 Magic Lover [4 mixes] (JC) JC12-035

Boris Pawluk
(guitar) / Edd Smith (guitar, later bass) / Derek Blake [aka Bylyk] (lead guitar) / John Gach (drums) / Burton Cummings (vocals, saxophone, later keyboards) / Don Gunter (guitar; replaced Pawluk) / Ken Birdini (drums; replaced Gach) / Craig Hamblin (drums; replaced Birdini) / Ronn Savoie (drums; replaced Hamblin) / Bruce Decker (rhythm, guitar) / Wayne Arnold / Orest Andrews
The Deverons were from Winnipeg, Manitoba and were formed in 1961 by Edd Smith, Derek Blake, Boris Pawluk and John Gach who all attended St. John’s High School. They rehearsed in Gach’s parents’ basement and played instrumental music exclusively as no one in the band wanted to sing. By the 1962 school semester Burton Cummings, a fan of the band, had joined the band as singer for some additional songs they had added but still remained mainly an instrumental act. Cummings taught himself saxophone which earned him additional stage time with the group. They named themselves The Deverons in the fall of 1962 after an obscure US band called The Devrons whose sole record, “Brand X”, was a song they played in their set. They added the extra letter ‘e’ to differentiate themselves from the US act. Several line-up changes later the line-up stabilized with Smith (now on bass), Cummings (vocals and keyboards), Blake (now on lead guitar), Ronn Savoie (drums) and Bruce Decker (rhythm guitar). Though still playing mostly cover tunes at gigs, they had written an original vocal song called “Suzy Baby” and an instrumental tune they recorded in St. Boniface, Manitoba sometime in 1964 though nothing came of the recordings. In 1965 they did another session, this time with four original tracks, at radio station CKY’s back studio – “Blue Is the Night”, “She’s Your Lover”, “Yes I Do” and “Leave Her Alone”. With their demo they success landed a deal with Quality Records’ REO Records imprint. “Blue Is the Night” and “She’s Your Lover” was released as a single in 1965 and the band were able to get some local radio play and better shows. When 1966 rolled around Burton Cummings was asked to join The Guess Who and soon left. The Deverons continued on without him and released several more singles for REO written by Cummings but he did not appear on the recordings. Decker went on to form The Electric Jug & Blues Band. The Deverons reunited in 1980 during a CBC special called ‘Portage & Main’ hosted by Burton Cummings. In 1987 Decker died in a car crash. [also see BURTON CUMMINGS]

1965 She’s Your Lover/Blue Is The Night (REO/Quality) 8892
1966 Lost Love/Feel Alright (REO/Quality) 8916
1966 She Is My Life/You Can’t Buy Me (REO/Quality) 8930
1966 Farmer John/She (REO/Quality) 8959

Born: Devon Martin in England
Born to Jamaican parents in England, Devon grew up in Malton, Ontario, and listened to such different artists as Parliament, Bach, Charlie Parker, and Chic growing up. At the age of 14 Devon formed a band called Shock Waves and released an independent single in 1977. In the ensuing years this composer, writer, producer, and singer was involved in various projects. This included being a member of the seminal Toronto reggae band 20th Century Rebels (who released an album in 1983), appearing at folk festivals in Winnipeg, Vancouver and Halifax, regular performances with the 10-piece Toronto jam band Bong Conga Nistas, and a cross-country tour opening for Judy Mowatt and Lillian Allen. A member of a “we’ll-back-anybody” rhythm section, Devon and other musicians played in cafes and dives anywhere and everywhere for about $50 a night. He toured Halifax as a guest rapper with Messenjah, and with his friend Ojiji of Messenjah he once played in a group called the Redeem Team backing Frankie Paul and Tiger. While on tour in Los Angeles in 1989 with Lillian Allen, Devon inadvertently encountered some trouble with some friends in a Redondo Beach record store. While carrying cash to the safe, the cashier was overly concerned with their presence in the building and called the police. Devon and his black friend were summoned outside and rather roughly searched until their passports fell out of their pockets; the policemen apologized, explaining that the local kids were buying guns and “trying to kill us”. Disturbed by what he experienced, he wrote a song and financed an independent video entitled “Mr. Metro” about violence and the proliferation of it in our society. Devon used several different local rallies as background footage and ended up in hot water with the local police, who considered charging him with the defamation of the characters of the policemen he included in his footage; eventually he had to block out the faces of people in the video in order to get it shown on the air. It went on to win a MuchMusic Video Award for R’n’B Video of the Year in 1990.  Devon was signed to Capitol and released his first solo album in 1992, entitled ‘It’s My Nature’.

1990 Mr. Metro (independent)

1992 It’s My Nature (EMI)

From Montréal, Quebéc. Originally an instrumental band, they grew into a guitar driven pop act with vocals.

Surf Board/Bien trop timide (Jeunesse) 4016
1965 Quand je l’ai vu devant moi/A plein coeur (Jeunesse) 4017
1966 J’ai vingt ans/Bien trop timide (Decouverte) 7004

1965 Guitares a Go Go (Fantastic) 1408

David Buckthorpe
/ Louis Nitikman
By 1985, singer David Buckthorpe had spent nine years miserable and slogging life out in a rock band in Calgary, relocated to Vancouver, and discovered that by relocating he was essentially starting from scratch once again. Totally disillusioned with life as a musician, Buckthorpe dropped out of the industry for about a year and formed a waterbed company with his brother, learning about business along the way. By 1986 they had 19 outlets across Canada employing 140 people and Buckthorpe had enough money to set up a basement studio situation from which they helped friends record their original material. It was one of these friends, Louis Nitikman, who would start writing material with Buckthorpe. Initially the duo, now named Diamond In The Rough, pursued only a publishing deal and continually submitted songs to Cliff Jones at the publishing division of Bruce Allen’s Rock Headquarters. Jones tried to persuade Buckthorpe and Nitikman to record their material on their own, and eventually they landed a publishing deal and a recording deal with Virgin Records. Their first album was released in 1988 and met with positive critical acclaim.

Walk on the Wire/Young of Heart (Virgin) VS-1423
Ain’t Good Lovin’/Young of Heart (Virgin) VS-1435
1988 I Wish There Was a Way/Young of Heart (Virgin) VS-1551
1989 Thief In the Night/Where Is Love (Virgin) VS-1596

1988 Diamond In The Rough (Virgin) VL-3025

DIAMOND, Charlotte
Born: July 31, 1945 in Richmond, British Columbia
Starting out as a folk singer/songwriter on the west coast during the folk era, Charlotte Diamond eventually left her folk roots behind and became a teacher. Discovering a different kind of talent by bringing her guitar into class to help her students learn French, Diamond quit her job, cashed in her teacher’s pension, borrowed money from family and friends, and recorded and released an original independent children’s album entitled ‘10 Carrot Diamond’ in 1985. With constant, strong promotion of the album and herself, Diamond was able to recoup her initial investment of $20,000 within four months. Her independent release earned her a JUNO Award but did little to attract the attention of the major labels, so she approached A & M Records for a distribution deal for her label Hug Bug Records. By doing her own promotion and releasing a second album right away in January of 1987, Diamond managed to compete against children’s artist heavyweights such as Sharon, Lois & Bram, as well as Fred Penner for sales and attention.

1985 Ten Carrot Diamond (Hug Bug) CDL-317
1987 Diamond In the Rough (Hug Bug/A & M) CDL-318
1987 Qu’il y ait toujours le soleil (Hug Bug/A & M) CDL-319
1988 Diamonds and Dragons: Songs and Stories for Kids Age 4 & Up (Hug Bug/A & M) CDL-320
1989 The Christmas Gift (Hug Bug/A & M) CDL-321
1994 Soy Una Pizza (Hug Bug) 103212
1999 My Bear Gruff (Hug Bug/Music Design) 103222
2000 Charlotte Diamond’s World (Hug Bug/Music Design) 103262
2001 Nous sommes tous comme les fleurs (Hug Bug/Music Design) 103272
2005 Bonjour L’hiver (Hug Bug/Music Design) 103282
2006 Todo El Mundo Come Banana! (Hug Bug/Music Design) 103292

Scott Cushnie (
keyboards) / Stan Endersby (guitar) / Mike McKenna (vocals, guitar) / Tony Nolasco (drums) / Howie Smith (bass)
In the midst of the uncertainty in the future of McKenna-Mendelson Mainline, band members McKenna and Nolasco put together this side project supergroup which also featured Scott “Professor Piano” Cushnie (Robbie Lane & The Disciples), Endersby (The Tripp, Maple Oak), and Smith (Ugly Ducklings). The band would record an entire album for Atlantic Records but the label only released on single before scrapping the full LP. Pacemaker Entertainment managed to salvage the record and finally issued it in 2004.

Just My Way of Loving You/Good Old Days (Atlantic) CAT-40002

1974 (Pacemaker) PACE-061

Ted Kowalski (tenor vocalist) / Phil Levitt (baritone vocalist) / Bill Reed (bass vocalist) / Dave Somerville (lead vocalist) / Evan Fisher (replaced Kowalski; 1959) / John Felten (replaced Reed; 1959)  / Mike Douglas (replaced Levitt; 1957)  / Bob Duncan (1978)
Toronto’s The Diamonds (not to be confused with the US act who recorded for Atlantic Records pre-1955), like the Crew Cuts and the Four Lads, were one of the leading North American vocal cover groups in the mid-’50s. Founding member Levitt believes the group had its origins one summer while vacationing at Crystal Beach on Lake Erie where he and a friend were encouraged by some passing girls to continue singing after an impressive version of The Hilltoppers’ “I’d Rather Die Young”. That Fall Levitt entered the University Of Toronto and met Kowalski. With the creation of The Diamonds, the group began to get work on several CBC Radio shows. One day while rehearsing in the CBC studios they came to the attention of Nat Goodman who took them on as manager. The vocal group actually sighted unknown black Detroit vocalists The Revelaires who played Toronto frequently as their main influence. The group never made a record but hung out with The Diamonds over the course of two years and taught the white Torontonians most of what they would need to become successful. While working shows stateside they signed a deal with small label Coral Records for the first few underwhelming singles. Late in 1955 they played the Alpine Village Club in Cleveland where they were discovered by disc jockey Bill Randle who challenged them to do a cover version of The Teenagers’ “Why Do Fools Fall In Love”. The recording was completed and Randle introduced the group to Art Talmadge of Mercury Records. They hit the top of the charts in early 1956 with the recording of “Why Do Fools Fall In Love” which began a string of successful follow-ups including “The Church Bells May Ring”, and their biggest hit, a watered down version of The Gladiolas hit “Little Darlin’” (peaking at No.2 in Canada and the US while selling 4 million copies in the US alone), Buddy Holly’s “Words of Love”, “Wild Honey”, “Zip Zip” and a dozen others. Though they had a reputation as a cover tune act they did have a hit with an original song called “The Stroll” in 1958 making them a dance sensation on Dick Clark’s ‘American Bandstand’. During the late ’50’s the group appeared with such major acts as Elvis Presley, Perry Como, Tony Bennett, Steve Allen and Jimmy Dean. They also managed to appear in the movie musical ‘The Big Beat’. After some major personnel changes, The Diamonds scored their final hit in 1961. Somerville remained active as a solo artist and teamed up with former Four Preps member Bruce Belland to work concerts and TV appearances as a duo from 1962-1969. From the 1970s thru the 1990s, there were at least two groups singing and touring as The Diamonds, at one time or another. Mike Douglas fronted one version and John Felten had the other. Following a lawsuit settlement, Felten’s group was awarded awarded the official owners of the Diamonds’ name while Douglas’s group was ordered to cease using The Diamonds’ name. Bob Duncan became lead vocalist of a reformed Diamonds in 1978 and took a short break after Felten’s death in a plane crash in 1982. The act made it to the country charts in 1987. The Diamonds were inducted into the Canadian JUNO Hall of Fame in the 1990’s and the act reformed for the presentation ceremony.  Ironically, they are still known today as America’s Favourite Vocal Group; Reed died October 22, 2004 in Florida; Kowalski died in Whitby, Ontario in August 2010; Somerville died July 14, 2015 in Santa Barbara, California. with notes from Dave Somerville, Mike Douglas, Keith Fontaine, Don Abbott and Barry Worrell.

1955 Black Denim Trousers & Motorcycle Boots/Nip Sip (Coral) 61502
1955 Be My Lovin’ Baby/Smooch Me (Coral) 61577
1956 Why Do Fools Fall In Love/You Baby You (Mercury) 70790
1956 The Church Bells May Ring/Little Girl of Mine (Mercury) 70835
1956 Love, Love, Love/Ev’ry Night About This Time (Mercury) 70889
1956 Soft Summer Breeze/Ka-Ding-Dong (Mercury) 70934
1956 My Judge and Jury/Put Your House In Order (Mercury) 70983
1956 A Thousand Miles Away/Ev’ry Night About This Time (Mercury) 71021
1957 Little Darlin’/Faithful and True [w/David Carroll and His Orchestra] (Mercury) 71060
1957 Words of Love/Don’t Say Goodbye (Mercury) 71128
1957 Oh, How I Wish/Zip Zip (Mercury) 71165
1957 Wild Honey/Passion Flower (Mercury) 71194
1957 Silhouettes/Daddy Cool (Mercury) 71197
1957 The Stroll/Land of Beauty (Mercury) 71242
1957 The Diamonds  – America’s Number One Singing Stylists Volume 1 [7” EP] (Mercury)
1957 The Diamonds  – America’s Number One Singing Stylists Volume 2 [7” EP] (Mercury)
1957 Collection Of Golden Hits [7” EP] (Mercury) EP-1-4038
1958 Presenting The Diamonds [7” EP] (Mercury) MEP-9515
1958 High Sign/Chick-Let’s (Don’t Let Me Down) (Mercury) 71291
1958 Kathy O/Happy Years (Mercury) 71330
1958 Walking Along/Eternal Lovers (Mercury) 71366
1959 She Say (Oom Dooby Doom)/From The Bottom of My Heart (Mercury) 71404
1959 Gretchen/A Mother’s Love (Mercury) 71449
1959 Sneaky Alligator/Holding Your Hand  (Mercury) 71468
1959 Young In Years/The Twenty-Second Day (Mercury) 71505
1959 Walkin’ The Stroll/Batman, Wolfman, Frankenstein or Dracula (Mercury) 71534
1960 Tell The Truth/Real True Love (Mercury) 71586
1960 Slave Girl/The Pencil Song (Mercury) 71633
1960 You’d Be Mine/The Crumble (Mercury) 71734
1961 You Sure Changed Me/Shoo Ya Blues (Mercury) 71782
1961 Woomai-Ling/The Munch (Mercury) 71818
1961 One Summer Night/It’s a Doggone Shame (Mercury) 71831
1962 The Vanishing American/The Horizonal Lieutenant (Mercury) 71956


1957 The Diamonds – America’s Number One Singing Stylists (Mercury) MG-20309
1958 Dig The Diamonds [EP] (Mercury)
1958 The Diamonds Meet Pete Rugolo [EP] (Mercury) MG-20368
1959 Diamonds Are Trumps [EP] (Mercury)
1959 The Diamonds Out West (Mercury)
1959 Star Studded Diamonds [EP] (Mercury)
1959 The Diamonds – America’s Famous Song Stylists (Wing/Mercury) MGW-12114
1959 Pop Hits By The Diamonds (Wing/Mercury) MGW-12178
1960 Songs from the Old West (Mercury) MG-20480
1971 The Diamonds ’70 (Sound Recorder)
1984 The Best of The Diamonds (Rhino) RNDF-209
1993 Little Darlin’: 25 Golden Hits (Remember) RMB-70752
1996 The Best Of The Diamonds: The Mercury Years (Mercury) 532734
1996 Diamonds Collection (Stardust)

Singer, songwriter, guitarist and engineer Scott Dibble formed Watertown as a pseudonym for his solo work after having been behind the scenes for so long working in Claremont, Ontario at Chalet Studios assistant engineering early recordings by the likes of Big Sugar and The Barenaked Ladies. Dibble co-wrote Barenaked Ladies’ “New Kid on the Block.” His debut album, with producer Terry Brown, was 1990’s ‘Watertown’ on Blue Rodeo’s Risque Disque label. The first single, “Paper Walls”, failed to land any significant CHR airplay that year, however, the second single, “If We Turn Out the Lights”, was recognized as an anti-pick-up song and garnered moderate radio success. With the folding of Risque Disque in 1991, Dibble was able to continue working with WEA Records who had distributed the debut album. Calling in major favours from the cream of Toronto’s Queen Street crop, Dibble recruited the help of Colin Linden (guitar), Steve Page and Ed Robertson from the Barenaked Ladies, and Arlene Bishop for ‘One Phoebe Street’. This album, as well, failed to make a dent in the sales and radio area and Dibble soon found himself behind the scenes once again without a record deal. He frequently opened for the likes of his friends, The Barenaked Ladies, and members of the band would often accompany him on stage for his otherwise one-man shows. In 1994 Dibble hooked up with Hemingway Corner co-founder David Martin who had lost his songwriting partner and so brought in Dibble and Mark Sterling to revive Hemingway Corner. Because another album was owed to Sony Music, these three distinctive writing talents collaborated to produce ‘Under The Big Sky’ in 1995 which yielded two singles in the title track and Neil Young’s “Tell Me Why” (also featured on the ‘Borrowed Tunes’ tribute disc in 1994). [also see HEMINGWAY CORNER]

1990 Paper Walls (Risque Disque/WEA)
1990 If We Turn Out The Lights (Risque Disque/WEA)
1990 I’ll Run To You (Risque Disque/WEA)

1990 No Singing At The Dinner Table (Risque Disque/WEA) 17-10321

1992 One Phoebe Street (WEA)

Joey Varone (vocals) / Gary Lima (vocals, guitar) / Hayden Vialva (drums) / Trevor Russell (bass) / J.J. McGregor (bass) / Dennis DeCarli (guitar)
The original trio known as The Dice formed in the early 1980’s and soon gained extensive playing experience across southern Ontario (at places like The Turning Point and The Headspace at Larry’s Hideaway) in a time when tribute acts seemed to dominate the Ontario club scene. They also toured on a triple bill with The Spoons and Nash The Slash in 1983. Deciding to try their hand at recording, they enlisted the help of Daniel Lanois and Stacey Hayden at Grant Avenue Studios in Stoney Creek. Their demo tapes caught the attention of Polygram Records in the US and they were signed to a worldwide deal. Their self-titled debut album was recorded at the Hit Factory in New York and was produced by Rolling Stones’ producer Chris Kimsey; released in 1984, it featured performances by Peter Frampton and Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones, Allman Brothers, Black Crowes), and also boasted a dancing performance by Mick Jagger on one song. The first two singles, “Chayla” and “Calling in the Rain”, achieved heavy rotation on a number of radio stations across Canada and the video for “Chayla” was added to the rotation lists of both MuchMusic and MTV. The American press, including Hit Parader and Circus, gave the album very favourable reviews while here at home it received mixed reviews from across the country. The group landed Canadian tours opening for the likes of John Cougar Mellencamp, Billy Idol and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Eventually, though, the A&R rep that signed them to Polygram left the label and so the Dice found themselves without a recording contract. Lima and Vialva toured with Teenage Head for two years, but the Dice reformed and in 1993 released a new album independently entitled ‘Misbehave’. with notes from Hayden Vialva.

1983 The Young And The Wild/Tired of Living Like This (Nardem) NARDEM-004
1984 Chayla/Last Call (Mercury/Polygram)  MS-76220
1984 Chayla/Lose Your Soul [12”] (Mercury/Polygram) PRO-269-1
1984 Calling In The Rain (Polygram)


1983 Holding Onto the Night [4 song EP] (Nardem) NARDEM-002
1984 The Dice (Mercury/Polygram) SRM-1-4091
1993 Misbehave (independent)

DIEL, Bill
This Royal Conservatory of Music piano graduate was a gold medal recipient at the Canadian National Exhibition at 8 years old. He also earned gold and silver medals in all Kiwanis Music Festivals he entered between the ages of 5 and 16 years old. Diel was also in the opening act for the Beatles during their Las Vegas performance in 1964. Diel played in several show bands such as Jerry Warren And The Tremblers, Terry And The Lincolnaires, Original Legends of Rock and Roll (as Jerry Lee Lewis), The Ron Dons, The Quorum, Ronnie Hawkins And The Hawks, Bobby Goldsboro And The Graduates, Fats Domino, and The Par Four. He boasts a lengthy list of recording artists he has performed with including Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, Johnny Cash, The Statler Brothers, Roger Miller, Sam and Dave, Elton John, Willie Nelson and Ronnie Hawkins. Diel has performed worldwide at five star hotels and resorts in Portugal, Lisbon, Spain, Australia, Hawaii and the Caribbean. Some of his long-term engagements have included seven years at Deerhurst Resort in Canada; six years at the Freemont Hotel, Las Vegas; six years at the Golden Hotel, Reno, Nevada; ten years at Fazio’s, Fort Lauderdale and Oshawa. Bill Diel has also produced eleven gold records for Ampex, Quality, and Sussex Records in Canada and the United States. While in Nashville, he recorded five albums with Bobby Goldsboro and The Graduates. He produced three albums for Betty Black; Co-produced two albums for the group Vehicle; Co-produced an album for the group Sands of Time; Co-produced two Top20 hits for the 1970’s group called Creed. Diel managed over 300 musicians in Canada and the US including Debbie Lori Kay, Wednesday, Great Lakes Express, Salty Dog, Sphinx/Killer Dwarfs, Dan Clancy (Lighthouse), and Creed. He still continues with regular performances in Las Vegas at the Fremont Hotel, in Reno, Nevada’s Golden Hotel, Harrah’s in Lake Tahoe, Carson City Nugget, and Jack Tar Village in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. with notes from Bill Diel and Brad Stone.


198- Nothing But Love/Bent Brandenburg (instrumental)  (EMC)

Johnny Whitton (vocals) / Jacques Moreau (lead guitar) / Richard Trottier (guitar) / Jean-Claud Durand (bass) / Claude Lamontagne
As popular performers around Quebéc they were labeled the The Rolling Stones of Quebéc following gigs at Lac Saint-Jean in 1966. A TV appearance on the show ‘Jonquière’ in Chicoutimi led to an invitation to appear as part of the traveling musical road show ‘Musicorama’. In 1967 they recorded their self-titled debut which contained the single “Soyons different”.

Soyons diffèrent/Toute le filles (Trans-World) 865

Les Differents (Discworld) 65001

Dik Van Dyke (lead vocals, guitar) / Stu Smith (drums) / Frank Viola (bass) / Steve Hoy (guitar; 1987) / The Poptarts [Renee Wetselaar and Sarah Hodgson] (vocals) / Blurt Van Dyke (guitar; 1989)
Hamilton, Ontario’s The Dik Van Dykes had more than its fair share of attention having played What Wave Benefits (1986), art show openings and their demo going to No.1 at campus radio CFMU. The ‘Hamilton Spectator’ and ‘Style Magazine’ both described the band as “Art-rock” due to two back-up singers and art school connections, but they were actually from the school of high camp with their Cramps/Deja Voodoo styled musical minimalism and sound collisions. The band split up in 1989. with notes from Brady Olson.

1986 Live At The Ground Gravel [cassette] (independent)
1987 Nobody Likes The Dik Van Dykes (Og) OG-16
1989 Waste More Vinyl (Og) OG-24

Jacques Harrison
(flute, sax, organ, lead vocals) / Robert Harrison (drums, vocals) / Paul Cockburn (guitar,, vocals) / Terry Bramhall (bass, vocals)
Dillinger was formed by brothers Jacques and Robert Harrison in 1973. Under the management of Cliff Hunt they began recording with producer Bruce Ley. Hunt took their near-completed song “People” to Frank Davies at Daffodil Recornds   who signed them in 1974. Their debut album, ‘Dillinger’, was a jazz/rock fusion and featured only four songs including a 17 minute suite called “Live & Return” and a cover version of Spirit’s “Nature’s Way” (which was released as a single). The album was met with indifference, but did attract the attention of US investor/promoter Thomas Demeter who encouraged the band to record their follow-up in Flint, Michigan. The album was produced by Daffodil president Frank Davies with initial recording starting in October 1975 at Wind River and Pro Sound Studios in Michigan. Dillinger utilized the production team at Toronto Sound of Terry Brown, Steve Vaughan and John Woloschuk (the same team who would complete Klaatu’s debut LP in 1976) to complete the album, ‘Don’t Lie to the Band’, from late fall 1975 to January 1976. With a release in the spring of 1976, the album featured more cover tunes like Spooky Tooth’s “Two Time Love” and The Beatles’ “Taxman” which were both released as singles. Drummer Robert Harrison was homesick for his native Quebéc and would return there to join Offenbach. With his, and soon, bassist Terry Bramhall’s departure Dillinger’s long and sprawling progressive leanings subsided. This left the band with a fresh start for hold-over members Jacques Harrison and Paul Cockburn who brought in bassist Brian Gagnon (Bullrush), drummer Paul Kersey (Max Webster) and eventually multi-instrumentalist Gerry Mosby (Bond) to solidify a new, tougher, hard rock line-up. Manager Cliff Hunt renamed the band The Hunt on the eve of what would have been Dillinger’s 3rd album. 
with notes from Brian Gagnon, Gerry Mosby and Francis W. Davies. [also see THE HUNT]

1974 Nature’s Way/City Man (Daffodil/A & M) DIL-1054
1976 Taxman/Bumpadidilly (Daffodil) 1216-1069
1976 Two Time Love/[same] (Daffodil) 1216-1071


1974 Dillinger (Daffodil) DAF-10045
1976 Don’t Lie To The Band (Daffodil) 9216-10055

David Preston / Roman Martyn
(guitar) / Joel Zifkin (violin, bass)
David Preston (formerly of Montréal’s The Blanks and author of several Hollywood shlock feature films) and Roman Martyn of Men Without Hats created a one-off single called “True Home of the Brave” with some friends including Joel Zifkin. It climbed the charts at CKCU, CHRW, CKUL and CJIV and was also a featured track on CBC Radio “Brave New Waves”.

1985 True Home of the Brave/Invisible Man (Restless)

Paul Robinson
(vocals) / John Catto (guitars) / David Clarkson (bass on “Raw/War” only) / Ian MacKay (bass; rhythm guitar on “Raw/War”) / John Hamilton (drums) / Mike Lengyell (drums; replaced Hamilton)
The Diodes are best known for their hit “Tired Of Waking Up Tired” and also a manic cover of “Red Rubber Ball” (the old Cyrkle hit written by Paul Simon and Bruce Woodley) as well as having the distinction of being the first Canadian punk band signed to a Canadian major label.  The group formed in late 1976 with an amalgam of influences from The Who, Marc Bolan, Iggy Pop and MC5 and began touring in Canada and the US.  In 1977, the band and manager-cum-everyman Ralph Alfonso ran Canada’s first punk club, The Crash ‘n’ Burn located in the basement of the building that was owned by the CEAC (Centre For Experimental Art And Communication) masterminds Amerigo Marras and Bruce Eves who recruited the musical skills of The Diodes and Curse vocalist Mickey Skin for a double-sided political propaganda ‘newsletter’ in the form of a 7″ single called “Raw/War”, under the guise of Crash ‘N’ Burn Records. They were signed to Columbia that year and the eponymous LP, produced by Bob Gallo, featured a cover of the Max Frost And The Troopers song “Shape Of Things To Come” (originally heard in the movie ‘Wild In The Streets’). It became a big import item in the USA and was also released in various European countries. They did a tour of the US through New York, Boston, Chicago and back in 1978. At their Max’s Kansas City show, they were introduced on stage by the late Wendy O. Williams…The Ramones and Blondie were apparently in attendance. They switched labels for their third album ‘Action-Reaction’ to Orient which was distributed by RCA Records followed by more tours of Canada and the US…and then self-destructing unceremoniously.  In 1982 they released “Survivors” which was a collection of out-takes and demos from 1977-1981. Also in 1982, Robinson and Catto moved to England and tried recruiting a new rhythm section for the launch of a Diodes UK version, called High Noon, which featured two ex-Barracudas members David Buckley and Steve Robinson, but it failed to get off the ground. The Diodes even had a tribute 7″ single released by Change Of Heart and Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet…both acts interpreting “Tired Of Waking Up Tired”. Catto, Mackay, Robinson, and Hamilton plus second drummer Mike Lengyell performed live for the first time in 20 years, one night only, for the TV show, “Open Mike With Mike Bullard” on Friday, January 22, 1999 to celebrate the release of the Sony Canada compilation ‘Tired Of Waking Up Tired: The Best Of The Diodes’. The performance also marked the first time John Hamilton and Mike Lengyell ever performed together (Lengyell had replaced Hamilton following the original drummer’s departure). For the reunion, Hamilton handled keyboard duties as heard on their classic single “Tired of Waking Up Tired”. The band give it another kick in 2007 with shows in Liverpool, England as part of The International Pop Overthrow Festival and elsewhere (including a one-off in Toronto). The members are currently scattered about the globe — Robinson (originally from Boston, MA) is living in London, UK working as an Art consultant; Catto (originally from Birmingham, England) is also living in London, UK working as a computer consultant and now working with Ray Mayhew (formerly of Sigue Sigue Sputnik) as part of Mayhem Deranged; Lengyell lives in London, Ontario and still drums; the remaining two members live in Toronto: Mackay is employed in the computer software industry and Hamilton is designing web pages. Both are currently performing in a new project with drummer Cleave Anderson (Battered Wives, Blue Rodeo) called The Beverley Brothers. Bongo Beat Records re-issued ‘Action/Reaction’ on CD in 2011 with bonus tracks and the band performed a slew of live dates in November 2011. with notes from Ralph Alfonso, Ian MacKay, John Hamilton, and Jon Pennycook.

1977 Raw [split w/THE CURSE] (Crash ‘N’ Burn)
1977 Red Rubber Ball/We’re Ripped (Columbia) C4-4168
1978 Tired of Waking Up Tired/Child Star (Epic) E4-4186
1978 Tired of Waking Up Tired/Teenage Nation (Epic) E4-4260
1980 Strange Time/Rocket Over And Under (Orient/RCA) O45-001
1980 Catwalker/Action Reaction (Orient/RCA) O45-003

1977 The Diodes (Columbia) PES-90441
1979 Released (Epic/CBS) PEC-80002
1980 Action/Reaction (Orient/RCA) OLP-001
1982 Survivors (Fringe) FP-3003
1998 Tired of Waking Up Tired: The Best of The Diodes (Sony)  EK 80320
2017 Rarities [LP + CD] (Artoffact) AOF-2008
2017 The Diodes [LP re-issue] (Artoffact) AOF-245
2017 Released [LP re-issue] AOF-246
2017 Action/Reaction [LP re-issue] AOF-247

DION, Céline
Born: Céline Marie Claudette Dion on March 30, 1968 in Charlemagne, Quebéc
Céline Dion is the youngest of fourteen children. She began singing at a young age and had her first on-stage experience at five when she sang the Ginette Reno song “Le Vieux Baril” at a piano bar owned by her parents. At age 12 she would meet Rene Angelil – the man who would one day become her husband. Her demo tape of an original song she had co-written with her mother and brother helped land her a management deal in 1981. He soon mortgaged his house to help finance the recording of Dion’s first album. Her mother was a fan of Quebéc talk-show host Michel Jasmin and Dion became a guest on his show in 1982. That same year she won the gold medal at the Yamaha World Song Festival with her song “Tellement j’ai d’amour pour toi” and she won the coveted ‘Musician’s Award for Top Performer’. In 1983, Dion won 4 Félix Awards (Quebéc’s equivalent to the JUNO Award) for ‘Best New Artist, ‘Best Album’ (for ‘Tellement j’ai d’amour pour toi’), ‘Best Female Artist’, and ‘Best Performance Outside the Province of Quebéc’. She was the first Canadian singer to have a platinum record in France where she sold more than 700,000 copies of her single “D’amour ou d’amitie”. When Pope John Paul II visited Quebéc in 1984 Dion was invited to sing for him. She performed “Une Colombe” (from the album ‘Les chansons en or’). Two more Felix Awards followed that year with five more in 1985. Noticing the success of her independently released French albums in Quebéc, not to mention the growing accolades, CBS Records (aka Sony Music) scooped up Céline Dion in 1986 and her debut, ‘Incognito’, was released in May 1987. 1988 saw the addition of four more Felix Awards, a hand full of platinum album awards and first prize win at the Eurovision Song Contest held in Dublin, Ireland where she performed for 600 million viewers worldwide on the awards telecast. In 1990, the American market opened up to her with her first English language record containing material written by Aldo Nova, Paul Bliss, Tom Keane and David Foster called ‘Unison’. The album spawned her first cross-over radio hits “(If There Was) Another Way” and “Where Does My Heart Beat Now”. Canada made it a platinum selling disc and she won two JUNO Awards to show for it. In 1991 Dion recorded an entire album of music by internationally renowned Quebéc songwriter Luc Plamondon called ‘Dion Chante Plamondon’. As well, she would win an Oscar alongside Peabo Bryson for the number one charting song “Beauty and the Beast” as ‘Single of the Year’. At that year’s Grammy Awards, Dion’s recordings of “Beauty and the Beast” and “If You Ask Me To” were nominated in the same category. “Beauty and the Beast” won the race and gave Dion her first Grammy. The song was the corner stone of her second English language album, ‘Céline Dion’, which also featured the charting singles “Love Can Move Mountains”, “Water From the Moon”, “If You Asked Me To”, and “Did You Give Enough Love”. The album sold 600,000 copies in Canada and she dominated that year’s JUNO Awards. Dion racked up another 10 awards in 1992: JUNO Awards, Felix Awards, and a special award of recognition for her contribution to Canadian culture on the occasion of Canada’s 125th Anniversary. She would also receive world recognition when she was given the World Music Award for ‘Top Selling Canadian Artist’. Dion was soon given the dubious distinction of becoming the top selling female recording artist of all time in 1993 which was only underscored by a fistful of recognitions for her album ‘The Colour of My Love’.  The album contained another duet which also happened to be the love theme from the movie ‘Sleepless In Seattle’ called “When I Fall In Love” with Clive Griffin. The album also contained a remake of the Air Supply/Jennifer Rush classic “The Power of Love”. The capper of the record was the single “Think Twice” which pushed it and the album into the No.1 position for 5 weeks on the British charts – a feat not achieved since The Beatles in 1965. With the single spending an additional two weeks at No.1 it managed to surpass the million selling mark making  it only the fourth record by a female artist to do so on the British charts. She would also return to her French language roots with her second album that year called ‘D’eux’. The album sold 10 million copies in 1993 alone and accomplished what no one thought possible – a string of French language singles on the British charts and the most successful selling French language album of all time. In 1994 Dion married manager Angelil with Michael Jackson and other celebrities in attendance. A follow-up English album came in the form of 1996’s ‘Falling Into You’ with songs penned by Dianne Warren (Heart) and Jim Steinman (Meatloaf)  plus production by David Foster. The record would sell in excess of 30 millions copies due to the chart topping success from singles such as Eric Carmen’s “All By Myself” and “Because You Loved Me” (also featured in the Robert Redford film ‘Up Close and Personal’). It sold 25 million copies worldwide and received the ‘Album of the Year’ Grammy Award. Not to let a good marketing scheme slip by, Dion released another French album to coincide with her English language album. ‘Live a Paris’ was released a mere 7 months after ‘Falling Into You’. The CD was recorded at the Zenith Theatre in Paris, France for a more modest audience of 6,000.  Dion was set to tour the record when it became apparent she was at the height of her popularity and so, in an unprecedented move, she and Angelil cancelled her 1997 summer tour and re-assembled the same production team from ‘Falling Into You’ (Jim Steinman, David Foster, et al) with the additional help of producer George Martin, songwriter/producer Corey Hart, The Bee Gees, and Bryan Adams for ‘Let’s Talk About Love’. The album featured a duet with Barbra Streisand on “Tell Him” and Luciano Pavarotti on “I Hate You Then I Love You”. The album won five Félix Awards and sold over 23 million copies worldwide.The album also produced the Oscar winning track “My Heart Will Go On” from the soundtrack of the box-office breaking  movie ‘Titanic’. The song would win the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Original Song’. She would also take home two Grammy Awards for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Record of the Year. “My Heart Will Go On” and “Think Twice” sold more than a million copies each in the UK which was the first by a female artist. It is a record that still stands. In June 1998 Dion swept both categories she was nominated for in the VH1 Viewers Vote Awards. She now holds the title of ‘Diva of The Year’ and ‘Best Female Artist’.Also in 1998 she released two albums – the French language release ‘S’il suffisait d’aimer’ (which sold 1.5 million copies in France) and the Christmas album ‘These Are Special Times’. Vowing to take up to three years off, Dion wrapped up the end of her 1998-1999 ‘Let’s Talk About Love Tour’ with two more new albums, ‘Au cœur du Stade’ – recorded live at the Stade de France in Paris – and ‘All The Way…A Decade of Song’ containing  her hits and new recordings including an electronically recorded “duet” with the late Frank Sinatra on the album’s title track and “I’m Your Angel” with R.Kelly. “I’m Your Angel” became Céline Dion’s fourth No.1 single in the US. The album was certified seven times platinum stateside. In 1999 Dion was inducted into the Canadian Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the Canadian Walk of Fame. Dion would give birth to her first child in 2001 and stepped back into the spotlight only once that year to sing ‘God Bless America’ on US television following the events of September 11, 2001. She finally returned to music full time in 2002 with the release of ‘A New Day Has Come’ which debuted at No.1 in 17 countries – including her first No.1 debut on Billboard’s Top200 Album Chart in the US. The title track spent 21 consecutive weeks at No.1 on Billboard’s Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks Chart. Dance album, ‘One Heart’, followed in 2003 and featured a cover version of Cyndi Lauper’s “I Drove All Night” which was picked up by Chrysler Motor Company for a car advertising campaign. Later that year she released another French language album in collaboration with Jean-Jacques Goldman, Gildas Arzel, Eric Benzi and Jacques Veneruso entitled ‘1 fille & 4 types’. The album went to No.1 in France, Canada and Belgium. Dion began a four year contract to perform at the Colosseum in Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. When the show ended in 2007 the ‘A New Day…’ show had grossed over $400 million. Dion personally grossed $76 million in 2005 alone landing her at fourth place on Billboard Magazine’s money-makers list for that year.  In 2004 she released a multi-media cross-over project celebrating children and motherhood with photographer Anne Geddes entitled ‘Miracle’. The album contained cover versions of Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” and John Lennon’s “Beautiful Boy”. The album debuted at No.4 and the US and No.1 in Canada. After selling a staggering 175 million copies of her albums worldwide by 2004, Dion received the ‘Chopard Diamond Award’ from the World Music Awards as recognition for the achievement. Having not released a new album while she worked in Vegas, Dion returned in 2007 with the French language album ‘D’elles’ which became her 10th No.1 album reaching that mark in Canada, France and Belgium. She followed this release with her next English language album, ‘Taking Chances’, where she broke out of her adult contemporary comfort zone by collaborating with rapper Ne-Yo, Christine Aguilera writer Linda Perry and ex-Evanescence guitarist Ben Moody among many others.  In 2008 Dion launched a 132 city world tour. It became one of the top live box office events in the United States in 2008. The same year she was nominated for six JUNO Awards. She also performed a show to celebrate Quebéc’s 400th Anniversary on the Plains of Abraham near Quebéc City. She closed out the year with her first complete English language hits collection entitled ‘My Love: Essential Collection’. Céline Dion gave birth to twins in October 2010 and headed back to Las Vegas for another three year run starting in March 2011. Céline Dion has received both the Companion of the Order of Canada and the National Order of Quebéc.

1981 Ce n’était qu’un rêve (Showbizz) C-334
1982 Tellement j’ai d’amour pour toi (Saisons) SNS-6518
1983 D’amour ou d’amitié (Pathé) 2C008-72653
1983 Mon ami m’a quittée (Pathé) 1653817
1984 Was bedeute ich dir/Mon ami, geh nicht fort (Pathé) 1C006-2002007
1984 Mon rêve de toujours (Pathé) 1C006-2003007
1984 Un Colombe/Une Colombe (instrumentale) (Editions Triangle) TR-201
1985 Dans la main d’un magician (TBS) TBS-5562
1985 La ballade de Michel (TBS) TBS-5563
1986 Billy (EMI) 2012-547
1987 Delivre-moi (CBS)
1987 Incognito (CBS)
1987 Je ne veux pas (CBS)
1987 La religieuse (CBS)
1988 D’abord c’est quoi l’amour/Ne partez pas sans moi (CBS) 655887
1988 Hand in Hand (CBS)
1988 Jours de fièvre (CBS)
1990 (If There Was) Any Other Way/I’m Loving Every Moment With You  (CBS) 656160
1990 Unison (CBS)
1990 Where Does My Heart Beat Now/I Feel Too Much (CBS)
1991 Last To Know (CBS)
1991 Ziggy (Un garçon pas comme les autres) (CBS)
1991 L’amour existe encore (CBS)
1991 Je danse dans ma tête (CBS) 657812
1991 Have A Heart (CBS)
1992 Beauty and the Beast [with Peabo Bryson]  (CBS) 34-74090
1992 Love Can Move Mountains (Sony) 658148
1992 Water From the Moon/Little Bit of Love (Epic/Sony) 34-74809
1992 Des mots qui sonnent (Sony)
1992 If You Asked Me To/Love Blind (Sony) 658192
1992 Nothing Broken But My Heart (Sony)
1992 When I Fall In Love [w/Clive Griffin]  (Sony)
1993 Je sais pas (Sony)
1994 Pour que tu m’aimes encore (Sony)
1994 The Power of Love/No Living Without Loving You (Sony)
1994 Think Twice (Edit)/L’amour existe encore (Sony) 660642
1994 Calling You (Sony) 661033
1994 Misled (Sony)
1994 Next Plane Out (Sony) 662373
1995 Pour que tu m’aimes encore (Sony)
1995 To Love You More (Sony)
1995 Tu m’aimes encore (Sony)
1995 Only One Road (Sony)
1995 Just Walk Away (Sony)
1996 Because You Loved Me (Sony)
1996 Les derniers seront les premiers (Sony)
1996 Falling Into You (Sony) 662979
1996 It’s All Coming Back to Me Now/The Power of the Dream (Sony)
1996 All By Myself (Sony)
1997 J’attendais (Sony) 664305
1997 Call the Man (Sony)
1997 Tell Him [w/Barbra Streisand]  (Sony)
1997 Make You Happy (Sony)
1997 Dreamin’ of You (Sony)
1997 The Reason (Sony)
1998 My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme From ‘Titanic’) (Sony) 665315
1998 Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (Sony)
1998 Immortaliy [w/TheBee Gees] (Sony) 665720
1998 Zora sourit (Sony)
1999 On ne change pas (Sony)
2000 Treat Her Like a Lady/Unison (Sony)
2000 That’s the Way it is/I Want You to Need Me (Sony) 668371
2000 Live (for the One I Love) (Sony) 668966
2000 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Sony) 669194
2002 A New Day Has Come (Sony)
2002 I’m Alive/Aun existe amor (Sony) 672912
2002 Goodbye’s (The Saddest Word) (Sony)
2003 Have You Ever Been In Love (Sony)
2003 I Drove All Night/I Know What Love Is (Sony)
2003 One Heart (Sony) 673986
2003 Tout l’or des homes (Sony)
2004 Contre nature (Sony)
2004 Et je t’aime encore (Sony) 674869
2004 Je lui dirai (Sony)
2005 Je ne vous oublie pas (Sony)
2006 Tous les secrets (Sony) 680659
2007 Et s’il n’en restait qu’une (je serais celle-là) (Sony)
2007 Taking Chances (Sony)
2008 My Love (Sony)
2008 Eyes on Me (Sony)
2008 Alone (Sony)
2010 Voler [w/Michel Sardou] (Sony)

1981 La voix du bon dieu (SPE) SPE-4101
1981 Céline Dion chante Nöel (SPE) SPE-4102
1982 Tellement j’ai d’amour pour toi (Saisons) SNS-80007
1983 Les chemins de ma maison (Saisons) SNS-90001
1983 Chantes et contes de Nöel (Saisons) SNS-90002
1984 Les plus grande succès de Céline Dion (TBS) TBS-XX001
1984 Mélanie (TBS) TBS-501
1985 C’est pour toi (TBS) TBS-503
1985 En concert (TBS) TBS-504
1986 Les chansons d’or (TBS) TBS-507
1987 Incognito (CBS) PFC-80119
1990 Unison (CBS) CCK-80150
1991 Dion Chante Plamondon (CBS) CK-80168
1992 Céline Dion (Sony) CK-52473
1993 The Colour of My Love (Sony) CK-57555
1993  Les premières années (Sony) 487823
1994 Céline Dion À L’Olympia (Sony) CCK-80212
1995 D’eux (Sony) CK-80219
1996 Falling Into You (Sony) CK-33068
1996 Live À Paris (Sony) 486606
1997 Let’s Talk About Love (Sony) CK-68861
1998 S’il suffisait d’Aimer (Sony) CK-80399
1998 These Are Special Times (Sony) CK-69523
1999 Au cœur du Stade (live album) (Sony) 495240
1999 All The Way…A Decade of Song (Sony) CK-63760
2002 A New Day Has Come (Sony) CK-86400
2003 One Heart (Epic/Sony) EK-87185
2003 1 fille & 4 types (Sony) CK-80984
2004 Miracle (Sony)
2007 D’elles (Sony)
2008 Taking Chances (Sony) 708114
2008 My Love: Essential Collection (Sony) 749748

Paul-André Thibert (lead vocals, flute, harmonica) / Philippe Bech (flute, keys; 1969-1974) / Robert Lepage (drums, vocals) / Eric Clément (guitar) / Jean Pierre Legault (bass; 1969-1974) / André Mathieu (organ) / Fernand Durand (bass, vocals; 1976) / Jean-Pierre Forget (saxophone, flute, Rhodes, 1976)
Montréal’s Dionysos was considered the first Quebéc act to sing in both official languages. They played the Montréal-Sept Illes-Chibogamu circuit and branched out to the eastern seaboard with regular stops in Toronto and New York. 1969 saw the release of their debut album, ‘Le Grand Jeu’, on Jupiter Records and its 1971 follow-up, ‘Le Prince Croule’, on Zodiaque. They would also write the score to Sam Sheppard’s play ‘The Tooth of Crime’ in 1974 and adapted parts of the script into half a dozen of their future compositions. The band stopped working in 1974 and resumed with another album, their self-titled debut on Deram Records in the fall of 1975. They broke up in 1978. Thibert went on to a solo career with an album on Solo Records called ‘Musique de Amis Dionysos’.

1971 J’ai jamais/L’age D’or (Jupiter/Trans-World) 2002


1969 Le Grand Jeu (Jupiter/Trans-World) YDS-8032
1971 Le Prince Croule (Zodiaque) ZOX-6001
1974 “Collection Trans-World” Dionysos (Trans-World) TWK-6528/29
1975 Dionysos (Deram) XDEF-125
1994 Pionnier: 1969-1994
2011 Le Grand Jeu [re-issue] (Axis/Universal) AX-1015CD

Tim Shantz (vocals) / Xig (guitar, 1983-84) / Dave Cornilius (bass) / Mike North (drums) / Buzz (guitar; 1984-1988)
Direct Action recorded their 1985 debut album, ‘Trapped In A World’, at Comfort Sound in Toronto.

1985 Trapped In A World (Irate Faction) WRC1-3983
1988 Damn-Age (Bitzcore – Germany) EFA-01652-08

Andy Maize
(vocals) / Myron Wasyliw (drums) / Craig Bradshaw (guitar) / Bob Siamro (bass) / Dave Wall (vocals; replaced Maize)
Named after the Winston Churchill order to bomb Germany at the end of WWII, Directive 17 was formed in St.Catharines, Ontario in 1981. The trio of Wasyliw, Bradshaw and Siamro met Maize at Mohawk College in Hamilton in 1982 and he offered to fill the void where a singer was desperately needed. The band released its own independent EP which made it to No.37 on CSCR’s ‘Top LPs of 1984’ year-end list. In 1985 they hit the jackpot by winning CFNY-FM’s Great Ontario Talent Search and pocketed a hefty $25,000 and a record deal optioned by Quality Records. The band upgraded its equipment and decided to milk their 1985 CFNY U-know Award for ‘Best Independent Artist’ and returned to the studio to record another independent release. However, before they had a chance to make good on the Quality Records offer, Maize left in June 1986 to pursue a solo career with guitarist Josh Finlayson. They would go on to form The Skydiggers. Direktive 17 continued on with singer Dave Wall before packing it in. Dave Wall went on to The Bourbon Tabernacle Choir and has been a solo artist in recent years.


1984 Direktive 17 [EP] (MacBeth) MAC-8401

Tim Hindley (vocals, bass) / Dave Valente (guitar) / Frank Heidt (drums)
Formed in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Quebéc in 1980, the Discords became renowned among the Montréal punk underground for their Skinhead/Oi ! ethos. The band split up in 1983.

1982 The Discords [4 song EP] (N.D.G.) FTX-4503

Scott Davey
(guitar) / Tony Malone (keys, guitar) / Murray Ball (vocals) / Michael Lacroix (sax) / Ken Farr (bass) / Steven Davey (drums) / Glenn Schellenberg (keyboards; replaced Malone)
In the suburbs of Toronto in 1975 Scott Davey and Tony Malone decided to form a band that was the complete antithesis of the mind-numbing music heard on local FM airwaves. They dubbed their band the Dishes. In February 1976, the Dishes – now featuring Murray Ball (vocals), Michael Lacroix (saxophone), Ken Farr (bass), and Steven Davey (drums) – began a weekly residency at the Beverley Tavern in Toronto. With a strong visual image coupling short hair ‘n’ uniforms and original material that owed much to art-rock pioneers Roxy Music, David Bowie, and the Kinks, the Dishes were an immediate sensation with Toronto’s burgeoning avant-garde art scene. The Dishes’ success soon inspired their audience of frustrated musicians and artists to start their own bands. Within a year of their debut, The Diodes, Martha And The Muffins, The Cads, The Curse, Johnny And The G-Rays, The Government, and The Viletones. Even more significantly, the Dishes’ Beverley Tavern gigs – 14 weeks-worth that year alone – kick-started the about-to-be-hip strip’s scene of cool clubs, art galleries, and trendy eateries. In May 1977, The Dishes released their EP ‘Fashion Plates’ on their own Regular Records label. It would sell 4,000 copies. By this time, Malone had left The Dishes to start Drastic Measures and was replaced by 18 year-old Glenn Schellenberg. That year The Dishes worked with performance artist David Buchan on two shows – ‘Geek Chic’ at the King Edward Hotel Ballroom and ‘Fashion Burn’ at Crash ‘n’ Burn – as well as a show called ‘Hot Property’ with international art stars General Idea who performed it at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. The band was also featured several times in the pages of General Idea’s ‘FILE’ Megazine. The Dishes also became a regular opening act for Carole Pope and Rough Trade. On August 30, 1977 TVOntario recorded The Dishes in concert for its program ‘Night Music’, and broadcast the results over 20 times. Early 1978 saw the release of The Dishes’ second EP – ‘Hot Property’, with cover art by General Idea – and the band’s return to the Beverley for a series of standing-room-only appearances. They also appeared with Talking Heads at the re-born Horseshoe Tavern that spring. Although the Dishes broke up soon afterwards, their influence on Toronto’s burgeoning punk/new wave, art-rock scene continued long after their demise. In early 2002 Bullseye Records released a collection of the band’s output as ‘Kitschenette: The Best of The Dishes’; Murray Ball was a cook at The Peter Pan restaurant since its inception in 1976 after which he opened the Fiesta Restaurant in Toronto along with art-doyen Sandy Stagg in 1979. He sold it in 1987, and opened the RPM Club – now the Government/Kool Haus – soon after. In the 90s, Ball opened Whiskey Saigon, the multi-level dance club which was sold in 2000; Scott Davey joined Sherry Kean’s band The Sharks after leaving the Dishes and recorded an LP with them in 1980. He also sings on the Rough Trade hit “Crimes Of Passion”. Since then, he’s been running his family’s book distribution company; Steven Davey started The Everglades with electronic guitar-star Michael Brook and The Dishes’ Glenn Schellenberg. The band’s biggest claim to fame was their appearance on ‘The Last Pogo’ soundtrack LP. Davey’s song-writing credits include “Rebel Unorthodox” for the Viletones and “I’m In a Coma” for The Diodes. He has also written editorial pieces for The Toronto Star, Creem, Xtra, and Macleans magazine among others. His long-standing day was food editor and restaurant critic for NOW! magazine, and the author of the ‘NOW! CityGuide to Toronto’. Davey died of unspecified causes in June 2014; Ken Farr played bass for Drastic Measures before retiring to academia. He is the author of ‘Trees In Canada’; Michael Lacroix, now in Guelph, now mixes sound for film and television projects; Glenn Schellenberg followed his stints with The Dishes and the Everglades by forming the electronic combo TBA with Andrew Zealley. That band released a single called “Hands Across the Nation”. He is currently a professor of psychology on the faculty of the University of Toronto; with notes from Steven Davey.

1977 Fashion Plates [4 song EP] (Regular) R-001
1978 Hot Property [3 song EP] (Regular)  R-002

2002 Kitschenette: The Best of The Dishes (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4044

Jade Blade
(guitar, vocals) / Dale Powers (bass, vocals) / Scout (drums, vocals) / Kim Henriksen (bass; 1980) / Sue MacGillivray (guitar; 1980)
Dee Dee & The Dishrags were formed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1977 when most of the members were only 15 or 16 years old. After becoming just The Dishrags, their debut was opening for the Furies at Japanese Hall in Vancouver. In January 1979 they opened for The Clash at the Commodore Ballroom . After some minor attention on the compilation ‘Vancouver Complication’ they released their three song debut 7” EP, ‘Past Is Past’. In 1980The Dishrags stabilized their three-piece outfit with the addition of second guitarist Sue MacGillivray and Henrikson replacing Powers on bass. This line-up produced the 1980 7” EP ‘Death in The Family’ produced by The Pointed Sticks’ Bill Napier-Henry.  A retrospective CD, ‘Love/Hate’, came out in 1997.  with notes from Chris Cutress.

1979 Past Is Past/Love Is Shit (It’s Goodbye)//Tormented (Modern) MR-1
1980 Death In The Family/Beware of Dog/All the Pain (RCA – UK) SJK-168


1997 Love/Hate (OPM/EMI) OPM-2112
2007 There’s No Dee Dee (Jem)

Robert Trépanier (vocals) / Yvon Delisle (lead guitar) / Jacques Miller (bass) / Michel Miller (organ) / André Latour (drums).
Originally formed in Montréal in 1967 as Le District Ouest and made their mark playing church basements and youth dances. The band released one single on Soleil called “Je suis ton copain”. Legend has it that the record was pulled from Quebéc record shops because of the B-side song “Le Cardinal” which was claimed to insult Cardinal Paul-Émile Léger. The changed their name to distance themselves from the first record, signed to Vedettes as simply Le District and released “L’histoire d’Aladin”. They made an appearance on the CFTM TV program ‘Jeunesse d’aujourd’hui’ hosted by Pierre Lalonde.  The band broke up in 1970. Both Meunier and Latour have since passed away.


1967 Je suis ton copain/Le Cardinal (Soleil) SO-10003

1969 L’histoire d’Aladin/Soldat de Plomb (Vedettes) VD-3085

Rockabilly guitarist from Lachine, Quebéc. In the 1950s Dixon played guitar in bands such as The Lincolns, Larry Lee & The Corvettes, and Roscoe’s Little Green Men before fronting his own bands Hugh Dixon’s Frantic Guitars featuring  Maurice Candle (bass) and Billy Smith (drums). He released several singles on the Click label and released three instrumental albums for Montréal label Rusticana. Dixon was also a DJ and a champion race car driver.

Yellow Bird/A Bit of Fuzz (Click) CK-17
All Gone/Funny One (Click) CK-26

Plays Many Many Guitars (Rusticana) RMM-613
1964 High School Guitar (Rusticana) RMM-646
1965 Sweet ‘n’ Swingin’ Oldies (Rusticana) RMM-668

DOBSON, Bonnie
Born: November 13, 1940 in Toronto, Ontario
Dobson was the daughter of a Toronto trade unionist and her older sister ran with a number of kids who eventually became Canadian folk band The Travellers. Dobson was about 11 years old at this time and the music tweaked her interest. When she was a teenager she went to a summer camp in Quebéc which featured entertainment from Pete Seeger and Leon Bibb. I was Seeger who encouraged her to continue her interest in folk music. While at the University of Toronto she decided to take a break in the summer of 1959 and do some shows. A concert promoter friend of hers invited her to showcase for Paul Endicott – another promoter from Detroit – and he was impressed enough to take her stateside to play to American audiences. Her first US tour was in May 1960 opening for Brownie McGee and Sonnie Terry. She then moved on to the Idlewild Festival being held at UCLA in Los Angeles and she found herself teaching a course about Canadian folk songs for them a few times a year. She did demos for Broadland Music which landed her a deal with Prestige International who began releasing albums of her material between touring engagements starting in 1962. At this point she lived in Chicago moved to New York in 1964 where she became a staple in coffee houses all across North America. She would occasionally venture back to Toronto for engagements at Yorkville coffee houses and the Mariposa Folk Festival. Dobson’s most renowned song, “Morning Dew” – about the threat of nuclear war, was inspired by the film ‘On the Beach’ and was originally entitled ‘Take Me for a Walk’ when Dobson recorded it for Broadside Records. The original version wasn’t released until a boxed set anthology came out decades later but she did record a live version, as “Morning Dew”, on her 1962 album ‘At Folk City’. It has since been covered by Fred Neil, Blackfoot, Jeff Beck, The Grateful Dead, Clannad, Devo, Long John Baldry, Dave Edmunds, Nazareth, The Allman Brothers and Lulu among others. Tim Rose, who had a successful US hit with it in 1967, claimed it as his own for years. Even after admitting he heard singer Fred Neil’s Elektra Records interpretation first with its additional verse and changed lyrics, a loophole in US copyright law gave Rose a co-writing credit with Dobson as songwriter (he similarlyhad the same legal issues with songwriter Dino Valente over “Hey Joe”). After more than 40 years of legal battles, Dobson is now the recognized sole author of the song. By 1969 she had been signed to RCA Records as an MOR singer and performer featuring a backing band and dishing out contemporary electric pop songs. Her song “I Got Stung” managed to peak at No.81 on the RPM Magazine Top100 singles chart in August 1969. After her first appearance in London, England in the fall of 1969, she fell in love with the country and moved to there in 1970. She continued performing, including appearances on the BBC and ITV, and eventually becoming Head Administrator for the University of London’s Berwick College Philosophy Department. In April 2010, Dobson released a mixed live/studio album of her most popular songs recorded at venues and recording studios in Germany and London between 1983 and 2009. Also in 2010 Bear Family Records in Europe finally collected together an anthology of Dobson’s major prime cuts from 1964-1972 entitled ‘Viva La Canadiene’. with notes from Richard Patterson, GregSimpson and Randy Jackson.

Absence of Romance/Come On Dancing (Ritz) RITZ-036
1969 Oh What a Beautiful City/[no b-side](Nimbus) T-56383
1969 I Got Stung  (Nimbus) 9-9010
Pendant Que (RCA) 49643
I’m Your Woman (RCA/Victor – UK) 1901

Dear Companion (Prestige Folklore) FL-14007
1962 At Folk City (Prestige International)  INT-13057
1963 Hootenanny with Bonnie Dobson Recorded Live (Prestige) FL-14018
1963 She’s Like a Swallow (Prestige International) INT-13021
1964 A Merry Go Round of Children’s Songs (Prestige International) INT-13064
1964 For the Love of Him (Mercury) MG-20987
1969 Bonnie Dobson (RCA/Victor) LPSP-4219
1970 Good Morning Rain (RCA/Victor) LPSP-4277
1972 Bonnie Dobson (Argo UK) ZFB-79
1976 Morning Dew (Polydor – UK) 2383-400
2010 Looking Back (Biber – GER) 76831-CD
2010 Viva La Canadiene (Bear Family –EU)

Dodson’s first taste of professional music life was in the Calgary, Alberta band The Rebounds in 1964. Dodson, bassist Brendan Lyttle and rhythm guitarist Len Roemer soon found themselves in need of a line-up change and brought in Kim Berly and his brother Al (who went by the name Race Holiday). In January of 1965, they changed their name to the Stampeders, after signing a management deal with Mel Shaw. With another line-up change the six-man group started wearing assorted-coloured denim outfits and cowboy hats with the idea of promoting a group of cowboys playing rock ‘n roll. During their first year as a band in Calgary, they had one single release on the SOTAN label entitled “House of Shake” b/w “Don’t Look at Her.” Anticipating better things to come, The Stampeders decided to move to Toronto in 1966. At the invitation of Bigland booking agent, Ron Scribner, the six-man group, along with Mel Shaw and his family, loaded up their $800, used, ’62 Cadillac limousine and U-Haul trailer, and left Calgary heading east to the ‘big lights’ of Toronto. Though most of the members were under the legal drinking age, they managed to beg, borrow and work their way across Canada, playing bars and various one-nighters. Upon their arrival in Toronto, the Western-Canadian band, with their yellow denim T-Kays, cowboy boots and hats, became an immediate curiosity in the folk-oriented, hippie clubs of the Yorkville district. Though the first year was an extremely lean one, the band managed to survive the six-month, Toronto Musician’s Association’s initiation and find work in the bustling Toronto club scene. The Stampeders finally had a breakthrough late in 19668 with a single they recorded while on a sight-seeing trip to New York. Released on manager Mel Shaw’s Music World Creations independent label and distributed by Caravan, “Morning Magic” b/w “All the Time” wasn’t much of a sales success, but critical acclaim earned the group a BMI (Broadcast Music Incorporated) Award. The first major-label single release, “Be a Woman” b/w “I Don’t Believe,” came in 1968 on the MGM label in the U.S. Though the record was done with a studio rhythm section and only featured the band’s vocals, it was to be The Stampeders’ final release as a six-member group. The group was paired down to Dodson, Kim Berly and Ronnie King. They would still where cowboy boots, but the colored T-Kay denim outfits and cowboy hats became history. During this period from 1968 to 1970, the band toured around Ontario and Quebéc developing their stage show. The Stampeders’ only release during 1969 was “Cross-Walk” b/w “I Don’t Know Where I’m At Sometimes” on the Melbourne label, distributed by London Records. Soon, Quality Records became interested in the band. By mid-1970, The Stampeders were in the studio working on their first album. “Carry Me”, the first single from this session, quickly hit the top of the Canadian charts, garnering the band its first gold record. Simultaneously released on Polydor in the U.S., the single received plenty of airplay but failed to make the charts. Canadian success, however, allowed the band to complete the album with Terry Brown. The resulting LP, “Against the Grain,” was concurrently released with the next single, “Sweet City Woman”.” The summer of 1971 saw “Sweet City Woman” go to No.1 on radio stations across Canada, catching the attention of the American label, Bell Records. The band was signed immediately and Bell rush-released the single in the U.S. “Sweet City Woman” climbed the Billboard charts, reaching the No.8 spot on September 11, 1971. Bell Records renamed the album “Sweet City Woman” for the U.S. market to capitalize on the success of the single. Next up for the band was JUNO Awards for ‘Best Vocal Instrumental Group,’ ‘Best Producer,’ ‘Best Single’ and ‘Best Composer’. In 1972, at the request of their U.K. label, EMI, The Stampeders toured the United Kingdom and Europe. Upon their arrival, they discovered that their American hit, “Sweet City Woman,” had already been covered by The Dave Clark Five. Dates included the Marquee in London, the Hard-Rock Theatre in Manchester and appearances on BBC Radio and “Top of the Pops.” In Holland, The Stampeders received the prestigious Edison Award for ‘Most Promising Group’, along with Ry Cooder and Beach Boy, Carl Wilson. During this visit, The Stampeders had the privilege of staying at Amsterdam’s Hotel Weichman with the Eagles. 1972 also took The Stampeders to Los Angeles to perform at the legendary bar The Whisky A-Go-Go and tape their appearances on ‘Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert’ and ‘The Dating Game’. While hanging out at The Troubadour in Hollywood, Ronnie King met Keith Moon, drummer of The Who.  Moon invited the band to his birthday party at The Beverly Hills’ Wiltshire Hotel the next night where The Stampeders jammed with Hollywood’s rock elite including Keith Moon. The Stampeders signed with U.S. booking agency, Premier Talent, in 1971 which led to American tour appearances with Jim Dandy and Black Oak Arkansas, Santana, Joe Cocker, Steve Miller, The James Gang, Robin Trower, Steely Dan, Sonny and Cher, The Beach Boys, ZZ Top, The Eagles, Earth, Wind AndFire, Mountain, America, Tower Of Power, Blood, Sweat and Tears and Genesis. Establishing themselves as a good concert draw in the US, The Stampeders played everywhere from New York to Hawaii, including Los Angeles, Reno, Disneyland and the much-sought-after southern-college circuit. Heavy airplay and extensive touring, coupled with many guest appearances on the popular Canadian TV shows of the time (Anne Murray, Miss Teen Canada, Kenny Roger’s ‘Rollin’ On The River’ and The Ian Tyson Show), eventually led to The Stampeders’ starring in their own CBC-TV special, ‘A Short Visit to Planet Earth’. 1972 saw the release of The Stampeders’ second album ‘Carryin’ On’,’ featuring the lead-off single, “Devil You”. Although it was the last record released in the U.S. on Bell, the album gained a release in Europe on Regal Zonophone. It also featured hard rocker “Wild Eyes”. The Stampeders’ busy schedule also took them to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil in South America. They were asked to represent Canada in the Rio de Janeiro Song Festival, in front of a live audience of 30,000 and a television audience of 90-million. In 1973 they a did cross-Canada tours, coupled with the release of their albums ‘Rubes, Dudes and Rowdies’ and ‘From the Fire’. In Canada, the singles “Oh My Lady” and “Minstrel Gypsy” went gold, while follow-up singles, “Running Wild” and “Johnny Lightning”, garnered heavy airplay and another JUNO Award nomination. The release of The Stampeders’ fifth gold album, ‘New Day’, spawned the radio hit “Ramona.” Their live-album, ‘Backstage Pass’, was recorded at Ontario Place in Toronto before a sold-out crowd of 17,000 fans. This was soon followed by ‘Steamin’ which contained a cover version of “New Orleans” and “Hit the Road Jack” featuring a special appearance by legendary disc jockey Wolfman Jack. The Stampeders met Wolfman Jack, and became good friends, while taping a television special for NBC at the ‘Saratoga Springs Song Festiva’l in 1975. On April 4, 1976, “Hit the Road Jack” went Top40 in the US, reached No.1 in Canada, and hit Top10 in Holland. The success of the single led to the release of The Stampeders’ final gold album, ‘Hit the Road’, and another JUNO Award nomination. The final three singles with Dodson, “Playing in the Band,” “Sweet Love Bandit,” and “San Diego” were released in 1976. Dodson left the band in 1977 to start his own 24-track recording studio and independent record label, Marigold where he produced his own solo material as well as well as that of Debbie Johnson (“Lonely Lover” in 1986) and Alanis Morissette (“Fate Stay with Me” in 1987) among many others. Dodson went on to have a successful solo career with three top-ten hits in Canada including “Lookin’ Back” (1981), “She’s Comin’ Back/Your Own Kind of Music” (1985), and “Cruel Emotion” (1986).  In 1992, the original three-piece edition of the Stampeders reunited, released an album and toured as a New Country act. They are currently still touring regularly – mostly on passenger cruise ships and soft-seat theatres around Canada. In 1994, Dodson released his solo songs on an album called “Secret Hits” on Aquarius Records. [also see THE STAMPEDERS]

1972 Julia Get Up/Stone Blind (MWC) MWC-1010
1979 Give You That Look (Marigold) MPL-1001
1980 Natalie (Marigold) MPL-703
1981 Olivia/Lookin’ Back (Marigold) MPL-709
1982 Hollywood (Marigold) MPL-712
1983 That’s What I Say (Marigold) MPL-720
1983 If You Got A Heart (Marigold) MPL-722
1984 Givin’ It Up For Love (Marigold) MPL-724
1984 No Time To Say Goodbye (Marigold) MPL-726
1985 She’s Comin’ Back (Marigold) MPL-727
1985 Your Own Kind of Music (Marigold) MPL-728
1986 Cruel Emotion (Marigold) MPL-730
1988 Holiday (Marigold) MPL-740

1986 Lonely Lover/[same] (Marigold) MPL-731

1984 Looking Back (Marigold) MPL-1201
1994 Secret Hits (Aquarius)

Jack August
[aka Jack Geisinger] (bass, vocals) / John Hagopian (guitars) / Derek Kendrick (drums) / Dwayne Ford (keyboards)
Following the demise of his band Bearfoot, Ford formed Dogs Of War. They released an eponymous album on Gen Records. with notes from John Hart.


1977 Dogs of War (Gen) GLP-65001

Born: Dennis Gerrard Stephen Doherty on November 29, 1940 in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Died: January 19, 2007 in Mississauga, Ontario
Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Doherty formed his first group in Halifax called the Hepsters in 1956. From there he formed a folk trio in 1959 named The Colonials. The trio played across Canada and after changing the name to The Halifax Three, signed a recording contract in New York and released two albums. The had a minor hit with the song “The Man Who Wouldn’t Sing Along With Mitch”. When the group broke up in 1963, Doherty joined Cass Elliot as a member of her group, The Big Three. Inspired by The Beatles, The Big Three recruited Zal Yanovsky and John Sebastian and changed its name to The Mugwumps. Although the folky, rocking Mugwumps broke new ground, a record release was not forthcoming and the band split up. Sebastian and Yanovsky formed The Lovin’ Spoonful and Cass and Doherty hooked up with fellow folkies John and Michelle Phillips to become The Mamas & the Papas who were signed to Dunhill Records in September 1965. Success came swiftly for the group after a move to Los Angeles in 1965. With top-selling albums and singles such as “California Dreamin’”, “Monday Monday”, and “I Saw Her Again”, The Mamas & the Papas were one of the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll from 1965 to1967. The group had nine Top40 hits during this period – six reached the Top5 – and albums included their debut ‘If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears’, which went to No.1, ‘The Mamas & The Papas’, which reached No.4, ‘Deliver, which hit No.2 and the compiled-hits LP ‘Farewell to the First Golden Era’ which reached  No.5. After the demise of the group in February 1968, Doherty recorded two solo albums and then returned to New York City where he played the lead on Broadway in Phillip’s ‘Man on The Moon’.  In 1978 he returned home to Halifax to host ‘Denny’s Show’ for CBC-TV. He also continued to act, landing the lead in Paul Ledoux’s ‘North Mountain Breakdown’ as well as many roles at Halifax’s Neptune Theatre.  The Mamas and the Papas were reunited in the early ’80s with original members Doherty, John Phillips, plus Spanky McFarlane (replacing the late Cass Elliot) and McKenzie Phillips (replacing her mother Michelle). Doherty continued to perform occasionally with the group, squeezing in appearances between theatre engagements such as ‘Fire’, ‘The Secret Garden’ and tapings of his hit children’s TV show ‘Theodore Tugboat’. Doherty died at his home in Mississauga, Ontario on January 19, 2007 following a second abdominal aneurysm (the first had been removed in 2006).

1971 To Claudia On Thursday/Tuesday Morning [w/Jimmy Haskell] (ABC-Dunhill) 11318
1971 Watcha Gonna Do/Gathering the Words (Dunhill) D-4270
1973 Indian Girl/Baby Catch the Moon (Columbia) 4-45779
1973 My Song/Indian Girl (Columbia) 4-45866
1974 You’ll Never Know/Goodnight an Good Morning (Ember/Paramount) EMA-0286
1974 Children of My Mind/You’ll Never Know (Ember/Paramount) EMBS-332
1975 Simone/Give Me Back That Old Familiar Feeling (Ember) EMBS-336
1975 Lay Me Down (Roll Me Out To Sleep)/You’ll Never Know (Ember/Paramount) EMBS-346

Bull Train/Come On By (Epic/CBS) 5-9560
1963 The Man Who Wouldn’t Sing Along With Mitch/Come Down the Mountain Katie Daly (Epic/CBS) 5-9572
1963 San Francisco Bay Blues/All the Good Times (Epic/CBS) 5-9637

Jugband Music/The Bald Headed Woman (Sidewalk) 900
1967 Searchin’/So Fine (Warner) WV-5086
1967 I Don’t Wanna Know/I’ll Remember Tonight (Warner) 5471
1967 Here It Is Another Day/Searchin’ (Warner) 7018

1965 Go Where You Wanna Go/Somebody Groovy (Dunhill) D-4018
1965 California Dreamin’/Somebody Groovy (Dunhill) D-4020
1966 Monday, Monday/Got a Feelin’ (Dunhill) D-4026
1966 I Saw Her Again/Even If I Could (Dunhill) D-4031
1966 Look Through My Window/Once Was a Time I Thought (Dunhill) D-4050
1966 Words of Love/Dancing In the Street (Dunhill) D-4057
1967 Dedicated to the One I Love/Free Advice (Dunhill) D-4077
1967 Creeque Alley/Did You Ever Want To Cry (Dunhill) D-4083
1967 Twelve Thirty (Young Girls Are Coming to the Canyon)/Straight Shooter (Dunhill) D-4099
1967 Glad to Be Unhappy/Hey Girl (Dunhill) D-4107
1967 Dancing Bear/John’s Music Box (Dunhill) D-4113
1968 Safe In My Garden/Too Late (Dunhill) D-4125
1968 For the Love of Ivy/Strange Young Girls (Dunhill) D-4150
1968 Do You Wanna Dance/My Girl (Dunhill) D-4171
1969 You Baby/My Girl (Dunhill)
1972 Step Out/Shooting Star (Dunhill) D-4301

1971 Watcha Gonna Do [aka Alone At Last] (Dunhill) DS-50096
1974 Waiting For a Song (Ember/Paramount)  NR-5080
1999 Dream a Little Dream

The Halifax Three (Columbia) CSRP-26038
2002 The Complete Halifax Three (Collector’s Choice) CCM-298

An Historic Recording: The Mugwumps (Warner) WS-1697

1966 If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears (Dunhill) DS-50006
1966 The Mamas and the Papas (Dunhill) DS-50010
1967 Deliver (Dunhill) DS-50014
1967 Farewell to the First Golden Era (Dunhill) DS-50025
1968 The Papas and The Mamas (Dunhill) DS-50031
1968 Golden Era Vol.2 (Dunhill) DS-50038
1969 Hits of Gold (ABC – UK) ABCL-5003
1969 16 of Their Greatest Hits (Dunhill) DS-50064
1970 A Gathering of Flowers: The Anthology of The Mamas & The Papas (Dunhill) DSY-50073
1971 Monterey International Pop Festival (Dunhill) DSX-50100
1971 People Like Us (Dunhill) DSX-50106
1972 California Dreamin’ (Pickwick)
1973 20 Golden Hits (Dunhill) DSX-50145
1973 All Time Greatest Hits (MCA) 300784
1973 Pop Chronik (ABC – GER) 27-361-XT
1975 The Mamas & The Papas Greatest Hits (Pickwick) PTP-2076
1995 California Dreamin’: The Greatest Hits of… (Telstar TV) TTVMC-2931
2000 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection – The Best of The Mamas & The Papas (Universal)

Born: Donna Lynn Albano in 1950.

Singer Donna Lynn was born in Canada but moved to New York City with her family so that she could star opposite Maureen O’Hara in the Broadway show “Christine” in 1960. Initially signed to US indie label Trynorr with the non-charting “Till the End of Time” in 1962, she moved to Epic Records in 1963 for the single “I’m Only In Love (With George Maharis).” It was a novelty song that barely made the charts. She would then move to Capitol Records (US) and had success with a number of songs during Beatlemania including “My Boyfriend Got a Beatle Haircut” which was released the same week that the Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time in February 1964.

Till the End of Time/Lovin’ Is His Middle Name (Trynorr – US) T-0002
1963 I’m Only In Love (With George Maharis)/Donna Loves Jerry (Epic – US) 5-9580
1963 Ronnie/That’s Me, I’m the Brother (Capitol – US) 5087
1964 My Boyfriend Got a Beatle Haircut/That Winter Weekend (Capitol – US) 5127
1964 Java Jones (Java)/The Things That I Feel (Capitol – US) 5156
1964 There Goes the Boy I Love With Mary/Silly Girl) (Capitol – US) 5213
1964 I Had A Dream I Was A Beatle/Navy Blue//My Bonnie/Roll Over Beethoven (Capitol – JAPAN) CP-4033
1965 I’d Much Rather Be With The Girls/I’m Sorry, More Than You Know (Capitol – US) 5378
1965 True Blue/When Your Heart Rings, Answer (Don’t Hang Up On Love) (Capitol – US) 5456
1965 I’m Sorry More Than You Know/I’d Much Rather Be With The Girls (Capitol – JAPAN)
1967 Don’t You Dare/It Was Raining (Palmer – US) P-5016
196? The Win a Rock and Roll Singer Contest/Someone, Someone (Gold Arrow – US) GA-1

196? [ONELIO OCHOA]/Here Comes That Feeling (Hurricane – US) H-106
1964 Java Jones/My Boyfriend Got a Beatle Haircut (Capitol – US) T-2085
2012 Teen Idol (Vintage Masters)

Half Heaven – Half Heartache/Half of Me (Connection) C-100180
1989 Don’t Make Me Lie/Weekend Sinner (DMT) 89-010
1991 Never Comin’ Back/Weekend Sinner (DMT) 91-003

Bruce Barron
(guitar, bass) / Gary Hynes (keyboards) / Billy Bryans (drums) / Sean Pigot (vocals) / Les Clackett (vocals) / Simon Leblovic (vocals)
From Toronto, Ontario this band would produce Billy Bryans (ex-MG & The Escorts) who would go on to found Mama Quilla II and the Parachute Club; Simon Leblovic would go on to form The Start.

Totally Impractical [5 song 12” EP] (independent) WRC2-655

John Hitzroth
(guitar, lead vocals) / Frank Madden (drums, vocals) / Mike Aussem (bass, vocals)
Originally called Megafaun, Dorian Gray was a 3-piece outfit from West Hill, Ontario. Hitzroth went on to form Strawman.


1984 Perfect Killing Machine/When Worship Hits The Fan (Megafaun) WRC3-3607

John Unger
(vocals) / Bill Loop (guitar) / Bob Nixon (bass) / Mike Bets (drums) / Floyd Jones
Windsor’s The Dorians was formed in Kingsville, Ontario by Unger (Small Town Boys, The Living Ends) and bass player Bob Nixon in 1968. They released the single “If I Were 21 and You Were 24” on Detroit’s GM Records to little success. The Dorians were discovered by Ray Charles band member Floyd James who suggested that the group record “Psychedelic Lipstick” which became a hit overseas in 1970. Later that year they released “Help For My Waiting” which did moderately better in North America.

1969 If I Were 21 and You Were 24/Wanna Hear Your Music Playing (GM) 107-16
1969 Help For My Waiting/Means and Ways (GM) 707
1970 Help For My Waiting/Means and Ways (London) M-17395
1970 Psychedelic Lipstick/Good Love (Vogue – Netherlands) DV-11080
1972 My Land of Magic/Psychedelic Lipstick (Phillips) 6061.525

Peterborough’s Cris Cuddy, aka Jeremy W. Dormouse, cut his teeth as a vocalist, guitarist and harmonica player in a group called The Purity Complex with guitarist Charles Meanwell and vocalist Lynn Perry leading up to the Summer of Love. While playing places like the Green Door Coffee House in Oshawa, Ontario and the Bushel Basket Coffee House in Whitby, Ontario, Cuddy became acquainted with other musicians who would form a larger collective that Cuddy would utilize on upcoming recordings; these included Terry “TR” Glecoff, John Gurney and Kathy Reid. He also crossed paths with pianist Stu “S.D.” Cisco, vocalist-composer Paul Grady, guitarist Gordon Peck, banjo player Luke Wilson and his partner singer Paul Morin in Peterborough. Soon he was also jamming with guitarist Richard Gullison, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Dennis Delorme (aka Rev. Orval Rutabaga), vocalist Carol Delorme and fiddler-vocalist David Mazurek (aka Zeke Zilch). While playing with Gullison, vocalist Lynda Squires and bassists David McKay and Nick Corneal, the concept of the Jeremy Dormouse LP arose and led to several living room sessions in 1967 with Mike Clancy engineering with Cuddy’s original compositions blended with several cover tunes (including Bob Dylan’s “Baby Blue”).  Meanwhile, Cuddy had previousl met a group of songwriters at university – poetic composer-singer Marcus Waddington and his friends guitarist-arranger Peter Cragg, guitarist-singer Don Tapscott and Tapscott’s future wife Gail Nicholson. The Waddington/Cragg/Tapscott songs were recorded at the the Trent University language lab by Peter Northrop. Some of the recordings were released under the name Jeremy Dormouse in 1968 as the ‘Toad’ LP. The simplistic logo emblazoned cover was silk-screened by Barry Gray onto blank covers bought at a bankrupt pressing plant’s auction. The vinyl itself was pressed by Quality Records. Following the LP he released the EP ‘The Entire Castle Illusion’ featuring two Jeremy Dormouse (Cris Cuddy) originals and songs sung by Kathy Reid and Moe Ewart. The last of the 1967 summer recordings was released under the title ‘The Rejects’ which many have mistaken as the name of band – when it was merely a statement of fact: it was the songs rejected for the Jeremy Dormouse ‘Toad’ album. In the early 1970s he helped found Bacon Fat, an 8-piece country rock fusion band.  After scaling down to a three-piece they became Heavenly Jukebox and morphed in the mid-70’s into Pure Pork, modulated briefly into Uncle Bobby’s Aerial Ballet and eventually evolved into the late 70’s band Max Mouse and the Gorillas. with notes from Cris Cuddy.

Jeremy Dormouse (Toad) T-13
1968 The Entire Castle Illusion [EP] (Toad)
1969 Rejects (Todd)

Andy McLean
(guitar, synths, programming) / Wendy Lands (vocals)
After the demise of The Tenants, founding members Andy McLean and Gary Brown were offered a development publishing deal by Current Records’ Gerry Young. Brown decided to retire from the creative side of the music industry and instead opened a recording studio called Certain Circles. McLean met a friend who introduced him to Montréal actress/vocalist Wendy Lands who had relocated to Toronto after various musical and television projects failed to boost her profile. The duo began writing some songs which they demoed for Gerry Young who shopped a deal through Polygram Records’ Vertigo label. In 1986 they released their self-titled debut and had some radio play with the single “Date With the Past”, but critics were unkind in album reviews and the duo decided to call it a day after the second single, “Can’t Hold On”, did not chart; McLean would get a job behind the scenes as an executive at the now defunct Intrepid Records and has been running the annual North By Northeast Music Festival for many years; Lands disappeared from the music business for nearly 10 years to play Eponine in the Toronto stage production of ‘Les Miserables’. She made a comeback with a well received solo album in 1997 called ‘Angels and Ordinary Men’ which earned her a JUNO Award nomination. Lands continues recording and performing as a jazz artist. [also see WENDY LANDS]

1986 Date With The Past/(instrumental)  (Current/Vertigo/Polygram)  SOV-2371
1986 Date With the Past (Blowout Mix)/Dub With the Past [12”] (Current/Vertigo/Polygram) SOVX2371
1986 Can’t Hold On/Edge of the Sky (Current/Vertigo/Polygram) SOV-2380
1986 Can’t Hold On/[same] [12”]  (Current/Vertigo/Polygram)  DJV-205
1986 Watch Me (Walk Away)/First To Know (Current/Vertigo/Polygram) SOV-2383
1986 Watch Me (Walk Away)/[same] (Current/Vertigo/Polygram) DJV-208

1986 Double Dare (Current/Vertigo/Polygram)  830-0731

Born: 1952 in Montréal, Quebéc
When Jerry Doucette was a youngster he would sit in on jam sessions with his father and Uncle Jim. The family picked up their Montréal stakes and moved to Hamilton, Ontario when Doucette was 4 years old, and two years later he got his first guitar. Lessons soon followed at age 8 and he joined his first band, the Reefers, at age 11. He remained with the group for five years then moved to Toronto, playing in various bands like Buxton-Kastle, Tribe, Brutus, Abernathy Shagnaster, and Homestead. He hooked up with artist Alexis, who was working on a deal with Mushroom Records out of Vancouver, and when she got signed, she asked him to make the trek out west. The Alexis album was released in 1974 and featured two singles, but Doucette needed steady work to survive so he answered an advertisement looking for a guitarist for Vancouver’s Seeds of Time (which featured future Prism member Lindsay Mitchell). Six months later Doucette joined the Rocket Norton Band (Norton also going on to be in Prism), but by 1976 he was tired of the local bar scene and retired to his basement to write songs with friend and soon-to-be manager John Hadfield. After sequestering themselves for three months, Doucette emerged from the basement with three complete songs out of the 16 demos he’d recorded and approached Shelly Siegel of Mushroom Records. Siegel was so impressed that he asked for three more tunes, and Doucette quickly complied. Siegel signed Doucette and advised him to assemble a band.  Doucette (the band) consisted of Duris Maxwell (drums, percussion), Don Cummings (bass), Brent Shindell (rhythm & acoustic guitars), and Robbie King (keyboards) with Jerry Doucette handling all vocals, lead and rhythm guitar and 12-string duties. Doucette went into the studio in August 1977 and came out in November with the debut album, ‘Mama Let Him Play’, which quickly went platinum in Canada on the radio success of the title track and the follow-up singles “All IWanna Do”, “Down the Road” and “Back Off”. Adding Jimmy Butler (guitar) and Ira Hirschel (keyboards) to his lineup he hit the road in the US opening for the likes of Bob Welch, Bob Weir (of the Grateful Dead), Eddie Money, and Meat Loaf.  After a Canadian tour in 1978 he returned to the studio with a new line-up of musicians and producer John Ryan, and came out in early 1979 with ‘The Douce Is Loose’, which spawned the Canadian hit “Nobody” and helped the album to ship gold. Another trip to the US saw him cross the continent twice, including nine days with the Doobie Brothers in April, but continued touring there and in Canada with acts such as the Beach Boys and the Atlanta Rhythm Section failed to boost sales of the second album to the loft heights of the first. Management and financial troubles plagued Mushroom Records (Siegel was in a court battle with the band Heart over breach of contractat) at this time, which Doucette felt hurt the second album, as did continuous band personnel turnovers. Shelley Siegel died unexpectedly in1979 and left Mushroom Records’ assets in limbo. By the time the smoke cleared and Doucette settled down to write and record his third LP, there was only drummer Billy Wade (ex-Moxy) and bassist Don Cummings to assist. Doucette attempted to gain back some of the momentum with the Rio Records release ‘Coming Up Roses’, but the industry, having become new wave and keyboard dependent, had little time for Doucette’s brand of guitar rock. Fast forward to the 1990’s and Doucette regained control of his own career with the re-issue of ‘Mama Let Him Play’ on CD and a new album engineered by Colin Nairne (Barney Bentall, Sue Medley) called ‘Price of An Education’. His recording act is also touring with him now and features: Darrell Mayes on drums (Colin James), Dennis Marcenko on bass, Bobby Stewart on guitars/vocals, and Rick Hopkins on keyboards. with notes from Jerry Doucette.

1978 Down the Road/Cat Walk (Mushroom) M-7029
1978 Mama Let Him Play/All Over You (Mushroom) M-7030
1978 All I Wanna Do/Back Off (Mushroom) M-7036
1979 Nobody/All Over Me (Mushroom) M-7042
1979 Run Buddy Run/Before I Die (Mushroom) M-7044
1979 Someday/Rita (Mushroom)  M-7047
1980 It Only Hurts the First Time/Give It To Me (RIO) RIO-712
1980 It Doesn’t Matter/Coming Up Roses (RIO) RIO-720


1978 Mama Let Him Play (Mushroom) MRS-5009
1979 The Douce is Loose (Mushroom) MRS-5013
1981 Coming Up Roses (Rio) RIO-91010
1995 Price of An Education (Reluctant)
1995 Mama Let Him Play [reissue] (Reluctant)
2001 Most Memorable Works (Reluctant)

1977 Line-up: Doug Bennett
(vocals, guitar) / John Burton (guitar) / Dennis Henderson (bass) / Drew Neville (keyboards) / Ted Laturnus (drums) / John “Wally” Watson (drums; replaced Laturnus);
1978-1988 Line-up: Doug Bennett (vocals) / John Burton (guitar) / Richard Baker (guitar) / Steve Bosley (bass) / Simon Kendall (keyboards) / John “Wally” Watson (drums);
1998 Line-up: Doug Bennett (vocals) / Marc Gladstone (keyboards, vocals; 1998) / Doug Grant (drums; 1995) / Elio Martelli (guitar, vocals) / Jay Wittur (bass, vocals)
Entertainment whiz and clown prince, Doug Bennett moved to Vancouver from Toronto in 1973 and founded Doug & The Slugs in 1977 with Bosley, Watson, and Burton. As the band gained popularity on the British Columbian coast they added several members to make the act a light-hearted R & B revue (a style that Heuy Lewis & The News would use to great success). Independent label Ritdong secured major label distribution through RCA so the band could finally release its own material. 1980’s ‘Cognac and Bologna’ provided their first hit, “Too Bad”, and the album sold nearly 100,000 copies. The album would receive a JUNO nomination in 1981 for ‘Best Album Graphics’ (Doug Bennett) and “Too Bad” gained Doug Bennett a nomination for ‘Composer of the Year’. But it wasn’t until 1983’s “Making It Work” single from ‘Music For The Hard Of Thinking’ that Canada and the US really got to hear Doug & The Slugs. The album helped them get nominated for a ‘Most Promising Group’ JUNO. Their perennial natural pursuit of good times and fun gigs lasted straight through the ’80’s. In 1986, Doug Bennett released his own solo album called ‘Animato!’ and moonlighted in the stage play ‘Rock And Roll’ before returning for another handful of Slugs albums. The band still occasionally plays the circuit, but the members were never reliant on the band’s success to survive and have all gone on to other musical pursuits. Doug Bennett was admitted to hospital in Calgary on October 9th, 2004 suffering acute symptoms from what his former band member, Simon Kendall, called a long-standing illness. Bennett died on October 16, 2004. [also see DOUG BENNETT]

1980 Too Bad/The Move (Ritdong/RCA)
1980 Chinatown Calculation/If I Fail (Ritdong/RCA) PB-50596
1981 Drifting Away/Just Another Case (RCA) PB-50611
1981 Real Enough/Wrong Kind of Right (RCA) PB-50648
1981 Not On The Corner/Partly From Pressue (RCA) PB-50663
1981 Dangerous/Frankie (RCA) PB-50679
1982 Who Knows How to Make Love Stay?/St. Laurent Summer (RCA)  PB-50711
1982 Makin’ It Work/She’s Looking At Me (RCA) PB-50731
1982 Nobody But Me/Operator (RCA) PB-50746
1983 If You Don’t Come/It’s Alright Medley (RCA) PB-50785
1983 Cover of Love/Get Up And Go (RCA) PB-50797
1984 Day By Day/Let Go (Ritdong/A & M) AMS-102
1984 Love Shines/Opinions (Ritdong/A & M)  AMS-105
1985 I’ll Be Waiting For You/Please, Please, Please (Ritdong/A & M)  AMS-106
1985 White Christmas/White Christmas (Instrumental) (Ritdong/A & M) AMS-107
1988 Tomcat Prowl/Must Be The Rain (Ritdong/A & M) AMS-115
1988 Anyday Now/(I Don’t Want To) Walk Away (Ritdong/A & M) AMS-116
1988 It’s A Powerful Thing/[same] (Ritdong/A & M) AMS-117
1992 Terminal City (Tomcat)
1993 Rusty Bus (Tomcat)

1981 Running Around/Be the Best (Ritdong/Record Records) [no cat#]

1980 Cognac and Bologna (Ritdong/RCA) KKL1-0375
1981 Wrap It (RCA) KKL1-0430
1983 Music For The Hard Of Thinking (RCA) KKL1-0480
1984 Ten Big Ones (Ritdong/A & M) KKL1-0551
1985 Popaganda (Ritdong/A & M)  AMD-1003
1987 Doug & The Slugs – Best Of (Avion – US) AVF-4603
1988 Tomcat Prowl (Tomcat/A  & M) AMD-1007
1992 Tales From Terminal City (Tomcat/A & M)
1993 Slugcology 101: A Decade of Doug and The Slugs (Tomcat/A & M) TCCD-93202

John Bonhead (bass, vocals) / Johnathon Cummins (guitar, vocals) / John Kastner (lead vocals, guitar) / Brock Pytel (drums, vocals) / John Deslaurier (bass; 1990) / Peter Arsenault (bass, vocals; replaced Deslaurier 1992) / Paul Newman (drums, vocals; replaced Pytel 1990) / Wiz (second guitar; replaced Cummins 1996) / Darren Brown (guitar; 1996)  / Scott McCullough (guitar)
John Kastner left Montréal’s Asexuals in 1987 and decided to put together a band on his own. He teamed up with Jonathan Cummins (Circus Lupus, Mike Murley & Sailors) and they soon recruited John Bonhead and Brock Pytel to complete the line-up. The Doughboys signed with Restless Records out of Los Angeles shortly after forming and released their first album ‘Whatever’ by the end of 1987. By the time they released the second album, drummer Paul Newman had hooked up as well. Following Restless Records’ failure to promote both ‘Home Again’ (1988) and third album ‘Happy Accidents’ (1990), the Doughboys took a year off – at which time they added new drummer Paul Newman. 1992 saw Jellyfish Babies’ bassist Peter Arsenault come into the fold but the band had serious thoughts of packing it in. Once Arsenault was on board, though, A & M Records called with a five album international “co-venture” and the Doughboys were once again touring the North American continent in support of their first A & M release, ‘Crush’. The Doughboys were finally finding their product in stores and ‘Crush’ went gold. Their second album for A & M was 1996’s ‘Turn Me On’ and was co-produced by Ted Nicely (Tripping Daisy) and Daniel Rey (Ramones). The album continued the band’s pop-punk aggressiveness (now known as Modern Rock) which was a major gripe that caused Cummins to quit. He cited the band’s lack of edge and commercial sell out as reason to seek new, alternative rock pastures. Touring continued and joining Kastner, Paul Newman and Peter Arsenault was Wiz, from England’s power-pop band, Mega City Four, who was a longtime friend of the band (having co-written two songs on ‘Crush’). The Doughboys reunited in 2011 and played a number of dates with the Foo Fighters; Kastner is married to actress Jessica Paré. with notes from Brock Pytel, Tedd Teets.

1987 La Majeure (Scamindy)
1987 You’re Related//Stranger From Within/Forecast (independent)
1991 Home Again Live [4 song EP] (Black Box – Germany) BBX-002
1993 Shine (A & M)
1993 Fix Me (A & M)
1994 Neighbourhood Villain (A & M)
1996 I Never Liked You (A & M)
1997 Everything and After (A & M)


1987 Whatever (Pipeline) MTL-PD-005
1988 Home Again (Restless – US) 7-72345
1990 Happy Accidents! (Restless – US) 7-72510
1991 When Up Turns To Down [5 song 12″] (Restless/Emergo – Germany) EM-9244-1
1992 Something’s Gone Wrong Again – The Buzzcock Covers (C/Z)
1993 Crush (A & M) 540124
1996 Turn Me On (A & M) 540576

Campbellford, Ontario native Johnny Douglas, studied classical piano for eight years, beginning at the age of 7. He played drums in bands starting at age 14 and took up guitar when he was 15. It was at this time he also started writing his own music. Douglas moved to California as a teenager living in both Los Angeles and San Francisco. He had success in bands such as The Rowan Brothers, and Dancer, and did session work including recording two albums with RCA artist John Stewart (formerly of The Kingston Trio). Douglas also toured with Stewart.  Douglas would sign with Orient/RCA Records in 1981 for the album ‘Shakedown’ which spawned three singles. This was followed immediately with another album in 1982, ‘Born to Bop’, as Johnny Dee Fury. He assembled a rockabilly band with Kit Johnson (bass) and Bodan Hlusko (drums) and toured extensively for several years. After moving to Nashville, Tennessee he signed as writer to various publishing deals with Sony, EMI and Still Working Music Publishing. While in Nashville, he formed the acoustic duo Hemingway Corner with guitarist/singer David Martin. He co-wrote, played, sang on and co-produced the self-titled debut album on Sony Canada. The record featured several hit singles including “Man on a Mission”, “Ride It Out” and “Big Sky” (which saw two weeks at No.1 on the charts). Douglas left the group after the first album but co-wrote all but one single on the second release. During this period he also produced several Country artists which included Jim Witter’s debut album and earned him ‘Country Producer’ and ‘Country Songwriter’ Awards from the CCMA in 1995. He would also win SOCAN Songwriter Awards in 1994 thru 1996 inclusive. Douglas has had over 60 songs in films and TV shows such as ‘A Cinderella Story’, ‘All In’, ‘Trick ‘R Treat’, ‘Beverly Hills 90210’, ‘Ghost Whisperer’, ‘Party of Five’, ‘The Young and The Restless’, ‘Blue Mountain State’, ‘Jane by Design’ and ‘Smallville’. He has had more than 150 songs recorded and released by other artists including Jim Witter, Hemingway Corner, Gregg Allman, Jeff Healey, Junkhouse, B4, Joy Lynn White and Carmen Electra. Douglas’s musical scores have found homes in numerous documentaries including biographies of The Mamas and The Papas, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Patsy Cline and Marty Robbins. From his home recording studio he produces and writes primarily for film and TV; clients include Disney, Paramount, Universal, MTV, Bravo, Fox and ABC-TV. His current project is Boy at the End of the World which is an original recording project on which he plays, sings and writes everything as well as producing it in his studio. To date four songs have been placed on TV programs. Douglas’s international profile includes recording with or appearing on stage with B.B. King, Steve Cropper, Jerry Garcia, Roy Buchanan, Linda Ronstadt, James Burton, Jim Keltner, Coco Montoya, Mike Bloomfield, Domenic Troiano, Bob Babbit, Wayne Henderson, The Doobie Brothers and Roy Orbison. Has toured with and/or opened shows for The Grateful Dead, Van Morrison, The New Riders of the Purple Sage, Iron Butterfly, Canned Heat, J. Geils Band, Loggins and Messina, Elvin Bishop, The Doobie Brothers, The Romantics, The Temptations, Earth, Wind and Fire, Carl Perkins, The Stray Cats, The Blasters and Blue Rodeo. Johnny Douglas currently lives in Brentwood, Tennessee. with notes from John Douglas.[also see JOHNNY DEE FURY, HEMINGWAY CORNER]

1981 Lifeline/Lighthouse In the Night (Orient) O45-006
1982 Right Down the Line/Shakedown (Orient) O45-011
1982 That’s the Way/Easy Love (Orient) O45-018
1982 By the Way Bye Bye/Dreams (Orient) O45-019

All Together/Lady of Laughter (Columbia)  4-45728
1973 Best You Can/[same]  (Columbia) 4-45774
1973 Hickory Day/[same] (Columbia) 4-45856
1975 Take It As It Comes/Thunder On the Mountain (Asylum)  E-45281
1975 Beggar In Blue Jeans/Here Today, Gone Tomorrow (Asylum) E-45308
1976 If Only I Could/Tired Hands (Asylum) E-45347
1976 Ooh My Love/Tired Hands (Asylum) E-45-376

Magical Eyes/[same] (A & M) AM-1838
Any Old Time/Back Into Your Arms (A & M) AM-1875
1976 Here I Go Again/Any Old Time (A & M) AM-435


1981 Shakedown (Orient) OLP-006

Rowan Brothers (Columbia) KC-31297
1975 The Rowans (Asylum) 7E-1038
1976 Sibling Rivalry (Asylum) 7E-1073
2005 Now & Then [2CD] (Taxim – Holland) TX-3023

Dancer (A & M) SP-4585

Fire In the Wind (RSO) RS-1-3027

Jan Ek
(vocals) / Bob Tremblay (bass) / Scott Parker (guitar) / Sjor Throndson (drums)
Punk band formed in Edmonton, Alberta in 1983. They released one 7” single in 1984 and played around the Alberta scene until 1986 before splitting up. Ek and Throndson would go on to form hair metal band Big House. [also see BIGHOUSE]

1984 Down Syndrome [5 song EP] (Black Sun) [no cat.#]

Donnie Walsh
(guitar) / Rick Walsh (vocals) / Bill Bryans (drums) / Tony Flaim (vocals) / Bob Fitzgerald (drums) / Cash Wall (drums; replaced Fitzgerald) / Wayne Jackson (trumpet) / Jim Milne (bass) / Paul Nixon (drums) / Jane Vasey (piano) / Nat Abraham (sax) / James Warburton (alto sax) / Vic Wilson (baritone) / Dave Woodward (tenor sax) / John Witmer (vocals; 1982-1986) / Gene Taylor (piano; 1987) / Bob Heslin (trumpet; 1987) / Pat Carey (sax; 1987) / Dennis Pinhorn (bass; 1987) / Marty Vickers (drums; 1987) / Mike McKenna (guitar; 1985) / Craig Kaleal (drums)
Downchild was spawned out of Toronto blues jams at Grossman’s Tavern fronted by Donnie Walsh back in 1969. With sidemen – Woodward, Wall, Milne, and brother Rick Walsh – Donnie Walsh chose Sonny Boy Williamson’s song ‘Downchild Blues’ to christen the act. Classically trained pianist Jane Vasey joined the band in 1973 at the time their most memorable tune “Flip, Flop, And Fly” was becoming a hit. The song would go on to sell 35,000 mainly due to the band’s increased grueling touring pace including the New Orleans jazz festival and coast-to-coast appearances across the US and Canada. Singer Tony Flaim joined in 1975 to give the band its distinctive rasp. 1978 saw the original, full blown, Downchild split up but Donnie Walsh, brother Rick and Jane Vasey continued on as Mister Downchild. When they finally re-convened, they had shortened their name to simply Downchild. As a friend of Dan Aykroyd’s, Donnie Walsh contributed two songs to the Blues Brothers’ ‘Briefcase Full of Blues’ album in 1978.  Dave Woodward quit in 1981 and joined Vancouver’s Powder Blues Band. Jane Vasey died of leukemia on July 7, 1982. Walsh, who lived with Vasey at the time, was despondent and turned to running fishing charters in northern Ontario. Downchild was on hiatus so Tony Flaim decided to leave to join Scuffers Blues Band. Eventually Walsh was able to write and perform again and re-assembled Downchild with former Whiskey Howl frontman John Witmer and they recorded ‘But I’m On the Guest List’ live over three nights at Toronto’s El Mocambo. Mike McKenna joined in 1985. A year later Tony Flaim returned to the band for the departing Witmer and drummer Marty Vickers was secured in 1987 as they returned to the studio to record ‘It’s Been So Long’ for their new label – Stony Plain. McKenna quit the band to join the Kendall Wall Blues Band in 1988. Vocalist Flaim left and Rick Walsh stepped back in as he had in the old days as vocalist. A dispute led to Donnie Walsh firing his brother who was replaced by Chuck Jackson in 1990. In spring 1990 Donnie Walsh was handed the Toronto Blues Society’s ‘Blues With A Feeling’ Award. Walsh estimates that more than 120 musicians have passed through Downchild since its inception and has made 32 cross-Canada tours all by van. On New Year’s weekend 1999 Richard Walsh died of a heart attack; on March 10, 2000 former vocalist Tony Flaim also passed away.

1973 Flip, Flop And Fly/Shotgun Blues (Special/GRT) 1230-60
1974 I’ve Got Everything I Need/York County (Special/GRT) 1230-67
1974 Tell Your Mother/The Argument (Special/GRT) 1230-82
1975 Goin’ Dancin/Tell Me Baby (Special/GRT) 1230-94
1976 One More Chance/Do the Parrott (Special/GRT) 1230-111
1976 Caledonia/Donwchild Shuffle (Special/GRT) 1230-125
1977 Stagger Lee/For Pete’s Sake (Posterity/TCD) PT-103
1980 I’ve Been A Fool/I Came for Your Daughter (Attic) AT-221
1980 Tryin’ to Keep Her 88’s Straight/Oh! Oh! (Attic) AT-227
1980 Road Fever/Half Ain’t Been Funny (Attic) AT-232
1981 Stages of Love/Try to Fall in Love With Me (Attic) AT-242
1982 Hey Hey Little Girl/Drivin’ Blues (Attic) AT-253
1982 Blood Run Hot/Coulda Had All Your Loving (Attic) AT-264
1982 Flip, Flop And Fly/Shotgun Blues (Attic) AT-276
1987 It’s Been So Long/Off the Cuff (Stony Plain) SPS-1053
1988 Bop Til I Drop/Not This Time (Stony Plain) SPS-1061


1971 Bootleg (Special) SS-001
1973 Straight Up (Special/GRT) 9230-1029
1974 Dancin’ (Special/GRT) 9230-1049
1975 Ready To Go (Special/GRT) 9230-1060
1977 So Far (Posterity) PTR-13004
1979 We Deliver (Attic) LAT-1085
1980 Road Fever (Attic) LAT-1099
1981 Blood Run Hot [w/Spencer Davis] (Attic) LAT-1117
1982 But I’m On The Guest List (Attic) LAT-1151
1987 It’s Been So Long (Stony Plain/BMG) SPL-1113
1989 Gone Fishing (Stony Plain/WEA) SPL-1139
1994 Good Times Guaranteed (Blue Wave) BW-126
1997 Lucky 13 (Blue Wave – US) BW-134
1998 A Case of the Blues – The Best Of Downchild (Attic) ACD-1516
2000 A Matter Of Time – The Downchild Collection (Blue Wave – US) BW-141
2003 Body Of Work – The Downchild Collection Volume 2 (Blue Wave – US) BW-144
2004 Come On In (Blue Wave – US) BW-014
2007 Live at the Palais Royale (Linus/Universal) 70069
2010 I Need a Hat (Linus) 270112
2013 Can You Hear the Music (Linus)  270187
2017 Something I’ve Done (Linus) 270325

Jean-Marie Rusk [aka Patrick Zabé]
(vocals) / Fernand Pelletier (guitar, keyboards)  / Guy Deslongchamps (guitar) / Hérve Côté (bass) / Pat Cochran (drums) / Bob Rusk (drums; replaced Cochran) /  Mike Abran (guitar; replaced Deslongchamps)
Following a solo album  in 1964 entitled ‘Jean Rusk Sings For You’, Rusk formed the short lived band Les Doyens in 1965 who released one single on the Fantastic label. With the demise of the band in 1966, Rusk would change his name to Patrick Zabé and embark on a solo career. He was also host of his own TV show in 1971.

Donne-moi ta chaleur/Ericka (Fantastic) FA-3635

courtesy Tony Tobias

VERSION I – 1972:
Doug Riley (keyboards) / Laurel Ward (vocals) / Rhonda Silver (vocals) / Brenda Gordon (vocals) / Terry Black (vocals) / Diane Brooks (vocals) / Trudy Desmond (vocals) / Michael Kennedy (vocals, percussion) / Steve Kennedy (vocals, tenor & alto sax, flute) / Brian Russell (guitar) / Terry Clarke (drums) / Kenny Marco (guitar) / Doug Mallory (lead vocals, guitar) / Don Thompson (bass) / Gary Morgan (clarinet, sax, flute) / Keith Jollimore (vocals; baritone, alto & tenor sax; flute) / Barrie Tallman (trombone);
VERSION II – 1973: Doug Riley (keyboards) / Doug Mallory (lead vocals, guitar) / Wayne Stone (drums) / Michael Kennedy (vocals, percussion) / Steve Kennedy (vocals, tenor & alto sax, flute) / Keith Jollimore (vocals; baritone, alto & tenor sax; flute) / Barrie Tallman (trombone)  / Bryan Ayres (saxophone);
VERSION III – 1974: Doug Riley (keyboards) / Doug Mallory (lead vocals, guitar) / Claude Ranger (drums) / Bruce Cassidy (trumpet, fluegel horn) / Don Thompson (bass) / Dave Brown (second drums) / Steve Kennedy (vocals, tenor & alto sax, flute) / Keith Jollimore (vocals; baritone, alto & tenor sax; flute) / Barrie Tallman (trombone)
VERSION IV – 1984: Doug Riley (keyboards) / Lou Pomanti (keyboards) / Tom Szczesniak (bass) / Dave Piltch (bass) / John Anderson (drums) / Bob McLaren (drums) / Bob Mann (guitars) / Domenic Troiano (guitars) / Wayne St. John (vocals, percussion, pan flute) / Terry Black (vocals, synths) / John Rutledge (vocals, guitar)
Toronto’s Dr. Music, a free-form jazz/R & B act with between 7 and 15 members, was the brainchild of noted arranger/keyboardist Doug Riley.  Doug Riley had been working for years behind the scenes on television shows as their music directors and when he was asked to put together musicians for 1969-1970 season of CTV’s ‘The Ray Stevens Show’ he assembled the nucleus of what would become Dr. Music. Following the cancellation of the show, Dr. Music remained together to record and tour.  The first release under the Dr. Music name was a split single with The Laurie Bower Singers for a Canadian version of the international Coca-Cola jingle “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing” on RCA Records. Riley had then become partners with British engineer/producer Terry Brown to form Toronto Sound Recording studio for jingle production and clientele like fledgling GRT Records. Having previously released his solo album ‘Foxy Lady’ (featuring vocalist Terry Black) on GRT, Riley was able to get the label’s backing to release Dr. Music’s self-titled debut LP featuring the first single, “Try A Little Harder”, and its hit follow-up “Sun Goes By” (both written by Motherlode’s Steve Kennedy) in 1972. The first version of Dr. Music disbanded shortly after this so that Riley could focus on his new studio position. By 1973 Riley had assembled the second version of Dr. Music featuring a smaller 7-piece lineup which was essentially a retrofitted version of the ever evolving Motherlode and Lighthouse line-ups. The new group was received enthusiastically and they successfully completed a Western tour, an Eastern tour and a new album – ‘Dr. Music II’ before calling it quits in early 1974. Riley returned to arranging, producing and to continue working on television shows like CBC’s ‘Keith Hampshire’s Music Machine’. In February 1974, during the show’s second season, Riley reformed Dr. Music for a third time as a house band for the show and to record another album – ‘Bedtime Story’ – a more progressive jazz-rock album whose title track was a Herbie Hancock cover. Alas, the band broke up shortly thereafter. Riley later revived the Dr. Music concept with a handful of musical friends in 1984 and the result was ‘Dr. Music Circa 1984′. Riley would continue on as a solo artist releasing such albums as ‘Dreams’ (1976) and ‘Freedom’ (1990);  Doug Riley died August 28, 2007 of heart failure.

1970 I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing (In Perfect Harmony)/[split w/LAURIE BOWER SINGERS] (RCA Victor) ST-57108
1971 Try A Little Harder/The Land (GRT) 1233-06
1971 One More Mountain To Climb/I Can Hear Her Calling Him (GRT) 1233-07
1972 Gospel Rock/Sun Goes By (GRT) 1233-10
1972 Sun Goes By/Glory Glory (GRT) 1233-13
1972 Long Time Comin’ Home/Say Real (GRT) 1233-15
1973 Tryin’ Times/In My Life (GRT) 1233-17
1974 Bedtime Story/I Keep It Hid (GRT) 1233-19
1984 Two Can Play/Say Love Me Now (Canadian Talent Library) CTL-S2017


1972 Dr. Music (GRT) 9233-1003
1973 Dr. Music II (GRT) 9233-1004
1974 Bedtime Story (GRT) 9233-1005
1977 Retrospective (GRT) 9230-1070
1985 Dr. Music Circa 1984 (Canadian Talent Library) CTL-5261

Tony Malone
Monte Horton (guitar) / David D. Norris (drums) / Webster (bass) / Bryant Didier (bass; replaced Webster) / Cameron MacInnes (guitars; replaced Horton) / David Norris (drums; replaced Norris)
Following Tony Malone’s departure from The Dishes because of artistic differences, he formed Drastic Measures. The band caught a break by appearing at the ‘Last Pogo’ in Toronto in 1979 and their song “Mr. America” was included on the soundtrack to the film. CBS Records soon came knocking and the group recorded a self-titled album with special guest Nash The Slash in 1980. The band’s cover version of the children’s nursery rhyme “Teddy Bear’s Picnic” found airplay on CFNY-FM and gave the band a large profile. After one more independent single the band split in 1982 Malone is currently the lead singer for the band Basketcase.

1981 It Won’t Be Long/Modern Heart (Cut-Throat) CUT-4


1980 Drastic Measures (Airwave/Columbia) PCC-80035

King Lou [aka Louis Robinson] / Capitol Q [aka Frank Allert/ DJ Luv [aka Phillip Gayle] / Spek [aka Hussain Yoosef]
One of the first wave of Canadian hip-hop acts signed to a major label, the Dream Warriors was formed in 1988 by King Lou and Capitol Q in the Jane & Finch neighbourhood of north Toronto. Following King Lou’s guest appearance on the Michie Mee & LA Luv track “Victory Is Calling”, the Dream Warriors kicked into high gear in 1989 by joining the Beats Factory Productions crew. Their completed debut album, ‘And Now the Legacy Begins’, was scooped up by the 4th & Broadway label in New York who re-issued it on Island Records in 1990 for international promotion and marketing.  Two successful radio singles followed with “Wash Your Face in My Sink” and “My Definition (of a Boombastic Jazz Style)” that utilized a sample of Quincy Jones’ “Soul Bossa Nova” that had been used as the theme song for the 1970’s Canadian game show ‘Definition’.  Dream Warriors earned a JUNO Award nomination for ‘Rap Recording of the Year’ in 1991 for the former and in 1992 for the latter (which they won). Three more singles followed as did their appeareance on the cover of ‘Melody Maker’ magazine in the UK and mentions in ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine stateside. Dream Warriors would become the first Canadian hip-hop group to tour the world. ‘Subliminal Simulation’ was their 1994 sophomore album and found the original duo augmented by DJ Luv (formerly Michie Mee collaborator LA Luv) and Spek plus special guests Da Grassroots and Butterfly (Digable Planets). The album received mixed reviews but did spawn two singles – “Day In, Day Out” and “California Dreamin’” and a 1995 JUNO Award nomination for ‘Rap Recording of the Year’. 1996 saw the release of ‘The Master Plan’ in Canada only. Though three singles were issued, it failed to live up to the success of their previous outings. Even with another ‘Rap Recording of the Year’ JUNO Award nomination in 1997, both Spek and DJ Luv left the group. An anthology of hits was released on the Priority label in 1999 and featured several new cuts by the original Dream Warrior duo of King Lou and Capitol Q. The group’s final album was 2002’s ‘The Legacy Continues…’ in Canada only. The first single, “Road of Many Signs” was produced by The Herbaliser. Two additional singles followed – “Breathe or Die” and “Unstoppable”.

1990 Wash Your Face in My Sink (4th & B’way/Island)
1991 My Definition (of a Boombastic Jazz Style)/U Never Know a Good Thing Till U Lose It (4th & B’way/Island)
1991 Ludi (4th & B’way/Island)
1991 Follow Me Not (4th & B’way/Island)
1991 I Lost My Ignorance (And Don’t Know Where To Find It)  (4th & B’way/Island)
1994 Day In, Day Out
1994 California Dreamin’
1996 Float On
1996 What Do You Want Ladies
1996 Sound Clash [w/Beenie Man]
2002 Road of Many Signs
2002 Breathe or Die
2002 Unstoppable

1991 And Now The Legacy Begins (Island)
1994 Subliminal Simulation (EMI)
1996 The Master Plan (EMI)
1999 Anthology: A Decade of Hits 1988 – 1998 (Priority)
2002 The Legacy Continues…

Drew Reavie (
guitar) / Zack X. McBuick (bass) / Brian Grant Duff (drums) / Peter Schweigel (vocals) /  Ivan Haffenden (bass) / Andrew Strehler (drums)Drums Along the Gardiner was formed in Toronto in 1986  featuring two members of Pete Moss & the Special Sauce who had moved to Toronto from Vancouver.

Fish/’75 (Miracle) MIR-001

Boronto [cassette] (Miracle) MIR-672

C. MacDonald / J. D. MacNeil
From Meat Cove, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. with notes from The Dry Heeves.

1987 LSD/Maggie (Plot) Plot-002


1984 CaCa-3B Revisited (VVVU Music) VVVU-001
1985 Looking Beyond the Obvious (VVVU Music) VVVU-002
1989 Existential Schizoid Music (VVVU Music) VVVU-003
2001 Mysterium Iniquitatis (VVVU Music) VVVU-004
2002 Radio Prog EP (VVVU Music) VVVU-005
2002 Mockba Rockba (VVVU Music) VVVU-005-RU
2002 Mektoub! EP (VVVU Music) VVVU-006
2003 Everything’s Gone Pseudo (VVVU Music) VVVU-007
2004 Music For Psych Wards (VVVU Music) VVVU-010
2005 …and I’ll Call Rusty (Polygon Network) Polygon 023†

Clint Bowman (bass) / Eloi Bertholet (drums) / Colin Bryce (vocals, guitar) / Matthew Challenger (sax) / Dave Brown (sax; added 1981)
Originally formed in 1980 in Winnipeg, The Dub Rifles 5 piece line-up (2 saxes, guitar, bass, drums) combined their primary influences of Motown, Stax, punk (60s and 70s variety), dub reggae and original 60s ska into a highly danceable big rhythm blend. Often labeled a “ska” band, the band’s material ran the gamut from free-form funk meltdowns and feedback guitar, to supercharged Booker T and The MGs style instrumentals. A couple of lengthy road excursions (Vancouver-Halifax) garnered them considerable college radio play and a healthy core of followers at a time when the CDN underground scene was just beginning to flourish. During their brief career the band was featured on “The New Music” program, shared the stage with the likes of Steel Pulse and Midnight Oil, released 2 independent EPs on their own Notown label, made an appearance on ROIR’s Trouser Press comp. “The Best of America Underground” and saw the release of a 12 inch EP on Hamburg, Germany’s Jax Pax/Juicy Peeple label. Shortly after a brief change of base to Montréal in the winter of 1983/84 the band split up following their final performance at Final performance at Toronto’s El Mocambo in April 1984. with notes from Colin Bryce.

1982 No Town No Country [5 song EP] (Notown)
1983 Boom [3 song EP] (Notown) WRC3-2580

1983 Dub Rifles [3 song EP] (Jax Pax/Juicy Peeple – Germany)

Sonny Knowles
(saxophone) / Sean Fagan (vocals) / Shay Curran (trombone) / Freddit Martin (trumpet) / Harry Parker (bass) / Jimmy Dumpleton (guitar) / Marty Fanning (drums) / Paul Keogh (guitar; 1966) / Peter Law [aka Peter Lawlor] / Jimmy Malone (saxophone) / Austin Halpin (trumpet)
The Pacific Showband was formed in Ireland in 1962 by Knowles, Fagan, Curran, Martin, Parker, Dumpleton and Fanning. In 1964 they began releasing singles starting with their first hit in Ireland “She Wears My Ring” which went to No.3 on the Irish Charts. The next four releases all cracked the Top10 charts in that country as well. By 1968 the Pacific Showband was in its death throes as the Beatles had changed club life and the Summer of Love had changed the audiences. Knowles announced he was leaving the band and the future of the group looked bleak. The played their last show together St. Patrick’s Day 1968. The following week, solo artist Peter Law was recruited and was added to a new line-up featuring Fagan, Curran, Parker, Fanning, Keough, and newer additions Malone and Halpin.  After rehearsing for several months the newly named Peter Law and The Pacific hit the road in April 1968 and toured all across Ireland. Later in the year the group finally returned to the charts with its first single in four years with “My Lovely Rose and You”. Soon Dave Murphy was added on guitar to fill out the sound of their new pop success. They recorded an album called ‘The Sounds of the Pacific’ before heading off to Canada in March 1969 for several short tours. Upon return they released the record and continued travelling around Ireland in their tour van. During their time in Canada the Pacific’s song “Ruby” hit the charts in Ireland which peaked at No.14 in the Irish charts. They returned to Canada four more times beginning in 1970 and finally made the decision to leave the competitive (and small) Irish music scene behind and immigrate to Canada in 1971. I was at this point the changed their name to The Dublin Corporation. They made Winnipeg-home base as it was central to their new label, Franklin Records, who released one single called “Melting Pot” which did fairly well on the Canadian charts. The following year the switched to the Yorkville label in Toronto and released their self-titled debut featuring the single “Come and Join Us” (a remake of the Marmalade hit “Cousing Norman”) in October 1972 which reached No.46 on the charts before falling off in late January of 1973.

1971 Melting Pot/Rolling Common (Franklin) QC-643
1972 Come and Join Us/Truckin’ (Yorkville) YV-45067

She Wears My Ring/Stand By Me (PYE – UK) 7N.15675
1964 Distant Drums/Photograph to the Wall (PYE – UK) 7N.15728
1965 What’s the Use/Do What I Want You To (PYE – UK) 7N.15822
1965 This Time/Just to Satisfy You (PYE –UK) 7N.17002

I Don’t Want to Live/Nigh Stick Shifter (Capitol) 72595

Dublin Corporation (Yorkville/ARC) ARC-1

Sounds of the Pacific (Capitol) ST-6324

DUBOIS, Claude
Born: Claude André Dubois on August 24, 1947 in Montréal, Quebéc
Made his first record at the age of 12 with a country band who released the album ‘Claud Dubois et ses montagnard’ in 1959. In 1965 he released his self-titled debut solo album which contained the hit ‘J’ai souvenir encore’ and won the special jury prize at the Festival du Disque. By 1966 he was in demand as a live performer at appearances in such prestige events as Comédie-Canadienne.  During EXPO 67 the soundtrack music for the documentary film ‘Cerveaux gelés’ about Montréal. He also performed at the event’s Youth Pavillion. He returned that year to Comédie-Canadienne and made a radio appearance in France. He also won the Montréal ‘Le Patriote’ Renee-Claude discovery award.  After recording ‘Comme un million de gens’ in Paris, France in 1968 he took a hiatus and traveled the world until 1973. When he returned to Quebéc he recorded a new album entitled ‘Touchez Dubois’ featuring the singles “Femme de revê”, “La vie à la semaine” and “Bébé Jajou Latoune”. He  was the host for CBC TV’s ‘Décibels’ and sang at the University of Montréal’s Centre Sportif with Diane Dufresne and Offenbach. He would establish the publication ‘Editions du Son’, host CFTM TV’s ‘Showbizz’ and recordieda reggae album, ‘Mellow Reggae’, in 1976. In 1978 Dubois formed his own record label called Pinguouin Records. He would contribute a song to the Plamondon ‘Starmania’ highlights compilation and in 1979 won the Félix Award for ‘Male Performer of 1979’. A drug possession arrest in 1981 put Dubois in a rehab centre for a full year. His comeback album in 1982 was ‘Sortie Dubois’, featuring the hit single “Plein de tendresse”, and sold double platinum. A show at the Quebéc Coliseum with UZEB followed as five Félix Awards including ‘Male Performer of 1982’. He repeated a win for the same award in 1983 as well.

1965 J’ai souvenir encore
1966 Let temps est responsable/Tout est bien (Columbia) C4-6924
1966 Je retourne/Sullivan (Columbia) C4-6937
1967 Ville/Ceux que je connais (Columbia) C4-6973
1967 Laisse/Le Grand Monde (Columbia) C4-7015
1969 Comme une million de gens/Dimension (Columbia) C4-7060
1970 Au bout des doigts/Bebe matin (Columbia) C4-7090
1971 Trop Près Trop Loin/Pour Nos Enfants (Vogue – France) V45-1846
1972 J’ai besoin pour vivre/Rock and Music (Vogue – France)  45V-4205 
1973 La pollution/Pas de roses (Barclay) 60204
1973 Bébé Jajou Latoune/ Femme de revê (Barclay) 60231
1973 La vie à la semaine/Besoin pour vivre (Barclay) 60252
1974 Du Beau monde/La meilleure solution (Barclay) 60286
1975 Hibou/ L’infidele (Barclay) 60306
1975 En voyage/L’infidele (Barclay) 60324
1976 Artistes/(instrumental) (Barclay) 60369
1977 La Sarabande/L’homme A Tout Faire (Barclay) 60388
1977 Pour ma maitresse/Sous les nuages (Barclay) 60402
1978 Partir avec le vent/Clin D’œil (Panguoin) PNX-1
1978 Le blues du businessman/Chasse gallerie (Pinguoin) PNX-4
Voyageur sabbatique/Sabbatique tripper (Pinguoin) PNX-6
1981 L’ile d’encre de chine/Un prince en avignon (Pingouin) PNX-7
1982 Femme de societe/Laisse le vent s’en aller (Pinguoin) PNX-8
1982 Femmes ou filles/Laisse le vente s’en aller (Pinguoin) PNX-10
1982 Tout seul, Emerveille/Toup tout (Pinguoin) PNX-13
1982 Dans la danse/La folie douce (Pinguoin) PNX-14
1983 L’esprit nous guette/Les souliers de toile (Pinguoin) PNX-15
1983 Derriere mes yeux/Pretez-moi l’hiver (Pinquoin) PNX-16
1984 Laisser l’ete avoir 15 ans/Un chanteur chante (Pinquoin) PNX-18
1984 Je t’emmene avec moi/Le mangeur d’etoile (Pinquoin) PNX-19
1984 Lettre a l’univers/(instrumental) (Pinguoin) PNX-21
1984 Tu peux pas/(instrumental) (Pinguoin) PNX-22
1985 T-Loup/(instrumental) (Pinguoin) PNX-25
1985 Beau client/[same] (Pinguoin) PNX-27
1985 Cadeau/minuit Douze (Pinguoin) PNX-28
1986 Pas question d’adventure/[same] (Pinguoin) PNX-30
1989 J’aurais voulu etre une artiste/Comme un voyou  (Carrère – France) 14711

1986 No More Waisting Away/La pure verite (Polydor) NEW-1

1959 Claude Dubois et ses Montagnards (Rigaudon) TCR-1011
1965 Claude Dubois (Columbia) FL-342
1967 Claude Dubois (Columbia) FL-353
1968 Tu Sais (Columbia) FS-90080
1973 Le monde de Claude Dubois (Columbia) GFS-90225
1973 Touchez Dubois (Barclay) 80154
1974 Claude Dubois (Barclay) 80201
1976 Mellow Reggae (Barclay) 80271
1978 Fable d’espace (Pinguoin) UFO-1
1980 Le Quebéc en Fete (Columbia)
1980 Claude Dubois…tel quel (Spectra Scene) SS-1703
1981 Man itou (Pinguoin) PN-1
1982 Sortie Dubois (Pinguoin) PN-103
1983 Implosif (Pinguoin) PN-104
1984 Face à la Musique (Pinguoin) PN-106
1985 Dubois (Pinguoin)  PN-108
1986 Dubois: cadeau (Pinguoin) PN-109
1988 À suivre (Pinguoin) PN-110
2009 Cadeau

Lewis “Butch” Skinner (guitar) / Bob Battiste (guitar) / Art Bragg (drums) / Winston Blackmore / Joe Boulos / Jim Crewe / Claude Caines (lead vocals) / Bill Smith / Dave Parsons (drums) / Greg O’Blenis / Rob Crewe (keyboards; 2008 reunion)
Originally known as The Orange Marmalade Referendum from Port-Aux-Basques, Newfoundland, The Ducats (named after a candy bar) first performed to help raise money for victims of the Springhill Mining Disaster. Realizing that people would pay to see them play, they changed their name and began performing regularly in their hometown and beyond.  While touring the east coast and New England, they cut their first 7″ single in Boston, Massachussetts called “Hey Woman” b/w “Stay Awhile”. They were scouted by Motown and Smash Records and offered record deals by both. They rubbed elbows with the likes of Leslie Gore, Little Richard, Scotty Moore and stars of Motown. Following conversations with the legendary Bill Haley – who was in his late 30’s and near destitute – their distrust of the music industry and homesickness brought them straight back to Newfoundland.  They would perform garage rock, country and even psychedelic tunes over the course of their career depending on what the audiences desired. They made several local TV appearances as well as a 1968 appearance on CBC TV’s ‘Where It’s At’ performing cover tunes by Hendrix, The Beatles, The Bee Gees Deep Purple and Little Richard and acting as backing band for singer Melinda Abbus.  Instead they cut another single (The Rolling Stones’ “Off The Hook”) – this time with RCA Victor in Canada – which made them household names in throughout the province and across the Maritimes.  The band did one of their many reunions as a four piece with Skinner, Blackmore, Caines and Bragg in 1995 for a gala celebration of the town’s 50th anniversary at the Port-Aux-Basques stadium. Eleven of the thirteen alumni in the band made it out to guest perform (two members have passed away). The Port-Aux-Basques museum now has a permanent display featuring the band’s memorabilia.  In 2007, The Du-Cats were honoured with the Stompin’ Tom Award from the East Coast Music Association (ECMA). In 2009, The Du-Cats were given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Music Association of Newfoundland and Labrador.

1964 Hey Woman/Stay Awhile (Rock It) 200.186
1965 Off the Hook/Good Thing Going (RCA Victor) 57-3375

1965 The Du-Cats (RCA Victor International Canada) PC-1018

Born: Windsor, Ontario
Transplanted Windsor native, Annette Ducharme, made her musical mark on the Vancouver music scene before fame had caught up with her. As a member of the Bowers-Ducharme group, they released an EP entitled ‘In Real Life’ in 1981. It wasn’t a big step forward for her career but she was able to stay away from “real” day jobs, only working at temporary jobs when necessary. After she finally decided to pursue a solo career, Ducharme won ‘Most Promising Artist at the West Coast Music Awards’, in 1985 and attracted the interest of Deane Cameron from Capitol Records. Following this, she went into the studio with demos recorded with keyboardist/producer John Webster (Dalbello, Red Rider) to create the critically acclaimed 1989 ‘Blue Girl’ album produced by veteran Brit Mike Howlett. She gained public exposure with an opening slot for the Richard Marx tour and comfortably disappeared for several years. She continued honing her songwriting skills for other artists including Tom Cochrane for whom she wrote the international smash hit single “Sinking Like a Sunset” featured on his 1994 ‘Mad, Mad World’ CD. Cochrane has also recorded her songs “Flowers in the Concrete” and “Best Waste of Time (535)”. As well she co-wrote Lawrence Gowan’s “Soul’s Road” for his 1993 album ‘…But You Can Call Me Larry”. Ducharme eventually resurfaced with her 1994 follow-up ‘Sanctuary’ on the Beggar’s Bliss label and distributed through Page Distribution. The song had three radio ready songs – “Sanctuary”, “Will of the Gun”, and “Stay (Don’t Go)” – which weren’t released as singles but did yield a video each. The album also boasted special appearances by Tom Cochrane, David Gogo and Keith Scott (Bryan Adams Band). With a much needed direction change, Ducharme recorded under the pseudonym Don’t Argue With Her for Bliss/Sony on 1995’s ‘Bloom’ CD. The disc yielded three radio singles/videos. In late 1997, her fourth album, ‘Tortured’ was released on A-ttack Records (also distributed by Page), from which only the title track was released to radio as a single. In the early 00’s Annette was touring and recording her next album with a permanent band featuring three members of the popular Hamilton cover band The General Lee. She currently performs under the name Anet Ducharme.

1989 No Such Thing/Get Back (Capitol-EMI) B-73082
1989 Slavery/The Other Side (Capitol-EMI) B-73088
1989 Middle Of The Night/How to Let Go (Capitol-EMI) B-73100
1994 Sanctuary (Beggar’s Bliss/Page)

1995 Change Your Mind (Bliss/Sony)
1995 Flowers In The Concrete (Bliss/Sony)
1995 Moral (Bliss/Sony)

Tortured (A-ttack/Page)


1989 Blue Girl (Intrepid/Capitol) C1-91980
1994 Sanctuary (Beggar’s Bliss/Page) BBCD-1000

In Real Life [EP] (Harvest) EP-3001

1995 Bloom (Bliss/Sony)

Tortured (A-ttack/Page)  ATT-1298
2003 Talented Girl

Bob Segarini
(guitar, vocals) / Brian Greenway (guitar, vocals) / David Henman (guitar, vocals) / Ritchie Henman (drums, vocals) / Wayne Cullen (drums, vocals) / Bill “Kootch” Trochim (bass, vocals)
With the final edition of The Wackers – which included Bob Segarini, Wayne Cullen, Leon Holt, Norman Vosko, and Kootch Trochim – unable to secure a new record deal, Segarini and Cullen hatched the idea for a new band called All The Young Dudes. Along with fellow Wacker Kootch Trochim, they enlisted founding members of April Wine, Ritchie and David Henman, and future April Wine guitarist Brian Greenway. Having finally landed a new deal with CBS Records, the band went into Andre Perry’s Les Studios in Montréal to complete an album; but the label meddled with the mixes and had them change their name to, simply, The Dudes for their debut ‘We’re No Angels’ and EP “I Just Wanna Dance”. A second album was being recorded when CBS dropped them from their roster leading to the band break-up. Parts of the second album made their way onto CD along with a collection of unreleased recordings as All The Young Dudes entitled ‘All The Old Demos’ in 1997.  With the April Wine alumni otherwise occupied, Segarini managed to sign a solo deal with A & M Records, issuing a 4 song EP that spun off several singles but gained no traction at radio. He hit pay dirt with Bomb Records where he released three solo albums before moving on to Anthem Records. with notes from Wayne Cullen and Bob Segarini. [also see BOB SEGARINI, DAVID HENMAN]

1975 I Just Wanna Dance/Fuel Injection//Dancin’ Shoes/My Mind’s On You (Columbia/CBS) AS-156
1975 Saturday Night/Rock And Roll Debutante (Columbia/CBS)  3-10212
1975 Dancin’ Shoes/Deeper And Deeper (Columbia/CBS) 3-10259


1975 We’re No Angels (Columbia/CBS) KC-33577

1997 All the Old Demos (Pacemaker) DUDE-1

Born: September 30, 1944 in Montréal, Quebéc
Diane Dufresne left school at the age of 15 following the death of her mother. In 1962, she perfomed the musical works of Aragon, Ferré, Brel on stages around Montréal. Later that year she moved to Paris to study voice with Jean Lumière and dramatic art with Françoise Rosay from 1965 to 1967. From 1966 through 1968 she worked in the cabarets on the Left Bank where she sang Vigneault, Ferland, Léveillée in such venues as l’Écluse, l’Échelle de Jacob, and le Caveau de la Bolée. She appeared in magazines, movies and sang on radio including advertisin work doing jingles. She sang on the soundtrack to the movie ‘L’Initiation’ in 1969, but her recording career didn’t really get under way until fall of 1972 with the release of her first album ‘Tiens-toé ben j’arrive!’. Soon, Dufresne was working alongside lyricist Luc Plamondon and composer François Cousineau who worked with Dufresne to create music to suit her voice and personality. She headlined the Elysee-Montmartre in 1977 and at the Olympia the following year – which led to two live album releaes. From 1978 to 1979 she participated in Plamondon’s musical ‘Starmania’. By 1984 her collaboration with Luc Plamondon ended so that she could adapt works of French poets such as Jonasz Michel, Serge Gainsbourg, Jacques Higelin and Peter Grosz who wrote material for the albums ‘Les Papillons et Épine de rose’ (1984) and ‘Top Secret’ (1987). Dufresne took three years off, releasing fewer albums – for Les Disques Amérilys – and focused on acting and painting. In 1998 she returned to the stage for her show Réservé which was directed by her husband Richard Langevin. The performance showcased her acting and maturity as a singer. She returned to her pop rock roots with a tour of Europe in 2002/2003 to promote her album ‘Merci’. In 2005 she starred in a new show and released an album dedicated to the German composer Kurt Weill with the Metropolitan Orchestra of Greater Montréal led by Nézet-Séguin. In 2006 she starred in the show ‘Plurielle’ in intimate halls. In July of that year she participated in the grand opening of the first World Outgames at Olympic Stadium in Montréal. In October, she is honored with a Felix life-time achievement tribute at the 28th Annual Gala of the ADISQ Awards. Dufresne returned to recording with the album ‘Effusions’ in 2007 featuring collaborations with pianist Alain Lefèvre , singer-songwriter Daniel Bélanger and astrophysicist Hubert Reeves . The album is followed by a six week presentation at the Société des arts Technologiques in Montréal which showcased artistic activities including music, song and visual art. In summer 2008, she directed the ‘Terre planète bleue’ show at FrancoFolies in Montréal with Guy Caron. In July 2008 she becomes Knight of the Legion of Honor. By November she appeared for a dozen shows at Theatre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris, France. 2009 saw her involved in two book projects – illustrating Bruno Roy’s ‘Les Cent Plus Belles Chansons du Québec’ and releasing her own autobiography ‘Mots de tête’. Dufresne is still mounting stage shows every year.

Dans ma chambre/Mon coeur est fou
1970 Here and Now/So Much for Love
1970 Une fleur sur la neige
1970 Un jour il viendra mon amour/(instrumentale)  (London) INT-500
1970 Il m’aimera/Si j’étais le soleil
1971 D’un jour à l’autre/D’vant ma télévision, j’m’ennuie de toi
1971 J’ai besoin de ton amour/Les enfants du paradis
1971 Sept fois par jour/Ram da doo di dah
1971 Le monde commence aujourd’hui/Encore une autre fois
1972 J’ai rencontré l’homme de ma vie/J’avais deux amants (Barclay)  61740
1973 Pars pas sans m’dire bye bye/D’vant ma télévision (Barclay) 61861
1974 J’me sens ben/Rock pour un gars d’bicyc’ (Barclay) 62005
1975 J’ai besoin d’un chum/Sur la même longueur d’ondes (Kébec-Disc) KD-10103
1975 Chanson pour Elvis/J’ai vendu mon âme au rock’n’roll (Kébec-Disc) KD-10104
1975 Mon p’tit Boogie-Woogie/Le mariage de la charmeuse de serpent
1975 Partir pour Acapulco/Les hauts et les bas d’une hotesse de l’air (Kébec-Disc)
1975 J’ai rencontre l’homme de ma vie/Buzz (Barclay) 60208
1976 En ecoutant Elton John/Rill pour rire (Barclay) 60239
1976 On n’a pas le temps (Barclay) 60272
1976 Chanson pour Elvis/Actualités (Barclay) 62145
1976 Les hauts et les bas d’une hôtesse de l’air/Partir pour Acapulco (Barclay)  62182
1977 Hollywood Freak/Ma vie, c’est ma vie (Barclay) 62270
1977 Les adieux d’un sex-symbol/Le rêve de Stella Spotlight
1977 Vingtième étage/Chanson pour Elvis (Barclay) 62362
1978 Tu m’fais flipper/Mon p’tit boogie boogie (Barclay) 62501
1979 Jai douze ans/Alys en cinémascope (Barclay) 62660
1979 Strip Tease/ J’ai douze ans (Barclay)
1979 Fellini/Cing a sept (Barclay) DJ-32
1981 On fait tous du show business (RCA) PB-8178
1982 Goodbye Rocky/Samedi soir (RCA) PB-8919
1982 Oxygène/Samedi sour (Kébec-Disc) KD-9151
1982 La dernière enfance/Partir pour la gloire (RCA)
1984 Rockeuse/Délinquante (Kébec-Disc) KD-9248
1985 La vie en rose/Rockeuse (Kébec-Disc) KD-9261
1986 Un souvenir heureux/Le tiroir secret (Carrère – France) 14015
1986 J’tombe amoureuse
1986 Fascination/Addio del passato (Amérilys) AM-102
1987 Vous aurez d’mes nouvelles par les journaux/Elsie saisie par le démon (EMI)
1987 La femme tatouée/Top Secret (Amérilys) AM-103
1988 Kabuki/Les héros sont fatigants (Amérilys) AM-104
1988 Elsie saisie par le démon/L’assassin (Amérilys) AM-105
1993 La fureur du cash          

1969 L’initiation(London)
Tiens-toé ben j’arrive! (Barclay) 80143
1973 À part de d’ça j’me sans ben/Opéra cirque (Barclay) 80172
1975 Sur la même longueur d’ondes (Kebec-Disc) KD-703
1976 Mon premier show [2LP] (J’arrive) 909-910
1977 Maman si tu m’voyais (Barclay) 80270
1978 Olympia 78 (Barclay) 80286
1978 Enregistrement public a l’Olympia, Vol. 2: J’me sens bien (Barclay) 80288
1979 Strip Tease (Barclay)  80294
1982 16 grands success (Barclay) 200347
1982 Turbulences (Kébec-Disc) KD-532
1984 Dioxine de carbone et son rayon rose (Kébec-Disc) KD-607
1984 Magie Rose (Kébec-Disc) KD-618
1986 Follement vôtre (Amérilys) AM-1001
1987 Top Secret (Amérilys) AM-1002
1990 Collection une fois deux : Tiens-toé ben j’arrive!/Opéra cirque  (Amérilys) AMC-2-1111
1991 Diane (Amérilys) AMC-1003
1991 Master Serie (Polygram) 835-343
1993 Detournement majeur (Amérilys) AMC-1005
1998 Diane Defresne (Amérilys) AMC-1112
2000 Merci (BMG) DSRCD-680012
2002 Les grands succès
2005 Dufrense chant Kurt Weill (ATMA Classique) ACD-2-2324
2007 Effusions (Pres) PRESCD-7116

Curt Dean Coulson / Eddy Lane
From Chatham, Ontario

Lonesome For a Letter/Little Woman (Apex) 76682

Garry Welsh
(vocals) / Peter Hudson (guitar) / Ashley Thomas (guitar) / Richard Higham (bass) / Terry Kelly (drums)
Short-lived Toronto 5 piece with garage/rockabilly/jangly guitar style. Peter Hudson would go on to be a successful engineer and producer.

1986 Dun One (Nasty) DUN-001
1986 Nothing On TV/Still, I Run (Nasty) DUN-002
1987 Kings of The Pan Flute (Nasty) DUN-003

Greg Weir
(vocals) / Rob Sweeney (guitar) / Paul MacNeil (guitar) / Roger Branton (bass) / Darren Smith (drums)
Named after a segment from Stanley Kubrick’s film adaptation of ‘A Clockwork Orange’ (the same scene that offered up the names Duran Duran and Heaven 17), this post-punk rockabilly outfit was formed in Oshawa in 1981. They played their first gig that fall at the now legendary Drake Hotel on the Queen Street Circuit (though the club was on King Street) in Toronto. Their first LP, ‘Lose Control’, was released on Star Records in 1983 and the band managed to build a sizeable following across southern Ontario playing to enthusiastic audiences in Hamilton and London where they opened for England’s 999. The band was unable to crack the ever competitive Toronto club scene and eventually fell apart in the mid-80’s. Three members would later re-emerge on Star Records as The Purple Toads and it too self-destructed in the late ’80’s. Branton and Sweeney would then move onto the Dominators; Weir became a subway busker which led to a short lived success as a member of Pieces Of Train; Darren Smith joined Harry Hess in metal band Blind Vengeance who would later mutate into Warner Music recording act Harem Scarem. In late 1990 Star Records dug out a live-off-the-floor tape recorded on Mother’s Day in 1984 and released it as a post-humous second album. Durango 95 reunited in 2011 to play a number of shows with American act The Lyres.


1983 Lose Control (Star) SR-003                                           
1990 Mother’s Day (Star) SR-95X

London, Ontario’s Bill Durst was originally in the band Pink Orange with Joe de Angelis (guitar, vocals), James Corbett (bass), and Ed Pranskus (drums) at the end of the 1960’s. Eventually they changed their name to Thundermug and picked up manager Wyn Anderson. Anderson rallied their cause and was able to secure the band a record deal with Greg Hambleton’s Axe Records in 1972. Their debut album, ‘Thundermug Strike’s, was produced by Greg Hambleton (with engineering by a young Terry Brown) and included the 1972 hit “Africa” which reached the Canadian Top40. 1973’s ‘Orbit’ album featured the title track as a single which reached the Top50 that year. It too was produced by Greg Hambleton. With the band’s touring schedule keeping them extremely busy they managed several non-album singles before returning to the studio with producer Greg Hambleton to complete 1974’s ‘Ta-Daa!!’.  The group split up shortly after their last charting single, 1975’s “Clap Your Hands and Stomp Your Feet”, made the Top50 in Canada. Following Thundermug’s collapse, Durst signed with CBS Publishing and Passport Records for his 1983 solo album ‘Call Billy’ which spawned three singles. By 1985 he had a side gig as the guitarist for Tres Hombres, a ZZ Top clone band, that also featured Lonnie Glass and Gary McCracken (Max Webster). Durst also peformed with another original act called The Brains. He tried his hand at another solo album in 1989, entitled ‘Father Earth’, on independent label Cottage Records. In 1994 former manager Wyn Anderson put his own money on the line and paid for some recording sessions so that Durst and Corbett could record a new album. Durst co-wrote, produced, sang and played guitar on the the CD ‘Who’s Running My World’ under the name Thundermug. The album received forty two continuous weeks of nationally charted radio airplay and spawned three hit singles in Canada including the title track, “Blue Water”, and “She Said”. Thundermug returned to the studio for the follow-up CD ‘Bang The Love Drum’ in 1997 and toured as a trio for at least two shows a week with Bill Durst, James Corbett and returning original member Ed Pranskus. With Corbett leaving in 2000 over health reasons and Burgess re-joining on bass followed by a trail of new drummers, the band officially retired its name in 2000 and became Big On Venus. In 2005 Durst released a new solo CD with The Bill Durst Band entitled ‘The Wharncliffe Sessions’. He released his latest disc in 2009 entitled ‘The Great Willy Mammoth’. A new live CD is currently being mixed. Durst has opened gigs for the likes of Aerosmith, Rush, Bob Seger, The Yardbirds, Sly and The Family Stone, George Thorogood, Bad Company, Jeff Healey, Edgar Winter Group, The Tubes, David Clayton Thomas, Savoy Brown, Little Feat on various tours. Thundermug were nominated into the London Music Hall of Fame in 2006. [also see THUNDERMUG]

1983 My Girlfriend/Elaine (Passport/A & M) PS-510
Kiss & Tell/On the Eiffel Tower (Passport) PS-512
1983 On the Eiffel Tower/Love Ain’t Dumb (Passport) PS-518
2005 Jenny’s in the Gin (Durstwerks)
2005 I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow

Call Billy (Passport/A & M)
1989 Father Earth [cassette] (Cottage)
The Wharncliffe Sessions (Durstwerks)
The Great Willy Mammoth (Durstwerks)

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