Haakonson, Betty
Haas, Gaby
Hacking, Norm
Haggertys, The
Hall, Chris
Hall, Joe
Halls and Caldwell
Hambleton, Fergus
Hampshire, Keith
Hancock, Winston
Handsome Ned
Hann, Paul
Hannon, Beau
Hanover Fist/Hanover
Happy Feeling
Harden, Jack
Hardship Post
Hardy, Hagood
Harem Scarem
Harmer, Sarah
Harrington, Mark
Hart, Corey
Hart Rouge
Hartt Band, The Lisa
Harvey and Friends
Hasek, Michal
Hatcher, Jeffrey
Haters, The
Haunted, The
Havf Human
Hawkins, Ron
Hawkins, Ronnie
Haze & Shuffle
He Said She Said
Heads in the Sky
Healey, Jeff
Heart, The
Heat Exchange
Heaven and Earth
Heaven’s Radio
Heavy Blinkers
Helix (1)
Helix (2)
Hemingway Corner
Henman, David
Hennessy, Jill
Hersh, Bill
Hervey, Pat
Hey Rosetta!
Hi-Fives, The
Hibbs, Harry
Higgins, Dee Dee
Hill, Dan
Hille, Veda
Holland, Michael
Holy Fuck
Homemade Theatre
Hometown Band
Honest Injun
Honeymoon Suite
Hooper, Tom
Hoover, Jayson
Hopping Penguins
Horton, Glen
Hoskins and The Stick People, Gregory
Hot Hot Heat
Hot Nasties
Hot Tip
Hott Roxx
House of Commons (1)
House of Commons (2)
Houston, Chris
Houston, James
Howard, Dave
Hud, Lorenc
Huevos Rancheros
Hughes Group, Bryan
Hughes, Brian
Hughes, Geoff
Humphrey & the Dumptrucks
Hunger Project
Hunt, Geraldine
Hunt, The
Hunter, Myles
Hunter, Tommy
Hush, The
Hyde, Paul
Hynes, Ron

Christmas Ghosts/Nonsense (Maple Haze) LS-7627

HAAS, Gaby
Born: Gabriel Haas in Frantiskovy Lázne, Czechoslovakia on November 7, 1920 Died: November 22, 1987 in Edmonton, Alberta
Gabby Haas – also known as ‘Canada’s Mr. Polka’ – moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan when he was 18 and began playing accordion at local dances and as a featured performer on CFQC-AM radio. His Edmonton broadcasts on CFRN ran from 1940 through 1958. In 1943 he became a naturalized Canadian. His radio show was then carried on a second station CKUA-AM starting in 1944 which included his ‘Continental Musicale’ show for more than 40 years. The CBC national radio network carried him from 1946 through 1958, making Haas a country music radio star.  The multi-lingual Haas also hosted ethnic-music programs including ‘The German Show’ and ‘European Music Shop’. He also made the leap to television which included stints on CFRN-TV (1955 through 1969) on such shows as ‘Chuckwagon’ (1956-1971), ‘The Noon Show’ [aka ‘Eye-Opener’] and ‘Country Music’ (1969-1974). Haas would later host QCTV programs ‘QC on Country Music’ and ‘World Showcase of Music’. Haas began his recording career in 1950 with his band, The Barndance Gang, and released over 50 albums and 60 7″ singles for labels such as Apex, London, Point, Quality, and Royalty Records. The late actor John Candy claimed that the fictitious Schmenge Brothers characters on the ‘SCTV’ television show were based on Gaby Haas.

1951 Upside Down Reel/Rose Glen & Peekaboo (Apex) 26367
1951 Ga Be Polka/St. John’s Waltz (Apex) 26368
1951 Red River Waltz/Winter Nights Schottische (Apex) 26377
1951 Ostinellis Reel/Good Wine Jig (Apex) 26384
1951 Tavern Waltz/Holla Lady (Apex) 26395
1951 Barbara Polka/Green Meadow Waltz (Apex) 26402
1951 Jenny Lind Polka/Moonlight Waltz (Apex) 26408
1952 Wednesday Night Waltz/Old Man’s Polka (Apex) 26410
1952 Midnight Breakdown/Irish Jig Medley (Apex) 26411
1952 Accordion Waltz/Village Tavern Polka (Apex) 26416
1952 Root Beer Polka/Aloha Waltz (Apex) 26422
1952 Barndance Polka/Barndance Waltz (Apex) 26424
1952 Echo Polka/Oklahoma Waltz (Apex) 26428
1953 Popular Waltz/Raindrops Waltz (Apex) 26430
1953 La Golondrina/Red Raven Polka (Apex) 26435
1953 Midnight Waltz/Apex Polka (Apex) 26443
1953 Accordion Polka/Callers Waltz (Apex) 26446
1953 Cactus Polka/Cuckoo Waltz (Apex) 26451
1953 Adios Polka/Over The Waves (Apex) 26453
1954 McDonald Schottische/Marching Through Georgia (Apex) 26455
1954 Forever & Ever/Little Green Valley (Apex) 26457
1954 Saturday Waltz/Happy Boys Schottische (Apex) 26461
1954 Alberta Waltz/Pacific Polka (Apex) 26463
1954 You Can’t Be True Dear/Beer Barrel Polka (Apex) 26466
1954 Homecoming Waltz/Country Hoedown Polka (Apex) 26467
1955 Pilots Waltz/Ball In Karlstadt (Apex) 26469
1955 Dry River Waltz/American Polka (Apex) 26471
1955 Schneider Polka/Alpine Yodel Waltz (Apex) 26473
1955 Hunter Polka/Happy Go Lucky Waltz (Apex) 26474
1955 Russian Polka Medley (Apex) 26475
1956 Blue Canadian Rockies/Rocky Mountain Rock (London) M-17005
1956 Home Coming Waltz Snow Deer (London) M-17006
1956 Red Hot Boogie/I Forgot More (London) M-17016
1957 Old MacDonald/Skiffle Fiddle (London) M-17034
1963 Rose From Woertherse/Neapolitan Nights Waltz (London) M-17309
1967 Wooden Heart/One Night In May (London) M-17360
1967 Charlie Was A Boxer/Oklahoma Waltz (London) M-17361
1969 Sweet Elizabeth Polka/Yashiko Waltz (London) M-17399
1971 Scottish Ramble/Marching Through Georgia (London) M-17428
1972 Life In The Finland Woods Waltz/Mocking Bird Hill Waltz (Quality) 2065X

1953 Cottage Grove/Wedding Polka (Apex) 26437
1953 Blue Skirt Waltz/Edmonton Polka (Apex) 26449
1953 Life In Finland/Joanna Schottische (Apex) 26459
1956 Golden Slippers/Timberlane Rag (London) M-17004
1956 Black Mountain Waltz/Listen To The Mockingbird (London) M-17014
1956 Black Mountain Rag/Crazy Strings (London) M-17015
1957 Pacific Polka/Westphalia Waltz (London) M-17033
1973 When You’re Smiling/In The Good Old Summertime (London) M-17450
1978 Blue Mountain Waltz/cottage Grove Waltz (Quality) 2301x

1961 Gaby’s Dance Party (Point) P-202
1961 Gaby Haas TV Favourites (Point) P-215
1962 Play the Golden Old Time Waltz Favourites (Point) P-251
1963 Cross Canada Guitar (London) EB-43
1964 Come Join the Party Again (London) EB-57
1964 Continental Polka & Waltz Favourites (London) EB-68
1965 Versatiles (London) EB-77
1965 Teen Beats – Guitar Boogie (London) EB-83
1966 Goes to Europe (London) EB-95
1966 Polkas Schottisches Waltzes (London) EB-106
1967 Waltzing at the Hofbrauhaus (London) EB-120
1967 Dance Time with Gaby Haas (Point) P-276
1967 Plays for a (Warm) House Party (Point) P-293
1968 Dancing & Singing Ukrainian Style (Point) P-304
1968 Slap Your Maws and Clap Your Paws and Dance to the Music of Gaby Haas (Point) PS-337
1968 Dance to the Music of Gaby Haas (Point) P-337
1969 “Live” at the Hofbrauhaus (Point) PS-350
1969 Pack Up Your Troubles (Point) PS-356
1971 Best of Gaby Haas (London) EBX-4162
1972 On Tour – Canada’s Mr. Polka (London) EBX-4169
1972 Plays 12 Golden All-Canadian Waltzes (Quality) SV-1867
1973 Mr. Polka Meets Mr. Yodel (Quality) SV-1884
1973 When You’re Smiling (London) EBX-4176
1974 You Asked For It (London) EBX-4186
1974 Continental Polka & Waltz Favourites (Royalty) R2000-16
1975 Gaby’s Old Time Barn Dance Collection (Royalty) R2000-25
1975 She Likes to Dance (London) EBX-4193
1976 At Expo Spokane (London) EBX-4197
24 Greatest Hits (Sunshine) 406
Ukrainian Good Times (Sunshine) SSLP-4008
Music Barndance Style (London) GA-1003
Goes To Europe (London) EBS-4095
Le Disque D’Or (London) SDS-5094
From Frisco To Cape Cod (Gillette) 6331
Clarence Ploof (Gillette) 6332
Golden Old Time Waltz Favourites [re-issue] (Coral/MCA) CB-30007
The Favourites (Coral/MCA) CB-30031

1959 Canada’s Mr. Polka (Apex) ALF-1601
1959 Canada’s Mr. Polka Vol. 2 (Apex) ALF-1603
1960 Canada’s Mr. Polka Gaby Haas On Tour (Apex) ALF-1604
1960 In Barndance Ball ! (Apex) AL-1605
1961 Old Time Dancing Party (Apex) ALF-1617
1962 Baby’s Dancing Party (Apex) ALF-1630
1963 Dancing Western Canadian Style (London) EB-3
1964 An Invitation to an Old Time Dance (London) EB-62
1965 Music – Barn Dance Style (London) EB-99
1965 Canada’s Mr. Polka Anniversary Album (London) EB-100

1963 Come Join the Party – On Two Accordions (London) EB-1

1963 The Best in the West: Instrumentals Country Style (London) EB-14

Old Time Waltz Night (Apex) ALF-1622

1960 Old Country Dance Party (Point) P-230

Play For A Horilka Party (Point) P-302

Scandinavian Dance Fest (Point) PS-331

14 Old Time Music Favourites (Royalty) R2000-02
1973 14 Old Time Music Favourites Vol. 2 (Royalty) R2000-03

Born: August 1, 1950; Died: November 25, 2007
Scarborough, Ontario, native Norm Hacking first performed paid gigs and recorded an album in 1972 as a student at University of Toronto’s Scarborough College campus with his band Original Bones featuring Paul Corby, Norm Hacking, Janine Locke, Brad Sales, and Phil Weir. He returned to record concerts there in 1976 and 1977 which became the basis of his first solo album ‘Norm Hacking Live’. Hacking’s 1980 album, ‘Cut Roses’, featured guest musicians Ken and Chris Whiteley from the Original Sloth Band, Mose Scarlett, John Arpin, Dee Dee Higgins, Matt Zimbel (Manteca) and was produced by Doug McClement at Comfort Sound in Toronto. ‘Stubborn Ghost’, featuring Kevin Bell, followed 8 years later and led to many festival and concert appearances. A video of the song “Sammy” aired on Nashville Network. He cut back touring when he became the single care giving parent to his young son Ben. In 1996 with his son now a teen, Hacking returned to performing and released a “best of” his vinyl releases on CD with four new songs entitled ‘Skysongs…A Writer’s Collection’. From 1996 to 1997 Hacking was acting Caledon Folk Festival Artistic Director. Wayne Marshall of Three Flamingos Music initiated a concert and recording project of U.S. and Canadian songwriters to record 18 of Hacking’s songs for a tribute album entitled ‘One Voice: A Tribute to Norm Hacking, Vol. 1’ which was released in late 2001. Performers included Chicago’s Michael Smith, Nashville’s Alan Rhody, Whitehorse’s Mikel Miller, Kingston’s Roger James and Toronto’s Nancy White, Chris Whiteley, Ron Nigrini, Jory Nash, Slowpoke, Jason Fowler and many others. Volume 2 was planned to include Tom Paxton and a song Rick Fielding wrote about Hacking specifically. Orange Cats Make the Very Best Friends is winning a wider spectrum of fans with frequent CBC and other radio play, inclusion of “Cats Everywhere” on Jurgen Gothe’s (CBC DiscDrive) “Hit List of 2002” and a couple of years with a Festival Distribution top titles profile. The album earned Norm and Kirk a 2004 Canadian Indie Music Award nomination in the Favourite Children’s Artist / Group category. Norm enjoys the email fans send with cat stories. For his account of his first song about cats, “Syd and The Flea” written 20 years ago, see his Catman column for Taxi News. Little did he anticipate then that another song about cats – “When Cats Go Wrong” from the CD – would become the text of a book, beautifully illustrated by Cynthia Nugent, published by Raincoast Books. Released in Canada in October 2004 and in the U.S. in April 2005, the When Cats Go Wrong book (with CD single of the song) was a hit with kids, teachers, the public and critics, prompting release of a paperback edition (same size, with CD single) in Canada in February 2006. More recent CDs include ‘The Ache’ in 2008) and ‘A Day in the Studio’ which was originally a 1993 solo tape recorded in one day. Hacking also contributed several tracks to benefit and compilation CDs. Hacking’s artistic hats also included stage actor (musical, dramatic and comic), poet, soundtrack writer and journalistic columnist. A season with the Picton (Ontario) Area Players included a co-lead role in the stage production of ‘The Odd Couple’ and he directed ‘The American Dream’. He also performed the prominent Balladeer role (originated by Cedric Smith) in Barry Broadfoot’s “Ten Lost Years” with TWP in the On Stage 1981 International Theatre Festival in Toronto. He has written for ‘Great Canadian Parks’ TV series and the 2003 ‘Back to School with Franklin’ home movie feature video. Since early 1992, Hacking wrote a popular monthly column ‘Race Track Hack’ in Taxi News. His poems and prose incorporated into his concerts led to his first spoken word CD ‘I Am the Night’ in late 2005. Hacking passed away in November 2007.

1977 Norm Hacking Live (TSR) TSR-1
1980 Cut Roses (Indoor/TCD) INDR-79071
1996 Skysongs…A Writer’s Collection (Three Flamingos) 3FLAM-2002
1999 The Ache (independent)
2004 A Day In The Studio (independent)
2005 I Am The Night [spoken word] (Iridescent)


1972 Original Bones (independent) QCS-999

1988 Stubborn Ghost (RDR) RDR-800N

2003 Orange Cats Make The Very Best Friends (Three Flamingos) 3FLAM-2003

The Haggertys are a husband and wife duo from Belleville, Ontario. “Tonight I’ll Make It Up To You” spent three weeks on RPM Country singles chart in May 1985. The follow-up, “I’ll Make It Up To You” spent one week on the RPM Top CanCon chart in June 1985. The band finally found chart success with the album and single “Hot On The Heels of Love” in March 1986 on the RPM Country Singles chart and peaked at #9 on May 10, 1986; “All I Need Is You” was released in June and peaked at #23 on the RPM Country Singles chart on August 2, 1986. “Looks Like Love” was released in October 1986 and peaked at #33 on the RPM Country Singles chart December 6, 1986. “Southern Bound” was released February 1987 and peaked at #38 on April 4, 1987; “Your Love Takes Me Away” was released in August 1987 and only spent a 3 week run on the charts. The Haggerty’s final single “You Got Me Shakin'” was released a year later and made it as high as #42 on the RPM Country Singles chart.

1985 Tonight I’ll Make It Up to You (B & C) BC-006
1985 I’ll Make It Up To You (B & C) BC-007
1986 Hot On The Heels Of Love/I Can’t Taste The Whiskey (B & C) BC-008
1986 Headin’ For A Heartache (B & C) BC-009
1986 Southern Bound/I Can’t Taste the Whiskey (B & C) BC-010
1986 All I Need Is You (B & C) BC-021
1986 Looks Like Love (B & C) BC-023
1987 Southern Bound/[same] (B & C) BC-024
1987 Your Love Takes Me Away (B & C) BC-026
1988 You Got Me Shakin’/Feels So Right (B & C) BC-5757

HALL, Chris
New wave singer-songwriter whose first album, ‘Lifeline’, on Capitol was recorded at Integrated Sound and featured backing musicians Fred Mandel, Eddie Schwartz, Jon Czechowski, Gary Craig and engineer Glen Johanson.  His 1983 follow-up, ‘Hypnotized’, featured many of the same players plus Kit Johnson (Johnny Dee Fury), and Cameron Hawkins (FM).

Fast Living/Last Ones In This Bar (Capitol) 72857
1981 Rolling Dime/Beat of My Heart (Capitol) 72858
1983 Live With That/Quiver (Capitol) 72905
1983 It’s All You/Live With That (Capitol) 72909
1983 People Like Us/Without Love (Capitol) 72919

Lifeline (Capitol) ST-6486
1983 Hypnotized (Capitol) ST-6493

Much of what Ottawa-born Joe Hall says and sings is explicable only on the hypothesis that he was deported from some other galaxy. A related theory maintains that he is of obscure German origins, and was influenced by, on one hand, writers like Dylan, Cohen, and David Blue, and, on the other, genuine show-biz lunatics like Screaming Jay Hawkins, not to mention the vast unexplored field of German cowboy music. Essentially self-taught on voice, guitar, harp, and piano, Hall has been writing and performing a long time, but it’s really only since early 1977, and the now legendary house band gig at Toronto’s Black Bull Tavern, that people and the press have noticed. Hall has gone on to play bigger and better jobs: the El Mocambo, the Edge (Toronto), Barrymore’s (Ottawa), Gary Taylors (Vancouver), Harpo’s (Victoria), the Refinery (Calgary) and many points between. Over his career he has served as an opening act for Joe Jackson, George Thorogood, Taj Mahal, Boz Scaggs, John Martyn, Levon Helm, Carolyn Mas and the Little River Band. His stage patter appears spontaneous: otherwise one might guess that it was co-scripted by Woody Allen and the Marquis de Sade. His band, the Continental Drift, consisted of Hall’s long time accomplice, JUNO nominated producer Tony Quarrington along with the late the Governor General Award-winning author of ‘Whale Music’ Paul Quarrington (bass) and Martin Worthy (drums). Despite the performance quirkiness, Hall was at one time the most-played single artist on Radio CKUA (Edmonton), and in 1979 the album ‘On The Avenue’ was voted album of the year by the listeners of WCUW (Worcester, MA). The song “Vampire Beavers” has received frequent airplay on the US syndicated ‘Doctor Demento Show’ over the years. His songs have been recorded by Renee Claude, Judy Lander, Quarrington-Worthy, Humphrey and the Dumptrucks, and by the German band Die Gebruder Blattschuss. Some of his lyrics have been anthologized in an English textbook; Hall passed away in Peterborough, Ontario on March 22, 2019 after a long battle with cancer. with notes from Jeff Bateman and Michael Burke.

1988 Full Moon and Welfare Cheques/Decadent West (Locomotive) 4695

1977 Joe Hall & The Continental Drift (RCI) RCI-462
1979 On the Avenue (Posterity) PTR-13009
1980 Rah-n-cho Bah-nah-no (Posterity) PTR-13015
1988 On The Outside
1988 Direct to Delete (Locomotive) 001
1992 Skeleton Key
1993 Rapture (Wingnut/Hovercraft)
1996 Fresh Outta Rehab (Hovercraft)
1999 Travelling Without Deodorant: Best of Joe Hall (1972-1988) (Cordova Bay/Oasis) CBR-0202

1977 Impulse Volune 5, No. 2(Impulse) IMP-001

Brad Halls
(piano, vocals) / Paul Caldwell (guitar, lyrics)
Humorous duo who recorded kids songs with a twist. Halls is a practicing lawyer in Cobourg, Ontario and Caldwell a full-time family physician also in Cobourg. Over the years they have released three albums of music for children, largely of their own composition – ‘New Kids On the Block’, ‘Second Childhood’ and ‘Awesome (And Then Some)’. Their songs have been recorded and performed by many other prominent artists including Fred Penner and Sharon, Lois and Bram. Halls And Caldwell have performed for adult and children’s audiences at festivals and special performances throughout Ontario. Paul Caldwell is also a published author on a variety of medical subjects for the layperson, published in Canada by Key Porter Books. His books include ‘SLEEP’, ‘ALZHEIMERS DISEASE’ and ‘EATING DISORDERS’. He is a regular contributor to health programs on TV Ontario. Brad Halls, as pianist and singer, is the producer and principal performer in his concert series “Words And Music” (dedicated to the great jazz and pop standards of the great songwriters, and the music of the Broadway stage and Hollywood film) which has been presented at Cobourg’s historic Victoria Hall Concert Hall for the past 20 years. He is also a stage director for the Cobourg-based Northumberland Players. with notes from Brad Halls.

1986 New Kids On The Block
1987 Second Childhood
1989 Awesome (And Then Some)

Multi-instrumental and singer-songwriter Fergus Hambleton, brother of Axe/Tuesday Records president Greg Hambleton was recruited in the late ’60s by Wal-Dan management who were assembling a new version of A Passing Fancy following the departure of lead singer Jay Telfer. The company wanted to maximize the headway they had made with the band on Columbia Records and so, set about recording additional tracks to fill out a second side of a full LP. Hambleton would go into the studio and record the additional tracks for the band’s November 1968 self-titled release. The album would feature the Columbia singles with an altered mix of “People In Me”. Boo Records attempted to squeeze a little more life out of the record with a new song – and fifth single – “Island” and sent the new band out with the old band’s musical equipment and truck on the road. The tour and the track did poorly on radio and by early 1969 the second version of A Passing Fancy had disbanded.  Hambleton then appeared on Jay Telfer’s first solo album which was produced by Bernie Finkelstein. The two hit it off and in November 1969 Jay Telfer and Fergus Hambleton recorded a studio album for Allied Records under the name Goody Two Shoes called ‘Come Together’. The album was primarily cover tunes and is also noteworthy for lead guitar work by former A Passing Fancy roadie Kevan Staples – better known as half of future shock rockers Rough Trade. Hambleton next wrote songs for Axe Records’ first signing – Rain – before getting a record deal of his own with Capitol Records for several releases before moving to Axe Records as a member of The Basics and, finally, The Sattalites where he found international success. Hambleton remains active releasing his own solo productions and performing with ensembles – primarily a weekly stand at Toronto’s The Orbit Room. Hambleton also teaches at the Harris Institute in Toronto. [also see THE BASICS, GOODY TWO SHOES, THE SATTALITES]

1981 She’s On the Other Side/Tell Me What You See (Ready) SR-016
1982 It’s All In The Game/Dub Version (Ready) SR-030
1982 Steal This Girl/Ta Blonde Va S’en Aller/ (Ready) SR-241
1982 Steal This Girl/Ta blonde va s’en aller [12″] (Ready) SRB-024
1983 Movin’ Around/Ride Home (Axe) AXE-71
1986 The Glory That Was Rome (Axe) AXE-96


1971 Same Old Feelin’/Laura (Capitol) 72658
1971 Here With You/Pushin’ All My Life (Capitol) 72667
1971 World Turns All Around Her/I Cannot Answer (Capitol) 72674
1972 Ride Alone/Ice On The Road (Capitol) 72686
1972 Down On My Knees/Overcoats (Capitol) 72702
1975 Turn Up That Radio!/On It Goes (Axe) AXE-23
1976 Come See Me/Heavenly Days (Axe) AXE-26

2005 Snapshots (Supermono) SNM-019CD


1971 All The Right Noises (Capitol) ST-6370
1972 Town of Fergus (Capitol) ST-6382
1975 Fergusongs (Axe) AXS-508

Doran Beattie
(lead vocals) / Dan Lowe (lead guitar) / Royden Morice (bass, keyboards, backing vocals) / Jeff Boyne (rhythm guitar) / Jim Llewellyn (drums) / Bob Ego (drums) / Craig Blair (lead guitar; replaced Boyne 1976) / Dale Buchner (drums; replaced Llewellyn 1976)
Following the evolution of Calgary band Shades Of Blond into 49th Parallel and then, again, into Painter, a number of line-up changes, failed singles and one album on Elektra Records,  members Dorn Beattie, Dan Lowe, Royden Morice and Jim Llewellyn, under the guidance of uber-manager Bruce Allen, where taken to the home of Allen’s other hard-rock success story, BTO, at Mercury Records. ‘Hammersmith’ was their debut in 1975 and was produced by Dan Lowe. The album spawned two singles – “Late Night Lovin’ Man” and “Funky As She Goes” – allowing the band to tour Canada. ‘It’s For You’ was their 1976 follow-up and included a line-up change with Blair & Buckner replacing Boyne & Llewellyn. The album produced one single, “Dancin’ Fools”, and the band returned to touring. The album sold moderately. Mercury dropped the band in early 1977. Beattie quit to join All The Rage In Paris and in recent years, has become a succesful country singer. Hammersmith stayed together until the end of 1977 at which time Lowe and Morice formed a new act called 451 Degrees who put out an eponymous LP on Intercan/Pickwick in 1980. Those claiming to have been members of Hammersmith from 1976 to 1977 include Mike Reno (nee Rynoski),  Jim Clench, Hal Whitford, Brian Ojay, Randy McCann, Bobby Vice, Al Gibson, and Bill Kempster. with notes from Bob Ego and Jim Llewellyn.

1975 Funky As She Goes/Feelin’ Better (Mercury/Phonogram/Polydor) M-73717
1975 Late Night Lovin’ Man/Low Ridin’ Ladies (Mercury/Phonogram/Polydor) M-73749
1976 Dancin’ Fools/Good-Bye, Good-Bye (Mercury/Phonogram/Polydor) M-73874


1975 Hammersmith (Mercury/Phonogram/Polydor) SRM-1-1040
1976 It’s For You (Mercury/Phonogram/Polydor) SRM-1-1102

Born: London, England, November 23, 1945
British born Keith Hampshire was being spoon fed on strong doses of ballet and tap dancing lessons. He made his theatrical debut when he was four years old in a children’s dance show for parents. But it appeared show business once yet in the cards. Two years later his family sailed to New York and took the train to Toronto, Canada, where they bought a battered sedan and made the long trek west to Calgary, Alberta. While growing up in Calgary, Hampshire took vocal lessons for three years and sang in the local Anglican Church choir. He learned enough to earn prizes in a number of Kiwanis sponsored singing festivals. He also spent a lot of time listening to late night radio.  By age 17, he was performing during amateur nights at the infamous The Depression Coffeehouse where, the likes of David Wiffen, Will Millar (Irish Rovers), and Joni Mitchell had cut their teeth. He soon went from brave a cappella performances to guitar accompanied vocalist. With the sweeping popularity of Rock’n’ Roll Hampshire formed flash-in-the-pan acts like The Intruders (who never managed to escape the basement), Keith And The Bristols (nearly as short lived), and finally managed a steady three year gig with Keith And The Variations who had a definite English influence. They performed everywhere they could including an opening spot for Roy Orbison at the Stampede Corral in Calgary, and on a local weekly Calgary TV show called ‘Whoopee-A-Go-Go’. Following graduation from high school, Hampshire was hired to work at CFCN Radio and Television as a cameraman and jack-of-all trades then became a disc jockey playing British Invasion material on an after-midnight weekend show. In 1966, with The Variations standing still with little future ambition, Hampshire was getting bored and decided to head to England with a friend. Living out of a car and eating mostly fish & chips, they travelled around England until their money was low. They then stayed with Hampshire’s Uncle Tom in Epsom where Keith decided to apply for a disc jockey job at pirate radio station Radio Caroline in the North Sea on the strength of a letter of recommendation from CFCN. For a thirteen month stint Hampshire was entertaining millions in Britain and parts of Europe with Keefer’s Uprising Morning Show and later Keefer’s Commotion in the afternoon. He also recorded his first single as a singer – “Millions of Hearts” b/w a cover of Paul Anka’s, “Lonely Boy,” for King Records in the UK under the name Keefer’s Kids. He would be mobbed as a star DJ while doing public appearances. But it all came to an end on August 14, 1967, the day before British parliament outlawed pirate radio and set sanctions and penalties to prohibit anyone from working for the pirate radio network. Following a holiday on the continent, he flew to Montréal and took in the last week of Expo ’67. Soon he drifted to Toronto, where he was hired by CKFH radio after turning down a counter offer from CHUM. While at CKFH, he met and married Cathy Brown on August 1, 1969 and together they had a son, Christian, and a daughter, Laura. A couple of years later, Hampshire was back on the streets scouting work. It came as quite a shock to a good many people when it was announced that he would appear in the musical stage revue ‘You Better Believe It’ with Jack Duffy, Julie Amato, and Almeta Speaks. He then moved on to a great deal of television, notably as one of the regular cast on ‘The Wayne & Shuster Comedy Hour’, radio and television commercials, and more stage work in the longest-running (at that time) production of ‘Oops!’ In 1970 he met former Paupers member and RCA staff producer Bill Misener at RCA Records where he recorded the song “I Wish I Could Wish Away”, later to be re-titled ‘Ebenezer’ as a debut single for RCA. When sales weren’t of hit proportions, RCA indicated it wouldn’t be interested in any future product. Soon afterwards, Hamsphire played Misener “Daytime Night-Time,” written by Mike Hugg, an original member of Manfred Mann. Both agreed the song could be a North American hit if it was re-worked. The two booked the RCA studio, laid down a basic track, and approached A & M Records of Canada. Their instincts were correct as “Daytime Night-Time” became a Top10 hit in Canada in 1973 and also appeared in the U.S. Top 50. Its powerful successor, “The First Cut Is The Deepest,” reached the coveted No. 1 spot in Canada on May 12, 1973 was a big hit in Australia and also cracked the U.S. Top 100.  The follow-up, “Big Time Operator” went Top5 in Canada, Top100 in the U.S. and No. 1 in South Africa. The album, ‘The First Cut’ did not fare as well. And after a couple of other singles, namely “Forever and Ever” and “Hallelujah Freedom,” Hampshire left the A & M stable. In 1974 CBC-TV launched a revival of their music variety series ‘Music Machine’ featuring writers Gay Claitman, Garry Ferrier and Aubrey Tadman and hosted by Hampshire.  Hampshire had a well-scrubbed, respectable appearance that made him look like he belonged in dinner theatre. But he could use his shouting voice in a post-David Clayton Thomas style and was supported by the talents of musical director Doug Riley (whose own group, Dr. Music, received considerable exposure). The show was taped in front of a Toronto audience, in the CBC’s Studio 7, and included guest appearances by Canadian bands and musicians, such as The Bells, Lighthouse, Fludd, Klaatu, Copperpenny, and Valdy among others. Hampshire, Riley, and company were able to lend the show a strong vocal and instrumental power and professionalism, but after a short run it finally folded in 1975. After leaving Music Machine, Keith Hampshire continued recording and released the single, “Something Good,” backed with “Just Another Fool”, on the Axe Records label. A second version of “Something Good” would later appear on his second solo album, ‘Variations’. It was released in 1981 on Freedom Records — where Hampshire also served as an A & R man for the label helping to sign artists such David Wilcox and Lee Aaron to their first recording contracts. The ‘Variations’ album produced a single in 1982 called “I Can’t Wait Too Long”. In 1983, Keith was presented with his first Gold Record for “OK Blue Jays,” a track he recorded with The Bat Boys as the theme song for the Toronto baseball team. Another memorable performance came at the Canada Day 2000 celebrations when Keith sang “Daytime Night-Time” to a crowd of over 100,000 fans in Ottawa on Parliament Hill. Over the years Keith has also enjoyed work off-camera as a jingle singer, voice-over or character-voice on television commercials, radio commercials, motion pictures, cartoon series and radio plays. with notes from Keith Hampshire

1971 Ebenezer/Sing Angel Sing (RCA) 74-0472
1973 Daytime, Night-Time/Turned the Other Way (A & M) AMX-330
1973 First Cut Is The Deepest/You Can’t Hear The Song I Sing (A & M) AMX-337
1973 Sitting In the Park/The First Cut Is the Deepest (A & M – France) AM-41097
1973 Sitting In the Park/Waking Up Alone (A & M – Germany) 12672-AT
1973 Big Time Operator/You Can’t Hear The Song I Sing (A & M) AMX-356
1974 Forever and Ever (Baby I’m Gonna Be Yours)/Jeraboah (A & M) AM-370
1974 Hallelujah Freedom/Walking Alone (A & M) AMS-381
1976 Something Good/Just Another Fool (Axe) AXE-34
1981 I Can’t Wait Too Long/Nobody’s Child (Freedom) FR-45-004

Millions Of Hearts/Lonely Boy (King – UK) KG-1068

OK Blue Jays/[same] (Kosinec-Lenz/A & M) BJ-01

1973 The First Cut (A & M) SP-9006
1981 Variations (Freedom) FR-005
2004 20 Century Masters: The Best Of Keith Hampshire (Universal) 832663

Born: Robin David Masyk on June 4, 1957 in Germany
Died: January 10, 1987
Born in West Germany, where his father was stationed at an airforce base, Masyk’s family moved to Canada in 1970. Eight years later he moved to Texas where he worked in Austin for two years. It was this stay that cultivated Masyk’s love for country music and when he returned to Canada he entrenched himself in the Queen Street circuit where he could grow as an eclectic alternative artist with a C & W slant that incorporates both reggae and rockabilly. Had his hand in dozens of projects including fronting the Sidewinders’ and playing guitar with the Hayseed Hellions, The Valours, and The Running Kind, as well as performing with Toronto reggae legend Mohjah. The Sidewinders consisted of Masyk’s brother Jim Travis Masyk (guitars), Nate Vincent (bass), and drummer Cleave Anderson (Blue Rodeo, The Sharks). The Hellions featured a nine-piece country line-up including J.D. Weatherstone of the Demics on drums (as well as an early stint with the Sidewinders) and occasionally Johnny MacLeod.  The NFB financed a 30-minute documentary called ‘The Ballad of Handsome Ned’ in 1985 by Ross Edmunds and was well received at the Ann Arbor Film Festival. The Handsome Neds consisted of Steve Koch (Viletones, Demics, Hayseed Hellions) on guitar; J.D. Weatherstone (Demics) on drums, and bassist Rene Frattura (Herald Nix). In 1986 he appeared in a Molson Beer commercial because of his distinctive urban cowboy look. Masyk could often be heard on Toronto radio station CKLN promoting his traditional country tastes on his own radio program The Honky Tonk Hardwood Floor Show. Every year Masyk would return to Texas for some gigs and would return with a brand new straw stetson – his trademark. Masyk’s body was found by police in his Toronto apartment on January 10, 1987 of a suspected drug overdose. A team of Queen Street musicians held a benefit concert in July of 1987 to raise money for a documentary and possible recording restoration project. Masyk’s brother managed to convince Island/A&M to release a retrospective in 1989 to honour the late cowboy. It consisted of demos and studio tracks dating from 1983 to 1985. In June 2000, a second, more comprehensive double-CD retrospective, “The Name Is Ned”, was released through EMI. with notes from Deirdre Dodd.

1988 Rockabilly Girls/Wrong Side of the Tracks (Virgin/EMI) V-1494


1983 Put the Blame On Me/Cryin’ Heartache Misery (independent)

1984 In Spite Of The Danger/Ain’t No Room For Cheating (Handsome)

1989 The Ballad of… (Island/A & M)
2000 The Name Is Ned (Northern Heritage/EMI) OPM-2

HANN, Paul
Born: London, England
Following several singles on London Records, guitarist and singer Paul Hann became the first act signed to Holger Peterson’s Stony Plain label. He soon commanded the respect and admiration of many of his contemporaries such as The Dillards, David Essig, Mason Williams and Jerry Mills (Ozark Mountain Daredevils) all appeared on his 1977 self-titled release.

1974 Perhaps In The Shadow/Ballad Of Beer Parlour Ben (London) M-17468
1974 Queen of The May/Workin’ Up The Line (London) M-17471
1975 Momma Make The Radio/Almost Fell Into Her Eyes (Stony Plain) SPS-1001
1977 Cockney Cowboy/MacBarren’s Jig (Stony Plain) SPS-1005
1977 On the Seawall/Wrecked on the Highway (Stony Plain) SPS-1007
1978 Matrimonial Blues/Have I Got Something For You (Stony Plain) SPS-1010
1980 The Heart Of Saturday Night/Hometown Hero (Intercan) CAN-10015

1973 A Fine White Thread (London) NAS-13530
1974 A Fine White Thread [re-issue] (Stony Plain) SPL-1000
1975 Another Tumbleweed (Stony Plain) SPL-1001
1977 Paul Hann (Stony Plain) SPL-1003
1979 High Test In Concert (Stony Plain) SPL-1028
1980 Hometown Hero (Intercan) CAN-1007
1982 Brand New Boogaloo Zoo (Mudpie)
1983 Snyder The Spider (Kiddin’ Around) KR-79801
1987 Bernie The Bowlegged Bloodhound (Strathcona)
1991 Clean Air (Strathcona)
1996 All The Favourites (Strathcona) SMCL-06952
1997 Circling The Fire (Strathcona)
2000 Smile & Sing (Strathcona) SMCL-06953

Beau Hannon
(lead vocals) / Mimse Hannon (bass, vocals) / Michael Burnett (guitar, vocals) / Larry Petrie (drums, vocals) / Tim Last (keyboards; 1970)
Late ’60s folk harmony group from Niagara Falls, Ontario originally called Beau Hannon And The Mint Juleps. The group released an album under this name called ‘Most Requested’ in 1969. After dropping the ‘Mint Juleps’ name they recorded a single in 1970 on Quality Records. Near the end of their tenure in the early ’70s they added Galt, Ontario native Tim Last on keyboards.  Beau Hannon currently lives in Florida; Petrie and Burnett both live in Niagara Falls; Mimsie Hannon, who had also been living in Niagara Falls died in 2000; Last is living in Florida. with notes from Michael Burnett.

1961 Brainstorm/It’s All Over (United Southern Artists – US) 5-108
1966 Stop Me From Falling in Love/Stop Telling Lies About Me (I’ll Stop Telling the Truth About You) (Barry) B-3397X
1970 Stop Me From Falling In Love/For the Last Time (Quality) 1965X


1969 Most Requested (Birchmount) BM-522

Line-up: Frank Zirone (vocals) / David Aplin (guitar) / George Bernhardt (guitar) / Chris Brockway (bass) / Kim Hunt (drums) ; HANOVER Line-up: Frank Zirone (vocals) / George Bernhardt (guitar) / Warren Toll (bass) / Mike Terrana (drums)
Following the demise of Zirone’s band Zero One in 1982, the bass player of that band took some of their last demos to try and land a recording deal with producer Stacy Heydon. But Heydon was more interested in Zirone’s singing on the tape and contacted Zirone about working together. But Zirone was attempting to rekindle his record deal with Anthem Records as he still had an option for a second album. To that end, Zirone had checked into a local studio to create some new demos with George Bernhardt (guitar) and Gord Paton (drums). Heydon showed up one day and convinced Zirone to use the demos they were working as material for an album he would producer. They continued their demo work and they rounded out the band with temporary players from Bernhardt’s ex-band mates in Lee Aaron for some Toronto gigs. Months later they started proper production with Heydon on a full album. For the sessions they auditioned bassist Chris Brockway (Wrabit), drummer Danny Bilan (The White), drummer Kim Hunt (Urgent/Zon), second guitarist Bert Bartoletti (Lee Aaron), keyboardist Jim MacDonald (New Regime) and backing vocalist Doug Baynham. In September of 1984, they began production at Phase One Studios. Following one of the recording sessions Zirone and Brockway were in a car accident, and it was outside the courtroom at the trial later that they came up with the name of the band. The situation they found themselves in reminded them of a scene in the film ‘Heavy Metal’ whose main antagonist was named Hanover Fist. This would become their name – and that of several other acts including a US based band signed to Capitol Records. Eventually Kim Hunt’s drum parts were chosen for the final mixes (with the exception of one song featuring Bilan). Vocal overdubs were done at Triumph’s Metalworks Studio and mixing was completed over a three week period at Pete Townsend’s Eel Pie Studio in Surrey England. While in England Heydon and Zirone knocked on doors looking for a record deal and were met with enthusiasm but few were willing to pay the price the team was looking for in a recording contract. While back in North America, Eddie Van Halen – who was music director for a Sean Penn film called ‘The Wild Life’ – stumbled across a cassette of the unreleased album the band had submitted to MCA Records (and had been subsequently turned down). Van Halen was excited to use Hanover Fist’s “In the Metal of the Night” song in the movie which led to renewed interest by MCA’s John Alexander (former member of Octavian) who signed them to a deal in 1984 as Hanover Fist.  The ‘In the Metal of the Night’ album was released later that year. A video for the title track was released and gained them airplay on MTV stateside as well as the aforementioned movie ‘The Wild Life’. However, when it came time to tour, the band ended up sitting on their hands for five months rehearsing and waiting for dates to be established. But when they finally got the green light to go out on the road Hunt and Brockway were out on tour with Lee Aaron in Europe, and Aplin was touring with Sebastian Bach’s pre-Skid Row band Kid Wikked. This left Bernhardt and Zirone to find a new rhythm section. They auditioned quite a few players and hired Warren “Wiggy” Toll on guitar and Mike Terrana on drums. The 1984 album was re-released in 1985 under the moniker Hanover and re-titled ‘Hungry Eyes’ with one additional song – the single, “Fits Ya Good”, a Bryan Adams/Jim Vallance song which had been recorded during the Hanover Fist rehearsals. The new version of the band toured from February to May 1986 opening for British heavy metal veterans Saxon across North America and winding down with a success performance for 10,000 people in Arkansas. MCA did not order another album and the band quietly disbanded. George Bernhardt and Mike Terrana went on to form Beau Nasty.George Bernhardt now plays for Rick Springfield; Aplin and  Brockway went on to play with Lee Aaron; Kim Hunt went on to play with Urgent and Moxy; Mike Terrana now has a solo project Simphonica and tours with Tarja and Axel Rudi Pell; Frank Zirone is currently performs in a Beatles tribute band called Yeah Yeah Yeah. with notes from Frank Zirone.

1984 In The Metal of the Night (4:19)/In The Metal of the Night (5:49) [12″] (MCA) MCA-1218
Fits Ya Good//Hungry Eyes/Looking For Love [12″] (MCA) MCA-17052

1984 In The Metal of the Night (MCA)
Hungry Eyes (MCA) MCA-5536

Jim Aiello
(vocals) / Gordie Moffatt (organ) / Danny Ferguson (lead guitar) / Bob Moffatt (rhythm guitar) / Bob Wagner (bass) / Gerry Mudry (drums)
Happy Feeling were from Calgary, Alberta and recorded one album with legendary American producer Norman Petty in Clovis, New Mexico.

1969 Happy Feeling/If There’s A Thought (Barry) B-3499X
1969 Hey Little Man/London Towne (Barry) B-3507X
1969 Good Neighbour Day/See What I Mean (Barry) B-3513X
1970 Still Hill/4 O’Clock (Barry) B-3517X
1970 Sacroiliac Boop/Lord Come (Barry) B-3523X

1971 Children/Broomstick (Barry) B-3525X

Warm Alberta  Rain/I Will Follow (Barry) B-3529X


1970 Happy Feeling (Barry) BSR-357

The Silhouettes (featuring future Dr. Music founder Doug Riley) were a Toronto instrumental staple in the early ‘60s, and houseband at the Bluenote, who would add ex-American Jack Harden (aka Hardin) as vocalist and land a deal with Red Leaf Records. They produced one single for the label called “I’m Not Running After You (Anymore)”. A second single would appear on a short-lived independent label called Star Shot Records entitled “She’ll Be Back”; Harden would go on to be vocalist for reggae/funk act King Herbert and the Knights who released a self-titled album on Paragon in 1969.

I’m Not Running After You (Anymore)/I Will Never Turn My Back On You (Red Leaf) TTM-619

She’ll Be Back/Love Is Wonderful (Star Shot) SS-3002

King Herbert and the Knights with Jack Harden (Paragon/Allied) ALS-248

HARDY, Hagood
Born: February 26, 1937 in Angola, Indiana, USA
Died; January 1, 1997 in Hamilton, Ontario
Hardy started his professional career as a vibraphonist in 1956 at the House Of Hamburg. After relocating to New York in the early ’60’s he became a much-in-demand performer with all of the Jazz elite including The Village Vanguard. He began touring with the likes of Herbie Mann, George Shearing and Martin Denny for nearly seven years in such places as Las Vegas and Hawaii. He moved back to Toronto in 1966 to form Hagood Hardy & The Montage which toured internationally for six years. It was around this time that he started making music for film and television. He wrote “The Homecoming” in 1972 for a Salada Tea commercial and once people began writing to the company to find out how they could get a copy of the instrumental piece Hardy finally released it. In 1975 it was released as a single and the song went Top10 across Canada. Two JUNO Awards followed for ‘Composer of the Year’ and ‘Instrumental Artist of the Year’. In 1976 the honour was repeated with another JUNO and ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ in Billboard Magazine. In 1977 he won The Harold S. Moon Award for his contributions to Canadian music internationally. 1992 saw Hardy accept the Order of Canada in a ceremony in Ottawa. In 1995 Hardy ran as an incumbent in the Provincial election as a Liberal against Bob Rae – he came in third in the polls. In 1996 Hardy received a Lifetime Achievement award from the former Municipality Of Metro Toronto. Hardy’s final live appearance was for the Paul and Carol Mott Christmas Special December 20, 1996 on CFRB-FM. His last song was “The Homecoming”. Hardy died after an 18 month struggle with stomach cancer in Hamilton on January 1, 1997 and is survived by 4 children. He had recorded more than 25 albums and won three JUNO Awards and scored more than 50 movie and TV shows including ‘Anne Of Green Gables’ for which he won a Gemini Award. He was also the Director of Roy Thomson Hall, the SOCAN Foundation, president of The National Youth Orchestra Of Canada; honorary chairman of The Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, ambassador for UNICEF, and director for The Performing Rights Organization Of Canada (PROCAN). A posthumous CD was issued by Avalon Records which he had been working on at the time of his death with Rick Hommes (bass), Barry Elmes (drums) and Mark Crawford (guitar).

1967 Vibraharp With Orchestra (CTL) CTLS-5096
1970 Soon/New World In The Morning (Revolver) REVS-007
Just A Little Lovin’ (Early In The Morning)/I’ll Take Love (Polydor) 2001-204
1974 The Homecoming (Isis) ISIS-0001
1975 The Homecoming/Quorum (Attic) AT-112
1975 Wintertime/Jennifer’s Song (Attic)
1976 Love Theme From Missouri Breaks (Attic) AT-137
1977 Maybe Tomorrow/And When I See You Smile (Attic) AT-142
1977 Jennifer’s Song/Love Theme From “Second Wind” (Attic) AT-163
1977 Reunion/Les Arrivants (Attic) AT-170
1977 Don’t You Think It’s Time To Come Back Home/Nightwalker (Attic) AT-182
1978 The Harlequin Theme (A Time For Love)/Silent Sky (Attic) AT-188
1978 Love Song/Sonny’s Ragtime (Attic) AT-201
1980 The Birdwalk/Walk With Me (Attic) AT-212
1980 Working In L.A./Looking Glass (Attic) AT-233
1982 Love Makes The Water Taste Like Wine/Stay For Awhile (Attic) AT-261

1971 Just A Little Lovin’/ (Polydor) 2001-204
1972 The Garden Path/ (GRT) 1230-31

1967 Stop 33 (Canadian Talent Library) CTL-1096
1974 The Homecoming (Canadian Talent Library) CTLS-0155
1975 The Homecoming (Attic) LAT-1003
1976 Maybe Tomorrow (Attic) LAT-1011
1977 Tell Me My Name (Attic) LAT-1034
1978 Reflections (Attic) LAT-1052
1978 A Very Special Christmas With Hagood Hardy (K-Tel) NC-396
1979 The Hagood Hardy Collection (Attic) LAT-1073
1980 As Time Goes By (Attic) LAT-1097
1980 The Christmas Album (Attic) LAT-1098
1982 Love Me Closer (Attic) LAT-1116
1983 Chasing A Dream (Duke Street) DSR-31000
1985 Night Magic (Duke Street) DSR-31014
1986 Hagood Hardy (Duke Street) DSR-31030
1988 All My Best (Duke Street) DSR-31052
1989 All My Best Volume II (Duke Street) DSR-31063
1989 Morocco (Sackville Jazz)
1990 In My Heart (Duke Street)
1995 Alone (Universal)
1997 Between Friends (Avalon)


1970 Hagood Hardy And The Montage (CBC) LM-81
1972 Hagood Hardy And The Montage (Pickwick/CTL) PC-44006
1972 Hagood Hardy And The Montage (GRT) 9230-1012

George Belanger
(lead vocals) / Ralph James (bass) / Gary Golden (keyboards) / David Budzak (drums) / Glen Willows (guitars) / John Hannah (guitars; replaced Willows) / John White (keyboards; replaced Golden) / Denton Young (drums; replaced Budzak)
Harlequin got its start in Winnipeg in 1975 when Ralph James, David Budzak and Gary Golden got together to form a band; experienced musicians all, the lineup solidified with the addition of George Belanger (ex-The Fifth) and Glen Willows. Constant touring in the bars and clubs helped refine their sound and hone their chops. In 1978 they attracted the attention of producer Lachlan Macfadyen of Jack Douglas’s production partnership Waterfront Productions in Canada (who, along with Canadian partner Kent Daubney had all been members of The Liverpool Set). Macfadyen approached the band at the Gasworks in Toronto and signed them to a production deal on the spot. He then spent a few years demoing the band and shopping a record deal for them. They were finally signed to IGM in 1979 and Macfadyen seemed the natural choice to produce the debut album, ‘Victim of a Song’. The first single off the album, “Survive”, became a small radio hit. Jack Douglas would take over production reigns for album numbers two (‘Love Crimes’) and three (‘One False Move’). With the true hit potential of songs like “Innocence”, “Thinking of You”, “I Did It For Love”, and “Superstitions Feeling”, Harlequin’s popularity as a concert draw increased as they did opening slots for the likes of Streetheart, Loverboy, April Wine, and BTO. The band split in 1985. For the band’s ‘best of’ package, ‘Radio Romances’, George Belanger recorded a new Harlequin single written by David Bendeth and Tom Cochrane called “(It’s) No Mystery” with a host of session players.  George Belanger still fronts a revamped version of the band. with notes from Corey Macfadyen.

1979 Survive/Shame Shame (IGM/Epic/CBS) E4-8357
1980 You Are The Light/What’s Your Name (IGM/Epic/CBS) E4-8375
1980 Barely Alive/Sweet Things In Life (IGM/Epic/CBS) E4-4246
1980 Innocence/Love On The Rocks (Epic) E-4261
1981 Thinking Of You/Midnight Magic (Epic) E4-4271
1981 Can’t Hold Back/Heaven Dial 999 (Epic) E4-4277
1982 Heart Gone Cold/It’s A Woman You Need (Epic/CBS) E4-4309
1982 Superstitious Feeling/Fine Line (Epic) E4-4310
1982 I Did It For Love/Heavy Talk (Epic/CBS) E4-4322
1984 Take This Heart/Can’t Turn It Off (Epic/CBS) E4-7027
1984 Memories/Love In Disguise (Epic/CBS) E4-7041
1986 (It’s) No Mystery/Sweet Things In Life (Epic/CBS) E4-7185

1979 Victim Of A Song (IGM/Epic) PEC-90566
1980 Love Crimes (Epic) PEC-80048
1982 One False Move (Epic) PEC-80066
1984 Harlequin (Epic) PEC-80096
1986 Radio Romances (Epic) PEC-80115
1986 Greatest Hits (Epic) WEK-80134
2004 Harlequin II (Universal)
2007 Waking the Jester (Fontana/UMG) BGM-90082
2009 On/Q [Live] (Fontana/UMG) BGM-90083

Pierre Daigneault
(flute, piccolo, soprano sax, clarinet) / Serge Fiori (guitar, flute, zither harp, bass drum, vocals) / Serge Locat (piano, mellotron, synthesizer) / Michel Normandeau (guitar, accordion, vocals) / Louis Valois (bass guitar, electric piano, vocals) / Monique Fauteux (vocals, keyboards) / Robert Stanley (guitar) / Denis Farmer (drums) / Libert Subirana (horns)
Originally a trio with Fiori, Normandeau and Valois, Harmonium’s roots began in 1973 in coffeehouses around Old Montréal and McGill University. Eventually Daigneault and Locat joined as they played to packed houses throughout 1974 which led to some notice from Quality Records who released their first two albums ‘Harmonium’ and  ‘Les Cinq Saisons’. Both albums went platinum in Quebéc. With member changes ensuing (Normandeau was fired) and a new label – CBS – their third record ‘L’heptade d’Harmonium’ was a double album set produced by Michel Lachance. The band would tour Europe with Supertramp and returned to Canada to a sold out show at Toronto’s Massey Hall. The band went to England in 1979 and toured with James Taylor. Harmonium broke up in 1980. with notes from Pascal Vallieres, and Marc Deschênes.

1974 Pour un instant/100,000 raisons (Celebration/Quality) 2093X
1975 Dixie/En pleine face (Celebration/Quality)

1974 Harmonium (Celebration/Quality) CEL-1893
1975 Si on avait besoin d’une Cinquième Saison (Celebration/Quality) CEL-1900
1975 Harmonium (3:20)/Harmonium (6:20) (Atlantic – France) PRO-37
1977 L’Heptade d’Harmonium (CBS) PGF-90348
1980 En tournée (CBS) 80045
2001 Harmonium/Les cinq saisons [2CD] (Universal) 4400163472

HART, Corey
Born: May 31, 1962 in Montreal, Quebéc
Born in Montreal, as the youngest child in a family of five, Hart grew up on the move and was raised in Mexico, Spain and Florida, due to his father’s real estate business. Hart decided at age 15 that he wanted to have a career as a singer/songwriter. Hart was signed to Aquarius Records in 1983 with nothing but confidence, attitude and a demo tape in his pocket. He was sent to England to write over a 3 month period with studio musicians supervised by Phil Chapman and Jon Astley. It was near the mixing stage when Aquarius asked for a change to the final song list so “At the Dance” and “Sunglasses at Night” were added. He even badgered Eric Clapton into playing dobro on “Jenny Fey”. In 1984, at age 21 his debut album, ‘First Offense’, cracked the Billboard Top-20 on the strength of the singles/videos “Sunglasses at Night” and “It Ain’t Enough”. Hart had never performed live before and he needed to promote the album but when he demanded that promoter Donald K. Donald put him on the opening slot of a Culture Club gig at the Montréal Forum, everyone feared for Hart’s future as critics would surely eat him alive. Alas, Hart rocked the sold out show proving his detractors wrong. This led to tours with April Wine, Thomas Dolby, Hall & Oates and Rick Springfield plus promotional junkets to Australia and Japan. He was also nominated for a ‘Top New Artist’ Grammy (losing to Cyndi Lauper). “Sunglasses At Night” won a JUNO Award for ‘Best Video’ for producer Rob Quartly. ‘First Offense’ was re-issued with a bonus track – “Lamp at Midnite” – which was a new track that had been floated as a single Stateside to test American waters. He found it difficult writing on the road and only had four songs ready when he went into Morin Heights with engineers Phil Chapman and Jon Astley for the sophomore. Still, the result was the diamond selling ‘Boy in the Box’ album – only the second Canadian artist, at the time, next to Bryan Adams to achieve such sales. The song “Never Surrender” won a ‘Top Single’ JUNO in 1985 and was nominated for a Grammy in the USA. ‘Boy in ihe Box’ was voted #50 in the Q107 ‘Top 107 of 1985’. North American and Japanese tours followed. Hart was also part of the “Tears Are Not Enough” famine relief effort for Ethiopia with an all-star cast of Canadians organized as part of the Michael Jackson/Quincy Jones ‘We Are the World’ project in 1985. 1986 saw Hart do a three-peat of recordings with Chapman which resulted in the album ‘Fields of Fire’. During the mixing stages Hart stopped the sessions to lay down ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ which he tracked, recorded and mixed in one night. Originally slated as a throw away B-side, Aquarius pushed the tune as the album’s first single. The album would end up #26 on Q107’s ‘Top 107 of 1986’ countdown. During the tour process in 1986 and 1987, Hart wore himself to exhaustion from the non-stop promotional machine and ended up cancelling the remainder of his 1987 dates due to fatigue. He made up for it in the form of a CBC one-hour TV special aired in December of that year. His next album, ‘Young Man Running’ was released in 1988 but failed to achieve the lofty expectations of his previous three albums. Truly Hart’s career was in question. To make matters worse a stormy liaison with US manager Freddie DeMann ended with Hart being dropped as a client and a falling out with Aquarius Records over his direction and business decisions. Hart became reclusive — not granting interviews, recording or touring. By 1990 Hart had licked his wounds and rebounded with ‘Bang!’ recorded in LA with producer Greg Edward (Stevie Nicks, Bob Seger) and featuring the drumming talents of Kenny Aranoff (John Mellencamp). This would be another commercial flop with Hart and Aquarius parting ways. Hart was revitalized with his new album “Attitude & Virtue” in 1992. He seemed to be making a strong comeback and toured extensively to support the medium to lukewarm reception the album and its connected singles produced. Hart found his creative juices dried up and stopped writing for nearly 4 years. In the interim he divorced his teen sweetheart in 1994 and began a love affair with Quebéc chanteuse Julie Masse. They now have three children. These life affirming activities inspired Hart once more and he returned in 1996 with his eponymous release for Sony. Hart has also been highly regarded as a producer and songwriter for others, particularly for Celine Dion and Julie Masse. with notes from Alex Badke, Robert Daviault and Roland Archer.

1983 Sunglasses At Night/Don’t Keep Your Heart (Aquarius) AQ-6007
1983 It Ain’t Enough/Cheatin’ In School (Aquarius) AQ-6011
1983 It Ain’t Enough [New Video Mix]/Cheatin’ In School (Aquarius) AQ-6011-REV
1984 She Got the Radio (Re-mixed Version)/Araby (She’s Just a Girl) (Aquarius) AQ-6014
1985 Lamp At Midnite/Sunglasses At Night [extended version] (Aquarius) AQ-6016
1985 Never Surrender/Water From The Moon (Aquarius) AQ-6017
1985 Boy In The Box/Silent Talkin’ (Aquarius) AQ-6019
1985 Everything In My Heart/Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (Live)(Aquarius) AQ-6021
1986 Eurasian Eyes/Sunny Place, Shady People (Aquarius) AQ-6022
1986 I Am By Your Side/Political Cry (Aquarius) AQ-6023
1986 Angry Young Man (EMI – UK) EA-223
1987 Can’t Help Falling In Love/Broken Arrow (Aquarius) AQ-6024
1987 Dancin’ With My Mirror/Red Reflection From Behind (Aquarius) AQ-6025
1987 2 Good 2 Be Enough/Is It Too Late (Aquarius) AQ-6027
1987 Take My Heart/My Brother’s Leaving Today (Aquarius) AQ-6028
1988 In Your Soul/Chippin’ Away (Aquarius) AQ-6037
1988 Spot You In A Coalmine/[same] (Aquarius) AQ-6041
1989 Still In Love/21 (Aquarius) AQ-6042
1989 Chase The Sun/Don’t Take Me To The Racetrack (Aquarius) AQ-6045
1990 A Little Love/Kisses On The Train (EMI – US) 2381
1990 Bang! (Starting Over) (Aquarius/Capitol)
1990 Rain On Me (Aquarius/Capitol)
1992 92 Days Of Rain (Sire/Warner) HART-92
1992 Baby When I Call Your Name/Without Your Love (Sire) W-0099
1992 Always (Sire/Warner)
1993 I Want (Cool Cool Love) (Sire/Warner)
1993 Hymn To Love (Sire/Warner)
1996 Black Cloud Rain (Columbia/Sony)
1997 Tell Me (Columbia/Sony)
1997 Third Of June (Columbia/Sony)
1998 So Visible (Easy To Miss) (Columbia/Sony)

1983 First Offense (Aquarius) AQR-537
1985 Boy In The Box (Aquarius/Capitol) AQR-539
1986 Fields Of Fire (Aquarius) AQR-542
1988 Young Man Running (Aquarius) AQR-551
1990 Bang! (Aquarius/Capitol) Q2-92513
1991 The Singles Collection (1983-90) (Aquarius) AQR-561
1992 Attitude & Virtue (Sire/Warner) 926815
1995 Sunglasses At Night (Aquarius)
1996 Corey Hart (Columbia/Sony) 487-441
1997 Ten Best: Best of Corey Hart (Cema Special Products – US) 19445
1998 Jade (Columbia/Sony) CCK-80387
1999 Boy In The Box: Best of Corey Hart
2002 Classic Masters
2003 Best of Corey Hart (Aquarius) AQR-615

French-Canadian act from Willowbrook, Saskatchewan who began their career as a 4-piece pop/dance act. They later re-invented themselves as a folk quintet.

1988 Raconte-Moi Une Histoire/[same] (Trafic) 89248
1990 Et après tout ça/On s’aime (mais pas complètement) (Griffe/CBS – France)
1993 She’s In Love Again (MCA) MCADS-9383

1988 Hart Rouge (Trafic) TFK-8732
1991 Inconditionnel (Hypertension) HYCD-200143
1992 Le dernier mois de l’année (Trafic) TFK-8963
1994 La Fabrique (independent) FACD-0594
1995 Bonsoir Québec!
1997 Beaupre’s Home
1998 Nouvelle-France (Red House) RHR-CD-122
1999 Une histoire de famille (Red House) RHR-CD-135
2001 J’ai fait un rêve
2002 Live At The Mountain
2008 A Treasure In My Garden (Ryko) 629231634510

Lisa Hartt
(vocals; acoustic guitar) / Rayburn Blake (guitar, vocals) / Will Cardinal (bass) / Denny Gerrard (bass; replaced Cardinal) / Richard Yuen (keyboards, vocals) / Marty Cordrey (drums; vocals)
As a performer since the age of 15, Lisa Hartt (nee Eisenhardt) got her start as backing vocalist with Gino Vannelli’s touring band. She later fronted an all woman quintet for five years in Europe doing big band material before returning to Montreal. In 1973 she fronted her own act,The Lisa Hartt Band, which featured Will Cardinal (Satan & The D-Men, Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks, The Bells), Blake (Mashmakhan), Yuen (Tranquillity Base) and Cordrey (Bearfoot, Small Wonder). They released several singles from 1975-1977 which provided the opportunity to tour the world but with little commercial success. Following the addition of Denny Gerrard on bass (Paupers, Lighthouse), they released an album in 1976 called ‘Starwatcher’ with heavy weight producers Phil Ramone and Ralph Murphy, but still with no industry attention. The group split and Hartt continued as session vocalist for the likes of Ken Tobias and Cliff Jones. with notes from Will Cardinal, Rayburn Blake.

1975 The Last Blues I’ll Ever Sing/Let’s Live Together(Rising) RI-001X
1976 Old Time Movie/Starwatcher (Rising) RR-003
1976 Easy Come, Easy Go/Dream Me Away (Rising) RR-006
1976 All Over The World/Didn’t You Know (Rising) RR-008
1977 Dream Me Away/Sweet Serenade (Rising) RR-010

1976 Starwatcher (Rising) RRLP-104

Toronto’s Shane Harvey is an award winning film and television producer whose father, acclaimed country singer Larry Harvey, was an acquaintance of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley. Music would always be a part of his life and at an early age he learned to play trumpet, piano and drums. His first professional recording was an original song called “Ricky” which won him a MuchMusic songwriting contest in the mid-80s. He soon turned to composing film music collaborating with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra on several soundtrack projects including the film ‘Clearcut’. He worked on ‘The Shower’ with the late Moe Koffman and counts among his other soundtrack accomplishments ‘Paper Promises’, ‘The Rhino Brothers’, ‘Gracze’, ‘Exposed’, ‘Xes Diner’, ‘Domesticide’ and ‘Middlemen’ for which he won the IFTC Award for ‘Best Original Score’ in 2003. As a singer-songwriter he wrote the song “Got a Hold On Me” featured in the major motion picture ‘Final Destination 3’. Throughout the ’80s he released a handful of independent singles including “Father’s Footsteps”, “She’s My Momma”, “Til I’m Dead and Gone”, “Love’s In Remission”, “This Kind of Love” and 1988’s “Listen to the People” written for the Second Harvest Food Bank. Harvey has also released several albums: ‘Fatherson: WANTED’ and ‘For Guinevere: To Hell and Back’. Harvey has also been an active professional jingle writer and voice over talent in Canada for such clients as Pizza Pizza, Money Mart, Ford Motor Company and the ALS Society. His latest work was the soundtrack to the Cannes’ Film Festival’s critically acclaimed European movie ‘General Nil’ in 2009.

1985 Ricky/Ricky [instrumental] (Breakin’) C-645 
1988 Listen To The People

HASEK, Michal
Michal Hasek is a Toronto-based guitar player, harmonica player, singer/songwriter with a roots-blues background. He released two albums of self-penned songs interspersed with blues standards which he recorded with his band, Sundog, in the ’70s. The ‘Michal Hasek’ album came out in 1974 and featured musical assistance from Sundog and such luminaries as Ian Guenther, Steve Kennedy, Tony Kosinec, Brian Browne, Gairey Richardson and Ron Nigrini. It was produced by C.R. Young and C.F. Peterson with engineering assistance and production advice by Steve Kennedy, Brian Browne and Terry Brown. The record contained all original music except for covers of David Wiffen’s “More Often Than Not” along with Ron Nigrini’s “Horses”. In 1978 Hasek, along with Sundog, recorded ‘The Radio Play’ with added assistance from Ron Nigrini and Tony Kosinec. Recording and mixing assistance came in the form of Steve Vaughan and John Bojicek. The record featured mainly Hasek originals with a few Sundog co-writes alongside “Send Me Somebody to Love” (Percy Mayfield), “She Caught the K.T.” (Taj Mahal), and “Built For Comfort” (Willie Dixon). Both albums were on Hasek’s Naja Records label. The self-titled debut was picked up for distribution by A & M Records. Most recently Hasek has been playing around the Toronto blues clubs and has a CD called ‘Hasek which features the playing of his family as well as Rich Bell, Blake Papsin and Jimmy Weider. Technical assistance on the project came from Tony Kosinec at his Think Music production facility in Toronto. Hasek has also been blues harp sideman for Ashley MacIsaac. with notes from Michal Hasek.


1974 Love Me The Way That You Do/Natural Man (Daffodil/A & M) DIL-1062
1975 I’m Walking/Nothing Baby Like You (Daffodil/A & M) DIL-1067


1974 Michal Hasek (Naja/Daffodil/A & M) NAJA-1
1999 Hasek (Naja) NAJA-3


1977 End of a Perfect Day [split w/Dwight Druick] (CBC Radio) LM-454
1978 The Radio Play (Naja) NAJA-2

HATCHER, Jeffrey
From Winnipeg, Manitoba. Guitiarist/singer Jeffery Hatcher is a veteran of the Winnipeg music scene having been in such bands as The Fuse, The Six and Jeffrey Hatcher & the Big Beat. The latter released one album – ‘Cross Our Hearts’ – in 1987 on CBS Records which was produced by The Cars’ Elliott Easton. Hatcher would eventually join Billy Cowsill in The Blue Shadows in the ‘90s. Followed the band’s demise in 1996, Hatcher and the Blue Shadows (minus Cowsill) teamed up with Vancouver singer Wendy Bird as The Sugar Beats. They would change their name to The Reachers and their sole album  remains unreleased. Hatcher and Bird now perform as a duo around Vancouver. with notes from William C. Smith [also see THE BLUE SHADOWS, THE SIX]

99 Years (AOR Mix) [12”] (Upside/Columbia)
Deliver Me (CBS) CDNK-454
1988 Man Who Would Be King/In My Hand (Columbia) C4-3065

Writing On the Wall (All Night/World) WRC5-634

Cross Your Hearts (Upside/CBS/Columbia) FC-80132

with THE SIX
The Six (no label) RN-607

Getting There From Here [DigiFile]

Trying Must Count For Something [DigiFile]

Formed in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1979, this group was also known as Gerald-Jupitter-Larsen And The Haters.


1980 A Song For Nihilism Now [5 song EP] (Nameless Label)   
1981 The Haters [5 song EP] (Nameless Label)

Bob Burgess
(lead vocals) / Pierre Faubert (guitar) / Glen Holmes (bass) / Jurgen Peter (guitar) / Peter Symes (drums) / Allan Birmingham (guitar; replaced Faubert) / John Monk (lead vocals; replaced Burgess) / Robert “Mason” Shea (bass; replaced Holmes) / Michael St. Germain (bass; replaced Shea) / Bob Bozak (bass; replaced St. Germain) / Brian Robillard (drums; replaced Symes) / David Wynne (drums; replaced Roberts) / Nick Saraceno [aka Nick Farlowe] (drums; replaced Wynne) / Joey Toplay (drums; replaced Sarecino) / Gary Marcus (guitar; replaced Birmingham) / Bill Smith (bass; replaced Bozak) / George Legrady (keyboards; added 1968)
The Haunted was formed by Jurgen Peter in Chateauguay, Quebéc in 1964 as an instrumental guitar band. But Peter realized early that he needed to do more and wanted the band to write actual pop songs so he brought in Bob Burgess as the lead singer in 1965 and David Wynne from The Rabble as drummer. But there was no formal music industry to speak of so Peter began booking his own shows. He also imported members of the Haunted Fan Club – several thousand members who were kept up to date on the band’s activities through mailed bi-weekly bulletins and sometimes organized as many as five school buses to take fans to and from their shows. This practice later had to be stopped as Quebéc law would no longer allow school buses to drive after midnight. To bring their fortunes closer to professional status they often teamed with radio station DJs to help compeer shows (with a portion of the gate going to the radio personality in exchange for free mentions on the air the week leading up to the show). In early 1966 they won a ‘Battle Of The Bands’ contest at the Montréal Forum hosted by CFCF DJ David Boxer (renowned for having brought the Beatles to Montreal) giving them the first prize of a recording time. Quality Records salesman Don Wayne Patterson was managing Canadian bands already, signed them and helped secure a deal with Quality Records. Later in 1966 they released two singles on Quality Records – the hit “1-2-5” in April which managed to hit #2 on the National charts for several weeks and was kept out of the #1 position by The Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black”. Early versions of the single say ‘The Hunted’ on the label. Wynne left after the release and soon joined Walter Rossi’s band The Influence. The follow-up single “I Can Only Give You Everything” managed to make the Top10 (as did all of The Haunted’s singles) and was later licensed by Quality to Bell Records stateside. Patterson started Jet Records in 1967 to release Canadian bands he managed and had discovered in places like New Brunswick, Alberta and Ontario where he re-issued the “1-2-5” single (and in 1968, the previously unavailable Haunted recording of the Bo Diddley song “Mona” was issued to coincide with a documentary about the band). Band members claim these were bootlegged releases and unsanctioned by them. During a heated and acrimonious split between the band members and Patterson, Burgess left to join Our Generation. Three members of the Bohemians were added to give the band fresh blood: John Monk, Nick Saraceno (aka Farlowe) and Bob Bozak. The group also moved to Trans-World Records who wanted a full album by the act. The Haunted then headed into RCA Studios in Montréal to record a full-length album with new material and re-workings of their earlier favourites like “1-2-5”. A friend of the band, Tim Forsythe, played piano on several tracks but never joined the band. For 8 years The Haunted was the highest paid and most booked band in Canada – both in French and English venues. Jurgen Peter opened a booking agency (GASS – Groups And Sound Service) and a music magazine (‘Music Trend’) to book several other local bands to fill gigs The Haunted were too busy to play. DJ Dave Boxer, who had continued his relentless support of the Montréal music scene became Peter’s partner in this venture. Because they’d be in demand in Quebéc City one day and then Toronto the next, they sometimes used private airplanes and helicopters to fly to their engagements. Peter eventually got his helicopter license in 1968 and the following year Birmingham bought a helicopter that the group could use. They were so successful they drove Corvettes and had several drivers to set up their equipment. By this time Jergen was so busy with the management business he was no longer performing in the band. The line-up in late 1968 through early 1969 consisted of Monk, Toplay, Marcus and former Mike Jones Group members Smith and Legrady. Peter had managed to book the band a three-month stand in Europe but many of the members refused to go and so Peter was forced to send another act and The Haunted finally collapsed in 1971. The cult status of The Haunted (and their Montréal rivals The Rabble) has led to multiple pirated and bootlegged compilations and re-issues due to the artificially inflated cost of the band’s debut album on Ebay by collectors in excess of $3000. Several of the more ‘official’ compilation includes material credited to the Haunted but contain songs recorded by Bob Burgess’s Our Generation band. David Wynne now works in Singapore; Birmingham lives in Delta B.C.; Peter lives in Richmond, BC; Burgess lives in Stittsville, Ontario; Jurgen Peter passed away in March 2017. with notes from Jurgen Peter, David Wynne, Don Wayne Patterson, Robert C. Jones, George Legrady, George Durocher..

1966 1-2-5/Eight O’Clock In The Morning (Quality) 1814X
1966 I Can Only Give You Everything/No More Lovin’ (Quality) 1840X
1967 Searching for My Baby/A Message To Pretty (Trans-World) TW-1674
1967 Come On Home/Out of Time (Trans-World) TW-1682
1967 Land of Make Believe/An Act of Leisure (Trans-World) TW-1702
1967 Vapeur Mauve/[other artist track] (Marquee XII/Trans World) 7001
1968 Mona (I Need You Baby)/I’m Going To Blow My Mind To Bits (Jet/London) JET-4002

1967 The Haunted (Trans-World) TW-6701
1979 The Haunted Vapeur Mauve (Eva – France)
1987 The Haunted Return From The Grave (VOXX) VXM-200.012
1988 The Haunted Part Two (VOXX) VXM-200.013
1996 The Haunted CD (VOXX) VCD-2012

The brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Len Hohner who hailed from London, Ontario. Hohner’s musical style leaned towards the avant garde in electronic sound. ‘Human ’86’ topped the charts on London, Ontario’s CHRW in 1986.

1986 Human ’86 [6 song EP] (Graven Image)

Born: Ronald Hawkins on January 10, 1935 in Huntsville, Arkansas, United States
Hawkins passed his time away in high school with a pick-up band. After graduation he put together a semi-pro band that toured around Arkansas. This was the first edition of Hawkins’ The Hawks who stayed with the singer through his starving years in Memphis (not even Elvis nor Carl Perkins could catch a break in Memphis – until Elvis’ “Heartbreak Hotel” in 1956). In 1958 a friend of Hawkins, Harold Jenkins (aka Conway Twitty) was playing in a rockabilly band called the Rock Housers who was brought to Hamilton, Ontario to play a club called The Grange by booking agent Harold Kudletts. Hawkins played the same brand of rock and roll and was also invited up to Canada to play the club as well. One gig led to another which rolled over into a permanent residency at the club and in Canada. By this point The Hawks had been reformed three times and with Hawkins setting up shop in Canada, many of the members became homesick and returned to the US. Drummer Levon Helm did stick it out and a new Hawks was formed that included Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, and Garth Hudson. They would soon grow tired of Hawkins’ straight ahead rockabilly and branch out on their own, first as Bob Dylan’s backing group during his ‘electric’ period, but as prominent superstars The Band. Hawkins was unfazed and began recruiting new members to become yet another version of The Hawks. This group would appear on three singles in 1964 and 1965 for Hawkins’ own Hawk Records. They would leave shortly thereafter and become Robbie Lane & The Disciples. Without missing a beat, Hawkins brought in harmonica legend Richard Newell (aka King Biscuit Boy) who was then in charge of recruiting the new musicians. By the late ’60’s Newell had assembled a stellar group of musicians in Larry Atamniuk (drums), Roly Greenway (bass), Kelly Jay [aka Blake Fordham], (vocals, piano), Rheal Lanthier (guitar), Richard Bell (keyboards) and John Gibbard (slide guitar). Hawkins named these guys And Many Others and used them for the recording of an album. They too grew tired of the low paying job of entertaining in some of the worst dives Canada had ever seen and split from him. As with the band, And Many Others would record one album with Newell under the name Crowbar. Once Newell went solo, Crowbar established their own career which culminated in the Daffodil Records hit single “Oh! What a Feeling”. Hawkins again shrugged off the defectors, wished them luck and set about trying to organize a peace festival with John Lennon in 1969. Lennon and Yoko Ono would visit Hawkins on his northern Ontario farm for several days. Hawkins and Australian music journalist Ritchie Yorke were later recruited as Lennon peace emissaries and toured the world spreading Lennon’s message of ‘Love Not War’ all around the globe. The two were nearly arrested in China when they waved a banner with this slogan on the Great Wall of China. With his return to Canada and rock and roll, Hawkins put together another ad hock version of The Hawks — this time with Hugh Brockie (guitar, banjo) and Dwayne Ford (guitar) as Ronnie’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival And Traveling Medicine Show. By the early ’70’s Brockie and Ford had quit Hawkins’ employ and formed Atkinson, Danko, and Ford before changing several members and re-christening themselves Bearfoot. The critically acclaimed album ‘The Hawk and Rock’ was recorded live in England in 1982; He won a JUNO for ‘Country Male Vocalist’ for his 1984 LP ‘Making It Again’. His most recent album, 1995’s ‘Let It Rock’ went gold and gave him a 1996 JUNO Award nomination. Also in 1996, Ronnie won the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award as CARAS’ Industry Builder. Earlier, he went to The White House as a guest of President Bill Clinton, and to launch ‘Let It Rock’ in Washington. Hawkins is also an accomplished actor in the television/film industry. He has hosted a number of television shows and has been the guest star on countless television variety shows. In 1981/82 he hosted his own television show called ‘Honky Tonk’, followed by the release of an award-winning documentary film on his career entitled ‘The Hawk’. In 1983, he hosted a nationally syndicated special, ‘In Concert’, which marked his 25th year in Canada. Until the last few years, Hawkins had been the host of CITY-TV’s New Years Eve Countdown from Nathan Philips Square in Toronto. Hawkins’ screen appearances include: ‘The Last Waltz’, a documentary film about the final concert by The Band; the controversial 1979 cinematic disaster ‘Heaven’s Gate’, in which Hawkins played Major Walcott in a cameo; ‘Renaldo & Clara’ produced by Bob Dylan, wherein Hawkins portrays Dylan himself; ‘Snakeater’ with Lorenzo Lamas featuring Hawkins playing multiple rolls as well as musical contributions to the soundtrack. Hawkins made a comeback shortly after a cancer scare in 2001 with a celebration at Massey Hall featuring a long list of musical friends. Bullseye Records of Canada released his long delayed 2002 ‘Still Cruisin” studio CD in 2006 which included appearances by members of The Tragically Hip, Wide Mouth Mason, Goddo, David Foster, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson and long-time backing vocalist Beverley D’Angelo. [also see THE BAND, BEARFOOT, CROWBAR, KING BISCUIT BOY]

Home From The Forest/Will The Circle Be Unbroken (Yorkville) YV-45016
1968 Mary Jane/Reason To Believe (Yorkville) YV-45019
1970 Down In The Alley/Matchbox (Cotillion) 45-44060
1970 One More Night/Little Bird (Cotillion) 45-44076
1970 Matchbox/Little Bird (Hawk) IT-301
1970 Down In The Alley/Home From The Forest (Hawk) IT-302
1970 Forty Days/Bitter Green (Hawk) IT-305
1970 Patricia/Black Sheep Boy (Hawk) 1205-01
1972 Cora Mae/Lawdy Miss Clawdy (Monument – UK) MNT-S-8292
1973 Lonesome Town/Kinky (Monument) ZS7-8561
1973 Bo Diddley/Lonely Hours (Monument) ZS7-8573
1973 Diddley Daddy/Cora Mae (Monument)
1976 Will The Circle Be Unbroken/Lady Came From Baltimore (Polydor) 2065-303
1980 Home From the Forest/[B Side by Terry Jacks] (Arc)
1981 (Stuck In) Lodi/Brown-Eyed Handsome Man (Quality) Q-2392X
1981 Only The Lucky/300 Lbs Of Heavenly Joy (Quality) Q-2399X
1982 Wild Little Willy/Johnny B. Goode (Quality)
1984 Hit Record/Ode To A Truck Drivin’ Man (Trilogy)
1985 Making It Again/Patricia (Epic) E4-7080
1985 Good Timing Song/Look Out Time (Epic) E4-7104

1958 Hey! Bo Diddley/Love Me Like You Can (Quality) K-1827
1959 Forty Days/One Of These Days (Apex) 76499
1959 Mary Lou/Need Your Lovin’ (Apex) 76561
1959 Southern Love/Love Me Like You Can (Apex) 76623
1960 Lonely Hours/Clara (Roulette – US) R-4228
1960 Ruby Baby/Hayride (Roulette – US) R-4249
1960 Ballad of Caryl Chessman (Let Him Live, Let Him Live, Let Him Live)/Death of Floyd Collins (Roulette – US) R-4231
1960 Summertime/Mister And Mississippi (Roulette – US)
1961 Cold Cold Heart/Nobody’s Lonesome For Me (Roulette – US) R-4311
1961 Come Love/I Feel Good (Roulette – US) R-4400
1963 Bo Diddley/Who Do You Love (Roulette – US) R-4483
1963 High Blood Pressure/There’s A Screw Loose (Roulette – US) R-4502
1963 Honey Don’t (Roulette – US) RET-1024
1964 Got My Mojo Workin/Let The Good Times Roll (Hawk) HR-002
1965 Bluebirds Over The Mountain/Diddley Diddley Daddy (Hawk) HR-106
1965 Goin’ To The River/Little Red Rooster (Hawk) HR-107
1987 Mary Lou/Girl With The Dark Brown Hair (Epic) E4-3022
1987 Days Gone By/Mama Come Home (Epic) E4-3026

1959 Ronnie Hawkins (Roulette) R-25078
1960 Mr. Dynamo (Roulette) R-25102
1960 The Folk Ballads of Ronnie Hawkins (Roulette) SR-25120
1960 Sings The Songs of Hank Williams (Roulette) SR-25137
1964 Best of Ronnie Hawkins featuring His Band (Roulette) SR-42045
1967 Mojo Man (Roulette) SR-25390
1968 Ronnie Hawkins (Yorkville) YVS-33002
1970 Ronnie Hawkins (Cotillion – US) SD-9019
1970 The Hawk (GRT) 9205-9039
1972 Rock & Roll Resurrection (Monument) Z-31330
1974 Giant of Rock’n’Roll (Monument) BZ-33855
1976 The Hawk In Winter (Polydor) 2424-121
1978 Sold Out (Roulette)
1978 Rockin’ (Pye – UK) NSPL-28238
1979 Rrrracket Time (Charly – UK) CR-30180
1979 The Hawk (United Artists) UA-LA968-H
1981 Greatest Hits (Quality) SV-2074
1981 Legend In His Spare Time (Quality) SV-2092
1982 Premonition (Accord) SN-7213
1983 The Hawk And Rock (Trilogy) TR-50000
1985 Making It Again (Epic) PEC-80104
1989 Greatest Hits [3 LPs] (Silver Eagle) SE-10873
1989 Treasure Chest (Polygram) 871-739-2
1989 Rock’n’Favourites (Silver Eagle) SED-10873
1990 Greatest Hits/Rock ‘n’ Roll Faves (Polytel) 847-051-2
1991 Then and Now (Elite – EU) 845-648-2
1995 Let It Rock (Quality) QCD-2104
2001 Can’t Stop Rockin’ (Sony) 24110
2002 Still Cruisin’ (Hawk/Bullseye) BLR-CD-8106
2005 Mary Lou (Collectables) 9940

1973 Rock Story Volume 1 (Bellaphon – Germany) BI-1566
1973 Rock Story Volume 2 (Bellaphon – Germany) BI-1569
1987 Hello Again… Mary Lou (Epic) PEC-80127
1990 Best of Ronnie Hawkins and The Hawks (Rhino – US) RZ-70966
1995 The Roulette Years [2CD] (Sequel – UK) WED-CD-266
2002 The EP Collection (See for Miles) SEECD-709

Paul MacAusland
(lead vocals) / Marvin Birt (guitars, backing vocals) / David Rashed (keyboards, backing vocals) / Ronnie Switzer (bass) / Ron LeBlanc (drums) / Sean Kilbride (drums; replaced LeBlanc 1985)
Haywire was formed in 1982 in their hometown of Charlottetown, PEI. Touring constantly on the east coast helped them hone their craft and acquire drummer Kilbride (Broken Toys) in late 1985. In 1984 they won the Q104 Homegrown contest; the first prize was the chance to record a single, but they took the opportunity to invest their own money and record a 5-song EP, which eventually sold over 5000 copies in the Maritimes. In 1985 they won the Labatt’s Battle of the Bands, and used the $10,000 first prize to record more material. The band shopped the material and signed with Attic records in early 1986. The first album, ‘Bad Boys’, was produced by Brian Allen (Toronto) and eventually went platinum, spawning three Canadian Top-40 hits. They were voted ‘Best Group of 1986’ by the readers of  ‘Music Express magazine and did a cross-country tour with Kim Mitchell. In May of 1986 they returned to the studio and recorded the second album, ‘Don’t Just Stand There’, with Brian Allen producing again. The album was certified gold in four months and they scored their first Top 20 hit with “Dance Desire”. In October 1987 the band represented Canada in the World Popular Song Festival in Tokyo, Japan; they performed Dance Desire and won the Golden Award for best song. Tours with Honeymoon Suite and Helix established them as a popular live act, but they still couldn’t get a US distribution deal. They took some time off to regroup and start writing again; they did an 8-song demo that sounded remarkably like ‘Don’t Just Stand There’ and weren’t happy with the results. Attic asked for material that was a little truer to their nature, and then went to Norway to record with Bjorn Nessjoe (Stage Dolls). This resulted in ‘Nuthouse’ in 1990, a much harder, more focused album that eventually went gold, but disillusioned a lot of fans. They no longer sold out in previously strong markets and the US deal still did not come through. Realizing that it might be to their benefit if they once again wrote one or two Top 40 hits, but also attempting to remain true to themselves, they went back to Toronto and went into the studio with producer Mark S. Berry and released ‘Get Off’ in 1992. The musically diverse album produced three singles but it seemed as though the public had a hard time getting a handle on the many different musical elements on the album, and it failed to sell as well as previous releases. Disillusioned, the band took some time off and struggles with Attic ensued. In 1993 the label released a greatest hits package, ‘Wired’, to close out their contractual obligation. The band continued looking for another deal for awhile longer but eventually called it quits in the mid ’90’s. In recent years the band has reunited and done several shows. with notes from Sean Kilbride and Al Mair.

1986 Bad Bad Boy/When You Fall Out Of Love (Attic) AT-335
1986 Standin’ In Line/Crazy (Attic) AT-343
1986 Shot In The Dark/Girl In Love (Attic) AT-347
1987 Dance Desire/Separate Dreams (Attic) AT-360
1987 Black & Blue/3 Wishes (Attic) AT-365
1988 Thinkin’ About The Years/Angel (Attic) AT-371
1988 Fire/Standin’ In Line//She’s Not The Kind of Girl (Attic) AT-378
1989 Operator Central (Attic)
1990 Short End of a Wishbone/Push and Shove (That’s The Way) (Attic)
1991 Taken The Pain (Attic)
1992 Get Back (Attic)
1992 Buzz (Attic)
1992 Wanna Be The One (Attic)

1985 Haywire [5-track EP] (Sideways) SR-999
1986 Bad Bad Boy (Attic) LAT-1220
1987 Don’t Just Stand There (Attic) LAT-1239
1990 Nuthouse (Attic) LAT-1283
1992 Get Off (Attic) ACD-1334
1993 Wired – Best Of (Attic) ACD-1383

Bill Nygren
(bass, vocals) / Brad Long (guitar, vocals) / Bob Read (drum programming)
Toronto act who released a 4-song EP on Film Star Productions in 1987 as a studio project. Nygren and Long would add John Woodburn (guitar) and Bill Shapiro (drums) to flesh out the act for live performances. In 1987 Woodburn would be replaced by Steve Klodt on keyboards and vocals and Shapiro would be replaced by Luc Menard on drums. The group split up in 1988. Nygren formed Toronto band Truth Panel and works for a corporate branding company.


1987 He Said She Said [4 song 12″] (Film Star Productions) FP-402

Denise McCann (lead vocals) / Brian MacLeod (guitars) / Matt Frenette (drums) / Bernie Aubin (drums; replaced Frenette) / Ab Bryant (bass) / Darby Mills (lead vocals; replaced McCann) / Scott Reid (drums) / Dave Reimer (bass) // Dary McDonald (keyboards; 1983-1986) / Chrissy Steele (vocals) / Alfie Galpin (guitar) / Tony Dellacroce (guitar)
During their tenure in pop act Chilliwack in the late 1970’s, Ab Bryant and Brian MacLeod decided to moonlight in a pick-up act they dubbed The Headpins — a deliberate spoonerism of the word Pinheads. The group also featured Randy Bachman’s wife, Denise McCann, on vocals during a transitional period while she tried to re-evaluate her career as a ‘disco queen’ and on sabbatical from her other rock act the Dead Marines. When Frenette left shortly after their inauguration as a performing act to do full duty in his other successful act, Loverboy, Bernie Aubin was brought in on drums. Mccann was soon fired from the band (after which she’d joing former Prism member Rocket Norton in Night Train), Bryant and MacLeod brought in Streetback vocalist Darby Mills (a former figure skater turned vocalist). Bryant and MacLeod didn’t want to use their status as stars with Chilliwack to sway the industry so they took the route of all bands trying to ‘make it’, and entered the group in a ‘Battle of the Bands’ contest with CFOX-FM in Vancouver. Two of their songs, “Breakin’ It Down” and a remake of  ‘When a Man Loves a Woman’  landed on the station’s compilation album ‘Vancouver Seeds’ in 1981. Despite the anonymity, The Headpins and their main act, Chilliwack, were both signed to Solid Gold Records out of Toronto in 1981. The deal was mirrored in the US on Atco and their debut album, ‘Turn It Loud’, which was well received and went on to sell 200,000 copies. Their second album, ‘Line of Fire’, also did well in 1983 as they toured with new keyboardist Darcy McDonald. That is, until their label, Solid Gold declared bankruptcy leaving the band’s recording options hanging in the lurch. By 1985 the red-tape had been resolved and with Chilliwack out of business, Bryant and MacLeod were able to focus on the band full-time. For 1985’s ‘Head Over Heels’ album failed to pick-up from the momentum they had lost and the band languished until 1986 after which they split up. Darby Mills decided to try her hand at a solo career in the early ’80’s and MacLeod attempted to revive The Headpins with new singer Chrissy Steele, but after MacLeod finished recording the album his health began to fail and it was decided that Steele should release the album as a solo record. MacLeod eventually succumbed to cancer on April 25, 1992. with notes from Warren McDonald, Darcy McDonald, Darby Mills, Denise McCann. [also see CHILLIWACK, DENISE McCANN, CHRISSY STEELE]

1982 Don’t It Make Ya Feel/Keep Walkin’ Away (Solid Gold) SGS-720
1982 Winnin’/You Can’t Have Me (Solid Gold) SGS-727
1982 Breakin’ Down/Don’t Ya Ever Leave Me (Solid Gold) SGS-731
1983 Mine All Mine/Celebration (Solid Gold) SGS-741
1984 Just One More Time/I’ve Heard It All Before (Solid Gold) SGS-746
1985 Staying All Night/Burnin’ At Both Ends (MCA) 52689

1982 Turn It Loud (Solid Gold) SGR-1010
1983 Line Of Fire (Solid Gold) SGR-1017
1985 Head Over Heels (MCA) MCA-5630
1987 Anthology (One Way/MCA) MCAD-22155
1988 Greatest Hits (Columbia) 80130
2002 The Complete Greatest Hits (Solid Gold) 410122

Russ Walker
(guitars, keyboards, flute & recorders, vocals) / Steve Webster (bass) / John Chessman (drums) / Dave Norris (drums) / Ken Miskov (bass; replaced Webster) / Larry Stanley (piano) / Gerry Fielding (drums)
The brainchild of Oak Ridges, Ontario musician Russ Walker. The band released one album and an EP on Illuminated Records. The full-length LP was also released in Japan, Holland and Germany. Gerry Fielding had previously been in Fat Mouth, the house band at the original ‘Electric Circus’, and opened for acts like Alice Cooper, Rod Stewart, and Lighthouse. Fielding lives in Pickering, Ontario and was last seen in a rock musical. He has also been producing other acts for years from Crash Kills Five to a solo CD by Abraham’s Children member Shawn O’Shea; Russ Walker went on to join New Regime and later became a mixing engineer and in-house composer for Kitchen Sync in Toronto. His credits include composing music for Peter Benchley’s ‘Amazon’ TV series and as recording sound supervisor on the 2004 NFB film “Shake Hands With the Devil”; Webster would play bass on Christian Michael’s 1987 EP ‘Tears Of Love’.

1979 Poetry & Science (Illuminated) IR-5003
1981 Heads In The Sky (Illuminated) IR-001

Born: Norman Jeffrey Healey on March 25, 1966 in Etobicoke, Ontario
Died: March 2, 2008 in Toronto, Ontario
Blues guitarist and singer Jeff Healey was born with a rare form of cancer called Retinoblastoma in both eyes and was blind by the age of 1. He received his first guitar at age 3 which was a lap steel. The comfort in chording this initial guitar led to his signature style later in his career. By the age of 14 he was attending Etobicoke Collegiate in Ontario and playing in bars at night with jazz, blues and country bands. Healey met drummer Tom Stephen and bassist Joe Rockman in Toronto at a Bloor Street club called Branko’s for a jam session in December 1985. Stephen was an urban planning student and Rockman a studio musician. They soon decided to form The Jeff Healey Band. They soon landed a deal with BMG Records in Canada and Arista in the US. While the ink was drying on their contract, a stray demo that had been sent to producer Jimmy Iovine – who just happened to be assembling music for the new Patrick Swayze movie ‘Roadhouse’ – lands The Jeff Healey Band a role as the Double Deuce house band in the movie. After filming rapped up, they would release their debut album, ‘See the Light’, in 1988 and featured the songs “Adrianna” and “See The Light” which were tunes that Healey had recorded and released on an independent single on his own the year before. The new single “Angel Eyes”, meanwhile, went to No.5 on the Billboard charts as a result of ceaseless touring with the likes of Little Feat and others. They would receive an American Grammy nomination not to mention five CASBY nominations from Toronto radio station CFNY-FM. With the release of the title track to radio, the album would eventually sell 2 million copies worldwide. 1990 saw the release of the band’s full-length follow-up called ‘Hell To Pay’ which featured three hit singles and guest appearances by Sass Jordan, Jeff Lynne, Mark Knopfler and George Harrison (on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”). The band added Washington Savage (Infidels) as keyboards and toured with Bonnie Raitt to support the album which went on to sell 1.5 million copies worldwide. They won the 1990 JUNO for ‘Entertainer of the Year”. In 1992 ‘Feel This’ was released featuring the production experience of Joe Hardy (Colin James, ZZ Top) and guest appearances by Paul Shaffer (David Letterman Band) and up-and-coming vocalist Amanda Marshall. The album featured several singles but barely scratched the 100,000 unit plateau. With their future in jeopardy from underachieving sales, they took a break to focus on their Forte Records label and management company for such artists as The Phantoms, Amanda Marshall and Lilith. It would take until 1995 before another album was released called ‘Cover To Cover’ which was the band’s re-reading of their favourite cover tunes. The record landed them another Grammy Award nomination for “Shapes of Things” as ‘Instrumental of The Year’. They performed the song “Blown Away” in David Hasselhoff’s short lived ‘Baywatch Nights’ TV show. Jeff Healey consistently did charity work including representing The Canadian National Institute For The Blind and ran its annual Golf Tournament every year starting in 1993. He also has his own jazz radio show on the CBC called ‘My Kinda Jazz’ where he would spin material from CDs and his personal 78 RPM record collection. Following a protracted absence partly due to Healey’s departure from Arista and signing to Atlantic in the US, Healey returned in March 2000 with the album ‘Get Me Some’. He soon returned to his love of performing and recording 1920s and 1930s jazz standards. Healey also became a co-owner of Healey’s Roadhouse which had a successful run in the entertainment district of Toronto. Whenever he was in town he’d perform on Thursday nights with his rock and blues band (usually with new upstarts The Trews) and with his jazz ensemble on Saturdays. The Roadhouse operated at Queen and Bathurst initially and on Blue Jay Way until Healey’s untimely death from cancer on March 2, 2008. A tribute concert was held on May 3, 2008 to benefit Daisy’s Eye Cancer Fund called. ‘Jeff Healey: A Celebration’ featuring such renowned artists as Jack Bruce (Cream), Ian Gillan (Deep Purple), Randy Bachman, Blue Rodeo, Colin James, David Wilcox, Dutch Mason and many more. On June 5, 2011 an Etobicoke-area park was renamed to Jeff Healey Park in honour of the late musician. with notes from Jeff Healey and Monster Records’ Rog.

1986 Adriana/See The Light (Forte) F-001

1988 See The Light (Arista)
1988 Confidence Man/That’s What They Say (Arista) AS1-9790
1988 My Little Girl (Arista)
1989 Angel Eyes (Edited-New Version)/Don’t Let Your Chance Go By (Arista) AS1-9808
1989 Hoochie Coochie Man/[Patrick Swayze song] (Arista) AS1-9841
1989 Roadhouse Blues/Hideaway (Arista) AS-1050
1989 River of No Return (Arista – France) 112-294
1989 When The Night Comes Falling From The Sky (Arista – UK) 112-853
1990 I Think I Love You Too Much/Something To Hold On To (Arista) ASCD-1132
1990 While My Guitar Gently Weeps/Life Beyond The Sky (Arista) ASCD-1362
1990 Full Circle/How Long Can A Man Be Strong (Arista) ASCD-2116
1992 Cruel Little Number/My Kinda Lover (Arista) 118-117
1992 Heart Of An Angel (Arista) ASCD-2516
1993 Lost In Your Eyes (Arista) ASCD-2521
1993 It Could All Get Blown Away (Arista)
1993 Leave The Light On (Arista)
1994 You’re Coming Home (Arista)
1995 I Got a Line On You (Arista)
1995 Angel (Arista)
1995 Stuck In The Middle With You (Arista) ASCD-2796
2000 My Life Story/Rachel’s Song EAGXS-146
2000 I Tried (Eagle – Germany) EAGXS-151


2002 Among Friends (Stony Plain) SPCD-1312
2003 Live at Healey’s: The Thursday Night Recordings
2004 Adventures in Jazzland (Stony Plain) SPCD-1313
2006 A Mess Of Blues (Stony Plain) SPCD-1333
2009 Songs From The Road (Ruf) RUF-1150
2010 Last Call (Stony Plain) SPCD-1335
2016 Heal My Soul (Convexe) CVX-908565

1988 See The Light (Arista) AL-8553
1990 Hell To Pay (Arista) ARCD-8632
1992 Feel This (Arista) AR1-18706
1995 Cover To Cover (Arista) ARCD-3888
1995 Under Cover [4 song CD-EP] (Arista) ASCD-2826
1995 Under Cover Volume 2 [3 song CD-EP] (Arista) ASCD-2827
1998 The Very Best of The Jeff Healey Band (BMG – UK) 603382
1999 Arista Heritage: Master Hits (Arista) 19099
2000 Get Me Some (Forte/Universal)
2003 The Very Best of Jeff Healey (BMG – UK) 82876533382
2004 Platinum & Gold Collection (BMG)
2005 Live at Montreaux 1999 (Eagle – Germany) EAGCD-295
2008 Super Hits (SBME Special Markets) 0730798
2008 Legacy: Volume One [2CD + DVD] (Arbor) ARRL-30129
2011 Live at Grossman’s 1994 (Eagle Rock) 20208
2012 Full Circle [3CD + DVD] (Eagle Rock)


2004 Anybody’s Baby

2006 It’s Tight Like That (Stony Plain) SPCD-1314

John Martin
(lead vocals) / David Liberty (lead guitars, vocals) / Hans Schleuter (bass) / John Doddridge (drums) / Gordon “Junior” Dix (guitar) / Dave Lugsden (lead vocals; replaced Martin) / Donnie “Oofie” Price (lead guitar; replaced Liberty) / Marc Corbin (guitar; replaced Dix) / Peter Jermyn (organ) / Jamie Avis (guitar) / Jack Arseneault (organ; replaced Jermyn)
The band Thee Deuces was originally formed in 1964 in Almonte south-west of Ottawa as an instrumental group who performed for nearly a full year at Inter-Provincial Hotel in Hull, Quebéc as the house band. In 1965 rival club owner Donald Billows from The Oak Door managed them and attracted the attention of a Hollywood teen exploitation film producer who wanted the band to appear in a new film he was shooting, but after finding out they had to pay their own way to California, refused the deal. Meanwhile, they were introduced to Sir John A. Records owner John Pozer who grabbed the act as his second signing to the label in 1966 after Don Norman And The Other Four. Their first single, “You Gotta Try”, was released in November that year. The record received favourable airtime on Ottawa’s CFRA, CKOY and CJET where Pozer was still an on-air personality. By January 1967 the single had reached #9 on CFRA’s ‘Swing Set’ chart. By the summer of 1967, the band decided to update their name – The Heart – and their sound by adding former Luke & The Apostles keyboardist Peter Jermyn. Another single followed in July 1967 called “Treat Me Bad”. But Jermyn would leave again in 1968 to form The Modern Rock Quartet with former Esquires members Doug Orr and Robert Coulthart. The Heart then recruited Corbin and Arseneault from The Five D for the single “Yesterday Was a Dream” on RCA at Christmas that year. The act lasted only until the Spring of 1969. with notes from Marc Coulavin, Alexander J. Taylor, Peter Jermyn.

1967 Treat Me Bad/Help Me Down (Sir John A./RCA) SJA-2
1968 Yesterday Was A Dream/Don’t Go Chasing Rainbows (RCA Victor) 75-1023


1966 You Gotta Try/Hung Up On You (Sir John A.) RG-1016

Craig Carmody
(saxophone, flute) / Neil Chapman (guitar) / Mike Langford (vocals) / Gord McKinnon (keyboard, harmonica) / Marty Morin (drums, backing vocals) / Ralph Smith (bass)
Formed in 1972, Heat Exchange were a short lived act who rode a few singles near the end of Yorkville Records’ life span. Morin would end up in Truck and then Goddo before re-teaming with Langford in Wireless; Langford would also front Bamboo in the 1980’s; Chapman would rise to fame with his act The Pukka Orchestra in the 1980s and as a member of the Sattalites; In 2016 the band reunited to work on assembling and releasing all their recordings into a full length album. The LP, called “Reminiscence,” was released on Spain’s Out-Sider Records in 2017.

1972 Can You Tell Me/Inferno (Yorkville) YVM-45052
1972 Scorpio Lady/Reminiscence (Yorkville) YVM-45063
1973 She Made Me All Alone/Philosophy (Yorkville) YVM-45069

Reminiscence (Out-Sider) OSR-060

Rick James
(vocals) / Stan Endersby (lead guitar) / Ed Roth (keyboards) / Denny Gerrard (bass)
Following his stint with Neil Young in the Mynah Birds, Rick James grabbed members of Yorkville band The Tripp (Endersby and Gerrard) and The Paupers (Gerrard) to form Heaven And Earth. They were signed to RCA Records in 1971 but despite two single releases, the band and label fought over creative direction and their completed full-length album was never released. The band would regroup and rename themselves Great White Cain – re-recording and releasing many of the same songs on MGM Records in 1972. RCA fought back with an injunction to try and stop the album’s release which MGM ultimately won – but the delay in settling the case killed Great White’s Cain’s momentum. [also see GREAT WHITE CAIN, STAN ENDERSBY]

Big Showdown/Don’t Worry (RCA/Victor) 75-1074  
1972 You Make the Magic/Rip Off 1500 (RCA/Victor) 75-1101

Terry Gillespie (guitar, vocals) / Vince Halfhide (guitar) / John Feihl (bass)  / Bob Backler (bass; replaced Feihl) / Corky Kealey (drums) / Bill Stevenson (piano) / Jody Golick (saxophone) 
Terry Gillespie cut his teeth in Michigan watching and learning from the blues masters. He returned to Ottawa and formed the band Heaven’s Radio which was an unusual hybrid of blues and reggae. Their style made them a natural choice to do opening slots for such acts as the Butterfield Blues Band, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh, The Police, and Muddy Waters . An early single on United Artists failed to take off, but a deal in 1978 with Ottawa’s Posterity Records led to two well received studio albums – ‘Active’ (1978) and ‘Uptown Babies’ (1979). The band dissolved in the early ‘80s but had a short revival when Ottawa’s Lowertown Records launched in 1986 with a re-issue of the two albums plus a newly recorded single “When I Get Back to You”. In July of 1986 Lowertown held a massive record release party at the Chateau Laurier where a reunited Heaven’s Radio and two other Lowertown artists – the Blue Lights and the Tripods – performed. The band repeated the reunion in 2007 following the 2CD re-issue of their material on Stony Plain entitled ‘Rendez-vous’. Gillespie has had a successful solo blues career and his backing band is a loose fitting ensemble that goes by the name The Heaven’s Radio Social Club; Backler died in 2006; Kealey became a member of the Mighty Pop Band.

Good Time Station/Tahina (United Artists) UAXW-788Y
When I Get Back To You/If You Like Music (Lowertown) LT86-04

Active (Posterity) PTR-13006
1979 Uptown Babies (Posterity) PTR-13011
2007 Rendez-vous [2CD] (Stony Plain)

From Alberta.

Wide World/ Heartbreaker (Mustard) M-507

Brian Vollmer
(lead vocals) / Brent Doerner (guitars, backup vocals; rejoined in 1992) / Paul Hackman (guitars, backup vocals) / Brian Doerner (drums) / Keith (Bert) Zurbrigg (bass, vocals) / Mike Uzelac (bass; replaced Zurbrigg) / Leo Niebudek (drums; replaced Doerner) / Greg “Fritz” Heinz (drums; replaced Niebudek 1984) / Daryl Gray (bass, vocals; replaced Uzelac 1984) / Denny Balicki (guitars, backup vocals; replaced Doerner 1991; live only) / Greg Fraser (guitars, backup vocals; replaced Paul Hackman 1992) / Rick Mead (guitar, 1993-96) / Mark Chichkan (guitar, 1996-99) / Gary Borden (guitar, 1996-98) / Glen “Archie” Gamble (drums, 1998-2004) / Gerry Finn (guitar, 1998-2002) / Shaun Sanders(guitar, 2002-04) / Dan Fawcett (guitar, 2002-04) / Rainer Wiechmann (guitar) / Jeff Fountain (bass) / Cindy Wiechmann (vocals, keys) / Sean Kelly (bass, 2009-present)
Helix got together in 1976 in Kitchener, Ontario, with members Vollmer, Hackman, the Doerner twins, and Zurbrigg. After touring the southern Ontario clubs for a few years, the band decided to release records themselves. Their first independent release, ‘Breaking Loose’, was released on their own H&S Records label in 1979. Two years and two member changes later, they released their second H&S album, ‘White Lace & Black Leather’. In 1982 they were signed to Capitol Records worldwide and 1983 saw the release of their first international album, ‘No Rest For the Wicked’. Over the next ten years they released six more albums, five for Capitol, including a best-of compilation, and one on Aquarius/EMI. In 1992, Maxim Records in southern Ontario released the first two independent albums on one CD. In a Capitol Records catalogue of new releases dated May 14, 1993, the label boldly claims that “no Helix album has sold less than 35,000 copies”, making Helix one of Canada’s most successful acts indeed. They did several international tours with the likes of Kiss, Aerosmith, Rush, Motley Crue, Whitesnake, Night Ranger, Heart, Quiet Riot, W.A.S.P., and Motörhead, and headlined a few of their own Canadian tours as well. In 1991, co-founding member Brent Doerner decided to call it quits after 15 years on the road and his replacement was found in northern New York in Balicki. Balicki only played live with them, however, and when the band went back into the studio in 1992 to cut ‘It’s A Business Doing Pleasure’. Doerner came out of retirement and rejoined his old cohorts. Also appearing on the album were guests such as Kim Mitchell, Lee Aaron, and Jaymz Bee, among many others.  On July 5, 1992, a bus carrying some band members and crew went off the road suddenly near Kamloops, British Columbia, and plunged down a 40 foot precipice. Two crew members were seriously injured and bassist Gray escaped with minor injuries, but guitarist and co-founding member Paul Hackman was killed in the crash. Services were held five days later near Kitchener, and long-time friend Ray Lyell sang during the service. After taking some time off, the remaining members decided that Hackman would have wanted them to continue, so they recruited Brighton Rock guitarist Greg Fraser to join their ranks. The first single off the album, “That Day Is Gonna Come”, was written as a tribute to Hackman, and the video for the song featured unique Super 8 and video footage shot by Vollmer on the road over the years. Helix has carried on their legacy – with several line-up changes – for over 30 years. They continue to release albums independently and still tour regularly in Canada and beyond. A ‘best of’ collection is planned for 2012. with notes from Darryl Gray and Brian Vollmer.

1980 Don’t Hide Your Love/You’re A Woman Now (H&S) HS-1001
1980 Billy Oxygen/Crazy Woman (H&S) HS-1002
1981 It’s Too Late/? (H&S) HS-2002
1983 Does A Fool Ever Learn/Never Want To Lose You (Capitol) B-72914
1983 Don’t Get Mad Get Even/Check Out The Love (Capitol) B-72925
1983 Heavy Metal Love/No Rest For The Wicked (Capitol) B-5294
1984 Rock You/You Keep Me Rockin’ (Capitol) B-72949
1984 Gimme Gimme Good Lovin’/When The Hammer Falls (Capitol) B-5423
1984 Make Me Do (Anything You Want)/Feel The Fire (Capitol) B-72962
1985 The Kids Are All Shakin’/House On Fire (Capitol) B-72981
1985 Deep Cuts The Knife/Bangin’ Off-A-The Bricks (Capitol) B-5490
1985 Deep Cuts The Knife/Ride The Rocket [12″] (Capitol) SPRO-9369
1987 Wild In The Streets/Kiss It Goodbye (Capitol) B-73031
1987 Dream On/What Ya Bringin’ To The Party? (Capitol) B-73036
1998 The Same Room (DeRock) DERCDS-012

1978 Breakin’ Loose (H&S) HS-101
1980 White Lace & Black Leather (H&S) HS-202
1982 No Rest For The Wicked (Capitol) ST-6500
1983 Walkin’ The Razor’s Edge (Capitol) ST-12362
1985 Long Way To Heaven (Capitol) ST-12411
1985Live at the Marquee (Capitol) SPRO-263
1987 Wild In The Streets (Capitol) CLT-46920
1989 Over 60 Minutes With… (Capitol) C2-93571
1990 Back For Another Taste (H&S/Capitol/EMI) C2-26573
1992 The Early Years (Maximum) 7323-11001-2
1993 It’s A Business Doing Pleasure (Aquarius/EMI)  Q2-570
1995 The Best of Helix: Deep Cuts
1998 half-ALIVE (DeRock) DERCD-9012
1999 B-Sides
2001 Live In Buffalo
2003 Rockin’ In My Outer Space
2004 Never Trust Anyone Over 30
2004 30th Anniversary Concert
2004 Rockin’ You for 30 Years (EMI) 72438-64053-2-6
2006 Get Up [7 song CD-EP] (Dirty Dog)
2007 The Power of Rock and Roll (Castle – UK) CMQCD-1551
2008 A Heavy Mental Christmas
2009 Vagabond Bones (Universal)
2011 Smash Hits…Unplugged! (EMI)
2011 Skin In The Game [5 song DigiFile EP]
2014 Bastard of the Blues

Mitch Hellfield
[aka Mitchell Field] (lead vocals) / Rick Lamb (keys) / Jamie Larsen (bass, vocals) / Steve Coombs (drums) / Dave Hovey (guitar) / Paul Royes (guitar; replaced Hovey) / Billy Smith (drums; replaced Coombs) / Charlie Mitchell (drums; replaced Smith) / Rod Blacker (drums; replaced Mitchell)
Having worked with Roly Greenway as drummer for The Next on CBS Records in 1975-1976, Mitch Hellfield (real name Mitchell Field), approached CBS Records A & R man, and legendary producer, Bob Gallo in 1977 with a demo tape of original material. Gallo was impressed by the tunes, but CBS was not in the market for a new solo artist at that time and advised Hellfield that he would have to put a band together in order to get any interest from head office. Hellfield quickly recruited Larsen and Hovey from club act Dennison Booth, plus Lamb and Coombs to fill out the roster. The band, now called Hellfield proper, went into the rehearsal studio for two months to write more material and produce a second demo tape. Hellfield returned to CBS to see Gallo and the band was immediately signed to the label for a two album deal. In early 1978, Hellfield’s self-titled debut was released on CBS’s newly opened Canadian arm of Epic Records with Bob Gallo as producer and CBS Canada president Arnold Gosewich as executive producer. The album contained two pop singles – “Too Long” and “Tell Me Are You Listening” – which both received major airplay on Canadian FM Rock stations as well as places as far south as San Antonio, Texas as an import. During the recording of and following the first album, Gallo became concerned about two points he thought were holding the band back. One was the playing abilities of drummer Coombs who was solid live but did not work well under pressure in the studio [Mitch Field played drums on most of the first album]. The second issue concerned Hellfield’s management team who insisted on keeping the band in the clubs as a budget saving measure rather than doing low paying, but high profile shows with the likes of Toto, Meatloaf and Santana which CBS had readily offered them. The first problem was soon resolved with Coombs being replaced by Billy Smith from St. Catharines, Ontario. Still, the band toured extensively to promote the first album opening shows for such acts as Max Webster, Triumph, and The Little River Band. Hellfield also opened for the Cars that summer at Maple Leaf Gardens — to favourable reviews. Although the first album failed to land in stores in the US, it did sell well in Canada and garner some attention south of the border, fuelling expectations for the second release. In 1979, Hellfield’s second album, ‘Night Music’, was released. It again featured the power pop sensibilities and soaring vocal harmonies which had powered the first album. Again, two singles, “Night Music”, a cover version of a Jackson Hawke song, and “Caroline” received major airplay on Canadian FM radio. However, the label was now very concerned about the band’s management and the increased line-up changes. Hellfield had replaced guitarist Hovey with Paul Royes, and drummer Smith with Charlie Mitchell. They would soon fire their management company and headed back on the road to promote ‘Night Music’. CBS, meanwhile, had problems of their own. CBS U.S. had been cleaning house in their Canadian headquarters and fired president Arnold Gosewich, Bob Gallo and a select portion of the Canadian office and replaced them with a new A & R and promotions team. The ‘Night Music’ album was lost in the shuffle and a much anticipated US release was scuttled. Hellfield returned to Toronto from the road to re-group. By 1980 Mitch Hellfield had grown tired of the keyboard oriented power pop that dominated their two albums and so, Hellfield, Larsen, Roye decided to incorporate a heavier, metal-edged guitar sound. They fired Lamb as keyboardist and replaced Mitchell with hard hitting drummer Rod Blacker. They once again took to the rehearsal room to refine the new, heavier version of Hellfield. For the next couple of years Hellfield played the Canadian bar circuit and were very popular in hard rock venues such as The Gasworks in Toronto. However, their allies at CBS were few and far between and the band’s recording contract was not renewed. In 1982, frustrated with their inability to land a new recording contract and return to life on the road, the band went its separate ways. Royes is currently a multi-media consultant in Toronto and is the driving force behind new age artist The Cybertarist; Larsen is a Computer Network Engineer in Vancouver and is currently writing and recording with West Coast indie Country Rock duo The Mustangs; Rod Blacker would go on to replace Brian Doerner in Eagles tribute act Desperado for several years before splintering off with that band’s vocalist Rob Louden to form, first Play Doctor, then The Hitmen (with ex-members of Wrabit and Seventh Son); Mitch Hellfield moved back to his hometown of Montreal, Quebéc where he continues to perform live; Rick Lamb died in 2004. A large memorial concert was held in June of that year to raise money for Lamb’s widow featuring Goddo, Fludd and A Foot In Coldwater at the Hard Rock Cafe in Toronto. In 2018 the band announced it had reunited with plans to release a new album in 2019. with notes from Jamie Larsen, Paul Royes, Rod Blacker and Mitchell Field. [also see THE CYBERTARIST]

1978 Too Long/The Pact (Epic/CBS) 8-50697
1978 Tell Me Are You Listening/The Future (Epic/CBS) E4-4181
1978 All Night Party/Magic Mistress (Epic – UK)  SEPC-6920
1979 The Nightmusic/Shoulda Seen It In Your Eyes (Epic/CBS) E4-4227
1979 Caroline/Crazy (Epic/CBS) E4-4239

1978 Tell Me Are You Listening – Special Edited Mix [5 song EP] (Epic/CBS)
1978 Hellfield (Epic/CBS) PEC-80001
1979 Night Music (Epic/CBS) PEC-80028

From Edmonton, Alberta.

Someone Like You/[same] (DMT) 89-003

Born: William Basilius Hersche on November 1, 1947 in Minton, Saskatchewan Died: June 10, 2011 in Edmonton, Alberta
Bill Hersh became interested in music at the at of three when he learned how to accordion. By the age of five he made appearances in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on CHAB’s ‘The Cy Knight Mailbag Show.” As a teenager in Regina, Saskatchewan, in the 1950s Hersh discovered Rockabilly music and joined the group The Ro-Dans. After joining The Sandmen in the 1960s with David Boone, Red Foster, and Murray Fielsen they began playing professionally in 1968. By the early ’70s Bill Hersh had formed his own band called Blue Train working as the house band at the Regina Hotel followed by the same duties at The Pump in Regina. Blue Train often backed up touring artists that visited Regina including Red Simpson, Tony Booth, David Frizzell, and Canadian country act Carroll Baker. In the mid-70’s he hosted the TV show “A Place Called Home” at which time he was already becoming a well known recording artist with independent singles on half a dozen labels including the US-based Comstock Records. In 1976 Bill Hersh moved to Edmonton, Alberta, where he was signed to Glenn Fraser’s Uptown Records. The Bill Hersh and Blue Train debut album “Take The Time” was released in 1981. Hersh managed to put ten singles on the national charts including the song “Satisfied Mind” which peaked at #19 on RPM magazine’s Country Chart. The single “White Ligtning” featuring Gary Dare also made the Top-40 on Canadian country charts. Following this, Hersh decided to focus primarily on live performing and producing other artists. He would return to radio again with the novelty single “9-1-1 (Drivin’ ‘n Talkin’)” in 2008 and followed it up with “The Crockett County Clerk” in 2009. Hersh died on June 10, 2011.

1976 That Loving Feeling/Great Canadian Truckin’ Man (Soundaround) SSG-7625
1976 Tomorrow’s Baby’s Gone/It Sure Looks Good On You (Soundaround) SSG-7630
1977 Good Old Timey Country Rock And Roll/[same] (Maple Haze) MH-7647
1982 Hello Operator/[same] (Uptown) UT001/82
1982 I Am Your Fire/Touchin’ Home (Comstock – US)
1983 Babysittin’ With The Blues/Curly’s Theme (Comstock – US) COM-1710
1983 Happy Hour/Heartache Remover (Comstock – US) COM-1731
1984 Paint Me Blue/[same] (Comstock – US) COM-1746
1984 It Won’t Be Much Like Christmas (‘Cause Mama Won’t Be There)/[same] (Uptown) UT020/84
1989 Midnight Train/[same] (Track) TR/001/89

By and By/Crazy Kind of Guys (Uptown)  4529

Satisfied Mind/[same] (Uptown) UT006/81
1981 Country Gold/Bring Back the Bossa Nova (Uptown) UT010/81
1981 White Lightning [BILL HERSH AND GARY DARE]/Curly’s Theme (Instrumental)  (Uptown) UT011/81
1982 I Am Your Fire/Touchin’ Home (Comstock) COM-1688
1986 Take Me to the Country/[same] (Royalty) 1000-86

Take the Time (Uptown) UT-009

Died: August 1, 2016
Pat Hervey was raised in Scarborough and sang from an early age as a hobby occasionally performing at her high school functions while attending R.H.King Collegiate. During a performance at an amateur variety show she was spotted by disc jockey Al Boliska who lined her up with CBC-TV in Toronto who like her so much she became a regular on the weekly network shows ‘While You Were Young’, ‘Holiday Ranch’, ‘Club Six’ and ‘Country Hoedown’. Her voice and presence attracted the attention of Chateau Records president Art Snider who signed her for several 7″ single releases including her first, and biggest, hit “Mr. Heartache” in 1962. With her television exposure and incessant touring, Nashville producer Chet Atkins took notice and helped her secure a recording contract with RCA Victor. Atkins produced several singles, including her 1963 hit “Tears of Misery” and a full length LP which was all new material that didn’t include her hits. In 1973 Hervey was part of the regular cast of musicians (which also included Joani Taylor) on CBC television’s ‘The Judy And Jim Show’. Hervey decided to give up show business in the late 1960’s to get married and raise a family. She now lives in British Columbia; following a 15 month battle with cancer Pat Hervey passed away August 1, 2016.  with notes from Pat Hervey and William R. Fellows.

1962 Stormy Weather/Lonesome Trail (Chateau) C-135
1962 Mr. Heartache/First Thing Tomorrow (Chateau) C-143
1962 A Mother’s Love/Heaven For Awhile (Chateau) C-149
1962 I Wouldn’t Blame You/A Mother’s Love (RCA – US) 47-8197
1963 Tears Of Misery/Brother Can You Spare A Dime (RCA – US) 47-8135
1964 Walking In Bonnie’s Footsteps/It’s Love That Really Counts (RCA) 47-8281
1965 Think About Me/I’ll Count Every Hour (Red Leaf) ACT-103
1965 He Belongs To Yesterday/Don’t You Make a Fool of Me (Red Leaf) ACT-105
1965 Ain’t a Girl Allowed to Cry/You Don’t Know Him (Red Leaf) ACT-106
1966 Can’t Get You Out of My Mind/Givin’ In (President) PT-100
1970 Land I Dream Of/Can’t Get You Out of My Mind (AME) AME-108X
1970 Sing a Song For You//Killing Me Softly With His Song/Summer Breeze (CBC) 270
1972 Where You Lead/Bidin’ My Time (CBC Radio Canada) LM-127

1965 Pat Hervey (RCA) PC-1021
1971 Peaceful (RCA/Camden) CAS-2393


Brian “Frosty” Forst
(guest vocal) / Harry Walker (lead vocals) / Freddy Carotenuto (saxophone) / Tab Shori (guitar) / Bill Papuc (bass) / Red Lewis (drums) / Larry Krashin (drums; replaced Lewis)
The Hi-Fives were a Vancouver blues band signed to London Records and released “Mean Old Woman” b/w “Cold Wind” in Canada and managed to hit No.7 in Los Angeles after being released by Era Records in the US. But with no follow up release, they were approached by Vancouver radio station CFUN on-air personality Frosty Forst who had an idea for a novelty song called “Fujikami the Warrior” written with fellow CFUN DJ Andy Laughland. The band agreed to back Forst’s grunts, shrieks and howls on the novelty record as a means to gain exposure. The single was released on HITT Records which charted on CFUN December 9, 1961. The Hi-Fives were together 6 years and, in that time, won several ‘Battles of the Bands’ in Vancouver including playing to capacity crowds in night clubs like the Blues Palace where they opened forth Ike & Tina Turner.

1961 Mean Old Woman/Cold Wind (London) M-17200 
1961 Fujikami The Warrior/Mo-Shun (HITT) 45-0003

Bill Billows / Don Billows / Len Leitch / Lionel Vachon

Arsenic/Do What You Did (Montaigne’s Limited)

Hi Jump (Montaigne’s Limited)  LPG-103

HIBBS, Harry
Born: Henry Thomas Joseph Hibbs in 1944 on Bell Island, Newfoundland
Died: December 21, 1989 in Toronto, Ontario
The son of a Bell Island, NFLD., miner, Harry Hibbs learned button accordion as a boy. He worked in factories after moving to Toronto in 1961. In 1968 he began performing at the Caribou Club, a Newfie social centre in Toronto which soon brought him television appearances on ‘At The Caribou’ (1968-74, CBC), and then ‘The Harry Hibbs Show’ with his Caribou Showband (later known as the Seaforest Plantation). Newfoundland’s Favourite Son played jigs, reels and other dance pieces as well as original ballads; his motto was “We’ll rant and we’ll roar like true Newfoundlanders.” Although he had toured across the Maritimes and Ontario several times, and did a tour of the British Isles in 1970, his career had waned somewhat by the mid-seventies. However, he has recorded ten albums on three different labels, earning him several gold records and making him a leading Canadian recording artist of his time.

1966 The Nightingale/Scotland, I Am Coming Home To Thee (Caribou) CC45-6903
1966 Harbour Le Cou/Let Me Fish Off Cape St. Mary’s (Caribou) CC45-6904
1967 Farewell To Nova Scotia/[same] (Caribou) CC45-6907
1968 The Black Velvet Band/Road To The Isle (Arc) 1229
1969 I’ll Forgive And I’ll Try To Forget/Fighting ’59 (Arc) 1239
1974 A Toast To Newfoundland/All Kinds of Everything (Marathon) 45-1103
1974 Between Two Trees/I Really Don’t Want To Know (Hibbs) HR-001
1980 The Garden Song/Minstrel Boy (Tapestry) 801

1965 Somewhere At Sea (Caribou) CCLP-7004
1966 To All My Lovelies (Caribou) CCLP-7005
1967 The All New Harry Hibbs With Shrimp Cocktail (Caribou) CCLP-7007
1968 Best of Harry Hibbs (Arc) COV-3002
1969 At the Caribou Club (Arc) AS-794
1969 Live From the Caribou Club (Arc) AS-798
1970 More Harry Hibbs at the Caribou (Arc) AS-809
1970 The Incredible Harry Hibbs (Arc) AS-818
1971 Harry Hibb’s Fourth (Arc) AS-821
1971 A Fifth of Harry Hibbs (Arc/Ahed) AS-826
1973 All Kinds of Everything (Marathon) MMS-76026
1974 Between Two Trees (Hibbs) HR-724
1980 Pure Gold (Tapestry) GD-7375

Coffee house/Mariposa folk singer Dee Dee Higgins spent the early 1960s with The Seaway Singers before going solo in 1968. She was the official hostess at the Ontario Pavillion for Expo ’67 in Montreal. She was also a special guest on Sebastian Agnello’s TV show “An Evening with Phil Ochs”. In August 1970 she released the RPM charting single “The Song Singer”. In 1971 she was signed to RCA by A & R man Scott Richards where she charted with “Wishful Thinking” in February 1971. The flip side of the single, “Got to Find Someone to Love”, was released in March of the same year. Higgins lives in Toronto and occasionally sings with Keith McKie (Kensington Market). with notes from Seb Agnello, John Rowlands, Richard Patterson.

1970 The Song Singer/Long Way Home (Polydor) 2065-020
1971 Wishful Thinking/Got To Find Someone To Love (RCA/Victor) 57-1058

1969 From the Heart (16th Avenue) 5702
1971 Love Is Still Around (RCA/Victor) LSP-4554

Brian Monty
(lead guitar) / Desi McKeon (bass) / John Berry (drums) / Mick Hall (guitar, vocals, drums) / Jim Zeller (rhythm guitar, vocals)  / Ted Hall (rhythm guitar, vocals; replaced Zeller) / Jim Buck (bass, vocals; replaced) / Butch Coulter (harmonica, acoustic guitar) / Gordie Adamson (drums; Berry)
Highstreet started out in the basement of a large rambling old house on High Street in Sherbrooke, Quebéc, Canada in the fall of 1968. Originally they named the band High Street Underground because, playing as they did in a cavernous dirt floor environment, they felt like they were underground. While still in high school Highstreet would play mostly weekend parties and high school dances in and around the Sherbrooke area. During their college years, they often jammed in the student union and basement coffee house as well as doing a weekends-only tour of Quebéc with a couple of French-speaking power trios who, oddly enough, sang only in English. In the fall of ’72, after having disbanded a number of times to individually explore the highways and inner cities of Canada, Highstreet once again reformed and resumed playing in the general vicinity of Lennoxville and Sherbrooke, mostly at Bishop’s and down the road at the Rockcliff, an infamous roadhouse not far from the US border that many bands cut their teeth in during the sixties and seventies before it burned to the ground in January of ’77. At this time the band consisted of Brian Monty on lead guitar, Desi McKeon on bass, John Berry on drums, and former drummer, Mick Hall, on guitar and vocals. For a brief stint in ’73, Jim Zeller was in the lineup but unfortunately his exuberance clashed with the other more laid back members. Later on that year Ted Hall returned from Edmonton and joined the unit on rhythm guitar and vocals. Their first major coup gig-wise was a contract to play the entire ski season at the fabulous Balsam’s Wilderness Resort in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire. After a successful season of learning to ski on ice and rock (it didn’t snow that year) and generally turning the place on its ear, the Highstreet Underground left the familiarity of the Eastern Townships and headed west. There they rented a house in the north of Edmonton and played everywhere from Peace River to Calgary. During that sojourn Brian left the band and the remaining four teamed up briefly with a performer by the name of Subway Elvis, on odd but talented Elvis inpersonator. In December of ’74 Highstreet (who had recently dropped the Underground from their name at their agent’s request) packed up their gear and drove back east to Lennoxville. By this time Highstreet had become a tight unit with a repertoire of danceable original tunes as well as just enough Rolling Stone covers to satisfy the bar managers. In the winter of ’76 a friend of theirs, Steve Graupe, recorded Highstreet in his home-built studio as part of his graduation project at Bishop’s University. Using those sessions as a demo the band was later able to get on to another project with the CBC, produced by Michael Whelan. That demo was aired on the CBC show, Goldrush, hosted by Terry David Mulligan and, with some help from their new manager Brian Pombiere, they landed a deal with Epic/Global Records to put out the first Highstreet album. She Won’t Be Waiting was recorded in two sessions, one in the spring of ’78 at Plus Four Studio in Franklin, Quebéc where the band laid down the title track as well as Texas Quebéc, Bad Life, and Sweet Little Lady. An up and coming steel guitar player by the name of Kim Deschamps (who later went on to play with Blue Rodeo) lent his chops to three of the songs on that session. The rest of the album was recorded and mixed at Thunder Sound in Toronto in June of the same year. The lineup by this time consisted of Mick and Ted Hall on guitars and vocals, Jim Buck on bass and vocals, Butch Coulter on harmonica and acoustic guitar, and John Berry on drums. After the Thunder sessions Highstreet went back out on the road and wound up in Yellowknife for a month long party under the midnight sun. They finished off the summer with a two week gig in Jasper, Alberta which had its own set of temptations, some of which not all of them could resist. One of the band members was busted shoplifting pork chops from a local grocery store for a romantic dinner he had planned and wound up doing a week in the local jail. Highstreet toured throughout Quebéc and the Maritimes for the rest of the year, honing their chops and improving their live show. She Won’t Be Waiting was released in the spring of ’79 and Highstreet was now constantly on the road. In Sherbrooke, the local English language radio station, CKTS, sponsored an outdoor concert at the old zoo where they played for an enthusiastic crowd of 5000. They also began opening for various acts including Long John Baldry , Caroline Mas, Jerry Doucette, and James Cotton. Another serendipitous event involving the album occurred when Thunder Sound went bankrupt. One of the engineers on the Highstreet project got a job editing sound for Astro Bellevue Pathe films on the movie ‘Prom Night’ and consequently many of the tunes off the album was used in the movie. The band managed to garner some sensational press when they met up with Margaret Trudeau at a gig in Wakefield, Quebéc not far from the Harrington Lake summer home of Prime Minister Trudeau and family. After spending the weekend partying with Maggie the press somehow got wind of it and put the news item on the front page of the Globe and Mail. Highstreet had its fifteen minutes of fame. By the autumn of ’79 they had completed another western tour with their new drummer, Gordie Adamson, and returned to Montréal to begin a series of shows at the Rainbow Bar & Grill as well as brief journeys to the Maritimes and the good old Eastern Townships. All along they had been adding new songs to their repertoire and were gearing up to record a second album. Citing lack of support from their record company they decided to enlist the help of family and friends to come up with the necessary funds to record another album independently. Many generous donations were made not the least of which was the contribution of long time fan and organizer of the fabulous “Annual” field raves, John Emerson. The album was recorded at Kensington Sound in Toronto and mixed at Phase One Studios during the summer of ’80. Unfortunately the money well dried up and Highstreet was only able to press 300 copies of the album, ‘Industrial Strength’ in 1981. Meanwhile, clubs were cutting back on hiring bands and Highstreet was faced with playing another  winter of bars in New Brunswick and Quebéc again. Instead, they decided to fold. When it was finally evident that the newly mixed and mastered album could enjoy a limited release in the fall of ’81, Highstreet regrouped, added a couple of new members on sax and piano, and began rehearsing for shows at Centennial Theatre in Lennoxville and a gig at the Granada Theatre in Sherbrooke, opening for the Powder Blues Band. While both gigs were a critical success, the Powder Blues gig ended up a fiasco as the promoters didn’t make enough to pay both bands. That more or less was the straw that broke the camel’s back and by October, 1981 Highstreet was no more. A number of resurrections under different names ranging from The Leftovers to The Hall Brothers and eventually The Mick Hall Band kept the music of Highstreet alive and fresh right up until the spring of 1993. A “twentieth” anniversary CD was released in 1998 which included a couple of very early recordings of the band. Highstreet (Underground) performed a 35th Anniversary reunion show at Bishop’s Centennial Theatre in Lennoxville, Quebéc. The concert was held on September 18, 2004 . with notes from Mick Hall and Robert Coates.

1979 Bad Life/Sweet Little Lady (Inter Global/Epic/Columbia) 8366

1979 She Won’t Be Waitin’ (Inter Global/Epic/Columbia) PFC-90540
1981 Industrial Strength – Ten Songs (Music Lab) ML-902
1998 Last Call

Born: Daniel Grafton Hill IV on June 3, 1954 in Toronto, Ontario
Dan Hill was born to American mixed race parents who escaped the racism and McCarthy-ism of the US for a safer family life in Toronto. He began writing songs from his childhood influences like Sinatra, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan at the age of 14. By the age of 17 he was playing small gatherings and coffeehouses and managed to release a single on RCA in 1973. By 19 he had signed a full record deal with GRT Records. Two introductory albums went gold and received zero public interest but were followed by 1977’s ‘Longer Fuse’ and the multi-million selling single “Sometimes When We Touch” (co-written with Barry Mann). The album sold 300,000 copies and won over the fickle US market. The song would eventually be covered by Rod Stewart, Barry Manilow, and Olivia Newton-John. Hill was named ‘Top New Male Vocalist’ in both Cashbox and Record World magazines. He won a JUNO Award for ‘Composer of The Year’ and ‘Male Vocalist of the Year’ and nominated for a Grammy all in 1977. His follow-up to his most successful album to date was ‘Frozen in the Night’ which spawned the moderate hit “Let The Song Last Forever” and sold 100,000 units. With the press giving Hill the ride of his life, nothing he could do was good enough for them which fueled Hill’s passion to write. He wrote material for other international stars like Jeffery Osborne, George Benson and Tina Turner, and stayed out of the limelight. It would be 1987’s “Can’t We Try”, a duet with newcomer Vonda Sheppard (she wound up with a recurring role on the TV show ‘Ally McBeal’), that gave Hill another shot as an artist rather than just a songwriter. Flash forward nearly a decade while recording tracks for his 1996 CD ‘I’m Doing Fine’, and Celine Dion hears his recording of “Seduces Me” and wanted it for her own solo album. The removal of the song from his own album led to more writing work with Dion and a string of recorded tunes on her solo albums. In September 1999, Sony released a new best-of collection, ‘Love of My Life’. Along with the hits, the 18-song compilation featured four new tracks. In recent years Hill has written a book about his relationship with his father entitled ‘I Am My Father’s Son’. In 2009 he released a new studio album called ‘Intimate’ which features the song “Are You Ready” which hill co-wrote with the late Paul Quarrington and Martin Worthy (who were both members of Porkbelly Futures and Joe Hall & The Continental Drift). Hill has currently been supporting international wrestling star Manny Pacquiao who extolled his love for Hill’s hit song “Sometimes When We Touch” by singing it on a late-night talk show. Hill contacted the budding ‘crooner’ and helped Pacquiao record the tune which went on to crack the US Top20 Contemporary music charts in 2011.

1973 Peter Pan/Nobody’s Right (RCA/Victor) KPB0-0002
1975 You Make Me Want To Be (GRT) 1230-100
1975 Growing Up/People (GRT) 1230-107
1976 You Say You’re Free/[same] (GRT) 1230-110
1976 Hold On/When You Smile At Me (GRT) 1230-122
1976 Phonecall/I’ve Been Alone (GRT) 1230-126
1977 Sometimes When We Touch/Still Not Used To (GRT) 1230-137
1978 Let The Song Last Forever/Longer Fuse (GRT) 1230-155
1978 Dark Side of Atlanta/Friends (GRT) 1230-158
1978 All I See Is Your Face/[same] (GRT) 1230-159
1978 All I See Is Your Face/Dark Side of Atlants (GRT) 1230-161
1978 (Why Did You Have To Go And) Pick On Me/No One Taught Me How To Lie (GRT) 1230-168
1979 Hold On To The Night/When You Smile At Me (Magnum/GRT) 1242-8805
1980 I Still Reach For You/If Dreams Had Wings (True North/Columbia) C4-4243
1980 Path of Least Resistance/You Get A Little Harder (Columbia) C4250
1981 Just A Piece of Your Heart/All I Want Is You (Epic) E4-8481
1981 Listen With Your Heart (Epic) E4-8692
1981 Don’t Give Up On Love (Epic) 14-02515
1982 I’m Just A Man/Class of ’69 (Epic) 14-02665
1982 It’s A Long Road/It’s A Long Road (Instrumental) (TR) 1484
1983 You Pulled Me Through/Love in the Shadows (Mercury) MS-76204
1983 Helpless/In Your Eyes (Mercury) MS-76208
1984 Where You Gonna Run To/You Pulled Me Through (Mercury) MS-76215
1987 Can’t We Try [w/Vonda Sheppard]/Pleasure Centre (CBS/Columbia) 38-07050
1988 Never Thought (That I Could Love)/Blood In My Veins (CBS/Columbia) 38-07618
1988 Carmelia/USA/USSR (CBS/Columbia) 38-07772
1988 We Had It All/Where Do Dreams Go (CBS) 6531947
1989 Unborn Heart/(You’ve) Got to Get Over Him (CBS/Columbia) 38-08754
1991 I Fall All Over Again/Don’t Give Up On Us (Quality) 15180
1992 Is It Really Love (Quality) 19070
1992 Hold Me Now (Quality) 19107
1992 Dance of Love/Dance of Love (Instrumental) (Quality) 19124
1993 Sometimes When We Touch (Quality) 19822
1993 Flirting With A Headache (Quality)
1993 Healing Power Of Love (Quality)
1993 Let Me Show You (Spontaneous/MCA) SP-1001
1993 In Your Eyes [w/Rique Frank]/She Is My Lady (Spontaneous/MCA) SP-1002
1996 Wrapped Around Your Finger/Faith (KOCH – Austria) 32202


1975 Dan Hill (GRT) 9230-1061
1976 Hold On (GRT) 9230-1065
1977 Longer Fuse (GRT) 9230-1073
1978 Frozen In The Night (GRT) 9230-1079
1980 Best of Dan Hill (20th Century – UK) T-614
1980 If Dreams Had Wings (Epic) FE-36441
1981 Partial Surrender (Epic) FE-37418
1983 Love In The Shadows (Mercury) SRM-1-1408
1983 Sometimes When We Touch: The Best of Dan Hill (Big Time – Australia) BT-7035
1987 Dan Hill (CBS/Columbia) 40456
1989 Real Love (CBS/Columbia) FC-45162
1989 The Dan Hill Collection (CBS/Columbia)
1991 Dance Of Love (Quality) 15181
1993 Greatest Hits And More…Let Me Show You (Sony) SP5001-2
1996 I’m Doing Fine (Spontaneous/MCA)
1999 Love Of My Life: The Best Of Dan Hill (Sony)
2009 Intimate

cEvin Key
/ Al Nelson / Dwayne Goettel
Al Nelson and cEVIN Key first performed together as members of the short lived punk outfit Illegal Youth in 1979. Key left Canada for Japan while Nelson remained a punk catalyst. When Key returned from Japan he had brought back with him a new vision of an electronic musical age. With that knowledge he co-founded Images In Vogue and later, as a backlash to the commercialism of that band, Skinny Puppy. Meanwhile, Nelson had formed Flu and after some small-time success in 1984, he eventually became the cinematic visionary for Skinny Puppy’s live performances while resuming music collaborations with Key. With the harried prolific state of Skinny Puppy’s output, the material was never able to surface but eventually Key, Nelson, and Skinny Puppy’s Dwayne Goettel found themselves in Toronto where they were able to begin regular jamming in 1987. The trio named themselves Hilt and Nettwerk Records dared them to make a record “real cheap”. Up for the dare, Hilt went to Vancouver and enlisted Skinny Puppy producer Dave “Rave” Ogilvie who just happened to be producing the big budget release of Caterwaul’s latest release which allowed Hilt the use of additional musicians in the form of Betsy & Mark (Caterwaul), Don Harrison (Sons Of Freedom) and the improvising Ogilvie himself. The debut album was entitled ‘Call the Ambulance (Before I Hurt Myself)’ in 1990. Several EPs followed which led to the 1991 sophomore effort ‘Journey to the Centre of the Bowl’. The act eventually splintered as Skinny Puppy’s career began to take up more time for Goettel and Key. [also see DOWNLOAD, SKINNY PUPPY]

1990 Get Stuck [4 song 12″ EP] (Nettwerk) W1-3042
1990 Stoneman [4 song 12″ EP] (Nettwerk) W1-3045
1991 Orange Pony [4 song 12″ EP] (Nettwerk) W1-6311


1990 Call the Ambulance (Before I Hurt Myself) (Nettwerk) W1-30044
1991 Journey To the Center of the Bowl (Nettwerk) W2-30056
2003 The Worst of the Flu 1985 – 1989 (Sub-Conscious – US)  SUB-027
2007 Minoot Bowl Dropped the Ball (Sub-Conscious – US)  SUB-34
2018 Minoot Bowl Dropped the Ball [LP re-issue] (Artoffact) AOF-331

Jim Campbell (vocals)
Hobo was an  Attic Records recording project showcasing the vocals of former Cat member Jim “Soupy” Campbell. [also see CAT]

1976 Do You Wanna Dance? [stereo]/Do You Wanna Dance? [mono] (Attic) AT-140

HOLLAND, Michael
CHUM-AM morning man Michael Holland was signed to a solo deal with Toronto label Bomb Records based on his former musical life as Connecticut born Michael Bouyea in the US. Bouyea had been in the ’60s garage band The Rogues whose first single on the Peyton label – “It’s the Same All Over the World” – became a minor hit and is now a collector’s item. The Rogues went to New York in 1966 to re-record the Peyton single. The band had booked the studio for four hours and were finished recording the song in less than 30 minutes. With the remaining time Bouyea sat in a corner and pounded out some additional tunes – two of which were “Going All The Way” and “Go Ahead”. The band’s agent landed them a deal with Atco Records where the songs were released under a new name The Squires who had moderate success. Later, Bouyea would move to Canada where he had solo chart success with a song called “The Fury” and then “Lover of the Night” on Columbia Records before landing the DJ job with CHUM. A full album entitled ‘Do She Want Love’ spawned a hit in the title track. This was no novelty record, it was a legitimate hit song that lasted 8 weeks on the charts and hit a peak position of  No.20 in 1981. Holland/Bouyea returned to the US where he still lives today. with notes from Michael Bouyea.

1979 The Fury/Just Slip Away (Columbia) C4-8324
1979 Lover of the Night/I Can Wait (Columbia) C4-8370
1981 Do She Want Love/Second Time (Bomb) BOMB-5040

1966 It’s The Same All Over The World/Oh No (Peyton – US) P-1001


1966 Going All the Way/Go Ahead (Atco – US) 6442

1981 Do She Want Love (Bomb) BOMB-7036

1966 Going All the Way With the Squires (Atco – US)

Fred Mollin
/ Larry Mollin / Phil Savath / Barry Flatman
Homemade Theatre was a creative partnership of Larry Mollin, Phil Savath, Barry Flatman and Fred Mollin. The quartet was fully funded theatre artists with an actual theatre in the 70’s in Toronto. It also spawned, among other pursuits, a TV series called ‘Homemade TV’ that ran three seasons on CBC-TV from 1975 to 1978. With Fred Mollin’s background as a music producer as well, they had a chance to demo their first novelty song “Santa Jaws” in 1975. It was written by Phil Savath and the Mollin brothers and was produced by Andy Hermant at Manta Sound. Savath narrated and Flatman performed the vari-speed Shark’s voice. All the members sang at the end and created the chomping/munching sounds with various vegetables and fruits closely miked. The B-side featured shark themed Christmas carol parodies performed by a professional choir. Hermant and Fred Mollin played the recording for Gerry LaCoursiere at A & M Records Canada and was released by A & M in a colorful picture sleeve in time for Christmas 1975. The song reached #36 on the RPM Top100 Singles chart in late 1975. The record sold 50,000 copies and was nominated for three JUNO Awards in 1976 including ‘Song of the Year’ and ‘Single of the Year’ but failed to win any. It also was released by A & M in the US. On the success of “Santa Jaws” – which they also performed live at their theatre shows – they released “Disco Tech” which was a poorly timed anti-disco song that came out just as The Bee Gees’ ‘Saturday Night Fever’ swept the country. Savath played the Joe Friday character who narrated the A-side. Alas, the record failed to garner any attention at radio. The group finished out their A & M deal in ignominy with 1976’s “CB Santa” which was narrated by Flatman and written by Savath and the Mollin brothers. It was produced by Fred Mollin and Andy Hermant and featured musical contributions by John Capek. The single was released in Canada under the name Big Jim And The Good Buddies while in the US it was released as Homemade Theatre. The B-side called “Soup of the Day” contained improvisational riffs by Fred Mollin and featured him howling like a cat. Barry Flatman continues to be one of Canada’s best character actors and his face can be seen on TV, movies and commercials. He lives in Toronto; Larry Mollin has spent the last 30 years writing and producing for prime time TV in the US including ‘CHiPs’, ‘Knight Rider’ and ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ (for which he did 128 hours). He is now back to the theatre writing and directing plays. He splits his time between Santa Monica and Martha’s Vineyard; Phil Savath was a TV writer and producer who passed away in 2004 after a battle with cancer is greatly missed; Fred Mollin continues to perform & produce records for Jimmy Webb, America, Johnny Mathis, and J. D. Souther among others. He lives in Nashville and Martha’s Vineyard. with notes from Larry Mollin,  Fred Mollin and Andy Hermant.

1975 Santa Jaws/Santa Jaws Part 2 (A & M) AM-407-S
1976 Disco Tech (stereo)/Disco Tech (mono) (A & M) AM-416-S
1976 CB Santa/Soup of the Day (A & M – US) 1887-S


1976 CB Santa/Soup of the Day (A & M) AM-426

John Finley
(vocals) / Bill King (keyboards)  / Fred Cacciotti (guitar)
A studio act featuring Rhinoceros/Jon & Lee & The Checkmates vocalist John Finley singing songs written by keyboardist Bill King. Guitar was supplied by ex-Tote Family member Fred Cacciotti. with notes from Bill King.

1970 Anthem/New York City (Nimbus 9/RCA) NNS-9012
1972 Every Living Thing/Sadness (Nimbus 9/RCA) NNS-9018

1972 Homestead (Nimbus 9/RCA) NNS-104

Shari Ulrich
(lead vocals, violin, flute) / Claire Lawrence (saxophones, flutes) / Geoff Eyre (drums, percussion, vocals) / Robbie King (keyboards, piano, organ, vocals) / Doug Edwards (guitar, Fender Rhodes, solina, electric bass, backing vocals)
Hometown were very short-lived. They released two albums ‘Flying’ (1976) and ‘Hometown Band’ (1977) both on A & M Records. Even with a JUNO Award behind them the Hometown band self-destructed in 1979 before another album could be released…leaving Shari Ulrich to fulfill the A & M contract. Other notable members of Hometown were Doug Edwards (best known as a member of Skylark with David Foster and whose biggest claim to fame was co-writing the Top40 hit “Wildflower”) and Claire Lawrence best known for his years with Chilliwack; Keyboardist Robbie King arranged Terry Jacks’s maudlin “Seasons in the Sun”, played on Bryan Adams’s cocksure “Can’t Stop This Thing We Started”, contributed harpsichord to Olivia Newton-John’s poperatic “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” and Hammond organ to Tina Turner’s soulful “What’s Love Got to Do With It”, and toured with the Supremes, among many others. He might also be the only musician to have recorded with both shock-rocker Alice Cooper and Gulf Islands troubadour Valdy. He passed away October 17, 2003; Geoff Eyre would also go on to play in Curtis Cowan and The Rockers, Pete And The Sneaks, and the Powder Blues Band.

1976 Mad Larry/Wingless Bird (A & M) AM-442
1976 Flying/Spread ‘Em All Around (A & M) AM-1860
1976 I’m Ready/Spread ‘Em All Around (A & M) AM-1889
1977 What Would I Do/ (A & M) AM-456
1977 Halleluya, Do Ya Wanna Dance/ (A & M) AM-2022
1977 Feel Good Side/Just A Moment Large (A & M) AM-2028

1976 Flying (A & M) SP-4605
1977 Hometown Band (A & M) SP-4671

Johnnie Dee
(lead vocals) / Derry Grehan (lead guitar, backing vocals) / Ray Coburn (keyboards; left 1986, rejoined 1989) / Gary Lalonde (bass) / Dave Betts (drums) / Rob Preuss (keyboards, backing vocals; replaced Coburn 1986) / Peter Nunn (keyboards; replaced Coburn 2nd time) / Steve Webster (bass; replaced Lalonde 1991) / Tom Lewis (bass; replaced Webster 1992) / Tim Harrington (bass; replaced Lewis 1993) / Steve Skingley (bass, vocals; replaced Harrington 1996) / Jorn Anderson (drums; replaced Betts 1989) / Creighton Doane (drums; replaced Anderson 1992) / Troy Feener (drums; replaced Doane 1996) / Brett Carrigan (drums; replaced Feener) / Rob Laidlaw (bass; replaced Skingley) / Stan Misczek (bass; replaced Laidlaw)
Johnnie Dee and Derry Grehan, principal and founding members of Honeymoon Suite, met when introduced by manager Stephen Prendergast in 1982. Deciding to work together, they formed Honeymoon Suite (suitable indeed, given that Dee is from Niagara Falls, Ontario, and Grehan is from St. Catharines – as close as one can get to the Honeymoon Capital of the World) with Grehan’s former Steve Blimkie And The Reason band-mate Dave Betts on drums, plus an anonymous keyboard player and bassist. In 1983 they decided to enter the Homegrown Contest put on yearly by Toronto’s Q107-FM radio station, and Prendergast approached his friend and producer Tom Tremeuth to produce it for them. “New Girl Now” won the contest based on the buying public’s response and Bob Roper at WEA Canada was so impressed with the song, he signed them. Personnel conflicts arose and the keyboardist was replaced with Ray Coburn, from the Toronto area. During the recording sessions for the first album they found themselves a permanent bassist in Gary Lalonde (ex-Toronto), although a session player named Brian Brackstone played bass on the album. The eponymous first album was released June 1984 after a failed attempt to release it on Valentine’s Day of that year. Throughout 1983 and 1984 they toured Canada and the US consistently, headlining club gigs and opening for such acts as Billy Idol, April Wine, Laura Branigan, Jethro Tull, The Kinks, and Bryan Adams. In 1984 they were nominated for the ‘Most Promising Group’ JUNO Award but did not win. Propelled by the success of more singles from the album, 1985 saw them embarking on headlining gigs throughout Ontario and the rest of Canada, and presenting an award at the 1985 JUNOs. By this time the first album had achieved platinum sales status. Their second album was released on Valentine’s Day 1986. ‘The Big Prize’ featured a rare appearance by Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson, went platinum in Canada almost immediately and started selling steadily in the US. Tours in the States that year included opening stints for Heart, .38 Special, ZZ Top, Journey, Starship, and Saga; they also headlined a sold-out show at the Kingswood Music Theatre just north of Toronto. Ray Coburn quit afterwards and was replaced by Toronto whiz-kid keyboardist Rob Preuss (formerly of the Spoons). 1986 also saw the band win a gold award for ‘Best Live Act’ at the World Popular Song Festival in Tokyo, the ‘Group of the Year’ JUNO and headline more dates in Canada and some northern States. For album number three, the band went to Los Angeles in the winter of 1987 to record with Ted Templeman (Little Feat, The Doobie Brothers, Van Halen), and while there Dee was hit by a car at L.A.X. airport, breaking his leg in several places, and requiring surgery for a ten inch pin to help the leg heal properly. While recovering in hospital, Doobie Brother Michael McDonald was brought in to help out with the recording sessions; he wrote lyrics and sang back up on one song. The results of all the hard work was ‘Racing After Midnight’, a slightly harder-edged, more guitar oriented album that spawned a European tour with Status Quo and a headlining tour of Canada – but little if any interest from the US, and virtually no tour there. Problems surfaced with long-time management Head Office, and after the group left the fold, keyboardist Ray Coburn returned to the band in time for WEA to release a ‘best-of’ compilation in 1989. Betts and Lalonde took their leave and Coburn, Dee and Grehan began writing together again. The trio returned to the studio in 1990 to craft ‘Monsters Under The Bed’ with Paul Northfield producing, and Steve Webster (Billy Idol’s band) on bass and Jorn Anderson (NEO a4) on drums. Singles like “Say You Don’t Know Me” and “The Road” did well in Canada but once again failed to make a dent in the US. They’d had songs played on TV’s ‘Miami Vice’ and songs on two movie soundtracks (‘Lethal Weapon II’ and ‘One Crazy Summer’) and had won awards. Things were in perspective for them. For the live shows, the threesome brought in Tom Lewis on bass and Creighton Doane on drums. The result of a couple years of touring was ’13 Live’, a self-explanatory album on Interplanet Music that saw limited release in Canada and parts of Europe. Eventually Coburn departed to join Alannah Myles (and most recently produce Dayna Manning), and was replaced by Peter Nunn (Jitters). Over time Lewis also left and was replaced with Harrington. Harrington stayed for a number of years, but was replaced with Skingley (Rik Emmett) a couple of years ago. Grehan and Dee still do gigs as Honeymoon Suite, minus Coburn who was replaced by Peter Nunn on keyboards. with notes from Derry Grehan, Dave Betts, Gary Lalonde. [also see STEVE BLIMKIE, LENNOX]

1984 New Girl Now/It’s Your Heart (WEA – US) 7-29208
1984 Burning In Love/Turn My Head (WEA) 25-92627
1985 Stay in the Light [4 song 12″] (WEA) 25-91260
1985 Stay In The Light/Face To Face (WEA) 25-91527
1985 Wave Babies (edit)//It’s Your Heart/Suite Talk (WEA) 25-90277
1986 Bad Attitude/Wounded (WEA) 25-87727
1986 Feel It Again/Wounded (WEA) 25-87717
1986 What Does It Take/Words In The Wind (WEA) 25-86387
1986 All Along You Knew (Special Single Version)/One By One (WEA) 25-85357
1987 Lethal Weapon/Take My Hand (WEA) 92-83797
1988 Love Changes Everything/Fast Company (WEA) 25-80327
1988 Lookin’ Out For #1/Tears On The Page (WEA)  25-79137
1988 It’s Over Now/Love Fever (WEA) 25-78197
1988 Cold Look/[same] (WEA) WB-3194
1988 Other Side Of Midnight/Fast Company (WEA – UK) YZ-185
1989 Still Lovin’ You/Love Changes Everything (WEA) 25-73752
1990 Long Way (WEA)
1991 Say You Don’t Love Me (WEA)
1992 The Road (WEA)
2002 The Way I Do (Bullseye) BLR-CD-0030
2002 Gone (Radio Mix) (Bullseye) BLR-CD-0032


1984 Honeymoon Suite (WEA) 25-25098
1986 The Big Prize (WEA) 25-28241
1988 Racing After Midnight (WEA) 25-54451
1989 The Singles (WEA) 25-69791
1991 Monsters Under The Bed (WEA) 75532-2
1995 13 Live (Interplanet Music – Germany) 01020029
2001 Lemon Tongue (Wildfire – US)
2002 Lemon Tongue [with 2 bonus tracks] (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4070
2002 Dreamland (Frontiers – Europe) FR-CD-116
2005 HMS Live (Frontiers – Europe) FR-CD-229
2005 The Essentials (WEA) 2-62490
2006 Feel It Again: An Anthology (Gott – UK) GOTTCD-039
2008 Clifton Hill (Frontiers – Europe) FR-CD-389

HOOVER, Jayson
British Columbia’s Jayson Hoover was a member of Jason Hoover And The Epics in 1965. In 1966 the band changed its name to The Trials of Jayson Hoover. Two singles were released in 1967 before they switched gears and they bowed to psychedelic trends under the name The Anvil Chorus which led to several singles more singles on New Syndrome. With a name change to the Anvils they attempted to carry on through the ever changing late ’60s but eventually fell apart. Hoover was the last man standing and finished his deal with New Syndrome for more single before going to KAPP for one record. The singles barely climbed into the Top100 on the Canadian charts. Moving to the larger Mushroom Records in 1974, Heart’s Mike Flicker produced a self-titled R & B/Funk album which spawned four singles. Hoover toured with a backing band called Jayson Hoover ‘n’ Stuff featuring Duris Maxwell (drums) and Brian Newcombe (guitar) among others. The Trials Of… eventually re-teamed under the name R & B Delivery. The original Jason Hoover & The Epics did a reunion show at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver in 2001. Hoover’s singles are in-demand by Northern Soul music collectors. [also see ANVIL CHORUS]

1969 Everything’s Alright/60 Minute Man (New Syndrome) NS-121
1971 Freedom Train/We Are All People (Kapp) K-2132
1974 Love Will Get You/Sing With Soul (Mushroom) M-7003
1975 (She’s) My Lady/Funny Games(Mushroom) M-7007
1976 Ridin’ High (Hypntozed)/[same] (Mushroom) M-7013
1977 Holding Out/Ridin’ High (Hypnotized) (Mushroom) M-7016
1977 Free The People/Holding Out (Mushroom) M-7018


1966 King Size/Baby I Love You (New Syndrome) NS-5006
1967 Rhythm Is The Way/We Were Happy (New Syndrome) NS-100

1975 Jayson Hoover (Mushroom) MRS-5004

Les Clackett (vocals) / Alan Duffy (bass) / Bruce Burron (guitar) / Gary Hynes (guitar) / David deLaunay (keyboards) / Billy Bryans (drums) / Wayne Jackson (trumpet)
Former M.G. & The Escorts drummer Billy Bryans uprooted his band Theodore’s Smokeshop in 1970 from their home in Montreal to Toronto where Bryans would become actively involved in the music scene in and around Rochdale College. The band would record their first demos in October 1971 at Rochdale’s SoundHorn Studios. Adopting part of the studio’s name as their own, Horn attracted the attention of upcoming TV mogul Moses Znaimer’s pet project, Special Records, who signed the act in early 1972. They went into Thunder Sound Studio from August to September 1972 to complete their debut album ‘On the People’s Side’. The album was produced by Alan Duffy and Billy Bryans and engineered by Brock Fricker; Bryans died of cancer in 2012.

On the People’s Side (Special/GRT) 9230-1028


Snowflakes/All for the Love of a Girl (Dyna-West) DW-7709

Alan “Flesh” MacDonald
(vocals) / Warren Kinsella [aka Nuclear Age] (bass, vocals) / Ras Pierre Schenk (lead guitar) / “Sane” Wayne Ahern (rhythm guitar) / “Just Plain” Tom Edwards (drums)
In 1976, Calgary, Alberta high-school friends Kinsella, Schenk and Macdonald formed punk band The Social Blemishes. By 1977 their line-up had solidified with Ahern and Edwards and they changed their name to the Hot Nasties. In 1980, they released the ‘Invasion of the Tribbles’ EP on Kinsella’s Social Blemish Records. This was followed by a full length cassette album entitled ‘The Hot Nasties Tape’. The band split up in 1981. Kinsella, ironically, became a lawyer for the Federal Liberal Party. Following the Hot Nasties spotlight in Frank Manley’s book ‘Smash The State’ (which included a 7″ single featuring the band’s EP), Kinsella returned to music in 2005 by forming the band Shit From Hell. Their self-titled album featured cover versions of  Hot Nasties’ songs “Barney Rubble (Is My Double)” & “Happy Song”.

1979 Invasion of the Tribbles [3 song EP] (Social Blemish) SB-001

1980 The Hot Nasties Tape (Social Blemish)


Jim Tovey
(vocals) / John King (guitar, vocals) / David Harrison (guitar) / Scott Shelson (bass, vocals) / Tony Ciaccia (drums) / George Bland (keys, harp)
Tovey was originally from aband called The System, Shelson from Fear; Tovey would later become a well-respected Mississauga politician who died January 15, 2018.

Little Queenie/[same] (Force 1) FO-1003
1978 Here We Go Again/An Eye For An Eye (Force 1) FOX-1005

Rock and Roll’s Gone Hollywood (Force 1) FO-7002

Bruce Hare
(guitar, vocals) / Rick Todd (drums, vocals) / Phil Cowan (bass, vocals) / Jack Finlayson (piano, vocals)From Guelph, Ontario

Hourglass (Marathon) ALS-362

A studio act comprising of members of Doug Riley’s band Dr. Music. On February 16, 1971, Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau is said to have mouthed the words “fuck off” to an opposition party member in the House of Commons. When the media questioned him on the incident he said that the mouthed words were “fuddle duddle”. And soon the words became part of the Canadian cultural vernacular. Within two weeks, Antique Fair had released a single called “Fuddle Duddle” on Tuesday Records while the House of Commons song “Do The Fuddle Duddle” charted March 6, 1971 on the RPM Top Singles Chart and went to No.82 on March 27. RPM also placed it at No.86 on the Top 100 year-end chart. Their follow up single was two songs written specifically for the film ‘Foxy Lady’ and produced by Doug Riley.

1971 Do the Fuddle-Duddle/Funky Fuddle-Duddle (GRT) 1233-04
1972 C’mon Baby (Just Be With Me Tonite)/Hero’s Theme (GRT) 1230-11

Andrew “Android” Chalinor
(guitar, vocals) / Neil Emery (guitar, vocals) / Greg Graham (bass) / Big Mike Mitchell (drums) / Johnny Frymire (bass) / Jym Nasium (drums, vocals)
Formed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1980.  House of Commons released one album in 1983 and split up in 1985.

1983 Patriot (Common)

James Houston
(lead vocals, guitar, flute) / Michael Farrington (bass, backing vocals) / Michael Beechey (drums, backing vocals, vibraphone) / Danny McCarthy (piano, backing Vocals, organ)
Band discovered and produced by Greg Hambleton for his Tuesday label. James Houston would be signed to Yorkville Records in 1971 for one single (“Didn’t I Blow Your Mind This Time”).

Sally Bumper/Somethin’ Cookin’ (Tuesday) GH-103X
1971 Fast Thinkin’/Mucho Gusto (Tuesday) GH-109X

Houston (Tuesday) GHL-1001

Chris Houston got his stage legs with Hamilton’s Slander under the pseudonym Chris Suicide. He would quickly find himself in Hamilton’s legendary Forgotten Rebels. Controversy followed the band wherever they went especially with the release of their ‘In Love With the System’ album which was produced by Bob Bryden. After the band’s next effort, ‘This Ain’t Hollywood’, featuring Houston’s now classic “Surfin’ on Heroin”, he left the band to pursue a solo career as ‘Baby’ Chris Houston. He took up residence as a regular solo guitarist at Toronto’s Cameron House. In 1985 he placed a new version of “Surfin’ On Heroin” on an Og Music compilation followed by “Girls Are Swell” the next year. These tracks led to a record deal with Zulu Records out of Vancouver. His debut album, ‘Hate Filled Man’, gained notoriety not just for its songs but for its elaborate Astro turf packaged cover. [also see FORGOTTEN REBELS]

1986 Hate Filled Man (Caucasion/Zulu) HFM-8601

Former member of the eponymous band Houston, James would release one album with the group and a stand-alone single under his own name with Yorkville (which was also licensed to Columbia in the UK).

Didn’t I Blow Your Mind This Time/I Can’t Hear It Anymore (Columbia – UK)

Dave Howard
(Acetone organ, vocals) / Martin Heath (bass) / Nick Smash (guitar) / Pat Ahern (drums) / T. Daniel Howard (drums; replaced Ahern)
When Dave Howard, a part-time punk renegade, found his life working for a Toronto brokerage gave him the urge to injure people with his briefcase he realized that another medium might best be suited to his ‘art’. He dusted off his old family Acetone keyboard, kidnapped Rent Boys Inc. guitarist Nick Smash, Ahern and Heath and began creating campfire songs for the melodically impaired. The Dave Howard Singers were chosen to represent Canada at England’s W.O.M.A.D. Festival in July 1985 but Howard couldn’t afford the whole band to make the trip so he and Smash bought a drum machine named Max and set off for the Old World. In 1986 Howard released a version of David Essex’s “Rock On” which was produced by The Stranglers’ J.J. Burnell. The song’s video made rotation in the UK on such shows as ‘The Tube’ and ‘The Chart Show’. The Dave Howard Singers toured throughout the late ’80’s across Europe and even made a foray into Russia. Howard remained in the UK until 1992 after which time he returned to Toronto permanently.

1987 Yon Yonson [3-song 12″] (Hallelujah) HAL-04-T
1987 Yon Yonson Meets Dr. R-R-Ruth: Sex Sample Sequel [2-song 12″] (Hallelujah) HAL-04-TX
1989 What Do You Say to An Angel? [3-song 12″] (Pinpoint – Germany) 572-91-131-AD
1990 All My Relatives Look the Same [7″] (Ghetto) GTG-12
1990 All My Relatives Look The Same [3 song 12″] (Ghetto) GTGT-12

1985 Whoishe? [4-song EP] (Hallelujah – UK) HAL-01-T
1986 Goodnight Karl Malden [4-song EP] (Grip/Hallelujah – UK) HAL-02-T
1986 Rock On [4-song 12″ EP] (Fun After All) 12FAA-106
1986 Dave Howard Singers [3-song 12″ EP]
1991 It’s About Time

HUD, Lorenc
Born: Lorence William Hud
As a studied music student from the University of Saskatchewan, Hud would become an accomplished guitarist and pianist. He moved through the ranks of several bands in the 1960’s before falling in with the For Keeps in 1967. They recorded two unsuccessful singles – one for Apex and one for RCA before disbanding. Hud relocated to Toronto in the early ’70’s and worked with Bill Misener (from RCA) and was later picked up by Paul Chesebrough Management. He signed a recording contract with A & M in 1972 and released two albums for them with “Sign of the Gypsy Queen” being his highest charting single at No.16 on the RPM charts. April Wine would eventually have a major hit with the song as well. In July 2017 Lorence was involved in an armed stand-off with police in Verner, Ontario (near Sudbury) over a lengthy dispute regarding government access to his property to repair a damaged drain. [also see FOR KEEPS]

1972 Sign of The Gypsy Queen/Grab Hold & Hang On (A & M) AM-332
1973 Master of Pantomime/Siren In The Night (A & M) AM-335
1973 Guilty of Rock And Roll (A & M) AM-358
1974 Song That Annie Sings/Sweet Janie Malone (A & M) AM-365
1974 (Out On The Road) Rollin’ Home/Summer Rose (A & M) AM-376
1975 Love You All Night Long/Summer Rose (A & M) AM-382
1975 (Belly Up To The Bar) Flashing Lights & Neon Signs/Saturday Night (A & M) AM-396
1982 Here’s To You/Feel The Pulse (Quality) 2421X
1984 Private Thing/[same] (Quality) 2701

1972 Lorenc Hud (A & M) SP-9004
1973 Dancin’ In My Head (A & M) SP-9009
1983 Lorence Hud [4-song 12″ EP] (Quality) QDC-44

Richie / Brent / Graham Evans (bass) / Tommy Kennedy (bass; replaced Evans)
This Calgary, Alberta, trio formed in the summer of 1990 solely on the prospect of getting free beer and emerged from the garage that year without a vocalist. Huevos Rancheros put out its first self-funded product ‘Huevosaurus’, a six-song cassette tape. Shortly after, the band turned the ear of Dave Crider – garage rock guru and owner of the famed Estrus Records of Bellingham, Washington – who commits the group’s tunes to vinyl. Two compilation appearances and the now-legendary ‘Rocket to Nowhere’ 7″ EP followed. During this time the band practically wore holes in the stages of Calgary’s clubs. So, Huevos Rancheros headed West and South, and without looking back, a new single and video were generated (“Cindy With an ‘S'”), as well as an album. The debut Huevos Rancheros long-player, ‘Endsville’, was released on Seattle’s C/Z Records. Not content with merely touring, Huevos Rancheros appeared on no fewer than a dozen singles and compilations combined. Their material was also used in several movies and Extreme Sport films in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. In 1995 they released several more singles and compilation cuts, and their self-financed video – “Gump Worsley’s Lament” – received heavy rotation on MuchMusic. A whirlwind North American tour followed which included an opening spot for Henry Rollins at New York’s famed CBGB’s. They then recorded their sophomore release ‘Dig In!’ which was released on Canada’s Mint Records. A six week European tour came next with a John Peel recording session at the BBC. In early 1996, the band completed another video for “Rockin’ In the Henhouse”, which later nets them the “Best Independent Video” award for 1995/96 from MuchMusic. Further into the year saw the departure of original bassist Graham Evans, and break-up rumours were quick to follow. However, the group bounced back with the addition of new bassist Tommy Kennedy. Their next album was called ‘Get Outta Dodge’ on Mint Records. From the album, Huevos Rancheros produced no fewer than three videos for the album; the title track, “Get Outta Dodge”, received medium rotation on both MuchMusic and MTV’s M2, as well as “Shadow of the Apache” and “What a Way to Run a Railroad”. The latter song was also used in a 1997 Canadian beer commercial featuring Huevos Rancheros and Hawaiian crooner Don Ho. For the remainder of 1997, the trio continued to tour throughout Canada and down the American West Coast. In 1998 ‘Get Outta Dodge’ was officially released in Europe on Amsterdam’s Konkurrent Records, and a very successful tour of the European continent followed. Huevos made a return trip to the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Spain, and made their first-ever forages into Italy, France and Switzerland.. The band received a1998 JUNO nomination for ‘Get Outta Dodge’ in the “Best Alternative Album” category. Their final album was ‘Muerte del Toro’ in 2000.

1991 Rocket To Nowhere [6-song 7″ EP] (Estrus – US) ES-722
1992 Cindy With An “S”
1997 Come In Tokyo/Mrs Fothergill (Sloth) SLO-014
1999 Wild Turkey Surprise/The Wedge (Mint) MRS-034

1990 Huevosaurus [cassette] (independent)
1993 Endsville (C/Z – US) CZ-063
1994 Longo Weekendo Fiesta (Lucky) LKY-CD-006
1995 Dig In! (Mint) MRD-007
1997 Get Outta Dodge (Mint) MRD-024
2000 Muerte del Toro (Mint) MRD-040

Bryan Hughes
(vocals, guitar, drums) / Dave Edmead (keyboards) / Dylan Haines (keyboards)
Former Beau Geste members Hughes (who also did guitar duties for Cindy Valentine) and Edmead formed this short-lived metal act out of Montreal.

1990 The Bryan Hughes Group (ISBA) CD-2023

HUGHES, Brian [Born: 1955 in Vegreville, Alberta]
A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Brian Hughes was originally gearing his career toward sports but in 1980 decided to focus on his second love – guitar – and studied guitar with Pat Martino and Robben Ford at the Guitar Institute Of Technology in Los Angeles. Hughes spent his formative years as a studio musician playing on Sesame Street recordings. In 1987 he relocated to Toronto permanently and the following 2 years were spent touring across Canada twice with Loreena McKennitt. His profile was immediately heightened after being showcased in the US monthly magazine ‘Guitar Player’. He found success with his 1990 Justin Time debut album ‘Between Dusk And Dreaming’ which became an instant U.S. radio hit, garnering “Record of the Week” honors in the Gavin Report and climbed into the Top 10 on both the ‘Radio & Record’ and Gavin charts. The album featured musicians Mark Kelso (drums), George Koller (bass), Rick Lazar (percussion) and Tony Panacci (keyboards). For his second album, Hughes released ‘Under One Sky’ in 1993 which featured the return of percussionist Rick Lazar. The album’s ten original compositions were highlighted by “Nasca Lines” which would later be recorded by singer and harpist Loreena McKennitt. He has worked and toured extensively with Loreena McKennitt, and he co-produced both of her Warner Music CDs ‘The Visit’ and ‘The Mask and Mirror’ landing him at least one ‘Producer of the Year’ JUNO Award nomination.

1989 Light On Blue [cassette] (independent)
1990 Between Dusk And Dreaming (Justin Time) JUST-36-2
1993 Under One Sky (Justin Time) JUST-49-2
1995 Straight to You (Higher Octave – US) 13395
1998 One 2 One (Higher Octave – US) 21432
1999 Shakin’ Not Stirred (Higher Octave – US)
2005 Along the Way (True North) TND-357
2007 Live (Sylvan House)

Out of nowhere, Geoff Hughes entered the Canadian music charts with the song “Happy Birthday Kid” at the end of August 1981 and made No.20 on the RPM Top50 singles chart September 29. On CHUM it hit No.10 on October 10, 1981. Several other singles were pulled off his self-titled debut album but none charted. In the mid-80s Hughes resurfaced as a co-writer on Michael Breen’s self-titled debut album in 1987. with notes from William C. Smith.

1981 Happy Birthday Kid/Spy (WEA) 72013
1981 Got To Have You/Off-Key Women (WEA) 72014
1981 Sinbad/This Time’s the One (WEA) 72018Q


1981 Geoff Hughes (WEA) 92008

Humphrey Dumptruck (banjo, dobro) / Michael James [later Ernie] Taylor (vocals, guitar, autoharp) / Michael “Bear” Millar (bass, washtub bass) / Graeme Card (vocals, guitar, mandolin, mouthharp)
Humphrey And The Dumptrucks were formed in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1967 as a fill-in act for the Blackstrap Folk Festival in Saskatoon. Until 1969 they were an ad hoc pick-up act performing at parties or festivals or other social events. Fans across the western prairies began liking their original tunes and in 1970 they decided to become a serious concern and set up shop in a place dubbed the Merry Mansion where they began to hone their songwriting skills and professional chops. Their debut album was ‘Six Days of Paper Ladies’ on Boot Records which featured the pop hits “Man From The City” and “Six Days Of Paper Ladies”. They had chart action with their sophomore follow-up ‘Hot Spit’ as it made the Top-100 in RPM magazine in 1972. Their following continued to grow and their popularity on the prairies was secured through the release of ‘Saskatoon’ (1973), with its country hit “Snowball”, and landing them a spot on CBC Television’s Doug Crosley Show. Another album, ‘Gopher Suite’ (1975), followed before one of their two main vocalists, Graeme Card, left due to “irreconcilable philosophical differences with the other band members”. Also in 1975 they wrote a Country and Western opera called ‘Cruel Tears’ which was an updated version of Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’. It premiered at Saskatoon’s Persephone Theatre to packed houses in the Spring of 1975. The music and lyrics were written by playwright Ken Mitchell and the band. A cast recording of the opera from a May 1976 CBC Radio broadcast was released by the band in 1976. Humphrey & The Dumptrucks’ songs were augmented with the singing help of Mair MacLean, Winston Reckert, David Stein, David Miller, Janet Wright and Ken Mitchell. The show toured Canada including performances at Habitat in Vancouver and the 1976 Olympics in Montréal with its final show in Toronto in late 1976. In 1977 Michael Taylor and Michael ‘Bear’ Millar billed as just ‘The Dumptrucks’ (minus Humphrey) and accompanied by Bob ‘Cat’ Evans, Anne ‘Harpo’ Wright, and Rich ‘Ard’ Harrison wrote another musical based on Mother Goose and commissioned by The Regina Modern Dance Works. The musical premiered in December 1977 and the ‘soundtrack’ album was released in early 1978 on the Sunflower label. Card returned to Toronto and recorded two critically acclaimed albums on the Truly Fine Records label: ‘Graeme Card’ and ‘Dorothea’s Dream – A Score For an Unfilmed Movie’. The albums were produced in Toronto by his publisher and manager from Humphrey & The Dumptrucks days, Allen Shechtman. A self-published (Truly Fine Press) small book of prose by Card was released in 1985. In 1986 he moved to British Columbia. The band’s second manager, Stan Geller, is currently working on archiving and restoring many historic live performances of the band circa 1973-1974 (before Card left the band).  with notes from Allen Shechtman and Stan Geller.

1971 Man From The City/Send Me Some Word (Boot/London) BT-001
1971 Six Days Of Paper Ladies/Pretty Mair (Boot/London) BT-004
1971 Calgary Song/Clyde Beattie (Boot/London) BT-018
1971 I’d Like To See You/Different Songs (Boot/London) BT-022
1972 Not Goin’ Down To Sin No More/Piano Song (Boot) BT-055
1973 Snowball/Please Don’t Throw My Records In The Wastebin (United Artists) UAXW-262W
1973 Dandelion (United Artists) UAXW-345W
1974 Backstrap Breakdown/Dandelion (United Artists) UAXW-346W


1971 Six Days of Paper Ladies (Boot/London) BOS-7101
1972 Hot Spit! (Boot/London) BOS-7106
1973 Saskatoon (United Artists) UALA-103F
1975 Gopher Suite (Sunflower) [no catalog #]
1976 Songs From “Cruel Tears” (Sunflower) SUN-00Z

1978 Songs From “Goose!” (Sunflower) SUN-00Y

Michael Timmins
(guitar) / Alan Anton (bass) / Geoff Railton (drums) / Liza Dawson-Whisker (vocals)
Hunger Project was a proto-punk group formed by Timmins and Anton in March 1981. Frustrated with the Toronto music scene they moved to New York where they worked small jobs and played occasional gigs at places like CBGB’s. They eventually relocated to London, England but met with the same frustrations leading to the band break-up within three months after arriving. Timmins, Anton and Railton decided to form an experimental act called Germinal whose focus would be on recordings and not live performing. They formed their own label, Latent Recordings, with graphic designer Brent Wickens (Spoons/Ceramic Hello) to release Germinal product. In 1984 they would even release a Hunger Project retrospective EP from recordings they had made in March 1982. After returning to Toronto in 1985 after the demise of Germinal, Timmins and Anton founded the Cowboy Junkies with Michael’s two brothers, John and Peter, and sister Margo; Railton has remained in England; Dawson-Whisker now lives in Sooke, BC. [also see COWBOY JUNKIES, GERMINAL]

Hunger Project (Latent) LATEX-3

HUNT, Geraldine
Born: Geraldine Milligan on February 10, 1945 in St. Louis, Missouri
Hunt’s came from a musical family who relocated to Chicago in 1947. While growing up on Chicago’s south side Hunt discovered her musical talent while trying to survive under squalid conditions in a crime-filled neighbourhood. She spent her teen years at Hyde Park High School where her best friend and class-mate was future American soul singer-songwriter Minnie Ripperton. It was in her teens that Hunt began her recording career with several singles in 1962. After struggling in smoking bars and cantinas throughout the 1960s she finally caught a break when her duet with Charlie Hodges called “You & I” reached No.45 on the Billboard magazine R&B Chart in 1970. In 1972, her remake of “Baby I Need Your Loving” reached No.47 on the R&B Chart as well. By 1975 Hunt had relocated to Canada and lived in Montreal, Quebéc where she cut her first album in 1978 entitled ‘Sweet Honesty’ for Tony Green’s record label TGO. After riding on the tail end of the disco wave, Hunt’s 1980 sophomore album entitled ‘No Way’ spawned the hit single “Can’t Fake the Feeling” which reached No.1 on the Billboard club chart where it spent seven weeks in rotation. However, the R & B charts only gave her a No.58 peak position though in France it reached No.10 and in the UK No.44. Hunt is the mother of three children Rosalind Hunt (from the group Chéri), singer Freddie James and writer Jeanne Dupuis.

1962 I Let Myself Go/I Wish I Had Listened (Checker – US) 1028
1969 Never, Never Leave Me/Push, Sweep (Roulette) R-7068
1972 Now That There’s You/Shades of Blue (Roulette) R-7109
1972 Baby, I Need Your Loving/Cry Cry Cry (Roulette) R-7129
1972 Cold Blood/Just Believe In Me (Roulette) R-7132
1973 You Brought Joy/Shades of Blue (Roulette) R-7149
1974 Winner Take All/For Lovers Only (ABC) 10859
1975 Ne me dis pas adieu (Martin) M-10714
1978 Hang On to Love/Hang On to Love (Instrumental) (TGO) TG-2002
1978 Hang On to Love [12″] (TGO) TGD-4002
1978 Hot-Blooded Woman/Cause of Love (TGO) TG-2005
1978 J’ai mal/J’ai mal (Instrumental) (Martin) M-10728
1980 I Feel Like A Woman Again/Look Around (Prism – US) PFF-320
1980 Can’t Fake the Feeling (Long Version 5:20)/Can’t Fake the Feeling (Short Version 3:20) [12″] (Prism – US) PDS-405
1980 Can’t Fake the Feeling/Look All Around (Uniwave) WN-308
1980 Could We [12″] (Uniwave) W-12040
1980 No Way/Glad I’m In Love Again (Uniwave) WN-337
1980 No Way (Long Version 4:50)/No Way (Short Version 3:40) [12″] (Prism – US) PDS-408DJ
1981 It Doesn’t Only Happen at Night/Undercover Lover (Red Rock) W-12113
1984 It’s Over [12″] (Geraldine Hunt) GHX-12005
1986 Tonight Is The Night/Tonight Is The Night (Instrumental) (Indisc) 7766
198-  Don’t Take Your Love Away/Silly Boy (Atlantic) 10-998
198-  Two Can Live Cheaper Than One/He’s For Real (Bombay) 4501
1998 Deep Deep In The Night/Silly Boy
1999 Can’t Fake The Feeling [Prince Quick Mix]

1970 You & I/Together (Calla) C-173

1981 Heart Heart/Heart Heart (Instrumental) (Prism – US) PDS-412

1993 Murphy’s Law

1978 Sweet Honesty (TGO) TG-1-8001
1980 No Way (Uniwave) WLP-1009
1994 Can’t Fake The Feeling
2000 Soultry Jazzy & Sexy

Gerry Mosby (bass, keys; 1st album) / Paul Kersey (drums) / Paul Cockburn (guitars; 1st album) / Brian Gagnon (bass, guitars, lead vocals) / Jacques Harrison (keys, lead vocals; 1st album) / Paul Dickinson (guitars, lead vocals; replaced Cockburn) / Carl Calvert (bass, lead vocals; replaced Gagnon)
During the early ’70’s, Daffodil recording act Dillinger released two obscure progressive rock albums to some critical note, but poor sales. Drummer Robert Harrison was homesick for Quebéc and with his departure – to join Offenbach – and bassist Terry Bramhall, Dillinger’s long and sprawling progressive leanings subsided leaving room for fresh ideas and so new bassist Brian Gagnon (Bullrush), Jacques Harrison and Paul Cockburn brought in drummer Paul Kersey (Max Webster) and Gerry Mosby (Bond) who was added to the line-up to do double duty on bass and keyboards. The new, tougher, hard rock line-up was christened by manager Cliff Hunt as The Hunt during a late night session for the 3rd Dillinger record at Phase One Studio in Toronto with producer George Semkiw. Their eponymous 1977 debut on GRT Records was well received – especially in San Antonio, Texas. The album’s cover graphics featured an embossed hand with blood streaked fingers which gave the act a moment’s notoriety, but after GRT caved to pressure from complaints by retailers, they issued a jacket with just the red-streaks minus the hand. Still, the album fell on deaf ears in Canada. And despite some notable FM airplay, the band was sent to the Northern Ontario bar circuit playing North Bay, Cochrane, Timmins, and Sudbury, Ontario.. Some of the members lost confidence immediately and before long, Mosby had left to join Larry Gowan’s Rhinegold as their bassist. By 1978 Harrison and Cockburn had also bailed leaving Gagnon and Kersey to regroup. Ownership of The Hunt’s recording contract had shifted back to Daffodil due to GRT’s impending collapse. Daffodil Records president Frank Davies offered Gagnon a chance to record another album. During 1979 Gagnon and Kersey toiled over new recordings. Kersey and Gagnon finished the album and then buried it until a new live act could be created. With the addition of guitarist Paul Dickinson (J.R. Flood, Bullrush), The Hunt hit the clubs once more and refined the new material already in the can. 1980’s ‘Back on the Hunt’ album, produced by Steve Vaughan (Dillinger, Klaatu), was the result and it featured their Canadian charting remake of the obscure Beatle classic “It’s All Too Much”. But even this version of The Hunt failed to garner interest from the world at large and Gagnon left to join Frank Soda & The Imps. Kersey was left with nothing but the band’s name, a guitarist and a record contract. Carl Calvert was brought in as bassist and helped augment lead vocal duties. And two years later a third album, also produced by Steve Vaughan, was released called ‘The Thrill of The Kill’. Nevertheless, the world had grown tired of anthemic rock in the face of the burgeoning post-Punk era and The Hunt split up in 1984. A repackaging of the best of the band’s three albums was issued by Pacemaker in 1995 and it contains three previously unavailable bonus tracks: “Fantasy Mansion” and “She Opens Her Eyes” from the ‘Back on the Hunt’ sessions and “I Want To Be Set Free”, a rare 7″ single release from Gagnon’s pre-Dillinger days with Bullrush. Gagnon co-founded a successful John Mellencamp tribute band called Rumbleseat.  He is now a successful engineer and studio producer for independent artists in Rexdale, Ontario and occasionally plays guitar with The Carpet Frogs; Kersey currently plays and records in St. Catharines, Ontario in The Wheelers; Mosby does production work in the radio/TV jingle business. with notes from Brian Gagnon and Gerry Mosby.

1980 It’s All Too Much/She Flew Freely (Daffodil/Capitol) DFS-1082
1980 Standing In The Road/What Good Is Love (Daffodil/Capitol) DFS-1084
1982 You In The Night/Seeing It Through (Daffodil/Capitol) DFS-1086

1977 The Hunt [‘bleeding hand’ embossed cover] (Daffodil/GRT) 9216-10056
1977 The Hunt [altered graphics re-issue] (Daffodil/GRT) 9216-10056
1980 Back On The Hunt (Daffodil/Capitol) SBA-16058
1982 The Thrill Of The Kill (Daffodil/Capitol) SBA-16061
1995 Tracked Down (The Best Of) (Pacemaker)

Myles Hunter came from a deep religious background and almost ignored his musical leanings to become a minister. In the late 1970’s he fronted Ottawa band, Avalon, who released one album, ‘Voice of Life’, before calling it quits. Hunter moved on to write original material for the likes of The Raes’ Robbie Rae before hooking up with Martyn Jones (bass) and Rob Kennedy (guitar) to form the band Michael Fury – named after a character in James Joyce’s short story ‘The Dead – in 1979. The band started in the trenches and did the predictable round of club gigs throughout Canada with various additions to the lineup. Personnel conflicts in 1983 suggested to the band that perhaps a break from the everyday was in order, so they split up and did various other work until reforming in 1984. They had pieces of songs lying about, written predominantly by principal songwriter Hunter, so they put a demo together, shopped it around and got signed to record deal with Passport Records. With Gary Mischuk and Hunter producing and the addition of Howard Helm (keyboards) and Terry Martell (drums) was ‘Affairs in Babylon’. They toured constantly throughout the country and earned a reputation for being a top-notch live act, but they began getting an identity crisis as people mistook the name Michael Fury for Myles Hunter himself. To compound matters Passport tried to push the band as a solo act. This didn’t sit well with the band (Hunter included) so when Chrysalis Records from New York came forward to dangle a deal at them, they bought back the rights to the album and signed with Chrysalis. The album was remixed and modified with additional songs and ‘Affairs In Babylon’ was re-issued under the name Refugee. In 1986 a government official from Zimbabwe was in England and saw the band’s video for the first single, “Exiles In the Dark”, and was apparently impressed with the song’s lyrics. The government of Zimbabwe wanted to bring a western rock band to the country as an indication of its effort to open up a cultural exchange with the west and this official felt that Refugee would be the right band because their songs did not contain the traditional rock n’ roll subjects of sex and drugs. A tour was planned to cover 6 concerts in eleven days in Zimbabwe but from the moment the band stepped off the plane, things quickly fell apart when forces in the new racially charged government conspired against the band to make the tour impossible and therefore make the government’s plan look inept. Only two gigs were played – one in an predominantly Caucasian disco in Harare and one on a flat-bed truck in the parking lot of a hotel in the all-black region of Queens Gardens – but the band was “detained” in Harare for almost a month. Once back in North America, Refugee began getting pressure from Chrysalis Records to become more mainstream. The band, however, it wasn’t representative of what they were about and left for a new deal with Polydor Records in Los Angeles.’Burning From the Inside Out’ was their sophomore release and was produced by Pat Glasser (Night Ranger) and recorded in Los Angeles. They spent the next two years playing anywhere they could get a gig, including 29 dates in the US opening for Jeff Paris. Once again they established themselves as a premier live act, but the constant touring did nothing to boost sales or make their name known to more people. In 1988 Hunter had Russell Hitchcock (Air Supply) cover his song “Dreams of the Lonely” on Hitchcock’s Arista debut solo LP. By 1989 Refugee itself ceased to be, but by 1990 Hunter had landed a solo deal with Island Records and recruited his old Refugee friends Jones and Kennedy, along with Helix drummer Brian Doerner. He also persuaded the others to join him in the studio and live, and with some help from some friends (Tom Cochrane, the Partland Brothers, Ken Greer, Hugh Marsh, Bill Henderson), recorded ‘Northern Union’. Myles Hunter & Northern Union played several live shows and although all three singles, “Celebrate Love”, “Dream Big” and “Always Twenty-One”, did better on the Canadian charts than any single they’d released under their different incarnations, they had trouble getting original paying gigs. They were soon forced to go out as a cover band, Northern Union, in order to keep playing. Frustration with this situation set in quickly and the band finally decided to call it quits once and for all in the spring of 1991. Hunter disappeared from the mainstream for many years to resume his theological studies but did resurface in 1994 with an album called ‘Tales From Stoney’s Bar & Grill’ under the auspices of Hunter-Greer (Greer being Ken Greer of Red Rider fame). The album was released on the fre label out of Toronto with little to no fanfare. Hunter finished his theological education and, as of 1997, was the incumbent Reverend Myles Hunter for St. Agnes in Long Branch, Ontario for the Anglican Church of Canada; He died of liver failure December 20, 2017. notes from Howard Helm, Martyn Jones, and Rob Kennedy. [also see AVALON,  MICHAEL FURY, REFUGEE]

1990 Celebrate Love (Island/MCA) MCACD-015]
1990 Dream Big [edit] (Island/MCA) MCACD-020
1990 Always Twenty-One (Island/MCA)


1990 Northern Union (Island/MCA)
1998 Songs From the Sacred Tree (St. Agnes Church)

Born: Thomas James Hunter on March 20, 1937 in London, Ontario
Tommy Hunter was raised in London, Ontario and became interested in country music at age nine. He made his professional debut at age 12 at a theater in Woodstock, Pennsylvania; two years later, he was playing guitar at local dances.  At age 16, he left home to play in country clubs all over North America, making his CBC radio debut in 1952.  Four years later, he was performing with the Sons of the West. When the band auditioned for a new CBC-TV series, Country Hoedown, in 1956, Hunter became the program’s featured singer and stayed on until its cancellation in 1965.  In 1958, he also spent eight weeks on ‘Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts’ on CBS-TV while also hosting a daily network radio broadcast called ‘The Tommy Hunter Show’. His television show of the same name began in 1962 and ran until 1989, making it the longest-running network country music show in the world. In addition, he debuted on the Grand Ole Opry in 1965.  Following the cancellation of ‘The Tommy Hunter Show’ (which also ran on TNN from 1983 to 1989), he and his band, the Travellin’ Men, continued to tour and record.

1963 Poor Little Bullfrog/Penny Wishes (Capitol – UK) CL-15283
1967 In A Way/Cup of Disgrace (Columbia) 4-44104
1967 The Battle of The Little Big Horn/Mary In The Morning (Columbia) 4-44234
1967 Charlie’s Side/Half a World Away (Columbia) 4-44367
1968 Are You Sad/I Don’t Want No Woman Tyin’ Me Down (Columbia) 4-44541
1968 Nowhere Bound with Greyhound/I Can’t Find a Space (Columbia) 4-44684
1969 Walk With Your Neighbour/Sea of Heartbreak (Columbia) C4-2904
1970 Wait For Sunday (Columbia) C4-2920
1971 Bill Jones General Store/Funny How Time Slips Away (Columbia) C4-3000
1974 The Departure/Song And Dance Man (RCA/Victor) PB-50035
1975 Love Of A Good Woman/Anytime (RCA/Victor) PB-50073
1978 The Great Mail Robbery/Gypsy Woman (Condor) C-97165
1981 Here at 40/I Think About Lovin’ (Acclaim/Trend) CM-70000
1981 Dance With Me Molly/Wisdom Is Our Friend (Acclaim/Trend) CM-70003
1982 Family Tree/Paradise (Acclaim/Trend) CM-70010
1982 Fool Enough To Fall In Love Again/I Still Got Some Bridges To Burn (Acclaim/Trend) CM-70011
1982 Here At Forty/[same] (Moonshine – US) 3006
1987 The Man of ’87/The Party of the First Part (RCA/Victor) PB-51045
1989 Couldn’t See The Gold/Love Comes To Those Who Wait (RCA/Victor) PB-51056

1974 Mississauga/Mississauga [no label] ST-57510

1964 Tommy Hunter (Canadian Talent Library) CTL-1041
1967 Travelling with Tommy Hunter (Columbia) ELS-326
1968 Tommy Hunter (Columbia) ELS-363
1971 Time Slips Away (Columbia) ES-90046
196? Greatest Hits (Columbia) HE-90175
196? The Anniversary Sessions (RCA/Victor) KYMI-0600
1975 Tommy (RCA/Victor) KPL1-0088
1982 Tommy (Acclaim/Trend) CM-12002
198? Songs of Inspiration
1983 Readings (Polytel) 831-131-1

Randall Cousins / Mitch Dunlop / Mark Waind / Sharon Waind

Originally known as Q.T. Hush, this Hamilton four-piece played electro-pop music with a dark under-current. Their forte was a male and female lead vocalist. The band managed to win two talent contests by two demographically different Toronto radio stations – Q107 and CFNY-FM. Mark Waind now lives in Guelph with his family and creates children’s releases on his Humantown label; Randall Cousins – the founder of Roto Noto Records – has been releasing Theremin related solo releases in recent years.

1985 Now Reality/Brand New Day (Humantown) HT-001
1986 Replay [4 song EP] (Humantown) HT-003

1991 Where Rainbows Hide (Humantown) HT-2001

HYDE, Paul
Born: Paul Reginald Nelson on May 21, 1955 in Yorkshire, England
A native of Yorkshire, England, Paul Hyde immigrated to North America in his teens, a tough northern lad whose family relocated to Langford, British Columbia where he attended Belmont High. After Hyde introduced school-mate and fellow guitarist Bob Rock to the new musical genre emanating from the UK, they recorded the single “Money For Hype” and “China Boys” on two separate independent labels which led to a contract with A & M Records. A & M released a four song 12″ EP simply titled ‘Introducing Payola$’ in 1980. The full-length ‘In A Place Like This’ was released in 1981 featuring a remixed “China Boys” as a moderately successful radio hit in Canada though its follow-up, “I’m Sorry”, was mostly ignored. But it was the 1982 album ‘No Stranger to Danger’ that established the band as a force to reckon with. The album’s first single, “Eyes of a Stranger”, won ‘Single of the Year’ at the 1983 JUNO Awards ceremony. Three other JUNO Awards followed that year – including one for ‘Most Promising New Group’. The award is considered the kiss of death and the band had a difficult time following up their immediate success with the non-LP single “Soldier” and “Romance” which did not achieve nearly the radio play the label expected. However, the first single from the follow-up LP, ‘Hammer on a Drum’, called “Never Said I Loved You” featured a duet with Rough Trade’s Carole Pope, which helped the band keep its radio fires burning. Two follow-up singles, “Where Is This Love” and “I’ll Find Another”, allowed the band to tour and push the album to moderate sales figures. Still, A & M Records were disappointed the album did not duplicate the ‘No Stranger to Danger’ album’s success stateside so they gave the band an ultimatum. They wanted a change in musical direction as well as their name; A & M in the US had a hard time trying to sell the name Payola$ to radio broadcasters who were still sensitive to the 1950’s Alan Freed scandal of the same name. The band became Paul Hyde And The Payolas and were put under the studio guard of multi-talented producer David Foster. Though the album delivered the goods and produced several radio hit singles like “Stuck In the Rain” and “You’re The Only Love”, the band was at its wits end having to compromise musically and with their identity. The Payolas were let go by A & M Records and subsequently split up in 1986. Paul Hyde and Bob Rock continued their long-term songwriting partnership and changed their name to Rock ‘N’ Hyde releasing the album ‘Under The Volcano’ on Capitol Records in 1987. They toured and had three hit singles released before going their separate ways as Rock began to get more work as an in-demand producer (Bon Jovi, AC/DC, Aerosmith). In 1988, Hyde recorded with Murray McLauchlan and Tom Cochrane for the UNICEF benefit single and video of “Let the Good Guys Win.” Hyde maintained his distribution relationship with Capitol-EMI and released his first solo album, ‘Turtle Island’, in 1989. The single “America is Sexy” reached No.28 on the RPM 100 Singles chart in October of 1989. By December, the song made the Top 25 Cancon songs of the year. Hyde found his career in flux despite the moderate reception given the new solo album and didn’t release another album until 1996’s ‘Love and the Great Depression’ for Broken Records. Having always remained friends with Bob Rock, the producer offered to produce and co-write material for Hyde’s 2000 EMI Music Canada album, ‘Living Off the Radar’. The single “The Snake” received a minimum of airplay and Hyde was left without a record deal. Bongo Beat Records’ president Ralph Alfonso was a fan and managed to talk Hyde into giving his indie label a shot. With that, he was able to tour with Dave Rave, Kate Schrock and Joe Mannix as part of the Bongo Beat/Bullseye Records ‘Grand Song Caravan’ Tour to promote his 2002 release ‘The Big Book of Sad Songs – Volume 1’. Actor Russell Crowe would go on to record Hyde’s “I Miss My Mind The Most” for his own solo album. In 2007 The Payola$ reunited to tour a new 7 song EP called ‘Langford’ under the pretext of a full-length album. But the album has yet to materialize. Hyde has carried on with Bongo Beat as a solo artist and released the 12 song ‘Peace Sign’ album in the fall of 2009 which featured the radio single “Greaseball Town”. [also see PAYOLA$, ROCK AND HYDE]

1989 America Is Sexy/Tennis Anyone (Capitol-EMI) B-73095
1989 What Am I Supposed To Do?/Jesus of the Barroom (Capitol-EMI) B-73103
2000 The Snake (EMI Canada)
2009 Greaseball Town (Bongo Beat)


1989 Turtle Island (Capitol-EMI) 92414
1989 America Is Sexy [3 song 12″] (Capitol-EMI) 75246
1996 Love And The Great Depression (Broken)
2000 Living Off The Radar (EMI Canada)
2002 The Big Book Of Sad Songs – Volume 1 (Bongo Beat) BB-1962-2
2010 Peace Sign (Bongo Beat)

Born: December 7, 1950 in St. John’s, Newfoundland
Died: November 19, 2015 in St. John’s, Newfoundland
Ron Hynes was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland but grew up in Ferryland where he developed an early interest in traditional music from The Rock and beyond. He developed an immediate talent for songwriting and telling the tales of everyday Newfoundlanders. His debut album ‘Discovery’ in 1972 is recognized as the first album by a Newfoundland artist to ever contact all original songs. He would soon gain the nickname ‘The Man of a Thousand Songs’. Hynes was a founding member of the Wonderful Grand Band in 1978. Their self-titled debut would be released that year. The Wonderful Grand Band would star in 40 half-hour television episodes for CBC television between 1980 and 1983. In 1981 they released their second studio album ‘Living In A Fog’. The band eventually went their separate ways and Hynes returned to solo performing and recording releasing six more solo albums over the next 30 years. Hynes would garner seven East Coast Music Awards, including ‘Male Artist of the Year’ (1994 and 2007), along with numerous JUNO Award and Canadian Country Music Award nominations. Hynes would receive an honorary Doctor of Letters from Memorial University in 2002 for recognition of his original songwriting and his contribution to the cultural heritage of Newfoundland. Hynes was also an actor and writer starring on screen and stage in ‘The Bard of Prescott Street’, ‘The Best of CODCO’, ‘Hank Williams: The Show He Never Gave’, ‘The Island Opry Show’, ‘The Lost Island Opry’, ‘Secret Nation’, ‘Anchor Zone’ and ‘Dooley Gardens’; A tribute album entitled ‘11:11 – Newfoundland Women Sing Songs by Ron and Connie Hynes’ was released in 1997 featuring Newfoundland’s finest female artists performing songs written by Ron Hynes and his ex-wife Connie; Hynes was also the subject of a documentary entitled ‘Man of a Thousand Songs’ in 2010 which was directed by William MacGillivray and debuted at the  Toronto International Film Festival that year. Hynes announced that he was unwell during a performance in July 2012 and confirmed a few weeks later that he had been diagnosed with throat cancer. Before undergoing treatment in 2012, Hynes performed before a sold-out crowd at Mile One Centre, joined by the reunited Wonderful Grand Band, an all-star cast of Newfoundland musicians. He accepted a special achievement award from the East Coast Music Association in March 2013. Hynes was back on tour that fall. He continued to tour and record, with appropriate breaks to rest his voice, until he began experiencing pain while on tour in early 2015. By October he announced on YouTube that his cancer had returned. He passed away November 19, 2015. [also see WONDERFUL GRAND BAND]

Story of My Life (Lost Island) LOS-1001
1994 Roy Orbison Came On (Lost Island) LOS-1003
1990 Sonny’s Dream (Lost Island) LOS-1005
1993 Cryer’s Paradise (EMI) EMI-756
1993 Man of a Thousand Songs
1994 No Kathleen (EMI) EMI-851
1994 Atlantic Blue
1997 Godspeed (EMI) EMI-1336
1998 Constance

Discovery (Audat) 477-9026
1987 Small Fry: The Ron Hynes Album for Children (Atlantica)
1993 Cryer’s Paradise (Atlantica/EMI) E2-007777-8966
1997 Constance/Godspeed/Leaving On the Evening Tide/Killer Cab/Common Man (Artisan)
1997 Face to the Gale (Artisan/EMI) 72438-36187
1998 Standing in Line in the Rain (independent) 02-50755
2002 The Sandcastle Sessions: 1999-2001 (independent)
2003 Get Back Change (Borealis) BCD-152
2006 Ron Hynes (Borealis) BDC-175
2010 Stealing Genius (Borealis) BCD-205
2015 Later That Same Life (TBA)

Brian Bishop
(vox) / Sheen (guitar) / Chris Laverton (drums) / Gerry LeBeuf (bass) / John Barbisan (guitar; 1985) / David Barbisan (drums; 1986)
This four-piece is originally from Oakville and managed to gain wide exposure with alternative radio airplay through such stations as CFNY-FM in Toronto. Their punk speedcore attack often managed to get them featured in American ‘Maximum Rock ‘N’ Roll’ magazine. Following the band’s demise, Webite Records in Germany released their final album Hypebomb. with notes from Brian Bishop and John Barbisan.

1985 Life Is Hard…Then You Die (Reuben Kincaid) RKP-001
1987 Burned (Fringe) FPL-3048
1990 Life Is Hard…Then You Die [CD re-issue] (Rotz – Germany)
1990 Hypebomb (Webite – Germany)

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