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J.B. AND THE PLAYBOYS
Allan Nicholls
(vocals) / Bill Hill (lead guitar) / Doug West (drums) / Andy “Yugo” Kaye [aka Andurash Kajachanei] (guitar) / Lou Atkins [aka Louis Yachnin] (bass) / Pete Carson (bass; replaced Atkins 1966) / J.P. Lauzon (guitar; replaced Kaye 1966)
This Montréal-based act established a firm reputation in the early 1960’s in the local club scene playing Beatles cover tunes before The Beatles broke in North America because Nicholls’ aunt lived in England and sent him all the latest releases. Through a local independent label they released a version of “All My Loving” along with an original tune, “Cheryl”, in 1964 to minor success in Montreal. By 1965 they had been signed to RCA Victor International Canada Records and released the single “Tears of Woe”. A string of successful singles followed on the charts through the spring of 1965 after which the band headed into RCA Studios to record the remaining tracks for their self-titled debut LP which was released in the summer of 1965. During that same summer they starred in the US Movies Inc. production of Maxwell Sendel’s ‘Playgirl Killer’ film. With a May 1966 switch in name to The Jaybees (as they were being confused with Gary Lewis And The Playboys) and a move to Toronto, they continued with a string of successful singles including “I’m A Loner” peaking at No.25 in August 1966, and “I Think of Her” which hit No.49 later that year. Kaye and Atkins would leave the band following this release and were replaced by Pete Carson and J.P.Lauzon who would immediately appear on their next single for Columbia Records “Who Do You Think You Are”. Later that year The Jaybees would appear in a second film called “Waiting For Caroline” starring Alexandra Stewart. After another brief name change they returned to RCA as Peter And The Pipers with the addition of Tim Forsythe. But they found themselves without a hit in the form of ‘Rockin’ to Mars’. By 1968 the music world had changed styles again and the remaining members (Hill, Nicholls and Lauzon) rebuilt itself under the moniker Carnival Connection releasing one unsuccessful single “Poster Man” (only hitting No.67 in December 1968); Nicholls moved to New York to work on Broadway (‘Hair’ and ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’) before returning to Montréal to join a short-reformation of Mashmakhan. In 1975 he packed up for Hollywood where he had parts in such movies as ‘Nashville’, ‘Buffalo Bill’, and ‘Slapshot’. He later worked in movie production with Robert Altman and eventually moved into video production including directing Leonard Cohen’s “I’m A Hotel” and working with Lorne Michaels on the TV show ‘Saturday Night Live’. Nicholls currently lives in the United Arab Emirates; Yachnin jumped ship and became a member of Tommy Graham And The Big Town Boys and eventually Lighthouse but left in 1972 to become a drag racing auto mechanic; Kaye joined Freedom North and later The Classics in Toronto in the 1980’s; Hill went on to be in Freedom North with Andy Kaye and now owns a recording studio in Montréal; West left music to work in the computer business in Mississauga, Ontario; Lauzon joined the band Life and later, with Forsythe, was in Our Generation before carrying on with a modest solo career; Doug West would play with Ocean and was the drummer on their million selling single “Put Your Hand In The Hand”. with notes from Shawn Nagy. [also CARNIVAL CONNECTION, MASHMAKHAN, ALLAN NICHOLLS]

Singles
1964 Cheryl/All My Loving (DJ Enterprises) DJ-1002
1965 Tears of Woe/Chances (RCA Victor International Canada) 57-3342
1965 I’m Not Satisfied/One Love, Your Love (RCA Victor International Canada)  57-3344
1965 My Delight/Don’t Ask Me To Be True (RCA Victor International Canada)  57-3345
1965 Love, Happiness And Sweet You/Summer Love (RCA Victor International Canada)  57-3355
1965 Poor Anne/My Love (RCA Victor International Canada)  57-3376

as THE JAYBEES
1966 I’m A Loner/Do You Think I’m In Love (RCA Victor International Canada)  57-3398
1966 Our Love/Footsteps In The Snow (RCA Victor International Canada)  57-3404
1966 I Think Of Her/Unbelievable (RCA/Victor)  47-9001
1967 Who Do You Think You Are/Bad Sign (Columbia) C4-2750

as PETER & THE PIPERS
1967 Rockin’ To Mars/Girl On The Hit Parade (RCA Victor International Canada)  57-3430

with CARNIVAL CONNECTION
1968 Poster Man/Alfred Appleby (Capitol) 2244

Albums
1965 J.B. & The Playboys (RCA Victor Canada International) PCS-1086
2005 Anthology (Superoldies)


JACKAL
Charlie Shannon
(vocals) / Chris Kellesis (keyboards) / James “Jack” Kellesis (bass) / Dave Bernard (lead guitar) / Steve Hayward (rhythm guitar) / Lois Mutton (drums)
Toronto-Greek progressive psych act Jackal recorded one album for Art Snider’s Periwinkle label in 1973. Snider’s Sound Canada studio was a recording factory and cranked out one-off records monthly, if not weekly, utilizing a multitude of studio and session players. It is impossible to tell from the album’s credits who was a band member  and who was a session player though bootlegged copies on CD have cited the Kellesis brothers, Bernard and Shannon as key members. Charlie Shannon and wife Carol Shannon formed a country act with Sebastian Agnello in 1976 called Tequila Sunrise. Charlie Shannon died in a car accident in 1986. with notes from Sebastian Agnello.

Albums

1973 Awake (Periwinkle) PER-7309


JACKS, Susan
Born: August 19, 1948 as Susan Pesklevits in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Susan Pesklevits started singing in a school choir and her first professional appearance was at age 14 for a legion dance in Haney, British Columbia for a whopping $1. During her regular performances on CBC-TV’s ‘Music Hop’, she would meet her future husband, Terry Jacks whose band, The Chessman, was appearing on the same program.  Following a short stint in Tom Northcott’s folk trio Eternal Triangle, Pesklevits was asked to sing in Hope, British Columbia. Needing a guitar player to accompany her, she was unable to locate one who was free for that night but remembered meeting Terry Jacks. Knowing that The Chessman had broken up she called Jacks and he agreed to accompany her, after which they began playing several small clubs as a duo.  They would eventually add a guitar player, Craig McCaw, and began trying out group names (Powerline and Winkin’ Blinkin’ and Nob). With the addition of a tabla player, Satwant Singh, they settled on the name The Poppy Family. Initially, their repertoire was mostly cover tunes and, as Terry Jacks began writing more, they would add these original compositions to the stage show. Pesklevits and Jacks would marry soon after. Two singles slid by unnoticed (“Beyond the Clouds” and “What Can the Matter Be”), but it gave the act the opportunity to travel outside the Vancouver city limits. In 1969 the band would hit gold with “Which Way You Goin’ Billy?” which had been recorded on a shoe-string budget. The single would become a No.1 in Canada and No.2 on Billboard in the USA. Eventually worldwide sales would total over 2 1/2 million copies. The song won four JUNOs in 1969 for ‘Best Produced Single’ (Terry Jacks), ‘Best Produced MOR Album’, ‘Best Group Performance’ and ‘Outstanding Sales’. Terry Jack’s dislike for playing live led him to let McCaw and Singh go from the Poppy Family fold in 1970. Two more hits followed in “That’s Where I Went Wrong” and “Where Evil Grows” which saw Jacks under great pressure to put a touring version of the Poppy Family together. Several iterations of a ‘new’ Poppy Family emerged but the intensity of the band’s stardom and the stress of producing and having to perform live led Terry Jacks to make some new managerial decisions for the act. He decided that groups were becoming passé and it was time for the duo to drop the ‘Poppy Family’ name. His plan had been to revitalize their image — as solo recording acts — thereby yielding twice the impact than a single group. To that end, Susan recorded a self-titled solo album (aka ‘I Thought Of You Again’) in 1973 which was produced by Terry Jacks on Goldfish Records for Poppy Family Productions Ltd. Singles released from this album were the JUNO-nominated track “I Thought Of You Again” (written by Terry Jacks) as well as “I Want You To Love Me”. Alas, the career decisions and other aspects of the duo’s life together drove them farther apart as a couple and in 1973 Susan decided to leave their marriage and the act. Susan began touring solo and dubbed one congregation of backing musicians Cheese. She had great success with such singles as “All the Tea in China”, “Anna Marie” and “Tall Dark Stranger”, all of which produced a JUNO Award nomination for her. She would have a litany of record label and managerial problems highlighted by her feud with Casino Records president Ray Pettinger who had withheld her 1975 recorded album ‘Dreams’. Pettinger had been Terry Jacks’ business partner with Goldfish Records and when Pettinger bought out Terry Jack’s share of the company he used Susan’s money to do so and changed the label name to Casino. Susan Jacks would sue Pettinger over the cash dispute (and the album was a casualty of that lawsuit). Although Susan eventually won the case, her career was put on hold for many years. In 1980 she recorded ‘Ghosts’ for CBS Records and was reunited with her first husband Terry Jacks as producer. Not long after she hooked up with Bruce Allen Management who brought in Prism’s Tom Lavin to produce the ‘Forever’ album in 1982. She moved to Nashville in 1983 after signing a recording contract with a Nashville record label with second husband, CFL player Ted Dushinski, and her son. With the 1984 release of ‘Tall Dark Stranger’ she won ‘Best New Female Country Artist’ in Oklahoma.  Jacks was also nominated for a JUNO Award that year. When the Nashville label folded a couple of years later, she began to hone her writing skills and wrote for a publishing company for 5 years. Since then, she’s managed a publishing company and was Vice President of Operations for a computer consulting company. Susan Jacks was Executive Vice President and co-owner of a successful telecommunications company in Nashville. She has most recently relocated to Vancouver and revived her music career. with notes from Andre Skrastin, Susan Jacks, Sabrina Whyte, Bob Nelson, Norman MacPherson, and Jan Hindriks. [also see ETERNAL TRIANGLE, POPPY FAMILY].

Singles
1973
You Don’t Know What Love Is/Another Year, Another Day (Goldfish/Casino/London) L-182
1973 I Thought of You Again/Ocean (Goldfish/Casino) GF-102
1974 I Want You To Love Me/I Thought of You Again (Goldfish/Casino) GF-104
1974 Build a Tower/I Thought of You Again (Goldfish/Casino) GF-109
1975 You’re a Part of Me/I’d Rather Know You (Goldfish/Casino) GF-113
1975 Love Has No Pride (Goldfish/Casino) C7-102
1975 Anna Marie/Into The Night (Goldfish/Casino) C7-105
1975 Dream/[same] (Goldfish/Casino) C7-108
1976 I’d Rather Know You/You’re A Part Of Me (Mercury – US) 73649
1976 Nothing Good Comes Easy/Never Let Him Go (Mercury – US) 73752
1976 Memories Are Made of You/Honeyluv (Polydor) 2065-312
1977 Daytime Hustler/Mr. Vincent’s Dancing Class (Polydor) 2065-369
1979 All The Tea In China/Ocean (Columbia/CBS) C4-4241
1980 Twice As Strong/Beyond The Clouds (Columbia/CBS) C4-4253
1980 Fool Such As I/It’s For Real (Columbia/CBS) C4-4263
1980 Evergreen/Two Roses (Columbia/CBS) C4-4267
1982 Forever/Out of My Mind (Columbia/CBS) C4-4304
1982 Drown In The Flood/It’s For Real (Columbia/CBS) C4-4316
1982 It Takes Two/Somebody New (Columbia/CBS) C4-4318
1984 Tall Dark Stranger/Run To Her (Compleat) CP-123X
1984 Another Woman’s Man/I Miss You (Compleat) CP-134X
1988 Tell Me About It

Albums
1973 Susan Jacks (aka ‘I Thought Of You Again’) (Goldfish) GFLP-1002
1975 Dreams (Casino) CA-1005
1980 Ghosts (CBS) JC-36417
1982 Forever (Columbia) NPCC-80067
1984 Tall Dark Stranger


JACKS, Terry
Born: Terrence Ross Jacks on March 29, 1944 in Winnipeg, Manitoba
The oldest of five sons, Jacks was pressured by his family to be an architect. However, the allure to music was too strong. His first real professional exposure in music was as singer and guitarist for The Chessmen who had a modicum of success in the Vancouver region with two singles on London Records and two singles on Mercury 1964 thru 1966. Three of these tunes charted in the Top-10 on CFUN. During one of The Chessmen’s many appearances on CBC-TV’s Music Hop, Jacks would meet his future wife, Saskatoon native Susan Pesklevits. Susan and Terry started performing together when, quite a while after that meeting, Susan was asked to sing in Hope, B.C. and needed a guitar player to accompany her. She was unable to locate one who was free for that night but she remembered meeting Terry and had heard that his group had broken up. She called Jacks and he agreed to accompany her, after which they began playing several small clubs as a duo. They would eventually add a guitar player, Craig McCaw, and began trying out group names (Powerline and Winkin’ Blinkin’ and Nob). With the addition of a tabla player, Satwant Singh, they settled on the name The Poppy Family. Initially, their repertoire was mostly cover tunes and, as Terry Jacks began writing more, they would add these original compositions to the stage show. The duo soon married. Two singles slid by unnoticed (“Beyond the Clouds” and “What Can The Matter Be”), but it gave the act the opportunity to travel outside the Vancouver city limits. In 1969 the band would hit gold with “Which Way You Goin’ Billy?” which had been recorded on a shoe-string budget. The single would become a No.1 in Canada and No.2 on Billboard in the USA. Eventually worldwide sales would total over 2 1/2 million copies. The song won four JUNOs in 1969 for ‘Best Produced Single’ (Terry Jacks), ‘Best Produced MOR Album’, ‘Best Group Performance’ and ‘Outstanding Sales’. Terry Jack’s dislike for playing live led him to let McCaw and Singh go from the Poppy Family fold in 1970.  Two more hits followed in “That’s Where I Went Wrong” and “Where Evil Grows” which saw Jacks under great pressure to put a touring version of the Poppy Family together. While working with Valdy on a studio project in Vancouver, Jacks came across the guitar work of Norman MacPherson who he brought on board to replace not only McCaw as a live guitarist, but to help in the studio on the ‘Poppy Seeds’ album. MacPherson left the live roster on good terms in the fall of 1971. Terry Jacks would then call Bob Nelson to replace MacPherson on guitarist. At first, it was Terry Jacks, Susan Jacks, Bob Nelson & Satwant Singh. They played quite a few gigs across Canada and in the United States. But Nelson eventually left the group and the Poppies returned to studio life. Later, in 1973 Nelson teamed up again with Terry & Susan Jacks. Nelson was asked to recruit Ron Johnson (who played piano on “Where Evil Grows”), bassist Doug Edwards, and The Fifth Dimension drummer Jim Chivers. They rehearsed quite a bit, but only played a few gigs together in that incarnation – notably, Disney World on the 4th of July. The intensity of the band’s stardom and the stress of producing and having to perform live led Terry Jacks to make some new managerial decisions for the act. He decided that groups were becoming passe and it was time for the duo to drop the “Poppy Family” name. His plan had been to revitalize their image — as solo recording acts — thereby yielding twice the impact than a single group. To that end, Susan recorded a self-titled solo album (aka ‘I Thought of You Again’) in 1973 which was produced by Terry Jacks on Goldfish Records for Poppy Family Productions Ltd. Singles released from this album were the JUNO-nominated track “I Thought Of You Again” (written by Terry Jacks) as well as “I Want You To Love Me”. Alas, the career decisions and other aspects of the duo’s life together drove them farther apart as a couple and in 1973 Susan decided to leave their marriage and the act. Terry Jacks had minor hits with “I’m Gonna Capture You” and “Concrete Sea” but it would be several years before he’d have the biggest hit of his career: Jacques Brel’s “Seasons In the Sun” in late 1973 which sold 11.5 million copies worldwide and stayed on the charts for 17 weeks in Canada and 15 in the US. The recording won Jacks another 4 JUNO Awards. The song had been a work in progress during Jacks’ production for a new Beach Boys album (the band even got bed tracks recorded on a rough version of the song). Jacks had also tried to sell the tune to Larry Evoy as a vehicle for Edward Bear. Evoy was, in turn, trying to get Jacks to record one of his songs – “Last Song”. In the end, both artists would record the songs they were trying to dispatch and had monster hits respectively. ‘Seasons In the Sun’ featured former Poppy Family touring member Bob Nelson on bass and guitar. Jacks met Jacques Brel in 1973 and Brel suggested Jacks record another song of his, “If You Go Away (Ne Me Quitte Pas)”, which Jacks did but, obviously, without the global impact of “Seasons In the Sun”. Jacks continued writing and producing over the years and released albums sporadically. He fronted a new band called The Hood who charted with their only single “‘Cause We’re In Love” in 1974. Jacks would work with Bob Buckley (Straight Lines/Body Electric) on his album ‘Pulse’ in 1983 which featured the hit Voice of America”. He released his final studio album, ‘Just Like That’, in 1987 and then retired citing his lack of desire to go through the grind of touring. He stayed in the public eye by becoming a staunch Environmentalist and has often made headlines as head of Environmental Watch who is dedicated to fighting pollution. Jacks would produce such diverse Canadian acts as Chilliwack and DOA’s 1990 Restless Records album ‘Murder’ which featured the remake of Jacks’ “Where Evil Grows”. DOA convinced Jacks to appear in a cameo for the video of the song. with notes from Andre Skrastin, Susan Jacks, Maggi Jacks, Sabrina Whyte, Bob Nelson, Norman MacPherson, Jan Hindriks. [also see THE CHESSMEN, THE POPPY FAMILY]

Singles
1970 I’m Gonna Capture You/A Good Lost Thing (London) M-17381
1972 Someone Must Have Jumped/[same] (London) M-17427
1972 Concrete Sea/She Even Took the Cat (London) L-181
1973 I’m Gonna Love You Too/Something Good Was Over Before It Ever Got To Start (London) L-188
1973 Seasons In The Sun/Put The Bone In (Goldfish) GF-101
1974 If You Go Away/Me And You (Goldfish) GF-108
1974 Rock And Roll (I Gave You The Best Years Of My Life)/Love Game (Goldfish)
GS-111
1975 Christina/The Feelings That We Lost (Goldfish/Quality) 2135X
1975 Holly/Until You’re Down (Goldfish/Quality) GO-1
1975 Y’Don’t Fight The Sea/Me And You (Goldfish/Quality) GO-3
1976 In My Father’s Footsteps/Until You’re Down (Goldfish/Quality) GO-6
1976 Ghost In Your Mind/Free From The City (Goldfish/Quality)  GO-7
1976 You Keep Me Up/Ghost In Your Mind (Goldfish/Quality) GO-9
1977 Hey Country Girl/You Keep Me Up (Goldfish/Quality) GO-12
1983 You Fooled Me/Cynthia (A & M) AM-611
1984 Voice Of America/The Whale of Juan Perez Sound (A & M) AM-626
1985 Tough Guys Don’t Dance/ (A & M) AM-681

with THE HOOD
1974
‘Cause We’re In Love/Swing It (Goldfish) GF-103

Albums
1974 Seasons In The Sun (Goldfish) GFLP-1001
1976 Y’Don’t Fight The Sea (Goldfish) GOLP-1
1982 Into The Past (A & M) SP-69881
1983 Pulse (A & M) SP-6096
1987 Just Like That (Attic/A & M) LAT-1229


JACKSON HAWKE
Tim Ryan
(lead vocals) / Bob Yeomans  (drums) / Gene Falbo (bass) / Chris Castle (drums; replaced Yeomans) / Bob “The Crow” Clarke (drums; replaced Castle) / Garry Holt (guitar) / Bucky Berger (drums; replaced Clarke)
The core of Jackson Hawke, Ryan and Yeomans, began working together musically in 1963 with The Amen. Even with the help of connected music industry powerhouse Bernie Finkelstein (The Paupers, Kensington Market), the band got nowhere and split up in mid-1965. Ryan became a steel worker but was jolted out of domestic life after producer Andre Perry (John Lennon) heard some demos by Ryan and Yeomans suggested the duo record an album. As the project was being created with producer Fraser Mohawk, Yeomans abandoned the album and the results were released as a Ryan solo project. Later in 1973, the two re-teamed in Toronto as the band Hero. Little became of the act and Ryan left to once again pursue his solo career. He represented Canada at the ‘Tokyo for the World Popular Song Festival’ with his tune “Sweet December”. Soon Ryan packed up his solo career and emerged once more with Yeomans and Gene Falbo as a new version of Hero. They managed to attract the attention of CBS Records of Canada in 1976 and added Texas drummer Chris Castle who didn’t stay with the act very long. They changed their name to Jackson Hawke, after Ryan and Yeoman’s maternal grandfathers – Joe Jackson and Andy Hawke – and released their first single “You Can’t Dance” from the debut album, ‘Forever’, on CBS Records.  It became a double A-sided hit when radio decided to give the flipside, Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic”, heavy rotation. The album featured session drummer Larrie Londin but with the need to tour and capitalize on a JUNO Award nomination in 1976, they brought Bob “The Crow” Clarke (ex-The Amen) onboard as new drummer. In 1977 the band released their second, self-titled, album with a change to the line-up of Bucky Burger (drums) and Gary Holt (guitar). The band would have some posthumous success when England Dan & John Ford Coley covered their “You Can’t Dance” and made it a hit in the US in 1978; Tim Ryan died in June 2016 following complications from open heart surgery. with notes from Tim Ryan.

Singles
1976 You Can’t Dance/Into The Mystic (CBS)C4-4131
1976 She’s The One/[same] (CBS) C4-4150
1976 Into The Mystic/Fortune (Epic/CBS – UK) 5034
1977 Set Me Free/Done Done (CBS) C4-4165

Albums

1976 Forever (CBS) PES-90375
1977 Jackson Hawke (CBS) PES-90417


JACKSON, Luke
British singer-songwriter cut his teeth in English acts Vodka Rubber Legs and Giggle With Children before launching a solo career. He began recording his debut album in 1997. Having tracked the tunes he moved to Toronto, Ontario that year and completed the ‘Split’ CD which was released in 1998. His sophomore album, ‘Momentum’, was recorded at Umbrella Sound with Joao Carvalho and Greg O’Shea in 1999/2000. The album was released in 2002. In the spring of 2006, a seven-year email correspondence culminated in the meeting of Luke Jackson and Magnus Börjeson. Jackson had long been a devoted fan of two of the Swedish musician’s former bands – Beagle and Favorita – and the two songwriters finally met in Paris where Magnus was mid-tour playing in The Cardigans. By the end of the weekend they were like old friends and Jackson had accepted an invitation to Sweden for the upcoming Midsummer long weekend holiday. After Jackson returned from Sweden, he formulated a plan to return there one day to record following an invitation to do so “anytime”. The recording of Jackson’s third album would begin in Sweden with producer Christoffer Lundquist (Cardigans, Roxette) in January 2007 and took two return visits that concluded in November 2007.  Backing musicians on the analog recordings included bassist Magnus Borjeson (Beagle, Favorita), drummer Jens Jansson (Brainpool, A Camp) and legendary British string arranger Robert Kirby (Nick Drake, Elvis Costello, John Cale, Elton John, etc.). The finished CD and vinyl LP, ‘…And Then Some’, was released featuring the spin-off 7” single “Come Tomorrow” in November 2008. Jackson has become a regular performer at the annual Toronto edition of the International Pop Overthrow Festival. On November 28, 2010 Jackson produced, promoted and played at the ‘Nick Drake Tribute Night’ at Trinity St. Paul’s United Church in Toronto. Other performers included David Celia, Brent Jackson, Emm Gryner, Stephen Fearing, Kevin Fox, Kevin Kane, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Royal Wood and Kurt Swinghammer among others. Proceeds from the concert went to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Jackson’s own record label imprint, Popsicle Recordings, started life as a webshop where he would sell CDs by obscure Scandinavian bands and became a proper label in 2007 when he released the “long lost” 1995 debut album by Swedish band Favorita which had never been released. Jackson engineered and produced recordings by acts such as Echo Hermits, David Celia, Matt Masotti, Robert Atyeo and Aengus Finnan. with notes from Luke Jackson.

Singles
2009
Come Tomorrow/A Little Voice [7” + DVD]

Albums

1998 Split
2002 Momentum
2008 …And Then Some (Popsicle/Urban Myth)

with VODKA RUBBER LEGS
1991
One Take Valentine [cassette] (independent)

with GIGGLE WITH CHILDREN
1993 Giggle With Children [cassette] (independent)
1994 Giggle With Children 2 (independent)


JACKSON, Shawne
Toronto’s Shawne Jackson started singing very young in church choirs and with various ad hoc vocal groups. At age 15 she landed work on CBC-TV’s “Music Hop”. She would join well known Toronto vocal act The Silhouettes before hooking up with Rhythm ‘n’ Blues/Soul act Jay Smith And The Majestics. With the departure of Smith, the group brought in Jackson’s brother Jay to become Shawne And Jay Jackson And The Majestics. The Majestics recorded several albums for the ARC Records label between 1966 and 1968 and the group finally disbanded in 1969. Jackson would move on to another vocal act, The Stone Soul Children, before moving to the United States to attend modeling school where she worked as a secretary to make ends meet. After signing with Playboy Records in 1974, she had a Top-10 hit in Canada with “Just as Bad as You” which was produced by Domenic Troiano (her future husband). A Domenic Troiano full-length album on RCA and several less successful singles followed in 1976. Jackson would also be nominated for a JUNO Award. In 1977 Jackson returned to school to continue her passion for clothing design which she had grown fond of while in the US. Though she removed herself from the spotlight of stage performing she returned to music in the 1980’s singing for television shows and commercials and even released another single on the El Mocambo Records label. She was also an in-demand session vocalist for many Canadian acts alongside Colina Phillips and Sharon Lee Williams. She would record a song from the musical ‘Yuppies’ called “Images” with Sharon Lee Williams in 1985. Jackson landed a role as a waitress in the Canadian TV show ‘Night Heat’ with husband Domenic Troiano supplying the theme song. [also see THE MAJESTICS]

Singles
1974 Just As Bad As You/He Maybe Your Man (Playboy/Quality) GT-223
1975 Get Out of the Kitchen/Don’t Wait For Tomorrow (RCA) PB-10428
1976 Don’t Wait For Tomorrow/T’eloigner de mon Cœur (RCA) PB-50171
1980 Can’t Stop Thinking About You/Come Back Boy (El Mocambo) ESMO-504
1983 Loveline (6:18)/Loveline (short version) (MCA)

with SHAWNE JACKSON & SHARON LEE WILLIAMS
1985 Images (single mix)/Images (disco Mix) (RCA) 10012

Albums
1976
Shawne Jackson (RCA) APL1-1320


JACOBS, Dale
Jazz and pop keyboardist and engineer extraordinaire. Jacobs died of lung cancer on September 10, 2000 in California. with notes from Robin Watters.

Singles
1978 Cobra/Hanglider (Epic/Columbia) E-4192
1978 On The Wings of a Song/Taiwan On (Epic/Columbia) E4-4211

Albums
1978 Cobra (Epic/Columbia) PEC-80008
1979 Tropical Show (Epic/Columbia) PEC-80016
1981 Coastal Zone (New Music) NMR-4031

with THE DALE JACOBS GROUP
198-  Live At Puccini’s

JADE
Peter Reiker
(vocals; 1982-83; 1987) / Roxy Lyons (vocals; replaced Reiker) / ‘Sweet’ Marie Black (vocals; replaced Lyons) / Pat Belrose (guitar) / John Belrose (drums) / Ben Michaels (drums; replaced Belrose 1984) / Lenny Richardson (bass) / Terry Rudd (bass; replaced Michaels) / Dave Samson (drums; replaced Richardson) / Brian Hamilton (bass; replaced Rudd)  / Lisa Zbitnew (guitar)
Guitarist Pat Belrose and manager brother John Belrose conceived Jade in 1982 in their hometown of Ottawa. Pat and John recruited vocalist Roxy Lyons, along with Lenny Richardson, and they decided to move to Winnipeg to hone their chops on the burgeoning hard rock scene there. After tightening up the line-up they returned to Ottawa and released their debut album ‘Teasing Eyes’ on the independent Zaphia Records label in 1984. The record found its way to Europe and received plenty of positive attention in magazines like ‘Kerrrang’. Holland label Road Runner took interest and signed the band to a multi-album deal. No sooner had the ink dried on the contract when Roxy Lyons and the band’s drummer moved to Windsor with a religious cult. Pat Belrose decided to dig around the Toronto metal scene and came up with vocalist Sweet Marie Black and drummer ‘Big Beat’ Samson from collapsing metal act Aggressor. The band headed into Quest Studios in Oshawa with producer Robert Connolly (Exciter, Lee Aaron, Santers) in July 1985 and returned with their debut Road Runner/Attic release ‘If You’re Man Enough’. The album was nominally successful in Europe and the act was able to tour there. Sweet Marie was then replaced by Jade’s first male vocalist Peter Rieker in 1987. Bassist Brian Hamilton also took over from Terry Rudd. Road Runner soon dropped the band as the label wanted a female vocalist. Instead, the band became heavier and found acceptance on the burgeoning Quebéc metal scene along with bands like Voivod. The group released a final EP in 1987 on the Last Music label; Zbitnew would go on to become president of BMG Canada and is currently co-owner of the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto. with notes from Peter Rieker.

Albums
1984 Teasing Eyes (Zaphia) 1001
1985 If You’re Man Enough (Road Runner/Attic) RRR-217
1987 Jade (Last Music)


JALE
Jennifer Stein
(guitar) / Alyson MacLeod (drums) / Laura Pierce (bass) / Eve Hartling (guitar, vocals) / Mike Belitzky (drums; replaced MacLeod)
Halifax’s JALE (an acronym for the members first initials of their first names), was formed in 1992 and was signed to Sub-Pop Records in 1993 hot on the heels of the Maritimes grunge revolution (which included Sloan, Eric’s Trip and Hardship Post). JALE emerged in 1994 with their debut girl-pop album ‘Dream Cake’ revealing a group barely capable of playing their instruments. The album did sell 40,000 copies in markets such as Europe and North America. As the band learned to play and write better, they released the EP ‘Closed’ (1995) on Murderecords. MacLeod left soon after and was replaced by Mike Belitzky (Jellyfishbabies, Maker’s Mark, Cheticamp) who helped nail down the coffin of ‘the all-girl’ label they’d been painted with. JALE followed up with ‘So Wound’ (1996) which was co-produced by Brad Wood (Veruca Salt, Liz Phair), and received major accolades in all the right magazines including Billboard. It was even nominated for an East Coast Music Award. And yet, it still did not sell due to SubPop’s failure to properly promote the record effecting both sales and crowd turnouts during the band’s tour. Upon their return they discovered that Hartling was pregnant and took a sufficient break to rethink their next strategy. In the end, Hartling quit the band. In March of 1997 SubPop dropped the band. JALE played a farewell ‘Get Out of Jale Free Tour’ in 1997 and Stein, Pierce and Belitzky, along with new guitarist Michael Begine (The Rome Plows), have re-emerged as The Vees – releasing an eponymous debut on Murderecords/Universal.

Singles
1992 Aunt Betty (Cinnamon Toast)  CT-002
1993 Sort of Gray (Derivative) CT-007
1993 Gold Leather With Heel Detail/Steppin’ Out (Genius) GENIJR-015
1994 Promise/3 Days (SubPop) SP-126
1994
Cut (SubPop)  SP-235
1994 Not Happy (SubPop)
1994 Nebulous (SubPop)
1994 14 08 93 (SubPop) SP-331
1995 Double Edge (Murderecords)
1995 Jesus Loves Me (Murderecords)
1995 Long Way Home (Murderecords)
1996 Ali (SubPop)
1996 All Ready/Hey Hey (SubPop) SP-346
1997 True What You Say/From A Sill (Sealed Fate) SFR-002

Albums
1994 Dreamcake (SubPop) SP-256
1995 Closed (Murderecords) MUR-018
1996 So Wound (SubPop) SP-350
2017 Brave  New Waves Session [LP] (Artoffact) AOF-316


JAMES BAND, Paul
Paul James
(lead vocals, guitars) / Gary Gray (piano, organ, vocals) / Brian Kipping (bass, vocals) / Adrian Vecchiola (drums)
Formed in Toronto in the the early ’80s. Paul James had done time anonymously during the ’70s in CBS recording act Lick’n Stick, but made the incarnation featuring his namesake a hotly sought-after blues act in Canada. The band released an endless string of singles and one album from 1980 through 1986 on their own Lick’n Stick label before getting picked up by Other People’s Music for their sophomore effort.  In 1989 they released ‘Rockin’ The Blues’ on Stony Plain. [also see LICK ’N’ STICK]

Singles
1980 Lazy Crazy Blues/Trespasser//She Don’t Care/Got What You Want (Lick’n Stick) C-311
1982 Suzette/Maryann (Lick’n Stick) C-350
1985 Six Pack (Lick’n Stick) C-580
1986 Good Old Rock ‘N’ Roll/Joint Out Back (Lick’n Stick) C-595
1986 Route 66/Run Run Rudolph (Lick’n Stick) C-626
1989 Anna Banana/Jailhouse Rock (Stony Plain) SP-1069

Albums
1984 Almost Crazy (Lick’n’ Stick) CSPS-2340
1987 Paul James Band (Other People’s Music) OPMPJ-1
1989 Rockin’ The Blues (Stony Plain) SPL-1135

as PAUL JAMES
1993 Acoustic Blues (Stony Plain) 15520

JAMES, Colin
Born: Colin James Munn on August 17, 1964 in Regina, Saskatchewan
Exposure to rock and roll in his early years was limited for blues guitarist Colin James, living as he did with parents that favoured bluegrass and folk music. At age 14 he was playing guitar and penny-whistle in a hippie Irish/bluegrass band called Sod Hut and the Buffalo Chips while pursuing his love of the blues with veterans like Yank Rachell. A foray into punk was brief and James’s love of blues-edged rock took over. His stepfather, a native Canadian, got him a job teaching guitar on Northern Saskatchewan reserves, and introduced him to the work of Stevie Ray Vaughan. By the time he quit school in grade 10, James knew that what he wanted was to make music full time. While teaching guitar to native children, James played sporadically on the western bar scene, and he applied three years in a row for a $1000 Saskatchewan grant to form a blues band, but it never happened. By 1980 he’d settled in Vancouver and had hooked up with some local musicians in various bands. One such band in 1984 got a gig opening for Stevie Ray in Regina, and Vaughan was so impressed that he took James on the road with him to open several dates in the US. In 1986 he hooked up with k.d. lang manager Larry Wanagas and that meeting resulted in the release of a 12″ single with a James original (Five Long Years) on the A-side and a Morgan Davis tune (Why’d You Lie?) on the flipside. Entitled Hook Line & Single and released on the Bumstead Records label, Five Long Years caught on immediately at commercial and college radio. James put a band together – John Ferreira (sax), Rick Hopkins (keyboards), Darrell Mayes (drums), and Mark Weston (bass) – and hit the road, doing over 300 gigs that year alone. Virgin Records in the US called in 1987 and his eponymous first album was released in 1988. Produced by Bob Rock, Tom Dowd and Danny Kortchmar, it was awhile in the making but got immediate favourable response from fans and critics alike. Back on the road James did dates in the US with Keith Richards, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Steve Winwood, and Little Feat, establishing himself as one of the premier new guitarists of the time, and a blues force to be noticed. For the second album, James went to Tennessee to finish up with ZZ Top producer Joe Hardy the bed tracks recorded in Vancouver. Released in 1990 and featuring Bonnie Raitt on one song, Sudden Stop went gold and then platinum immediately in Canada, and James’s band – now featuring Dennis Marcenko on bass – toured Canada relentlessly, adding dates in the US with ZZ Top, among others. James was firmly entrenched as a blue guitarist/songwriter to reckon with, receiving JUNO and West Coast Music Awards nominations and awards. It was three years before the next release, but the public openly and enthusiastically received James’s big band effort, 1993’s Colin James and the Little Big Band. A selection of late-forties and early-fifties jump-blues tunes, the album was produced by Chis Kimsey (Rolling Stones) and features the horn section from the legendary Roomful Of Blues, keyboard player Reese Wynans, organist Chuck Leavel, and James’s sax player Ferreira. Although a departure from James’s signature pop-blues material, the album was nonetheless a Canadian hit eventually selling 200,000 copies, and select dates across the country with the album’s lineup showed audiences James’s versatility and virtuosity. A label change in 1994 saw his next album, ‘Bad Habits’, being released on Warner Music, and a return to his blues-rock roots. Touring across the country once again showcased his blues guitar talents and a more soulful style of singing. In 1997 James teamed up with long-time pal Colin Linden for a pared-down return to Delta blues classics. Select dates helped the album become a critical smash and earned the pair a 1998 JUNO Award for ‘Best Blues Recording’. James released two more solo albums for Warner – ‘Fuse’ (2000) and ‘Traveler’ (2004) – and two Little Big Band releases before switching to Maple Music for his last few releases. with notes from Colin James.

Singles
1987 Five Long Years (independent)
1988 Voodoo Thing/Lone Wolf (Virgin) VS-1444
1988 Five Long Years/Three Sheets To the Wind (Virgin) VS-1455
1989 Why’d You Lie/Down In the Bottom (Virgin) VS-1468
1989 Chicks ‘N Cars (and the Third World War)/Bad Girl (Virgin) VS-1492
1989 Dream Of Satin/Bad Girl (Virgin) VS-1509
1990 Just Came Back/Cross My Heart (Virgin) VUSCD-24
1990 Keep On Loving Me Baby (Virgin)
1990 If You Lean On Me/Back In My Arms Again (Virgin) VUSCD-33
1990 Give It Up/Cross My Heart (Virgin)
1990 T Stands For Trouble (Virgin)
1992 Love Thang (Virgin)
1993 Cadillac Baby (Virgin) DPRO-14119
1993 Breakin’ Up The House (Virgin)
1994 Surely (I Love You) (Virgin)
1995 Freedom (Warner Music)
1995 Saviour (Warner Music)

Albums
1988 Colin James (Virgin) VL-3044
1990 Sudden Stop (Virgin) VL-3107
1995 Bad Habits (Warner) W2-10614
1995 Then Again: The Best of Colin James (Virgin) V2-40179
1997 National Steel [w/Colin Linden] (Warner) W2-19634
2000 Fuse (Warner) W2-84633
2003 Traveler (Warner)
2005 Limelight (Maple Music) MRCD-6449
2009 Rooftops And Satellites (Maple Music)  MRCD-6521
2011 Take It From The Top: The Best of Colin James (EMI) 703722
2012 Fifteen (EMI) 70373
2015 Hearts On Fire (Universal) 254715466
2016 Blue Highways (True North) TND-630

with COLIN JAMES & THE LITTLE BIG BAND
1993 Colin James & The Little Big Band – Volume I (Virgin) 39190
1998 Colin James & The Little Big Band – Volume II (Warner) CD-23010
2006 Colin James & The Little Big Band – Volume III (Warner) MRCD-6460
2007 Colin James & The Little Big Band Christmas (Warner) MRCD-6476


JAMES, Freddie
Born: 1965 in Chicago, Illinois
World class disco singer, and son of Geraldine Hunt, from Montréal who had many hit singles in the late ’70’s. He could be seen around Quebéc in Freddie James And Fusion 3 with his sister until 1991. Most recently James has worked with the Montréal Gospel Choir.

Singles
1979 Dance Little Boy Blue/Hollywood [12”] (Warner Bros.) PRO-A2-833
1979 Get Up and Boogie/Get Up and Boogie (Edit) [12”] (Warner Bros.) WB-8857
1979 Get Up and Boogie/(instrumental)  (Warner Bros.) WBS-8858
1979 Crazy Disco Music [12”] (Warner Bros.) PRO-A-844
1979 Hollywood/Crazy Disco Music (Warner Bros.) WBS-49106
1979 Freddy James Medley/Hollywood [12”] (Unidisc) UNI-05
1979 Everybody Get Up and Boogie/Everybody Get Up and Boogie (Remix) [12”] (Unidisc) UNI-118
1980 007 Medley/[split w/Vivien Vee] (Unidisc) UNI-1030
1981 Everybody Do Your Thing/Music Takes Me Higher (Ariola)
1981 Dance to the Beat/Music Takes Me Higher (Ariola)
1982 Don’t Turn Your Back On Love/We Are In Love (Polydor) 2202
1982 Hot Thing/Hot Thing (instrumental) (Polydor)
1983 Not Ready/[same] (Le Fete ELF-Pa)
1987 Memories Never Quit/Don’t Put Off Until Tomorrow (Thunderbird) TBR-1023
1993 I Can’t Get Enough of Your Love (Monogram) MOV-9001
1993 Come Into the Jungle (Monogram) MOV-10001

Albums
1979
Get Up and Boogie (Undisc) ULP-007
1981 Freddie James (Black Sun/Uniwave) WLP-1028
2017 Sweetness [re-issue of ‘Freddie James’ (Unidisc) SPLK-7259


JAMES, Jamie
Born: August 4, 1953 in Toronto, Ontario
Guitarist Jamie James was born in Toronto but at the age of two moved to Woodstock, Ontario. While attending D.M. Sutherland Senior Public School he was given his first electric guitar for Christmas in 1966 from his mother. During this period he met three other guitar players who he befriended and influenced his playing style – Dougie Burton, Paul Howly and Paul Wright. James recalled seeing a band practice down the street in a basement with the name Kingbees written on the bass drum. Years later he would use the name for his first successful commercial band. When James became good enough he played with a couple of local bands, but only ever played one show at a local high school. In the summer of 1969 he move to London, Ontario and met some musicians to form the band Underlug who performed professionally. In 1971, James made the leap across the ocean to London, England for a few of years and did session work at Olympic, Advision and AIR Studios. In 1973 he moved back to London, Ontario and formed a band called Jamie James And The Shame Band. Later that year he performed with a band in Detroit called Skip Van Winkle And The Night Rockers. Bob Seger used to drop by and sit in with the band during their performances. But, after James was fired from that band in 1974, he returned to Canada and reformed Jamie James And The Shame Band who managed to land the opening slot on April Wine’s tour that year. With money saved from his gigs, James moved to Los Angeles in 1975. He stayed with guitarist friend Paul Warren (Night Rockers, Rod Stewart). At the time Warren was playing with a new version of Rare Earth which allowed James to connect with many other great musicians. James soon played with a Top Forty band called Fire And Ice for about a year before meeting Nick St. Nicholas from Steppenwolf. Nicholas was reforming the band with Goldy McJohn (but minus John Kay) and asked James to play guitar. James played with Steppenwolf for about a year and played all over the US, Canada and Europe. But what James craved was to change direction and be in his own band again. He formed The Kingbees in 1977 with next door neighbour Rex Roberts (drums) and Michael Rummans (bass). With the death of disco and the onslaught of post-punk, they cut off their long hair, took fashion tips from the book of Buddy Holly and it caught on like wildfire in Los Angeles. By 1980 they had been signed to a record deal with RSO Records. Their first album was released in March of that year and the band a substantial radio hit with the single “My Mistake”. That led to lots of touring, a guest spot in a movie called the ‘Idol Maker’ and an appearance on American Bandstand. Their second LP, called ‘The Big Rock’, came out exactly a year later in March of 1981. But, that same week, the record label folded and the band was left without tour or financial support. James decided to lie low for the next few years, but throughout the 1980’s would periodically do Kingbees shows. He released a 12″ single called “Just Like That” in 1982. A 5 song EP called ‘The Big One’ was released in 1984. In 1988 he put together a band called The Rufnex featuring Slim Jim Phantom and Lee Rocker of the Stray Cats. That same year he began hanging out with actor/guitarist Harry Dean Stanton and by 1990 they had put a band together with Slim Jim Phanton (drums), Jeffrey “Skunk” Baxter (pedal steel), and Tony Sales (bass). After a few months of that James and Stanton started another group called the Harry Dean Stanton Orchestra with various members over a nine year period. Occasionally sitting in with the group would be Chaka Khan, John Densmore of the Doors, and Joni Mitchell. In that time James also managed to realease two solo CDs, ‘Cruel World’ (1994) and ‘Crossroads’ on Oglio Records in 2000. Since then James has been playing with Dennis Quaid in a band called DQ And The Sharks. He is currently working on a new solo CD called ‘Bittersweet’ to be released soon. with notes from Jamie James.

Singles
1982 Just Like That/If I Want To [12″] (Last Minute) LMP1-007

with THE KINGBEES

1980 My Mistake/Once Is Not Enough (RSO/Polygram) RS-1032
1980 Follow Your Heart/Shake-Bop (RSO/Polygram) RS-1050
1981 She Can’t Make Up Her Mind/Stick It Out! (RSO/Polygram) RS-1062

Albums
1984 The Big One (Vanity/Quality) EPSV-20
1993 Cruel World (School Kids’) SKR-1510
2000 Crossroads (Oglio) OGL-89116-2

with THE KINGBEES

1980 The Kingbees (RSO/Polygram) RS-1-3075
1981 The Big Rock (RSO/Polygram) RS-1-3097
2004 The Kingbees Volume 1 & 2 (Oglio) 790058159927


JAMES, John
John James first found notoriety as part of the Toronto, Ontario theatrical band Sylum in the early 1980s as their saxophonist and back-up vocalist. Following the band’s demise in 1986, James decided to pursue a solo career as a soul/R & B vocalist. James was signed to Attic Records in 1988 and the waters were tested with the debut single “She Bought Love”. Radio and dance club response was good and so a full-length album followed in 1989 entitled ‘Big Fat Soul’ featuring equal production work by Peter Cardinali (Boomers) and Curtis Anthony Nolan with vocal assistance by Sharon & Vivienne Williams as well as Wayne St. John. The album would spawn three more singles in “I Wanna Know”, “(Still) The Beat Goes On” and “Trust Me”. Attic repeated the process with James by releasing two advance singles in 1992 with “Supernatural” and “Jack Boogie”. 1993 saw the release of the full-length ‘Mothers of Hope’ album which was co-produced by John James and Peter Cardinali who pulled out all the stops by bringing in Canada’s top session players including vocals by former Dr. Music members Dianne Brooks, Kenny Marco, Steve Kennedy and Wayne St. John plus performances by Cardinali, Bernie LaBarge, Doug Riley, Earl Seymour (The Arrows) and Lou Pomanti among others.

Singles
1988 She Bought Love [5 mixes 12″] (Attic) ATT-2001
1989 I Wanna Know [3 mixes 12″] (Attic) ATT-2003
1989 (Still) The Beat Goes On [5 mixes 12″] (Attic) ATT-2011
1989 Trust Me [4 mixes 12″] (Attic) ATT-2012
1992 Supernatural [5 remixes 12″] (Attic) ATTP-9112
1992 Jack Boogies [4 remixes 12″] (Attic) ATTP-9211
1994 Mothers of Hope [4 remixes 12″] (Attoc – GER) ATT-7208

Albums
1989
Big Fat Soul (Attic) LAT-1269
1993 Mothers of Hope (Attic) ACD-1364


JANZ, Paul
Born: 1951 in Three Hills, Alberta
Born into the family of a Mennonite Minister, Paul Janz’s family moved from Three Hills, Alberta, to Switzerland when Janz was four. He started singing gospel music in the church choir and by age ten was writing arrangements for a gospel quartet and performing in front of huge crowds. Because of the fairly conservative nature of his family, listening to popular music was frowned upon, so Janz had to resort to listening to Radio Luxembourg – when he could get it to come in – and the Elvis 45s his brother would smuggle into the house. At age 13 he discovered the trumpet and began performing on the street with the local Salvation Army. After graduating from high school he attended the prestigious Conservatory of Music in Basel, where he studied opera, practiced five hours a day, and was soon in the studio arranging and conducting with members of the Basel Symphony. The brothers Janz dabbled in church choirs and opera while secretly cultivating a love of pop music. Danny and Paul would team up early on to record as a duo simply named “Danny And Paul” (and again as Danny Paul Wayne). But they were torn between their classical upbringing and pop music and put together a Christian-oriented English language sextet of strong vocalists in Europe and called it Deliverance. Deliverance relocated to Munich, Germany in the early 1970’s after winning a songwriting contest in a German music magazine. The band would stay together for 10 years, release 4 albums and play shows to crowds of up to 10,000 people with the likes of The Scorpions. Their biggest hit was “Leaving L.A.” released in Europe in 1979. The single went to No. 56 in the Billboard Hot 100. By 1980 they had signed a deal with Global Records who licenced their material out to no less than 4 record labels worldwide — Atlantic, Epic, Attic and Metronome. With legal troubles from a copyright suit concerning the band’s name, the act became known as ‘Janz’. They would record one single that went No.1 but their attorney advised that the deal for a full album was not in their best interest. Paul Janz felt the glass ceiling of the European music industry trapping him and quit Deliverance several thousand Deutschmarks in debt, and returned to Vancouver in 1980 to become a jingle writer and a member of Prism briefly. At first, Janz had trouble leaving his European past behind and quickly became frustrated with the way his songwriting was going; he was on the verge of calling it quits when he got work as a commercial jingles singer (he’s the voice of “Way to go – Chevy!”) and enrolled at Simon Fraser University to study philosophy. That same year he had sent some demo tapes to various labels around the country and, in the middle of his jingles work and going to university, an obscure label came forward and offered him recording time. If he could come up with a few more songs, they might consider recording an album. Cramming studio time into an already full schedule, Janz sang and played every instrument himself, but it was worth his effort – the demo album caught the ears of most of the major labels, and eventually he got concrete offers from both CBS and A & M. He’d already signed with A & M, though, by the time the CBS offer came through. The first album, ‘High Strung’ (1985), received strong critical praise and produced the hit single “I Go to Pieces”; he also received a JUNO Award for Most Promising Male Vocalist. Towards the end of 1985 Michael Godin, vice-president of A & M, left his job at the label and took over Janz’ management. With the cost of touring so high, Janz decided not to go on the road and ‘High Strung’ failed to sell as well as the reviewers predicted. So, Godin put Janz in his home studio in North Vancouver, BC, for a year and a half, and after taking the basic tracks and his touring band into Little Mountain Sound in Vancouver in 1987 (where Bon Jovi was recording ‘Slippery When Wet’) and emerged with his second album, ‘Electricity’. Although initial reaction to ‘Electricity’ was disappointing and it was almost on the verge of disappearing, the label decided to release “Believe in Me” as a final single. The song took on a life of its own and ended up winning PROCAN and CMPA awards, and renewed interest in the album. Because of the success of the song, A & M US sat up and took notice, and made a strong commitment to support the next album. Recorded in Los Angeles and Vancouver with producer Bill Drescher (the Bangles, Rick Springfield), ‘Romantic Renegade’ was released in 1990 and rode high on the radio play of “Every Little Tear”. Janz was finally able to tour nationally with an opening slot for Melissa Etheridge. Still, the album hardly lived up to the sales grosses of A & M’s other Canadian male artist Bryan Adams. They cut him loose and Janz spent the next two years looking for a musical home. Enter Attic Records’ Brian Allen who inked a deal with Janz for exclusive worldwide rights to an undisclosed amount of albums starting with 1992’s ‘Trust’. Not to be one-upped, A & M rallied back with a Janz ‘best of’ called ‘Presence’ which helped put the biggest spotlight on Janz’ career yet. ‘Trust’ was recorded in Janz’ home studio in Mission, BC and the material was inspired by Janz’ fact finding mission to Brazil with MuchMusic on the famine crisis in that country. The album spawned two hit singles in “Wind Me Up” and “Amazon Rain” which still get major airplay on Adult Contemporary stations in Canada.  with notes from Bob Press and Don Palmer. [also see DELIVERANCE]

Singles
1984 Don’t Cry Tonight/Waiting (A & M) AM-668
1985 Go To Pieces/Waiting (A & M) AM-676
1985 High Strung/Solid Ground (A & M) AM-687
1985 Close My Eyes/Suggestions of Love (A & M) AM-693
1987 One Night (Is All It Takes) [7″ & 12″] (A & M – US) AM-2946
1987 Believe In Me/Close My Eyes (A & M) AM-738
1987 Gotta Take Your Love/You And Me [12″] (A & M – US) 075021515611
1988 I Won’t Cry/One Last Lie (A & M) AM-750
1988 Send Me A Miracle/[same] (A & M) AM-755
1990 Every Little Tear/Darling Drive (A & M) CD-17989
1990 Rocket To My Heart (A & M)
1990 Stand (A & M)
1990 Hold Me Tender (A & M)
1993 Wind Me Up/Workin’ For My Baby/Get Arrested (Attic) ATT-72025
1993 Take Me Back/On The Docks [CD] (Attic) ATT-72075
1993 Amazon Rain
1993 Call My Personal Angel

with DANNY & PAUL

1969 Go Down Moses (Janz Team)

with JANZ
1981 Mirrors (Global)

Albums
1985 High Strung (A & M) SP-9108
1987 Electricity (A & M) SP-5156
1990 Renegade Romantic (A & M) SP-5288
1992 Presence: A Collection Of Hit Singles (A & M) 70301-9179
1992 Trust (Attic) 7362136526

with DANNY & PAUL
1973 Sing das Lied (Janz Team)
1973 If I Ask (Image VII/Word) VII-7713

with DANNY,  PAUL,  WAYNE
1974 Salvation Song (Image VII/Word) VII-7716


JARVIS STREET REVUE, The
Wayne Faulconer (guitar) / Tommy Horricks (vocals) / George Stevenson (bass) / Tom Cruickshank (drums)
The Jarvis Street Revue was formed in Thunder Bay, Ontario in 1970. Horricks and Stevenson had been in recording act The Plague in 1967 together before Horricks joined Lexington Avenue. Faulconer had been in Satan & The D-Men around the same period. The Jarvis Street Revue was signed to Gaiety label for the single “Mr. Rock” but it failed to chart. After finding their way to Toronto they landed a major label deal with Columbia Records. Their debut album, ‘Mr. Oil Man’, was recorded at DMG Sound Studios in Thunder Bay and was released in 1970 and spawned the single “20 Years”. The song cracked the RPM Top100 singles chart with a peak position of No.85. Columbia was determined to break the band and two non-singles were released – “Tambourine” (1971) and “I Believe In Freedom” (1972). Neither song charted and the band was dropped by Columbia and soon split up thereafter; Wayne Faulconer went on to form the Wayne Faulconer Band who released a CD in 1995; The band reunited in 1999 and went through several line-up changes before evolving into The Rock ‘N’ Roll Revue. Pacemaker Records re-issued the ‘Mr. Oil Man’ album on CD in 2000 which featured a number of bonus tracks.

Singles
1970 Mr. Rock/Uncle Benny (Gaiety) G-343
1970 20 Years/Heidi-Ho (Let Her Go) (Columbia) C4-2969
1971 Tambourine/Intermission (Columbia) C4-3008
1971 I Believe in Freedom/Magic Man (Columbia) C4-3064

Albums
1970
Mr. Oil Man (Columbia) ES-90020
2000 Mr. Oil Man [re-issue with bonus tracks] (Pacemaker) PACE-033
2015 Singles (and More) (Lion – US) LP-151 †


JATO
Jerry Woolsey
(vocals) / Barrie Nighswander (guitar) / Duane Smith (bass, guitar, keyboards) / Dennis Meneely (keyboards) / Bill Hobson (drums) / Paul “Brink” Di Cola (percussion) / Dale Ladouceur (Chapman stick, vocals) / Al Brant (vocals; 1990)
Long-time veterans JATO from Stettler, Alberta, featured Woolsey, Nighswander, Meneely and Hobson as Tacoy Ryde starting in 1966. The band added Smith and Di Cola in 1968. As time progressed they made the transition through every musical trend. They moved to Edmonton in 1973. In the spring of 1980 the band recorded their first single at Homestead Recorders with manager Larry Wanagas (k.d. Lang, Big Sugar, The Trews). The single, “Is There a Reason” b/w “Don’t Let Me Be Alone” was released and received airplay regionally. These were the days of six-nighters back-to-back across the country, with a solid fan base in several major cities. Tacoy Ryde was also becoming a full-fledged reggae band. They were now being booked to open for major reggae acts such as Jamaica’s Third World Band and England’s Steel Pulse. By 1982, the time was ripe to record an album. The band headed to Pinewood Studio in Vancouver with producer Claire Lawrence (Chilliwack, Hometown Band). The album consisted of original reggae material but upon completion, the band was unable to secure a record deal so the album was shelved and to this day remains unreleased. In late 1983, under pressure to change their name and move in a more pop direction Tacoy Ryde became JATO (which the band jokingly claim means ‘Jet-Assisted-Take-Off’) and signed with an upstart label from Vancouver, Parallel One, run by Gordon Sinclair and Scott Andrews. Their debut album was recorded by Bob Rock and produced by Declan O’Doherty at Little Mountain Sound in Vancouver. The singles “She’s Got” reached No. 74 on the national charts and “Lake Of Fire” reached No. 90. The album achieved minimal attention and with the demise of Parallel One Records not long after the band was put on hold in 1988. In 1990, without lead singer Woolsey, the band returned to their original name of Tacoy Ryde. The band forged ahead without a lead singer until meeting up with Al Brant while performing a tribute on Jimi Hendrix’s 50th birthday. Shortly after this, drummer Bill Hobson’s future wife, Dale Ladouceur, joined the band on Chapman Stick. By 1995 the band was a regular fixture on the Edmonton club scene. Tacoy Ryde soon began recording their debut independent CD. ‘Here’s The Picture’ was released in 2003 and songs like “Where’s Doug” and “Ojo Grises” ranked in the top 15 most played songs on CKUA Radio. with notes from Ken Ames and Dawn Woolsey.

Singles
1987
She’s Got/Coming Home (Parallel One) POR-0145-JA
1988 Lake of Fire/Dance For You (Parallel One) POR-0345-JA
1988 Standing Alone/Breaking Down (Parallel One)  POR-0445-JA

as TACOY RYDE

1980 Is There A Reason/Don’t Let Me Be Alone (Bumstead) BUM-802

Albums

1987 JATO (Parallel One) POR-0133-JA

as TACOY RYDE

2003 Here’s the Picture (independent)


JAY AND THE JAMIES, Kelly
Kelly Jay
(piano) / Brian Kirkwood (bass) / Peter De Remigis (drums) / Rob McEachern (guitar) / John Till (guitar) / Chuck Daniels (bass) / Bruce Staubitz (bass)
Hamilton, Ontario group that toured around Southern Ontario in the early 1960s. Released one single on the Barry label called “Two Faced Woman”; Kelly Jay would go on to found Crowbar; John Till would form The Full Tilt Boogie Band who became Janis Joplin’s backing band. with notes from Peter De Remigis

Singles
1961
Two Faced Woman/Let Love Walk Right In (Barry) B-3070X


JEACOCKE, Sheree
Born: Sheree Cerqua in 1958 in Toronto, Ontario
Jeacocke spent the late ’70’s and early ’80’s fronting the band Sheree and playing in the touring version of Crack of Dawn before becoming a hot session vocalist. Her album credits included work with B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, Melissa Manchester, Kim Mitchell, Glass Tiger, Eye Eye, Rita MacNeil and Gordon Lightfoot. As a session singer for artists and advertising jingles (Molson, 7-UP, Covergirl), Jeacocke often found herself imitating other vocal styles and rarely using her own. She finally got the chance in 1986 on her first solo album, ‘Feel It’, which garnered her ‘Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year’ JUNO Award nomination. The government organization, FACTOR, gave her $35,000 to produce and market the album on her own in attempt to get major label interest. BMG would pick her up and had her change her name to merely ‘Sheree’ for her major label debut. The album features songs co-written with Gerald O’Brien, Lou Pomanti, and Joel Feeney. Her second solo album for BMG was 1993’s ‘Miss My Love’ which took three years to record in Toronto and LA and reflected a shift to gospel and R & B flavours co-written with Michael Omartian (Michael Bolton) and Elliott Wolff (Paula Abdul). Jeacocke is also a mother and is married to session drummer Kevan McKenzie.

Singles
1986 Feel It (FACTOR/CTL)
1993 Miss My Love (BMG)
1993 Serious (BMG)
1994 Everybody Needs A Love (BMG)

as SHEREE
1989 Before We Fall (BMG) PB-51054
1989 Woman’s Work/Heartache (BMG) KD-10030
1990 Forever You Forever Me (BMG)
1990 Bang On (BMG)

Albums
1986 Feel It (FACTOR/CTL)
1993 Miss My Love (Arista/BMG) 14327

as SHEREE
1989 Sheree (BMG) KCD1-0662


JELLYFISHBABIES
Scott Kendall
(vocals) / Peter Arsenault (guitar) / Dave Schellenberg (bass) / Colleen Britton (drums) / Mike Belitsky (drums; replaced Britton)
Halifax four-piece Jellyfishbabies were the house band at the Flamingo Club. The band released an independent, self-titled, album in 1986 and three days after its release the album went to No.1 on radio station CKDU-FM. The station also included them on the ‘Out of the Fog’ compilation of live recordings from the Flamingo Club in 1987. With sights set on bigger things the Jellyfishbabies decided to make the move to Toronto in 1987 and lost drummer Colleen Britton in the transition. Belitsky (ex-Lone Stars) was the new replacement and did double duty in the band JALE.

Singles
1989 Here She Comes Now/Homage//Famous Blue Raincoat (Snazz) SNAZZ-02

Albums
1986
Jellyfishbabies (Plot) PLOT-001
1990 The Unkind Truth About Rome (Pathetic Romantic/Lone Wolf) LWR-010


JELLYROLL

Singles
1977
Roller Coaster/I Thought I Had the Blues (Force One) FO-1004


JENSON INTERCEPTOR
Charlotte Wiebe (lead vocals, keyboards) / Doug Jenson (lead vocals, guitar) / Kennedy Jenson (keyboards, vocals, woodwinds) / Albert Blaine (bass) / John Fynn (drums) / Ed Johnson (keyboards, vocals; 1979/1983)
Edmonton musical siblings Doug and Kennedy Jenson dabbled in music all through high school along with Doug’s future wife Charlotte Wiebe. Doug and Charlotte’s band Dickens was formed in Coaldale, Alberta, in Wiebe’s mother’s basement in 1976. It wasn’t long before they picked up Ed Johnson and John Fynn respectively and changed the name of the band to Jenson Interceptor (after the European car). Blaine was added on bass and Doug’s sister, Kennedy, stepped in to replace Ed Johnson one month before the band headed out on the road to tackle Alberta’s B-level bar circuit. With steady shows live and appearances on TV they soon came to the attention of House of Lords label owner Ross McKenzie. Through several recording studios (including Sundown Recorders), session musicians (Whitey Glan augmenting drum tracks) and three producers (Jack Richardson, Gerry Dere and Wes Dakus) their self-titled album was released in 1980. Radio played the first single, “Crazy Monkey”, and the flipside, “Tiny Thing” to enthusiastic response. This led to additional TV promotion and a 1981 tour of larger venues in and around Edmonton and other parts of Alberta. The second single, “Heavenly Angels”, brought them more shows outside the province and with the third single, “Fine Man”, pushed the band’s independent release to 30,000 units sold. They notoriety allowed them to hitch a ride on a national tour with Holly Woods And Toronto. Despite the commercial success of the album, House of Lords were verging on bankruptcy. Not wanting to be engulfed in the financial fallout, Jenson Interceptor changed their name to The Cosmetics and proceeded to return to the B-circuit playing Top-40 cover material. Following the collapse of House Of Lords Records, the band was able to reclaim their identity as Jenson Interceptor at which time Ed Johnson returned to replace Kennedy Jenson while Darrel Mayes replaced Fynn. They returned to the studio to complete the second album that had been delayed during the hiatus. RCA Records stepped up to the plate and leased the new album, entitled ‘Cosmetics’ in 1983 from which the single “Pull Me” was released. Alas, the album’s failure to spark at radio put their five-album record deal in jeopardy. The band soon dissolved after interest waned. In 1988 Doug Jenson and Weibe appeared on Gary Lee And Showdown’s ‘New Frontiers In Country Music’ album as backup vocalists. Many years later they appeared on the Holly Woods And Toronto Canadian tour in 2003. They are since divorced; Kennedy Jenson became one of Alberta’s top jazz artists utilizing Tommy Banks on two independent CDs and working in Alberta’s cable television industry. Doug Jenson currently leads Doug Jenson & The Feel Kings who have two albums available; Doug Jenson died from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) on August 6, 2014. with additional notes from Dale R. Basnett.

Singles
1979 Crazy Monkey/Tiny Thing (House of Lords) HOL-2002
1980 Heavenly Angels/Blue Boy (House of Lords) HOL-2003
1981 Fine Man/Cats In the Window (House of Lords) HOL-2006
1981 Do You Want Your Love To Be/ (House of Lords)
1983 Pull Me/Overture (RCA) PB-50736
1983 In Between/Telephone Love Affair (RCA) PB-50752
1989 Your Brother/[same] (DMT) 89-007

Albums
1980 Jenson Interceptor (House of Lords) HLR-10002
1983 Pull Me [4 song EP]
1983 Cosmetics (RCA) KKL1-0505
1989 Charlotte (DMT) 89-011


JERICHO
Frank de Felice
(drums) / Denny Gerrard (bass, vocals) / Gord Fleming (organ, piano, vocals) / Fred Keeler (guitar, vocals)
Jericho was formed in 1970 by former Paupers bassist Denny Gerrard, Fred Keeler (formerly with David Clayton Thomas’s band The Shays) wrote this Toronto band’s only hit record — the Bearsville/Ampex released “Make It Better” which charted for 3 weeks in June 1971. The song peaked at  No.26 on Canada’s CHUM Chart.

Singles
1971 Make It Better/Cheater Man (Bearsville/Ampex) X31003

Albums
1970
Jericho (Bearsville/Ampex) A10112


JERRY JERRY AND THE SONS OF RHYTHM ORCHESTRA
Jerry Jerry
[aka Jerry Woods] (vocals) / Paul Soulodre (guitar) / Anthony Pavlic / Tex Wonderful / Sherri Lee Heschel / Duke Bronfman / Larry Shelast / Ed Dobeck
Formed in Edmonton, Alberta in 1982 as a vehicle for singer Jerry Woods where the band released its debut EP ‘Fighting Socialism’ and a full-length album ‘Road Gore: The Band That Drank Too Much’ before moving to Montréal, Quebéc in 1986 where they signed with Pipeline Records. Their debut album for Pipeline was 1987’s ‘Battle Hymn of the Apartment’ but the label soon went bankrupt and left the band adrift. Jerry Jerry And The Songs Of Rhythm Orchestra were then signed to Aquarius Records in 1990 and released their third album, ‘Don’t Mind If I Do’, was released in 1992. Aquarius also re-issued the band’s first two albums and allowed them to tour extensively through North America. Chart Magazine would rank ‘Battle Hymn of the Apartment’ as the No.74 on their Top100 top Canadian albums of all time. They released their final album ‘The Sound and the Jerry’ in 1997. Jerry Woods move back to Edmonton in 1999. Woods now plays with a punk rock cover band, first as Jerry Jerry And The Diefenbachers and then as The Remones, which includes original Jerry Jerry guitarist Paul Soulodre, as well as Kevin Forbes, Craig Shemely, and former SNFU bassist Dave Bacon.

Singles
1987
Runaway Lane (Pipeline)
1992 Jimmy Reeves (Aquarius)

Albums
1984
Fighting Socialism [EP]
1985
Road Gore: The Band That Drank Too Much (Og) OG-7
1987 Battle Hymn of the Apartment (Pipeline) PIPEDREAM-004
1992 Don’t Mind If I Do (Aquarius) Q2-1565
1997 The Sound and the Jerry


JETT BLACK
Joe Atkins
(vocals, guitar) / Gary Atkins (drums) / Mike Greger (bass; 1984) / John Ryman (keyboards) / Mark Alex Atkins (guitar, vocals) / Sandy (bass; 1986)
Formed by the Atkins brothers in 1983, Jett Black produced a 1984 cassette before heading into the studio for their now collectible ‘Night Flight’ LP. The 1985 album also featured Jeff Jones (Red Rider) on bass and Steel River’s John Dudgeon on additional vocal parts.

Albums
1984 Night Visions (Perceptions Music) PMC-1001
1985 Night Flight (D.B.M.) TBM-1002


JITTERS, The
Blair Packham
(lead vocals, guitars) / Danny Levy (lead guitar, vocals) / Matthew Greenberg (bass, vocals) / Glenn Martin (drums; 3 tenures with band) / David Quinton (drums, vocals; 2 tenures with band) / Peter Nunn (keys; joined 1987) / Jimmy Scotland (drums; 1990)
The Jitters were formed in Toronto, Ontario 1981 by principal songwriters Packham, Levy and Greenberg. Drummer Martin joined them on their second gig. In 1982 they caught the attention of veteran producer Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Kiss) and though they went into the studio with him several times, nothing came of the sessions. The band would help Queen Street poet Robert Priest as his backing band on 1982’s ‘EP’ which was produced by Keith Elshaw. In 1984 director Scott Eldridge helped them garner some national attention with The Jitters’independent video “Take Me As I Am” in 1984. Martin left the Jitters in 1985 to join David Wilcox. He was replaced by Mods/ Stiv Bators Band drummer David Quinton-Steinberg. At this point the band had been together for five years and though they were a popular bar band, gigging-to-make-a-living was becoming a bit of a slog. Still, the Jitters battled on and returned to the studio to try and spark interest in their songs. They recorded demos themselves at Jay Blair’s studio on Dufferin Street in Toronto. This would be the first time they recorded the track that would lead to bigger things: “Last of the Red Hot Fools”. It would be re-recorded a second time with co-producer John Whynot. In 1986 Martin returned to the group where they re-recorded “Last of the Red Hot Fools” for a third time at Comfort Sound in Toronto with guest keyboardist Vic D’Arsie. They entered the song in the annual Q107-FM Homegrown Contest tying for third place overall and winning a spot on the radio station’s compilation LP. By then Martin, again, resumed his work with David Wilcox. Though already in law school at the University of Western Ontario, Quinton-Steinberg rejoined the Jitters. At this time they had the opportunity to open for Huey Lewis and the News at the Canadian National Exhibition and the Kinks at Kingswood Music Theatre which won them many new fans and got the attention of the music industry. Capitol Records were now interested in the Jitters based on several demoed tunes and with additional time in the studio with session drummer Randy Cooke and producer Paul Gross (Lee Aaron, Saga, Everest), the net results became their eponymous debut album  in mid 1987. “Last of the Red Hot Fools” would be released as the first single which became a bona fide hit for them nationally. With Martin back in as drummer for a third tour of duty, a tour of the UK opening for Heart saw the band garner very favourable attention overseas. It took another three years for the second album to be released, and this one saw Packham go south of the border to work with songwriter Jules Shear (Reckless Sleepers). Shear ended up producing the album ‘Louder Than Words’ which attracted very positive critical acclaim for the more mature songwriting and sparser sound of the material. By then Martin had been replaced by drummer Jimmy Scotland. Constant touring of Canadian clubs, however, finally took their toll on the 10 year-old band and finally, in 1991, they decided to call it quits. Packham became a member of Arlene Bishop’s band, produced her records and the two were eventually married. He has continued his own songwriting and performing career including two full length solo CDs on EMI Music Canada, and he continues to host annual events and seminars for the Songwriters Association of Canada. Packham has produced recordings for Andy Kim and Ron Sexsmith, Bob Reid, and former Take 3 member Stacey Kaniuk; Greenberg went to Los Angeles for several years, then formed a country-rock cover band called The Herd with former Brent Lee & The Outsiders member Naoise Sheridan that played the Toronto bar circuit regularly. Greenberg has also toured and done session work for the likes of Lori Yates, Jules Shear, George Fox, and Murray McLauchlan. He would also play under the alias Matt Chezz with Lost Vegas and as ‘Moon’ in The Brothers Grim; Glenn Martin joined country singer D.W. James’ band; Peter Nunn has become an in-demand session player and live touring keyboardist with the likes of Gowan, Alannah Myles, Honeymoon Suite, and The Kings among others; David Quinton-Steinberg is an entertainment lawyer in Toronto who was also a member of Strange Advance’s and Lost & Profounds’ touring bands before resurrecting his original punk The Mods; Packham, Levy, Greenberg and Quinton-Steinberg reformed the Jitters in 2009 for a number of reunion shows each year. with notes from Blair Packham, Matthew Greenberg and David Steinberg. [also see BLAIR PACKHAM]

Singles
1987 Last of the Red Hot Fools/Hard As Nails (Capitol-EMI) 73034
1987 Closer Every Day/Almost Convinced (Capitol-EMI) 73045
1988 That’s When I Needed You/There Goes Love (Capitol-EMI) 73053
1988 Go Ahead N’ Love Me/Take Me As I Am (Capitol-EMI) 73057
1990 The Bridge Is Burning (Capitol-EMI) CDPRO-508
1990 ‘Til the Fever Breaks/The Hard Way (Capitol-EMI) B-73118
1990 I Love Her Now/I Love Her Now [Live] (Capitol-EMI) CDPRO-525

Albums
1987 The Jitters (Capitol-EMI) CLT-48126
1990 Louder Than Words (Capitol-EMI) 94353


JOHANSEN, Glen
Oshawa, Ontario native Glen Johansen is a songwriter/vocalist/multi-instrumentalist who had played keyboards for Ronnie Hawkins before becoming primarily known for his production work with reggae acts Truths & Rights, Otis Gayle, Glen Ricketts, Carl Harvey, Carlene Davis, and Joe Isaacs, plus Martha & The Muffins, Nash The Slash, FM and Tom Treumuth’s studio project Fictions. While operating Integrated Sound in Toronto, Johansen would spend as much free time recording his own songs for possible release in the future. Having worked with Eddy Grant in the past, Johansen was invited to Barbados to record in Grant’s Blue Wave Studios which was smack dab in the middle of a 200 year-old sugar plantation. Johansen’s one and only studio album entitles ‘Walkin’ A Fine Line’ would be completed there. The album spawned the Canadian Contemporary hit “Here We Go Again” and the flip side of the single, Eddy Grant’s “Killer on the Rampage” became a sizable dance hit in Europe. On the album track, ‘War (We Don’t Want It)”, Johansen utilized 16 kids, aged 12-15, from the local Harrison College to record the backing vocals. The kids would later go on to work with Mick Jagger on his “Let’s Work” single during which time Johansen also recorded the demos for Jagger’s ‘Primitive Cool’ LP.

Singles
1987 Walkin’ a Fine Line/Walkin’ a Fine Line (Short Club Version) (Coach House/Trend) CH45-87021
1988 Here We Go Again/Killer on the Rampage (Coach House/Trend) CH45-88025
1988 You (You’re Everything I Need/You Can’t Go Back) CH45-88026
1988 Killer On The Rampage (Short Version)/Killer On the Rampage (Long Version) (Matra) 7MT-017

Albums
1988 Walkin’ a Fine Line (Coach House/Trend) CHLP-21188


JOHNNY AND THE CANADIANS
Johnny Stevens (vocals) / Chuck Grover (guitar) / Billy Hilton (drums) / Ken Gough (guitar)  / Lou Crockett (bass)
Originally known as the Johnny Stevens Sextet, this London, Ontario group who played all the most prestigious dance club around Southern Ontario in the early 1960s. Their manager Saul Holiff got them signed to Columbia Records where they were sent to New York City to record with producer/engineer Lore Crane. The band had just performed with the Dave Clark Five and Crane decided that the songs needed a British Invasion spin. The tunes were released on a single in July 1965 entitled “Say Yeah” b/w “A Million Tears Ago”; Both Hilton and Dengler passed away in the 2000s. with notes from Lou Crockett and Lori Dengler.

Singles
1965
Say Yeah!/A Million Tears Ago (Columbia) 4-43353


JOHNS, Rita
This Canadian Soul singer released several singles and one album in the early ’80s on Jingle Machine Records. “Six Days in November” was released at the end of 1979 and spilled over into early 1980 just scraping the lower part of the RPM Adult Contemporary Singles chart. The follow-up single, “A Little Bit Of Love”, fared slightly better with several weeks in the RPM Adult Contemporary Singles chart Top30 during the summer of 1980.  Her co-writer was David Schindler. Both writers also penned songs for American artist Buba & Bear. Johns was a regular performer on television including appearances on The Bob McLean Show (October 20, 1977). She was nominated for ‘Most Promising Female Vocalist’ at the 1982 JUNO Awards. with notes from William C. Smith.

Singles
1979
One Woman Show (Jingle Machine) JM-2404-01
1979 Six Days In November (Jingle Machine) JM-2404-02
1980 Little Bit of Love (Jingle Machine) JM-2404-03
1983 (She’s In Love) With Her/Angela (Jingle Machine) JMR-8301
1983 Falling In Love From The Second Row (Jingle Machine)
1983 Haunted by Love (Extended North American Remix)/Haunted By Love (European Mix) [12″] (Somersault) XCSPS-2867

Albums
1981 One Woman Show (Jingle Machine) JM-81a-240401


JOHNSON, Debbie
Singer/songwriter and keyboardist Debbie Johnson got her musical start at the age of 10 with her musical heritage, The Johnson Family (featuring her mother, father, brothers and sister). She later moved on with sister Joanne and brothers Rick and Eddie to create the R & B act Sweet Ecstacy. As a solo artist she gained acclaim with her 1987 hit “Mama Said Why” which got her nominated for a JUNO Award as ‘Most Promising Female Vocalist’. The single was followed up with two years of intense work with producer/engineer Rich Dodson (Stampeders) on her debut album ‘Just Like Magic’ (1989). Following the album release, she toured with the Fashion Heartbeat Tour to promote the album and raised awareness for the Heart And Stroke Foundation. After getting signed as a dance artist to Aquarius in 1991, two hit singles in 1992 — “I’ll Respect You” and “Power To The People” — also received two more JUNO nominations in the dance and R & B categories.

Singles
1987 Just Like Magic/Secret Confrontation (Marigold) MPL-733
1987 Mama Said Why/Mama Said Why (Remix) (Marigold) MPL-735
1988 Dance With Me/Just Imagination (Marigold) MPL-738
1988 Mega Love/Because of You (Marigold) MPL-745
1989 Best Friend/If You Want To (Marigold) MPL-746
1989 Magic Of Love/Magic Of Love (Marigold) MPL-749
1990 Love Of My Life/[same] (Marigold) MPL-753
1991 I’ll Respect You [5 remix 12″] (Aquarius/Capitol) Q1-16051
1992 Power To The People [5 remix 12″] (Aquarius/Capitol) Q1-16052
1992 Everlasting Love (Club Mix)/Everlasting Love (Forever Mix)//So Excited (Club Mix)/So Excited (Radio Mix) (Aquarius/Capitol) Q1-16055

with DEBBIE JOHNSON & RICH DODSON

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

with DEBBIE JOHNSON & DEMO CATES
1987 Secret Love [Stereo]/Secret Love [Mono] (Marigold) MPL-742

Albums
1988 Just Imagination [5 song EP] (Marigold) MPLS-1202
1989 Just Like Magic (Marigold) MPLS-1203
1991 So Excited (Aquarius/Capitol) AQ-562


JOINT EFFECT, A
Formed in Fredericton, New Brunswick, A Joint Effect was a popular act in the city who performed one final live show that was recorded in 1974 and released on Little Records as ‘Final Effect’. It has since been re-issued on vinyl and CD by Void Records.

Albums
1974
Final Effect (Little) LR-101


JOLI, France
Born: January 26, 1963 in Dorion, Quebéc
France Joli began singing in her home in Dorion, Quebéc at age four. By 1974, at eleven years old, she began singing in talent shows and contests. Her first record, “Come to Me”, was released in 1979 at the age of sixteen. The record would spend 8 weeks with a peak position of No.15 on the Billboard singles chart. By this time she had gained enough popularity to appear regularly on American TV shows such as Bob Hope, Dinah Shore, Merv Griffin, and The Midnight Special. She also did a stint with Peaches & Herb and Tuxedo Junction at the Riviera Casino in Las Vegas. In 1982, she opened for The Commodores at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. She continued to release sporadic singles and, in October 1998, put out a new album entitled ‘If You Love Me’.
with notes from Michael Harkins.

Singles
7″ singles
1979 Come To Me/Let Go (Prelude/Unidisc)
1980 The Heart To Break The Heart/Feel Like Dancing (Prelude/Unidisc)
1980 This Time (I’m Giving All I’ve Got)/Tough Luck (TGO/Capitol-EMI) TGS-501
1982 Gonna Get Over You (Prelude/Unidisc)
1982 Your Good Lovin’ (Prelude/Unidisc)
1983 Girl In The 80s (Epic)
1983 Blue Eyed Technology (Epic/CBS) 34-04254
1984 Dumb Blonde (Epic)
1985 Does He Dance (Epic)
1996 Touch (Popular)
1997 Breakaway (Popular)
1997 Breakaway: Part 2 (Popular)
1998 Save Me (Monogram)

12″ singles
1979 Come To Me/Let Go (Prelude/Unidisc)
1980 The Heart To Break The Heart (Prelude/Unidisc)
1982 Gonna Get Over You (Prelude/Unidisc)
1982 Gonna Get Over You [Spanish Version] (Prelude/Unidisc)
1983 Girl In The 80s (Epic)
1983 Blue Eyed Technology (Epic)
1985 Does He Dance (Epic)

Albums
1979 France Joli (Prelude/Unidisc) PRL-12170
1980 Tonight (Prelude/Unidisc) PRL-12179
1982 France Joli Now (Prelude/Unidisc) PRL-14103
1983 Attitude (Epic)
1985 Witch of Love (Epic)
1993 Greatest Hits (Epic)
1998 If You Love Me (Monogram)


JOLLY TAMBOURINE MAN
Stewart Black (guitar, drums; vocals) / Richard Cubbins (keyboards) / Paul Peterson (guitar) / Dave Howard (drums) / Evan Taylor (bass, vocal) / Steve Rhodes (vocals, tambourine) / Ian Blurton (drums) / Caroline Savage (accordion)
Having completely worn out their welcome at various venues in Toronto, Blibber & The Ratcrushers called it a day. In early 1983 original Blibber members Black, Taylor and Peterson reformed for a ‘Battle of the Bands’ at a Scarborough high school and called themselves Jolly Tambourine Man. The highlight of the new act was Taylor’s old friend Steve Rhodes on vocals, tambourine and jumping around maniacally on stage. Cubbins was soon out of the band and their first show was to do an opening slot at the Beverly Tavern with the band GBH, but Dave Howard provoked a fight outside the club and the Toronto Police broke up the show. The band spent the entire summer of 1983 performing around the Queen Street circuit with Black as the sole drummer. They recorded an 8 song demo which spawned the fan favourites “Nazi Punks Go Bowling”, “Lisa Burger” and “Apple Strudel Man”. Personnel changes ensued – including the firing of Peterson and Taylor who would revive Blibber & The Ratcrushers which began a rivalry between the two bands. Caroline Savage from Fifth Column added accordion and future Change of Heart member Ian Blurton. The Jolly Tambourine Man opened their own ‘Strudel Pit’ Wednesday night showcases at the Upper Lip on Yonge Street where bands like Dave Howard Singers, The Viletones and Change of Heart would also appear. Following the successful sale of 350 cassettes, JTM recorded the 7” single ‘Double A-side’ featuring “Apple Strudel Man” and “Sweater in Sri Lanka”. A video was made by filmmaker Bill Davis and MuchMusic was playing it up to four times daily by the end of 1984. After receiving critical success but commercial failure due to distribution issues  the band was set to showcase with other artists from their label Assembly Language Records when Blurton decided at the last minute to switch from drums to guitar in the middle of the show – an instrument he hadn’t played previously with JTM. The showcase bombed and major labels and publishers in attendance passed on the band. Friction between Blurton and Black resulted in one final, flame-out, gig at the Cameron House. Black would go on to replace the late Brat X in Gospel Shoppe before reconciling with Evan Taylor for a final version of Blibber & The Ratcrushers. with notes from Stewart Black.

Singles
1984 Apple Strudel Man/Sweater In Sri Lanka [aka Double B-side] (Assembly Language) 03

Albums
1983
Jolly Tambourine Man [8 song cassette]


courtesy David Sampson

JON AND LEE AND THE CHECKMATES
Lee Jackson [aka Michael Ferry] (lead vocals) / Michael Fonfara (piano, organ) / Dave McDevitt (bass) / Al Dorsey (guitar) / Paul Carrier (drums) / Larry Leishman (guitar; replaced Dorsey) / Peter Hodgson (bass; replaced McDevitt 1964) / Dave Brown (drums; replaced Carrier) / Wes Morris (drums; replaced Brown) / John “Jon” Finley (vocals) / Jeff Cutler (drums; replaced Cutler)
The Checkmates originally started in Toronto in 1962 as a six-piece of Jackson (vocals), Fonfara (organ), McDevitt (bass), Dorsey (guit), Carrier (drums) and a saxophone player named Hilmar. In 1963 Leishman replaced Dorsey and later that year Hodgson replaced McDevitt. By March 1964, Morris replaced Carrier (with a brief transition by Dave Brown) and John Finley was brought in by Leishman and Hodgson at which time the band became Jon And Lee And The Checkmates. Lastly, within 6 months, Morris was replaced by Cutler. They played mostly high schools and teen dances and moved up to larger venues such as Maple Leaf Gardens where they opened for the Rolling Stones twice in 1964-65 and for a crowd of 65,000 at Toronto’s Nathan Phillips’ Square. US gigs followed with regular appearances alongside the Young Rascals at New York City’s Phone Booth club and playing Shea Stadium with the likes of The Chiffons and The Temptations. It took until 1967 before they were able to score a hit with the song “Bring It Down Front” on Sparton Records. When the band eventually split Fonfara and Leishman were still performing in Toronto as The Checkmates and eventually brought in David-Clayton Thomas and became his backing band. Fonfara and Finley would later join American group Rhinoceros followed by Leishman and Hodgson who had a major hit with the instrumental “Apricot Brandy” in 1969. Fonfara has since become a renowned keyboardist with the likes of Lou Reed, The Lincolns, Foreigner, Electric Flag, Virgil Scott and others; Finley played in several soul acts before moving to LA as a songwriter – he penned the hot “I Will Serenade You” for Three Dog Night; Hodgson joined Rough Trade briefly; the other members all left the music business. with notes from John Finley.

Singles

as THE JON-LEE GROUP
1967
Bring It Down Front/Pork Chops (Sparton) P-1617


JONES GROUP, Mike
Mike Jones
(vocals) / Bob Panetta (lead guitar) / Roger Rodier (bass) / Richard Dupuis (guitar) / Earl Kimble (drums) / George Legrady (keyboards) / Joey Campelone (bass; replaced Rodier) / Ricky Lasnier (lead guitar; replaced Panetta) / Bill Smith (rhythm guitar; replaced Dupuis)
Bob Panetta and Michel Lachance met St-Germain High School in Ville St-Laurent, Montréal and were initially in a band called The Forgotten. After auditioning for The Rabble’s manager Mel Younger, they recruited new members Kimble and Rodier and Lachance changed his name to Mike Jones as he was now employed as a studio engineer. They renamed the band The Mike Jones Group in late 1965. Legrady was the last to join in January 1966. They rehearsed in the basement of a suburban house in Beaconsfield in north Montréal. They played weekends mainly in French Canadian dance halls. They often played material by the Animals, Kinks and other mid-period British Invasion cover tunes. They were working up original material and traveled to New York to record some demos. By the end of 1966 they would attract the attention of Haunted manager and Jet Records owner Don Wayne Patterson. The “Each And Every Day”/”Funny Feeling” single was recorded in a Montréal studio where Lachance would later work. He became so busy he had to quit the group and thereby ending the band in mid-1968. Smith and Legrady would go on to join the final line-up of The Haunted. Legrady then joined another band called The Edge. with notes from Andre Gibeault, Bob Panetta, and George Legrady.

Singles

1967 Each And Every Day/Funny Feeling (JET) JET-4001


JORDAN, Marc
Born: Marc Wallace Jordan on March 6, 1948 in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
Marc Jordan is a Brooklyn-born son of a Canadian singer who made a living on US radio programs. Growing up in Canada, Jordan first came to the public eye as a back-up musician for Bobby Vee. After three back-to-back albums for Warner that did nothing in the US but spawned the seminal Canadian hits “Marina Del Rey” and “Survival”, Jordan jumped ship and signed to Rio who released his live-from-the-El Mocambo LP ‘Marc Jordan – Live” in 1980. Jordan’s band consisted of Rick Gratton (drums), Michael Farquharson (bass), Peter Mueller (guitar), and Dave Morrow (keyboards) with Sharron-Lee Williams and Colina Philips on background vocals. Jordan moved to LA in the early ’80’s to become a session musician/songwriter for the likes of Juice Newton, Diana Ross, Chicago and The Manhattan Transfer. Jordan was signed as a solo artist to Atlantic Records for two years without releasing an album. Jordan and the label came to lager heads over producer of his album – Jordan wanted Paul Devilliers whom the label thought was too inexperienced. Devilliers went on to produce the monster selling ‘Welcome to the Real World’ by Mr. Mister. Jordan and Atlantic soon parted company and in an ironic twist, ended up being picked up by Mr. Mister manager George Ghiz who landed Jordan on the band’s RCA label and he finally got to work with Devillier on 1987’s album oriented ‘Talking Through Pictures’. 1990 saw Jordan in a serious peacenik mode with the conservation subtext of ‘C.O.W.’, an acronym for Conserve Our World. The album featured the previously released charity single “Burn Down the Amazon” with the heavy weight vocal additions of Timothy B. Schmidt, Jane Weidlin, Nicolette Larson, Olivia Newton-John, Bruce Hornsby, Boy Meets Girl, Rita Coolidge and Brenda Russell. At the same time Rod Stewart was putting the finishing touches on his ‘Vagabond Heart’ album when WEA UK pushed Stewart to add a ‘single’ to the record. The chairman of the label, Rob Dickens, remembered a 1984 demo by Marc Jordan and John Capek called “Rhythm of My Heart” and Stewart loved the rough, bagpipe-laced demo. Trevor Horn was brought in to produce the song and it was added at the last minute to the album. It became a million selling single that propelled the album to triple platinum but it almost didn’t happen because its subtle war references were deemed too offensive for BBC Radio during the Persian Gulf War. Fortunately, the war ended and the original tune was issued without the need for Jordan to rewrite it. By 1993 Jordan had tired of the Los Angeles scene and wanted to spend more time with wife Amy Sky. His 1993 jazz album for Warner Music was called ‘Reckless Valentine’. To cash in on Jordan’s resurgence in recent years they re-issued his back catalog on CD with a push to radio for Gold classics such as “Marina Del Rey” and “Survival”. Jordan continues to write prolifically and performs frequently as part of the Songwriters Association ‘Bluebird North’ traveling songwriting seminars. with notes from Simon Jensen.

Singles
1974 It’s A Fine Line/Willie’s Gone (Denali) SG-1001
1975 New York Kids/[same] (Columbia/CBS) C4-4080
1978 Survival/Lost Because You Can’t Be Found (Warner/WEA) WB-6904
1978 One Step Ahead Of The Blues/Survival (Warner/WEA) WB-8599
1978 Marina Del Rey (Edit)/Red Desert (Warner/WEA) WB-8659
1979 I’m A Camera/Tattooed Lady (Warner/WEA) WB-0141
1979 Release Yourself (Warner/WEA)
1979 Twilight (Warner/WEA)
1980 Generalities/From Nowhere To This Town (Warner/WEA) WB-0174
1980 New York New York/Potential And Air (Rio) RIO-708
1980 Secrets/From Nowhere to This Town (Rio) RIO-714
1981 You Found Out/Spanish Town (Arista) ASO-622
1987 Catch The Moon/Talking Through Pictures (RCA/BMG) PB-49569
1987 I Was Your Fool (Remix)/Inside The Glass Bead (RCA/BMG) PB-51001
1987 Shadow Dance [Theme From ‘Shadow Dancing’]/This Independence (RCA/BMG) PB-51038
1987 This Independence (Edit)/This Independence (LP Version) [7” & 12”] (RCA/BMG) RCA-5274
1987 Catch The Moon (Remix)/Talking Through Pictures (RCA/BMG) 5359-7-R
1987 Catch The Moon [12″] (RCA/BMG) 6795
1989 Burn Down The Amazon
1990 Edge Of The World
1993 Til The Last Teardrop Falls [with Exchange and Amy Sky] (Warner)
1993 Waiting For a Miracle (Warner)
1994 Back Street Boy (Warner)
2008 Every Time It Snows/Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas [DigiFile]

Albums
1977 Marc Jordan (RCA) RCA-88503
1978 Mannequin (Warner Bros.) KBS-3143
1979 Blue Desert (Warner Bros.) QBS-3362
1980 Marc Jordan – Live [At The El Mocambo] (Rio)  RIO-1000
1983 Hole In The Wall (Sound Design) 1342-8
1987 Talking Through Pictures (RCA) 5907-1-R
1990 C.O.W. [Conserve Our World] (BMG) 9640-1-R
1993 Reckless Valentine (Sin-Drome) SD-8899
1996 Cool Jam Black Earth (Cafe) MAGCD-71
1997 Live: Now & Then (PEG) PEG-CD-071
1999 This Is How Men Cry (Blue Note/EMI) 20419
2002 Living in Marina del Rey and Other Stories (EMI) E-239903
2005 Make Believe Ballroom (Blue Note/EMI) 98415
2010 Crucifix in Dreamland (EMI) 918003


JORDAN, Sass
Born: December 23, 1962 in Birmingham, England.

Rock singer-songwriter, TV personality, actress and award-winning recording artist Sass Jordan, whose husky-toned voice was once described by People Magazine as “pained but indomitable,” was born in Birmingham, England in the early ‘60s to a French professor and an actress/ballet dancer. The family initially travelled the world, settling for a time in Pondicherry, India following a lengthy voyage on a Russian tramp steamer. Here, Jordan attended a Catholic girls’ school, studied the Tamil language and made her screen debut in the NFB documentary, ‘The India Trip’. In the late ‘60s, the family settled in Montréal, Québec. Jordan`s love of seminal American music and the rock music of the day, heard on local progressive rock radio station CHOM-FM, became the inspiration for her initial foray into the music world as a vocalist, bass player, and even flautist, in her first band Sweet Thunder, which at one point brought her to the attention of producer Phil Ramone, who offered her the opportunity to record in New York. Opting to remain in Montréal, she subsequently joined local group The Next as bass player/vocalist. That group evolved into “New Wave” quartet, The Pinups, which became popular on the club circuit in eastern Canada and the US with Jordan on vocals and bass. By the early ‘80s, and with the dissolution of The Pinups, Jordan had begun writing material and cutting demos for a solo career while making frequent forays into New York to scope out the music scene there. During this period, she became one of the first veejays in Canada as host and interviewer on local Montréal video show, ‘RadioVideo’ – a precursor to French-language video network MusiquePlus – and sang background vocals on a record being produced for the Teen Beats, managed by Simon Fuller (‘American Idol’, Spice Girls, et al), who was at that point splitting his time between the UK and Montréal. Jordan also worked in a similar capacity with popular Montréal group, The Box, with which she toured and appeared in a number of their videos. She also co-wrote the song “Rain” which was Michael Breen’s only hit. In the late ‘80s, Jordan signed with Montréal label Aquarius Records and her debut album, ‘Tell Somebody,’ which brought Jordan her first JUNO Award and platinum-certified album, was released in 1988. From the outset, her singing and performing talents were promoted by some of the biggest names in rock music: Gene Simmons of KISS, who was responsible for her first move into Los Angeles; various members of the bands Cheap Trick and Van Halen and the late chart-topping composer Michael Kamen, whose recommendation would later lead to an audition for a lead role in the film ‘Die Hard 3’ opposite Bruce Willis. Along the way, she also developed a friendship with late counter-culture guru, Dr. Timothy Leary. Into the ’90s and now based in Los Angeles, Jordan’s sophomore disc ‘Racine’ found her gravitating to the southwest and its musical influences. The album brought her the title of ‘Album Rock’s Top Female Artist’ for 1992 from Billboard magazine. During this period, there was also a duet with Joe Cocker (“Trust in Me”) on ‘The Bodyguard’ – the biggest selling soundtrack album of all time – and an acting role on the hit TV series ‘Sisters’ alongside Sela Ward. Her songs have also appeared in numerous TV shows including ‘Melrose Place’, ‘Party of Five’, ‘Baywatch’ and ‘Knight Rider’. Her third album ‘Rats’ reflected a particularly difficult time in her life and career, though at this point she was touring the world with artists like Aerosmith and Whitesnake with a few side trips to exotic locations like Bali and Indonesia. She made a management change and endured a financial crisis and a difficult drug-infested relationship. By the late ‘90s, newly married, she had moved from Los Angeles to a heritage stone farmhouse in southern Ontario and given birth to a daughter. She subsequently recorded two more albums, ‘Present’ (1997) and ‘Hot Gossip’ (2004), both of which reflected her renewed positive outlook. As an actress, she was featured in the Toronto and Winnipeg productions of ‘The Vagina Monologues’ before heading for New York to take on the lead role of Janis Joplin in the off-Broadway hit musical ‘Love Janis’. In 2003, the year she took on duties as a judge on the TV ratings blockbuster, ‘Canadian Idol’, Jordan shared the stage with The Rolling Stones, AC/DC and others as part of the history-making SARS relief concert in Toronto. In the late ‘90s and into the new millennium, Jordan also participated in a number of international tours with Voices of Classic Rock (Loverboy’s Mike Reno and Rainbow/Deep Purple’s Joe Lynn Turner, Deep Purple/Black Sabbath’s Glenn Hughes), of which she was the only female artist. Her 2006 album, ‘You Get What You Give,’ a celebration of the rough-hewn beauty of American roots music, was recorded in Nashville with blues-roots expert Colin Linden (Blackie & The Rodeo Kings) in the role of collaborator, musician and producer. Following the final airing of ‘Canadian Idol’ in the fall of 2008 after six seasons, Jordan issued her seventh studio album, ‘From Dusk ‘Til Dawn’ (2009), while continuing to tour selectively. She made frequent guest appearances on TV and radio and collaborated as a writer with a number of artists in a wide-range of musical genres including Grammy-nominated recording artist, composer and producer John Forté (The Fugees) and drummer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Slash, Billy Idol, Foreigner), who had played drums on her ‘Rats’ album. In 2011, the working relationship with Tichy evolved into the hard rock band S.U.N. (Something Unto Nothing) which also featured drummer Tommy Stewart (Godsmack, Everclear) and bass player Marty O`Brien (We Are the Fallen, Tommy Lee, Disturbed).  The group began recording its debut album in 2011 and played its first major live show at the Viper Room in L.A. in March of 2012 as the first/song/video, “Nomad,” was released.

Singles
1988 Tell Somebody/No More (Aquarius) AQ-6040
1989 Double Trouble/Hi Time Tonight (Aquarius) AQ-6044
1989 Double Trouble/Tell Somebody [12″] (Aquarius) 16044
1989 Stranger Than Paradise/Tell Somebody (Aquarius) AQ-6048
1989 So Hard/Double Trouble (Aquarius) AQ-6049
1992 Make You A Believer/Where There’s A Will There’s A Way (Impact/Island – US)
1992 You Don’t Have To Remind Me/Make You A Believer [7″](Impact/Island – US) 54490
1992 Make You A Believer (Impact/Island – US) IPT5P-2193
1992 If You’re Gonna Love Me (Impact/Island – US) IPT5P-2287
1992 Pissin’ Down Again (Impact/Island – US) IPT5P-3023
1993 Who Do You Think You Are (Aquarius) DPRO-6060
1993 High Road Easy/Rescue Me/Big Blue Plantation/Funk #49 [CD-EP] EMI-8812312
1993 High Road Easy/Head (MCA – US) MCA-54799
1994 Son’s Gonna Rise (MCA – US) MCA5P-3078
1994 Ugly (MCA – US) MCA5P-3095
1997 Do What I Can (Aquarius)
1998 Desire (Aquarius)
2009 Why Did You (Kindling/Fontana/WEA – US)

with S.U.N.
2012
Nomad

Albums

1988 Tell Somebody (Aquarius) AQR-552
1992 Racine (Aquarius) AQR-564
1994 Rats (Aquarius/EMI)
1997 Present (Aquarius) AQR-583
2001 Rough And Tough (EMI PLUS – EU) 576366-2
2004 Hot Gossip (Aquarius) AQR-594
2005 Best of Sass Jordan (Aquarius) AQR-609
2006 Get What You Give (Horizon) HRCD-8200
2009 From Dusk Til Dawn (Kindling/Fontana/WEA – US) BG-16029


JORDANA, Michaele
Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Michaele Jordana Berman first gained attention as a pop artist in 1976 with her solo exhibition of large super-realist paintings at Toronto’s Isaacs Gallery. Berman’s painterly approach and strong content quickly landed her paintings in the permanent collections of The National Gallery of Canada, Art Bank, and corporate collections such as First City Trust, and international private collections. The success of her paintings of whales opened the way for her to explore other art forms, including photography. The primal images she took in the Arctic were featured at The Isaacs Gallery in her exhibition “Carnivore”. She went on to write the ‘Manifesto of Performance Art’ with artist Wendy Knox Leet, while producing attention-getting multimedia performance works with composer Douglas Pringle (Syrinx). Michaele Berman the painter was soon transformed into Michaele Jordana the performance artist and singer. By 1978 her boundary pushing collaborations with Pringle in performance art extended to her being the vocalist for Toronto New Wave/Punk band The Poles. The release of the single “CN Tower” led the band to perform at venues such as The Crash ‘n’ Burn in Toronto, plus the legendary CBGB’s and Max Kansas City in New York City with acts like Devo, The Ramones, and Patti Smith. Following the demise of The Poles, Jordana was hailed as the ‘It Girl” by writer Peter Goddard in the Toronto Star. She would win the first CASBY Award from CFNY and a JUNO Award nomination for her debut album ‘Romance at the Roxy’.  The album was produced at Nimbus 9 and produced the single “I’m Eighteen” (a cover of the classic Alice Cooper hit). After leaving the spotlight when her daughter was born, Michaele re-emerged a few years later with a series of television documentaries.  In the film ‘Face to Face’, Jordana is shown forming a video crew with disabled teenagers who are on the threshold of integration. ‘Face to Face’ has been broadcast internationally, and won a silver medal at ‘The New York Film and Television Festival’. Jordana has worked extensively in the field of education in University and public school environments, developing innovative programs in visual arts, video and multimedia. Commissioned by Industry Canada for Canada’s SchoolNet, she pioneered online learning with AIERbrush – the Artists in Electronic Residence web site. She continues to do online digital artwork and design for corporate clients such as architects Reitch+Petch Architects and Taylor Exhibits. Jordana and Syrinx founder Doug Pringle’s daughter is TV and movie actress Ramona Pringle. with note from Michaele Berman. [also see THE POLES]

Singles
1980
I’m Eighteen/Hologram Man (Attic) AT-238

Albums
1980
Romance At the Roxy (Attic) LAT-1101


JOSHUA
Carl Burgess / Bill Broadhurst / Pat Gamble / Don Dunlop / Al Feth

Woodstock, Ontario’s Gospel rock quintet Joshua were signed to GRT Records in 1971 and had four charting singles over a two year period.

Singles
1971 Throw A Rope/Thoughts (GRT) 1230-09
1971 Bow Down (To The Dollar)/Peace Of Mind (GRT) 1230-15
1972 Poor Folks/Two Day Love Affair (GRT) 1230-23
1972 Come On Home/Thoughts (GRT) 1230-33

Albums
1972 Joshua (GRT) 9230-1013


JR. GONE WILD
Mike McDonald
(guitar, vocals) / Mark Brostrom (bass) / Kim Upright (drums) / Graham Brown (guitar) / Cameron Noyes (bass) / Tom Wolfe / Adele Wolfe / Will Pontez / Paul Paetz / David Lawson (guitar) / Dave “Dove” Brown (bass) / Ed Dobek (drums) / Ian Cook (drums; replaced Dobek) / Chris Smith (pedal steel, guitar) / Bernice Pelletier (vocals) / Ford Pier (keyboards) / Terry Cox (guitar; replaced Lawson 1988) / Steve Loree (guitar) / Lance Loree (guitar) / Anne Loree (keyboards; 1995) / Larry Shelast (drums)
Jr. Gone Wild was formed in 1982 in Calgary, Alberta with Mike McDonald (Malibu Kens, Jerry Jerry & The Sons of Rhythm Orchestra), Tom and Adele Wolfe and Will Pontez. Following only a handful of shows around town, McDonald relocated to Edmonton and put a new version of Jr. Gone Wild together featuring David Lawson, Dave Brown and Ed Dobek. This line-up fell apart after the indie release ‘Less Art, More Pop!’ in 1988. McDonald did manage to squeeze out another album in 1989 from the band’s final sessions entitled ‘Folk You (The Guido Sessions)’. McDonald and Dave Brown carried on with a constantly rotating line-up. Their 1990 album on Stony Plain, ‘Too Dumb To Quit’, was produced by Chilliwack’s Bill Henderson. Two more albums followed with progressively declining sales and the group finally split up following their cross-Canada tour in 1995 when they received word that Stony Plain had dropped them. with notes from Mike McDonald.

Albums
1986
Less Art, More Pop! (BYC) BYC-013
1989 Folk You (The Guido Sessions) [cassette] (independent) NCC-1701
1990 Too Dumb to Quit (Stony Plain) SPCD-1160
1992 Pull the Goalie (Stony Plain) SPCD-1181
1994 Too Dumb To Quit [re-issue] (Taxim – GER) TX-2017-2TA
1995 Simple Little Wish (Stony Plain) SPCD-1201
2017 Brave  New Waves Session [LP] (Artoffact) AOF-303

with THREE DEAD TROLLS IN A BAGGIE & JR. GONE WILD
1995
Live at the Hyperbole (independent)


JULIETTE
Born:
Juliette Augustina Sysak August 27, 1926 in St. Vital, Manitoba
Died: October 26, 2017 in Vancouver, British Columbia
Juliette – as she’d be known professionally – grew up in a Ukrainian suburb of Winnipeg developing her singing skills at community halls and talent shows. Following a move with her family to Vancouver when she was 10, Juliette –  –  began her singing career in 1940 as a featured singer with the Dal Richards Band at the Hotel Vancouver. By the age of 15 she fronted her own CBC radio show. Though she performed on the ‘Alan Young Radio Show’ with the Lucio Agostini Orchestra 1943-1944, she spent most of her formative years based in Vancouver performing on ‘Burns Chuckwagon’ with the Rhythm Pals and her own ‘Here’s Juliette.’ Juliette would record a single for Vancouver’s Aragon label with the Rhythm Pals in 1953 called “I Keep Telling Myself”. Soon after marrying singer Tony Cavazzi [the two remained married for 40 years until his death] the couple moved to Toronto in 1954, where Juliette teamed up with Gino Silvi on the CBC Radio program ‘Gino and Juliette’. She also made guest appearances on the show ‘Holiday Ranch’. Also in 1954 Juliette appeared on the recording of songwriter Dolores Claman’s musical comedy ‘Timber!’. She would also cut two 78 RPM records for RCA’s X imprint in 1954 including the song “I Can’t Smoke You Out of My Heart”. In 1955 Juliette was hired as a featured vocalist on big band leader Billy O’Connor’s ‘The Late Show’. However, her popularity soon began to eclipse O’Connor’s and the friction from this between the two stars through 1956 resulted in Juliette inheriting O’Connor’s Saturday night time slot. Her show was a CBC musical variety program ‘The Juliette Show’, beginning in 1956, where she was introduced each episode as “your pet, Juliette.” The show was broadcast immediately after the ‘Hockey Night In Canada’s’ Saturday night hockey games on the CBC and just before the National News which drew a considerable audience of hockey fans eventually making her show the third highest rated in Canadian TV. Juliette was accompanied by a male performer known affectionately as ‘escorts’ each season such as Bobby Gimby and George Murray in 1956-1957, Roy Roberts in 1957-1958, and Ken Steele in 1958-1959. She also called on two regular vocal groups as regular performers – The Four Romeos from 1959 to 1965 and The Four Mice from 1960 to 1964. The show was cancelled in 1966.  It was in the mid-1960s that Juliette looked at becoming a proper recording artist and signed with RCA’s Camden label where she released three albums ‘Juliette’ (1968), ‘Juliette’s Christmas World’ (1968), and Juliette’s Country World’ (1969). She had been dogged by critics from her TV days as being ‘bland’ and this spilled over into her music career. The albums sold modestly and she decided to return to television where her audience was more familiar with her.  Juliette hosted the CBC TV talk show ‘After Noon’ from 1969-1971 and then a half-hour CBC afternoon talk show called ‘Juliette and Friends’ from 1973-1975 featuring appearances by rotating sidekicks like Larry Solway, Bill Lawrence, and Doug Lennox. In 1975 she was appointed the Member of the Order of Canada. In 1995 Juliette was selected Queen of Saranac Lake, New York at their winter carnival. In 1999 she would still occassionally perform with band leader Dal Richards and was also inducted into the Canadian Walk of Fame. Juliette was the subject of a ‘Life and Times’ biography on the CBC which aired September 8, 2002. She retired to Vancouver and only made occassional public appearances such as the 85th birthday of Dal Richards in 2004. She died peacefull at the age of 91 surrounded by family on October 26, 2017.

Singles
as JULIETTE
1954
I Can’t Smoke You Out of My Heart/I Don’t Believe It But Say It Again (X/RCA) X-34
1969 Christmas Is a Day of Miracles/Silent Night (RCA/Victor) SPC-45-81

as JULIETTE WITH THE RHYTHM PALS
1953 I Keep Telling Myself/Bought For a Song (Aragon) AR-253

Albums
1968
Juliette (Camden/RCA) CAS-2223
1968 Juliette’s Christmas World (Camden/RCA) CAS-2279
1969 Juliette’s Country World’ (Camden/RCA) CAS-2341


JURY, The
George Johns
(rhythm guitar) / Bruce Walker (vocals) / Terry Kenny (lead guitar, vocals) / Roland Blaquire (bass) / Kenny Rae [aka Ken Hordichuck] (drums)
Winnipeg, Manitoba’s instrumental guitar act The Phantoms formed in 1964. They became The Jury after adding vocals in 1965 and recorded several singles for London Records but didn’t chart nationally until their single for Quality Records, “Please Forget Her”, spent time in September 1966 on the RPM Top100 singles chart.

Singles
1965 Until You Do/Not Guilty (London) M-17338
1965 I Tried To Tell Her/You’d Better Be On Your Way (London) M-17341
1965 Back In My World/It’s Been A Long Time (London) M-17345
1966
Please Forget Her/Who Dat? (Quality) 1828X


JUSTIN TYME
John Wittman / Jim Maxwell / Garnet Schneider / Don Gunter

Winnipeg’s Justin Tyme, led by songwriter Garnet Schneider, signed to Warner Brothers in 1969. They released one single that year “Nonsense Child” backed with “Miss Felicity Grey”. They followed that up with their only national hit “Child of Dawn”.

Singles
1969 Nonsense Child/Miss Felicity Grey (Warner Brothers) WB-5020                               1970 Child of Dawn (Warner Brothers) WB-5022


JUST US, The
Gary Muir (lead vocals; 1964) / Bill Ross (guitar) / Al Morrison (drums) / Ed Roth (keyboards) / Brian Hughes (bass) / Neil Merryweather [aka Neil Lilley] (vocals, guitar, bass) / / Wayne Davis (bass) / / Bob Ablack (drums) / Stan Endersby (guitar; replaced Ross) / Jimmy Livingston (lead vocals; replaced Muir 1965) / Coffi Hall [with The Tripp] / David Colin Burt [with The Tripp] / Richard Bell (keyboards) [with Livingston’s Journey] Toronto, Ontario act formed in late 1964 with Muir, Merryweather, Ross , Roth and Ablack. With Wayne Davis coming over from C.J. Feeney and The Spellbinders in early 1965 the line-up was complete. They signed to Quality Records soon after and released their single “I Don’t Love You” in the summer. By the fall, Jimmy Livingston (ex-The Mynah Birds) joined as new lead vocalist with Merryweather sharing vocals and shifting to guitar. Ross would then leave to joing David Clayton-Thomas and The Bossmen in early 1966 so Davis brought in former Spellbinders band mate Stan Endersby to be the new guitarist. But by the middle of 1966, Davis also left and joined Bobby Kris and The Imperials. Merryweather filled his spot on bass. Just Us then changed their name to The Tripp after they became aware of an American recording act with the same name. The Tripp became regulars on the Yorkville and Yonge street stip music circuit for the remainder of 1966 and through early 1967. By the summer of 1967, Merryweather left to join Bruce Cockburn’s group The Flying Circus. The Tripp then became Livingston’s Journey. They split up by the spring of 1968; Merryweather left The Flying Circus by April 1968 to form his eponymous solo act Merryweather with ex-Just Us member Ed Roth. They recorded their self-titled debut for Capitol Records in late 1968. Merryweather would later go on to co-found US rock act Mama Lion; While on a trip to England Endersby met Peter Quaife of The Kinks who invited him to join a new band he was thinking of forming in Canada. Six months later Endersby joined his band Maple Oak.

Singles
1965
I Don’t Love You/I Can Tell (Quality) 1738X


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