M

M + M [see MARTHA & THE MUFFINS]


M.A.D. (Mutually Assured Destruction)
Mathew Davis (guitar, vocals) / Rob Johnson (vocals, guitar) / Walt Perin (drums; 1987-1991) / Ted Hart (bass; 1987-90) / John Fenton (vocals; 1987-1988) / Jeff D. McFadden (bass; 1990-1991) / Terry Hart (drums; 1991-1994) / Mike Krestel (bass; 1992-1994)

Albums
1991
Taboo of the Western World (Fringe) FPD-3016


M.G. & THE ESCORTS
Graham Powers (lead vocals) / Glenn Grecco (lead guitar) / Glen Stephen (bass) / Mike Gauthier (guitar) / Billy Bryans (drums)
From Montreal, M.G. & The Escorts were managed by Beaconsfield High School teacher Mel McCormack. They found themselves gaining regional notoriety in May 1966 with their first single “Please Don’t Ever Change” on CFCF radio. The follow-up, “I Can’t Go On”, was released in September 1966 but did not receive any chart action. But, by January 1967 they were once again at the top of the charts with “A Someday Fool” which saw them hit Top10. The buzz on the group led to the prospect of recording a full-length LP in Texas which never materialized. Their fortunes changed for the worse, members abandoned ship and eventually the group changed its name to Graham Powers & the Escorts before calling it quits in the late 1960’s; Powers would move behind the scenes as a record executive. He died March 22, 2019; Billy Bryans died of cancer in April 2012. with notes from Andre Gibeault and Dave Stacey.

Singles
1966 Please Don’t Ever Change/ (REO/Quality) 8936
1967 A Someday Fool/It’s Too Long (REO/Quality) 8975
1967 I Can’t Go On/Next To Nowhere (REO/Quality) 8998


M2 + AC
Michael Murphy
(vocal, guitar) / André Lavoie (guitar, vocal) / Claude Piché (bass) / Michel Gagnon (drums) / Paul Jocelyn (drums) / Yves “Bala” Blais (drums)A Yé Yé band from Sorel, Québec.

Singles
1967
La Course (Citation) CN-9024


MACH IV
Doug Baynham
(vocals) / Chris Brockway (bass) / Kim Hunt (drums) / Scott Sutherland (guitar) / Jim Samson (bass) / John McGoldrick (keyboards, guitar)
While waiting between albums with their MCA recording act Hanover Fist, Brockway and Hunt formed this short-lived Toronto ‘super group’ with Baynham (Urgent, Bayb, Minglewood), and Sutherland (Stumblin’ Blind, Rockers). The band worked with producer Stacy Heydon on a four song recording they released as a cassette entitled ‘Fourplay’. One song from the sessions, “Evelaine”, landed them on Q107’s annual Homegrown album Volume 7 in 1985. In 1986 Brockway left to tour with Lee Aaron and Zon bassist Jim Samson was brought in as a replacement. Mach IV then rechristened itself as a Foreigner tribute band and revived the name of Sutherland’s old tribute to Foreigner as The Dirty White Boys. Urgent’s old live keyboardist, John McGoldrick, was then added in 1987. The band lasted until 1990; Hunt and Samson would go on to join a reformed version of Moxy in the late 1990s. with notes from Kim Hunt and Scott Sutherland.

Albums
1985
Fourplay [cassette]  (independent)


MacDONALD BAND, Mike
Mike MacDonald
(guitar)

Singles
1977
Bright Lights, Hot Nights/Chicken Pickin’ (Force One) FO-1002


MacKENZIE, Gisele
Born: Gisèle Marie-Louise Marguerite LaFlèche on January 10, 1927 in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Died September 5, 2003 in Burbank, California, USA
Canada’s First Lady of Song, Gisele MacKenzie, was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and was the daughter of a doctor. She later adopted her father’s middle name, MacKenzie, when she moved to the US in 1951. She demonstrated her gift for music early by playing the piano when she was only two years old. Her family took her musical gifts seriously (her mother was a musicians), and soon, she was playing the violin and learning to sing. Her first violin recital was at a Winnipeg hotel. After formal training at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, MacKenzie found herself entertaining troops during World War II, where she met Robert Shuttleworth, a lieutenant who was a bandleader in the Royal Canadian Navy. He told her to look him up after the war. She did, and he hired her as a violinist, pianist and vocalist with his band. He became her manager and, eventually, husband and father of her two children – MacKenzie “Mac” Shuttleworth and Gisele “Gigi” (Downs). In 1946, her rich contralto singing voice caught the attention of the CBC, which resulted in her own quarter-hour radio show, ‘Meet Gisele.’ The folks at Campbell’s Soups heard the show, and offered her a position on their US radio show, “Club 15” with Bob Crosby (Bing’s brother), where she alternated with Jo Stafford, and also was selected by Mario Lanza as the female vocatist on his ‘Coke Time’ radio show. During her time in Hollywood, the ambitious MacKenzie found time for other creative activities. She recorded songs for Capitol Records, appeared at top Las Vegas night clubs, and was a regular on Mario Lanza’s radio program. While Bob Crosby was away due to the death of his sister-in-law (Bing Crosby’s wife Dixie), Jack Benny substituted as host for ‘Club 15’ where he met Gisele for the first time. What neither she nor Benny remembered was that he had been a guest on MacKenzie’s ‘Meet Gisele’ Canadian radio show some years earlier with Benny recording his part in Hollywood. Gisele MacKenzie also appeared as a guest on the ‘Jack Benny Show’ once or twice a year. In 1953 she did a summer tour with Jack Benny and Sammy Davis, Jr. Benny then learned that June Valli was leaving ‘Your Hit Parade’ TV show and turned one of his shows into an audition for Gisele MacKenzie. Shows were sponsored by Lucky Strike cigarettes and so Benny made sure ‘Hit Parade’s’ producers and the sponsors were viewing his show. MacKenzie got the job. MacKenzie was a star of ‘Your Hit Parade’, along with Snooky Lanson, Russell Arms and Dorothy Collins, from the Fall of 1953 through the spring of 1957 where they counted down the Top 7 songs of the week, and also offered two oldies, called ‘Extras’, to fill out the programme. Her success on the show coincided with her own personal recording triumphs. In 1955, she became the first Hit Parader to sing her own personal number one hit (for thirteen weeks), “Hard To Get,” on the show. At the end of the 1957 season, ‘Your Hit Parade’ decided to fire the entire cast, except Gisele. But Gisele announced she wouldn’t return to the show under any conditions and went on to star on NBC-TV’s “The Gisele MacKenzie Show” (1957-1958) which was co-produced by Jack Benny’s program. Her guests included Dean Martin, Eddie Fisher, Ronald Reagan, Boris Karloff, and Jimmy Rodgers among others. Besides television and recording projects, she toured the country in musical stage productions such as ‘The King And I’, ‘Mame’ and ‘Gypsy’ since the 1960’s. She later was a regular on ‘The Sid Caesar Show,’ a 1963 ABC comedy-variety show. Later still she had guest spots on ‘Studio One,’ ‘The Hollywood Squares,’ ‘Murder, She Wrote,’ ‘MacGyver’ and ‘Boy Meets World.’ She retired from showbiz and lived in North Hollywood keeping herself busy by appearing on television talk shows and doing commercials until her death at the age of 76 from colon cancer on September 5, 2003. with notes from Pål C. Moe, James R. Stewart, Jean Weber, D. Kim Christie-Milley, Paul J. Riecke.

Singles
1951 Le Fiacre (The Cab) (Capitol) F-1907
1952 Johnny/Whistle My Love (Capitol) F-2110
1952 Adios/Darlin,’ You Can’t Love Two (Capitol) F-2156
1952 My Favorite Song/Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes (Capitol) F-2256
1953 J’attendrai [EP] (Capitol) EAP-1-430
1953 Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes/Darlin’ You Can’t Love Two (Capitol – UK) CL.13855
1953 Le gros Bill/A Letter and a Ring (Capitol) F-2695
1953 Till I Waltz Again With You/Even Lonely Days (Capitol – UK) CL-13920
1953 Embrasse/A Walkin’ Tune (Capitol – UK) CL-14022
1954 Come to Me My True Love/They’re Playing Our Song (Vik/RCA Victor) 20-7183
1955 Hard to Get/Boston Fancy (Vik/RCA Victor) X-0137
1955 Pepper Hot Baby/That’s the Chance I’ve Got to Take (Vik/RCA Victor) X-0172
1956 Mam’selle Gisele (Vik/RCA Victor) EXA-209
1956 Mr. Telephone/Dance If You Want to Dance (Vik/RCA Victor) 4X-0202
1956 The Star You Wished Upon Last Night/It’s Delightful to Be Married (Vik/RCA Victor) 4X-0233
1957 Oh, Pain! Oh, Agony! (Know What I Mean Jelly Bean) (Vik/RCA Victor)
1957 He Knows/Hello There (Vik/RCA Victor) 4X-0249
1957 Joyeux nöel (Vik/RCA Victor) EXA-271
1957 Too Fat for the Chimney/Jingle Bells (Vik/RCA Victor) 4X-0300

with HELEN O’CONNELL AND GISELLE MacKENZIE
1952
A Crazy Waltz/Water Can’t Quench the Fire of Love (Capitol) F-2266
1953 Give Me the Name, Age, Height and Size/When the Hands of the Clock Pray at Midnight (Capitol) F-2521

Albums
1955
Gisele MacKenzie” (Vik/RCA Victor) LX-1055
1956 Mam’selle Gisele (Vik/RCA Victor) LX-1075
1957 Christmas With Gisele (Vik/RCA Victor) LX-1099
1958 Gisele (RCA Victor) LPM-1790
1958 Orchids From Gisele (Capitol) CC-1001
1960 Gisele MacKenzie At the Empire Room of the Waldorf Astoria (Everest) LPBR-5069
1960 Gisele MacKenzie Sings Lullaby and Goodnight (Cricket Playhour) CR-29
1961 Gisele MacKenzie Sings and Tells Cinderella & Alice In Wonderland (Cricket Playhour) CR-39
1962 Gisele MacKenzie Sings and tells The Adventures and Travels of Babar the Elephant (Cricket Playhour) CR-36
1963 Gisele MacKenzie Sings of Loser’s Lullabies (Mercury) SR-60790
1962 Gisele MacKenzie Sings Dominique and French Folks Songs (Design) SDLP-168
1998 Hard To Get – The Best Of Gisele [2-fer-1] (Collector’s Choice)
2000 Mam’selle Gisele [re-issue] (BMG – Japan) BVCJ-37249
2002 Getting To Know….Gisele (Vocalion – UK)
2003 Gisele and Helen/Helen and Gisele (Vocalion – UK)


MacLEAN & MacLEAN
Gary MacLean
(vocal, banjo, bongos) / Blair MacLean (vocals, guitar)
The musical comedy duo MacLean & MacLean were brothers who were born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia but spent their teen years growing up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The duo began performing in 1972 when both were around 29 years old. The Guess Who’s Burton Cummings grew up with the brothers and on 1972’s ‘Live At the Paramount’ album by the Guess Who the band performed MacLean & MacLean’s “Glace Bay Blues”. The duo were best known for their raunchy, often scatological humour, combined with renditions of traditional folk, pop, and original songs. In 1974 they were signed to GRT Records and Lighthouse drummer Skip Prokop produced their debut album, ‘Toilet Rock’, which was recorded live at the comedy club The Chimney in Toronto, Ontario. Their second album, ‘Bitter Reality’, was a split live recording – produced by Jack Richardson (The Guess Who) – and studio recording produced by Burton Cummings. By the time the album was finished Cummings’ management attempted to have two off-colour comedy bits featuring Cummings removed fearing it would damage his career and that of the Guess Who. The action delayed the album’s release. However, the controversy made it to the media and a Toronto radio station played leaked versions of the album on one of their late-night comedy programs. The album was released, as is, in 1976, on GRT Records. In 1980, the newly formed El Mocambo Records signed the act and their ‘Bitter Reality’ album for re-issue. The duo’s first new release for the label was 1980’s ‘MacLean & MacLean Suck Their Way to the Top/MacLean & MacLean Take the “O” Out of Country’. The A-side was recorded, cleverly, at the El Mocambo Club in Toronto while the B-side was a studio recording simulating a mock country music station radio broadcast. The album spawned the single “Dolly Parton’s Tits” which, in a strange twist, made the British music charts after it was used as the theme music for BBC-TV show ‘O.T.T.’. Controversy followed them wherever they played and their 1981 album ‘Locked Up For Laughs’ refers to an incident where they were put in jail, briefly, on a charge of public indecency while performing in Kingston, Ontario. Because of this an previous incidents MacLean & MacLean went to the Supreme Court of Canada to fight for their right to perform their shows throughout Canada uncensored. During the height of their popularity they played the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, British Columbia, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and in 1983 at the ‘Just for Laughs  Festival in Montreal, Québec while promoting their Attic Records debut album ‘Go To Hell’. On the 1985 album ‘Cruel Cuts’, the duo created a comedy bit called ‘The Champ’ about a retired boxer attempting to adjust to domestic life featuring racy double entendres. The character was licenced and fully developed by disc jockey “Brother” Jake Edwards, who performed a daily ‘Champ’ monologue which was syndicated to radio stations across Canada for over 20 years. In all, the dup performed their routines on and off for more than 30 years. After retiring the act Gary MacLean became a radio personality in Winnipeg, while his brother Blair became a landscape painter. Their final show together was shortly before Gary MacLean’s death from throat cancer 2001. As a tribute to their legacy Blair MacLean released an independent CD entitled ‘Live at Watts’ in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan 1996′ to raise trust fund money for Gary’s children. Blair MacLean would die of a heart attack in October 2008. The duo’s recorded legacy rests in the hands of Burton Cummings for archiving and possible future re-issue; Gary MacLean’s three sons also entered show business and now perform as The MacLean Brothers.

Singles
1980 Dolly Parton’s Tits/Diary Of A Jealous Boyfriend (El Mocambo/A & M) ESMO-505
1981 Locked Up For Laughs/I Married The Wrong Di (El Mocambo/A & M) ESMO-523

Albums
1974
Toilet Rock (GRT) 9230-1048
1976 Bitter Reality (GRT) 9230-1056
1980 Bitter Reality [re-issue] (El Mocambo) ELMO-753
1980 MacLean & MacLean Suck Their Way to the Top / MacLean & MacLean Take the “O” Out of Country (El Mocambo) ELMO-754
1981 Locked Up for Laughs (El Mocambo) ESMO-763
1982 Bitter Reality [2nd re-issue] (Attic) LAT-1154
1985 Go To Hell (Attic) LAT-1177
1986 Cruel Cuts (Attic) LAT-1199
1989 The Dirty Thirty (Attic)
2003 Live at Watts, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, 1996


MacLEAN, Kenny
Born: Kenneth Irving MacLean in Glasgow, Scotland on January 9, 1956
Died: November 24, 2008
MacLean was born in Glasgow and after emigrating to Canada got work as a hairdresser in the Greater Toronto Area while trying to get his music career off the ground. He was originally a member of the group The Hairdressers, and then was a founding member of The Suspects in 1979 and released an independent single called “Raining Over France” which gained them some airtime on Toronto radio stations. Meanwhile, members of Johnnie Lovesin’s backing band left him to form The Deserters which MacLean was asked to join. They soon came to the attention of Capitol-EMI Records in Canada and released their eponymous debut in 1980. The album sported a charting single in the track “Alien” and the Deserters was able to do opening slots for other Capitol New Wave acts in Canada. To augment and expand their sound beyond the obvious Police boundaries, they added keyboardist Greg Stephens for their follow-up album ‘Siberian Nightlife’ in 1981. Despite fervent touring the album failed to ignite. The band split up not long afterward. MacLean’s old friend Chris Steffler and MacLean briefly formed another band called The Next, before Steffler took a gig with Platinum Blonde. Later, when it came time to augment Platinum Blonde’s live line-up, MacLean was the natural choice to be added as keyboardist, bass player and vocalist. MacLean was officially added to the band for their 2nd album ‘Alien Shores’ in 1985 and recorded two more albums with the group – ‘Contact’ and ‘Yeah Yeah Yeah’ (under their revised name The Blondes) before the group split up in 1991. Meanwhile, MacLean had parlayed his Justin Entertainment association into a solo deal and released 1990’s ‘Don’t Look Back’. The title track became a radio hit and it won him a SOCAN Award for songwriting, as well as a JUNO Award nomination for ‘Most Promising Male Vocalist’ in 1991. In 1995, MacLean returned with another solo album, produced by Terry Brown (Klaatu, Rush, Max Webster) called ‘Clear’ and featuring one song written with Mark Holmes and a cover of the Sylum tune “Walk The Stranger”. The album also featured an all-star Canadian music line-up including Gowan, Tony “Wild T” Springer, Curtis Lee (Sweet Blindness), Sascha (Platinum Blonde), and Anne Bourne. In 2006, MacLean moved to Saint John, New Brunswick, working as a teacher at the city’s new School of Rock and Film.MacLean created the music company hMh Music, and was its artistic director. An academy officially opened in Toronto on September 2, 2008, and featured programs such as audio engineering and DJ arts. MacLean also became an integral part of Rock Through The Ages (or Rock TTA), a show featuring a line-up of seasoned musicians doing a decades spanning Rock and Roll revue. Kenny MacLean was found dead on November 24, 2008 of a heart related problem. His third solo CD, ‘Completely’, was released at a concert the night before his death.with notes from Kenny MacLean and Kevin Gordon [also see PLATINUM BLONDE, THE DESERTERS, THE SUSPECTS]

Singles
1990 Don’t Look Back (Justin/MCA) JED-9006

Albums
1990 Don’t Look Back (Justin/MCA) JE-0001
1995 Clear (MMP/Page) PP-61595
2008 Completely (independent)


MacLELLAN, Gene
Born: February 2, 1939 in Val-d’Or, Québec
Died: January 19, 1995 in Summerside, Prince Edward Island
Though he was born in Québec, Gene MacLellan grew up in Toronto, Ontario. He taught himself guitar and became an early member of R & B band Little Caesar and the Consuls through 1958/1959. He recorded one single with the group – “Runaway” b/w “I’m Happy” for the US Abel record company. After leaving the group MacLellan moved to Prince Edward Island in 1964. CBC television in Halifax had a vibrant music television department and MacLellan would soon appear on ‘The Don Messer Show’ and in the late 1960’s ‘Singalong Jubilee’ where he made the acquaintance of upcoming singer Anne Murray. Early on she began recording his songs particularly “Put Your Hand In the Hand” (which would become a huge hit for Ocean in 1971) and the million selling “Snowbird”. Murray’s stardom rise with Capitol Records allowed MacLellan to parlay that into his own record deal with the label. His self-titled debut was released in 1970 and yielded two minor hits with the singles ‘The Call’ and ‘Thorn in My Shoe’. He would win the ‘Composer of the Year’JUNO Award that year. He released an immiediate follow-up in 1971 with ‘Street Corner Preacher’ allowing MacLellan to spend the better part of 1971 and 1972 touring premiere venues such at the Canadian National Exhibition, Massey Hall, and return engagements to Yorkville’s Riverboat Coffeehouse. After a five year break, MacLellan finally returned with his third album, ‘If It’s Alright With You’, in 1977, featuring the Anne Murray duet “Shilo Song”. In 1979 MacLellan teamed up with guitarist Marty Reno (stepfather of future singer-songwriter Tara MacLean) and together they released the Pilgrim Records gospel album ‘Gene & Marty’ (Pilgrim PMC-7005). In the 1980s MacLellan was based in Burlington, Ontario and performed at churches, in penitentiaries with a team of other musicians including Skip Prokop (Lighthouse, The Paupers), retirement homes, and other charitable causes. He received PROCAN’s ‘William Harold Moon Award’ in 1987 for ‘International Achievement’. In 1992 he returned to live in Summerside, PEI where he stayed out of the spotlight except on special occasions. He attended Anne Murray’s induction into the JUNO Hall of Fame in 1993. MacLellan passed away in 1995. He was post-humously inducted into the CCMA’s Hall of Honour and received the ECMA’s ‘Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award’ in 1996.Tribute albums and several festivals in his name have popped up in recent years. MacLellan’s songs have been recorded by artists from all over the world. “Snowbird” and “Put Your Hand in the Hand” are his most enduring tunes having been covered by acts as diverse as Elvis Presley, Joan Baez, and Bing Crosby with Count Basie.

Singles
1970 The Call/Snowbird (Capitol) 72607
1970 Thorn In My Shoe/Robin (Capitol) 72628
1971 Isle of St. Jean/Pages of Time (Capitol) 72644
1971 I Get Drunk on Monday/Lonesome River (Capitol) 72660

Albums
1970
Gene MacLellan (Capitol) ST-6348
1971 Street Corner Preacher (Capitol) ST-660
1977 If It’s Alright With You (Capitol) ST-11535
1997 Lonesome River

with LITTLE CAESAR & THE CONSULS
1959 Runaway/I’m Happy (Abel Records – US) ABEL-222

with GENE AND MARTY
1979
Gene and Marty (Pilgrim) PMC-7005


MacLEOD, Johnny
Following the collapse of his previous band Johnny & the G-Rays, Johnn MacLeod assembled a new band, The Young Pioneers, to back him on his True North Records debut. ‘Dynamite in the Stove’ was also released in Italy in July 1985; the video for “The Price is Rising” single was directed by Don Shebib.

Singles
as JOHNNY MacLEOD WITH THE YOUNG PIONEERS                                  
1985
The Price Is Rising [12”] (True North) 12-CDN-181
1985 One Million Years/True Lives of the Young Pioneers [12”] (True North) 12-CDN-202

Albums
as JOHNNY MacLEOD WITH THE YOUNG PIONEERS  
1985
Dynamite in the Stove (True North) TN-60


MacMICHAEL, Kevin
Born: Kevin Scott MacMichael on November 7, 1951 in Halifax, NS
Died: December 31, 2002 in Halifax, NS
MacMichael was born in New Brunswick and raised in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He gained some east coast notoriety with the band Chalice and then joined Eric McDow’s Beatles tribute band Spice. In the early 1980s he was part of the Halifax band, Fast Forward (not to be confused with the Ian Lloyd/Bruce Fairbairn project of the same name). Fast Forward toured with British band The Drivers in Canada. Dallcorte Records’ had signed The Drivers but upon release of the The Drivers’ radio hit “Tears On My Anarak”, Leonard Rosenberg’s GreyMac Development Corporation, who was an investor in Dallcorte, had its assets frozen and was forced into bankruptcy after the Ontario Govenment halted a controversial condominium sale. This left The Drivers stranded in Canada and their career in limbo. The band’s guitarist, Nick Van Eede, hooked up with Kevin MacMichael to write some songs. They then demoed the tracks with Terry Brown, who had produced The Drivers’ debut album, in Toronto and Van Eede soon convinced MacMichael to move to England and start up a new band. In 1985 that band was The Cutting Crew — also featuring Colin Farley (bass) and Martin Beedle (drums) – who were signed to Virgin Records in September 1985 upon the strength of Eede’s and MacMichael’s songwriting. They then called upon Terry Brown in 1986, once again, to produce their first album in New York called ‘Broadcast’ which managed to spawn Virgin Records’ first two US hit singles: “(I Just Died) In Your Arms Tonight” and “I’ve Been In Love Before” plus a third charting single in “One For The Mocking Bird”. They subsequently received a Grammy nomination in 1987. The sophomore release, ‘The Scattering’, was released in early 1989. Its lead single, “(Between a) Rock And a Hard Place,” failed to crack the Top 40. However, they did manage a noteworthy U.S. Adult Contemporary hit with “Everything But My Pride” managing to reach No.4 on the chart – lasting 22 weeks in the Top50. The next single in 1990, “The Last Thing”, hit No.17 on the A/C charts which would be their final hit. Cutting Crew’s third album, ‘Compus Mentus’, was released in 1992, failed to chart and the band split up following a short tour in 1993. MacMichael then joined forces with Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, composing songs and playing on Plant’s ‘Fate of Nations’ album. After nine years in the UK, MacMichael returned to Nova Scotia where he collaborated with several number of Canadian artists including Chris Colepaugh & The Cosmic Crew, The Rankin Family and Sons Of Maxwell; MacMichael died of lung cancer on New Year’s Eve 2002 at his home in Nova Scotia at the age of 51. [also see SPICE]

Singles
with CUTTING CREW
1986 (I Just Died) In Your Arms Tonight/For the Longest Time (Siren/Virgin) VS-1341
1987 One For The Mockingbird/Mirror and Blade (Live) (Siren/Virgin) VS-1385
1987 I’ve Been In Love Before/Life In a Dangerous Time (Siren/Virgin) VS-1394
1987 Any Colour/Fear of Falling (Siren – UK) SRN-47
1989 (Between A) Rock and a Hard Place/Card House (Siren/Virgin) VS-1490
1990 The Scattering/Christian (Siren – UK) SRN-118
1990 Everything But My Pride/Big Noise (Siren – UK) SRN-122
1992 If That’s the Way You Want It/Been In Luv ’92 (Virgin) REWS-1

with ROBERT PLANT
1993
29 Palms/21 Years (Fontana) FATE-1
1993 I Believe/Great Spirit (Acoustic Mix) (Fontana) FATE-2
1993
Calling (Fontana) FATE-3
1993 If I Were a Carpenter/I Believe (Fontana) FATE-4

Albums
with CUTTING CREW
1986 Broadcast (Siren/Virgin) VL-2363
1989 The Scattering (Siren/Virgin) VL-3053
1992 Compus Mentus (Siren/Virgin) 7846212

with ROBERT PLANT
1993 Fate of Nations (Fontana) 514867


MacNEIL, Rita
Born: May 28, 1944 in Big Pond, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
Died: April 16, 2013
Cape Breton native Rita MacNeil began making music since 1971, when she wrote her first song. At seventeen, Rita MacNeil moved to Toronto, married, and had two children. Divorced in 1978, she moved to Ottawa, where she scrubbed floors for a living. She later returned to Big Pond where she formed a trio. Her big break came at Expo 86 in Vancouver where she played at the Canadian Pavilion for a six-week run. She recorded her first album, ‘Born a Woman’, in 1975, the first of three recorded independently. Her major label debut came in 1987 with ‘Flying On Her Own’ on Virgin Records. Her accomplishments are many: She is the only female singer ever to have three albums in Australia’s Top 100 in the same year. In 1990 she sold more records in Canada than Garth Brooks and Clint Black. In 1991 she was invited to play at Royal Albert Hall in London, England. In 1992 she was named a member of the Order of Canada by Governor-General Ray Hnatyshyn. MacNeil hosted her own CBC Television variety show, ‘Rita and Friends’, from 1994 to 1997. The show won a Gemini Award in 1996. MacNeil wrote her memoirs entitled ‘On a Personal Note’ with Anne Simpson in 1998. A music-based play based on her life entitled ‘Flying On Her Own’ premiered at Live Bait Theatre in Sackville, New Brunswick in 2000. The play also had a subsequent production mounted at the Neptune Theatre in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2002. MacNeil released several new albums in – ‘Common Dream’ and ‘Late December’ in 2002 and ‘Blue Roses’ in 2004. She was awarded the Order of Nova Scotia in 2005. She then released ‘Songs My Mother Loved’ in 2006, ‘Pocket Full of Dreams’ in 2008 and ‘The Spirit of Christmas’ in 2010. In November–December 2012 MacNeil planned to accompany pianist Frank “Music Box Dancer” Mills on a national tour leading up to Christmas that year. Besides her music, MacNeil was proprietor of Rita’s Tea Room in Big Pond, Nova Scotia now a popular Cape Breton Island tourist attraction; MacNeil died April 16, 2013 due to complications following surgery.

Singles
1987 Flying On Your Own/[same] (Lupins/Virgin) RMS-101
1987 Used to You/She’s Called Nova Scotia (Lupins/Virgin) RMS-102
1987 Fast Train to Tokyo/Leave Her Memory (Lupins/Virgin) RMS-103
1987 Christmas [4 song EP] (Lupins/Virgin) RMS-104
1988 Working Man/Sound Your Own Horn (Lupins/Virgin) RMS-106
1988 Walk On Through (Edit)/Walk On Through (Lupins/Virgin) VJD-107
1988 Now Rings the Bell/Christmas At Home (Lupins/Virgin) RMS-108
1988
Reason To Believe/Good Friends (Lupins/Virgin) RMS-109
1989 We’ll Reach the Sky Tonight/ I’ll Accept the Rose (Lupins/Virgin) RMS-111
1990 Crazy Love/She’s Called Nova Scotia (Interfusion – AUSTRALIA) PR-9110
1990 When Love Surrounded You and I (Lupins/Virgin)
1990 Why Do I Think of You Today (Lupins/Virgin)
1990 You Taught Me Well (Lupins/Virgin)
1991 Watch Love Grow Strong (Lupins/Virgin)
1991 Call Me and I’ll Be There (Lupins/Virgin)
1991 Leave Her Memory/When the Lovin’ Is Through (Polydor – UK) PO-143
1992 Bring It On Home to Me (Lupins)
1993 Shining Strong (Lupins)
1995 Steal Me Away (Luprock)
1995 Rolling Thunder (Luprock)

Albums
1975 Born A Woman (Boot) BOS-7154
1981 Part of the Mystery (Big Pond) SR-58
1982 Cape Breton Night At The Cohn (Big Pond)
1983 I’m Not What I Seem (University College of Cape Breton Press) UCCBP-1006
1987 Flying On Your Own (Lupins) RM-1001
1988 Reason To Believe (Virgin) RM-2001
1989 Now The Bells Ring (Lupins) RM-3001
1989 Rita (Lupins/Virgin) RM-4001
1990 Home I’ll Be: Songs of Home (Lupins/Virgin) RM-5001
1992 Thinking of You (Lupins/Virgin) RM-6001
1993 Once Upon A Christmas (Lupins/Virgin) RMCD-7001
1993 Working Man: The Best of Rita MacNeil (Polydor – UK) 517-861
1994 Volume 1: Songs From the Collection
1995 Porch Songs (Luprock)
1996 Joyful Sounds (Luprock)
1997 Music of a Thousand Nights (Luprock)
1998 Full Circle (Luprock)
1999 A Night at the Orpheum (Luprock)
2000 Mining the Soul (Luprock)
2002 Late December (Luprock) 70012
2002 Common Dream (Luprock)
2004 The Ultimate Collection
2004 Blue Roses (Luprock) 70013
2006 Songs My Mother Loved (Luprock)
2006 High Power: The Songs of Praise (Luprock)
2008 Pocket Full of Dreams (Luprock)
2010 The Spirit of Christmas (Luprock)
2012 Saving Grace


MacRAE, Alan
Former guitarist for early 1960s folk act The Chanteclairs. Following the band’s demise, he pursued a solo career.

Singles
1973
Company Town/Give Me Land (Boot) BT-097

Albums
1970
The Songs  of Alan MacRae (CTL) CTL-5123
1978
Mr. Troubadour [re-issue] (Dominion/CTL) LPS-93506


MAD ABOUT PLAID
Eric Sooster (bass) / Ross Wooldridge (tenor sax, vocals) / Art Avalos (percussion) / Liz Soderberg (lead vocals) / Brad Watcher (drums, vocals) / Joe Allossery (keyboards, vocals) / Brian Allossery (guitar, vocals)
From Toronto, Ontario

Singles
1989
Paint Me a Picture (Want To Live My Life)/Broken Hearts (Quantum) QRS-89003
1989
Stop And Look/Looking For A Way Out (Quantum/Electric) QRS-89004

Albums
1988
Plaiditude (Quantum/Electric) QR-88002
1989 Mad About Plaid (Quantum/Electric) QR-89003
1995 Free Range Humans (Quantum) QC-95015


MADAME
Michel Gatignol (vocals) / Roger Boudreault (guitar) / Jacques Marchand (guitar; 1982-195) / Michel Dinardo (percussion, 1991-1995) / Gilles Leblanc (bass; 1985-1986) / Robert Pelletier (percussion; 1985-1986) / Michel Smith (keyboards; 1985-1986)
Formed in Alma, Québec at the end of 1982 by Michel Gatignol, Jacques Marchand and Roger Boudreau, Madame moved to Montreal the following year and reached the finals of the ‘L’empires des futures stars’ organized by radio station CKOI-FM . Having recruited three other musicians, Madame played Rideau in May 1985. The song “On veut pas payer” was released from their self-titled debut album and allowed then to tour of Québec. Madame won the ADISQ 1986 Felix Award for ‘Francophone Group of the Year’. Boudreau, Gatignol and Marchand continued on as a trio and released the album ‘Eldorado’ in 1987 which featured two singles “Propriétaire” and “Tous les jours” and won the Felix Award for ‘Francophone Group of the Year’ in 1988. After touring in 1990 Madame recorded their next album, “Weke!”, in 1991. They participated in the Francofolies in Montreal that year followed by La Rochelle in the summer of 1992. After the release of the album “Le beau pays” in 1994, Madame toured for a year before the departure of Jacques Marchand. After being chosen to do a French adaptation of the song “Mini, Mini, Mini” for a commercial by the Cooper car company, the new duo released ‘Madame sing Dutronc’ in the fall of 1997 – an album of songs devoted to the 1960’s French singer.

Singles
1985
Hello/Hello (Instrumentale) (Hello) HLO-101
1986 Frole-frole/Avoue (Hello) HLO-103
1986 Frole-frole/Bonsai/Hello [12”] (Hello) HLO-12-103
1987 Nord-sud/Tous les jours (Hello) HLO-202
1987 La Grand Sommeil/La Grand Sommeil (Instrumentale) (Hello) HLO-204
1988 On veut pas payer/Qu est passe Roger? (Hello) HLO-250
1988 Propriétaire/Nord-sud (Vogue -France) VOG10-2290

Albums
1985
Mme (Hello) HLO-1000
1987 Eldorado (Hello) HLO-2000
1991 Wéké! (Hello) HLOCD-3000
1994 Le Beau pays (Kebec) KDC-683
1997 Madame chante Dutronc (BMG) 53484


MADCATS
Bobby Blake
(lead vocals) / Grant Fullerton (guitar, lead vocals) / Brad MacDonald (keyboards, vocals) / John Erdman (bass) / Glen Gratto (drums, vocals) / Clarence Greer (bass; replaced Erdman)
After the collapse of Fullerton Dam, Grant Fullerton and Brad MacDonald formed Madcats in 1977 feauring Bobby Blake on lead vocals (Mike McKenna Band). They were signed to Skyline Records and their self-titled debut was released, with a very risque front cover of a straight-jacketed woman in a cage, in 1978 through Quality Records. The album was picked up by Buddah/Arista for the US in 1979 and the cover art was altered so that a similar photo of the straight-jacketed woman was not caged. The record failed to ignite the US market and the band was dropped. Domenic Troiano’s Freedom label picked up the band for their second album, ‘Streetgame’, which was released in 1981. By this time bassist John Erdman had been replaced by Clarence Greer. The band was able to do some moderately successful touring but split up as the ’80s wore on. with notes from Brad MacDonald. [also see GRANT FULLERTON]

Singles
1978 Too Late For Love Side/Take All The Love (Skyline/Quality) SKY-019
1978 We Can Get The Feelin’/Freewheelin'(Skyline/Quality) SKY-020
1979 Woman’s Got The Power Over Me/I’m Not A Free Man (Skyline/Quality) SKY-023
1980 Summer In The City/I Like It (Quality) Q-2377
1981 Call It Quits/Young Man’s World (Freedom) FR-45-008

Albums
1978 Madcats (Skyline/Quality) SKY-10166
1981 Streetgames (Freedom) FR-004


MADHASH
Jim Ledgerwood (guitar, bass pedals, lead vocals) / Gary Stanhope (drums, vocals)
Duo from Halifax, Nova Scotia that recorded with assistance from keyboardist Kurt Haughn, guitarist Kevin MacMichael (Cutting Crew), and Pam Marsh (Figgy Duff).

Singles
1978
Crying Once Again/Only Memories (Shiddy) WRC-451

Albums
1980
Cymbolic (Solar) SAR-3005


MADHOUSE
Richard Carstens (guitar, vocals) / Mike Andrechuk (guitar) / Dave O’Sullivan (drums) / Brendan Cavin (bass) / Tony Jarvis (bass)
Following the break-up of The Wayouts, Andrechuck  co-founded Madhouse with Carstens; Carstens went into soundtrack work and scored the sequel to the ’80s era movie ‘Not Dead Yet’; Cavin joined Station Twang and, later, The Plasterscene Replicas. with notes from Gerry Smith.

Singles
1983
Writing on Benzedrine/Don’t Call Me a Freak Anymore (Madhouse)


MADRIGAL
John Swainson (guitar, bass, vocals) / Rick Henderson (guitar, vocals) / Peter Boynton (piano, organ, bass, keys, vocals)  / Don Simpson (drums, vocals) / Bill Dillon (guitar; replaced Henderson)
Madrigal formed in 1968 during the members’ days at Willowdale Junior High School north of Toronto. They had been spotted by Greg Hambleton, owner of Tuesday Records, and he had them re-record his song “I Believe In Sunshine” in 1970 (which A Passing Fancy had also recorded). The track reached the Canadian Top20 and spent six weeks riding the Top40. The song was part of their debut album ‘Sunshine And Baked Beans’. The follow up single was 1971’s “Hallelujah” which didn’t appear on the album. The band broke up in 1973 but reunited with a different line-up in 1975 but that too was short lived. Peter Boynton went on to join Red Rider with Tom Cochrane; Rick Henderson now runs his own electronics store with his brother Marcus in Dunnville, Ontario; Dillon became a top session player; the band’s album was re-issued on CD by Axe in 2015. with notes from Don Simpson and Greg Hambleton.

Singles
1970 I Believe In Sunshine/Lady (Tuesday) 102
1971 Hallelujah/Freedom (Tuesday) 111

Albums
1970 Sunshine And Baked Beans (Tuesday)  1002


MAESTRO (FRESH-WES)
Born: Wesley Williams on March 31, 1968
Wes Williams is the son of Guyanese parents who grew up in the former City of Scarborough, Ontario. At age seven he was writing poetry and at age eleven he was rapping with influences from New York rap acts like Grandmaster Flash and Kurtis Blow. As Melody MC in 1979, Williams entered a rap festival sponsored by radio station CKLN in 1983. With fellow rapper Ebony MC (Marlon Bruce) they formed the Vision Crew and played around Toronto until 1987. 1988 Williams adopted the name Maestro Fresh-Wes and recorded his independent demo ‘You Can’t Stop Us Now’. This was followed by ‘I’m Showin’ You’ with DJ LTD (Alva Swaby). With the addition of Farley Flex, Maestro and DJ LTD recorded “Let Your Backbone Slide” in 1989. He attended the annual New Music Seminar in New York City and walked away with a record deal through the independent label LMR Records (Lefrak-Moelis). Upon his return to Toronto, Attic Records agreed to distribute the imprint in Canada. His debut album, ‘Symphony In Effect’, sold in excess of 200,000 copies in Canada. Maestro became the first rapper to ever perform on the annual JUNO Awards telecast. In 1991 he won two JUNO Awards, including ‘Rap Recording of the Year’. Three MuchMusic Video Awards soon followed. He was named most popular performer of the year in 1991 by the Toronto Student Councils and became their role model in Toronto Mayor Art Eggleton’s ‘Task Force Against Drugs’. Following the release of 1991’s ‘The Black Tie Affair’ album, Maestro realized that the debilitating restrictions of Canadian radio was preventing him from reaching the masses and so, with a reciprocal distribution deal via Polydor in the US he began tackling the US market in 1992 and eventually moving to Brooklyn, New York to push his ‘Naaah, Dis Kid Can’t Be From Canada?!!’ After the commercial failure of that album, he laid low for the better part of four years, finally returning in late 1998 with the well-received ‘Built To Last’. The album featured a slew of guest artists, including Ghetto Concept, Michie Mee, Snow, Carla Marshal, and Glenn Lewis. The debut single, “Stick To Your Vision”, was built around a sample of The Guess Who’s “These Eyes”. The follow-up single was also a modest video hit called “416/905 (T.O. Party Anthem)”. In 2000, the album ‘Ever Since’ was released and featured the single “Bustin Loose” featuring a team up with Kardinal Offishall. In 2005, Maestro crossed over radio genres when he did a cover of Gowan’s 1985 hit “A Criminal Mind” which featured additional vocals by rapper Infinite along with sampled vocals by Gowan. Lawrence Gowan appearrf in the video and Maestro would duet with Gowan at the 2006 Canadian Urban Music Awards. Also that year, Maestro teamed up with Rochester AKA Juice in The Dope Poet Society for a performance in Cannes, France who as the first Canadian Hip Hop act to showcase at the annual Midem Conference. The same year Maestro was inducted into the Scarborough Walk of Fame. In 2012, Maestro released new material on the EP ‘Black Tuxedo’. Maestro’s 7th studio album was released in 2013 entitled ‘Orchestrated Noise’ and featured appearances by Sam Roberts, The Trews, opera singer Measha Brueggergosman and rapper Saukrates; Maestro has also appeared on albums by Kish, Classified and Da Grassroots.

Singles
1989 Let Your Backbone Slide [12″] (independent)
1990 Let Your Backbone Slide (Remix) (LMR/Attic)  ATT-2005
1990 Drop the Needle (LMR/Attic) ATT-2009
1990 Private Symphony (LMR/Attic)
1990 Don’t Play SHARE-AIDS [w/D-SHAN] (LMR/Attic)
1990 Louie Louie [from the ‘Coupe De Ville’ Soundtrack] (Cypress) CTI-1200
1991 Conductin’ Thangs (LMR/Attic)  WES-91
1991 Nothing At All (LMR/Attic)
1992 Another Funky Break (From My Pap’s Crate)/On the Jazz Tip (Polydor – US)
865-677
1992 Bring It On (Censored)/Bring It On (Showbiz Remix) (Polydor) CDP-701
1993 It’s On the Mike Mechanism (LMS/Attic)
1993 Fine Tune Da Mic/Make It For The Ruff/Dat’s My Nigga (LMS/Attic) LMS-1202
1994 Certs Wid Out Da Retsyn/I’m Drinkin’ Milk Now (LMS/Attic) LMS-1203
1994 How Many Styles/Pary To Da East Part 2 (LMS/Attic) LMS-1204
1996 Death Ministry/Pushin’ Wiggz Back [12”] (Maestro) MR-0011
1998 Clap Ya Handz/Turn It Out/Trigonometry [12″] (Attic) ATTP-9803
1998 Stick To Your Vision [12”] (Attic)  ATTP-9804
1998 Holy Water/The Visine [12″] (Attic) ATTP-9805
1999 416/905 (T.O. Party Anthem) (Song/Oasis)
2000 Poppa ‘Stro/ Maestro – Glycerine/Ever Since [12”] (Song) ATTP-2013
2004 God Bless Da Child
2006 Heat Seekerz (Myagi Mix)/Heat Seekerz (Lucas Hart Mix) [12”] (Punk Phunk – UK) PPR-010

Albums

1988 You Can’t Stop Us Now (independent)
1989 Symphony In Effect (LMR/Attic)  LAT-1272
1991 The Black Tie Affair (LMR/Attic)  ACD-1312
1992 Maestro Zone [EP] (LMR/Attic)  ACD-1337
1994 Naaah, Dis Kid Can’t Be From Canada?!! (Attic) ACD-1397
1998 Built To Last (Attic) ACD-1518
2000 Ever Since (Song/Oasis) SONG-20042
2005 Urban Landmark 1989–2005 (Orange) ORNG-00012
2012 Black Tuxedo [EP]


MAGIC BUBBLE, The
Frank Rondell (vocals) / Rita Rondell (vocals, guitar) / Paul Benton (keys) / Brian Kirkwood (bass) / Wade Brown (guitars) / Sonny J. Milne (drums)
Hamilton, Ontario brother and sister team of Frank & Rita Rondell performed light showtunes and alternating psychedelia. Many of the songs were composed by Frank Rondell and Alex MacDougall (Bond, Crowbar) and landed them a deal with Columbia Records in 1970. Following Magic Bubble’s demise, Rita Rondell (aka Marcus) would join Battle Axe, and Ronnie Hawkins And The Hawks before growing tired of the Canadian music scene and the limitations of a female guitarist in Canada. She headed to Italy for five years. Upon returning to Canada she launched a successful solo career as blues guitarist Rita Chiarelli; Frank Rondell would join Custer’s Last Band before going solo to record for the Roto Noto label and in recent years has toured on his own in a “Tribute To Ray Charles” revue. with notes from Richard Smith.[also see RITA CHIARELLI]

Singles
1970 I’m Alive/Sunshine Man (Columbia) C4-2980
1971 Whiskey Fire/Circles (Columbia) C4-3004
1971 Who Turned The World Around/Ohio And Sun (Columbia) C4-3030

Albums
1970 The Magic Bubble (Columbia) ES-90038


MAGIC CYCLE
Paul Craig [aka Paul Clinch] (rhythm guitar, vocals) / Stan Theriault (lead guitar, vocals) / Al Santalucia / Joey Rome [aka Joey Dinardo] (bass, vocals) / Kevin Barry (drums, vocals) / Pete Young (guitar) / Peter Goodale (vocals, organ)
In 1966 Paul Clinch, Stan Theriault and Al Santalucia formed the Canadian Dell Tones but soon changed their name for the release of their first single in 1967, “Let’s Run Away” on Red Leaf Records. This was followed by “Give Me The Right” but failing any significant chart action they moved over to Ben McPeek’s Giant Records for the song “Doctor Lollipop” which made it to No.68 on the Canadian charts. Several years passed of struggling on the circuit and after releasing the “Groovy Things” single in the Fall of 1969, they decided to augment their sound with keyboards and brought in Goodale. They also left the Fingerprint label. By this time, the musical climate was changing – bands were simplifying their names and so, in 1970, The Magic Cycle became The Cycle and signed with Tamarac Records which was being run by former Red Leaf owner Stan Klees (co-editor of RPM Magazine). More struggling occurred over 3 years with a series of singles and and two LPs before splitting up in 1974. Clinch would continue on with Choya in 1976 and continued a solo career until his death in 1988; Joey Rome [aka Dinardo] would join Abraham’s Children; Goodale joined Surrender. with notes from Sebastian Agnello.

Singles
1966 Let’s Run Away/Halfway To Heaven (Red Leaf) TTM-633
1967 Give Me The Right/It Was You (Red Leaf) TTM-637
1968 Doctor Lollipop/Where Were You When I Needed You (Giant) GR-904
1969 Groovy Things/It’s A Sunny Day (Fingerprint/GRT) FP-101


MAGIC DRAGON
Ron Nelson
(guitar, lead vocals, percussion, synths) / Maddy Schenkel (lead vocals, keyboards, violin, guitar)
Magic Dragon was a minimalist synth pop act from Montreal featuring Ron Nelson and Maddy Schenkel. They released a 6 song EP entitled ‘Emotional Landscape’ in 1981. By 1983 the duo had changed their name to Courage of Lassie and used songs from the EP for their independent debut cassette ‘Threshold of Hearing’ in 1984. [also see COURAGE OF LASSIE]

Albums
1981 Emotinal Landscape [6 song 12” EP] (Friends) PFRQQ-II


MAGIC MUSIC
Neil MacIver / Frank Phillet
Based in Edmonton, Alberta, songwriter/musicians MacIver and Phillet teamed up musically in 1969 and professionally in 1970 with an original score and live performance Bertolt Brecht’s ‘The Caucasian Chalk Circle’ under commission by the University of Alberta. In 1971 they created another original score for the play ‘Up Against the Wall Oedipus’ by Marshall McLuan-colleague Wilfred Watson followed as well as two commissioned symphonic pieces for the University of Alberta Symphony Orchestra. Beginning in 1972, the duo began composing incidental music for radio and theatre which included a thirteen part radio series for CKUA called ‘Man And His Music’. As songwriters they finally grabbed the attention of fledgling label Attic Records in 1974 for two 7″ single releases in 1975. “Someone Like You” broke Top20 on the RPM Adult Contemporary Singles chart in August 1975 but their second single failed to chart. Frustrated by a lack of commercial success, they found other jobs and other outlets for their musical talents and re-convened in 1979 to create their own First International Records label that allowed them to put out 7″ singles as desired. In 1995 they reworked the 1980s material and released it as a CD called ‘Dark To Light’ on Century II Records. To mark more than 35 years together as musical partners, the duo released a retrospective of recordings from 1969 to 1996 called ‘Not For Everyone’ in 2007 which featured a new single released to radio entitled “Just A Passionate Guy”. Despite constant rejection by record labels, they have written two songs that were Canadian Top10 charted songs for others – “Carry On” (by Cliff & Anne Edwards in 1976) and “Baby Pictures” (by Chris Neilson in 1977). As well, Magic Music has won artist grants from the Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council commissions for theatre and radio. They have also performed across Canada including appearances at Man And His World, the Hotel Iroquois, George’s and Grossman’s in Toronto, and every university and college between Montreal and Victoria – including MoMo Latino’s Striptease And Bar. In 2011 Magic Music announced that they are working on a new studio album with engineer Jerry Woolsey.

Singles
1975 Someone Like You/Message of Love (Attic) AT-108
1975 Love Oh Love What a Feeling/In Love Forever (Attic) AT-122
1979 You Don’t Remember Me (But That’s All Right)/Never Stop Lovin’ Me (First International) FI-1004
1983 Carry On/Tu’n te souvenirs pas de moi (First International) FI-1005
1984 Females on My Mind/Lay Me Down (First International) FI-1006
1984 Half Told Lies/It’s Just My Foolish Hear//Love At Last/Victim of Love (First International) FI-1007
1987 Lifeforce; Deathforce/On A Stairway To The Stars//Under Another Moon/Friday Night At The Bookclub (First International) FI-1008
2007 Just A Passionate Guy (First International)

Albums
1995 Dark To Light (Century II)
2007 Not For Everyone (First International)


MAHOGANY RUSH [see FRANK MARINO]


MAINLINE [see McKENNA-MENDELSON MAINLINE]


MAJESTICS (SHAWNE & JAY & THE)
Shawne Jackson
(vocals) / Jay Jackson (vocals) / Eugene ‘Jay’ Smith (vocals) / John Crone (saxophone) / Orlando Guierri (trombone) / Brian Lucrow (trumpet) / Wes Morris (drums) / Eric Robertson (keyboards) / Bobby Starr (guitar) / Russ Strathdee (saxophone) / Chris Vickery (bass) / Dave Konvalinka (guitar) / William Cudmore (saxophone) / Fred Keeler (guitar)This Rhythm ‘n’ Blues/Soul group started out in 1965 as Jay Smith And The Majestics but changed their name to Shawne and Jay Jackson and The Majestics when Shawne’s brother, and ex-Pharaohs member, Jay Jackson joined the group. Shawne Jackson had previously played in Jack Hardin And The Silhouttes; Fred Keeler was brought in from David Clayton-Thomas And The Shays; Drummer Wes Morris started out in Jon And Lee And The Checkmates; Crone had played with Bobby Kris; Cudmore had been a member of Robbie Lane And The Disciples. They released several albums and singles on the ARC Records labels and their version of Arthur Conley’s “Sweet Soul Music”, on the compilation ‘CTV’s After Four’ while “Respect” was found on the Yorkville ‘Evolution’ compilation. The group split up in 1969; Shawne Jackson would later play with The Stone Soul Children alongside future Bush member Prakash John before embarking on a successful solo career in the 1970’s and would marry Domenic Troiano; Starr went on to play with Ronnie Hawkins And The Hawks and Robbie Lane & The Disciples, while his replacement, Dave Konvalinka, would subsequently play with Bobby Kris And The Imperials; Fred Keeler would later form Jericho; Vickery would later join Damage; Robertson would become a top session player for Murray McLauchlan, record several easy listening solo records and did frequent musical arrangements for bands like Klaatu and the CBC; Eugene Smith had a successful solo career. [also see SHAWNE JACKSON]

Singles
as JAY SMITH & THE MAJESTICS
1965 Driven From Home/Howlin’ For My Baby (Clip/Aragon/Laurel/Raleigh/Kanaphone) KXP-1111

as THE MAJESTICS
1966 Respect/Shades Of Orange And Blue (Arc) ARC-1178
1966 No Good To Cry/Love Is Here (Arc) ARC-1179
1968 Hey Joe/Tell Mama (Goodgroove) 5002

Albums
1967 Instrumental R & B (Arc) AS-732
1967 Instrumental R & B (Paragon – US) PGS-569
1968 Funky Broadway (Arc) AS-752
1968 Tribute To Otis Redding (Arc) A-770
1968 Here Come Da Judge (Arc) AS-780


MAJOR HOOPLE’S BOARDING HOUSE
David Lodge (vocals, bass; 1967-1976) / Gail Truscott [nee Selkirk] (keyboards 1968-1972) / Peter Padalino (rhythm guitar) / Rick Riddell (drums) / Fred “Rocky” Howell (lead guitar, vocals) / James Leroy (vocals; replaced Stahlbaum 1976-1979) / Peter Beacock (keyboards; replaced Selkirk) / Keith Stahlbaum (bass; replaced Lodge) / Jack Byrne (drums; replaced Riddell) / Ed Miller (drums; replaced Byrne) / Grant Heywood (drums, vocals; replaced Miller) / Gary Hintz (bass; replaced Leroy) / Ralph Hetke (keyboards; replaced Beacock) / Jack Kalenderian (keyboards) / Brian Tozer (guitar, vocals) / Bobby Becker (keyboards) / Brad Stahlbaum (keyboards; replaced Becker)
In Mid-1967 The Shan-De-Leers was formed at Cambridge, Ontario’s Galt Collegiate Institute as a trio featuring Rocky Howell, Peter Padalino, and Rick Riddell. Following high school, the troop decided to go professional under the management of Larry Shannon, a disc-jockey from a local Kitchener radio station CHYM-AM. They would then switch to manager Dan Mombourquette and added vocalist and bassist David Lodge.Later in 1967 they would sign to 4 Square Records and release the single “Can’t Mend A Broken Heart” giving them a larger local following. In 1968 the band added keyboardist Gail Selkirk. By After asking as far back as 1967 the band finally received permission from the makers of the long running Gene Ahern “Our Boarding House/Major Hoople” comic strip to use the name Major Hoople’s Boarding House. They continued to work the southern Ontario bar circuit from Kitchener to Kingston which helped solidify their first label signing to Much Records in 1970 where they released the non-charting “Lady” single. A move to Polydor later that year allowed them some radio exposure with the song “Beautiful Morning”, but subsequent singles for the label did not phase radio. The band found itself in a frenzy of activity through 1975-1976. The tide finally turned after being signed to Greg Hambleton’s to Axe Records allowing for the release of their first and biggest hit in August 1975 called “I’m Running After You”. After the departure of Dave Lodge and Peter Padalino, they added Keith Sahlbaum (bass), David Gregg (trombone) and David Gooding (saxophone/flute) and loss no time in capitalizing on their new radio success with a tour from Sydney, Nova Scotia to Vancouver, British Columbia and a second hit single “You Girl”. But the group changed its lineup again with the addition of James Leroy (formerly of James Leroy & Denim) and the departure of Gregg and Gooding. The band also truncated its name to Hooples. By the ’80s, the group was being led by Howell and another succession of singles and even performed with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony in 1982. In 1985 after the release of the ‘New Adventures Of Hooples’ album, the group made the Top-10 on the Adult Contemporary charts in Canada with the Heywood/Lodge penned song “Late Night Invitation” on the Major Records label. The single was also released as a video receiving medium rotation on MuchMusic. Original bass player/singer David Lodge was also working as a songwriter for Peermusic/Southern International during this time and was a co-writer of the international hit by Peter Schilling, “Major Tom”, as well as “Lifetime Guarantee” both from the album ‘Error In The System’. Lodge toured with Hooples in 1985 and 1986 but passed away suddenly at the end of 1986. Hooples then re-grouped in late 1987 with Rocky Howell, Grant Heywood, Gary Hintz and Ralph Hetke. They continued playing festivals, one-nighters and corporate shows into the early 1990’s and then disbanded. In 2008, a new band, under the name The Fossilz, was formed featuring original Hooples members Beacock and Stahlbaum, as well as former Gaslight lead guitarist Brian Tozer, former Trollie drummer John Rankin, and former Eddie & The Edsels drummer/vocalist Ron Duke. In 2010, with the return of Dave Gooding, Ed Miller and the addition of keyboardist Bobby Becker (Yukon), the band returned to using the name Major Hooples. The current line-up includes Keith Stahlbaum, Brian Tozer, Dave Gooding, Ed Miller & Brad Stahlbaum. In 2012 the act released two new songs on their own Robot Records as digital files: “Sunnyside” (written by Brian Tozer) and “Sailor” (written by the late James Leroy). The tracks were produced by Michael MacDonald. Heywood carried on with the group Desert Dolphins which had a CD released in 1995 featuring two Top10 hits on the country charts in Canada as well as two CMT released videos; Leroy died from a suicide in 1979 at age 32; Selkirk went into jazz and is the self-proclaimed Songbird of Swing.  [also see THE SHAN-DE-LEERS] with notes from Ed Miller, Keith Stahlbaum, Greg Simpson, Nick Busigin, Hope Stone, Brian Tozer, John Rankin, David Gooding and Jim Lyttle .

Singles
1970 Lady/Your Kite, My Kite (Much) MS-1004
1970 Beautiful Morning/Love Back (Polydor) 2065-014
1972 Lady Song/She’s Got All Of My Body (Polydor) 2065-075
1973 Everything’s The Same/I Believe In You (Polydor) 2065-155
1973 Face on the Wind/I’m Feeling Fine (RCA/Victor) BCBO-0147
1975 I’m Running After You/Questions In Mind (Axe) AXE-24
1975 You Girl/Barnstormer (Axe) AXE-32
1975 I’ve Got You On My Mind/Magic Of Feeling (Axe) AXE-36
1980 Someone/Loving You (Axe) AXE-59
1981 This Song Reminds Me Of You/Easy (Axe) AXE-62
1982 We Can’t Give Up/Cry Now It’s Over (Axe) AXE-66
1983 You’re Hurtin’ Everyone/Good Morning Sun (Axe) AXE-68

as HOOPLES
1985 Late-Night Invitation/Meet Me Later (Major) MJ-002
2012 Sunnyside/Sailor [DigiFile] (Robot)

Albums
1975 Major Hoople’s Boarding House (Axe)
1981 The Hooples Album (Axe) AXM-1002
1985 The New Adventures Of Hooples (Major) MJA-1001


MALHAVOC
James Cavalluzo
(all instruments)Industrial death metal actcreated by James Cavalluzo in 1986; Cavalluzo would go on to play keyboards on a Soulstorm album and then relocate to a recording studio in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Albums
1986
Age of the Dark Renaissance [cassette] (independent)
1990 The Release (Epidemic) RDRCD-139
1991 Punishments (Epidemic) EPCD91-8
1992 Premeditated Murder (Epidemic) EPCD92-12
1994 Get Down (Cargo) CARD-02
1994 Discipline [5 song EP] (Cargo) MCJC-112
1999 The Lazarus Complex (Icky-Poo Productions) 127100
2004 Human Fly [4 song EP] (Icky-Poo Productions) MLHVCNF-00


MALIBU KENS, The
Scott Alloy [aka Scott Juskiw]
/ Mike Sinatra [aka Mike McDonald] / Ed Dobek / Dennis Lenarduzzi / Blake Cheeta / Jim Algie
Formed in Edmonton, Alberta in 1979. The band released one single and split up in 1984; McDonald and Dobek went on to Jerry Jerry And The Sons Of Rhythm Orchestra and later, Jr. Gone Wild.

Singles

1981 Be My Barbie [2 song 7″] (Exploding Debut)


MALKA & JOSO
Malka Marom was born and raised in Israel, the daughter of a cantor. She performed in the Dalia Festival and, as an actress, in the Israeli TV movie ‘The Village Tale’. After arriving in Canada she quickly became well known as a TV personality, panelist, dancer and singer. Joso Spralja was born in the seaport of Dalmatia but left the fisherman trade that had been his family’s means of revenue for ten generations. He helped to support his family by singing in cathedrals and theatres and was awarded a government scholarship to the Zagreb Conservatory where he studied under Europe’s leading coaches. As a member of the renowned Yugoslavian Sextette and performer on the operatic stage, he became one of Yugoslavia’s leading entertainers. After Joso arrived in Canada in 1962, he was introduced to Malka by performer Eli Kassner in Toronto’s Yorkville district at an after-hours coffeehouse called The 71. The duo began a partnership as an eclectic world music folk duo. Booking agent Sylvia train got them a house gig and they debuted at the Lord Simcoe Hotel in early 1963. Since Joso didn’t know English, Malka introduced the songs, translated the lyrics, and invented stories to supplement the short songs that made up a set. Her self-deprecating humour and dramatic presentations of the material added dimension not only to the songs, but also to the personalities of the singers, and made their performance universal. This “filler” would become an integral part of their program. It has been long rumoured that the Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara folk characters from the mockumentary ‘A Mighty Wind’ is based on Malka & Joso. In the summer of 1964, Malka & Joso played the Mariposa Folk Festival in Orillia, Ontario, on a bill with Ian & Sylvia, The Travellers, and rising star Gordon Lightfoot. By the following year, record retailer Sam Sniderman of Sam The Record Man became a fan and recommended them to Capitol Records Canada’s A & R director of talent Paul White. In December 1964, Malka & Joso went into Toronto’s RCA Studios with guitarist Rafael Nunez and bassist Fred Muscat to begin recording their debut album. They recorded each song as though it was being performed live – vocals with instruments in one take. The recording session produced enough material for two albums. ‘Introducing Malka & Joso’ was released December 24, 1964 in Canada and in England and the United States in early January 1965. In the height of a Canadian winter, Malka & Joso went on a concert tour to the Northwest Territories, the Prairies, and British Columbia. In Roblin, Manitoba, they were the first live professional concert the people had ever seen; when they were booked to sing at Powell River across the Georgia Strait in British Columbia a vicious snowstorm grounded their plane. Joso convinced a local fisherman to take them across the icy pass. It took four hours ato make the 35-mile journey, arriving at the theater with minutes to spare before stage time. Despite the weather, they didn’t miss a single concert during the 20,000 mile tour. Malka & Joso’s second album, ‘Mostly Love Songs’ came out in late 1965 – just as the duo won an RPM Gold Leaf Award as the year’s ‘Best Folk Group’. Their third album, ‘Jewish Songs’, featuring Hebrew and Yiddish songs, proved to be another bestseller. Their fourth, ‘Folk Songs Around the World’, featured “the best” of the tracks from the Malka & Joso recordings. It was released in Britain, France, Holland, and Italy. In the fall of 1966, Malka & Joso’s ‘A World of Music’ TV show followed the ‘Hockey Night in Canada.’ On a recommendation from Gordon Lightfoot the William Morris talent agency booked them into Carnegie Hall, on concert tours, for club and TV appearances in the United States. They became favourites of Johnny Carson, Salvador Dali, and Samuel Bronfman. Before they dissolved their musical partnership in 1967, Malka & Joso were invited to represent Canada at a Royal Command Performance at the Canadian Centennial Ball. Malka would also have several return solo engagements during August of 1967 at Montreal’s Expo ’67. Malka & Joso, both married their respective spouses and had two children each. Both performers live part of the year in Canada and the other in their respective native lands. Today, Marom is better known as the author of the novel, “Sulha” and a writer/producer of many CBC documentaries. She was also, briefly, the host of her own TV chow on CITY-TV called ‘Mosaic’ in the 1980s; Joso is famous now for his restaurant, Joso’s , which is among the most popular in Toronto. As part of its 50th anniversary celebration in 2000, EMI Music Canada commissioned a study of its early years. Malka & Joso were among one of their long-lost re-discoveries. The result was the ‘Malka & Joso Forever’ CD anthology of the best material from their three original albums.

Singles
1965 Ay Cosita Linda/Katya Katerina (Capitol) 72241
2000 Malaguena/Gracious One (EMI)

Albums
1964 Introducing: Malka & Joso (Capitol) ST-6108
1965 Mostly Love Songs (Capitol) ST-6129
1966 Jewish Songs (Capitol) ST-6169
1966 Folk Songs Around The World (Capitol)
1975 Jewish Songs (Capitol) SM-6432
2000 Malka & Joso Forever (Northern Heritage/EMI Canada)


MAMA QUILLA II
Linda Robitaille
(saxophone, percussion, vocals; 1976-1982) / Susan Sturman (guitars, percussion; 1976-1982) / Linda Jain (drums; 1976) / Lorraine Segato (vocals, guitar, percussion; 1977-1982) / Lauri Conger (keyboards, vocals; 1978-1982) / Billy Bryans (drums, percussion; 1978-1982) / Jacqui Parker-Snedker (bass; percussion; 1978-1982)
Susan Sturman’s pro-lesbian political sextet Mama Quilla II was formed in 1976 (adding the Roman numeral II to their name so as to not be confused with the late Sarah Ellen Dunlop’s similarly named band from 1975) as a three-piec with Linda Robitaille and Linda Jain. With the addition of Lorraine Segato in 1977 and adding more members into 1978, they became a fixture on Toronto’s Queen Street circuit with regular appearances at such clubs as The Beverley Tavern and The Bamboo. The group managed to endure 5 years on the scene and recorded one 12″ EP in 1982 which was engineered by a young ‘Danny’ Lanois at Grant Avenue Studio in Hamilton. The six-piece was occasionally augmented by vocalists Catherine MacKay and Lee Shropshire live. Segato and Bryans were asked to organize a group for the 1982 Festival of Festivals and Mama Quilla II personnel were unavailable so they grabbed Conger and several other area session players and formed The Parachute Club. Mama Quilla II effectively disbanded as The Parachute Club signed a recording deal with Current Records in 1983; Parker-Snedker went to British Columbia to work at Simon Fraser University. With notes from Jacqui Parker-Snedker [also see PARACHUTE CLUB]

Albums
1982 KKK//Mama Quilla/Angry Young Woman (Tupperwaros) TR-001


MANCHILD
Ken Carty (guitar) / Jack Flynn (drums) / John Kimmel (vocals) / Dennis Pinhorn (bass) / Lorne Whitby (keyboards) / John Shand (guitar)
When Bill Amesbury and Mel O’Brien left Columbia Records act The Five Shy the remaining members formed Manchild. The band was pushed in the initial CanCon radio blitz after legislation had changed and released “Sitting In a Pool of Music” backed with a remake of The Mandala’s “Love-itis” on Yorkville Records; Pinhorn would later join Brutus and Downchild Blues Band; Carty now performs with the Toronto Soul Revival; Kimmel left the music business and opened a Toronto flower shop called Triffids.

Singles
1972
Sitting In a Pool of Music/Love-itis (Yorkville) YVM-45059


Mandala’s early incarnation as The Rogues

MANDALA
George Olliver (vocals) / Domenic Troiano (guitar) / Penti “Whitey” Glan (drums) / Don Elliot (bass) / Josef Chirowski (keyboards) / Roy Kenner (vocals; replaced Olliver 1967) / Hugh Sullivan (keyboards; replaced Chirowski 1968)
The Mandala’s history begins in the summer of 1963, working as the house band at the Club Bluenote supporting visiting US R&B/Soul artists like Edwin Starr and Freddy Scott. Chirowski, Elliot and Glan had worked together previously in The Roulettes and Belltones. With the addition of original Roulettes singer George Olliver and ex-Robbie Lane and Ronnie Hawkins guitarist Domenic Troiano joined they became The Five Rogues, and later, The Rogues. In 1966 they changed their name again, this time to The Mandala and in November that year they played at Hollywood’s legendary Whiskey A-Go-Go and then again at the Hullabaloo a few weeks later to a crowd of 1,400 new fans. In 1967 they took their Soul Crusade to New York on a regular basis and appeared on several times Steve Paul’s Scene nightclub. The group did opening stints for Wilson Pickett and The Rolling Stones in concert, and headlined in major nite clubs in Canada and the U.S. The Mandala was soon signed to a record deal with Chess Records’ subsidiary label KR Records. Later that year, they recorded their debut single, “Opportunity” (and the B-side “Lost Love”) at Chicago’s legendary Chess Studios with backing up vocals provided by The Dells. It hit the Top10 immediately and was followed three months later by “Give & Take” (backed with “From Toronto ’67”), to repeat the first single’s success. As the band attempted to squeeze an album recording between tours, George Olliver left to form his own band George And The Soul Children in late 1967. He was replaced by Roy Kenner. The band released their debut album, ‘Soul Crusade’, on Atlantic Records in 1968 and had another Top10 hit with “Love-Itis” in Canada. The Mandala played their final gig at The Hawk’s Nest in January 1969, but Troiano, Glan and Kenner made a musical shift, added Prakash John on bass and changed their name to Bush. The band released one album in 1970. Troiano would go on to join the James Gang with Roy Kenner, then the Guess Who and finally became successful as a TV and movie soundtrack producer before succumbing to cancer in 2005; Glan and John hooked up with Bob Ezrin as session musicians for Jack Richardson’s Nimbus 9 Studio which led to Ezrin using the players on Lou Reed’s ‘Berlin’ album. The duo and former Mandala keyboardist Chirowski would go on to tour and record with Alice Cooper on ‘Welcome To My Nightmare’ (1975) and ‘Goes To Hell’ (1976) both produced by Ezrin; Kenner joined the James Gang following Joe Walsh’s departure with Dominic Troiano; Olliver became a perennial fixture on the Toronto R & B circuit with acts like George Olliver And The Blue-Eyed Brotherhood (with bassist Mel O’Brien), Natural Gas, The Royals and George Olliver & Gangbusters as well as a solo performer. From 1982 to 1992 George co-owned and was the musical director for Toronto’s Bluenote Club. It immediately became known as the “Home of Rhythm & Blues” in the city. He brought in such greats as Sam and Dave, Solomon Burke, Martha Reeves, Wilson Pickett, Etta James, and Mary Wells to name but a few. During this period George recorded ‘Live At The Bluenote’ and ‘Dream Girl’, the latter of which was nominated for a Juno Award in 1987; Sullivan died in 1978. In the 1980’s, the J.Geils Band recorded “Love-itis”. In 1991 Toronto’s Urban Dance Squad released a song called “Grandblack Citizen” which featured a sample of the Mandala song “World Of Love”; Dominic Troiano passed away after a battle with cancer on May 25, 2005; Don Elliot passed away January 16, 2016. with notes from George Olliver, Bill Munson, Nick Warburton and Rob Bernhardt.
[also see DOMENIC TROIANO, GEORGE OLLIVER, ROY KENNER]

Singles
1967 Opportunity/Lost Love (KR/Chess) KR-0119
1967 Give and Take/From Toronto – 67 (KR/Chess) KR-0121
1968 Love-itis/Mellow Carmello Palumbo (Atlantic) AT-2512
1968 You Got Me/Help Me (Atlantic) AT-2567X

Albums
1968 Soul Crusade (Atlantic) SD-8184
1986 Mandala Classics (WEA) 23291


MANDEL, Fred
Born: 1953 in Estevan, Saskatchewan
Fred Mandel started his musical upbringing in Estevan, Saskatchewan, with piano at age 4 and guitar at age 8. He moved to Toronto in 1964, played in local bands and started professionally on the road at age 20 with Grant Smith and The Power. Mandel then went on to play with Lighthouse and the Domenic Troiano Band with whom he recorded ‘Burning At The Stake’ for Capitol Records. In 1977 he did the Dick Wagner album with Bob Ezrin producing which led to work with Alice Cooper from 1977-1980 as a keyboardist and later, guitarist/musical director. During this time Mandel also did a small tour of America with Kiki Dee. He recorded three albums with Alice Cooper writing a majority of the songs for the 1980 release ‘Flush The Fashion” produced by Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, The Cars). Mandel co-wrote “Pain” with Cooper which featured in the Meatload movie vehicle ‘Roadie’. Mandel also appeared appeared in the movie with the Alice Cooper Band. During this period he also worked with Pink Floyd playing B-3 with them on ‘The Wall’. In 1982 he toured Japan and America with Queen, doing the TV show ‘Saturday Night Live’ and appeared on Queen’s album ‘The Works’. Mandel also did Brian May’s solo album, “Starfleet”, featuring Eddie Van Halen. He then recorded with Freddie Mercury on his solo album ‘Mr. Bad Guy’ playing keyboards and guitar. In 1983 he toured America and Europe with Supertramp and went on to produce the song “And The Light” for their album ‘Some Things Never Change’. In 1984 Mandel joined The Elton John Band with whom he toured until 1990. He recorded five albums with Elton (‘Ice On Fire’, ‘Leather Jackets’, ‘Live With The Melbourne Symphony’, ‘Reg Strikes Back’, and ‘Sleeping With The Past’). In recent years Mandel has recorded with Philip Sayce (guitarist for Melissa Etheridge) and the debut record for the singer Wensday produced by Dick Wagner (Alice Cooper, Lou Reed). In recent years he has scored a movie for Canadian director, Peter Foldy, and is currently working on a solo record. with notes from Fred Mandel via Peter Foldy. [also see GRANT SMITH & THE POWER, DOMENIC TROIANO]

Albums
with ALICE COOPER

1977 Lace And Whiskey (Warner Bros.) KBS-3027
1977 The Alice Cooper Show (Warner) KBS-3138
1978 From the Inside (Warner Bros.)  BSK-3263
1980 Flush the Fashion (Warner) XBS-3436
1999 The Life And Crimes Of Alice Cooper [4CD] (Rhino) R2-75680

with CHRIS HALL
1981
Lifeline (Capitol) ST-6486
1983 Hypnotized (Capitol) ST-6493

with BRIAN MAY + FRIENDS
1983
Star Fleet Project [3 song EP] (Capitol) MLP-15014
1992 Back To The Light [3 song EP] (Parlophone – EUR) CDR-6329

with QUEEN
1984
The Works (EMI) ST-512322

with FREDDIE MERCURY
1985
Mr. Bad Guy (CBS – France) CK-4007
2000 Solo [2CD] (Hollywood) HR-623012

with ELTON JOHN
1985
Ice On Fire (Geffen) XGHS-24077
1986 Leather Jackets (Geffens) XGHS-24114
1987 Live In Australia (With The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra) (MCA) MCA2-8022
1988 Reg Strikes Back (MCA) MCAD-6240
1989 Sleeping With the Past (MCA) MCAD-6321
1990 To Be Continued… [4 CD] (MCA) MCAD4-10110

with BAD MOON RISING
1991
Bad Moon Rising (Pony Canyon – JAPAN) PCCY-00202

with PHILIP SAYCE
2009
Peace Machine (Provogue – EUR) PRD-7275

with JAMEY JOHNSON
2010
The Guitar Song [2 CD] (Mercury) 13364


MANEIGE
Alain Bergeron (flute, saxes, keyboards) / Denis LaPierre (guitars) / Yves Leonard (bass) / Vincent Langlois (piano, keyboards, percussion) / Gilles Schetagne (drums, percussion) / Paul Picard (vibes, xylophone, marimba, percussion)  / Jérôme Langlois (keyboards, guitar, clarinet; touring 1974-1975)
After playing in the rock band Lasting Weep, Jérôme Langlois and Alain Bergeron formed the jazz-rock fusion group Maneige in 1972. They built a following in Montreal and eventually moved into English language markets in Ontario and the prairies. By 1975 they were signed to Capitol Records and released two albums that year – ‘Maneige’ and ‘Les Porches de Notre-Dame’. Their sound began as symphonic but by the 1978 album, ‘Libre Service’, the fusion elements of their sound was stronger. By 1983’s ‘Images’ (on Saisons Disques) their percussive feel had become jazz-rock. Most of their albums are 100% instrumental with some vocal interludes on ‘Les Porches’; Langlois would go on to join Uzeb.

Singles
1978
L’envol des singes Latins/Troizix (Polydor) DJ-20
1983 Nuit Rose/[same] (Saisons) SNS-6528
1984 Québec St. Malo/Québec St. Malo (Version Instrumentale) (Saisons) SNS-6541
1984 Québec St. Malo/Québec St. Malo (Version Instrumentale) [12”] (Saisons) 12SNS-5000

Albums
1975 Maneige (Harvest/Capitol)  ST-70.035
1975 Les Porches de Notre-dame (Capitol) ST-6438
1977 Ni Vent, Ni Nouvelle (Polydor) 2424-143
1978 Libre Service – Self Service (Capitol) 2424-176
1979 Composite (Polydor)  2424-206
1980 Montreal, 6AM (Interim) INT-33007
1983 Images (Saisons) SNS-80008
1998 Live Montreal 1974/1975 (Fonovox) VOX-7964
2005 Live à l’Évêché 1975 (ProgQuébec) MPM-07
2006 Les Porches Live (ProgQuébec) MPM-15


MANTECA
Matt Zimbel (percussion) / Aaron Davis (keyboards; 1979) / Gord Sheard (keyboards; 1989) / Rick Tait (trumpet, keyboards) / Henry Heilig (bass) / John Johnson (saxophones, flute, piccolo); Honourary Members: Doug Wilde (keyboards) / David Blamires
Formed in Toronto in 1979 as a 9-piece jazz/Latin/fusion collective and were managed at one time by former CKLN program director John Jones. They achieved an underground hit with “Jungle Beast” from ‘Strength In Numbers’ LP. The album went to No.20 on Scarboro College Radio’s ‘Top Albums of 1984’ and also won ‘Top Album of 1984’ at the Black Music Awards. Manteca performed in Sandinista in 1984 while leader Matt Zimbel pledged his support to Tools For Peace, an organization that supplies strictly non-military material aid to the Sandinista government in Nicaragua; Heilig formed jazz act Heilig Maneuver; Davis joined Holy Cole Trio and does writing for films; Zimbal became a TV producer and still plays; Sheard went back to school to work on doctorate in Brazilian music; Tait died in 2002. with notes from Doug Wilde.

Singles
1983 Arms & the Man/Arms & the Man (Edit) [12”] (Ready) SRB-031
1984 Stay/Jungle Beast (Ready) SR-501
1984 Caravan / Bakome / An Interview With Jack Schechtman [EP] (Ready) SSR-17
1986 Danceteria/Nu Nu (Duke Street) DSR-71027
1986 Danceteria (Extended Dance Mix)//Danceteria (Single Mix)/Nu Nu (Duke Street) DSR-12027
1989 Sweet One/Take Me There (Duke Street) DSR-71055

Albums
1982
Manteca (Ready) LR-017
1984 Strength In Numbers (Ready) LR-050
1986 No Heroes (Duke Street/WEA) DSR-31027
1987 Fire Me Up (Duke Street) DSR-31038
1989 Perfect Foot (Duke Street) DSR-31055
1990 Extra Extra (Duke Street) DSR-30169
1992 Later Is Now! (Duke Street)
1996 No Net (Justin Time) JTR-84562
2007 Onward! (Manteca)
2008 Fun Fun (Manteca) MM-79081


MANTEYE
Mark Manthei / Augy Guidoccio / Ernie Guidoccio
Mark Manthei got his start playing the club circuit in the northern Ontario communities of North Bay and Sudbury. He was hopelessly in search of songwriting collaborators and decided to take out a want ad and after many troubled individuals failed to pass muster, Manthei discovered the Guidoccio brothers in 1988. The trio relocated to Toronto where they began to demo their material and make the rounds in the Toronto club scene. A fortuitous placement of their roots-inspired “Seven Minutes To Midnight” brought them to the attention of video producer Peter McNamee and entertainment lawyer Steve Ehrlick who in-turn attracted Jeff Burns and his Justin Records label in 1989. By 1990 the band had released its self-titled debut on Justin and received nominal play for their two singles/videos “Belts, Boots” and “Seven Minutes To Midnight” but it wasn’t enough to get them over the hurdle of the glut of folk-tinged acoustic acts like Blue Rodeo at the time. The band split up shortly thereafter. The Guidoccio brothers would go on to form Big Blue Bus.

Singles
1990 Belts, Boots (Justin/MCA)
1990 Seven Minutes To Midnight (Justin/MCA)

Albums
1990 Manteye (Justin/MCA)  JED-0003†


MAPLE OAK
Stan Endersby
(guitar, vocals) / Martin Fisher (keyboards) / Peter Quaife (bass) / Mick Cook (drums) / Gordon MacBain (drums; replaced Cook)
Formed by ex-patriate Brit and ex-Kinks bassist Peter Quaife and ex-Just Us bassist Stan Endersby who met while Endersby was in England in 1968. Maple Oak was a collaborative Canadian/UK hybrid that took six months to come to fruition with Endersby and Martin Fisher (ex-Flying Circus/Olivus/Bobby Kris & The Imperials) going to England to team up with Quaife in April 1969. The band was revealed to the world in the centre spread of NME on 3rd April, shocking the members of Quaife’s former band The Kinks. They embarked on a tour of Denmark during May 1969 but after the tour Cook left and Fisher brought in fellow Canadian and former bandmate MacBain (ex-Flying Circus/Olivus/Bobby Kris & The Imperials) as a replacement. Alas, Quaife departed shortly after the release of their single “Son of A Gun” in early 1970. The group carried on as a trio (with Fisher also covering bass duties) and recorded their self-titled album which was delayed until early 1971 while they battled with Decca Records by which time the group had split and returned to Toronto. The album features some early Bruce Cockburn songs that the writer never released himself. Back home, Endersby formed Heaven and Earth with his former Just Us/Tripp/Livingston Journey cohort Ed Roth. The band also comprised ex-The Paupers bass player Denny Gerrard, drummer Pat Little from Luke & The Apostles and Chimo!, guitarist Gary Holmes and future Motown star, singer Rick James. The group issued two singles for RCA in 1971. He also played in Bruce Palmer and Dewey Martin’s Buffalo Springfield Revisited during the ’80s and has played in a reformed Ugly Ducklings line up; Quaife also lives in Toronto and works as an airbrush artist. with notes from Gordon MacBain.

Singles
1970 Son of a Gun/Hurt Me So Much (Decca) F-13008

Albums
1971 Maple Oak (Decca) SKL-5085


MARBLE HALL
Brian Redmond / Michael Pierre / Louis McKelvey / R. Gomez

Originally known as Brian Redmond & The Sound Box, the Montreal west island band released two singles on Regency Records which charted well. “Warm Your Mind And Soul” was produced by J.B. & The Playboys’ Bill Hill and Allan Nichols. The second single, an Andy Kim tune called “I Want You”, was produced by CFOX radio personality Bill Wallace. The song did so well that the band opened shows for Andy Kim and Gary Puckett & The Union Gap. At the end of 1969 they scooped up guitarist Louis McKelvey from Walter Rossi’s band The Influence, changed their name to Marble Hall and were signed to Aquarius Records where they released the Hugh Squire (A-Cads) produced “Get Your Thing Together” in April 1970 which received moderate airplay.

Singles
1970
Get Your Thing Together/Marble Hall(Aquarius) AQ-5003

as BRIAN REDMOND & THE SOUND BOX
1968 Warm Your Mind And Soul/I’m Learning (Regency) R-980
1969 I Want You/Boogaloo Up Bord Du Lac (Regency) R-983


MARINO, Frank
Born: November 20, 1954, Montreal, Québec
Montreal-native Frank Marino is the middle of five children born to a Sicilian/Italian father and Syrian/Lebanese mother. The family moved constantly when he was younger which he says instilled a sense of isolation in him and so, as a teenager, turned to drugs and the peace movements of the 60’s to forge an identity. Doing LSD and listening to bands like the Doors, the Jimi Hendrix Experience and the Beatles was fueled Marino’s musical upbringing. At 14, however, a particularly strong and vivid acid trip sent Marino to the hospital; while attempting to recover from the experience and keeping his mind OFF the trip, Marino took up the one musical instrument in the hospital’s relaxation room that he could find: a guitar. He was already self-taught on the drums but the hospital only had a guitar. Because he was desperate to survive his bad drug experience, Marino threw himself into learning how to play with a kind of religious fervour, and when he emerged some weeks later he was proficient on the instrument he got together with friends and began jamming musical ideas. The name was originally Mahogany Rush (which Marino says accurately describes a certain feeling he got on the acid trip that hospitalized him) and had many many members before finally settling into the line-up that would gain the band their eventual fame: Marino on vocals and guitars, Jim Ayoub on drums and Paul Harwood on bass. After playing any and everywhere for years, mostly always for free and only occasionally for some spending money, the band finally decided to heed the advice from their friends and people met on the road, and record an album. Working with a local Montreal label, Kot’Ai Records who had distribution with 20th Century Records in the USA, their first album, entitled ‘Maxoom’, was released in 1973. Marino was 17 years old when it came out, and was instantly hailed as the next new guitar god by the public; the critics, however, panned the album, citing an unoriginal Hendrix copycat sound. Despite the critical drubbing, Mahogany Rush went on to release two more albums on Kot’Ai – ‘Child Of The Novelty’ (1974) and ‘Strange Universe’ (1975) – before Columbia Records signed the band to a major label deal. ‘Mahogany Rush IV’, released in 1976, was the last album under the moniker of Mahogany Rush, and this was due in large part to Marino’s burgeoning reputation among guitar aficionados as being one of the truly great guitarists of his day. Henceforth the band was known as Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush. The deal with Columbia would last for seven albums (including a double live release) and took the band to 1982. This was highlighted by the first line-up change since before the first album, when Marino’s brother Vince was brought on board in 1980 to play rhythm guitar. The label’s relationship with the group, however, deteriorated to the point where Marino wanted out, but it took another two years before the legal wrangling was settled. In 1985 Marino signed with Maze Records and they released a double live album of Mahogany Rush in 1985; in 1986 Marino released a solo album on Maze entitled ‘Full Circle’ and toured it extensively throughout North America. Marino also released a solo effort on SPV Records in 1990, and licensing deals have seen the first three albums released on CD and packaged as a two CD set on Big Beat Records (1995) and a best of compilation on Razor & Tie Records (1996). Marino has worked with Six Was Nine from Montreal (produced their independent album ‘A Single Senseless Word’) and Nanette Workman (also from Montreal) who sings both English and French. In the 2000’s Marino was recording new material and still touring mostly outside of Canada in the US and Europe. Marino has grown his long-time love of recording into some side-work creating a portable multi-track system with long-time manager Graeme Bishop. In 2010 their projects included Sheila Jordan (‘Winter Sunshine’), Ranee Lee (‘Ranee Lee Lives Upstairs’), and Oliver Jones & Hank Jones (‘Pleased To Meet You’). with notes from Graeme Bishop.

Singles
with MAHOGANY RUSH
1972
Buddy/All In Your Mind (Kot’Ai) KO-151
1974 A New Rock and Roll/Child of the Novelty (Kot’Ai) 4502
1975 Satisfy Your Soul (Kot’Ai) 4508

Albums
1986 Full Circle (Maze) ML-8011
1990 From the Hip (SPV – GERMANY) SPV-084-88792

with MAHOGANY RUSH

1973 Maxoom (Kot’Ai) 463
1974 Child of the Novelty (Kot’Ai) 451
1975 Strange Universe (Kot’Ai) 482
1976 Mahogany Rush IV (Columbia)  PC-34190

with FRANK MARINO AND MAHOGANY RUSH
1977 World Anthem (Columbia) PC-34677
1978 Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush Live (Columbia) PC-35257
1979 Tales of the Unexpected (Columbia) PC-35753
1980 What’s Next (Columbia) PC-36204
1981 The Power Of Rock N’ Roll (Columbia)
1982 Juggernaut (Columbia) PC-38023
1988 Double Live (Maze Records)
1995 Maxoon/Child Of The Novelty/Strange Universe [2 CDs] (Big Beat)
1996 Dragonfly: The Best Of (Razor & Tie)
2000 Eye of the Storm (independent)


MARKS, Danny
As a child, Danny Marks would lock himself in his room with a stack of 45’s, an old Seabreeze record player, and a fantasy of having his own radio show. He also wanted to play guitar. He would plunk away on his Grandfather’s old violin until his parents bought him a ukulele around the age of 10. He finally got a real guitar when he was 11. Marks would learn to play ‘proper’ guitar with teacher Tony Bradan under the strictest advice of his parents. However, it didn’t stop Marks from teaching himself songs from the period’s Rock and Roll hit parade. As he rounded age 12, Marks joined his first band The Vandals (later renamed The New Generation) who would play tea dances and church basements whenever they could. By his 13th birthday he finally acquired an electric guitar and there was no turning back. In his teens he began hanging out in Toronto’s Yorkville Village which was teaming with music and similar minded musicians wanting to find that big break. After answering an ad posted in music store Long & McQuade, Marks joined The Whiskey Sours. The group rehearsed in Toronto’s fabled Chez Monique but by early 1966 the band had split-up and Marks was in search of another band. Another ad, this time in the ‘After Four’ section of the Toronto Daily Telegram brought him to Larry Evoy, Paul Weldon, Craig Hemming and Dave Brown – better known as Edward Bear. The band paid their dues with years of Canadian road miles touring their songs and blues standards. They were signed to Capitol Records in Canada at the end of the 1960s and had a best selling debut album, ‘Bearings’, in 1970 on the strength of the single “You and Me and Mexico”. But the band’s direction and future was in constant flux, so Marks decided to leave the band. Marks decided to search outside the limited music pool in Canada and flew to Hollywood, California, where he hooked up with fellow Canadian, Neil Merryweather, whose band Mama Lion was signed to Capitol Records stateside. Marks toured briefly with them but was soon courted by Rick James who wanted Marks to play alongside his existing guitarist Danny Weiss as a wall of guitar power. While listening to some material with James he heard something from the Albert Grossman managed Toronto act Jericho. Following a few phone calls, Marks had joined the band. He played with Jericho for the next year and a bit, slogging it out in the back of vans and playing gritty clubs. Eventually, the band dissolved and Marks wound up accepting the invite to play with Rick James. The association was short-lived as James’ erratic lifestyle and substance issues led most of his band to flea the camp – including Marks. The 1970s saw Marks working as a hired gun for the likes of Ken Tobias, Bill Amesbury, Ronnie Hawkins and Rita Coolidge, Bo Diddley, Stephen Stills, and even Tiny Tim. Marks would end the decade in the Malcolm Tomlinson Band and appeared on Tomlinson’s two albums for A & M Records.Marks started taking a stab at singing and was soon hosting the only Saturday afternoon jams in Toronto at the Hotel Isabella. The press began to take notice and with the help of rock impresario, Joe Fried, Marks began hosting his first cable TV program. Marks would spend the 1980s fronting one of the hardest working bar bands in Toronto but he was not advancing his career aspirations. As luck would have it David Malahoff from the CBC invited Marks to be a guest on CBC Radio’s ‘Basic Black’ show. The first appearance led to more, and soon Marks was offered his own – ‘Under the Covers’, and then, ‘Duets’. He was then hosting specials and appearing on other CBC show such as ‘Radio Noon’, ‘Ralph BenMerghui Live’, and others. He would then host a Rogers Cable TV show entitled ‘Stormy Monday’. The show ran for seven  years nationally and Marks’ ‘Hum Line’ show on CBC Radio ran even longer. In recent years Marks has been focusing on voice-over work, solo albums and regular matinees performances at the Rex Hotel in Toronto. He also has another radio show on Toronto’s Jazz.FM91. [also see EDWARD BEAR, MALCOLM TOMLINSON]

Singles
with MALCOLM TOMLINSON
1976
Fiddler’s Green/[same] (A & M) AM-1997
1977 Knocking My Head/Erica Leigh (A & M) AM-448
1977 Celebrate It/Erica Leigh (A & M) AM-458
1979 Carry the Heart Well/My Kind of Grandma (A & M) AM-476
1979 Rock and Roll Hermit/My Kind of Grandma (A & M) AM-479

Albums
2000
Guitarchaelogy (Danny Marks) DM-001
2003 True (Danny Marks/Iridescent) DM-002
2004 A Side of Danny Marks (Danny Marks) DM-003
2005 Big Town Boy (Danny Marks/Iridescent) DM-004
2008 Introducing the Solars (Danny Marks)
2012 A Friend In the Blues

with MALCOLM TOMLINSON
1977
Coming Outta Nowhere (A & M) SP-4649
1979 Rock and Roll Hermit (A & M) SP-4765


MARQUIS, The (1)
Tom Middleton (vocals) / Gary Garraway (guitar) / Len Knoke (lead guitar) / Norm Piercy (bass) / Jerry Adolphe (drums)
The Marquis formed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1967. The band cuts its teeth touring up and down the Pacific Coast. Their only single, on Melbourne Records, was “Put the Torch To Me” which made the lower reaches of the Canadian charts in February 1969. The group split up later that year; Middleton went on to a solo career and released two albums on Columbia Records and had one Top10 hit with a remake of Todd Rundgren’s “It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference” in 1973; Adolphe went on to play with The Collectors and Jim Byrnes; Knoke played for a number of years in the house band at the Forge Tavern in Victoria, British Columbia; Norm Piercy played with Uncle Wiggly’s Hot Shoes Blues Band; Gary Garraway became a teacher. The band reunited for a show in 1990 and the members still stay in touch and jam. with notes from Gary Garraway. [also see TOM MIDDLETON]

Singles
1969
Put the Torch To Me/We’re Doin’ Fine (Melbourne) WG-3308


MARQUIS, The (2)
Lynda Michaels
(vocals, mellotron) / Chuck Lee (vocals, bass) / Stephen Burnside (vocals, guitar) / Michael Shalek (drums, percussion) / Walt Sokil (vocals, piano, synth, harmonies)
A dynamic line-up whose members came from different parts of Ontario plus Michael Shalek from Massachussetts, USA.

Albums
1970
The Marquis (Beaver) CSS-99


MARS, John
John Mars began his recording career in 1972 with his original rock and roll band, The Martians, which included his cousin Chris Robinson on tenor & alto saxophones. He moved on to the jazz trio of Broomer, Mars & Smith in 1973. During a break in his regular role as percussionist, Mars created a rock outlet for his vocal attributes in 1979 called Brian’s Children (a snide little aside in reference to the dearly departed Rolling Stones member Brian Jones) featuring future Bopcats and Royal Crowns drummer Teddy Fury. With a visit to Grant Avenue studios in Hamilton, Ontario under the engineering scrutiny of a very green Daniel Lanois, the Brantford area band released a single, “Cut Her Hair”, on Mars’ Ugly Dog Records. The single received plenty of rotation across Canada and parts of New York State. In the mid-1980’s Mars hooked up with legendary Toronto-based pianist Stuart Broomer to form a jazz duo who were especially successful on public and college radio, and their concert tours (Universities and community theatre) took them through Ontario, Québec, Michigan and New York. In 1986 the jazz duo split up, so after brief Ontario tours with guitarist David Essig, Mars revived an abbreviated version of Brian’s Children with a new line-up called ‘The Children’ and they released a second single – “(This Time) Take Me All The Way” in 1986. By 1992 Mars had gone solo and released a cassette-only album called ‘Hay Waggon Inn’. In the mid-90’s Mars met the talented young guitaist Mike Ardelli and the two soon started an ad hoc group called the Natural Born Lovers, playing rockabilly/roots material. With their mutual pal Glenn Kimberley (The Tin Eddies) sitting in on drums, they began to play a series of University concerts when Ardelli’s life was cut short by a brain tumor at age 24. Mars’s confidante, Jack de Keyzer, encouraged him to soldier on. With encouragement, production and songwriting assists from de Keyzer, Mars released his debut CD ‘Whasup?’ in October 1999 with help from guitarist Gord Lewis (Teenage Head), keyboardist Michael Fonfara (Lou Reed, Rhinoceros, Downchild), drummer Mark French (Blue Rodeo), bassist Shane Scott (Jack de Keyzer Band), saxophonist Chris Robinson, trumpet/trombonist Brigham Phillips, and backing vocalist Gayle Ackroyd. with notes from John Mars.

Singles
with BRIAN’S CHILDREN
1979
Cut Her Hair/Oh Yeah (Ugly Dog) 45-UDR1
1986 (This Time) Take Me All The Way/Sixty Seconds (Ugly Dog) 45-UDR2

Albums
1992 Hay Waggon Inn [cassette] (Ugly Dog)
1999 Whasup? (Blue Star)

with STUART BROOMER & JOHN MARS
1983
Annihilated Surprise (Ugly Dog) 45-UDR2
1999 Annihilated Surprise [vinyl re-issue] (Ugly Dog)

with THE CHILDREN
1989
Electric Playground [cassette] (Ugly Dog)


MARSH, Hugh
Born: June 5, 1955 in Montreal, Québec
Classically trained extreme violinist Hugh Marsh played nothing but classical music from age 5 until he was 20 in Ottawa. He also became interested in saxophone but stuck with the violin because of his extensive training and got his first taste of the musical big leagues after spending 1978 in Toronto working a jazz concert series at the Art Gallery. Moe Koffman spotted the violinist and had Marsh opening concerts for him. This was followed by a steady job at the top Toronto jazz club George’s Spaghetti House. While back home in Ottawa at Christmas time in 1979, Marsh had a chance encounter with Bruce Cockburn who asked Marsh to join him, along with his brother, bassist Fergus Marsh (who was already in Cockburn’s act). Marsh branched out in 1984 with the independent album ‘The Bear Walks’ in 1984 with fellow musical support from Doug Riley (keyboards), Peter Cardinalli (guitar, production), Michael Brecker (tenor sax)and the album was soon scooped up by Duke Street Records. The album did so well that other territories soon hopped on the bandwagon with releases by Verabra Records in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in 1986. His follow-up album, ‘Shaking The Pumpkin’ (1987), featured another eclectic line-up of musical supporters including Bruce Cockburn (on “How The Violin Was Born”), Dalbello (on “Rules Are Made To Be Broken”) and singer Robert Palmer on a version of Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze”. That year Marsh was also seen in live settings at the Toronto Music Gallery doing improvisational pieces with Mary Margaret O’Hara. During the production of his next work, Marsh broke a finger while tossing a football with producer Jon Goldsmith and was sidelined for 6 weeks. In January 1989 Chicago radio station WYTZ re-discovered Marsh’s collaboration with Robert Palmer and “Purple Haze” became a legit hit. Marsh’s ‘Shaking The Pumpkin’ was re-issued on Soundwings Records in the US.

Singles
1984 Versace/Znefu For Y’all (Duke Street/WEA) DSR-71009
1987 Purple Haze  [w/Robert Palmer] (Duke Street/WEA)
1987 Pizz Punk/Sempre Nel Mio Cuore (Duke Street/WEA) DSR-71043
1987 Always In My Heart/Pizz Punk (Duke Street/WEA)

Albums

1984 The Bear Walks (Duke Street/WEA)  DSR-31009
1987 Shaking the Pumpkin (Duke Street/WEA) DSR-31043
2006 Hugmars
2007 Songs For My Mother and Father


MARSHALL, Phyllis
Born: Phyllis Irene Elizabeth Marshall, November 4, 1921 in Barrie, Ontario; Died: February 2, 1996 in Toronto, Ontario

Phyllis Marshall started her singing career in 1936 on radio. By 1947 she was a backing singer on tour with Cab Calloway. Marshall appeared regularly on television including the very first Canadian TV broadcast in 1952. She is recognized as an actress as well and was the first black person given their own BBC TV special which was 1959’s ‘The Phyllis Marshall Special.’ with notes from Don Wayne Patterson, David Lennick

Singles
1964
I Ain’t Got the Man I Thought I Had (Columbia) C4-2654

Albums
1964
That Girl (Columbia) FS-614


MARSHMALLOW SOUP GROUP
Timothy Eaton / Tim Cottini / David John Lemmon / Ron “Smack” Smith / Wayne Sweet
Ottawa, Ontario’s Marshmallow Soup Group were signed to RCA Records and had only one hit record in the track “I Love Candy” in 1969 which peaked in its fourth week at No.54 on the RPM Top100 Singles chart on December 27, 1969. The success of the record led to a show in Lima, Peru at the International Trade Fair. They also represented Canada, alongside Chilliwack at Expo 70 in Japan; Eaton would go on to a solo career under the name Timothy and as Buster Brown; Sweet now performs in a revived version of 1950s Ottawa act The Monarchs with Pete Bebee (Young And Company). with notes from Robin Caird.

Singles
1969 I Love Candy/If I Could Reach You (RCA) 75-1014
1970 Sing To My Lover/Barbee-Lee (RCA) 75-1028


MARTHA & THE MUFFINS (aka M + M)
Martha Johnson (vocals, keyboards) / Martha Ladly (vocals, keyboards, trombone; 1978-1980) / Mark Gane (guitar; synth) / Nick Kent (drums; 1979-1980) / Tim Gane (drums; replaced Mick Kent 1980) / Carl Finkle (bass) / Andy Haas (sax; 1979-1982) / David Millar (1977) / Jocelyne Lanois (bass; replaced Finkle 1981) / Dick Smith (drums; replaced Tim Gane 1983) / Nick Gane (keyboards)
The members of Martha And The Muffins were neighbourhood friends from Thornhill, Ontario. By 1975 they had all relocated to downtown Toronto to make a break in the Toronto music scene. By 1977 Mark Gane, David Millar, and Carl Finkle asked Martha Johnson (of The Doncasters) to play keyboards in their new band with Martha Ladly and Mark Gane’s brother, Tim. Their first independent single “Insect Love” in 1978 helped land them an 8 album deal with Virgin Records UK. They toured extensively in Britain throughout 1979 and 1980 on the strength of their first Virgin single release “Echo Beach” from the ‘Metro Music’ album. “Echo Beach” tied with Anne Murray’s “Could I Have This Dance” for JUNO ‘Single of the Year’ in 1980. By the end of 1980 they had recorded and released a second album, ‘Trance And Dance’, which included a free live EP in its initial pressing and was, like ‘Metro Music’, produced by Mike Howlett. 1981’s ‘This Is The Ice Age’ was produced by up-and-coming Daniel Lanois and featured the addition of Lanois’ sister Jocelyne on bass. The album produced the hit single “Swimming” and other tracks written entirely by Mark Gane. 1982’s ‘Danceparc’ was again produced by Daniel Lanois and the group had morphed into Mark Gane, Johnson, Dick Smith (drums), Jocelyne Lanois, Nick Gane (keyboards) as the now, re-christened M + M. They also debuted the album on Canada’s Current Records. Shortly after the album’s cool media reception the band officially split up. 1984’s ‘Mystery Walk’ was produced by Daniel Lanois and featured the new M + M – Martha Johnson and Mark Gane as a duo. The album was nominated for 4 CASBY Awards by listeners of Toronto’s CFNY-FM – ‘Album of the Year’, ‘Group of the Year’, ‘Engineer/Producer of the Year’ (Daniel Lanois) and ‘Video of the Year’ (“Black Stations, White Stations”). “Black Stations, White Stations” went to No.2 in Canada but was banned across the US for its racey subject matter concerning whites and blacks living in harmony. By 1985 Mark Gane and Johnson headed to Bath, England to work with producer David Lord and the rhythm section of Tony Levin and Yogi Horton with overdubs recorded in Mark Gane’s affectionately named Toronto basement studio The Web (after all the spiders found in it) for the 1986 LP ‘The World Is A Ball’. With the frustration of the Canadian market and the failure of the single, “Song In My Head”, the full band played its last show at Toronto’s Diamond Club in October 1987; Gane and Johnson moved permanently to England and in 1992 they shot back with the ephemeral ‘Modern Lullaby’ under the revived moniker of Martha & The Muffins on Canadian indie label Intrepid Records. It too failed to make a dent in the grunge tainted music market. Martha Johnson went on to record several children’s albums in the ’90’s; Mark Gane worked on studio projects; Martha Ladly moved to England and joined British band The Associates. She also released a single in 1981 “Finlandia/Tasmania” and later toured with Robert Palmer as his keyboard player in 1986. In 2001 she was Director of Design for Immersion Studios, an interactive film company in Toronto associated with Peter Gabriel’s UK-based Real World group of companies; Jocelyne Lanois continued doing session work with her brother Daniel, as well as her significant other, Malcolm Burn, and was briefly the bass player for Crash Vegas; German hip-hop outfit Die Fantastischen Vier (The Fantastic Four) had a Top10 hit in the Fall of 2004 with the song “Troy”, which sampled heavily from the Martha and the Muffins’ song “Indecision”. In February 2005 Gane and Johnson reunited for a set of  Martha & The Muffin songs together at the Drake Hotel in Toronto for the first time since 1987.  with notes from Steven Davey, Brad Fortner, Nanci Malek and Graham Best.

Singles
1978 Insect Love/Suburban Dream (Muffin) MM-001
1979 Insect Love/Cheesies & Gum (Dindisc/Virgin – UK) DIN-4
1980 Echo Beach/Teddy In the Dark (Dindisc/Virgin/Polygram) VS-1111
1980 About Insomnia/146 (UK Green Wax/Dindisc/Virgin) VS-1120
1980 Saigon/Copacabana (Dindisc/Virgin – UK) DIN-17
1980 Suburban Dream/Girl Fat (Dindisc/Virgin – UK) DIN-21
1980 Was Ezo/Trance and Dance (Dindisc/Virgin – UK) DIN-27
1981 Was Ezo/Girl Fat (Dindisc/Virgin) VS-1125
1980 Paint By Number Heart/Copacabana (Dindisc/Virgin)
1980 1980 Tour Live [EP included in 1st pressing of ‘Trance & Dance’] (Dindisc/Virgin) DEP-1
1980 Indecision [4 song 7” EP] (Dindisc – FRANCE)
1981 Women Around the World At Work/Twenty-Two In Cincinnati (Dindisc/Virgin/Polygram) VS-1131
1981 One Day In Paris/Women Around the World At Work (Dindisc – NETHERLANDS) 104.209
1981 Swimming/Little Sounds (Excerpts) (Dindisc/Virgin)  VS-1136
2010 Echo Beach (30th Anniversary Version)/Big Day [DigiFile] (Muffin)

as M + M
1982 Danceparc (Every Day Is Tomorrow)/Whatever Happened To Radio Valve Road (Current/RCA) WAKE-1
1982 World Without Borders/Boys In the Bushes (Current/RCA) WAKE-2
1982 I’m No Good At Conversation/Several Styles of Blonde Girls Dancing (Current/RCA) WAKE-4
1984 Black Stations, White Stations [4  mixes 12”] (Current/RCA) WASH-4
1984 Mystery Walk (Current/RCA)
1984 Cooling the Medium/Come Out and Dance (Current/RCA) WAKE-5
1984 Cooling the Medium (Dance Remix)//Cooling the Medium (Dub Mix)/Come Out and Dance [12”] (Current/RCA) WASH-5
1984 Black Stations, White Stations/Xoa Oho (Current/RCA) WAKE-7
1984 Big Trees/Cooling the Medium (Current/RCA) WAKE-8
1985 Song In My Head/Riverene (Current/RCA) WAKE-14
1985 Song In My Head [3 mixes]/Riverene [12”] (Current/RCA) WASH-7
1986 Someone Else’s Shoes/[same] (Current/RCA) WAKE-16
1986 Watching the Boys Fall Down/Only You (Current/RCA) WAKE-18

Albums
1979 Metro Music (Dindisc/Virgin)  VL-2142
1980 Trance and Dance (Dindisc/Virgin) VL-2207
1981 This Is The Ice Age (Dindisc/Virgin) VL-2228
1987 Far Away In Time (Virgin) COMCD-12
1992 Modern Lullaby (Intrepid/Capitol)  N2IS-0014
1998 Then + Again: A Retrospective (EMI) 496001
2010 Delicate (Muffin) ARK-4

as M + M
1982 Danceparc (Current/RCA)  WAVE-1
1984 Mystery Walk (Current/RCA) WAVE-3
1985 The World Is A Ball (Current/RCA) WAVE-6


MASHMAKHAN
Pierre Senecal (lead vocals, keyboards) / Brian Edwards (bass) / Jerry Mercer (drums) / Rayburn Blake (guitar) / Trevor Payne (vocals) / Brian Greenway (guitar; 1972-1973) / Steve Laing (guitar; 1972-1973) / Lorne Nehring (drums; 1972-1973) / Allan Nicholls (vocals; 1972-1973)
Pierre Senecal, Brian Edwards (brother of The Bells’ Cliff Edwards) and Rayburn Blake first met in 1960 and formed a band that played local Montreal dance halls; their drummer didn’t show up one night so Jerry Mercer was brought in as a substitute but ended up joining the band. Edwards quit the band shortly thereafter but the other three continued to perform on the local scene under names like The Phantoms, Ray Blake’s Combo and The Dominoes. By 1965 they were calling themselves Le Triangle and backing up local R&B singer Trevor Payne. They backed up Payne for four years as The Four Man Triangle and released one single for Gamma Records entitled “Deux Miroirs”.  They were discovered by producer Bob Hahn, who helped them land a new deal with Columbia Records in Toronto. Edwards rejoined the band and they changed their name to Mashmakhan – named after a type of drug being peddled by a local drug dealer. The first single from their self-titled debut album was “Days When We Are Free”, but it was the Pierre Senecal written “As The Years Go By” on the flip side that brought the band chart action in the summer of 1970. The song would spend tenweeks on the CHUM Chart – three of those at No.1 by August 1st, 1970 – and the single would sell 100,000 copies in Canada. The song spent four weeks on the Billboard Top40 singles chart and peaked at No.31 on July 11, 1970. However, it still managed to sell an incredible 500,000 copies in the U.S. The single would also sell 1,000,000 copies in Japan and a Beatlemania-like reception when Mashmakhan toured there. Columbia followed this up with the single “Children of the Sun” which failed to do much more than graze the bottom of the Canadian singles charts.In 1971 Mashmakhan was one of two contributors to the musical score of the NFB film ‘Epilogue/Fieve’ which was directed by William Pettigrew. “Couldn’t Find the Sun”, written by Rayburn Blake for the movie, was included on Mashmakhan’s 1971 album ‘The Family’. The album also did well in Japan on the back of the single “Gladwin”, but by 1972 the band had officially split up; Blake and Edwards formed Riverson with vocalist Franki Hart and drummer Graham Lear and were signed to Aquarius. Blake would then join the Lisa Hartt Band and also recorded some solo material; Jerry Mercer joined April Wine; The group was revived twice in the early seventies by Aquarius Records with future April Wine members Brian Greenway and Steve Laing plus former J.B. & The Playboys member and future movie actor Allan Nicholls; Brian Edwards died of a heart attack October 20, 2016. with notes from Paul Davies, Nicholas Jennings, Samuel King, Rayburn Blake, Mayblitz, Dave Buerster and Victor Gibbs. [also see ALLAN NICHOLLS, APRIL WINE]

Singles
1970 Days When We Are Free/As the Years Go By (Columbia) C4-2924
1970 Children of the Sun/Come Again (Columbia) C4-2960
1971 Start All Over/Couldn’t Find the Sun (Columbia) C4-2979
1971 Love Is/Time To Move On (Columbia) C4-3011
1971 Light Blue/I Don’t Fear Tomorrow (Columbia) C4-3012
1971 Gladwin/Nature’s Love Song (Columbia – JAPAN)  CBSA-82095
1972 Ride Johnny Ride/Home (Columbia)  C4-3055
1973 Dance a Little Step/One Night Stand (Aquarius) AQ-5025

as LE TRIANGLE
1969
Deux Miroirs/Les Montagnes Russes (Gamma) AA-1042

Albums
1970 Mashmakhan (Columbia) E-30235
1971 The Family (Columbia)  E-30813
1999 Mashmakhan/The Family (Collector’s Choice) COL-CD-6063


MASON CHAPMAN BAND
Doris Mason
(keyboards, lead Vocals) / Bruce Chapman (keyboards, lead Vocals) / Dave Skinner (drums, vocals) / Roger Arsenault (bass, lead Vocals)
Mason Chapman were a 4-piece band formed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1979 who and toured the Maritimes with their unique seven keyboard set-up. The band recorded a full length album at Solar Audio in 1982 which was produced by Glen Meisner. with notes from Jim Rice and Terence Dwyer.

Singles
1982 Still Want You/Flying High (Radio-Canada International) RCI-539-S1

Albums
1982
Mason Chapman Band (Radio-Canada International) RCI-539

Compilation Tracks
1982
“Just One Bullet” on ‘Eastern Alliance’ (CBS) ART-100


MASON, Dutch
Born: Norman Byron Mason on February 19, 1938 in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia; Died: December 23, 2006 in Truro, Nova Scotia
Called “Dutchie” because of his south-shore accent, the Lunenburg, Nova Scotia native was born into a musical family — his father played stand-up bass and drums while his mother was a pianist. At the age of 14 he played drums in his parents’ Dixieland band. By the age of 16 he was hanging out with coloured musicians in the community of Gibson Woods and started to learn how to play guitar and immitate his musical heroes like Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and others. Mason’s first band was called The Wreckers and soon stepped out front in Dutch Mason And The Esquires. By the age of 19 he hit the road doing dance hall performances around the Maritimes. As time went on he shifted from rock and roll to the Blues having been inspired by BB King’s “Sweet Little Angel”. He was thirty years old when he recorded his first album, with the Dutch Mason Trio, entitled “At The Candlelight” which was released in 1968. The album was actually recorded at Dartmouth High School. Later, with a newly formed Dutch Mason Band, the group took up residency as the house band at the Wyse Owl Tavern in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. They played constantly from 1973 into 1974 for a 13 month run and were then offered gigs in Toronto where they decided to relocate. The band returned home in 1978. Two albums followed on Attic Records before Mason was stricken with arthritis and diabetes complications that prevented him from recording for ten years. Mason was appointed the title “Prime Minister Of The Blues” at a BB King concert in Toronto by King himself. Mason finally returned to the recording studio in 1990 with an all-star cast of musicians from the Johnny Winter Band and Downchild Blues Band among others for his comeback record entitled, “I’m Back!”, on Stony Plain Records. In 1991 he appeared on the Juno Award-winning disc ‘Saturday Night Blues: The Great Canadian Blues Project Volume 1’ based on the CBC Radio show called “Saturday Night Blues”. That same year, Mason won the 1st annual “Great Canadian Blues Award” voted by listeners of the CBC radio show. A 1996 release, ‘Appearing Nightly’, came next and featured material recorded in 1980 while Mason was still able to play guitar. For Mason’s 60th birthday concert in 1998, promoter Brookes Diamond invited Mason’s contemporaries Sam Moon, Joe Murphy, Frank MacKay And The Lincolns, Matt Minglewood, Pam Marsh, Johnny Favourite, Carson Downey And Big City and many others to the Halifax Metro Centre and recorded a tribute CD to the legendary bluesman. In 2002 Mason was among the first inductees into the Canadian Jazz And Blues Hall of Fame. In 2004 the East Coast Blues Society held the inauguration of the Dutch Mason Blues Hall Of Fame at St. Antonio’s Hall in Halifax. On September 13, 2005 Mason received the Order of Canada. Mason has received several other accolades including the first ‘Lifetime Acheivement Award’ at the ECMA’s, a Juno Award, and The Harvest Blues Festival in Fredericton has an award in his name. Having lived the last few years in a wheelchair in Truro, Nova Scotia, while still doing occasional gigs, Mason passed away December 23, 2006; Dutch Mason band guitarist Wade Brown passed away February 22, 2010 in Truro, Nova Scotia due to complications from Crohn’s disease. with notes from Jim Rice, Larry Mott and Peter Crowe.

Singles
with DUTCH MASON TRIO
1971 Steamroller Blues/Hi-Heel Sneakers (Marathon) PA-1044

with DUTCH MASON BLUES BAND
1977 Diddly Diddly Daddy/Hard Times (Wyse Owl/Solar) SAR-209
1979 Barefootin’/Goin’To Chicago (London) LX-2696
1980 Mister Blue/Did You Mess Your Mind (Attic) AT-236
1981 That’s Life/It’s All Wrong (Attic) AT-251

Albums
with DUTCH MASON TRIO
1968 At The Candlelight (Paragon/Allied) ALS-263
1971 Putting It All Together (Marathon) MS-2107

with DUTCH MASON BLUES BAND
1976 The Blues Ain’t Bad (Wyse Owl Productions) OBP-2008
1977 Janitor of the Blues (Solar) SAR-2020
1979 Wish Me Luck (London) PS-733
1979 Dutch Mason Blues (Rainbow) R-3101
1980 Special Brew (Attic) LAT-1093
1982 Gimme A Break (Attic) LAT-1114
1991 I’m Back (Stony Plain) SPCD-1169
1992 You Can’t Have Everything [w/The Drew Nelson Band] (Stony Plain) SPCD-1182
1993 The Prime Minister of the Blues (Stony Plain)
1996 Dutch Mason Appearing Nightly (Alive Presentations)
1998 60th Birthday Live (Tidemark)
1999 Dutch Mason & Johnny Tornado “Goodtimes” (Anchors Away)
2004 Half Ain’t Been Told (Pig Productions/CBC)


MATERICK, Ray Born: Raymond George Materick in Brantford, Ontario
Ray Materick is a singer/songwriter born in Brantford, Ontario. He comes by his career honestly: His father played saxophone, trumpet, and clarinet n his own dance band during the 1940’s and 1950’s before becoming an ordained evangelical preacher in the 1960’s. Materick’s brothers introduced him to Rock ‘N’ Roll music in the form of Chuck Berry, Elvis, Buddy Holly. His inspiration to write his own material came from The Rolling Stones, The Animals, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson and Gordon Lightfoot. In 1972 Materick signed with one of Canada’s first truly independent labels, Kanata Records, to release his first solo album, ‘Sidestreets’, produced by David Bird. The gritty, gravelly voiced and lyrically brilliant album was greeted as a masterpiece by critics. By 1974 Materick was signed to WEA Canada by Gary Muth for the new Asylum label in the U.S. His first album release would be ‘Neon Rain’, produced by Eugene Martynec, and contained the hit single “Linda Put the Coffee On”. Legendary east coaster Stan Rogers would note Materick’s considerable talent as a songwriter by recording his version of Materick’s “The Holiday Bar and Grill Cafe”. 1975’s ‘Best Friend Overnight’, produced by Don Potter, featured pedal steel and mandolin courtesy of a very young Daniel Lanois. Similarly, Lanois also made significant contributions to Materick’s 1976 album ‘Midnight Matinee’ (also produced by Don Potter). Materick’s band was solidifying as well with noted contributions by Ed Roth (keyboards), Bill Cymbala (drums), and Bob Doidge (bass). This line-up would be the foundation for Materick’s 1978 outting, ‘Fever In Rio’, along with help from Jack Pedler (drums), Michael Zweig (guitar), Shirley Eikhard (harmony vocals), Terry Brumhall (bass) and Glen Foster (guitar). This cycle of albums all won Materick critical praise. In the early ’80’s Materick formed his own record label, Escape Records, and continued touring with his band which featured Lily Sazz (The Trailblazers). At this point Materick took a break from his years of road and party life. He began working in an East Toronto woodworking shop where he remained for nearly 8 years. Through a program of self-discovery Materick began writing songs again. Materick now lives in Hamilton, Ontario, and has been feverishly releasing new product through his own King Kong.com record label (which also serves as the home for seven other singer-songwriters). Materick’s prolific resurgence resulted in five solo releases in 2000 — ‘Rough Serenade’, ‘Melting Pot’, ‘Man In The Thunderbird’, ‘Wild World’, and ‘Sunflowers’; and two solo releases in 2001 — ‘Here At Home’ and ‘Violent Flood’. In 2001 Materick released ‘The Songwriter’ on King Kong Records which was later assimilated into a 2 CD package by Linus Entertainment/Warner Music Canada along with 12 vintage 1970’s tracks called ‘Life & Times’ in 2003. Materick then continued his prolific streak with two more albums under his belt – ‘The Book of Love’ (on the Christian Music Canada label) and the two disc set ‘Ragged Kingdom’ (on New Dawn Records). Materick is currently in a new act called Peace On Earth* who released a new video in August 2011 for song “River of Blood” in anticipation of their 2012 two CD releases – ‘Unity’ and ‘World Without End’. with notes from Ray Materick, Rob Randall and Greg Bosley.

Singles
1972 Season Of Plenty/Goodbye (Kanata/London) KAN-1010
1972 Hard Life Alone (Kanata/London)
1974 Linda Put The Coffee On/It’s All So New To Me (Asylum/WEA) ASC-5001
1975 Feelin’ Kinda Lucky Tonight/Blue Castle Lady (Asylum/WEA) ASC-5003
1976 Northbound Plane/Anyday It Rains (Asylum/WEA) ASC-5004
1976 Ride Away/Lonely Hearts Hotel (Asylum/WEA) ASC-5005
1979 Only A Fool (stereo)/Only A Fool (mono) (Casino/London) C-7149-DJ
1980 Bring On The Light/Might Take Some Muscle (One Heart/Phonodisc) 333
1980 Heartbreak/Rock&Roll Is A Mans Game (One Heart/Phonodisc) 3335

Albums
1972 Side Streets (Kanata/London) KAN-10
1974 Neon Rain (Asylum/WEA) 7ESC-10001
1975 Best Friend Overnight (Asylum/WEA) 7ESC-10002
1976 Midnight Matinee (Asylum/WEA) 7ESC-10003
1980 Fever In Rio (Casino/London) CA-1013
1981 Ray Materick (One Heart/Phonodisc) 1111
2000 Rough Serenade (kingkongrecords) KKRC-100
2000 Melting Pot (kingkongrecords) KKRC-200
2000 Man In The Thunderbird (kingkongrecords) KKRC-300
2000 Wild World (kingkongrecords)
2000 Sunflowers (kingkongrecords)
2001 Here At Home (kingkongrecords)
2001 Violent Flood (kingkongrecords)
2002 Songwriter (kingkongrecords)
2003 Life & Times (Linus/Warner Music Canada) Linus 2 70015
2004 Live At The Elmocambo (kingkongrecords) KKRC-1600
2006 The Book Of Love (Christian Music Canada)
2006 Ragged Kingdom (New Dawn) KKRC-1800


MATTHEWS, Shirley
Born: Harrow, Ontario in 1942;
Died: January 8, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario
Shirley Matthews started her singing career in school and church. At 19 she made money singing while working a full time job at the Bell Telephone business office in Toronto. She sang at high school dances in the early sixties which led to a recurring gig at Club Bluenote rotating with David-Clayton Thomas, Shawne Jackson-Troiano and The Mandala where she would frequently be visited by touring musicians such as Stevie Wonder and The Supremes. An associate of The Four Season’s manager Bob Crewe and Red Leaf Records owner Stan Klees spotted Matthews at the Bluenote and she was whisked away to New York City to record her first single “Big Town Boy” after signing a recording contract with Red Leaf. The record went Top-10 and she won a 1964 JUNO Award for ‘Female Vocalist of the Year’. She released several follow-up singles but only “Private Property” made any waves. In 1967 she was married to become Shirley Vedder and gave up her career in singing. She has spent most of her adult years living with her family in Unionville, Ontario and was the executive assistant at a racquet ball club there and an accomplished player herself. Shirley (Matthews) Vedder later became President & CEO of a racquet and fitness Club chain. She died unexpectedly on January 8, 2013 with notes from Jim Vedder.[also see BIG TOWN BOYS]

Singles
1964 He Makes Me Feel So Pretty/Is He Really Mine (Red Leaf/Tamarac) TTM-608
1965 Stop the Clock/If I Had It All To Do Again (Red Leaf/Tamarac) TTM-611

as SHIRLEY MATTHEWS featuring THE BIG TOWN GIRLS

1963 Big Town Boy/(You Can) Count on That (Red Leaf/Tamarac) TTM-602

as SHIRLEY MATTHEWS featuring THE BIG TOWN BOYS
1964 Private Property/Wise Guys (Red Leaf/Tamarac) TTM-603


MAX MOUSE & THE GORILLAS
Cris “Max Mouse” Cuddy
(acoustic guitar, vocals) / Jim “J.P. Hovercraft” Price (bass) / George Bertok (guitar, Hammond organ) / Buzz “Mr. Soul” Thompson (guitar) / Jim “Jimbo Lewis” Leslie (drums) / Bobby Watson (guitar) / Joey Freedman (guitar; 1978) / Alan Kates (steel guitar; 1978) / Bohdan Hlusko [aka Michelle Josef] (drums; 1978) / Denis Delorme (pedal steel) / James Clark (drums)
Cris Cuddy found underground cult fame with his friends from Peterborough’s Trent University in the late 1960s with several rare releases under the name Jeremy Doormouse. Amongst those within his general musical orbit were Bobby Watson and Buzz Thompson of The Hangmen. When the Hangmen fell apart Thompson left the business briefly and Watson teamed up with George Bertok in Sumac. When Sumac came to an end the two formed a new band called Bacon Fat with Jim Price.  Price was then in a band called Heavenly Jukebox and over time, mutated into Uncle Bobby’s Aerial ballet featuring Cris Cuddy, Bobby Watson and Jim Leslie. The band became Max Mouse & The Gorillas in 1978. Eventually Bertok and Thompson joined to become the definitive version of the band. The first album, entitled ‘Who Is This Max Mouse Anyway?’, was recorded on-the-cheap at Inception Sound live off the floor and mixed by Doug McClement at Comfort Sound. The next album, ‘Stilla Gorilla’, in 1979 featured songs pressed at 45 RPM on the A-side and 33 1/3 RPM on the B-side. The A-side was recorded at Inception Sound and the B-side utilizing Doug McClement’s renowned mobile recording truck. In 1998 the band released a live album. A version of the Gorillas continues on and off each year with Cuddy continuing to steer the helm.

Singles
1979
Can Your Gorilla Sing the Blues [3 song EP] (Jungle Jukebox) JJ-1

Albums
1978
Max Mouse & The Gorillas (Jungle Jukebox) JJ-33.3
1998 Alive

as MAX MOUSE & THE RADIO FREE GORILLAS
1979 Stilla Gorilla [EP] (Jungle Jukebox) JJ-33.45


MAX WEBSTER
Kim Mitchell (guitars, vocals) / Terry Watkinson (keyboards) / Paul Kersey (drums) / Mike Tilka (bass) / Gary McCracken (drums; replaced Kersey 1977) / Dave Myles (bass; replaced Tilka) / Dave Stone (keyboards; replaced Watkinson 1979) / Peter Fredette (bass; replaced Myles)
Sarnia in the 1960’s saw a young, ambitious Kim Mitchell sweating it out in various line-ups of the same band starting with the name The Grass Company, The Quotations, Big Al’s Band and finally ZOOOM, who wound up in Toronto where cover-tunes ruled and original material went unnoticed. Eventually all the members but Mitchell returned to Sarnia. He was starving but getting work doing studio sessions, beer commercials, and playing the hotel and airport lounge circuit. He set off to the Greek island of Rhodes backing up a Greek Tom Jones. Six months later Mitchell invited poet and childhood buddy Pye Dubois (real name: Paul Woods) to Greece to co-write some songs; they decided to make it a band project and set about recruiting a line-up. The 1972 line-up consisted of Mitchell, Kersey (The Bluesmen Revue), Tilka (an Indiana, USA, emigre), and Watkinson (already a veteran of the Canadian music scene with The Yeomen and all its namesake permutations). Tilka was in a band called Family At Macs and they did a song “Webster”. It was decided to pick a name configuration that would recall other fictitious band names of not-real people like Jethro Tull or Alice Cooper. The name Max Webster was born. By 1974 their live act was getting bites from management, production and record companies and in 1975 they signed with the Ray Danniels/Vic Wilson’s SRO Productions as their management company. Danniels had set up an independent label imprint for SRO band Rush called Moon Records and then set up Taurus Records to handle other artists on the roster including Liverpool, Mendelson Joe and Max Webster.The band’s debut single was “Blowing The Blues” in 1975 through Taurus’s distribution deal with London Records. Though the record gained little attention, a full self-titled album [aka ‘The Blockheads Album’] was recorded and released that year under producer Terry Brown (Rush, Klaatu). SRO would amalgamate both Moon and Taurus Records under the new name Anthem Records and Max Webster’s contract was carried along with it. The first album was re-issued in Canada in 1976 and stateside on the back of Anthem’s US distributor Mercury Records in 1977. The LP was issued with new artwork and renamed ‘Hangover’. 1977’s ‘High Class In Borrowed Shoes’ was also produced by Terry Brown. However, during the recording of ‘Mutiny Up My Sleeve’ (1978) he left over a dispute concerning the album’s musical direction. By this point Sarnia’s Gary McCracken (ex-Zing Dingo) had assumed the drum chores after Kersey had quit to co-found The Hunt after a falling out with Kim Mitchell. Meanwhile, former Zooom member Myles had taken over bass duties for Tilka, who would turn to business aspects at SRO/Anthem. Yet, even with the changes, the band maintained its stance as a strong live draw, so much so that Rush asked them to open their 1977 tour. Slowly, Max Webster began to establish a massive cult following and acceptance, a fact that didn’t go unnoticed by ‘A Million Vacations’ producer John de Nottebeck. With that album he made the band more radio friendly and they finally cracked the charts with the Watkinson led single “Let Go The Line” in 1979 and followed by the band’s biggest commercial hit, the McCracken led title track. ‘Live Magnetic Air’ was also released that year but Watkinson left anyway to pursue a solo career. He eventually formed the band Antlers with Tilka in the early 1990’s. Despite a fabled team-up of Max Webster and Rush on the song “Battlescar”, 1980’s ‘Universal Juveniles’ had a noticeable absence of that trademark Watkinson keyboard sound and the band was falling apart from constant touring in towns where feverish fans were unable to purchase the band’s records – especially stateside. The lack of promotion and poor management organization is sited as the cause for Kim Mitchell’s resignation during a tour with Rush in April 1981. With this the band split up but they had actually been close to hitting the big time, so Anthem capitalized with a posthumous greatest hits package called ‘Diamonds, Diamonds’. Mitchell went on to a very successful solo career, but the continued cult status of Max Webster, particularly in Ontario, prompted Mitchell, Watkinson, McCracken, and Tilka to reunite in 1990. Their first performance was a short set at the Toronto Music Awards that year to 3000 hysterical fans who refused to pay attention to the awards given out after their set, continuing to chant “Max! Max! Max!” for the rest of the night. Anthem capitalized on the new-found Max fervour by releasing another best of package that year. Delighted with this response, the four musicians continued to do one-off dates around Ontario as Max Webster well into the late 1990’s with Kim Mitchell Band bassist Peter Fredette filling in for Tilka. In 2007, Mitchell, Tilka, McCracken and Watkinson reunited yet again for Toronto radio station Q107’s 30th Anniversary bash along with David Wilcox, Goddo, Sass Jordan and Alannah Myles. The event was filmed but has yet to be released. Kim Mitchell is the drive-time host on Q107-FM in Toronto. He still performs solo gigs in Southern Ontario; Gary McCracken still lives in Sarnia and owns a very successful music store/school. Aside from playing in ZZ Top tribute band Tres Hombres in the 80s & 90s, he has released several eclectic solo albums; Terry Watkinson performs with Mike Tilka in the band Antlers and occasionally joins Frank Soda live. Watkinson has been successful as a painter and displays his works in galleries around Ontario; in September 2017 Universal Music released an 8 LP/CD boxed set of the band’s catalog, one Kim Mitchell EP, and several previously unreleased songs.. with notes from Terry Watkinson, Bob Reid, Ken Smith, Gary McCracken, and Kim Mitchell.[also see KIM MITCHELL]

Singles
1975 Blowing Away The Blues/Hangover (Taurus/London) TR-006
1977
Words To Words/In The Context of the Moon (Anthem) ANS-003
1977 Diamonds, Diamonds/Rain Child (Anthem) ANS-005
1979 Let Go The Line/Moon Voices (Anthem) ANS-012
1979 A Million Vacations/Rascal Houdi [withdrawn] (Anthem) ANS-013
1979 A Million Vacations/Night Flights (Anthem) ANS-013
1979 Paradise Skies (Live)/In Context of the Moon (Live) (Anthem) ANS-014
1979 Paradise Skies//Party/Let Your Man Fly [12”] (Capitol – UK) 12YCL-16079
1979 Night Flights//Hangover/High Class In Borrowed Shoes (Capitol – UK)  CL-16104
1980 Night Flights (Live)/Hangover (Live) (Anthem) ANS-020
1980 Check/Blue River Liquor Shine (Anthem) ANS-027
1980 Battlescar/Hot Spots (Anthem) ANS-037
1980 Battlescar [12′ sampler] (Mercury – US) MK-159
1980 Check/Drive And Desire [12″] (Mercury – US) MK-163

Albums
1975 Max Webster (Taurus/London)TR-101
1976
Max Webster (Anthem)  ANR-1-1006
1977 High Class In Borrowed Shoes (Anthem/Mercury)  ANR-1007
1977 Hangover (Mercury – US) SRM-1-1131
1978 Mutiny Up My Sleeve (Anthem)  ANR-1012
1979 A Million Vacations (Anthem)  ANR-1018
1979 Live Magnetic Air (Anthem)  ANR-1019
1980 Universal Juveniles (Anthem) ANR-1027
1980 Battlescar [12′ sampler] (Mercury – US) MK-159
1980 Check/Drive And Desire [12″] (Mercury – US) MK-163
1981 Diamonds Diamonds (Anthem) ANR-1033
1989 The Best of Max Webster – Featuring Kim Mitchell (Anthem)  ANMD-1058
2006 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Max Webster (Anthem/Universal) UNI-143772
2017 The Party [8 LPs/CDs] (Universal Music)


MAY, Raymond
Raymond May was born in Sri Lanka and raised in Keremeos, British Columbia. After graduating from high school he went to London, England, and joined the Unknowns who released one single. He was contemplating a permanent move to London to continue his music career, but stayed to compete in the Labatt’s Blue Spotlight 1985 Battle of the Bands competition. Bryan Adams’ manager Bruce Allen was one of the judges and signed May to a management deal. Allen was experimenting at that time with his own independent record label, Penta, and May became its first signing in 1988. The first album, ‘Unadulterated Addiction’ was produced by Bruce Fairbairn and ex-Payola Paul Hyde and released in 1988. May did a short tour of the midwestern U.S., where the single “Romantic Guy” made the Top 10 on some radio charts. The live group’s members included Murray Hardacker (rhythm guitar, keyboards), Jim Buckshon (aass) and Pat Steward (drums). The group opened for Aerosmith, Iggy Pop and the Georgia Satellites before returning to Vancouver to find lacking home based record sales & a crumbling label. Penta Records soon collapsed and May ended up caught in the fallout. His current whereabouts is unknown.

Singles
1988 Romantic Guy/[same] (Penta/Elektra) PRO-607
1988 Romantic Guy [12”] (Penta/Elektra) ED-5307
1988 True Life/Ride ‘Em High (Penta/Elektra) PENTA-2000

Albums
1988 Unadulterated Addiction (Penta/Elektra) 60796


McADOREY, Michelle
The niece of the late Canadian radio and TV personality Bob McAdorey, Michelle McAdorey was born in Toronto and raised in the Beaches area of York. She was schooled in Toronto and in Florida, Boston, New York and London. By age 15 she was working her way to becoming an actress having worked in the Canadian Opera Company, variety shows on CBC-TV and spots on ‘The King of Kensington’ TV show. She spent four months at a New York acting academy which involved further studies in London. While there she became side-tracked after getting a job singing back-up vocals for English performer Kirsty McColl who McAdorey had met in Spain. She could the music bug and soon was answering ‘vocalist wanted’ advertisements and soon made a songwriting partnership with guitarist/keyboardist Ian Morse. They eventually formed a semi-permanent band. Soon former Thunderclap Newman member Speedy Keen heard them rehearse and brought them into his studio to record a demo. The recordings were good enough to get the act gigs in some prestigious British clubs like The Venue and The Marquee. They finally hooked up with Tom Sewell (bass) and Peter Howard (drums) and gained some favourable press for their few public appearances under the name Cold Fish. In 1982 they attracted manager Falcon Stewart (Adam Ant, Classix Nouveau) who landed them a song publishing deal with Warner-Chappell who in-turn helped them secure a deal with CBS Records. It was at this point they changed their name to Corect Spelling. Against his better judgement Ultravox frontman Midge Ure was roped into producing the band’s debut disc – a 12″ dance single called “Love Me Today”. Ure was a hardline producer and allowed no creative input from the band. However, the exposure that the single and video gave Corect Spelling credibility that landed them on ‘Top Of The Pops’ and ‘The Tube’. However, CBS’s commitment ended with their release of the single. Corect Spelling floundered and collapsed and after several more years of dead end prospects and frustration McAdorey returned to her native Toronto where she got a day job, pushing music to the back burner. Blue Rodeo’s Greg Keelor talked her into returning to music and helped write some songs with her as a loose project called Crash Vegas (she also appears in Blue Rodeo’s video for the hit song “Try”). Keelor’s commitments with Blue Rodeo prevented his being a full-time member, but he convinced McAdorey to put together a permanent band to back her new musical direction. Jocelyne Lanois (Martha & The Muffins) hooked up with Keelor and McAdorey while running a workshop studio called The Lab (1988-1991) in Hamilton, Ontario, with her significant other, Malcolm Burn. Shortly after, drummer Ambrose Pottie (Thin Men, Whitenoise) completed the core lineup. Guitarist Colin Cripps (Spoons, Heavenly Brotehrs) also joined the band in 1988, roughly six months after Crash Vegas started. The band began recording their debut album at The Lab with Burn producing. Cripps played most of the guitar with Keelor guesting on a couple of songs. The sessions were completed at Kingsway Studio in New Orleans. After the recording sessions were completed, Crash Vegas returned to the Toronto area and performed for about six months. They were signed to Blue Rodeo’s own label, Risque Disque, for the released of the album entitled‘Red Earth’. It soon went gold and earned them some media recognition, but Risque Disque went bankrupt and left the album and the band in limbo. The band and Lanois parted ways at the end of 1990 and she was replaced by bassist Darren Watson, whom Cripps knew from the Hamilton, Ontario music scene. In 1992 Crash Vegas signed a new U.S. deal with London/Polygram, which put out their second album, ‘Stone’, in 1993. It featured Watson on bass and continued with songs co-written by Keelor and another by David Pirner (Soul Asylum). The record featured an all-star line-up in that several tracks were produced by John Porter (The Smiths, Bryan Ferry) and one was remixed by Bruce Vig (Garbage). The album was expensive to make because of all the extra talent and it sold poorly due to record-label red tape. While they tried to get out of their deal they recorded the Neil Young song “Pocahontas” for the Sony Records Canada tribute ‘Borrowed Tunes: A Tribute to Neil Young’ in 1994. The song put them in touch with Sony executives who were impressed with their songwriting and signed the band. By 1995 Crash Vegas had become a duo of McAdorey and Cripps. A new record deal with Sony resulted in the release of ‘Aurora’. The recording unit featured emergency fill-ins by Change Of Heart’s John Borra and Mike Sloski as the rhythm section. Their touring band featured Phleg Camp’s rhythm section of Brown and Chenaux. The album ground to a halt on radio within 12 weeks but the band went to Europe and achieved a modicum of success there where the moody third album was better appreciated. Crash Vegas returned to Canada and split up in 1996. After dropping out of sight and traveling around writing new songs McAdorey released her debut solo CD called ‘Whirl’ on Queen Of Cups Records in 2000. The same year she made a guest appearance on King Cobb Steelie’s fourth album ‘Mayday’. She was last known to be a yoga instructor at Ashtanga Studio as of 2011.  Xrash Vegas reunited in 2017. [also see CRASH VEGAS]

Singles
with CORECT SPELLING
1982
Love Me Today (Dub Mix)//Love Me Today/Strange Boy [12″] (CBS) 12CXP-8527

Albums
2000 Whirl (Queen Of Cups)


McBRIDE, Bob
Born: Robert Bruce McBride on November 17, 1946 in Toronto, Ontario;
Died: February 20, 1998 in Toronto, Ontario
Bob McBride was the former lead vocalist for Lighthouse who also had a short, but rewarding, solo career. He passed away on February 20, 1998. [also see LIGHTHOUSE]

Singles
1972
Pretty Lady/My Beautiful Lady (Capitol) 72681
1973 Butterfly Days/She’s Far Away (Capitol) 72695
1973 Treasure Song/Straight Ahead (Capitol) 72696
1973 Do It Right/Tears of the Sky (Capitol) 72718
1974 Mighty Eagle/Perfect Day (Capitol) 72730
1976 Seasons/Doin’ It (MCA) MCA-40664
1977 Sail On (Through the Night)/White Sands (MCA) MCA-40697
1978 My World Is Empty Without You/Quiet Moments (MCA) MCA-40853
1978 Love Is a Four Letter Word/You Send Me (MCA) MCA-40918
1978 Hold On/Dancin’ Til Dawn (Aurora Meadows/London) CM-101

with BOB McBRIDE AND EXPEDITION
1978
Wild Eyes/Coco Coco Cabana (Aurora Meadows) 78-474
1978 Roaring Twenties/Border Line of Love (Aurora Meadows) 78-476

Albums
1972
Butterfly Days (Capitol) ST-6384
1973 Sea of Dreams (Capitol) ST-6397
1978 Bob McBride (Aurora Meadows/London) CM-501
1979 Here To Sing (MCA) MCA-2318


McBRIDE, Danny
Toronto singer-guitarist Danny McBride cut his teeth on Toronto, Ontario’s Yonge Street strip. He was in the band Leather with future A Foot In Coldwater vocalist Alex Machin who released one single in 1970 entitled “Wonderful” on Quality Records. McBride was then invited to be part of a Luke & The Apostles revival with Luke Gibson, Pat Little, Mike McKenna, and Jack Geissinger. The single “You Make Me High” on True North Records which only received medium airplay (due to the inference in the word “high”). McBride honed his songwriting chops and landed a solo deal with Columbia Records in 1972 who released his debut album ‘Morningside’ in 1973 spawning three singles. He was soon an in-demand studio guitarist and did sessions for King Biscuit Boy, Ian Tyson, The Good Brothers and Ray Materick. His working relationship with CBS was renewed in 1980 with his next band, China, a trio that also featured Bill King and Chris Kearney. The group released one self-titled album in 1981 which back a cult favourite in Japan. McBride eventually came to the attention of British singer-songer Chris DeBurgh who not only used McBride on his albums in the 1980s, but was De Burgh’s go-to live guitarist for a total of 14 years. He was also sought out to perform with Tina Turner, The Stones, Supertramp, and Rod Stewart among others. Danny McBride is the brother of late Lighthouse vocalist Bob McBride.

Singles
1973
Goodbye Blues (Columbia) C4-4033
1974 Lady/Beautiful Morning (Columbia) C4-4043
1974 Good Day Tomorrow/Standing Alone (Columbia) C4-4067

with LEATHER
1970
Wonderful/Come On Back (Quality) 1982X

with CHINA
1981 You Can’t Treat Love That Way/Roll Me Over (Epic/CBS) 14-02611


Albums
1973
Morningside (Epic/Columbia) KE-32576
1999 16 Tunes and Whatdya Get…A Songwriter’s Portfolio (Cosmic Casual Company)

with CHINA
1981 China (Epic/CBS) FE-37633

with CHRIS de BURGH
1986
Into The Light (A & M) SP-5121
1988 Flying Colours (A & M) CD-5224
1990 High on Emotion: Live From Dublin (A & M – UK) 397086
1992 Power Of Ten (A & M – UK) 397188


McCANN, Denise
Born: December 16, 1948 in Clinton, Iowa
Denise Beck was born in Clinton, Iowa, and was a member of a very musical family. She cut her teeth, musically, first in the local church, then in high school musicals. By 1967 she had moved to California and was part of the first Monterey Pop Festival. For five years she struggled as a folk artist in the dingy coffeehouse circuit, but by 1972 had joined her first band, Cat Mother And The All Night News Boys. In 1974 she moved to Vancouver to become a mainstay at the folk lounge The Egress all the while writing material she hoped one day to release. She got paying gigs in jingle and commercial work and toured with Vancouver band Hot Crackers. With a record deal on Polydor, McCann released an unsuccessful single in 1976 called “It Still Hurts”. A sales rep recognized the potential of another tune McCann had written, called “Tattoo Man”, and suggested she rework it from a rock tune to a dance number. “Tattoo Man” was a huge club hit, while radio and press dubbed McCann the Disco Queen after the record pioneered the Canadian disco movement with a Top 20 showing on the charts. In the U.S. the record went to number one in some cities. Her follow-up, “I Don’t Wanna Forget You”, was also a nominal success but subsequent records did not fair as well. He follow-up album, ‘Midnight Man’, featured a young Jim Vallance on drums but it too failed to crack commercially. In an attempt to shed the ‘disco’ tag she had acquired, McCann became the first vocalist for Brian “Too Loud” McCloud’s hard rock outfit The Headpins. She was married to and divorced from former Chessman (Terry Jacks’ old band) Guy Sobell. When this didn’t work out she put together her own touring band called Denise McCann And The Dead Marines. McCann returned to live in the United States in 2013 after separating from second husband, Randy Bachman. She has appeared as backing vocalist on his many solo projects including ‘Any Road’ album in 1995. She also co-wrote one song on Bachman’s ‘Jazz Thing’ CD. McCann and Bachman have since gone their separate ways and she commutes between Vancouver and the USA for business. with notes from Denise McCann. [also see HEAPINS]

Singles
1976 It Still Hurts/Everyone Would Know (Polydor) 2065-297
1976 Tattoo Man/Either Way (Polydor)  2065-320
1976 Tattoo Man (Single Version)//Tattoo Man (Disco Version)/Either Way [12”] (Polydor
1977 I Don’t Wanna Forget You/Drought Song (Polydor) 2121-326
1977 I Don’t Wanna Forget You Part 1/ I Don’t Wanna Forget You Part 2 [12”] (Polydor) 2141-024
1977 Cisco’s Blaze/Fugitive (Polydor) 2121-340
1978 Midnight Madness/The Singer [12”] (RCA) KPN1-0301
1978 Too Good To Be True/White Heat (RCA) PB-50490
1979 I Have a Destiny/Songmaker (RCA) PB-50534
1979 I Have a Destiny/I Like the Look (RCA) KPN1-0342
1979 It Hurts Just Like the Real Thing/I Like the Look (RCA) PB-50554

Albums
1977 Denise McCann (Polydor) 2424-163
1978 Midnight Man (RCA) KKL1-0300

with DENISE McCANN & KENNY McCOLL
1979
The Night Train Revue (Blue Wave) 1001


McCAULEY, Mavis
Wainwright, Alberta’s Mavis McCauley was part of a musical family from a young age. She grew up in Edmonton and her first steady band was the ‘Peanuts’ inspired Daisy Hill Puppy Farm with Mo Boyer, Bob “Herb” Ego, Dermond Murray, and Mary Saxton. In 1967 they entered Downtown Studio in Edmonton and with producer Ray Schwartz and recorded a cover version of  John Carter and Ken Lewis’ (The Ivy League, Flower Pot Men) “Let’s Go To San Francisco” and McCauley’s original song “Counting Cracks in the Sidewalk”. The single, on Fountain Records, did well on many Alberta radio play lists but McCauley would move on to fill an opening in Southbound Freeway left vacant by Barry Allen and recorded sessions with Wes Dakus stateside. From a batch of six songs came the single release of Steve Miller’s “Roll With It” backed with another of McCauley’s original tunes – “Don’t Go Cryin’” – as the b-side for Quality Records. After the single received little traction at radio, Southbound Freeway fizzled out leaving McCauley to pursue a solo career. She began having her songs placed with other artists including her tune “Sit Awhile” for Cheyenne Winter and “If You Look Away” for Barry Allen – both produced by Randy Bachman and released on his Molten Records label. McCauley also signed with London Records where she released several singles (“Love and Games”, “Sweet Cowboy”) which gained more airplay as her popularity grew. She would even co-produce a single for the reformed Freeway (minus the Southbound in their name) called “Right Now, Good Vibrations” b/w “You Don’t Have To Be” along with Wes Dakus. Dakus would sign McCauley to his independent label, Vera Cruz, in 1978 where they made several albums together with her 1979 single “Don’t Burn Me” reaching #1 on CHUM-AM playlists. Both albums featured members of One Horse Blue as her backing band. After taking time off to give birth, she eventually joined One Horse Blue and would marry OHB member Ron Vaugeois – recording three albums with them. McCauley has worked with Wes Dakus before his death and now is working with Steve McGovern. with notes from Dan Brisebois and Mavis McCauley. [also see SOUTHBOUND FREEWAY, ONE HORSE BLUE]

Singles
1972
Love and Games (London)
1974
Sweet Cowboy/Feelin’ For You (London)
1978 Callin’ Home/Kentucky (Vera Cruz) VCR-001
1978 Wait Just a Little Bit Longer/Love and Fairy Tales (Vera Cruz) VCR-111
1979 Don’t Burn Me/When the Fire’s Out (Vera Cruz) VCR-114
1980 I Can’t Find the Door/I Walk the Line (Vera Cruz) VCR-120
1980 Fool For You/Say It’s Alright (Vera Cruz) VCR-130
1981 Steal Away/That’s Hollywood (Vera Cruz) VCR-143

with DAISY HILL PUPPY FARM

1967 Let’s Go To San Francisco/Counting Cracks In the Sidewalk (Fountain) 27-1167


McCORD AND THE VIBRATIONS, Bob
Bob McCord (lead vocals) / Roger Cooke (lead guitar) / Keith McDonnell (bass) / Al Duff (rhythm guitar) / Pat Byrnes (organ) / Tom Bennett (drums)
Kingston’s Bob McCord And The Vibrations was formed in late 1961 and performed as one of the top bands in the Kingston, Ontario and Alexandria Bay, New York area. They performed Top-40 cover and show tunes on regular Wednesday nights where even Roy Orbison stopped in for an appearance. In 1964 John Bermingham, PD at CKLC Radio wrote some original material for the band who recorded the sides for Star/ARC Records. The A-side, “I Missed My Year”, would go Top5 in Kingston in 1964. McCord left in 1965 and The Vibrations disbanded shortly thereafter.

Singles

1964 I Missed My Year/Grain of Sand (Star/ARC)


McDOUGALL, Robbie
Jazz pianist that had small success in 1972 with movie soundtrack work which were subsequently released through Nimbus Records. McDougall soon found himself following his spiritual calling and became ordained as a minister. He contains to perform music for his parish in Manitoba.

Singles
1972
The Theme/Why I’m Sad (Nimbus/RCA Victor) 74-0713
1972 Theme from “Rowdyman”/Importance (Nimbus) NNS-9019

Albums
1972
Robbie McDougall (RCA Victor) LSP-4788

with ROBBIE McDOUGAL & GHISLAINE HOUDE
1981
A la gloire de marie (independent) MCDLP-3


McDERMOTT, John
Born: John Charles McDermott on March 25, 1955 in Glasgow, Scotland
Though McDermott was born in Scotland he immigrated with his parents to Canada in 1965. After singing at weddings and parties, he joined ended up forming a choral group named The Mistletones. He even tried his hand at original pop music on the 1983 Duke Street Records single “Angelina”. He began working in the circulation department at The Toronto Sun newspaper in 1984 and moonlighted singing the national anthems at Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto Maple Leafs games. But, in the early ’90s he made an amateur recording of himself singing Celtic favorites for his parents’ anniversary party. Toronto Sun newspaper owner Conrad Black heard him singing at company parties and with the aid of other business executives, financed McDermott’s independent recording of the ‘Danny Boy’ album in 1992. The album was then picked up for distribution for North America release by EMI Music Canada’s classical label Angel. He performed his first solo concert in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1993 and continued to tour the rest of Canada, performing as an opening act for The Chieftains. With ‘Danny Boy’ breaking sales records throughout 1994 he toured Australia and New Zealand where the song “Danny Boy” had gone to #1 on the charts there and sold 300,000 units in New Zealand. In 1995 he toured Great Britain with legendary folk act The Seekers. As a recognized international solo performer he was invited to many important ceremonies and celebrations including the D-Day ceremonies in France in 1995, and the US Democratic National Convention in 1996. In 1997 he hosted a number of CBC Television concert specials and soon teamed up with fellow tenors Ronan Tynan and Anthony Kearns to create the Irish Tenors – Canada’s Celtic answer to Italy’s operatic Three Tenors. After performing in Dublin, Ireland in 1998, they spent some time touring the US, appearing on TV, and releasing their debut album – ‘Home For Christmas’. Another PBS special was ordered but following the death of his mother could no longer commit to the group and quite (he would be replaced by Finbar Wright). Also in 2000, McDermott dedicated McDermott House in Washington, DC, a transitional home for homeless veterans. Starred in his own television special ‘John McDermott: A Time to Remember’, which aired on PBS in 2002. Since leaving The Irish Tenors, McDermott continues to tour worldwide with his backing group and with various symphonies around he world. His 2010 release, ‘Journeys: Bringing Buddy Home’, was recorded to help support fundraising for Fisher House Boston and to launch the Canadian initiative for an outreach center for Canadian veterans.

Singles
1983 Angelina/She (Duke Street)
1998 If Ye Break Faith… (EMI Angel)
1999 Remembrance (EMI Canada) 98981
200- One Last Cold Kiss (EMI Angel) DPRO-848
2003 My Forever Friend (EMI Angel)

Albums
1992 Danny Boy (EMI Angel) 54772
1993 Battlefields of Green – Songs of Love and Loss (EMI Angel) 54825
1994 Old Friends (EMI Angel) 27467
1995 Daughter of Mine [5 song EP] (EMI Angel) 86602
1995 Love is a Voyage (EMI Angel)
1997 When I Grow Too Old To Dream (EMI Angel)
1998 Buy Victory Bonds (EMI Angel) 94632
1998 Christmas Memories (EMI Angel) 27468
1998 Danny Boy Collection (EMI Angel)
2001 A Day To Myself (EMI Angel) 29332
2001 O Canada And Other Inspirational International Anthems (EMI Angel) 36566
2002 A Time To Remember (EMI Angel) 36565
2003 Great Is Thy Faithfulness – Songs of Inspiration (EMI Canada)
2003 Stories of Love (EMI Angel) 27200
2004 Songs of the Isles – Scotland (EMI Angel)
2004 Songs of the Isles – Ireland (EMI Angel)
2005 Just Plain Folk (EMI Angel)
2006 Images of Christmas (EMI Canada)
2006 On A Whim – The Songs of Ron Sexsmith (EMI Canada) 41020
2007 Sharing Christmas With John McDermott & Friends (EMI Canada)
2008 Timeless Memories: Greatest Hits (EMI Canada)
2009 Legacy of the Patriot (EMI Canada)
2010 Journeys: Bringing Buddy Home (EMI Canada) 11920

with THE IRISH TENORS
1999 Home For Christmas


courtesy Tony Tobias

McGARRIGLE, Kate & Anna
Montreal’s Irish/French-Canadian rooted Kate and Anna McGarrigle grew up in Québec’s Saint-Sauveur-des-Monts village, where they took piano lessons courtesy of the village nuns. By their teens their musical upbringing influenced their sound – from Victorian ballads to blues to Appalachian and French-Canadian folk songs. Through the 1960s, Kate went to McGill University to study engineering while Anna studied painting at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Montreal. As the ’60’s progressed into the ’70’s the sisters honed their songs and a demo tape eventually made it to Los Angeles where Maria Muldaur used two of the duo’s songs on her album. Staff producer Greg Prestopino persuaded Warner Bros. to bring Kate and Anne out to Los Angeles to record a demo of their own. Warner Bros. vanity label, Hannibal Records’ label chief Joe Boyd, signed the act and he and Prestopino would soon co-produce their auspicious debut in 1975 with ‘Kate And Anna McGarrigle’ featuring special guests Lowell George, David Grisman, and Tony Rice. The eponymous LP was named No.1 ‘Album of the Year’ by Melody Maker and No.2 by the New York Times, and Top10 on countless critics’ polls. It also contained the hit and frequently covered “Heart Like a Wheel.” A year later they followed that up with ‘Dancer With Bruised Knees’. Their third album was ‘Pronto Monto’ The ‘French Record’ was released in 1981 and finally gave the sisters critical acclaim (Rolling Stone magazine gave the record a 4 star rating) with its blend of English language originals plus reworkings of several McGarrigle classics remade in French. The album featured special guest appearances by Jay Ungar, Alun Davies, and Fotheringay’s Pat Donaldson and Gerry Conway. Their next album would find its way onto Polydor Records as Hannibal changed distributors – it too received a four-star rating from Rolling Stone – as did their commercial breakthrough, ‘Heartbeats Accelerating’ in 1990. The McGarrigle sisters have also made guest appearances on albums by many other musical luminaries such as Richard And Linda Thompson’s ‘Sunnyvista’ and the Albion Band’s ‘Rise Up Like The Sun’. In 1991, they recorded three Stephen Foster songs for the Columbia/Sony release ‘Songs Of The Civil War’ and also contributed to the lullaby album and video ‘Child Of Mine’ in 1992. In 1995, the McGarrigles recorded ‘Goin’ Back To Harlan’ with Emmylou Harris for her album ‘Wrecking Ball’. Their most recent foray was as part of the live Joan Baez CD ‘Ring Them Bells’, as well as backing Québec artist Gilles Vigneault. The McGarrigles have appeared in concerts and festivals throughout Canada and the US, as well as Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. They headlined the Newport Folk Festival in 1992, toured in the UK and Europe in 1993, and returned to sold-out shows in the UK in 1994. Musician Rufus Wainright is the son of Kate McGarrigle and folk guitarist Louden Wainright III). Kate McGarrigle died January 18, 2010. with notes from Hans-Dieter Neuser.

Singles
1975 Complainte pour Ste-Catherine/Blues in D (Warner Bros.) WBS-16710
1982 Love Over and Over Babies If I Didn’t Have You (Polydor) 2141-504
1982 Move Over Moon/On My Way to Town (Polydor) POSP-492
1982 Sun, Son (Shining on the Water)/I Cried for Us (Polydor) 2065-478
1985 A Place in Your Heart/Love Is (Polydor) PDS-2280

Albums

1975 Kate And Anna McGarrigle (Hannibal/Warner Bros.) BS-2862
1976 Dancer With Bruised Knees (Hannibal/Warner Bros.)  BS-3014
1978 Pronto Monto (Hannibal/Warner Bros.) BSK-3248
1980 Entre la jeunesse et la sagesse [aka The French Record] (Kébec-Disc) KD-990
1982 Love Over and Over (Polydor)  2424-240
1990 Heartbeats Accelerating (Private Music – US) 2070-2-P
1996 Matapedia (Hannibal/Rykodisc) HNCD-1394
1998 The McGarrigle Hour (Hannibal/Rykodisc) HNCD-1417
2005 La vache qui pleure (Munich) MRCD-260
2011 Oddities (Querbes Service – US) 914222
2012 Tell My Sister (Nonesuch) 2-527267


MCJ & COOL G
James McQuaid (aka MCJ) / Richard Gray (aka Cool G)
Halifax, Nova Scotia rap duo MCJ and Cool G relocated to Montreal in 1988 and were signed to Capitol Records as the first domestic rap act signed to a major label in 1989. Their first album was ‘So Listen!’ in 1990 and the title track, their first hit. The album produced three JUNO Award nominations for the duo. With their own CEC Productions company they began producing other R & B and rap acts before returning to the record racks with their follow-up album ‘Dimensions of Double R & B’ in 1993.

Singles
1989 So Listen/So Listen (Instrumental) (CEC) CEC-2089
1990 So Listen/Girl On My Mind [6 mixes 12”] (CEC/Capitol) C1-75251
1990 Smooth As Silk [12”] (CEC/Capitol) C1-75256
1990 Let’s Go [5 mixes 12”] (CEC/Capitol) C25Q-75261
1993 No Sexx (With My Sister) [3 mixes] (CEC/EMI)  PRO-712
1993 Love Me Right (CEC/EMI) PRO-780

Albums
1990 So Listen! (Capitol)
1993 Dimensions of Double R & B (CEC/EMI) 799600


McKENNA MENDELSON MAINLINE
Original Line-Up: Joe Mendelson (vocals, harmonica, slide guitar) / Mike McKenna (guitar) / Dennis Gerrard (bass) / Tony Nolasco (drums, vocals) / Mike Harrison (bass; replaced Gerrard in 1968) / Zeke Sheppard (bass, mandolin, harmonica, vocals; 1970 reformation) / James Hartley (bass; 1972 replaced Sheppard) / Lesley Soldat (bass; replaced Hartley); 2001 Line-up: Mike McKenna (guitar, vocals) / Tony Nolasco (drums, vocals) / Ted Purdy (acoustic guitar, vocals) / Mike Harrison (bass) / Bob Adams (harp)
Having played in famed Toronto acts Luke & The Apostles and then, briefly, The Ugly Ducklings, guitarist Mike McKenna took out an advertisement asking other like-minded individuals to form a new blues band. Joe Mendelson answered the ad and this team-up provided the basis of Mendelson Mainline in the summer of 1968. Former Paupers’ bassist Denny Gerrard was the next to join and another advertisement brought in new-comer Tony Nolasco from Sudbury. The band worked its way around Yorkville with Denny Gerrard soon being replaced by former Grant Smith & The Power bassist Mike Harrison in 1968. With bigger profile concert gigs, the band’s vibrant live show was committed to tape in September 1968 — a session that would later come back to haunt the band. McKenna Mendelson Mainline relocated to England late that year to pursue a record deal. After being signed to Liberty (United Artists) in the Spring of 1969, they worked the same English club circuit as up and coming bands like Fleetwood Mac and Led Zeppelin. In July of 1969 a single day recording session yielded the first Liberty Records album ‘Stink’. They returned to Canada to await the release of the new album. With their reputation as crowd pleasers on tours in England, Holland, and Australia with such acts as Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, and The Guess Who preceeding them, Paragon Records in Canada anticipated the band would be the ‘next big thing’ and rush released the September 1968 sessions to the band’s chagrin. Joe Mendelson quit in September of 1969 and Rick James (of Myna Birds fame) replaced him briefly to finish a run of contracted gigs. Mike McKenna effectively took the wind out of the group’s sails by reforming a new version of Luke & The Apostles. After a brief recording stint with Luke And The Apostles, McKenna found himself back with Mendelson, Nolasco and bassist Zeke Sheppard (formerly of Dutch Mason’s Escorts) for the 1970 Scarborough Fair Festival. By 1971 the re-christened Mainline was signed to GRT Records and released ‘Canada Our Home & Native Land’. The band’s live shows became more risque and raunchier, defying the staid Canadian R & B clubs up and down the Toronto bar circuit. The result of Mainline’s new found infamy was released as the ‘The Mainline Bump ‘n’ Grind Revue: Live At The Victory Theatre’ in 1972. One more album, ‘No Substitute’, was produced before the band collapsed. Mendelson re-named himself Mendelson Joe and has had a prolific independent recording, writing, and painting career as well as being an outspoken political activist. He currently lives in Muskoka, Ontario; Gerrard went through a series of semi-successful Canadian recording acts such as Jericho and the Lisa Hartt Band; Zeke Sheppard joined former members of Rhinoceros under the new banner Blackstone for one album on GRT Records in 1973. Mike McKenna continued on as a legendary slide guitar player — including a stint replacing Domenic Troiano in the final days of the original Guess Who line-up. By the ’90s he had formed Mike McKenna and Slidewinder with former Mainline bassist Denny Gerrard. In the Spring of 1998 a Classic Rock Revival festival at The Warehouse club in Toronto found a semi-reformed Mainline hitting the stage for the first time in 25 years. The new Mainline has remained a mainstay of the Toronto Blues scene ever since and now boasts the title of being the final band to play at legendary El Mocambo upstairs on November 4, 2001. The band was recorded that night and in 2002 Bullseye Records released ‘Last Show @ the Elmo’ on CD. Mainline did several shows in 2003 to promote the record and broke up once more.
with notes from Tony Nolasco, Mike McKenna, Jim Zeppa, Bill Munson, Mike Harrison, Maxine Mitchell and GW Watson.[also see MENDELSON JOE]

Singles
1969
You Better Watch Out/ She’s Alright (Liberty/United Artists – UK) LBF-15235
1969 Don’t Give Me No Goose For Christmas/Beltmaker (Liberty/United Artists – UK) LBF-15276

as MAINLINE
1971 Get Down To/Pedalictus Rag (GRT) 1230-22
1972 Game of Love/O Canada (GRT) 1230-32
1975 Sometimes/Do My Walkin’ (Taurus) TR-005

Albums
1969 Stink (Liberty/United Artists) LBS-83251
1969 McKenna Mendelson Blues (Paragon/Allied) 15
1996 McKenna Mendelson Blues [CD re-issue] (Pacemaker) PACE-012

as MAINLINE
1971 Canada Our Home & Native Land (GRT) 9230-1011
1972 The Mainline Bump ‘n’ Grind Revue: Live at the Victory Theatre (GRT) 9230-1015
1975 No Substitute (Taurus) TR-103
2002 Last Show @ The Elmo (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4066
2011 Last Call @ The Elmo [DigiFile] (Bullseye)


McKENNITT, Loreena
Born: Loreena Isabel Irene McKennitt on February 17, 1957 in Morden, Manitoba
McKennitt was born and raised in Morden, Manitoba, a town of Irish, Scottish, German, and Icelandic inhabitants in the middle of the Canadian prairies. She was raised by her mother, a nurse, and her livestock-trader father and had aspirations of veterinary work. She also had a passion for music expressed in her Highland dancing and her vocal and piano lessons in the classical disciplines. By her teens she had forsaken the classics for the more accessible folk genre breathing life into long-forgotten lyrics and singing traditional folk ballads like “She Moved Through the Fair”. She was first exposed to the Celtic folk boom in a Winnipeg folk club down the street from the girls’ school she was attending. In Winnipeg, she briefly studied to be a veterinarian, before moving to Stratford, Ontario, where her composing and performing skills were soon appreciated in the similarly spirited scene of the town’s annual Shakespearean Festival. Inspired by Yeats and the music of Breton harpist Alain Stivell, Planxty and the Bothy Band, McKennitt traveled to Ireland in 1982 where she found a kindred spirit in the life and the land of the emerald isle. After returning home she recorded a Celtic interpretation of Yeats’ “The Stolen Child” on harp and with a self-help book on manufacturing and selling independent music, she set up her own record company, Quinlan Road, in 1985. Her first release was cassette called ‘Elemental’ which was duplicated and sold out of her car while she busked. As McKennitt’s mailing list grew, word of mouth in cafés and bookshops helped establish her following. She also scored the soundtrack to the movie ‘Boyo’ (1985) and ‘Heaven On Earth’ (1986). McKennitt followed ‘Elemental’ with the Christmas carols of ‘To Drive the Cold Winter Away’ in 1987 which was recorded on location at a Canadian church, an Irish monastery and an Irish artists’ retreat. An attempted cross-cultural native/Celtic integration was the thematic link on 1989’s ‘Parallel Dreams’ and featured “Breaking The Silence” which was written for Amnesty International. That same year she was commissioned by the National Film Board of Canada’s to score the acclaimed film series ‘Women and Spirituality’. She also composed the music to the film ‘Goddess Remembered’. McKennitt’s vision as an artist took a drastic turn after discovering a deeper and more ancient connection to the Celts during a visit to Venice, Italy, in 1991 for an exhibition and collection of international Celtic artifacts. ‘The Visit’ saw her change direction with more ‘visual’ musical interpretations of Shakespeare and Tennyson, and Henry VIII’s “Greensleeves.” Warner Music took particular note of her 50,000 copies-out-of-the-back-of-a-car sales figures and scooped up the album for major distribution. The album landed McKennitt her first Juno Award. And the stirring instrumental “Tango To Evora” was used in the National Film Board of Canada documentary ‘The Burning Times’. She expanded these Renaissance textures and flavours in 1994’s ‘The Mask And Mirror’ with a look at 15th Century Spain. It sold over a million copies worldwide and won a 1995 Juno Award for ‘Best Roots/Traditional Album’. The song “The Mystic’s Dream” featured in the Paramount Pictures film “Jade”. Another Christmas CD followed, an EP entitled ‘A Winter Garden’ which was recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios near Bath, England in July 1995 and featured musical collaborations between McKennitt, her touring band and an international cast of guest artists. Her albums have sold millions in over 40 countries and she’s had to expand her one act label with a second office in London. Currently, McKennitt is riding the success of 1997’s ‘The Book Of Secrets’, her seventh release and on its way to gold like its predecessors ‘The Visit’ and ‘The Mask And Mirror’ pushed on by the hit single “The Mummers’ Dance”. In 2008 McKennitt contributed songs to the Disney cartoon ‘Tinkerbell’ and narrated in the movie as well. Her latest album is 2012’s ‘Troubadours On the Rhine’. In September 2014 McKennitt was made honourary Colonel by the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Singles
1991 Greensleeves (Quinlan Road)
1991 All Souls Night (Quinlan Road)
1992 The Lady of Shalott (Quinlan Road)
1992 Courtyard Lullaby (Quinlan Road/Warner) 1523
1994 Santiago (Quinlan Road/Warner)
1995 The Mystic’s Dream (Quinlan Road/Warner)
1997 The Mummers’ Dance/The Mystic’s Dream (Quinlan Road/Warner) 917241
1998 Marco Polo (Quinlan Road)
2006 Caravanserai (Radio Edit)/ Caravanserai (Album Version) (Quinlan Road/Verve) VERR-01519
2009 The Olive and the Cedar (Quinlan Road)

Albums
1985 Elemental [cassette] (Quinlan Road)  QR-101
1987 To Drive The Cold Winter Away (Quinlan Road) QR-102
1989 Parallel Dreams (Quinlan Road)  QR-103
1991 The Visit (Quinlan Road) QRCD-104
1992 The Visit [re-issue] (Quinlan Road/Warner) 926880
1994 The Mask And Mirror (Quinlan Road/Warner) 952964
1994 The Bonny Swans [4 song EP] (Quinlan Road/Warner)  995670
1995 Live In San Fransisco at the Palace of Fine Arts (Quinlan Road/Warner) QRCD-105
1995 A Winter Garden: Five Songs For The Season (Quinlan Road/Warner) QRCD-106
1997 The Book of Secrets (Quinlan Road/Warner)  QRCD-107
1999 Live In Paris and Toronto (Quinlan Road) QRCD-108
2005 The Journey Begins (Quinlan Road/Verve) QRBS-10134
2006 An Ancient Muse (Quinlan Road/Verve) QRCD-109
2007 Nights from The Alhambra (Quinlan Road) QRCD-110
2007 Share the Journey (Quinlan Road) QRCD-111
2008 A Midwinter’s Night Dream (Quinlan Road) QRCD-112
2009 A Mediterranean Odyssey (Quinlan Road) QRCD-113
2009 The Mummer’s Dance Through Ireland (Quinlan Road) QRCDC-IR09
2010 The Wind That Shakes the Barley (Quinlan Road) QRCD-114
2012 Troubadours on the Rhine (Quinlan Road) QRCD-115


McKENZIE, Bob & Doug
Dave Thomas
(vocals) / Rick Moranis (vocals)
Bob & Doug McKenzie were fictional Canadian ‘hosers’ developed by Thomas and Moranis in a series of skits on the ‘SCTV’ television show. The satirically stereotyped, but down-to-earth, duo struck a chord with Canadians, and strangely, Americans which led to a full length feature film ‘Strange Brew’ and an album. The single, ‘Take Off’, featured Rush’s Geddy Lee on vocals and received significant airplay on radio stations. The flip side – “12 Days of Christmas” – has become a perennial Christmas favourite on Canadian radio. Dave Thomas’ famous musician brother, Ian Thomas played third brother – Elron McKenzie – who appeared on their album ‘Great White North’ as well.

Singles
1981
Take Off/[same] (Anthem) ANS-041
1981 Take Off/12 Days of Christmas (Anthem) ANS-042
1982 Beer Hunter/Elron McKenzie (Anthem) ANS-044
1982 12 Days of Christmas/Take Off (Anthem) ANS-050


McKIE, Keith
Born: November 20, 1947 in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Though he was born in England, McKie’s family settled in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. As a teen growing up with Rock and Roll and very little else to do, McKie took up guitar and vocals and joined The Vendettas with Scott Cushnie (keyboards, vocals), Bob Yukich (guitar), Ted Ceril (drums), and Alex Darou (bass) and, later, Bob Yeomans. In very little time they became regular performers at The Fourth Dimension Coffee House.But after Yeomans and Yukich jumped ship to join The Amen in the Spring of 1967, The Vendettas crashed and burned. McKie and Darou, now in Toronto, began hanging out in the musically growing Yorkville Village and eventually formed a new group with Gene Martynec and Jimmy Watson they called Kensington Market (after a community just off Spadina Avenue in Toronto where the band rehearsed). They were discovered later in 1967 playing the clubs in the Village by musical entrepreneur Bernie Finkelstein (who would later help The Paupers and Bruce Cockburn among others). They released two independent singles on Stone Records – “Mr. John” and “I Would Be the One” -that failed to set the charts ablaze but Finkelstein was able to wave them at the brass of Warner Brothers in New York City to land the band a major record deal. It was decided that they needed a dedicated lead vocalist and with the dissolution of another local band, Luke And The Apostles, the Market recruited Luke Gibson in the latter part of 1967. In 1968 Kensington Market did the soundtrack to the NFB film ‘The Ernie Game’ which was considered a real coupe for a Canadian act. That same year they released their debut album for Warner Brothers entitled ‘Avenue Road’ – named after a street that intersects Yorkville Avenue in Toronto. Keyboardist John Mills-Cockell joined in 1969 and their follow-up, ‘Aardvark’, was also released on Warner Brothers, but not in enough time to save the splintering band who would split–up that same year.  McKie would soon pursue a solo career culminating in 1981’s ‘Rumours At the News-stand’ album in 1981; several Kensington Market reunion shows have occurred in the last few decades, but McKie continues performing with his solo band around Toronto. [also see KENSINGTON MARKET]

Singles
1981
Is It For Nothing?/Rumours At the News-Stand (Quantum) QRS-81007

Albums
1981
Rumours At the News-stand (Quantum) QR-81003


McKINNON, Catherine
Born: May 14, 1944 in St. John, New Brunswick
Singer/actress Catherine McKinnon lived all over Canada as a child, in places like Shilo and Churchill, Manitoba, Halifax, Nova Scotia and London, Ontario. She debuted on radio at age eight in St. John, New Brunswick and appeared on television for the first time in London at age 12. She went on to study music at Mount St. Vincent Academy in Halifax. In the mid-60’s she was a regular on ‘Singalong Jubilee”’ with her younger sister Patrician Anne and ‘Music Hop’ for CBC-TV, and ‘That McKinnon Girl’ on CBC Radio). She had a Canadian hit with Buffy Saint-Marie’s “Until It’s Time For You To Go” in 1966, and after moving to Toronto, she appeared in the 1967 annual music revue ‘Spring Thaw’ and starred on CTV’s 1968-69 show ‘River Inn’. She also performed in the Sir John A. McDonald biographical musical ‘Sea To Sea: The Iron Miracle’ at Toronto’s Canadian National Exhibition in the summer of 1968. The shows were recorded and a soundtrack album was subsequently released on ARC Records. She was given her own television show on CTV entitled ‘The Catherine McKinnon Show’ through 1970-1971. After co-hosting Global Television’s 1974 program ‘Everything Goes’, she made appearances on British television. She even did a command performance for Queen Elizabeth II in Halifax in 1976 during the Montreal Olympics. Known early in her career as a folk artists her biggest selling album was ‘Voice Of An Angel’. In the early 1970s she turned to nightclubs and added ballads and torch songs along with works by fellow Canadians Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell. She has also sung with the Saskatoon and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestras, and the Hamilton Philharmonic. She has appeared onstage at the Charlottetown Festival (‘Turvey’ in the ’70s) and the Rainbow Stage (‘The Wizard Of Oz in 1970; ‘My Fair Lady’ in 1975). In 1972 she portrayed Group of Seven painter Emily Carr on CBC-TVs musical ‘The Wonder of It All’ which was written by her husband and legendary comedic actor Don ‘Charlie Farquharson’ Harron with Norm Campbell. McKinnon stopped recording for nearly five years and finally re-surfaced in 1980 on the Intercan label with an eponymous debut and several well received singles.

Singles
1966 Until It’s Time For You To Go/Ten Thousand Miles (Polydor) BM-56706
1967 Love Is Blue/She’s Like a Swallow (ARC) A-1205
1967
Spring Thaw (Robert Johnson Productions) ST-42
1970
Everybody’s Got the Right To Love/Just a Little Lovin’
1970 Peaceful Mountain/Caio Baby (Capitol) 2867
1972 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face/As Many As These (Yorkville) YVM-45053
1976 This World of Mine
1980 Baby In The Morning/That’s When You Know (Intercan)  IC-10005
1980 Give Yourself Up/Piece In My Heart (Intercan)  IC-10010
1984 Sail On/My Love, Cape Breton and Me (independent) ZSP-2345

Albums
1964 This Is Catherine McKinnon (Paragon) PGS-544
1964
Voice of An Angel (ARC)  A-637
1965 Voice of An Angel II (ARC) A-666
1966 The Catherine McKinnon Christmas Album (ARC)  AC-17
1967 I’ll Be Home For Christmas (ARC) AC-27
1967 Something Old, Something New (ARC) AS-256
1968 Both Sides Now (ARC) AS-777
1969 Everybody’s Talkin’ (ARC) AS-814
1980 Catherine McKinnon (Intercan)  IC-1002

as CATHERINE McKINNON with THE JIMMY DALE ORCHESTRA
1970
Catherine McKinnon with The Jimmy Dale Orchestra (Radio Canada International) RCI-448


McKINNON, Patrician Anne
Born: March 17, 1948 in Shilo Manitoba;
Died: October 10, 2001 in Toronto, Ontario
The younger sister of singer Catherine McKinnon, Patrician-Anne performed and recorded under her first name with Arc Records. She began her singing career at age 13. Through late 1964 and the first half of 1965, she made singing appearances on CBC TV show ‘Frank’s Bandstand’ starring Frank Cameron and ‘Singalong Jubilee’. Other TV appearances included ‘Juliette’, ‘Show of the Week’ and ‘A Go Go ’66’. In the mid-1960s she made appearances on her sister’s two “Voice of An Angel” albums. In 1976 Patrican-Anne was the guest vocalist on the Charlie Farquharson [aka brother-in-law Don Harron] comedy album ‘Doesn’t Anybody Here Know It’s Christmas?. McKinnon fought Hodgkins’ disease for 28 years and eventually succumbed to lymphatic cancer October 10, 2001. McKinnon was married to producer Brian Ahern.

Singles
1965
Blue Lipstick/What About Me (Arc) 1113
1977
Don’t Seem Like a Miracle/Bachelor Husband (Harron) 173
1984
Cry Like a Rain Storm/Suddenly (Tembo) TS-8407
1984 Land Of Make Believe/As I Lie Beside You (Tembo) TS-8412
1985 After Hours/Child (Tembo) TS-8515
1985 Anywhere You Run To/Turn On Your Brights (Tembo) TS-8517

Albums
1984
Patrician-Anne (Tembo) TMT-4326

with CHARLIE FARQUHARSON featuring PATRICIAN-ANNE McKINNON
1976
Doesn’t Anybody Here Know It’s Christmas? (Harron) HR-5050


McLACHLAN, Sarah
Born: January 28, 1968 in Halifax, Nova Scotia
McLachlan, a Halifax native, spent years studying classical piano, guitar and voice, before being discovered fronting the band October Game in 1985 by execs at Nettwerk Records. She was 19, and had no experience writing any original material, but they signed her to a development deal which would cultivate the young artist’s talent over a 3 year period in a new environment – Vancouver. With the assistance of drummer Darryl Neudorf (54.40) and keyboardist Darren Phillips (After All) she made her recording debut with 1988’s ‘Touch’. With its ethereal lead off single, “Vox”, the disc went gold in Canada. While enthusiasm grew with her next album, 1991’s ‘Solace’, Sarah was gaining a reputation as part of the new movement of female acoustic folk acts. Her stunning videos for the hits “Drawn To The Rhythm” and “Into The Fire” made her artistic creations part of the MuchMusic popular visual domain as well (read: she had been drawn into the MTV culture club). Her audience was swelling underground and her popularity as a performer was being confirmed as she moved from opening act to headliner and 1993’s ‘Fumbling Towards Ecstasy’ would establish her as a contender in the eyes and ears of the US market. The solid foundation of the album was built on the strength of the radio hits “Hold On”, “Possession” and “Good Enough”. Another 3 years passed before McLachlan was able to once again offer her rabid fanbase a new original platter. In defence, while the peddles were spinning, Nettwerk offered up two curios in the 1994 “live-off-the-floor” ‘Freedom Sessions’ disc (which featured a version of Tom Waits’ “Ol’ 55”), followed by a collection of rarities and besides including McLachlan’s version of “Dear God” from an XTC tribute album. 1997’s ‘Surfacing’ was the result of a long dry bout of writers’ block following the long touring schedule from the previous ‘Fumbling Towards Ecstasy’. The album took 8 months to produce and featured the additional help of McLachlan’s newlywed husband, Ashwin Sood (drums), Brian Minato (bass, guitar), Pierre Marchand (keyboards, bass), and the Barenaked Ladies’ Jim Creeggan (bass). In the summer of ’97 she launched a 35 date travelling concert caravan known as Lilith Fair conceived by McLachlan herself and was designed to highlight other female artists and their accompanying acts on two stages featuring the likes of Suzanne Vega, Indigo Girls, Paula Cole, Dayna Manning and Tracy Chapman among others. The tour gained steam and North American media exposure made it necessary to add a second leg. With The Lilith Fair being one of the top grossing concert draws of 1997, by year’s end McLachlan had sold five million albums worldwide which was only capped by her four Juno win at the 1998 Juno Awards in Vancouver. Hot on the heels of a double live CD for Lilith Fair, McLachlan took the show on the road again in 1998 with a new roster and new exposure to untapped audiences. She appeared on two more volumes of Lilith Fair performances, released in May 1999, and put together her own live album, ‘Mirrorball’, on June 15, 1999. In yet another indication of McLachlan’s commercial stature, the internet giant Amazon.com began taking pre-orders for the album more than two months prior to its release; first-week orders immediately catapulted ‘Mirrorball’ into the No. 1 spot on the company’s music charts. She also announced that Lilith Fair ’99 would be the final outing for the popular festival. McLachlan also recorded with new age/techno act Delerium. She would take a break for several years and return in 2003 with ‘Afterglow’ which contained the singles “Fallen”, “Stupid”, and “World On Fire”. A live album from touring the record spawned the ‘Afterglow Live’ release in late 2004. McLachlan released the Christmas album ‘Wintersong’ in November 2006 which debuted at No. 42 on the Billboard 200 album chart and peaked at No.7. Globally, the album would go on to sell more than a million copies in the US and 200,000 copies in Canada. ‘Wintersong’ was nominated as ‘Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album’ at the Grammy Awards and ‘Pop Album of the Year’ at the JUNO Awards in 2007. Also in 2007, McLachlan’s song “Answer” appeared on the Jodie Foster film ‘The Brave One’ movie soundtrack. McLachlan’s most recent album is ‘Laws of Illusion’ from the fall of 2010.

Singles
1988 Vox (Nettwerk) W1-3023
1988 Steaming (Nettwerk)  W2-3035
1991 Path of Thorns (Terms) (Nettwerk)  W2-3056
1991 Into the Fire (Nettwerk) W2-3063
1992 Drawn To the Rhythm (Nettwerk)  W2-3065
1992 Solace By the Sea (Nettwerk)
1993 Possession (Nettwerk) W2-6319
1994 Hold On (Nettwerk)
1994 Good Enough (Nettwerk)
1995 I Will Remember You (Nettwerk)
1997 Building a Mystery (Nettwerk)
1998 Sweet Surrender (Nettwerk)  33093
1998 Adia (Nettwerk)
1998 Ice Cream (Nettwerk)
1999 Angel (Nettwerk)
2000 I Love You
2001 Fear (Hybrid’s Supercollider Mix) (Nettwerk)
2001 Plenty (Nettwerk) 33132
2003 Fallen (Nettwerk)
2004 Stupid (Nettwerk)
2005 World On Fire (Nettwerk)
2005 Train Wreck (Nettwerk)
2006 Happy Xmas (War Is Over)/River (Nettwerk)
2006 The First Noel/Mary Mary (Nettwerk)
2006 River (Nettwerk)
2008 U Want Me 2 (Nettwerk)
2009 Don’t Give Up On Us (Nettwerk)
2009 One Dream (Nettwerk)
2010 Loving You Is Easy (Nettwerk)
2010 Forgiveness (Nettwerk)

with DELERIUM
1999
Silence (Nettwerk – UK)

Albums
1988 Touch (Nettwerk) NTL-30024
1989 Touch [re-configured] (Nettwerk) W1-30024
1991 Solace (Nettwerk) W2-30055
1992 Live [EP] (Nettwerk) W2-6213
1993 Fumbling Towards Ecstasy (Nettwerk)  W2-30081
1994 The Freedom Sessions (Nettwerk) W2-36321
1996 Rarities, B-Sides and Other Rare Stuff (Nettwerk) W2-30105
1997 Surfacing (Nettwerk) W2-30116
1999 Mirrorball (Nettwerk) W2-30141
2001 Remixed (Nettwerk) W2-30200
2003 Afterglow (Nettwerk) 30332
2004 Live Acoustic [EP] (Nettwerk) 30336
2004 Afterglow Live (Nettwerk) 30404
2005 Bloom (Nettwerk) 30440
2006 Wintersong (Nettwerk)
2010 Laws of Illusion (Nettwerk) 30895
2014 Shine On (Verve)
2015 Wonderland (Verve)


McLAUCHLAN, Murray
Born: June 30, 1948 in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Murray McLauchlan was born in Scotland and emigrated with his family to Canada at the age of 5. He learned how to play folk guitar at age 12 from Jim McCarthy, but his artistic abilities kept him in pursuit of that medium following a $250 scholarship from Hallmark Cards to attend art school. And yest, after graduating he began playing Yorkville Village coffeehouses at the age of 17. His first major public appearance was at the Mariposa Folk Festival in 1966. He was tempted by the bohemian lifestyle in Greenwhich Village where he relocated until 1968. He was well received and American folk legend Tom Rush recorded several of his songs. He worked in and around Ontario, Québec and New York coffee houses throughout 1970-71 until his popularity led to his management deal with Bernie Finkelstein (The Paupers, Kensington Market, Bruce Cockburn) and a signing to Finkelstein’s True North Records. Hot on the heels of his debut album, ‘Songs From the Street’, his material was used in the movie ‘Rip-Off’ in 1971. It seemed an appropriate time to give the world a proper introduction to McLauchlan which resulted in a 1972 self-titled album. 1973 saw the hot single “Farmer’s Song” launch the first of his annual tours and won him a gold record plus Juno Awards for ‘Best Folk Single’, ‘Best Country Single’, and ‘Composer of the Year’ that year. He also appeared in the USA in 1973 with Neil Young and on his own beginning in 1974. In 1975 his music was used in the BBC/TV Ontario co-production ‘Reflections of  Toronto’. With the release of the rock album ‘Boulevard’ in 1976, McLauchlan played 50 cities on his Canadian Tour culminating in an appearance on CBC-TV’s ‘Gordon Lightfoot Olympic Benefit’ as part of the Montreal Olympics celebration. The year was capped with a ‘Best Male Country Singer’ Juno Award and placement of his material in the movie ‘Partners’. He toured with True North labelmate Bruce Cockburn in 1977 and once again won a ‘Best Male Country Singer’ Juno Award. His touring band was the Silver Tractors which at times contained Dennis Pendith (bass), Eugene Martynec (guitar), Ben Mink (violin), and Jorn Andersen (drums). He also frequently hooked up with Professor Piano’s Canadian Aces. His song “If the Wind Could Blow My Troubles Away” became the campaign song for the 1981 International Year of The Disabled. McLachlan also wrote the title track to the movie ‘Alligator Shoes’. 1985 saw him aid the victims of Ethiopian famine by adding his voice to the famine relief record “Tears Are Not Enough”. With the dismantling of the True North roster in 1986 (as the company decided to focus on Bruce Cockburn’s career only) McLauchlan moved over to Capitol to continue his pursuit of country music. McLauchlan became host of CBC-Radio’s ‘The Entertainers’, ‘Timberline’ and later ‘Swinging On a Star’. He is also married to former MuchMusic VJ/producer and SONY Canada president Denise Donlon. McLauchlan also released an autobiography on Penguin Canada books.

Singles
1971 I Just Get Older/One Night By My Window (True North) TN4-107
1972 Jesus Please Don’t Save Me/Sixteen Lanes of Highway (True North) TN4-110
1973 Farmer’s Song/Lose We (True North) TN4-113
1973 Hurricane of Change/Two Bit Nobody (True North) TN4-116
1974 Linda Won’t You Take Me In/Revelations (True North) TN4-118
1974 Shoeshine Workin’ Song/Fool Who’d Watch You Go (True North) TN4-119
1975 Do You Dream Of Being Somebody/Maybe Tonight (True North) TN4-124
1975 Down By The Henry Moore/[same] (True North) TN4-125
1975 Little Dreamer/[same] (True North) TN4-126
1975 On The Boulevard/As Lonely As You (True North)  TN4-129
1976 Slingback Shoes/Train Song (True North) TN4-130
1977 Love Comes And Goes/Immigrant (True North)  TN4-137
1978 Straight Outta Midnight (True North)
1978 Whispering Rain/Lady Luck (True North) TN4-144
1978 You Can’t Win/Somebody’s Long Lonely Night (True North)  TN4-146
1978 You’ve Got No Time/Somebody That You Used To Love (True North) TN4-148
1979 Try Walkin’ Away/Don’t Put Your Faith In Men (True North) TN4-150
1979 Into A Mystery/Rockin’ On the Sea (True North) TN4-151
1981 If The Wind Could Blow My Troubles Away/Tell Your Mother She Wants You (True North) TN4-161
1981 Wouldn’t Take Another Chance On Love/You Need a New Lover Now (True North) TN4-164
1982 Happiness/I Hate Your Gun (True North) TN4-173
1982 Jealousy/Happiness (True North) TN4-174
1982 Animals/Mr. Music (True North) TN4-176
1983 Never Did Like That Train/When Time Takes Love Away (True North) TN4-184
1983 Red River Flood/On the Subject of Loneliness (True North) TN4-186
1983 Everything Reminds Me of Loving You/Horses on the Highway (True North) TN4-188
1984 Railroad Man/Sayonara Maverick (True North) TN4-191
1984 Song For Captain Keast/Ten Thousands Miles From Shore (True North) TN4-195
1985 When You Become a Memory/I’m Best At Loving You (True North) TN4-204
1986 Me and Joey/Golden Fields (True North) TN4-207
1987 Secrets In Your Heart (True North) 5
1988 My Imaginary Tree/I Can’t Make That Mistake Again (Capitol) 73070
1989 Love With A Capital L/You Can’t Be Fooled (Capitol) 73080
1989 Please Don’t Call It Runnin’ Away/I’m Blessed (Capitol) 73090
1991 The Modern Age (Capitol)
1991 So I Lost Your Love (Capitol)

with MURRAY McLAUCHLAN, TOM COCHRANE, PAUL HYDE
1988
Let The Good Guys Win (UNICEF)

Albums
1971 Songs From The Street (True North) TN-4
1972 Murray McLauchlan (True North) TN-9
1973 Day To Day Dust (True North) TN-14
1974 Sweeping The Spotlight Away (True North) TN-18
1975 Only the Silence Remains (True North) TN-19
1976 Boulevard (True North) TN-25
1977 Hard Rock Town (True North) TN-29
1978 Greatest Hits (True North) TN-35
1978 Whispering Rain (True North) TN-36
1979 Live At the Orpheum (True North) TN-38/39/40
1980 Into A Mystery (True North) TN-41
1981 Storm Warning (True North) TN-44
1982 Windows (True North) Tn-49
1983 Timberline (True North) TN-54
1984 Heroes (True North) TN-59
1985 Midnight Break (True North) TN-65
1988 Swinging On A Star (Capitol) C1-91296
1991 The Modern Age (Capitol) C1-95023
1994 Freedom Sessions (Nettwerk) 36321
1996 Gulliver’s Taxi (True North) TNSD-131
2007 Songs From the Street: Best of Murray McLauchlan (True North) TNSD-500
2011 Human Writes (True North) TNSD-545


McCLUSKEY
Toronto, Ontario singer Dave McCluskey was signed to GRT Records and released his debut album ‘Long Time Coming’ in 1978 which was produced by Matthew McCauley and Fred Mollin between Los Angeles and Toronto studios. Guest musicians  included all the members of Toto, Jorn Anderson, John Capek, Brian Russell, and Doug Riley. The album spawned two singles – “What You’re Doing To Me” and the Glen Johansen written “I’d Like To Say I Love You”; In the early 2000’s McCluskey was a member of supergroup No Flies On Frank with Ed Pilling (Fludd) and Greg Godovitz (Goddo).

Singles
1978
What You’re Doing To Me (GRT) 1230-163
1978
I’d Like To Say I Love You/A Long Time Coming (GRT) 1230-172

Albums
1978
A Long Time Coming (GRT) 9230-1081


McGHIE &THE SOUNDS OF JOY, Wayne
Montego Bay bornWayne McGhie moved to Toronto from Jamaica after recording material for the Hot Stuff label in the 1960s and formed soul act Sounds of Joy who were signed to the Birchmount label for one album in 1970. The album failed to connect with media and the public, but McGhie would continue throughout the 1970s writing, producing, performing, and arranging. Suffering from mental health issues McGhie retreated from playing music professionally in the early-to-mid-1980s. McGhie died July 20, 2017. with notes from Kevin Howes.

Albums
1970
Wayne McGhie & The Sounds of Joy (Birchmount) BM-548


McMANUS, Terry [Born: Abingdon, England]
Terry McManus was born to two Canadian parents but spent a large part of his early life growing up in the United States. He was schooled in Nebraska and by 1967 he was working for a cutting edge computer company in Washington. The extra money he made he socked away to save for recording demos on the side at Bias Studios which, at the time, was home to acts like Nils Lofgren (and his band Grin), Roy Buchanan, George Daly (who would later produce McManus’ first record and later Director of A & R for Elektra Records). After relocating to Canada in 1968 as a staff writer for ARC Records (for projects by Ronnie Hawkins and Anne Murray which never materialized), McManus hooked up with Merv Buchanan’s Trend Records and borrowed a 4-track machine from future Traynor Amps founder Peter Trayner to do some recording. His first release was a song he wrote called “Young Boppers” for the band Fear – featuring future Rush manager Ray Danniels’. McManus drifted between jobs and caught a break when Fred Dixon And The Friday Afternoon recorded his song “Best Believe It” which encouraged McManus to continue pursuing his songwriting skills. However, he couldn’t pay the bills on this small royalty stipend and had to find a real job’. In 1970 he began working for the Ontario Arts Council co-ordinating their pop music program and managed to get Merv Buchanan’s company to do mobile recordings for struggling acts all across Ontario. Part of McManus’ time spent with the Council was organizing the first ever rock concert at Toronto’s Ontario Place Forum. At the same time McManus borrowed $500 from the bank and he and engineer Bill Seddon (Bruce Cockburn) headed into the studio and cut two sides – “Sunshower In The Spring” and “Gimme A Hand” – with Garwood Wallace (who would go to form Twitch) on guitar and John Woloschuk (Klaatu) on bass. McManus did the rounds to try and land a record deal and was rejected by GRT Records but his second attempt landed him a deal with A & M who signed him to a deal over the phone after hearing the songs. The single was released in 1971 which did well on the Canadian charts as did the follow-up singles “Carolyn” and “Love Is Wine” (both from 1972) – all three tunes going to No.1 in the Prairies. An album was recorded but some poor managerial decisions cost him his deal with A & M in 1973. While at the Canadian National Music Conference (run by RPM Magazine), McManus ran into Tommy Banks who was about to start up his own label called Century II and not only signed McManus to his own solo deal but also made him A & R for other acts. Later that year McManus moved from Vancouver to Edmonton to set up shop with the label where he worked with such acts as Russ Thornberry, The Original Caste, and Bim. During this time McManus began recording under the pseudonym Skipper and released the single “Down On The Flatrock” for Capitol Records in 1973. The remainder of his material alternated between his real name and alter-ego for Century II (which was also distributed by Capitol). McManus would also be responsible for discovering the acts Sylvester Stretch and Val Hudson (who had a modicum of success when Karl Erickson recorded her song “Stormy Grey”). Lenny Breau would also record with McManus in 1974. By 1975 Century II began to collapse and McManus found an ally in old recording associate Bruce Sperling who took McManus to New York and hooked him up with a manager, lawyer and publishing deal with a publishing company run by George David Weiss (“I Can’t Help Falling In Love” and “It’s A Wonderful Life”). Nothing of any importance came out of the association and McManus found himself looking for a full-time day job later that year. He began teaching at Fanshawe College in September 1975 and has been there ever since. In 1976 another of his songs, “What A Day”, was recorded by the Vos Family and used in a promotional campaign to raise funds for the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Around this time McManus began writing children’s songs for his estranged son in California and on a lark, forwarded the material to Raffi’s label Treble Clef. They liked the material so much that a children’s album, ‘Scrub-A-Dub U.’, materialized at about the time that Treble Clef went out of business and McManus found his material on A & M Records once again. During an appearance at the Hamilton Folk Festival in 1979 McManus made the acquaintance of children’s performers Bob Schneider and Fred Penner. He and Penner hit it off well and McManus eventually found his songs appearing regularly on Penner’s children’s TV show starting the mid-80’s. In 1981 McManus was asked by London promoter Don Jones to perform an opening set of material to entertain children at Mr. Dressup appearances. With McManus’ experience in music legalities he was able to help Mr. Dressup (Ernie Coombs) get out of a bad recording contract and the two hit it off working on their own material together. The result was the 1982 album ‘Wake Up Mr. Dressup With Friend Terry McManus’ which was released on A & M and led to a tour by the duo. By 1985 Access TV in Calgary approached McManus to write material for their kids’ show the Magic Ring’ which resulted in 81 songs being used in 39 shows from 1985-1991. Around the mid-80’s McManus teamed up with music lawyer Stephen Stohn and Donna Murphy to revive the long defunct Songwriters’ Association Of Canada to which McManus was elected president for 4 years before becoming Chairman Of The Board. In 1986 McManus wrote lyrics to an existing Rick Wakeman song called “Heather Carpets” which he re-christened “Heathered Hills”. Wakeman and his publishing company liked the version so much they gave McManus future songwriting credit should the song ever be re-recorded. In recent years McManus has been writing essays published in the Globe & Mail out of Toronto, managing a new a cappella vocal group The Essentials, a rock group called Blend, helping aspiring country acts Kortney Kale, Greg Hanna and Deric Ruttan. In 1997 Billboard Magazine published a year-end essay by McManus on the importance of singles. McManus is currently in the studio working on a new solo song called “Missing John” about the late John Lennon. notes from Terry McManus, Merv Buchannan and Garwood Wallace.

Singles
1971 Sunshower In the Spring/Gimme a Hand (A & M)  AMX-316
1972 Love Is Wine/Woman, Man, Land (A & M) AMX-322
1972 Carolyn/Woman, Man, Land (A & M) AMX-329

as SKIPPER
1973
Down On the Flatrock/Funny Thing (Capitol) 72705
1974 Papa Sit Down/That’s Not Easy (Century II/Capitol-EMI) 1502
1974 Country Drive (Do You Wanna Go)/She’s Gold (Century II/Capitol-EMI) 1511
1979 Leaky Old Boat (Treble Clef/Posterity/A & M)

Albums
1979 Scrubadub U. (Treble Clef/Posterity/A & M) PCS-5007
2009 Sunshine Pop (Bullseye) BOD-001

Collaboration Tracks
with MR. DRESSUP
1976 Mr. Dressup (Matrix) TS-001
1981
Wake Up Mr. Dressup With Friend Terry McManus (A & M)


McNAUL, Brett
Born: Brett Anthony McNaueal in Kirkland Lake, Ontario

Singles
1976
Remember Me/When She’s Gone (Periwinkle) PER-3754
1985 For Loving You/For Loving You (Instrumental)  (Yonge St.) YSR-8501
1986 I’m Holding Memories Tonight/I’m Holding Memories Tonight (Instrumental) (Yonge St.) YSR-8503


ME MOM & MORGENTALER
Gus Coriandoli
(guitar, vocals) / Kim Bingham (vocals) / John Jordan (horns) / Adam Berger (horns) / Kasia Hering (accordion) / Sid “Santiago” Zanforlin (drums) / Matt Lipscombe (bass) / Noah Green (accordion) / John Britton (percussion)
Montreal, Québec ska act Me Mom & Morgentaler was formed in 1990 when the band members were attending a strict Catholic School. They initially assembled for a talent night at the school and chose their name – derived from notorious abortion practitioner Dr. Henry Morgentaler – to offend the teaching staff’s nuns. The released an EP entitled “Clown Heaven and Hell’ in 1991 on their own Chooch Records imprint and finally made a full-length CD in 1993 entitled ‘Shiva Space Machine’. The record garnered critical acclaim and airplay on college radio allowing them to tour Canada for the next two years. During this period they also released a disc entitled ‘We Are Revolting: Live & Obscure 1990-1994’. The band called it quits in 1996 but one-off reunion show at the Montreal International Jazz Festival in 1999. They would reunite for a four Montreal shows in 2007 to support the deluxe re-release of ‘Shiva Space Machine’.

Albums
1991
Clown Heaven and Hell (Chooch) CHOOCH-CD-01
1993 Shiva Space Machine (Chooch) CHOOCH-CD-02
1994 We Are Revolting: Live & Obscure 1990-1994
2007 Shiva Space Machine: Gone Fission


MECCA NORMAL
Jean Smith
(vocals) / David Lester (guitar) / Peter Jefferies (drums; 1995-1997)Formed in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1984.

Singles
1987
Man Thinks “Woman”/Strong White Male, More More More
1987
Oh Yes You Can [EP] (K – US) IPU-04
1990 Cardboard Box House of Love [EP] (K – US) IPU-11
1991
Armchairs Fit Through Doorways [3 song EP] (K – US) IPU-28
1991 I Can Hear Me Fine (Smarten Up!) SU!-003
1992 From the Surface/Upside Down Flame (Dionysus) IDO-74538
1992 Orange [EP] (Harriet) 10
1992 Rose/Days (K – US) IPU-32
1992 You Heard It All/Broken Flowers//[w/KREVISS] (Sub Pop) SP-149
1992 Echo/Fan of Sparks (Jettison) JET-023
1995 The Bird That Wouldn’t Fly/Breathing Dark (Matador) OLE-164-7
2000 Paris In April//Tower Island/Invisible Island (K – US) IPU-68
2010 Malachi/Blue Sky and Branches (K – US) IPU-132

Albums
1986
Mecca Normal (Smarten Up!) SUR-001
1989 Callico Kills the Cat (K – US) KLP-004
1991 Water Cuts My Hands (Matador) OLE-011
1992 Dovetail (K – US) KLP-014
1993 Jarred Up (K – US) KLP-018
1993 Flood Plain (K – US) KLP-022
1995 Sitting On Snaps (Matador) OLE-122
1996 The Eagle and the Poodle (Matador) OLE-186
1997 Who Shot Elvis? (Matador) OLE-245
2002 The Family Swan (Kill Rock Stars – US) KRS-385
2006 The Observer (Kill Rock Stars – US) KRS-453


MEDD & SHAW
Dorian Medd
(guitar, piano, mandolin, vocals) / Bob Shaw (guitar, bass, harmonica, vocals) / Jim Shand (bass) / Chris Meister (drums) / Craig Fraser (keyboards, vocals) / Bob Venables (guitar, vocals) / Les Dietz (guitar)
Kelowna, British Columbia’s Medd & Shaw were together from 1975 to 1982; Jim Shand has since passed away. with notes from Dorian Medd.

Singles
1976 Take Me Back/Oh, What A Gift (Colly)
1979 I Still Love You/Love Is What We’ve Got (Riser) RR-3460
1980 Call Me/Dream Up Days (Riser) RR-3726
1982 Movie Love Affair/You’re All The World (Riser) RR-4166

Albums
1982 Brock & Friends Music Society Presents: Medd & Shaw (Riser) RR-4131


MEDDY’S PEOPLE
Brian Clasby (rhythm guitar, vocals) / Brian Medway (lead guitar, vocals) / Laurie Roberts (bass, vocals) / Dale Waddell (drums) / Dave Wilson (drums)
Before setting up shop in New Westminster, British Columbia, Medway co-founded The Traces with Roberts and Clasby (both ex-The Sound Squad) in Southampton, England during August of 1965. The Traces initially had a female singer named Nikki who was the girlfriend of band manager and local DJ Dave Jay. It was Jay who had selected Medway for The Traces from hundreds of musicians who had responded to an ad that he had placed in the ‘Echo’ newspaper. Medway then recruited Clasby and Roberts. The Traces then advertised for a drummer and commenced practicing at Green Lane School in one of the class rooms. Soon the musicians, less Nikki, struck out on their own to play local gigs. Not long after that, Medway’s parents moved the family to New Westminster, British Columbia. Later in 1965 Medway started an R & B and blues based band featuring local musicians called The Shades of Black. They played all over the lower British Columbia mainland. Roberts and Clasby followed in 1966 to reform the band with Medway and Haney, BC native Dale Waddell on drums under the new name Meddy’s People. Medway’s family was also involved in helping the band find success. His father, Fred Medway, was the band’s manager. His mother made costumes and his cousin, Peter Medway, stage managed and was their roadie. Immediately after the band’s first few gigs they signed a contract with a local AM radio station CKLG to represent the station at events. One of the deejays at the station was Daryl Burlingham [aka Daryl B] took the band under his wing and managed to get Meddy’s People a recording contract with Quality Records in 1968. They soon recorded a number of singles at Vancouver Recording Studios with engineer Robin Spurgin and personally supervised by Burlingham who helped the band through every step of the process. The band played hundreds of shows in Vancouver’s including such venues as Denny’s Discotheque, The Cave, Village Bistro, Grouse Nest, The Bayshore Inn, Planetarium as well as halls and arenas and the odd school dance. The band eventually stopped performing together in the fall of 1969. Medway formed Pegasus in 1975 who toured with Rory Gallagher. He turned down a chance to join Gallagher’s band as he did when asked by Polydor Records to fill in for Eric Clapton in Cream years earlier out of respect for the bands he was already loyal to. He quit the music business in December 1975 and into the construction contract management business. For the last 10 years he has run his own business consulting practice in Vernon, BC; Wilson went on to play with Heart briefly. with notes from Brian Medway, Ray Medway and Laurie Roberts.

Singles
1968 Shalalalee/Substitute (Quality) 1906X
1968 Yes I Will Not/Hideaway (Quality) 1918X
1969 Fantasy World/Mr. Sister (Quality) 1931X


MEDIUM, The
From Montreal, Québec
Robert Ellis (vocals, harmonica) / Pierre Latreille (guitar) / Neil Malott (bass) / James Solkin (keyboards) / Steve Blackwell (percussion)

Albums
1969
Medium (Gamma) GS-503


MEDLEY, Sue
Born: 1962, Courtenay, British Columbia
Sue Medley’s musical interests began at age nine when she acquired a drum set. At age 12, she took up guitar and began writing songs. By fifteen she had gone professional as part of an acoustic duo. She was also a member of the travelling musical called ‘Elvis Elvis’ while in her teens. In the late ’80’s she released two independent singles – “Cryin’ Over You” (1987) and “Angel Tonight” (1989). By then she had made an appearance at the Big Valley Jamboree in Saskatchewan and received a nomination for the Vista (Rising Star) Award at the 1989 Canadian Country Music Awards. The notoriety led to her signing with Polygram Canada and a self-titled debut CD in 1990. The album was a co-produced by Medley and John Mellencamp producer Michael Wanchic who utilized John Hiatt’s band The Goners. On the heels of the singles “Dangerous Times” and “Love Thing”, she toured North America the rest of the year including dates with Bob Dylan in Toronto and other major markets. She simultaneously became national spokesperson for ‘Ride For Sight’, a charity to raise funds for the blind. She would write the charity’s theme song, “Born To Ride”, in 1991 with former Bryan Adams partner Jim Vallance. Her second album, ‘Inside Out’, was once again produced by Wanchic and was aided by the musical help of Sonny Landreth and Kenny Aranoff. The album, released in 1992, continued her radio assault with a handful of additional singles and a support tour with the likes of Tom Cochrane and 54.40 put her back in the limelight. The single “When The Stars Fall” became a hit on album radio and reaching No.2 on The Record’s chart (being locked out of No.1 only by U2). She toured a western opening slot with Kim Mitchell and even hooked up with Bob Dylan on a few dates. In September 1992, Medley headed to Nashville for a rest and to write some new tunes. She couldn’t stay idle for long and played the Ace Of Clubs where she filmed the video “Jane’s House”. In October she was invited by John Mellencamp to participate in a Bob Dylan Tribute at Madison Square Gardens in New York. Later that month she received a SOCAN award for her song “Maybe The Next Time” which was one of the most played songs on Canadian radio in 1991. Her third album, however, would not be forthcoming. Following a two-year dispute with her record label over the songs that would comprise that release, she and Polygram parted ways. She retreated to her house near Bloomington, Ind., and wrote and recorded much of the material that makes up her comeback release, “Velvet Morning”, which finally came out in February 2000 on Egg Records. Her profile received a boost after four of her songs were featured on the hit TV series “Dawson’s Creek”.

Singles
1987 Cryin’ Over You/Long Days Long Nights/We Won’t Last Much Longer (Pacific Wave) PWR-701
1989 Angel Tonight/[same] (Pacific Wave) PWR-704
1990 Dangerous Times/57 Chevy (Mercury/Polygram)
1990 That’s Life (Mercury/Polygram)
1990 Love Thing (Mercury/Polygram) 
1991 Maybe Next Time (Mercury/Polygram)
1991 Queen of rhe Underground (Mercury/Polygram) CDP-510
1992 When the Stars Fall (Mercury/Polygram) PCD-232
1992 Inside Out [4 track EP] (Mercury/Polygram)  PCD-263
1992 Jane’s House (Mercury/Polygram)
1993 Forget You (Mercury/Polygram)
2000 Gone (Egg)

Albums
1990 Sue Medley (Mercury/Polygram) 842982
1992 Inside Out (Mercury/Polygram) 512527
2000 Velvet Morning (Egg)
2001 The Best of Sue Medley (Universal)


MEISSNER, Stan
Born: August 28, 1956 in Toronto, Ontario
Multi-faceted songwriter-composer Stan Meissner’s career includes hits internationally as well as in both English and French Canada. Meissner has been a staff songwriter for more than 25 years, under contracts with BMG Music Publishing, Warner-Chappell Music and Irving-Almo/Universal Music, and has written for many international acts including Céline Dion, Lara Fabian, LeeAnn Womack, Eddie Money, Farmer’s Daughter, Ricochet, Rita Coolidge, BJ Thomas, Ben Orr (The Cars), Alias, Triumph, Darby Mills, Toronto and Lee Aaron among many others. As a recording artist, Meissner released three solo albums: ‘Undertow’, ‘Dangerous Games’and ‘Windows To Light’. ‘Undertow’ featured the Top-10 singles “River of Fire”, “Someone Like You” and “If It Takes All Night” and was re-released in 2008 on Highway 118 Records; ‘Windows To Light ‘featured the hit single and video “One Chance” which was the No.1 Adult Contemporary song of 1987 (according to ‘The Record Chart’). Meissner is also the creative force behind the duo Metropolis with Peter Fredette (Kim Mitchell Band, Butler). The self-titled Metropolis debut CD included the song “The Darkest Side of the Night” which was featured as the title track in the movie ‘Friday The 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan’; Meissner has written music for many TV shows and films, including A&E’s ‘Biography’, ‘Berenstain Bears’, ‘Timothy Goes To School’, ‘Hang Time’, ‘Cottage Life’, ‘Missing Children’, ‘Lighten Up’, ‘Cody’s Crew’ and ‘Sweating Bullets/Tropical Heat’, as well as contributing songs and source music to ‘Beverly Hills 90210’, ‘Forever Knight’, ‘My Secret Identity’, ‘Daydream Believers – The Monkee’s Story’, ‘Tekwar’, ‘Little Criminals’, ‘Odyssey’, ‘Phenom’, ‘Tales From The Crypt’, ‘Amy Fisher – My Story’, ‘Life Goes On’, ‘Shining Time Station’, ‘First Offender’, ‘Whispers’, ‘Fearless’, ‘Pilgrim’, ‘The Incredible Ida Early’, ‘Material World’, ‘It’s Only Rock and Roll’, ‘Family Reunion’, and ‘Goulies 3’; As treasurer of SOCAN (2003-2009), president of the SOCAN Foundation (2006-2009), president of the Songwriters Association of Canada (2000-2006) and a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (2000-2006), Meissner has been a songwriting community activist. with notes from Stan Meissner and Don Palmer.[also see METROPOLIS]

Singles
1984 I Need Your Love/Walking In the Dark (A & M) AM-644
1984 Hide the Night Away/Walk Out Of My Life (A & M) AM-656
1984 Once Over/[same] (A & M) AM-670
1985 One Chance/Coming Out of Nowhere (A & M) AM-689
1986 I Want Everything/Surrender To You (A & M) AM-705
1986 I Can’t Break Away From You/I Need Your Love (A & M) AM-717

Albums
1984
Windows to Light (A & M) SP-9120
1986 Dangerous Games (A & M) SP-9100
1992 Undertow (Duke Street/MCA)


MELODIC ENERGY COMMISSION
Don Xaliman [aka Xaliman]
(vocals, guitar, piano, gong, percussion, pipes) / Randy Raine-Reusch (dulcimer, khaen, gong, flute) / Del Dettmar (synths) / George McDonald (guitar, theremin) / Mark Franklin (bass) / Paul Franklin (percussion, tabla, glockenspiel, organ) / Thom Evans (percussion)
From Vancouver, British Columbia; Don Xaliman went on to a solo career. [also see XALIMAN]

Singles
1981
Melody is Energy/Night Rhythm (Energy Discs) NRG-51

Albums
1979
Stranger In Mystery (Energy) NRG-111
1980
Migration of the Snails (Energy) NRG-121
1982
M = e/c2 (Energy) NRG-137
1997
Moon Sphase Compendium
2004
This Is A Slippery Concept (Energy) NRG-31


MEN WITHOUT HATS
Ivan Doroschuk (lead vocals, guitar, keyboards) / Stefan Doroschuk (bass) / Roman Martyn (guitars; 1980) / Tracy Howe (guitars; on “Freeways” 1980 only) / Alan McCarthy (Electronics, Percussion; 1984) / Colin Doroschuk (Electronics, Voices; 1982) / Jeremie Arrobas (drums) / Lysanne Thibodeau (backing vocals, electronics; 1980) / Bruce Murphy (guitar, keyboards)
In the late ’70’s Heaven Seventeen (not to be confused with the British band of the same name) were Montreal’s first self-proclaimed post-punk group – a sort of John Foxx-era Ultravox – who were one of the first generation punk conglomerations to use synths. The band’s lineup was quite unstable but the most solid configuration consisted of Scott Cameron (bass, vocals), Roman Martyn (guitars), Kim Duran (guitars), Lysanne Thibodeau (keyboards), and Tracy Howe (drums, vocals). Lysanne would be replaced by keyboardist Ivan Doroschuk at which time Howe stopped drumming and became their singer. In early 1980 Marc Durand (The Box, Luba) was managing the band and had landed them a gig opening for XTC at the St. Denis Theatre in Montreal. While playing their set, some punks became rowdy and narrowly missed Doroschuk with a beer bottle or two and after the gig he quit the band and took manager Marc Durand with him. By 1981 Heaven Seventeen had broken up and Doroschuk asked Howe to join his new band Men Without Hats as the guitar player. The band at that time was Ivan Dorochuk, his brother Stefan on bass, and Jeremie Arrobas on drums. They had all been to the same private schools together in Outremont and rehearsed at Arrobas’ parents’ house – a mini-mansion on Mount-Royal. His father had bought them all their musical equipment and paid for the production and manufacturing of their first record, the ‘Folk of the 80’s’ EP. Ivan Doroschuk was primarily leading the band and his vision of the future and Howe’s didn’t connect so he quit the band, but Doroschuk did turn Howe onto the electronic world and it inspired him to form Rational Youth in 1982. Men Without Hats became internationally successful with the release of “The Safety Dance” in 1982 which went Top-10 in 20 countries and landed them a Grammy nomination. A string of techno-pop singles featuring Doroschuk’s quirky vocal delivery made them stars for most of the 1980’s before the band finally called it quits in 1992. There have even been a good number of cover versions of MWH’s songs: “The Safety Dance” was covered by Bang Bang, Status Quo and parodied by Weird Al and Big Daddy; “Security” was covered by Necrophilistic Anodyne; “Where Do The Boys Go?” covered by Chinese Detectives. Doroschuk released a dance record under the name IVAN in 1997. The band released the new album ‘Love In The Age of War’ in May 2012 which was produced by Dave Ogilvie (Skinny Puppy, Marilyn Manson, 54.40).

Singles
1981 Antarctica/Modern Racing (Statik) STAT-13
1982
I Got The Message/The Great Ones Remember (Reprise) (Sire/Statik/WEA) STAT-20
1982 I Got The Message (Special Extended Remix)// Freeways (Euromix)/Utter Space [12”] (Statik)  STAT-20/12
1982
The Safety Dance/Security (Statik) STAT-24
1982 The Safety Dance/Cocoricci (Le Tango des Voleurs) (Statik/Sire/WEA)  25-99567
1982 The Safety Dance//Antarctica/I Got The Message [12″] (Statik) STAT-24/12
1982 The Safety Dance (Club Mix)//I Like/Security [12″] (Statik – Spain)
1982 Living In China/Cocoricci (Le Tango des Voleurs) (Statik Records – UK) TAK-3
1982 Living In China//Modern Dancing/Cocoricci (Le Tango des Voleurs) [12”]
 (Statik Records – UK) TAK-3/12
1983 The Safety Dance/Living In China (Backstreet/MCA – US) BSR-52232
1983 The Safety Dance (Club Mix)/Antarctica [12″] (Backstreet/MCA – US) BSR-1-13969
1983 I Like (Edit)/Things In My Life (Belgian Statik – BELGIUM) TAK-13
1984 Where Do the Boys Go?/Eurotheme (Statik – UK)  TAK-15
1984 Where Do the Boys Go? (Extended Version)/ Where Do The Boys Go? (LP Version)/ Eurotheme [12″] (MCA – US) MCA-23513
1984 Where Do the Boys Go?/Unsatisfaction (MCA – US)  MCA-52460
1984 Messiahs Die Young/No Dancing (Statik) TAK-16
1987 Pop Goes the World/ End of the World) (Mercury/Polygram) MS-76260
1987 Pop Goes the World (Dance Mix)//Pop Goes the World (Dub Mix)/The End (of the World) [12”] (Mercury/Polygram)
1987 Moonbeam/Jenny Wore Black (Mercury/Polygram) 870-153
1987 Moonbeam [5 song 12” EP] (Mercury/Polygran) 870-153-1
1987 O Sole Mio/Lose My Way (Mercury/Polygram) 870-266
1987 O Sole Mio (3:57)/[same] [12”] (Mercury/Polygram) DJM-266
1989 Hey Men (Edit)/Underneath The Rainbow (Mercury/Polygram) 876-162
1989 In The 21st Century/Everybody’s Selling Something (Mercury/Polygram) 876-696
1993 The Safety Dance (UK Remix) (Polygram – UK) 2305
1995 The Safety Dance (Biomix) (Priority) DPRO-30025
2012 Head Above Water [DigiFile] (Cobraside)

Albums
1980 Folk of the ’80s [10″ & 12″ formats] (Trend) HATS-001
1982 Rhythm Of Youth (Statik/Sire/WEA)  STAT-10
1984 Folk of the ’80s (Part III) (Statik/Sire) STAT-338331
1985 Freeways [EP] (Statik/Sire) 25-22261
1987 Pop Goes The World (Mercury/Polygram)  832-730
1989 The Adventures of Women & Men Without Hate In the 21st Century (Mercury/Polygram)
1991 Sideways (Mercury/Polygram)  848569
1996 Collection (Oglio/MCA – US)  OGL-81587
1996 Greatest Hats (Aquarius) Q2-579
1997 Men Without Hats: Rhythm of Youth/Folk of the ’80s Part III [2-fer-1 disc] (Oglio/MCA)  OGL-81588
1997 The Very Best of Men Without Hats (CMC International) 823166
2003 No Hats Beyond this Point
2006 My Hats Collection
2012 Love In The Age of War (Cobraside) CSDCD-1128


MENDELSON JOE
Born: Birrel Josef Mendelson on July 30, 1944 in Toronto, Ontario
Mendelson Joe (he changed his name in 1975 after continuously receiving mail addressed incorrectly to him) has been performing, writing and recording since 1964. In the late 1960’s he co-founded the band McKenna-Mendelson Mainline who had several albums and many years playing Canada and England (where they had been signed initially to Liberty Records). After leaving the group he went on to a career as an eccentric music artist and a well respected painter and political-minded provocateur.  His most popular and near-commerical solo release was ‘Not Homogenized’ which was engineered by Daniel Lanois and featured a guest appearance by Ben Mink on violin. Mendelson created his own label imprint for his 1986 ‘Fragile Man’ LP and was signed briefly to Anthem label in 1988 where he performed on occasion as opening act for Rush. [also see MENDELSON McKENNA MAINLINE]

Singles
1975 They’ll Take Your Pants/Sophisto (Taurus) TR-003
1979 Everything Is Weird/Far Out To Lunch (Boot) BTX-279
1981
I Need A Nurse/Dishwashing Man (Boot)
1981 Tweet, Tweet/Jack Frost (Boot)
1988 Alien/Cold One (Anthem) ANS-088
1988 Alien [12”] (Anthem) SPE-045
1989 Dance With Joe [12”] (Anthem) SPE-051
1991 Passion (Edit) (Anthem) PRO-7

as JOE MENDELSON

1973 Oh Travene/Growing Pain (GRT) 1233-50
1973 No Trespassing/Canada Song (GRT) 1233-57

Albums
1973 Mr. Middle of the Road (GRT) 9230-1027
1975 Sophisto Joe (Taurus) TR-100
1979 Not Homogenized (Boot) BRP-2104
1980 Jack Frost (Boot) BRP-2109
1981 Let’s Party (Boot) BRP-2110
1984 The Name of the Game Ain’t Schmaltz: Some of the Best of Mendelson Joe (Stony Plain) SPL-1079
1986 Fragile Man (Health) CSPS-2690
1988 Born To Cuddle (Anthem) A2-1056
1991 Addicted (Anthem) ANK-1063
1999 Everyone Needs a Pimp
2000 Humans Bug Me


MENS ROOM
Caren Cole
(vocals) / Charity Brown (vocals) / Cheryl Rae (vocals)Toronto, Ontario studio project featuring hit singers Charity Brown (Rain) and Cheryl Rae (The Raes). The 1983 self-titled EP was produced by Bob Segarini. The EP was expanded into a full-length album with additional production by Brian Ainsworth and Michael McCarty. The album managed to score four Top5 Adult Contemporary radio hits including “Sign of the Times” (also a hit for The Belle Stars) and “Best Years of Our Lives” (also a hit for Modern Romance). with notes from Bob Segarini.

Singles
1983 Sign of the Times/Best Years of Our Lives (Solid Gold) SGS-734
1984 Baby, I Love You/[same] (Solid Gold) SGS-750

Albums
1983
Mens Room [4 song EP] (Solid Gold) SGM-1
1984 Mens Room (Solid Gold) SGR-1025


MERCURY, Eric
Eric Mercury was born in Toronto and enjoyed a childhood learning and performing in a musical family. By the age of five he was singing in public school and doing double duty in the local church. In the late ‘50’s, he began to seriously pursue music whenever he could with local groups in the R & B and rock and roll vein. It wasn’t until he joined The Pharaohs with Jay Jackson (future vocalist for the Majestics) that Mercury knew he wanted to make singing his chosen profession. Following The Pharaohs, Mercury would begin gaining notoriety around Toronto for soul-jazz act called Diane Brooks, Eric Mercury And The Soul Searchers (featuring future members of Motherlode). This act was able to tour nationally across Canada and was able to make enough noise to be featured regularly on Canadian music dance shows. Mercury would supply backing vocals on Mandala’s 1968 ‘Soul Crusade’ album. That same year he left Toronto and began a solo career which saw him record a handful of LPs starting with 1969’s ‘Electric Black Man’, through ‘Funky Sounds Nurtured In The Fertile Soil of Memphis That Smell of Rock’ (1972), ‘Love Is Taking Over’ (1973), and finally ‘Eric Mercury’ (1975). Starting in 1972 he began writing material for others including Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway whom he also produced. In 1976 he sang on Free Creek’s album ‘Summit Meeting’. In 1978 he sang on an album by his old Toronto friends Brenda & Brian Russell’s ‘Supersonic Lovers’. In 1981 Mercury signed with Capitol-EMI stateside and released the album ‘Gimme a Call Sometime’. The title track and the song “Get It Right” were released as singles. Mercury would also perform in the stage production of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’. Mercury returned to Toronto in 1986 and worked in a managerial and production capacity for the band Age Of Reason. Following the failure of the band to grab the attention of a major record label, Mercury returned to Chicago in May, 1988. Stints in radio jingles and continued writing jobs with the likes of Gerald Alston have kept him busy but out of the limelight. with notes from Trevor Hayes and Howard Druckman.  

Singles
1969 Enter My Love/Hurdy Gurdy Man (Avco Embassy) AVE-4516
1969
Everybody Has the Right to Love/You Bring Me to My Knees (Avco Embassy) AVE-4523
1970
The Right To Love (Avco Embassy)
1971 I Can Smell That Funky Music/Listen With Your Eyes (Enterprise/Polydor)
ENA-9041
1971 The Truth Will Set You Free/What’s Usual Seems Natr’l (Enterprise/Polydor)
ENA-8041
1973 Love Is Taking Over/Take a Walk Down My Street (Enterprise/Polydor) ENA-9080
1973 Don’t Lose Faith In Me Lord/[same] (Enterprise) ENA-9087
1975 Pours When It Pains/Colour Yesterdays (Mercury/Phonogram) M-73679
1975 Down the Backstairs (of My Life)/Sweetie-Pie (Mercury/Phonogram) M-73699
1978 Take Me Girl I’m Ready (Columbia) 3-10729
1981 Gimme a Call Sometime/Include Me Out (Capitol-EMI) A-5020
1981 Get It Right/Kill ‘Em With Love (Capitol-EMI) A-5058

with ERIC MERCURY AND ROBERTA FLACK
1983
Our Love Will Stop the World/Only Heaven Can Wait For Love (Atlantic) 7-89931

with ERIC MERCURY & THELONIUS MONK III
1985
Baby Face (Short Version)/Baby Face (LP Version) (Manhattan) PB-50003

Albums
1969 Electric Black Man [aka Everybody Has the Right To Love] (Avco Embassy) AVE-33001
1972 Funky Sounds Nurtured In The Fertile Soil of Memphis That Smell of Rock (Enterprise) ENS-1020
1973 Love Is Taking Over/ (Enterprise/Polydor) ENS-1033
1975 Eric Mercury (Mercury) SRM-1-1026
1981 Gimme a Call Sometime (Capitol) ST-12166

with ERIC MERCURY & THELONIUS MONK III
1985 Merc and Monk (Manhattan) 2403391


MERE MORTALS
Wendy Marshall
(guitar, bass, vocals) / Scott Tupholme (guitar, bass, vocals) / Mike Calich (saxophone) / Jørn Anderson (drums)
From Toronto, Ontario; Anderson has had successful career as session and live drummer for some of Canada’s biggest names.

Singles
1984
Expression/A Woman’s Past (Mere Mortals) WRC3-3342


MERRIDAY PARK
Larry Breiland (lead guitar, vocals) / Rick Baran (bass) / Greg Dahl (bass, vocals, brass; replaced Baran 1968) / Aldon Norhaugen (keyboards, vocals, brass) / Orville Santa (guitar, harmonica, vocals) /  Dave Verrill (drums, percussion) / Bruce Anderson (keyboards, lead vocals; added 1969) / Ron Specht (lead vocals, percussion; added 1969)
Port Arthur [Thunder Bay], Ontario’s Merriday Park started as a dance and concert band called The Vandals in the city’s north end in 1966. It was a four-piece featuring Brieland, Baran, Norhaugen and Santa who played frequently around in Northwestern Ontario performing mostly Beatles cover tunes and infrequent original material. The Vandals then became the Vendells to avoid confussion with other acts by the same name and soon they struck up a relationship with producers Don Grashey and Chuck Williams at DMG Sound Studio. Baran left and was replaced by Greg Dahl (The Mindfeel) and so Grashey suggested the band change its name to something more memorable. They became Merriday Park in 1968. Their first studio work under this handle was recording Orville Santa’s “Bird Collector” and a version of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band’s “Get Outta My Life Woman” which were slaighted as the backing tracks for a lip-synched live appearance on the Waterloo, Ontario regional television show ‘Canadian Bandstand’ in the spring of 1968. With Grashey connected to many industry names, the band returned to the studio with sights on recording a proper single – “Went Home Today” b/w “Everybody Do Their Thing”. The record was released by Columbia Records in 1969, but never managed to do much outside of a few regional radio stations. With Grashey having insisted on Breiland singing lead vocals, personal conflicts within the band arose and so Santa and Norhaugen left the band just prior to the single’s release. For months the group continued as a power trio of Dahl, Verrill and Breiland. In late 1969 Merriday Park added two new members to the group in Bruce Anderson (Keyboards, Vocals) and Ron Specht (lead Vocals, percussion). By year’s end the band was back in DMG studios to record their second single for Columbia called “Witchcraft” b/w “My Shady Friend”. The record was released in mid-1970 and “Witchcraft” peaked at No.21 on the RPM Top100 Singles chart in October of 1970. While “Witchcraft” was moving up and down the chart Merriday Park had already recorded the follow-up in early 1970 with “Take Me Back Home” b/w “It All Comes Back to Me”. By the summer they were at DMG once again recording their debut album for Columbia. Alas, the band was in dissaray and was unprepared – often doing battle with producer Grashey. Only one track was completed to anyone’s satisfaction entitled “Magic Man” which would appear on the B-side to a single under their later incarnation as NRG. While never touring nationally, the band frequently played at Lakehead Uiniversity, The Gardens, Finnegan’s, The Flamingo, and area high school. Merriday Park would often open local shows for touring bands like the Guess Who, Paul Revere and the Raiders, The Troggs, Edward Bear, and The Paupers among tohers. They even played a massive fundraiser for the Thunder Bay Dharma Centre alongside The Jarvis Street Revue and eight other local bands at the Exhibition Coliseum in early 1971. Even after a name change to NRG, the band fell apart in 1973. Merriday Park reunited for a one-off show in Thunder Bay in 1976; Breiland would go on to work with Full Sail, Tommy Horricks and Doc Tibbles; Greg Dahl has appeared on CDs by vocalists Karen Lahaise and Marc Coderre, and as a songwriter with Dave McDonald; Norhaugen joined Thunder Bay act Pillar.

Singles
1968 Everybody Do Their Thing/Went Home Today (Columbia) C4-2873
1970 Witchcraft/My Shady Friend (Columbia) C4-2942
1970 Take Me Back Home/It All Comes Back To Me (Columbia) C4-2966


MERRITT, Scott
In the late ’70s, Brantford native Scott Merritt left his garage band started performing around London, Ontario coffee houses as an acoustic folk artist in the tradition of Tom Rush and Jackson Browne. By the ’80s the guitar/dulcimer/mandolin player was upstaging headliners at gigs, but commercial success was elusive as his first two indie albums, ‘Desperate Cosmetics’ (produced on a budget of $8,000 by Daniel Lanois) and ‘Serious Interference’, stalled at the cash register. Duke Street Records, however, took notice and re-issued the Greg Roberts produced ‘Serious Interference’ in early 1986 and launched the first single/video called “Transistor” to critical acclaim. Merritt’s second Duke Street release, the Roma Baran (Laurie Anderson) produced ‘Gravity Is Mutual’, placed at No.95 on Q107’s Top 107 Albums of 1986. The album produced the video/radio hit “Overworked and Underprivileged”. ‘Gravity’ featured a solid backing line-up of Bob Diselle (drums), Doug Wilde (keyboards), David Woodhead (bass) and Matt Zimbel (percussion). Special guest musicians included Adrian Belew and David Van Tiegham. In 1990 Merritt recorded ‘Violet & Black’ which was produced in Toronto, New York, and California by Frank Zappa bandmate Arthur Barrow. Following the release of the album Merritt did an opening slot on tour with Jane Siberry and the album was released in the UK on IRS Records. Merritt would later make a name for himself as a producer particulary for Fred Eaglesmith’s ’50 Odd Dollars’. He released ‘The Detour Home’ in 2004 and has made several live appearances in Toronto in recent years. Merritt is now based in Guelph, Ontario. with notes from Carl Gambacort.

Singles
1986 Transistor/Face To Fire (Duke Street) 71017
1986 Overworked and Underprivileged/Moving Day (Duke Street)  71026
1990 Are You Sending/Tears For Aladdin (Duke Street) DS-20X3463
1990 Burning Train (Duke Street)

Albums
1979 Desperate Cosmetics (Little Jona Music) LJM-100
1983 Serious Interference (Little Jona Music) LJM-200
1986 Serious Interference [re-issue] (Duke Street/MCA) DSR-31017
1986 Gravity Is Mutual (Duke Street/MCA) DSR-31026
1990 Violet and Black (Duke Street) DSR-31057
2004 The Detour Home (Maple/Universal)  MRCD-6403


MERRYWEATHER, Neil
Born: Robert Neilson Lillie on December 27, 1945 in Winnipeg, Manitoba
Under his real name, Neil Lillie, Merryweather had been a member of The Mynah Birds (a group that had featured both Neil Young and Rick James during its run)  and has been a member of many successful international acts over the decades including Ivar Avenue Reunion, Mama Lion, Just Us, Lynn Carey & Neil Merryweather, The Tripp, and Heavy Cruiser; He has released many hard rock/AOR albums that are coveted by music fans.

Singles
as MERRYWEATHER
1969 Curiosity/Feeling of Freedom (Capitol – US) P-2537
1970 You Must Live It/Are You Ready (Kent) K-4520
1974 Hollywood Blvd./ (Mercury)

Albums

1974 Space Rangers (Mercury) SRM1-1007
1975 Kryptonite (Mercury) SRM1-1024
1978 Differences (Dureco – Holland) GL444-130

as MERRYWEATHER

1968 Merryweather (Capitol) SKAO-220
1969 Word of Mouth: A Two Record Super Jam (Capitol) STBB-278

with NEIL MERRYWEATHER, JOHN RICHARDSON AND THE BOERS
1970 Neil Merryweather, John Richardson And The Boers (Kent) KST-546

with MERRYWEATHER & CAREY
1971
Vacuum Cleaner (RCA) P8S-1643


MESSENJAH
Errol Blackwood
(vocals, bass) / Eric Walsh (guitar, vocals) / Hal Duggan (keyboards, bass, vocals) / Rupert “Ojiji” Harvey (vocals, guitar)  / Raymond Ruddock (drums, keyboards, vocals) / Charles Sinclair (bass; 1985) / Tony King (percussion) / Crash Morgan (drums) /  Haile Yates (percussion)
Kitchener, Ontario’s Messenjah was formed by Errol Blackwood and Rupert Harvey in 1980 after Blackwood was tired of playing in rock bands and Harvey, who had already left his 1970s act Crack of Dawn, was looking to do more than solo work under the name Ojiji. During their formative years, Messenjah relocated to Toronto but became quite popular in the United States and after a year of touring they recorded the independent album ‘Rock You High’ in their biggest market – California – with Harvey producing. They were signed by Canada’s WEA Records in 1982 who immediately re-issued ‘Rock You High’ and the band found themselves as opening act for British punk superstars The Clash on their ‘Combat Rock’ Tour that year. An interim EP of new tracks entitled ‘Roots Up’ in 1983 allowed Messenjah to spend time in the studio in San Diego to record their next release. Messenjah’s all-new album, ‘Session’, in 1984 introduced the newest member Tony King on percussion. The lead-off single, “Jam Session”, received major College and University airplay and won the group a CFNY-FM U-KNOW Award nomination for ‘Most Promising Group’ in 1985. Before they could record their 3rd record some major changes occurred including the loss of their WEA deal and the departure of founder Errol Blackwood who went on to a successful solo career starting in 1986. Messenjah carried on with the addition of several new members.  In 1986 they signed with Version Records and had a dance hall hit with the 12” single “Night Rider”. The song won them a JUNO Award nomination in 1986 for ‘Best Reggae/Calypso Recording’. The song would end up on their 1987 album ‘Cool Operator’. The album’s second single was “Crazy” which was released while they were on a world tour (which included an appearance at Reggae Sunsplash). Messenjah then landed a role as themselves in the Tom Cruise movie ‘Cocktail’ in 1988. In 1989 they were also featured on the soundtrack to the Canadian independent film ‘Milk and Honey’. By year’s end they had signed a new record deal with Kick Up Records. Their fourth album, ‘Rock & Sway’ (1990), was recorded at Prince’s Paisley Park Studio in Minneapolis and featured their first crossover radio hit “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love” (the old Spinners’ hit). An anthology collection entitled ‘Cool But Deadly’ was released in 1991 and included three newly recorded songs for the project.  The band took time off while Harvey pursued his personal pursuits as a Tai Master in the martial arts. When the group resumed it was 1997 and they released ‘Catch De Vibe’ which won the band a 1998 JUNO Award for ‘Best Reggae Recording’. They would then receive the honour of performing for Nelson Mandela at Toronto’s Skydome that year; the group split up in 2000 and Harvey has returned to working full-time in the martial arts. [also see OJIJI]

Singles
1981 Police Car (WEA)
1982 Living In a World/Sunrise (WEA) 25-93817
1984 Jam Session/Dub Session (WEA) 25-95587
1984 Jam Session (Extended Version)//Tickled Pink/Rastaman Dub [12″] (WEA) 25-95610
1987 Night Rider/Night Rider (Dub) [12”] (Version) VRI-00100
1987 Crazy/Crazy (Mix) [12”] (Version) VRI-00200
1990 Could It Be I’m Falling In Love (Kick Up)

Albums
1981 Rock You High (Phoenix) WRC1-2430
1982 Rock You High [re-issue] (WEA) 25-02021
1983 Root Up [4 song EP] (WEA) 25-97870
1984 Session (WEA) 25-04551
1987 Cool Operator (Version) VL-100
1990 Rock & Sway (Kick Up) KUCD-100
1991 Cool But Deadly (Kick Up)
1997 Catch De Vibe (Page/Trend)


METZ, Belinda
Born: January 4, 1960, in Edmonton, Alberta
Belinda Metz began training as a dancer at the tender age of 8. She moved from her home town of Edmonton, Alberta via Toronto to train 40 hours a week in all forms of dance. Her passion for music and love for writing music was already stirring in her. She entered the North American Oktoberfest Pageant at 17. She sang and danced on the televised show and won the talent portion as well as the title. The Alberta government would give Belinda Metz a scholarship as a young achiever. She then continued her dance and singing studies in New York at Julliard. Metz turned professional at 18 and scored her first gig touring across Canada with The Canadian Designer’s Showcase Tour. She was profiled as a singer on the tour. Metz went on to being a lead dancer and singer on CBC’s ‘The Jeff Hyslop Dancing Man’. It was there that she met dancer Karen Kain who suggest she move to New York to meet Bob Fosse. Metz, however, landed another gig with the all-girl big band called Goldust performing live concerts, TV shows and Telethons. She soon attracted an acting agent and began to pursue film, TV, and on camera commercials. While also performing with Goldust an artist manager approached her about pursuing recording and being a solo artist. She was then sent to Europe to perform in a pop band and Robert Bartolucci who became her songwriting partner. During a two month stand in Norway in 1982 her manager flew in to see her. He brought a recording contract with him for Quantum Records.Upon returning to Toronto she folded the band so that she and Bartolucci could pursue songwriting and recording. Metz recorded her first single “Trouble At the End of the Line” along with her debut album ‘The Minx’ which was issued by Quantum Records later that year. The album was launched at The El Mocambo and the media responded favourably to the record and Belinda Metz. Film and TV offers soon followed. Quantum worked hard promoting her at the annual Midem Music Conference in Midem, France. They got her an album licensing deal with Epic/Sony in Japan. Meanwhile, Craven ‘A’ cigarettes sponsored ‘Talent Quest ’85’ in hopes that the acts that won could tour to an 18-24 year-old demographic and help promote their cigarette products. Two acts were discovered and did College and University events as part of their ‘win’ – Cats Can Fly (who would sign to CBS Records) and Belinda Metz. She then showcased the album at Studio 54 in New York in 1982. When she returned to continue the Craven ‘A’ tour Polygram Records came knocking with a three album deal but needed her to move to New York. However, promises turned into inactivity and Metz found herself looking for a new deal and career path. After showcasing for A & M Records and their distributed indie label, Attic, Metz signed on. Metz returned to the studio in 1985 with her collaborator, Bartolucci, and producer David Tyson. The result was 1985’s ‘Electric Splash’ which sported the hit single “What About Me” which allowed her to tour as the opening act for Gowan and garnered heavy rotation for the single on MuchMusic. All the media and sales earned her a nomination for ‘Most Promising Female Vocal’ at the 1985 CFNY-FM U-Know Awards. She was also nominated for a JUNO Award for ‘Most Promising Female Artist’. Ariola Records in Germany also picked up ‘Electric Splash’ for distribution for Europe. So much success was forming around her through TV, film, and commercials (she would be the ‘Spumanti Bambino’ woman). But Attic was going through changes and more promises were not followed through via management and agents, etc. Not long after she was in a near fatal car accident. After a year of physio-therapy she decided she would only return to music for the love of music as it moved her. Metz would become one of the Top 10 voice over artists in Canada. Her commercials include: Coca Cola, the S.P.C.A., Telus, Folger’s, Macdonalds,Tide, Secret, Lotto 6/49, Sears,Mastercard,Heinz,Presidents’s Choice,Kraft,Ford, Sony,Finesse,Labatt’s, Molson’s,Stouffer’s Lean Cusine,Javex,Ferraro Roche,Mazda,GMC,Levi’s,and a three year stint for Drug Free America; Her acting career also blossomed on TV with projects that included ‘Charlie Grant’s War’, ‘Seeing Things’, ‘Night Heat’, ‘War Of The Worlds (The Series)’, ‘Friday The 13th (the series)’, ‘Kung Fu: The Legend Continues’ (three seasons as Detective Judy Powell), ‘Tek War’, ‘Goosebumps’, ‘Viper’, ‘E.N.G.’, ‘The Outer Limits’, ‘Dead Man’s Gun’, Disney’s ‘So Weird’, ‘Da Vinci’s Inquest’, ‘Mentors’, ‘Mysterious Ways’, ‘The Chris Isaak Show’, ‘Cold Squad’ and ‘The Collector’ and the Emmy Award nominated show ‘Traffic’; she has also landed many feature films such as ‘Tomorrow’s A Killer’, ‘The Right Connections’, ‘The Suspect’, ‘Going The Distance’ and  ‘Eight Below’ with Paul Walker and Bruce Greenwood; Metz also sings/voice-over for sports specials, and animated series. notes from Belinda Metz and Doug Buchanan.

Singles
1982 Trouble (At the End of the Line)/Baby It’s Love (Quantum/Phonodisc) QRS-81009
1985 What About Me (Edit)/Body Clocks (Attic) AT-326
1985 Subway Dances/The Reason (Attic) AT-328

Albums
1982 The Minx (Quantum/Phonodisc) QR-81004
1985 Electric Splash (Attic) LAT-1202
2004 Electric Splash [CD re-issue] (Unidisc) ATM-1202


MEYER, Barbara Leah

Singles
1990
Cajun Walk/Break It To Me Easy (DMT) 90-007
1990 Darlin’ Would You Love Me Tonight/You’re My Saviour (DMT) 90-008
1994 Darlin’ Would You Love Me Tonight/Break It To Me Easy (Air – GERMANY) 10372

Albums
1989
Barbara (DMT)
1992 Out On a Limb (DMT) DMT-92-020


MICHAEL FURY
Myles Hunter
(lead vocals, guitars) / Rob Kennedy (guitars, vocals) / Martyn Jones (bass, vocals) / Howard Helm (key, vocals) / Dave Mihal (drums) / Terry Martell (drums)
Principal founders Hunter (ex-Avalon), Kennedy and Jones initially formed Michael Fury (named after a character in James Joyce’s short story, “The Dead”) in 1979 with drummer Dave Mihal (who had worked with Montreal’s Oliver Jones and Toronto’s Shawne Jackson) and did the predictable round of club gigs throughout Canada with Mihal supporting them financially on many occasions. Personnel conflicts in 1983 suggested to the band that perhaps a break from the everyday was in order, so they split up and did various other work until reforming in 1984. They had pieces of songs lying about, written predominantly by principal songwriter Hunter, so they put a demo together, shopped it around and got signed by Passport Records (then distributed in Canada by A & M Records). The results of recording at Phase One in Toronto, with Gary Mischuk and Hunter producing and member additions of Howard Helm (keys) and Terry Martell (drums), was ‘Affairs In Babylon’. They toured constantly throughout the country and earned a reputation for being a top-notch live act, but they began getting an identity crisis as people mistook the name Michael Fury for Myles Hunter himself. To compound matters, Passport tried to push the band as a solo act. This didn’t sit well with the band (Hunter included) so when Chrysalis Records from New York came forward to dangle a deal at them, they bought back the rights to the album and signed a deal with Chrysalis. The album was remixed and modified with additional songs and ‘Affairs In Babylon’ was re-issued under the name Refugee with new drummer Brian Doerner (Helix,Saga, Ray Lyell); Terry Martell would go on to work with Walter Rossi and Talking Heads’ wingers Gerry Harrison and Buster Jones and was a member of Seventh Son. He would later join Zombo Zombo with Neil Chapman (ex-Pukka Orchestra, Neotone) under the pseudonym Jacques Cognac; Myles Hunter gave up music following a solo career to become an ordained minister.He died of liver failure December 20, 2017; notes from Rob Kennedy, Martyn Jones and Dave Mihal.  [also see REFUGEE, MYLES HUNTER]

Singles
1984 These Are the Good Times/White Wine and Roses (Passport/A&M) PB-6033 

Albums
1984 Affairs In Babylon (Passport/A&M) PS-517


MICHEL ET LES CHANCELIERS
Gerald Houlet
From Montreal, Québec. Also known as Michel And The French Canadians.

Singles

1965 Cause I Believe/Comfort Him (Danco) MP-302
1967 Attends et tu Verras/ (Citation) 9031


courtesy Tony Tobias

MICHIE MEE & L.A. LUV
Michie Mee (boasting) / L.A. Luv (DJ)
In 1988, Jamaican émigré Michie Mee & L.A. Luv cut a 12″ single ‘On This Mic’. The release was soon followed by the full-length ‘Jamaican Funk’ album. After Michie Mee had publicized run-in with the law, the duo fell apart. Still, the album ‘Jamaican Funk’ was rated a classic in 1997 in ‘Front’, a glossy Japanese hip-hop mag. DJ L.A. Luv went on to join the Dream Warriors; Michie Mee went solo and opened shows opened for the likes of Salt ‘N Pepa, Sinead O’Connor and legendary reggae singer Judy Mowatt. She also became the founding member of Raggadeath and released the solo album ‘First Cut Is the Deepest’ in 2000.

Singles
1988 On This Mic/Victory Is Calling [12″] (First Priority)  96593

Albums
1991 Jamaican Funk Canadian Style (WEA) 91654

MICKELSON, Cliff
Singles
1980
Saturday Night Playboy/Your Sweet Embrace (Maple Haze) MHR-768


MIDDLETON, Tom
Tom Middleton grew up in British Columbia and was a former member of Victoria, B.C. act The Marquis. Middleton went solo after the band’s demise and was managed by Howard Leese (Heart) in 1972. Through Leese and his Vancouver recording studio, Middleton recorded material that was produced by Mike Flicker (Heart) which was then shopped to Columbia Records. The debut album was based around the Todd Rundgren written title track ‘It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference’. The single went Top10 and spent 15 weeks weeks in the Top40 on the RPM Top100 Singles chart. The follow-up single, “One More Chance”, narrowly missed the Top40 in 1974 peaking at No.74. His sophomore album, ‘One Night Lovers’, was produced by Bob Gallo and released in 1975. The title track, written by Paul Davis, reached No.35 on the RPM Top100 singles chart. After a reunion with his old band, The Marquis, in 1990 Middleton continued occasionally performing at jazz and blues festivals before giving up music altogether for a day job with Canada Post. He is now retired and living in Victoria.[also see THE MARQUIS (2)]

Singles
1973 It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference/Lovelight (Columbia) C4-4002
1974 One More Chance/Name of the Game (Columbia) C4-4029
1975 One Night Lovers/ O’Rosey (Columbia) C4-4093
1975 Marie/[same] (Columbia) C4-4115
1976 I Need a Harbour For My Soul/I’ll Comfort You (Columbia) C4-4128

Albums
1973 It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference (Columbia) ES-90261
1975 One Night Lovers (Columbia) ES-90326


MIDNIGHT ANGELS, The
Donny Nabess (rhythm guitar, vocals) / Charles Nabess (lead guitar, vocals) / Billy Allard (drums) / Larry Haynes (bass)
Brothers Donny and Charles Nabess from The Pas, Manitoba began playing music together in 1962. After relocating to Winnipeg they eventually added drummer Billy Allard and bassist Larry Haynes to become The Midnight Angels in 1966. The band was signed to Apex Records in 1967 who sent them to Toronto to record their 1967 debut single, “I’m Sufferin'”, which was produced by Greg Hambleton. When Allard was replaced during one of their endless cross-Canada tours in 1968/1969, they renamed the band Three Penny Opera.  with notes from Andre Gibeault, Tracey Nabess and Charles Nabess. [also see THREE PENNY OPERA (1)]

Singles
1967 I’m Sufferin’/(I Wish) In the Moonlight (Apex) 77073


MIGHTY POPE
Born: Earle Heedram, October 23, 1945 in Lucea, Jamaica
Earle Heedram performing with Byron Lee as well as other artists around Jamaica’s local talent show scene and became known of as Mighty Pope named after a Vatican shaped parcel of land his father owned. In 1965 he immigrated to Canada and wasted no time in establishing himself in the growing Jamaican music scene in Toronto, Ontario. He quickly became a rising R & B personality on Toronto’s Yonge Street strip performing at The Hawk’s Nest and Le C’oq D’or) and soon became the new frontman for Club Jamaica’s house band The Sheiks, the house band at Club Jamaica. The Sheiks had arrived from Jamaica in 1964 and with the addition of Mighty Pope they were in the studio recording their first single. “Eternal Love” b/w “Centennial Swing” was released on the short-lived independent Raymond Records in 1967. Mighty Pope was soon courted by Toronto’s transplanted American trumpeter Frank Motley to front his established band The Hitch-Hikers as a replacement for singer Jackie Shane. With The MIghty Pope fronting The Hitch-Hikers and frequently toured the racist fueled backwaters of Ontario and Québec. The group recorded their debut LP in 1970 with Paragon Records owner Jack Boswell. Alas, without a black R & B music industry to support such a record, the album fizzled. With a series of line-up changes, The Hitch-Hikers managed to release one more single entitled “Mr. Fortune” on Heart Records before splitting up. The Mighty Pope tried to keep the momentum going fronting short-live acts like Ram and the Wild Oats, but finally decided to take a chance on a solo career. With his endless touring and critically praised live shows he landed a management deal which resulted in a recording contract with RCA Records Canada in 1976. Mighty Pope was soon recognized as the first Afro-Canadian artist in Canada ever signed to a major label deal. His his self-titled soul abum was released in 1977 and was produced by Harry Hinde (Tundra, Charity Brown, Shania Twain) featuring arrangements by Eric Robertson (Moe Koffman, Klaatu, Roger Whittaker) and Motown’s David Van De Pitte (Marvin Gaye). The album spawned four singles including the Top20 Canadian hit “Heaven On the Seventh Floor”. With demos for the second album recorded by Van De Pitte in Detroit in 1978, RCA waived releasing a second album. Instead, Mighty Pope signed with Quality Records and began working on his next album with producer John Driscoll (Wednesday, Vehicle) with session players such as Gino Soccio adding musical backing. The album ‘Sway’ was released in 1979 and soon found a home on dance charts spurred on by the 12″ dance mix of the title track – a remake of a 1960s Bobby Rydell hit. This was followed by a remake of the Sweet Blindness song “Sweet Blindness”. Both songs were then remixed by Jim Burgess, released on RFC Records stateside and became Top40 hits on the US disco charts. Mighty Pope promoted the album with national TV appearances, performances at Studio 54 in New York and a cross-Canada tour. With disco slowly disappearing at the beginning of the 1980s, Mighty Pope returned to a steady diet of performing at bars and clubs across Canada until retiring from the music business in the early 1990s. In 2006 he was in demand again on the back of a large Jamaica-To-Toronto music archive reissue project which saw him back performing in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, and Vancouver. A plan is in the works for a relaunch of his career, new recordings and back catalog re-issues. with notes from Michael Williams.

Singles
1976 Whatever Goes Around/Rescue Me (RCA) PB-50137
1976
If You Want a Love Affair/Crossover (RCA) PB-50250
1977 Heaven On the Seventh Floor/Tower of Strength (RCA) PB-50380
1977 Can’t Get By Without You/Tower of Strength (Private Stock – US) PS-45-176
1979 Sweet Blindness/Because the Night [12”] (Quality) QDC-17
1979 Sweet Blindness/Because the Night (Quality) 2341X
1979 Sway/New Orleans [12″] (RFC/Warner Bros. – US) PRO-A-835

with THE SHIEKS
1967
Eternal Love/Centennial Swing (Raymond)

Albums
1977 Mighty Pope (RCA) KKL1-0257
1978 Sway (Quality) SV-2023


MIKE BIKER & THE KICKSTANDS
Keith Gallagher [aka Mike Biker] (guitar) / Ross Whitney / Drew Soltes / Stuart Zaltz / Kirby Ellis / Randy Dicknoether
Mike Biker And The Kickstands was formed in the early 1980’s by Keith Gallagher and Ross Whitney under the direction of William Seip Management Co. in Waterloo, Ontario as a touring 1950’s show band. They started to play original music in 1981 and soon charted with the single “Busted” released on Seip’s H & S Records. The band toured North America for over seven years and had a large following during the Rockabilly era. Mike Biker And The Kickstands was a feature act on CHCH-TV’s “The Music Store” show produced by Lionel Shankin. The show ran in syndication around the world for five years. The band reunited in 1991 to do a Canadian summer tour that lasted into 1993. All the members are still in the music business including Stuart Zaltz who went on to be in The Works/Wall Of Silence and Keith Gallagher who produced Cheryl Lescom. Zaltz and Soltes are currently working with Alexander Mishnaevski, the principal violist in the Detroit Symphony and plan to release their debut CD in summer of 2007. with notes from Drew Soltes.

Singles
1981 Busted/You’re Not the Same (H & S) HS-1003


MILLER, Carlyle
Carlyle Miller was soul singer from Montreal, Québec who started out playing saxophone and flute for French-Canadian band Contraction (1972-1975) as well as the Ville Emard Blues Band. Miller would go solo following the band’s demise and was signed to Leon Aronson, Gary Cape and producer Dixon Van Winkle’s Montreal W.A.M . label where he released several singles. Rumour has it that he is now a a Vice President advisor at TD Waterhouse in Montreal.

Singles
1976
Get Back on the Right Track/Cross My Heart and Hope to Die (WAM/Polydor)
WAM-906
1976 I’m Not a Fool to Love You/I’m Really Going to Miss You (WAM/Polydor) WAM-911
1977 Put Your Hand on My Heart/Night Light (WAM/London) WAM-103
1981 Paul McCartney’s Medley (Pro-Culture) 2057

Albums
1981
Mirrors of Genius (Pro-Culture) PPC-6032

with CONTRACTION
1972
Contraction [French] (Columbia) FS-90104
1972
Contraction [English] (Columbia) ES-90160
1974 La bourse ou la vie (Deram) XDEF-106


MILLER, Derek
Derek Miller is a Toronto, Ontario singer/songwriter confined to a wheelchair as a result of a motorcycle accident. He donated 50% of the proceeds from his 1985 single “Our Love” to spinal cord research – money held in trust by Sunnybrook Medical Centre in Toronto. He manufactured 1000 copies of the original guitar-oriented Top40 version and created a synth version for airplay on adult contemporary radio.

Singles
1985 Our Love

Albums
2002
Music is the Medicine (Warrior) 621


MILLER, Paul Cameron
Paul Cameron Miller is from Winnipeg, Manitoba and started is career in the visual arts at an early age. His debut album was ‘Petit Mal’ produced by Miller on his own label with graphics and artwork by Miller.

Albums
1986 Petit Mal (PCM Records) WRC1-4300


MILLIONAIRES, The
Brian “Slash Booze” Baird
/ Steve Marshall (bass) / Nick Stipanitz (drums) / Kevin
A Hamilton, Ontario side-project by Teenage Head members Marshall and Stipanitz [also see TEENAGE HEAD]

Albums
1981
The Millionaires [4 song EP] (Warpt) WRC2-1716


MILLS, Frank
Born: June 27, 1942 in Montreal, Québec
Frank Mills came from a musically appreciative family growing up in Verdun, PQ. His mother was a piano player, and his dad, a businessman, loved to throw parties and sing in an Irish tenor. His sister also took piano lessons and so it seemed only fitting that Mills himself would be tapping out songs by ear on the family’s $200 piano by age 3. As his own abilities progressed he was soon entertaining the folks from nearby cottages and performing at dad’s parties. Formal training would come later, though, and even later still he would take up the trombone, playing in the school band and becoming perhaps even more proficient at this second instrument. Unfortunately, it was also during those teen years that his family life virtually disintegrated. Both his parents had been ill from the time of his earliest memories, and both would die of cancer by the time he was 17. Mills’ formal training in music would continue at McGill University in Montreal, while studying as a pre-med student, but he failed some important courses and was literally kicked out of McGill. While on his way to the local recruiting office to join the navy, he ran into a friend in the music faculty of McGill University, who talked him into taking the entrance exam to the university’s music department. He scored 98% on the exam. There he was required to master two instruments. It so happened he was proficient in trombone and piano which he received a diploma for at the Grade II conservatory level. By the late ’60’s Mills had a brush with early notoriety by signing to have several songs released as singled on Decca. The deal was short lived. However, his fortunes changed when he joined The Bells who began achieving success with several singles like “Fly Little White Dove, Fly” and the 1971 million selling hit “Stay Awhile”. The record went to No.1 in both the U.S. and Canada but friction within the group led Frank to exit in March of ’71, while the hit was still No.1 virtually everywhere in the world. Mills instead would get married. Having left the Bells, and also having a family to feed, he worked for a while as secretary- treasurer for a municipality. At the same time he also worked for CBC-TV as pianist on a weekly TV show called ‘Sunday Brunch’. During this time he recorded his first album through a deal with Polydor who had also handled The Bells. His first album, ‘Seven of My Songs’, went virtually unnoticed, but the sophomore effort in 1972, ‘Reflections of My Childhood’, produced the hit single “Love Me, Love Me, Love.” [which had initially appeared on the first album as an instrumental] and a remake of Ricky Nelson’s “Poor Little Fool”. The album sold over 100,000 copies in Canada on its way to No.1, and effectively launched Mills’ his solo career. But in 1974, Mills left Polydor and became the first artist signed to Son Studios’ Sonogram Records to record ‘Images d’un Bistro’, However, following the release of his self-titled fourth  album in 1974, Sonogram went bankrupt and in lieu of payment, Mills was given the remaining album inventory – about 800 pieces – and he trekked across Canadian promoting it by hand to radio stations. In 1978, Polydor, his old label, leased the now 5-year old album from Mills for distribution. For a single they chose two songs that had been showing a lot of airplay. The A-side would be a lush, romantic ballad called “The Poet and Me,” while the B-side was a quaint little piano song called “Music Box Dancer.” Enter David Watts, rock deejay in Ottawa, and friendly acquaintance of Mills’. The A-side of the record, “The Poet and I”, was not to Watts’ taste or that of his listeners, but for Mills’ sake he flipped the record over and played “Music Box Dancer” on the air. For a year the single visited the No.1 spot in some 26 countries and sold several million copies on its way. In a music business rarity, the tune shot to No.1 in Japan three times within one year: first by Mills, next by a Japanese artist, and finally by a Chinese act. The album eventually sold over two million copies and Mills still owned the master recordings making it a rather lucrative pay-off. The song’s phenomenal frolic is witnessed by more than two dozen gold albums it has won worldwide. It also earned a Million-Airs award from BMI for over one million radio plays, and sheet music sales for surpassing 3,000,000 copies. It also received a Grammy nomination in 1980 for ‘Best Instrumental’. To date the song has sold in excess of five million copies; In a 40 year career Mills composed and/or arranged 28 albums (20 of which sold gold and/or platinum in Canada); He also received a New York Film Festival Award for the sound track ‘Ski East’ (1976); an RPM Magazine Programmers Award (1976); three Juno Awards (1980, 1981, 1984); an ‘International Artist of the Year Award’ in Japan (1980); the ‘Top Instrumentalist’ for albums and singles from Cash Box Magazine (1980); the ‘Best Instrumental Single’ from Record World Magazine (1980); the ‘William Harold Moon Award’ presented by PROCAN (1981); and two SOCAN Classics Awards, for 100,000 air plays of “Love Me, Love Me, Love” and “Music Box Dancer”. He was also a noted television personality in Canada, hosting such TV specials as ‘Frank Mills’ Christmas Special’ on CTV (1982); ‘Rocky Mountain Christmas With Frank Mills’ on CBC (1984); ‘Harvest Moon, Frank Mills’ Thanksgiving Special’ on CBC (1986); ‘Frank Mills’ Christmas Concert’ on CTV (1988); ‘Concert In the Meadows, Stowe, Vermont’ on CFCF (1989); ‘An Evening With Frank Mills’ on Halifax’s ATV (1992); ‘Christmas With Frank Mills’ on Halifax’s ATV/ASN (1994); and ‘A Celebration of Christmas With Frank Mills” for ONTV (1996). Frank Mills was also been the subject of a book called ‘In the Key of “C” – The Life of Frank Mills” by Calgary journalist Elsie Rose in 1998; Mills continued to release albums on the MBD labeluntil the early 1990s. In 2010 he embarked on a special Christmas holiday tour with singer Rita MacNeil. They plan on repeating the tour starting in November 2012 through Christmas. with notes from John Loweth (MBD & Mayfair Music) and Charles L. Maissoneuve.[also see THE BELLS]

Singles
1968 A Stitch In the Hand/Happy, Happy Songs (Decca) 32097
1969
Louis Stout/Be-In (Decca) 40941
1971
Love Me, Love Me, Love/Windsong (Polydor)  2065-076
1972 Poor Little Fool/What Do You Think of Love (Polydor) 2065-117
1972 Sunshine Morning/Reflections of My Childhood (Polydor) 2065-136
1973 How Can I Be Sure/Don’t Wanna Leave This Place (Polydor)  2065-175
1976 When Summer Is Gone/Thank God For You and Me (Attic/CTL)  AT-138
1978 The Poet And I/Music Box Dancer (Polydor) 2065-392
1979 Most People Are Nice/Piano Lesson #5 (Polydor) 2065-429
1979
Peter Piper/Interlude (Polydor) PD-2002
1980 Wherever You Go/Ski Fever (Polydor) PD-2067
1980 Breakaway/On the Move (Polydor) PDS-2125
1980 Happy Song/On the Move (Polydor) PD-2148
1980 Wish I Weren’t Alone/Happy Song (Polydor) PDS-2153
1981 Anticipation /Plaisir d’amour (Capitol) 72869
1981 Prelude To Romance/Somewhere A Child Is Sleeping (Capitol) 72873
1982 Chickadee/He’s Alright (Capitol) 72892
1982 Rondo In America/A Mind of Her Own (Capitol) 72908
1983 A Song for Andromeda/A Classical Rock (Capitol) 72929
1985 Moving On/Rocky Mountain Sunrise (Capitol) 72964
1985 Traveller/Song For Maruko (Capitol) 72978
1986 A Special Radio [4 song EP] (Capitol) SPRO-241
1986 Heart of the City/Sketches of New England (Capitol) SPRO-323
1986 Seascapes/[same] (Capitol) SPRO-341
1987 Kitty on the Keys (Capitol) SPRO-383
1987 Together Through the Years [5 song EP] (Capitol) SPRO-437
1988 That Crazy Little Piano Song/Save It For Tomorrow (Capitol) 73067

Albums
1971 Seven of My Songs (Polydor) 2424-030
1972 Reflections of My Childhood (Polydor)  2424-060
1974 Images d’un Bistro (Sonogram) LSG-72001
1974 Frank Mills (Sonogram) LSG-72005
1976 Look At Me Real (Attic/CTL) LAT-1009
1978 The Poet And I [re-issue of ‘Reflections of My Childhood’] (Polydor) 2424-170
1979 Music Box Dancer (Polydor) PD-16192
1979 Sunday Morning Suite (Polydor) PD-16225
1980 The Frank Mills Album (Polydor – Germany) PD-16305
1981 Prelude To Romance (Capitol) ST-6488
1982 Best Collection (Polydor – Japan) 28MM-0137
1983 Rondo (Capitol) ST-6496
1983 Frank Mills – A Special Christmas (Capitol)  ST-6506
1984 Traveler (Capitol) ST-12421
1984 The Magic of Frank Mills (Silver Eagle) SE-1030
1985 Together Through the Years [2 LP] (Capitol) S1-80004
1986 Transitions (Capitol) ST-6548
1987 Over 60 Minutes With Frank Mills (Capitol) 746889
1988 My Piano (Capitol) 91077
1989 20th Anniversary (Capitol)
1990 Gather Round the Piano With Frank Mills & Friends (EMI)
1993 Homeward (MBD)
1994 Best of Frank Mills – Happy Music (MBD) MRC-1172
1994 A Traditional Christmas (MBD)
1996 Goodnight My Love (MBD)
1996 25 Years Of Piano Music (MBD) MB2-7010
1997 Frank Mills Goes To the Movies (EMI) 55749
1998 Canada! (MBD) 
1998 Christmas with Frank Mills and Friends (EMI)
2002 The Very Best of Frank Mills


MILLS-COCKELL, John
Born: May 19, 1943 in Toronto, Ontario
John Mills-Cockell started his career with electronic experimentation in the act Intersystems who released three obscure albums. Upon the band’s demise, he was in the short-lived Hydro Electric Streetcar before joining Kensington Market for their second album ‘Aardvark’. When Kensington Market had run its course he was briefly part of Hydro Electric Streetcar before forming Syrinx with Doug Pringle who were signed to True North Records and released two albums. Mills-Cockell also released several eclectic sounding solo records under the name JMC Heartbeat and as John Mills-Cockell including ‘A Third Testament’ – the score to the CBC/Time-Life series of the same name. [also see INTERSYSTEMS, SYRINX, KENSINGTON MARKET]

Singles
1974
Winter Escape/North African Gladiator (True North) TN4-122

with JMC HEARTBEAT
1973
Instant Replay/See Stop Shuffle (True North) TN4-114

Albums
1974
A Third Testament (True North) TN-17
1976 Neon Acclerando (Anubis) ANX-1
1977 Gateway: A New Music Adventure

with INTERSYSTEMS
1967
Intersystems Number 1 (Allied) IS-1S
1967 Peachy (Pentagon)  ALS-142
1968 Free Psychedelic Poster Inside

with JMC HEARTBEAT
1973
Heartbeat (True North) TN-12


MINDSTORM
Travis Mitchell (vocals) / Al Rodgers (guitar)
A duo from Brandon, Manitoba, this metal act was signed to Aquarius Records in 1987 and released their self-titled album that year.The album featured musical assistance from Russell Boswell (bass), Bill Szawlowski (keyboards), Bruce Moffett (drums) and April Wine’s Gary Moffet (guitar). Mindstorm would release two more albums in the ‘90s before disappearing. with notes from Vince Mintuck.

Albums
1987
Mindstorm (Aquarius) AQR-545
1991 Back to Reality (Barricade – NETHERLANDS) PRL-70-211
1996 Mindstorm III (Seagull International) 35643


MINGLEWOOD (BAND)
Matt Minglewood
(lead vocals, guitar, organ) / Paul “Muff” Dunn (piano, backing vocals) / Enver Sampson Jr. (lead vocals, harmonica) / Don Hann (bass, fiddle, vocals) / Mark “Fin” MacMillan (guitar) / Bob “Bobby” Woods (drums, percussion) / George Antoniuk (guitar; replaced MacMillan 1982)
The Minglewood Band was named after founding member Matt Minglewood who got his start in 1969 with the band Sam Moon And The New Moon which was later rechristened Moon, Minglewood And The Universal Power (and finally just Moon-Minglewood Band). With the break-up of the band Minglewood created his own band and released a self-titled independent album in 1976 after being rejected by every major label in the country. Persistence would finally pay off in the form of a major label deal in 1979 as they were signed to RCA. Cape Breton vocalist and guitarist Matt Minglewood got his first career boost in 1969 with the band Sam Moon And The New Moon which was later rechristened Moon, Minglewood And The Universal Power (and finally just Moon-Minglewood Band). With the break-up of the band, Minglewood created The Minglewood Band and released a self-titled independent album in 1976 after being rejected by every major label in the country. Persistence would finally pay off in the form of a major label deal in 1979 when they were signed to RCA. Their 1979 self-titled debut featured two singles – the Minglewood pennded “Ain’t What It Used To Be” and the Marshall Tucker tune “Can’t You See” which Minglewood would eventually make his signature tune. The album featured guest appearances by Chilliwack’s Claire Lawrence (saxophone), who also produced the album at Springfield Sound in London, Ontario; Terry Edmunds (guitar); plus Shari Ulrich and Nancy Nash on backing vocals. 1980 spawned the ‘Movin” album on RCA with a solid list of Minglewood compositions including the single “Rocket Fuel”, while two other radio singles were written by others – “Counting On You” by Minglewood Band keyboardist Paul Dunn and “Me And My Baby” by Roy “Bim” Forbes. Claire Lawrence was brought in to produce the album again (as well as add saxophone) at Morin Heights in Montreal, Québec. The Minglewood Band’s star was rising and RCA decided to bring in bigger production fire to try and move the band into the American eye. “Duck” Dunn was brought in to produce the third RCA release and the band recorded ‘Out On a Limb’ in Memphis, Tennessee at Daily Planet Studios in 1981. The album spawned two singles – “Highway To Your Heart” by Minglewood Band guitarist Mark MacMillan and “I’m Gonna Forgive You Again” by Larry Raspberry. Though their three RCA albums sold nearly 50,000 copies each, the band made a move in 1982 to Epic Records on the CBS roster. ‘Minglewood 5’ was a moderately successful album before despite lack of airplay. But it wasn’t long before CBS began to pressure the act to become more rock oriented. Minglewood knew the writing was on the wall for his brand of Maritime country and pulled the plug on the band, before the label did, in 1984. Minglewood went solo and assembled a new backing band featuring former Minglewood Band drummer Bobby Woods, piano player John Lee (ex-Dutch Mason), bassist Grant Leslie, and harmonica player Roly Platt and continues touring and recording to this day; founding member Enver Sampson Jr. would die in a motorcycle accident in 1985. with notes from Dick Rice.

Singles
1977 East Coast/Dan Willie (Solar) SAR-210
1977
Stood Up/Caledonia (Solar) SAR-218
1979
Ain’t What It Used To Be/Hook, Line & Sinker (RCA) PB-50528
1979 Whiz Kid/Rockin’ the Blues (RCA) PB-50545
1980 If You Really Need Me/Countin’ On You (RCA) PB-50573
1980 Me And My Baby/Price He Pays (RCA) PB-50585
1981 Rocket Fuel/Jed (RCA) PB-50626
1981 Highway To Your Heart/Nicholson Blues (RCA) PB-50634
1981 I’m Gonna Forgive You Again/The Drinker (RCA) PB-50645
1982 Crossfire/Till The Next Dream//Behind The Wheel/Runaway [12″] (Epic/CBS)
1982 Till The Next Dream/Rumour (Epic/CBS) E4-4313
1982 Can’t Live Without Your Love/Crossfire (Epic/CBS) E4-4325

Albums
1976 Minglewood [aka The Red Album] (Solar) SAR-2010
1979 Minglewood Band (RCA) KKL1-0325
1980 Movin’ (RCA)  KKL1-0370
1981 Out On a Limb (RCA) KKL1-0415
1982 Smokers – Best of (RCA)
1982 Minglewood 5 (Epic/CBS) PEC-80071
1992 One Caper After Another: Best of Minglewood Band (BMG) 211070


MINGLEWOOD, Matt [Born: Roy Alexander Batherson on January 31, 1947 in Moncton, New Brunswick]
Cape Breton vocalist and guitarist Matt Minglewood got his first career boost in 1969 with the band Sam Moon And The New Moon which was later rechristened Moon, Minglewood And The Universal Power (and finally just Moon-Minglewood Band). With the break-up of the band, Minglewood created The Minglewood Band and released a self-titled independent album in 1976 after being rejected by every major label in the country. Persistence would finally pay off in the form of a major label deal in 1979 when they were signed to RCA. Their 1979 self-titled debut featured two singles – the Minglewood pennded “Ain’t What It Used to Be” and the Marshall Tucker tune “Can’t You See” which Minglewood would eventually make his signature tune. The album featured guest appearances by Chilliwack’s Claire Lawrence (saxophone), who also produced the album at Springfield Sound in London, Ontario; Terry Edmunds (guitar); plus Shari Ulrich and Nancy Nash on backing vocals. 1980 spawned the ‘Movin” album on RCA with a solid list of Minglewood compositions including the single “Rocket Fuel”, while two other radio singles were written by others – “Counting On You” by Minglewood Band keyboardist Paul Dunn and “Me And My Baby” by Roy “Bim” Forbes. Claire Lawrence was brought in to produce the album again (as well as add saxophone) at Morin Heights in Montreal, Québec. The Minglewood Band’s star was rising and RCA decided to bring in bigger production fire to try and move the band into the American eye. “Duck” Dunn was brought in to produce the third RCA release and the band recorded ‘Out On a Limb’ in Memphis, Tennessee at Daily Planet Studios in 1981. The album spawned two singles – “Highway to Your Heart” by Minglewood Band guitarist Mark MacMillan and “I’m Gonna Forgive You Again” by Larry Raspberry. Though their three RCA albums sold nearly 50,000 copies each, the band made a move in 1982 to Epic Records on the CBS roster. ‘Minglewood 5’ was a moderately successful album before despite lack of airplay. But it wasn’t long before CBS began to pressure the act to become more rock oriented. Minglewood knew the writing was on the wall for his brand of Maritime country and pulled the plug on the band, before the label did, in 1984. Minglewood went solo and assembled a new backing band featuring former Minglewood Band drummer Bobby Woods, piano player John Lee (ex-Dutch Mason), bassist Grant Leslie, and harmonica player Roly Platt. Minglewood signed to Savannah Records and released his debut album ‘Me and the Boys’ in 1985. The title track was the first single/video and with a cover version remade by American Charlie Daniels, Minglewood launched into the second phase of his music career. The second single was “Livin’ Outside the Law”. Minglewood’s career momentum continued through 1986 as it was fuelled by constant touring across Canada and the Top-20 success of his third single “Georgia On a Fast Train”. By August of 1986 he was nominated for a Country Music Award for ‘Album of the Year’. In the fall came single number four, “The Far Side of Town”, to unprecedented radio response. CARAS would soon nominate Minglewood as its ‘Country Male Vocalist of the Year’. Minglewood took some time from touring to write new material the result being ‘The Promise’ in 1988 and featured a guest appearances by drummer Jorn Anderson (Fludd, David Wilcox), Pete Cardinali (Boomers), guitarist Jeff Healey, and former Minglewood Band pedal steel guitarist Ron Dunn. Savannah took a unique marketing tactic and released two first singles for different radio formats – a remake of the Minglewood Band’s 1982 song “Runaway” to pop radio and the Hank Williams cover tune “You Win Again” for country stations. Eddie Schwartz contributed a blues rocker and Minglewood did a take on newly discovered Rita MacNeil’s “Working Man” and the third single, “Some Day I’m Gonna Ride In a Cadillac” by future Canadian country star Charlie Major. In 1998, Matt Minglewood participated in the Guitar Mania event in Calgary with such guitar greats as Amos Garrett, Jerry Donahue (The Helecastors), Gaye Delorme, Russ Broom, Ray Montana, Jack Semple and many other renowned guitarists. Matt Minglewood’s 8th studio album, ‘Drivin’ Wheel’, was released in 1999 on Norton Records featuring the title track written by David Wiffen. Over the course of his career, Minglewood has sold more than 350,000 records in Canada; has two JUNO Award nominations; two Canadian Country Music Award nominations; a Lifetime Achievement Award from the East Coast Music Association; and ‘Canadian Country Music Songwriter of the Year’ Award for “Me and the Boys”. A February 2000 readers poll in the ‘Halifax Coast’ of “The Twenty Best of Atlantic Canada Albums of All Time” chose Minglewood’s ‘Drivin’ Wheel’ and ‘Minglewood Red Album’ in the Top20. As a performer and songwriter Minglewood has made many guest appearances and produced other musician’s works including Wayne Nicholson and The Cape Breton Summertime Revue. with notes from Dick Rice.

Singles
1985 Living Outside of the Law/Beg, Borrow And Steal (Savannah/WEA)  SRS-831
1985 Daughter of the Night/Living Outside of the Law (Savannah/WEA) SRS-832
1985 Me and the Boys/Cheri I Miss You (Savannah/WEA) SRS-835
1985 Me and the Boys/[same] (Savannah/WEA) SRS-836
1986 Georgia On a Fast Train/Sooner or Later (Savannah/WEA) SRS-838
1987 Cajun Stars/ The Far Side of Town (Savannah/WEA) SRS-861
1987 You Win Again/Cajun Stars (Savannah/WEA) SRS-872
1988 Some Day I’m Gonna Ride In A Cadillac/Country Boy Getting’ Ready to Rock (Savannah/WEA) PRO-529
1988 Runaway/[same] (Savannah/WEA)  PRO-612
1989 Some Day I’m Gonna Ride In A Cadillac/Country Boy Getting’ Ready to Rock (Savannah/WEA) PRO-628
1989 You’re Not Drinking Enough (Single Version)/You’re Not Drinking Enough (Album Version) (Savannah/WEA) PRO-645

Albums
1985 Me and the Boys (Savannah/WEA) SRL-9825
1988 The Promise (Savannah/WEA) SRL-9830
1999 Drivin’ Wheel (Norton) NORT99-1
2003 Live At Last (Norton) NOR-0803
2005 The Story (Norton) NOR-0905


MINK, Ben
Born: Benjamin Mink, January 22, 1951
During the band FM’s tenure on Passport Records, which was bogged down in legal issues, in the late 1970s the trio recorded a three song 12” EP of Ben Mink instrumental tracks and credited to Mink as a solo release. Mink would work as producer and writer with many artists including a lengthy, successful run with k.d.lang. [also see FM]

Albums
1980
Foreign Exchange (Passport/Capitol) PB-2024


MINUTES FROM DOWNTOWN
Lucasta Ross (lead vocals) / Graham Stairs (drums) / John Percy (keyboards, sax, vocals, guitar) / John McKellar (keyboards) / Gary Hynes (bass) / Tim White (guitar) / Ron Feather (percussion) / Lee Whelan (backing vocals)
Minutes From Downtown the ‘band’ was a seven member touring ensemble consisting of Lucasta Ross (ex- The B-Girls) and Graham Stairs & John Percy (ex-Popular Spies). Capitol Records signed the act and released the single “Heaven Street” in 1983. The strength of the song lead to a second single, “Wrapped In Velvet” from a 5-song EP called ‘Minutes From Downtown’. Following the demise of the act, Stairs and Percy formed a studio project called Go International , which gigged occasionally with hired musicians and received critical acclaim. Stairs went on to be A & R Rep for Intrepid Records and Latitude Records through the late ’80s/early ’90s. He also managed National Velvet and Chalk Circle during this period. Stairs now runs a music management/promotions firm called PopGuru Sound and Vision; Lucasta Ross inherited her late father Mort Ross’s catalogue of master tapes from late ’60s record label Revolver Records and now administers; Percy resides in Halifax and runs a company called Forward Digital Media which is an audio/video production company specializing in CD-Rom and web applications, and dabbles in television production; Hynes resides in Victoria, BC and is the founder and editor of EAT Magazine. with notes from John Percy, Gary Hynes and Graham Stairs.

Singles
1983 Heaven Street/24 Karat Gold (Capitol) 72932
1983 Wrapped In Velvet/I Wish I Had Stayed (Capitol) 72939

Albums
1983 Minutes From Downtown [5 song EP] (Capitol) MLP-3007


MISENER, Bill [Born: William Marion in Hamilton, Ontario; Died: June 26, 2014]
Singer, songwriter and guitarist Bill Misener was born in Hamilton, Ontario and studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music before getting his start as part of Toronto band The Spats who were heavily influenced by the British Invasion so much so that they adopted a dress code and matching haircuts. After becoming a teen dance act called The Paupers they grew a huge fanbase with the release of several singles including “Never Send You Flowers”, “Free As A Bird”, “Sooner Than Soon”, “For What I Am”, and “If I Told My Baby” on the Red Leaf and Roman Records labels. Misener would soon leave and be replaced by Scottish folk singer Adam Mitchell. In the late 1960s he released a single called “What Do You Want” written and produced by Roy Smith on CB Records to little effect. However, his single “Lil Ol’ Rock ‘N’  Roll Band” released in November 1971 on Astra Records found some chart action peaking at #27 on the RPM Singles Chart. He released several unsuccessful singles on RCA shortly after. Misener did session work including singing on The Laurie Bower Singers’ album ‘Take Me Home Country Roads’ album (1972) Rick Neufeld’s ‘Hiway Child’ album (1973) and Alice Cooper’s ‘Goes To Hell’ (1976). Misener would go on to work at RCA Studio’s Sun Bar Productions on Mutual Street in Toronto producing acts like It’s All Meat, Morse Code Transmission and Keith Hampshire. Misener was called upon to sing on the 1976 Canada Cup Theme song and single “Come On Let’s Play” (Piere Senecal sang the French version) produced by Terry Bush. Misener also released a solo album under the name Billy Misener in 1978 on Polydor entitled ‘Night Fire’. The single “Maybe You Better Run” found its way onto CHUM’s playlists in 1978. In 1981 Misener would appear on eight tracks as part of a multi-artist concept album called ‘In the Dawning: A Story of Canada’ featuring performances by Marc Jordan, The Laurie Bower Singers, Connie Kaldor, Kate & Anna McGarrigle and Christopher Plummer narrating alongside the London Symphony.  Misener would also arrange strings on Max Webster’s ‘Million Vacations’ album in 1979; Bill Misener died suddenly on June 26, 2014. with notes from Skip Prokop, James Rogers and Keith Hampshire.[also see THE PAUPERS]

Singles
196?
What Do You Want/Funny (CB/Phonodisc) CB-5492
1972 New Day/Ebenezer (Kanata) KAN-1012
1976 Come On Let’s Play (…Let’s Play Hockey)/[split w/Piere Senecal] (Quality) TBP-02276

as BILL MYSNER
1971
Lil Ol’ Rock ‘N’ Roll Band/Turned the Other Way (Astra) AS-45319
1972 Lil Ol’ Rock ‘N’ Roll Band/One Fine Sunshine Day (Polydor – UK) 2001-286
1972 Gone Too Long/One Becomes Two (RCA) 75-1099
1973
Letting  You Be You/Shadow Song  (RCA) 75-1119
1973 On the Front Porch (Grit – US) 105

as BILLY MISENER
1977
Maybe You Better Run/Want You So (Polydor) 2065-360
1978 Symphonies/You Got It (Polydor) 2065-385

Albums
1978
Night Fire (Polydor) 2424-174

as BILLY MYSNER
1973
Billy Mysner (Grit – US) 2001


MITCHELL, Adam
Born: November 24, 1944 in Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland
Former member of The Paupers who would go on to produce records by an assortment of Canadian acts such as Fludd, James Leroy, Ian Thomas and McKenna-Mendelson Mainline. His production work with GRT Records and relationship with its president, Ross Reynolds, allowed him to release two singles on GRT including the single ‘French Waltz’ – which soon became hits for both Jane Oliver and Nicolette Larson. He would become part of Linda Ronstadt’s band alongside Andrew Gold in the mid-70s. Songwriter Van Dyke Parks was soon a champion of Mitchell’s songwriting and led the way to his being signed to Warner music where he managed the Top40 selling ‘Redhead In Trouble’ album and title track. In the 1980s Mitchell returned to production but it was his songwriting for the likes of KISS, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Peter Criss, Olivia Newton-John, Chicago, John Waite, Anne Murray, Paul Anka and others. He is currently working on a solo album from his home studio in Ojai, California. with notes from Adam Mitchell. [also see THE PAUPERS]

Singles
1973
Jenner By the Sea/White Sox & Brown Shoes (GRT) 1230-68
1973 French Waltz/Plastic Bottle Blues (GRT) 1230-69
1979 Redhead In Trouble/Dancin’ Round And Round (Warner Bros.) FWB-0179
1979 Fool For Love/Out Among the Stars (Warner Bros.) WBS-49027

Albums
1979
Redhead In Trouble (Warner Bros.) BSK-3325


MITCHELL, Joni
Born: Roberta Joan Anderson on November 7, 1943 in Fort MacLeod, Alberta
Born in Fort MacLeod, Alberta a young Joan Anderson moved to North Battleford, Saskatchewan with her parents shortly after Word War II. Inspired by her older friend Frankie McKitrick, she begged her parents at age 7 to allow her to take piano lessons which lasted for a year and a half. She also took up drawing and after moving to Saskatoon at age 9, she contracted polio which she forunately recovered from with the love of her family and art. While in Grade 7, a teacher at her school, Mr. Kratzman, encouraged her to craft the written word and she holds him as one of her many influences. By her teens she scraped together enough money to buy a ukelele and entertained at parties and coffehouses in Saskatoon. Following high school, in 1964, she went to the Alberta College Of Art in Calgary for only one year. Instead, she preferred to be a regular performer at a coffeehouse called The Depression in Calgary. She abandoned her love for painting (at least as a career) and moved to Toronto in search of success as a folksinger. Howver, playing clubs in Toronto in the ’60’s required a union card, which she couldn’t afford immediately and she found herself working days for Simpsons-Sears. She was also pregnant with the child of her former boyfriend back home and gave birth to a girl in February 1965. Fellow folk-singer Chuck Mitchell offered to take the two in, marrying Anderson, but the allure of success and Anderson’s age convinced Mitchell to give the girl up for adoption. By the summer of ’65 The Mitchells had moved to Detroit. The new Joni Mitchell played the Newport Folk Festival in 1966 and her marriage to Chuck Mitchell fell apart by early 1967. With nothing to tie her down, she moved to Chelsea in New York to be closer to venues up and down the eastern seaboard. With the recording of “The Urge For Going” by Tom Rush and other cover versions by a variety of artists she was able to get bookings west to Chicago and south to Florida. New York was still quite elusive and with the help of manager Elliot Roberts she landed gigs in town. While performing in Florida she met David Crosby (The Byrds) who was impressed enough with her talent to convince Reprise Records to record and release the ‘Joni Mitchell’ album in 1968. By the time of the album’s release she was garnering favourable press and was now living in California with David Crosby. The remainder of 1968 saw her playing larger venues including the Miami Pop Festival with Graham Nash (The Hollies). Judy Collins also had a substantial hit with “Both Sides Now” which helped supplement Mitchell’s expanding salary. In 1969, Mitchell released ‘Clouds’ which included her versions of previous hit material she had donated to other artists. She recorded a live album (which was subsequently scrapped) and moved to Laurel Canyon with Graham Nash. She opened tours for Crosby, Stills & Nash and was invited to Woodstock that summer. But an appearance on the Dick Cavett show following the festival convinced her that she shouldn’t risk getting stuck in the massive traffic jams. Instead, she played the Equinox Festival in Big Sur that September which would be filmed for release. ‘Clouds’ won a Grammy in 1970 which dovetailed nicely into the Reprise release of her third album ‘Ladies of the Canyon’ which eventually sold gold. She decided to take some time off with one, ill-fated, appearance at the disastrous Isle Of Wight Festival. Throughout the remainder of the year she traveled, painted and wrote material for her next album ‘Blue’. The album was released in 1971 and became a critical and commercial success with a trip to Billboard’s Top-20. By then, she had moved back to British Columbia, Canada to seek solitude on a piece of forested property. With frequent commutes to visit friend David Geffen, Mitchell was able to go back to the stage opening for the likes of Geffen’s Asylum records success story Jackson Browne and onward to her own tours of Europe and playing benefit concerts for presidential hopeful George McGovern. 1972 saw the release of ‘For The Roses’ and her first legit radio hit “You Turn Me On (I’m A Radio)” making her a true commercial success in light of her stance as a pure ‘artiste’. Mitchell soon began seeking out musicians who could help her grow musically and speak the musical language that her odd guitar tunings and eccentric rhythms. She hooked up with Tom Scott & LA Express for her next album ‘Court And Spark’ and even recorded tunes for their albums as well. ‘Court and Spark’ was released in January 1974 hot on the heals of her pre-Xmas single “Raised On Robbery”. A second single, “Help Me”, followed pushing the album to #2 over the course of the first half of the year. She embarked on a 50 date tour with LA Express which resulted in ‘Miles of Aisles’ in November 1974. The live version of “Big Yellow Taxi” was also released as a single and again put Mitchell high on the charts. She bought a new house in Bel Air, California, moved in with LA Express drummer John Guerin and settled in as half a dozen year-end awards came her way including 4 Grammy nominations. Mitchell and Tom Scott would share one award for Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocals. Recording commenced in 1975 and after a series of successive demo sessions, Mitchell re-assembled most of the key players from ‘Court And Spark’ for the November release ‘The Hissing Of Summer Lawns’. Bad reviews followed based on some of Mitchell’s societal lyrics but the album still hit #4 on the Billboard charts. She hopped aboard Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue to finish out the year with plans for a return tour featuring LA Express again. The tour began in January 1976 and took her all across the US and Canada. As the tour wound down, she split up with John Guerin and instead spent time hanging around with Neil Young. Some friends convinced her to take a cross country journey, which she did and returned from the road trip with a suitcase full of tunes for her next album ‘Hejira’. Mitchell’s made a guest appearance that November at The Band’s ‘Last Waltz’ concert and film for Martin Scorsese. Meanwhile, ‘Hejira’ was climbing the charts, went gold in December and lingered on the charts through the beginning of 1977; Mitchell has never slowed down and continues releasing solo album after solo album. She was asked in 1996 to go back through her extensive catalogue and choose the best of her repertoire according to their hit status and then assemble a second disc with tunes she felt were overlooked. The result was Reprise’s ‘Hits & Misses’ double disc collection; Mitchell was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

Singles
1968 Night in the City/I Had a King (Reprise) RS-20694
1969 Chelsea Morning/Both Sides, Now (Reprise) RS-23402
1970 Big Yellow Taxi/Woodstock (Reprise) RS-20906
1971 Carey/This Flight Tonight (Reprise) REP-14099
1971 California/A Case of You (Reprise) REP-1049
1972 Both Sides, Now/Chelsea Morning (Reprise) REP-1154
1972 You Turn Me On, I’m a Radio/Urge for Going (Asylum) AYM-511
1973 Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire/Blonde in the Bleachers (Asylum) AYM-515
1973 Raised on Robbery/Court and Spark (Asylum) AS-11029
1974 Help Me/Just Like This Train (Asylum) AS-11034
1974 Free Man in Paris/People’s Parties (Asylum) AS-11041
1974 Big Yellow Taxi [live]/Rainy Night House [live]
1976 In France They Kiss on Main Street/The Boho Dance (Asylum) K-13035
1977 Coyote/Blue Motel Room (Asylum) K-13072
1978 Off Night Backstreet/Jericho (Asylum) K-13110
1978 Jericho/Dreamland
1979 The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines/God Must Be a Boogie Man (Asylum) K-13154
1980 Why Do Fools Fall in Love [live]/Black Crow [live]
1982 (You’re So Square) Baby, I Don’t Care/Love (Geffen) 7-29849
1983 Be Cool/Underneath the Streetlight (Geffen)
1983 Chinese Cafe/Ladies Man (Geffen)
1985 Good Friends/Smokin’ (Empty, Try Another) (Geffen) GEFA-6740
1986 Shiny Toys/The Three Great Stimulants
1988 Cool Water (Geffen) PRO-CD-3262
1988 Snakes and Ladders (Geffen)
1988 My Secret Place/Lakota (Geffen) GEF-37T
1991 Come in From the Cold (Geffen) PRO-CD-4213
1991 Night Ride Home/Slouching Towards Bethlehem (Geffen) GFS-2
1991 Come in From the Cold/Ray’s Dad’s Cadillac
1994 How Do You Stop?/The Sire of Sorrow/Moon at the Window [live]
1998 The Crazy Cries of Love (Reprise) PRO-CD-9449 

Albums
1968 Joni Mitchell [aka Song To a Seagull] (Reprise) RS-6293
1969 Clouds (Reprise) RS-6341
1970 Ladies of the Canyon (Reprise) RS-6376
1971 Blue (Reprise) MS-2038
1971 The World of Joni Mitchell (Reprise) RS-5260
1972 For the Roses (Asylum) SD-5057
1974 Court and Spark (Asylum) 7E-1001
1974 Miles of Aisles [Live] (Asylum)  AB-202
1975 Hissing of Summer Lawns (Asylum) 7E-1051
1976 Hejira (Asylum) 7E-1087
1977 Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter (Asylum) AS-63003
1979 Mingus (Asylum) AS-53091
1980 Shadows And Light [Live] (Asylum) AS-62030
1982 Wild Things Run Fast (Geffen) GHS-2019
1985 Dog Eat Dog (Geffen) GHS-24074
1988 Chalk Mark In a Rainstorm (Geffen) GHS-24174
1991 Night Ride Home (Geffen) GEFD-24302
1994 Turbulent Indigo (Reprise) 9-45786
1994 Words & Music (Reprise) PRO-CD-100153
1995 Big Yellow Taxi (The Remixes) (Reprise) 9-43600
1996 Hits (Reprise) 9-46326
1996 Misses (Reprise) 9-46358
1998 Taming The Tiger (Reprise) 9-46451
2000 Both Sides Now (Reprise) 9-47620
2002 Travelogue (Nonesuch) 300987
2004 Dreamland (Warner) 22765
2005 Songs Chosen By Her Friends & Fellow Musicians (Hear) LMM-288
2005 Songs of a Prairie Girl (Rhino/Warner) R2-74634
2007 Shine (Hear) HMCD-30457


MITCHELL, Kim
Born: July 10, 1952, in Sarnia, Ontario
Sarnia in the 1960’s saw a young, ambitious, Kim Mitchell sweating it out locally in various bands beginning with The Quotations when he was 12. Along with members of Unit Four, they became The Grass Company, then Big Al’s Band, and finally ZOOOM, who wound up in Toronto where cover-tunes ruled and original material went unnoticed except for the occasional trip into Michigan where they managed to open for MC5 in Battleford, Michigan. Eventually all the members but Mitchell returned to Sarnia. He was starving but getting work doing studio sessions, beer commercials, and playing the hotel and airport lounge circuit. He set off to the Greek island of Rhodes backing up a Greek Tom Jones. Six months later Mitchell invited poet and childhood buddy Pye Dubois (real name: Paul Woods) to Greece to co-write some songs; they decided to make it a band project and set about recruiting musicians. The 1972 line-up consisted of Mitchell, Paul Kersey, Mike Tilka (an Indiana, USA, emigre), and Terry Watkinson (already a veteran of the Canadian music scene with The Yeomen and all its namesake permutations). Soon, Max Webster was born. By 1974 their live act was getting bites from management, production and record companies and in 1975 they signed with the Ray Danniels/Vic Wilson’s SRO Productions as their management company. Danniels had set up an independent label imprint for SRO band Rush called Moon Records and then set up Taurus Records to handle other artists on the roster including Liverpool, Mendelson Joe and Max Webster. The band’s debut single was “Blowing the Blues” in 1975 through Taurus’s distribution deal with London Records. Though the record gained little attention, a full self-titled album [aka ‘The Blockheads Album’] was recorded and released that year under producer Terry Brown (Rush, Klaatu). SRO would amalgamate both Moon and Taurus Records under the new name Anthem Records and Max Webster’s contract was carried along with it. The first album was re-issued in Canada in 1976 and stateside on the back of Anthem’s US distributor Mercury Records in 1977. The LP was issued with new artwork and renamed ‘Hangover’. 1977’s ‘High Class In Borrowed Shoes’ was also produced by Terry Brown. However, during the recording of ‘Mutiny Up My Sleeve’ (1978) he left over a dispute concerning the album’s musical direction. By this point Sarnia’s Gary McCracken (ex-Zing Dingo) had assumed the drum chores after Kersey had quit to co-found The Hunt after a falling out with Kim Mitchell. Meanwhile, former Zooom member David Myles had taken over bass duties for Tilka, who would turn to business aspects at SRO/Anthem. Yet, even with the changes, the band maintained its stance as a strong live draw, so much so that Rush asked them to open their 1977 tour. Slowly, Max Webster began to establish a massive cult following and acceptance, a fact that didn’t go unnoticed by ‘A Million Vacations’ producer John de Nottebeck. With that album he made the band more radio friendly and they finally cracked the charts with the Watkinson led single “Let Go The Line” in 1979 and followed by the band’s biggest commercial hit, the McCracken led title track. ‘Live Magnetic Air’ was also released that year but Watkinson left anyway to pursue a solo career. He eventually formed the band Antlers with Tilka in the early 1990’s. Despite a fabled team-up of Max Webster and Rush on the song “Battlescar”, 1980’s ‘Universal Juveniles’ had a noticeable absence of that trademark Watkinson keyboard sound and the band was falling apart from constant touring in towns where feverish fans were unable to purchase the band’s records – especially stateside. The lack of promotion and poor management organization is sited as the cause for Kim Mitchell’s resignation during a tour with Rush in April 1981. With this the band split up but they had actually been close to hitting the big time, so Anthem capitalized with a posthumous greatest hits package called ‘Diamonds, Diamonds’. Mitchell was quiet after leaving Max Webster and become almost reclusive apart from getting involved in some production work for the likes of Larry Gowan on his self-titled debut LP. Mitchell had also become increasingly respected as a studio session player (usually playing for anyone that would ask). He suddenly surfaced in 1982 with a five song EP called ‘Kids In Action’ – his last work on the SRO/ANTHEM label. Backing up Mitchell were Robert Sinclair Wilson (bass), Paul DeLong (drums) and Bernie LaBarge & Peter Fredette on backing vocals. “Miss Demeanour” was released successfully as a single to FM radio, thus rekindling interest in Mitchell’s party-rock. In 1983 he was given the ‘Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year’ JUNO Award. In 1984, Anthem’s managing director, Tom Berry, left that company to set up his own Alert Records to which Mitchell became the first signing. That same year Mitchell’s ‘Akimbo Alogo’ was released featuring the same band line-up heard on the previous EP. In addition, Todd Booth was added on keyboards to augment the guitar-rock sound. With this record Mitchell, and songwriting partner Pye Dubois, got back to creating party anthems with crowd pleasing rockers like the FM favourite, “Lager & Ale”,  and “Go For Soda” which, ironically, became the theme song for the American lobby group MOTHERS AGAINST DRUNK DRIVING (which Mitchell hesitantly disassociated himself from on the US TV show ‘Good Morning America’). 1986’s ‘Shakin’ Like A Human Being’ was Mitchell’s most commercial and best selling album to date. It sold triple platinum, won two JUNO Awards (‘Album of the Year and ‘Male Vocalist of the Year’). Songs like “Patio Lanterns”, “Alana Loves Me” & “Easy To Tame” were beginning to put Mitchell on the Top-40 in AM radio. ‘Music Express’ magazine even called him the year’s favourite “Working Class Hero”. Mitchell continued his annual summertime outdoor gigs throughout southern Ontario and exhibitions across Canada. Kingswood Music Theatre, at Canada’s Wonderland, bestowed its first-ever Platinum Ticket Award for 100,000 tickets sold over a 5 year period. The same year he set another attendance record for selling-out 3 consecutive shows. After taking time out to rethink his next strategy and spend time with his family, Mitchell risked all by recording his next album ‘Rockland’ (1989) in Los Angeles with YES producer Paul Devilliers. However, Pye Dubois did not accompany him because he didn’t want to work in LA. Mitchael also changed his live band to include Lou Molino (drums), Greg Wells (keyboards), and Peter Fredette (bass). Guitarist Rik Emmett helped out on “Expedition Sailor” as well as opening shows on Mitchell’s tour. He won a JUNO for ‘Male Vocalist of the Year’ in 1990. As a career pause, Mitchell released ‘I Am A Wild Party’ (1990) – a live greatest hits featuring two previously unreleased live favourites “Deep Dive” & “I Am A Wild Party”. Greg Critchely had replaced Molino in the midst of the 1989 tour and appeared on the live album and the next studio record. Mitchell recruited help from outside writers Andy Curran (Coney Hatch), Moe Berg (TPOH) and Jim Chevalier (Zooom). Kim’s touring bassist for ‘Aural Fixations’, and the subsequent tour, was Rob Laidlaw (Lee Aaron) as Peter Fredette was already touring with Tom Cochrane. However, by mid-1993, Fredette had returned. 1994’s ‘Itch’ featured Streetheart’s Spider Sinnaeve (bass), Greg Morrow (drums), and Lou Pomanti (keyboards). With the public less than enthusiastic about Mitchell’s two previous albums, Alert president Tom Berry suggested cashing in on the southern Ontario cottage partiers by releasing a ‘Greatest Hits’ to coincide with Mitchell’s annual summer tours. Mitchell was reluctant but realized it spelled the end of his association with Alert. In March 1998, Mitchell added keyboardist Gary Breit to his touring band. The continued cult status of Max Webster, particularly in Ontario, prompted Mitchell, Watkinson, McCracken, and Tilka to reunite in 1990. Their first performance was a short set at the Toronto Music Awards that year to 3000 hysterical fans who refused to pay attention to the awards given out after their set, continuing to chant “Max! Max! Max!” for the rest of the night. Anthem capitalized on the new-found Max fervour by releasing another best of package that year. Delighted with this response, the four musicians continued to do one-off dates around Ontario as Max Webster well into the late 1990’s with Kim Mitchell Band bassist Peter Fredette filling in for Tilka. Mitchell returned in November of 1999 with a new solo album, “Kimosabe”, written largely with Andy Curran, and featuring Lisa Dalbello on several tracks. However, its fate was direct to the delete bins when his new label Oasis/Songcorp went bankrupt in 2000. This soured Mitchell’s resolve with the music business and aside from a guest appearance on a Charlie Major’s “Young At Heart” single in 2006, didn’t record again until 2007’s ‘Ain’t Life Amazing’ CDl Mitchell was the afternoon drive-time host of Q107-FM in Toronto from 2004 until August 2015 when he left to continue pursuing his solo career; On January 13, 2016 Mitchell had a heart attack but has since made a full recovery. [also see MAX WEBSTER]

Singles
1982 Miss Demeanour/Big Best Summer (Anthem)  ANS-049
1984 Go For Soda/Caroline (Alert) BDS-502
1984 All We Are/Lager & Ale (Alert) BDS-503
1984 Feel It Burn/Diary For Rock ‘n’ Roll Men (Alert) BDS-505
1985 Lager & Ale/Called Off (Alert) BDS-508
1986 Patio Lanterns/Get Lucky (Boys & Girls) (Alert) BDS-514
1986 Alana Loves Me/That’s The Hold (Alert) BDS-515
1986 Easy To Tame/City Girl (Alert) BDS-516
1986 Go For Soda/Love Lies (Bronze – AU) K-9759
1987 Cameo Spirit/In Your Arms (Alert) BDS-520
1989 Rock And Roll Duty/Mood Street (Alert) BDS-537
1989 Rocklandwonderland/O Mercy Louise (Alert) BDS-538
1989 Expedition Sailor/This Dream (Alert) BDS-542
1990 I Am A Wild Party (Alert)
1990 Lost Lovers Found (Alert)
1992 Find the Will (Alert)
1992 Pure As Gold (Alert)
1992 America (Alert)
1993 Some Folks (Alert)
1994 Acrimony (Alert)
1994 U.S. of Ache (Alert)
1994 Wonder Where and Why (Alert)
1994 Lick Yer Finger (Alert)
1995 Expedition Sailor (live) (Alert)
1995 All We Are (live) (Alert)
1995 Patio Lanterns (acoustic) (Alert)

with THE GRASS COMPANY

1968 Once a Child/Once A Days (Sound) S1-181

Albums
1982 Kids In Action (Anthem) ANM-1-5001
1984 Akimbo Alogo (Alert)  BD-1001
1986 Akimbo Alogo (Bronze – AU) 90257
1986 Shakin’ Like A Human Being (Alert/Polygram)  BD-1004
1989 Rockland (Alert) Z-81010
1990 I Am A Wild Party (Alert) Z-81017
1992 Aural Fixations (Alert)  Z-81019
1994 Itch (Alert) Z-81024
1995 Kim Mitchell Greatest Hits (Alert) Z-81027
1999 Kimosabe (Chinook/Oasis/Songcorp) 9905700012
2007 Ain’t Life Amazing (Koch/E1)  625712996627


MITCHELL, Stu
Stu Mitchell made a name for himself as a renowned Edmonton, Alberta drummer who was a member of several Wes Dakus led bands. Wes Dakus & The Club 93 Rebels formed in 1958 and often interchanged personnel with Edmonton’s Nomads. They were signed to Quality Records in 1960 and released “El Ringo” that year. Touring as the backing act for several other prominent artists, including Buddy Knox, which established the band as seasoned professionals allowing them to record material as Wes Dakus & The Rebels with famed producer Norm Petty (Buddy Holly & The Crickets, The Fireballs) starting in 1962. Later sessions in 1964 also produced recordings for Dakus himself and erstwhile member Barry Allen’s side project as a solo artist. There were also singles released under the name The Dundeeville Players featuring guitarist George Tomsco. In 1965 ‘The Wes Dakus Album – With The Rebels’ was released on Capitol and spawned several singles including “Hobo” and “Come On Down”. In 1966 an album of additional tracks was issued on KAPP in the US as “Wes Dakus’s Rebels”. In Canada the album was not released but split into several individual singles as solo recordings for the band’s various members including Wes Dakus, Stu Mitchell, Barry Allen and Dennis Paul. Stu Mitchell would do session work for the band Privilege. with notes from Gord Baker, Shawn Nagy, Bill Harvie and Norm Bright. [also see WES DAKUS, PRIVILEGE]

Singles
1965
Wildcat/Drumfolk (Capitol) 72307
1966 What I Am/Bo Diddley (Capitol) 72361
1967 We Once Had It All/Just A Doggone Fool (Capitol) 72647
1967 Casting My Spell/Acid (KAPP)
1967 Nice Girl From Houston/Without You (Capitol – US) 2937

with WES DAKUS AND CLUB 93 REBELS
1959 Pink Canary/Road Block (Quality) 1982X
1960 Taboo/Remind Me (Quality) 1023X
1960 El Ringo/Creepy (Quality) 1250X
1964 Pink Canary/Road Block (Quality) 1982X

with THE DUNDEEVILLE PLAYERS
1964 Wheels/Woodpecker (DOT) 16744
1964 Replica/Sunday (DOT) 16787

with WES DAKUS & THE REBELS
1965 Hobo/Rolling Back (Capitol) 72213
1965 Come On Down/Honeybun (Capitol) 72259
1967 Manipulator/Come On In (Capitol) 72484

with THE WES DAKUS’ REBELS
1968
Casting My Spell/Mission Bell (Artone – NL) RM-25-777

Albums
with WES DAKUS AND THE REBELS

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


MITSOU
Born: Mitsou-Miel Rioux-Gélinas on September 1, 1970 in Loretteville, Québec
Mitsou (Japanese for ‘honey’) of Montreal, is the third generation of French Canadian Gelinas actors following in the footsteps of her grandfather Gratien and father Alain. She began acting at age 5 and modelling at age 12. As a teenager she acted in TV series’ and commercials on Québec TV as well as several theatrical productions. Her interests shifted from acting as her interest in modern dance music increased. She was discovered and groomed by ISBA Records honcho Nick Carbone. In 1989 she released “Bye Bye Mon Cowboy” independently on ‘Indie-Can ’89’ – a showcase CD for acts wanting to gain exposure at the annual New Music Seminar in New York City – and was soon being courted by record labels around the world. By year end the song had made her a Canadian and European superstar and her debut album ‘El Mundo’ would go on to sell 100,000 copies. She continued her stance as dance diva and released the controversial video of “Dis-Moi, Dis Moi” which featured nude models and a naked Mitsou which found itself censored or banned on various video programs. The controversy helped spark sales of the record. A multi-million dollar record from Disney label Hollywood Records was soon signed. Her first English language album was ‘Heading West’ featuring remakes of French songs from her first two albums plus material written specifically for the American market like the first single “Deep Kiss”. The title song was a co-write with New York songstress Cyndi Lauper. The album did well overseas but Mitsou’s popularity was not duplicated in the English language charts. Also in 1992, she starred in the Québec movie ‘Coyote’. Her second English language album was 1993’s ‘Tempted’, but not even the lead-off single “Everybody Say Love” could break new ground for the singer. Mitsou went on to have her own TV show in Québec.

Singles
1988 Bye Bye Mon Cowboy (ISBA)
1989 Les Chinois (ISBA)
1989 La Corrida (ISBA)
1990 Mademoiselle Anne (ISBA)
1991 Dis-Moi, Dis-Moi (ISBA/CBS)
1991 A Funny Place The World Is (ISBA/CBS)
1992 Deep Kiss (ISBA/Sony)
1992 Heading West (Hollywood/Sony)
1993 Everybody Say Love (ISBA/Sony)

Albums
1988 El Mundo (ISBA/Select)  ISCD-2015
1990 El Mundo [remixed re-issue] (BMG International)
1990 Terre Des Hommes (ISBA/CBS)  ISCD-2025
1992 Heading West (Tox) TIS-CD-001
1992 Mitsou (Hollywood) HR-612264
1993 Tempted (Tox) TOXK-3004
1994 Ya Ya


MITTOO, Jackie
Born: Donat Roy Mittoo on March 3, 1948 in Browns Town, Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica
Died:  December 16, 1990
Jamaica’s Jackie Mittoo was a member of The Skatalites, The Sheiks (who later moved to Toronto and featured both Jackie Shane and The Mighty Pope as vocalists there), The Soul Brothers, The Soul Vendors and Sound Dimension. He also became music director at the legendary Studio One recording studio. He released a live album on the Coxsone label entitled ‘Jackie Mittoo in London’ in 1967. Mittoo performed with the Soul Vendors and they released ‘Evening Time’ on Coxsone in 1968. He also played for Lloyd “Matador” Daley through 1968 and 1969. In 1969 he also squeezed in another album entitled ‘Keep On Dancing’ before packing up and moving to Canada where the Jamaican music scene was quickly booming in Toronto. In 1971 he released the album ‘Wishbone’ on Summus Records. The title track charted on the RPM Top100 Singles chart in June 1971.He follow up album, ‘Reggae Magic’, was released through the Canadian Talent Library in 1972. It is generally recognized as the first regggae album ever released in Canada. His third Canadian album was ‘Let’s Put It All Together’ on United Artists in 1975. Mittoo kept his music connections with Jamaica and continued performing and recording there over the years especially with producer Bunny Lee. Mittoo also set up his own Stine-Jac record label and ran a record store. In the 1980s, worked Sugar Minott and after releasing the album ‘Wild Jockey’ in 1989 he reunited with the Skatalites but health issued caused him to back out. Mittoo was admitted to hospital suffering from late stage cancer and died December 16, 1990. His funeral was held at the National Arena in Kingston, Jamaica, on January 2, 1991.

Singles
1966
Woman of the World/[split w/KEN BOOTHE & STRANGER COLE] (Wincox – JAMAICA)
1967 Somebody Help Me/[split w/THE GAYLADS] (Coxsone – UK) CS-7002
1968 Evening Time/[split w/THE BASES] (Coxsone – JAMAICA) CS-1971
1969 Black Onion/[split w/LARRY & ALVIN] (Coxsone – JAMAICA) CS-0154
1969 Our Thing/[split w/C. Marshall] (Bamboo – UK) BAM-6
1969 Clean Up/Springtime (Bamboo – UK) BAM-15
1970 Holy Version/[split w/LARRY MARSHALL] (Banana – UK) BA-315
1970 Peenie Wallie/[split w/ROY RICHARDS] (Banana – UK) – BA-320
1970 Gold Dust/Real Gone Loser (Bamboo – UK) BAM-20
1970 Soul Stew/[split w/WINSTON FRANCIS] (Bamboo – UK) BAM-48
1970 Dancing Groove/[split w/BLACK & GEORGE] (Bamboo – UK) BAM-51
1971 Wishbone/Soul Bird (Summus) SR-2502
1976 The Thriller/[split w/JAH STITTCH] (Third World – UK) TW-48
1977 Death Trap/[split w/THE AGGREVATORS] (Weed Beat – JAMAICA) WB-054
1978 Instrumanic/[split w/NORMA WHITE] [12″] (Manic – UK) PFUL-1103
1979 Armagideon Rock/Mash Down Babylon (Stine-Jac) SJ-001
1979 Come Along/Repatriation Song [w/Willie Williams] (Stine-Jac) SJ-002
1979 Ayatollah/Mash Down Babylon [12″] (Stine-Jac) SJ-003
1979 Yagga Yagga Style (O.K. Fred)/[split w/JACKIE EDWARDS] (United Artists – UK) BP-331
1980 Do You Love Me (Version/[split w/JACKIE EDWARDS] [12″] (Third World – UK) TWDIS-33
1981 You Bring the Sun Out (Version)/[split w/JANET KAY] [12″] (Black Roots) BR-033
1981 These Eyes//Wall Street/Killer Thriller [12″] (Black Roots – UK) BR-20

with JACKIE MITTOO AND THE SKATALITES
1967
Devil’s Bug/[split w/JACKIE OPEL] (Rio – UK)
1967 Ram Jam/[split w/THE SUMMERTAIRS] (Coxsone – JAMAICA) CS-7019

with JACKIE MITTOO AND THE SOUL VENDORS
1967
Ba-Ba-Boom (Jamaica 1967 Festival Tune)/[split w/SLIM SMITH & THE FREEDOM SINGERS] (Coxsone – UK) CS-7009
1968 Sure Shot/[split w/THE OCTAVES] (Coxsone – UK) CS-7042

with JACKIE MITTOO AND SOUND DIMENTION
1970
Dark of the Moon/Man Pon Spot (Bamboo – UK) BAM-17
1970 Hot Milk/[split w/SLIM SMITH & THE FREEDOM SINGERS] (Banana – UK) BA-304

with JACKIE MITTOO & BRENTFORD DISCO SET
1972
Reggae Magic/Reggae Magic (Studio One – JAMAICA)
1978
Choice of Music/Choice of Music Pt. 2 (Studio One – JAMAICA)

Albums
1967
Jackie Mittoo in London (Coxsone – JAMAICA) CSL-8009
1968 Evening Time [w/The Sould Vendors] (Coxsone – JAMAICA) CSL-8012
1969 Keep on Dancing (Coxsone – JAMAICA) CSL-8020
1970 Now (Studio One – JAMAICA)  SOL-9016
1971 Macka Fat (Studio One – JAMAICA) SOL-1120
1971 Wishbone (Summus – US) SUS-50002
1972 Reggae Magic (CTL) 477-5164
1975 Let’s Put It All Together (United Artists) UA-LA-442G
1976 In Cold Blood (Basement) BSMT-0010
1977 The Keyboard King (Third World – UK) TWS-501
1977 Hot Blood (Third World – JAMAICA) TWS-912
1978 Jackie Mittoo – Anthology Of Reggae Collectors Series Vol. 4 (United Artists) UA-LA804-H
1978 Showcase (Sonic Sounds – JAMAICA) SSR-002
1978 The Original (Third World – UK) TDWD-5
1979 Moneymakers (JMP) PRP-250
1990 Wild Jockey (Wackies – US) WACKIES-2749
1997 In Africa (Quartz – US) QRLP-004
2008 Rides On (Jamaican Recordings) JRLP-031
2009 The Peacemaker’s Chauffeur (Wheel)


MOCK DUCK
Joe Mock (guitar, vocals; 1966-1970) / Steve Barrett (drums; 1966) / Spense Sutton (1966) / Tom Hazelitt (bass; 1966) / David Sinclair (guitar; 1966) / Glen Hendrickson (drums; 1967-1969) / Lee Stevens (bass; 1967-1968) / Rick Enns (bass; 1968-1969) / Ross Barrett (saxophone, flute, keys;1968-1969)
Originally known as Joe Mock & No Commercial Potential when they formed in 1966, Vancouver, British Columbia’s Mock Duck played at the Village Bistro in Vancouver in October 1968 where they recorded a live album. Acetate copies were pressed and given away to at least 14 fans. The band also recorded three proper singles for Baroka Records that year – “Groundhog”, “Do Re Mi” and “Easterdog”. The band would also record an abandoned album’s worth of material at R & D Studios in Vancouver during the sessions for the singles between  1968 and 1969. It would take Gear Fab Records out of the US in 2000 to gather all these recordings together and release them as a full CD entitled ‘Test Record’. Mock Dock opened for groups such as Fleetwood Mac, B.B. King, Country Joe & The Fish, and Steve Miller. They developed a large local following by playing regular gigs at The Village Bistro, Retinal Circus, and Big Mothers. They also played on bills with local Vancouver talent including Spring, Papa Bears Medicine Show, The Seeds Of Time, and Hydroelectric Streetcar. Mock Duck also took part in the Cool-Aid Benefit album project and the Aldergrove Rock Festival; Sinclair would go on to form Straight Lines and Body Electric as well as produce and do session work – including playing guitar on the international superstar song “Tears Are Not Enough” in 1985; Joe Mock would form several other band amalgamations and produce many Vancouver and Washington State acts and was an onging member of Pied Pumkin. He currently lives in France.

Singles
1968
Groundhog (Baroka)
1968
Easterdog (Baroka)
1968
Do Re Mi/Playing Games (Baroka) Q-9457

Albums
1968
Test Record (independent)


MODELS, The
Brent McNab (lead guitar, vocals) / Peter Bodman (guitar, lead vocals) / Paul Cottle (bass, vocals) / David Stahl (keyboards) / Mark Kosman (drums)
Formed in 1975 in Edmonton, Alberta, the quintet was originally called Archer, then Targets, before settling on The Models. From day one they bucked the Top40 cover tune trend and decided to live and die by their original material. This attitude got them nothing but the ire of club owners and the band was even fired on for putting original tunes in their sets. They rallied against the conventional club scene and created their own working environment by taking over the Riviera Hotel’s Rock Room and promoting their own gigs. They booked themselves into the hotel, pocket the door receipts and the hotel keeps the money from liquor sales. While out of town doing gigs elsewhere, the band would book high calibre acts to replace them. This led to a western home for the likes of Bob Segarini, One Horse Blue, The Smarties, Moxy, and Crowcuss. With live simulcasts from the club on Edmonton’s K97, the band came to the attention of Wes Dakus and his label Vera Cruz who signed the band in 1979 and released their self-titled debut later that year. Their first single, “Janie, You’re Wrong”, received substantial airplay in Alberta as did the follow-up “Heart Like a Wheel”. The second album ‘Remodeling’ was released on Stony Plain (after the demise of Vera Cruz) and continued to build their reputation as a hot new wave/straight ahead rock and roll band. The band eventually went their separate ways in 1983; Brent McNab died of a heart attack in July 2012.

Singles
1979 Janie, You’re Wrong/Look At Me (Vera Cruz) VCR-115
1980 Get a Hold of Your Life/Gina (Vera Cruz) VCR-123
1980 Heart Like A Wheel/You Gave Up On Love (Vera Cruz)  VCR-127
1982 Marianne/Broxton Boy (Stony Plain) SPS-1024
1982 Getaway/Kicks (Stony Plain) SPS-1027

Albums
1979 The Models (Vera Cruz) VCR-1004
1982 Remodeling (Stony Plain) SPL-1049


MODERN MINDS
Moe Berg (guitar, vocals) / Kim Upright (bass) / Bob Drysdale (drums)
From Edmonton, Alberta who were the second act to release product on Larry Wanagas’ fledgling Bumstead label in 1980; Moe Berg would go on to form the highly successful The Pursuit of Happiness; an eponymous compilation of the band’s demos and 1980 single was issued on Base Records out of Japan in 2007; Ugly Pop Records did a vinyl issue similar to the Japan release titled “Go” in 2018.

Singles
1980 Theresa’s World//Bungalow Minds/It’s Gone (Bumstead) BUM-801

Albums
2007
The Modern Minds [CD] (Base) BASE-012
2018 Go [LP] (Ugly Pop) UP-067


MODERN ROCK QUARTET
John Martin (vocals)  / Doug Orr (bass) / Peter Jermyn (organ) / Robert Coulthart (drums) / Bob Blyth (vocals; replaced Martin)  / Brian Lewicki (vocals; replaced Blyth) / Pat Karwin [aka Pat Karwan] (guitar)
After leaving his gig with Toronto’s Luke & The Apostles, Peter Jermyn joined Ottawa band The Heart. However, the band soon found themselves faultering and Jermyn formed The Modern Rock Quartet with fellow band member John Martin and former Esquires members Coulthart and Orr along as an experiment in contemporary music without a guitarist. Their first professional show was the Innaugeration of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. This was followed by an opening slot for Paul Butterfield in Kingston, Ontario. They became residents for several months at New York’s Cafe Au Go Go and also The Scene. Their hit single was Jermyn’s “Plastic Street” backed with a song by aspiring folky Bruce Cockburn called “Games”. As the band stumbled they even tried adding a guitarist, Pat Karwin, plus experiments with David Wiffen. Former Esquires member Brian “Lewis” Lewicki replaced Karwin, but they soon resumed their guitarless format shortly thereafter until finally packing it in during the early ’70’s. Peter Jermyn and his wife owned Yorkville bar Blues On Bel-Air where some of Toronto’s Yorkville veterans make regular appearances with Jermyn’s reformed house band ‘Luke And The Apostles’; Pat Karwin lives in New Jersey. with notes from Peter Jermyn, Larry Impellizeri and Richard Patterson.

Singles
1968 Plastic Street/Games [mislabeled ‘MQR’] (RCA/Victor) 75-1002
1968 Plastic Street [French]/Games [French] (RCA/Victor) RCA 57-5839
1976 Bus Driver/Woman (Aquarius) AQ-5053


MODERNETTES, The
Buck Cherry (guitar, vocals) / Mary Jo Kopechne (bass, vocals) / John McAdams (drums, vocals)
Punk band from Vancouver, British Columbia.

Albums
1980 Teen City [6 song 12″] (Quintessence) QEP-1204
1981 Gone…But Not Forgotten (independent) CSC8107
1982 View From The Bottom [5 song 12″ (Vox Desperatum) VDR-1301
1995 Get It Straight (Zulu) ZULU 13-2
2007 Get Modern or Get Fucked: 1980-1983 (Lady Kinky Karr) LKKK-7


MODS, The
Greg Trinier
(lead vocals) / Mark Dixon (bass, vocals) / Scott  Marks (guitar, vocals, harmonica) / David Quinton (drums, vocals, piano)
While rehearsing with his band, The Androids, in an abandoned Philips Electronics factory building (an infamous Toronto punk rehearsal space also used by The Diodes and The Ugly), Quinton first met The Mods in the summer of 1978. He soon left The Androids and became their drummer. For twenty-two months from1978 thru 1979, The Mods played throughout Canada and toured the east coast and mid-western United States (sometimes with Teenage Head from Hamilton, Ontario).  Aside from being a regular headliner at clubs like The Horseshoe and The Edge, they also opened for The Police, Ultravox, Squeeze and The Specials at larger venues. The Mods released one single in 1978 (“Step Out Tonight”) and during that same year appeared in Colin Brunton’s movie ‘The Last Pogo’ – a filmed document of the Toronto punk scene. Although the band recorded a full-length album in 1979, the release became mired in a haze of failed expectations and legal difficulties involving a major record label.  Their final gig was at The Music Hall in Toronto and simulcast live on CFNY-FM. Dead Boys’ lead singer Stiv Bators discovered Quinton while he was playing with The Mods and in the summer of 1979, Bator invited the 18 year old to Los Angeles to play on some of his solo recordings. Following that summer, The Mods disintegrated and Quinton moved to the U.S. to join The Stiv Bators Band on a permanent basis; Quinton would go on to a brief solo career and then join The Jitters and Strange Advance. He also did recording sessions with Rational Youth and Lost & Profound. Most recently he’s enjoyed a reunion of The Jitters and is the full-time drummer for reunited punk act Arson. Quinton’s full-time job is entertainment lawyer in downtown Toronto; Scott Marks went on to play with Popular Spies before becoming a fireman, a Chief and eventually head of the Toronto Firefighters union; Greg Trinier joined The Numbers – who played at the Ontario Place Forum. He is a graphic artist and has worked in the advertising business; Mark Dixon stopped performing and owns a music instrument store in Sarnia called Pickers’ Alley; The Mods have reunited several times for one-off gigs in Toronto; Ugly Pop Records issued a vinyl LP compilation called “Reactions” in 2018. with notes from David Quinton-Steinberg.

Singles
1978 Step Out Tonight/You Use Me (MOD) MOD-001

Albums
1995 Twenty-Two Months (Other People’s Music) OPM-2106
2018 Reactions (Ugly Pop) UP-065


MOEV
Version I (1981-83): Tom Ferris (synthesizers) / Cal Stephenson (keyboards, vocals) / Mark Jowett (guitar, vocals) / Madelaine Morris (lead vocals; left 1983) ; Version II (1983-86): Tom Ferris (synthesizers) / Cal Stephenson (keyboards, lead vocals; left 1986) / Mark Jowett (guitar, vocals; left 1986) / Christine Jones (lead vocals; 1984) / Michella Arrichiello (lead vocals; replaced Morris; 1985-1986); Version III (1986-1990): Tom Ferris (keyboards, programming) / Anthony Valcic (keyboards, percussion; 1988) / Kelly Cook (bass, guitars, drum programming) / Dean Russell (vocals) ; Version IV (2000): Tom Ferris (keyboards) / Cal Stephenson (keyboards, vocals) / Julie Ferris (vocals) / Drew Maxwell (guitar, bass, vocals) / Kelly Cook (bass; left 1999)
Moev formed in early 1981 when Tom Ferris and Cal Stephenson decided to expand on improvisational electronic music they had been manipulating with the use of early and homemade synth technology. In the spring of 1981 they added Madeleine Morris (vocals) and Mark Jowett (guitar). By October 1981 they were able to release their first self-financed and limited edition Vancouver-area 12″ single called ‘Cracked Mirror’ on their own Noetix label. By the spring of 1982 they were signed to San Francisco-based label Go! Records. The label were good to the task of kick starting the band’s career with a new 12″ called ‘Rotting Geraniums’ followed in quick succession with the first LP ‘Zimmerkampf’. By the Fall of 1982 Moev toured Canada and both American coasts. But it seemed the West coast wasn’t ready for Moev’s brand of electronic music just yet. With the bankruptcy of Go! in 1983 the band decided they needed to find a label dedicated to cutting edge contemporary underground music was necessary. As the search began, vocalist Madelaine Morris left to be temporarily replaced by Cal Stephenson. By 1984, and with another EP in the can featuring new vocalist Christine Jones (“Toulyev”), Moev member Mark Jowett and Moev manager Terry McBride formed Nettwerk Records solely as a vehicle for this release. Moev continued writing and recording and in 1986 released their first full length album ‘Dusk And Desire’. Two successful twelve inchers, ‘Wanting’ and ‘Capital Heaven’, filled the gap between the first and the second full length release ‘Yeah, Whatever’. It sparked the interest of the majors and was eventually released through Atlantic in the U.S. In the early part of 1990, Moev began recording with producer John Fryer (Love and Rockets, Cocteau Twins, Shriekback) and engineer Michael Ahearn (Consolidated) on their third album, ‘Head Down’. Background vocals were supplied by Sarah McLachlan. It soon became apparent that Moev’s musical direction and Nettwerk’s corporate needs were polar opposites. In the mid-90’s Tom Ferris abandoned Moev and formed Econoline Crush with Chris Meyers. In 1994 ter Moev vocalist Dean Russell died from a long debilitating disease. While working with Econoline Crush, Moev’s contract with Nettwerk Records expired. Ferris and former Moev member Cal Stephenson would soon find themselves embroiled in a lawsuit with Nettwerk Records over the partnership of the company. All was not well with Econoline Crush either having taken on a life of its own under the re-direction of the lead vocalist. Ferris eventually left Econoline Crush in pursuit of other projects, having all but abandoned Moev. He produced other acts (including Canada’s Waiting For God) and also collaborated with Michael Balch (ex-Front Line Assembly, ex-Ministry) in a recording project called Blackland in the early ’90s. This project is mostly undefined recordings and, to date, only one song has appeared commercially (“I To The Third Power” on the German ‘Co-ordinate 001’ compilation), though there have been two tracks played on the ‘La Femme Nikita’ TV show (“B & D” and “PlastXXX”). While surfing the Internet, Ferris stumbled across a band he felt embodied the sound and vision he had wanted to give Econoline Crush called Redshifted – a single-manned outfit run by Drew Maxwell. Soon Ferris began co-writing with Maxwell for what would become the reformed Moev and the ‘Suffer’ EP. Ferris’s longtime musical collaborator and wife, Julie Ferris [who had previously worked with Darryl Kromm of Strange Advance], was brought in as vocalist. Also added to the line-up was Tom Ferris’s former musical cohort Kelly Cook plus Cal Stephenson who was brought in for the song “Crossfire”. In 2004 Tom and Julie Ferris plus Kelly Cook re-teamed for a short-lived project called Lazarazu with Grapes of Wrath’s Kevin Kane. with notes from Julie Ferris and Dave Rout.

Singles
1982 In Your Head/ [split w/THE POOL] (Trouser Press – US) FLEXI #18
1986 Took Out The Lace/Sea-Missile Hotel (Nettwerk) NT7-301
1988 Capital Heaven (Extended Mix)/Capitol Heaven (Speaky Dub Mix) (Nettwerk) NT12-3012
1988 Yeah, Whatever (Extended Mix)/(Instrumental Mix) (Rebel – Germany) 50-7329
1990 Head Down (Extended Mix)/Head Down (Radio Mix) (Atlantic – US) DMD-1570
1990 In & Out (Rebel – Germany) 001-30936

Albums
1983 Zimmerkampf (Go! – US) GO-004
1986 Dusk and Desire (Nettwerk/Profile) NTL-30001
1987 The Early Years (CD Presents) CD-047CD
1988 Yeah, Whatever (Nettwerk) W2-40
1990 Head Down (Rebel – Germany) SPV084-30852
1991 Obituary Column (Ha) (Nettwerk) W2-30049
2010 Ventilation

EPs
1981 Cracked Mirror [4 song EP] (Noetix)
1982 Rotting Geraniums [3 song EP] (Go!) GO 002
1984 Toulyev [3 song EP] (Nettwerk) 12 NETT 10
1984 Alibis [3-song EP] (Nettwerk) 12 NTWK 11
1986 Took Out The Lace [3 song EP] (Nettwerk) NT12-3001
1987 Wanting [3 song EP] (Nettwerk) NT12-3006
1989 Crucify Me [3 song EP] (Atlantic – US) 86454
1990 In & Out [4 song EP] (Rebel – Germany) 050-30935
2000 Suffer [5 song EP] (Cop International) COP-CD054


MOJAH
Born in Trinidad, raised in Toronto, Mojah had a direct influence on The Parachute Club and many other Canadian musicians’ styles and sounds. He was the founder of the group Compass and a member, at one time, of group Truths & Rights. His 1986 album was produced by Harlequin founder and manager John White. [also see TRUTHS & RIGHTS]

Singles
1985 Rosanna/Camboulay (Coach House) [12″ single]

Albums
1986
Mojah
1987 Broken Arrow
2000 On Moruga Road (Indiepool) SBPO-30100


MOJO MEN, The [see VIC, PAUL & BRUCE]


MOLLY OLIVER
Bruce Wheaton (lead vocals, guitar) / Bob Quinn (keyboards, vocals) / Carson Richards (bass, vocals) / Bob Biggs (drums) / Tim Garagan (drums, vocals) / Ken “Dutch” Schultz (drums; replaced Garagan) / Tony Quinn (guitar, vocals; added) / Mike Leggat (keyboards, vocals; replaced B.Quinn) / Larry Maillet (guitar, harmonica, vocals: replaced T.Quinn) / Ian MacMillan (drums; replaced Schultz) / Peter Jackson (keyboards, vocals; replaced Leggat) / Don Rodgers (keyboards, vocals; replaced Jackson 1984-86) / Terry Hopkins (drums; replaced MacMillan) / Mike Gaudet (bass; replaced Richards) / Ian MacDougall (bass; replaced Gaudet) / Neil Robertson (drums; replaced Hopkins); Reunion Line-up (1999-2000): Bruce Wheaton (guitar, lead vocals) / Larry Maillet (guitar, harmonica, vocals) / Mike Gaudet (bass) / Andre Leblanc (keyboards) / Doug MacKay (drums) ; Donnie Morris
During the final days of the band Everyday People’s tour in 1974, Wheaton and Richards moved to Nova Scotia and hooked up with Garagan and Bob Quinn from Pepper Tree to form Molly Oliver. Legend would have us believe that the name Molly Oliver came from a grieving 18th Century female pirate who plundered the Atlantic seashores following the death of her husband in the War of 1812. The truth of the matter is that “Molly” and “Oliver” were actually two neighbourhood dogs that lived near the rehearsal space in Duncan’s Cove where members of the band practiced. In 1975 Garagan left the new group and was replaced by Schultz. Similarly Moon-Minglewood member Tony Quinn (no relation to Bob) was soon brought in to augment their sound. And when Bob Quinn left months later to attend Berklee in Boston, Massachussetts to study music, he was replaced by Dutch Mason member Leggat. Through the indie label Big Harold’s Records, the solidified line-up released the single “Straight To My Head”. Despite the inclusion of the Tony Quinn composition “Rainbow Woman” on the B-side, he was replaced by Aquafuge’s Maillet in the fall of 1976. After struggling in bars for another two years, the band finally attracted the attention of London Records who committed to three singles before encouraging the band to record a full album. But during the recording process Schultz was replaced by MacMillan. The self-titled album was released in 1979 consisting of the two previous singles and a re-issue of “You Didn’t Listen To Me” which finally charted making it to No. 72 on the national chart and pushing the album into the Top100. During the recording of the second record with Paul Northfield at Le Studio in Québec, London Records collapsed. The band was left drifting with several more years of road work and line-up changes. Frustrated with not having any label interest, Wheaton decided to dust off the four tracks recorded for the second album with the help of original engineer/producer Paul Northfield and released an independent EP in 1982. A single called “Apology” was released to radio and garnered them enough interest for a gig opening for The Beach Boys at the Halifax Metro Centre. Leggat left in 1983, Maillet in 1986. The band finally called it quits in 1987. Wheaton spearheaded a reformation of the band in July 1999 with Maillet, Gaudet, keyboardist Andre Leblanc, and former Oakley drummer Doug MacKay to do occasional gigs, including a sold out concert performing with Matt Minglewood. They also rang in the millennium performing at Greenwood Air Force Base. Molly Oliver also performed at the Classic Rock Concert in the Halifax Forum on October 4, 2003; Robert “Bob” Biggs died August 30, 2014. with notes from Jim Rice and Bruce Wheaton.

Singles
1976 Straight In My Head/Rainbow Woman (Big Harold’s) BH-1110
1978 You Didn’t Listen To Me/Open Up (London) LX-2681
1978 Greet Your Neighbor/Living A Dream (London) LX-2684
1978 Somebody New In My Eyes/Hey There (London) LX-2693
1979 You Didn’t Listen To Me/Open Up [re-issue] (London) LX-2681

Albums
1979 Molly Oliver (London) DL-3023
1982 Molly Oliver [4song EP] (No Name Brand) WRC2-2498
2003 In The Studio –  (independent)


MONGRELS, The
Joey Gregorash (lead vocals) / Alan Schick / Duncan Wilson (lead guitar, organ) / Garth Noseworthy (bass) / Larry Rasmussen (drums) / John Nykon (guitar)
Gregorash and Schick formed The Mongrels in 1967. At only age 16 Gregorash would host his own dance TV show called ‘Young As You Are’ during which time the band became the first white musicians to record at the infamous Stax Volt studios in Memphis, Tennessee. Guess Who member Randy Bachman became an instant fan who offered them not only songs to record but produced their material as well. They were successful in Winnipeg but their Franklin Records releases met with little success in the rest of the country. Throat problems forced Gregorash to leave the band in 1969. He would go on to a successful JUNO Award winning solo career. The band carried on with Schick taking up the slack and after switching to RCA in 1970 they had a hit single with “Ivy In Her Eyes” which peaked at No.77 on the RPM Top 100 Singles chart. Following the demise of the band Schick would have his own charting single called “Lucy Lucy Lucy” in 1973. with notes from Joey Gregorash.

Singles
1968 Death of a Salesman/Sitting in the Station (Franklin) FR-307
1968 My Woman/Sitting In The Station (Franklin) QC-619
1969 Funny Day/Good, Good Man (Franklin) QC-624
1969 Do You Know Your Mother/Heartaches (Franklin) QC-632
1970 Ivy In Her Eyes/It’s The Last Time (RCA/Victor) PB-571036


MONKEY SEE
David Rusland (lead vocals) / Bill Lamont (keyboards, backin vocals) / Dave O’Leary (bass, backing vocals) / Ted Lamont (guitars, backing vocals) / Bob Roy (drums, percussion)
From London, Ontario.

Singles
1988
Life’s A Beach/Pressure (On Our Love) (Auto) AUTO-004
1988 Living In Twilight/[same] (Auto) AUTO-007


MONKEYWALK
Andrew Frank (bass) / Bil Ringgenberg (vocals)
Montreal baritone vocalist Bil Ringgenberg and bassist Andrew Frank played in the funk band Seven Sisters from 1982 to 1987. They were growing tired of the British funk sound they’d been playing and moved towards a more R & B feel as Monkeywalk. In 1992, the duo released their self-titled debut album which featured the addition of dozens of musicians to flush out their sound by including ex-Triumph guitarist Rik Emmett and Ellen McIlwaine. A tour featuring the duo with three sidemen followed. 1995’s ‘More’ repeated the groove formula with Rik Emmett and Randy Cooke among others adding their veteran faculties, but the disc failed to gain the duo any notoriety or airplay. In 1996 they re-invented themselves again as a ’90’s version of Bourgeois-Tagg under the name Driving Blind. Rik Emmett returned once again to help the duo recreate their vision.

Singles
1992 Tear It All Down (Duke Street/MCA)
1992 Will It Ever Come To Pass (Duke Street/MCA)

Albums
1992 Monkeywalk (Duke Street/MCA)
1995 More (Offbeat)

as DRIVING BLIND
1996
Driving Blind (Vanguard)


MONUMENTS GALORE
Kevin Mears (vocals) / Brad Hrushka (guitars, vocals) / Eric Loewen (guitars, vocals) / Arthur Pearson (bass) / Doug Dobson (drums) / Brian Wallace (guitar; replaced Hrushka in 2000) / Mark Hollderson (drums; replaced Dobson in 2000)
Winnipeg, Manitoba’s Monuments Galore were a critically acclaimed live act and won 1986 CASBY Award for ‘Best Non-Recording Act’ despite having only played Toronto once before the Awards itself. The band quickly recorded and released the ‘Young Girl Generation’ EP. 1987 saw the release of an independent 7″ single called “Peace And Harmony” featuring hand-painted picture sleeves. The band finally released an album in 1989 on the Eureka Records label which launched several videos played regularly on MuchMusic including “Sometimes I Wander” and “Always On My Mind”. The band split up in 1991 but reformed with Wallace and Hollderson as new members in 2000. with notes from Steve Bell.

Singles
1987 Peace And Harmony (Relapso Escondito) NL-913
1989 Always On My Mind/Always On My Mind [Extended Mix] [12″] (Eureka/BMG)
1989 Sometimes I Wander [Extended Version]/[LP Version] [12″] (Eureka/BMG)
EK-1209

Albums
1986 Young Girl Generation [EP] (independent)
1989 Always On My Mind (Eureka/BMG)


MOOD JGA JGA
Greg Leskiw
(guitar, vocals) / Herman Fruhm (guitar) / Bill Merritt (bass) / Gord Osland (drums)
A decade after being in Winnipeg, Manitoba band The Shags together, Leskiw (who replaced Randy Bachman in the Guess Who for three years) and Merritt reunited to form Mood Jga Jga in 1974. They were signed to Warner Brothers in Los Angeles and their self-titled debut album  was produced in New York City by Phil Ramone (Paul Simon, Billy Joel). The band split up in late 1975. To make ends meet, Leskiw created Les Q in Winnipeg and two years later signed a record deal under the new name of Kilowatt with Dalcorte Records. The group, having never officially disbanded, regrouped to release a jazz-based EP called ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ in 1997; Fruhm and Leskiw would go on to form Crowcuss. In recent years Fruhm has been in the industrial tool manufacturing and distribution business; Leskiw performs with ex-Mood Jga Jga members in a group called SwingSoniq. with notes from Lola Bee. [also see THE SHAGS, CROWCUSS]

Singles
1974 Queen Jealousy/Only A Fool In Love (Warner Bros.) WB-6301
1975 Turn Around (Bare Rocks/Warner Bros.)

Albums
1975 Mood Jga Jga (Bare Rocks/Warner Bros.) BS-2772
1997 Boys Will Be Boys (Mood Jga Jga)


MOON, Sam
Born: Richard Boudreau in, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
Cape Breton showman and vocalist – who often performs barefooted and dressed in a Moo Moo – has fronted some of the East Coast’s most popular acts such Universal Power, Moon-Minglewood, Sun Machine, The Power Unit with Ritchie Oakley, as well as his own Sam Moon Band. They released one single in 1978 – “Another Man” – on the Solar Records label. When the band split up Moon went solo and the remaining members formed The Battery. Moon’s first solo album was ‘New Moon’ in 1982 featuring the members of Sun Machine as his backing band on the album. The album would spawn four singles and Moon became the first Maritime artist to crack the Top20. The Halifax Herald named him ‘Entertainer of the Year’ for 1982. In 1983 he won the Shure Mic Award for outstanding vocals. Moon has shared stages and opened shows for the likes of ZZ Top, The Guess Who, The Doobie Brothers, Sass Jordan, The Band, The Atlantic Rhythm Section, Delbert McClinton, and The Beach Boys.

Singles
1982 Hostage/Crowded Main (Nova) NS-0071
1982 Eclipse/Satisfaction Guarantee (Nova) NS-0072
1982 See You Tonight/Dr. Rock & Roll (Nova) NS-0073
1984 Don’t Let It Fool You/ (Nova) NS-0081

with SAM MOON BAND
1978
Another Man/It’s Not My Day (Solar) SAR-227

Albums
1982
New Moon (Nova) N689-007
2011
Never Let Me Go (independent)

with SAM MOON & RICK GAUTREAU
2003
The Wingnuts Live at Finbar’s Irish Pub


MOONQUAKE
Jack ‘Geisinger’ August (bass, lead vocals) / Hovaness Hagopian (guitar, vocals) / Derek Kendrick (drums, percussion, vocals)
This Montreal trio came together as backing band for Michel Pagliaro in the early 1970’s before striking out on their own. They signed Gamma Records in 1973 and released their self-titled debut album the same year. Several singles received radio play with their most popular tune being “Remember”. In 1975 they signed with Aquarius Records and released their sophomore effort ‘Star Struck’. They would have minor success in Eastern Canada with the album’s single “Wild Little Story” which made it to No.69 in the Canadian charts in the fall of 1975. In 1976 they disbanded. Jack August – who had been in Influence with Walter Rossi in the late ’60s – teamed up with Rossi again in Charlee.

Singles
1973 Remember/This Winter (Gamma) GA-5038
1974 It’s My Life/Pack Up My Fender (Gamma) GA-5044
1974 Don’t You Try To Be My Baby/Seasons (Gamma) GA-5048)
1974 Tomorrow/Pack Up My Fender (Nova/Telefunken/Decca – GERMANY) DL-26010
1975 Star Struck/War Baby (Aquarius) AQ-5039
1975 Wild Little Story/Nothing At All (Aquarius) AQ-5042
1975 Bang, Bang Baby (Aquarius) AQ-5054

Albums

1973 Moonquake (Gamma) GS-510
1974 Remember (NOVA – Germany)
1975 Star Struck (Aquarius) AQR-507
1997 Moonquake (Unidisc) AGEK-2353
1997 Star Struck (Unidisc) AGEK-2354


MOORE, Mae
Mae Moore was born in Brandon, Manitoba but relocated in her twenties to southwestern Ontario to pursue art school. It was there that she realized that she would probably starve as an artist and instead moved to Vancouver as part of an acoustic trio – Moore played acoustic guitar and dulcimer. She later joined the rock group Foreign Legion on electric guitar. While working at Vancouver’s Railway Club she met future West End Girls sven gali John Dexter. They teamed up as song writers and were able to strike it rich with “Heaven In Your Eyes” which Loverboy recorded for the 1986 ‘Top Gun’ soundtrack. Through an association with Barney Bentall, and his guitarist Colin Nairn, she landed a recording contract with CBS Records. Her debut album, ‘Oceanview Motel’, was assisted by the duo and Spirit Of The West’s Geoff Kelly. Her second album was called ‘Bohemia’ and released in 1992. With ex-Odds drummer Paul Brennan and two members of Spirit Of The West and a member of Ginger, Moore released her third album, ‘Dragonfly’, in 1995. After parting with Sony music, she took four years off and returned with her self-titled fourth album on Big Hip Records.

Singles
1990 I’ll Watch Over You (Epic/CBS)
1991 Where Loneliness Lives (Epic/CBS)
1991 Red Clay Hills (Epic/CBS)
1992 Bohemia (Epic/Sony) CDNK-732
1993 Because of Love (Epic/Sony)
1993 Coat of Shame (Epic/Sony)
1993 The Wish (Epic/Sony)
1995 Genuine (Epic/Sony)
1995 Watermark (Epic/Sony)
1999 Free To Love Me (Warm Song) (Big Hip)
2002 Funny World (Paras) PRO-1122

Albums
1990 Oceanview Motel (Epic/CBS) BEK-80155
1992 Bohemia (Epic/Sony) EK-80174
1995 Dragonfly (Epic/Sony) EK-80222
1999 Mae Moore (Big Hip)
2000 Collected Works: 1989 – 1999 (Epic/Sony) EK-80562


MOORHOUSE, John
John Moorhouse’s interest in music was sparked by his Grandmother Muriel who taught classical piano in Euphemia Township, Ontario.  In the 1960s he joined
St.Thomas/London, Ontario’s The Comic Opera (with the late Paul Hackman of Helix) who toured around Ontario through the summer of love. Meanwhile, he’d begun thinking of heading out on his own for a solo career and formed his own Bovine Records label putting out honky tonk and country records. Moorhouse has since spent the last 40 years recording his brand of country lounge piano-bar music and currently entertains at senior citizen homes using sing-a-long DVDs of popular songs as therapy for those with dementia and Alzheimers.

Singles
1966 Little Honky Tonk Angel/Mama Tried (Bovine)
1968 Let Me Try/Foolishly I Foolishly Try (Bovine)
1969 I Love How You Love Me/Just Because (Bovine)
1973 It’s Time to Go/The Way You Do (Bovine)
1974 Keep It In Mind/I Ain’t Crowdin’ Around Your Door No More (Bovine)
1975 Blue Christmas/San Antonio Trucker’s Christmas (Bovine) BR-007
1976 Canadian East Coast Jail Disaster/Northbound (Bovine)
1978 Reconsider Me/The Same Sweet Tune (Bovine)
1981 Keep It In Mind/I Ain’t Crowdin’ Around Your Door No More [reissue] (Bovine) PB-10598
1982 Let Me Try/Foolishly I Foolishly Try [re-issue] (Bovine)  PB-10600
1982 I Love How You Love Me/Just Because [re-issue]  (Bovine) PB-10601
1983 Otis The Jazzman/Hands of Time (Bovine) PB-10603
1984 It’s Time To Go/The Way You Do [re-issue] (Bovine) PB-10605
1985 The Way You Do It/It’s Time To Go (Bovine)

Albums
1974 Rockin’ Country (Bovine)
1982 Originals (Bovine)


MORAL SUPPORT
Sandro Durante / Richard Cranford (keyboards, electronics)
Moral Support was a Canadian group formed when Sandro Durante met experimental keyboardist Richard Cranford in 1982. After jamming together, they decided to get serious about putting a studio act together and began writing tunes. However, Cranford’s keyboard and electronics set-up was so complicated that no one could capture their sound properly to tape so they decided to produce themselves. Their first single for Tony Green’s TGO label was ‘Living With Passion’ which got them recognized outside of Québec. Their follow-up single and video, “Strange Day for Dancing”, was nominated for a 1984 CFNY-FM Single of the Year” CASBY Award. They released a full-length album in 1985 entitled ‘Insanity’ which spawned a single in the title track and “Closer To You”. The response was less effective and the duo split up in 1986; Durante went on to become the president of Tandem Records.

Singles
1983
Living With Passion/Rising (TGO) TGS-1007
1983
Living With Passion (Dance Mix vocal) / Living With Passion (Bonus Beats) // Rising / Living With Passion (Short Version) [12″] (TGO) TGO-107
1984 Strange Day for Dancing/Strange Day For Dancing (Instrumental) (TGO) TGS-1011
1984 Strange Day for Dancing/Strange Day For Dancing (Short Mix)//Strange Day For Dancing (Dub Version) [12”] (TGO) TGO-111
1985 Insanity/Heart of Gold (TGO) TGS-1016
1985 Insanity (Extended Mix)//Insanity (Single Mix)/Heart of Gold [12”] (TGO) TGO-116
1985 Closer To You/Whatever Turns You On (TGO) TGS-1021
1985 Living With Passion (Give Up Your Job – Now)/Living With Passion (Soundtrack For Your Own Escape) [12”] (ARS – BELGIUM) ARS-3645

Albums
1985
Insanity (TGO) TGLP-002


MORAN, John
Moran was originally from Dundee, Scotland and fronted The Poor Souls under the name Johnny Hudson who released at least two singles between 1965 and 1966 before he moved to Toronto, Ontario to carry on his career in Canada. He assembled a new Poor Souls and had three singles on Quality Records. Following the death of Moran’s wife in 1972, the band split up. Moran eventually signed a solo deal with Columbia for several singles including “The Beatles’ Thing” which reached No.24 on the RPM Singles chart in 1973 as did its B-side “Lady Loves Me”. Following the release of his debut album, ‘Come Join Me’, two more singles followed which were produced by Paul Gross. Moran was last known to be living in Vancouver, British Columbia. with notes from Peter Needham, Ron Ray and William C. Smith.[also see THE POOR SOULS]

Singles
as MORAN

1973 The Beatles’ Thing/Lady Loves Me (Epic) 5-10987
1973 Come Join Me/Little Boys (Epic – UK) S-EPC-1918
1974 Falling In Love Again/Sit Yourself Down (Columbia) C4-4051

Albums
as MORAN
1972
Come Join Me (Columbia) ES-90231


MORGAN
Born in Cardiff, Wales, Lindsay Morgan is the son of a Lay Preacher-Merchant Navy Sea Captain, who took the family on six cross-Atlantic journeys to North America when he was quite young. Morgan started playing guitar and writing songs at the age of eleven. When Morgan was 17 he met Jacqueline Clifton – who was just 14 – when they began dating. When she was finally of age they emigrated to Canada only a few months after being married and arrived in Canada on Februaryu 28, 1967 with nothing more than $50 and a steamer trunk full of hopes and dreams. After a year in Toronto, they turned a singing and performing hobby into a full time professional career in May 1968 when Toronto talent agent Paul Simmons booked them a show at The Nor-Shore Hotel in Thunder Bay (Port Arthur). Their old-world Welsh folk and light pop approach was an instant success. The engagement allowed the duo to work 48 weeks straight, six days a week for the next year. Soon Paul Anka’s father, Andy, offered to manage them and helped the duo land performances on CBC radio and Television shows with some of Toronto’s top studio musicians of that time: Moe Koffman, Guido Bass, Rob McConnell, Peter Appleyard, Ed Bickert, and Doug Riley among them. They also appeared on television in shows with Dr. Music, Gene MacLellan, Catherine McKinnon, and many other popular Canadian performers of that time. In 1969 they were the first entertainers at the opening ot Toronto’s Jarvis House. They played numerous return engagements to overflow crowds. During that time they were offered a recording deal with Art Snider, owner of a Toronto recording studio called Sound Canada. Lindsay and Jacqueline were then living in Burlington, close to Toronto. They asked Ron Knappett, their next door neighbour’s son, and an experienced jazz drummer to drum on their recording session. Through Knappett they were introduced to two young musicians, just out of school, Daniel Lanois and his school mate Bob Doidge. Doidge had played bass in Ian Thomas’s band Tranquility Base and Lanois had been performing with Ray Materick and other Hamilton groups when he was still in school. The team of musicians – which also included Kyle Pacey on lead guitar and Paul Benton on Hammond B3 – recorded the duo’s debut album ‘Jacqueline & Lindsay’ which was released in 1972 on Vintage Records. Following the release of the album Jacqueline and Lindsay Morgan added other musicians to their stage line-up so they could reproduce the songs authentically live. Also, in 1971, they bought a 125 year old stone farmhouse on 200 acres of beautiful rolling land, just outside of the southern Ontario farming community of Mount Forest. The duo – with a rotating band in tow, renamed themselves Morgan and released several singles produced by Bob Gallo and were released on Columbia between 1976 and 1978 without much radio traction. The band would include during its many incarnation drummer John Scott Bruyea, guitarist Bill Dillon, the late keyboardist Ed Roth, plus future CANO members Bill Cymbala, John Dorr, Dave Burt and Rachel Paiement. While CANO was off and running, Jacqueline and Morgan did some recording at the Lanois brothers’ newly opened Grant Avenue Studio and recorded the single “Mennonite Man”. It gained enough radio play to get the duo signed to Phonodisc where they finally released a full-length studio album which featured the previous single and two new singles – “Another California Song” (1979) and “Ride In the Sunshine” (1980). Eventually, the band and the duo stopped performing and recording and the couple were divorced in 1985. In 1987 Linsday Morgan would work on music with a very young singer/lyricist Alanis Morissette on her debut 7” single called “Fate Stay With Me” which was co-produced by Morgan and Rich Dodson (Stampeders). Morgan is still active as a solo folk act and has released half-a-dozen solo CDs. with notes from Lindsay Morgan and John Scott Bruyea.

Singles
1976
Leaving the World Outside/[same] (Columbia) C4-4122
1977 Mystical Magical Love (Columbia)
1978 Keep the Fire Burning/[same] (Columbia) C4-4175
1979 Mennonite Man (independent)
1979 Another California Song (Phonodisc)
1980 Ride In the Sunshine (Phonodisc)

with JACQUELINE & LINDSAY
1972
Night Spinner/Take Me (CBC Radio Canada) LM-136

Albums
1979
Morgan (Phonodisc) PHE-6005

with JACQUELINE & LINDSAY
1972
Jacqueline & Lindsay (Vintage) SCV-108


MORGAN, Pamela [Born: November 25, 1957]
Along with Noel Dinn, Pamela Morgan was one of the founding members of Figgy Duff (a traditional Newfoundland white pudding) were the progenitors of the Celtic maritime sound – a folk/rock hybrid incorporating traditional jigs and reels. In the early years, Figgy Duff criss-crossed the island seeking the songs and music of the people, learning in the oral tradition as generations did before – gauging their success by the joy it brought to those who taught them the songs. In a short time Figgy Duff became famous for their folk/rock fusion and original arrangements and it was not long after that those outside of Newfoundland discovered the band as something new and exotic. Despite an early deal with Island Records that resulted in as-yet unreleased album, and an early indie album called ‘After The Tempest’ in 1984 (featuring two original songs), their eponymous debut, featuring a 4-member raw ensemble, was produced by Tom Treumuth and Gary Furniss and released through Phonodisc in 1981. For the next 12 years Noel Dinn and singer/songwriter/producer Pamela Morgan led Figgy Duff (in its several incarnations) through the production of three more studio albums and countless tours of North America and Europe; taking the band from local innovators to a powerful and critically lauded international presence in the burgeoning worldwide Folk/Celtic scene. 1990’s ‘Weather Out The Storm’ was again produced by Tom Tremeuth and Gary Furniss as the first act on Tremeuth’s newly resurrected Hypnotic Records. The writing skills become more evident, yet rooted in the bandÕs traditional background. It featured five highly original songs, and the traditional music sparkles with even more innovative arrangements. With a reconfigured line-up, Figgy Duff embarked on a full-scale tour of Canada in the winter of 1991. The album itself was nominated for a Juno Award 1991. 1993’s ‘Downstream’ became their first all original offering with songs by band leaders Noel Dinn and Pamela Morgan and featured special guest appearance by guitarist Ken Greer (Red Rider, Gowan). Shortly after the completion of the album, ‘Downstream’, bandleader Noel Dinn died of cancer at the age of 45 on June 26, 1993. Pamela Morgan disbanded Figgy Duff shortly thereafter and would compile a “best of” called ‘A Retrospective: 1974-1993’ in 1995. The single “Inside A Circle – 1999”, from the ‘Weather The Storm’ album, will be released in June 1999 to coincide with the 25th Anniversary Reunion tour this summer. Before Dinn’s untimely death, he worked with Morgan to produce the exquisite ‘The Colour Of Amber’ with Anita Best. Through “Colour…” Morgan continued her musical journey, redefining some of the most haunting traditional material, that ultimately landed the album on several “Year’s Best” lists throughout the world. With the release of her first true solo album, ‘On A Wing And A Prayer’, Morgan carried the legacy of Figgy Duff through her own highly innovative, self-produced original music, which earned critical acclaim and a place on various international compilations. She has also recently completed an album of seasonal old-world favourites, ‘Amber Christmas’. Pamela Morgan has spent the past several years working tirelessly to gather all her former recordings under her own label, Amber Music. With her impressive body of work, as well as releases by Anita Best and the late Emile Benoit, Morgan’s Amber Music is bringing the past togther with the present and passing the musical legacy on. Morgan has also co-produced music for others including Emile Benoit’s ‘Vive La Rose’ alongside Noel Dinn and Gary Furniss, and Anita Best’s ‘Crosshanded’. with notes from Francis Fagan of Amber Music.[also see FIGGY DUFF]

Singles
1996 The Game (A & M)
1996 Backseat (A & M)
1996 Wish You Could Stay (A & M)
1998 The Holly And the Ivy (Amber)
1998 The Cherry Tree Carol (Amber)
2002 7 Years (Amber)
2006 Ancestral Songs (Amber)

with ANITA BEST AND PAMELA MORGAN
1992
Suil a Gra (Amber)

Albums

1996 On a Wing and a Prayer (A & M) 771700
1998 Amber Christmas (Amber)
1999 Collection (Amber)

with ANITA BEST AND PAMELA MORGAN
1994
The Colour of Amber (Amber) 9008


MORISSETTE, Alanis
Born: June 1, 1974 as Alanis Nadine Morissette in Ottawa, Ontario
Ottawa, Ontario’s Morissette began her music career as a singer and performer but was first a regular on the kids’ TV show ‘You Can’t Do That On Television’. Her family had become long-time friends with the Canadian singing duo Lindsay and Jacqueline Morgan. By 1985, the Morissettes were vacationing around Southern Ontario and would frequently stay at the Morgans’ 125 year old stone home in Mount Forest, Ontario. There, Lindsay Morgan had built an 8-track studio and helped Alanis realize her early interest in writing songs and singing. Morgan helped her secure a FACTOR grant to pay for bigger production than what he was able to offer in his home studio. Morgan and Alanis went to Rich Dodson’s Marigold studio  in Toronto and recorded Morissette’s self-penned songs “Find the Right Man” and “Fate Stay With Me” which was released as a 7” single in 1987.  The pressing was limited to 1300 and was sent to radio stations nationally. Morgan hired a stylist and a law firm to try and get the, then, twelve-year old a recording contract. No one was biting. Back in Ottawa, she caught her big musical break at Major’s Hill Park during the 1987 springtime Tulip Festival run by local entertainment whiz Stephan Klovan. She had impressed Klovan by singing “Find The Right Man” and so Klovan made her a feature attraction in the show. Recognizing a talent in the making, Klovan searched out opportunities to showcase the singer. Klovan then found a way of profiling the young singer by getting her to sing the National Anthem at high-profile events.Her first job was at the 1988 World Figure Skating Championships in Ottawa during Klovan’s work on Olympic skating medalist Elizabeth Manley’s TV special. Producers asked him to supply the anthem so he got Morissette and two Ottawa musicians to record a rollicking version of the song which was well received. One of the musicians was Leslie Howe, an Ottawa writer/producer/musician who was half of synth-pop duo One To One. Starting in 1988 and over the course of five years, Morissette worked in Howe’s home studio collaborating on what would become the making of her career. Klovan’s original motive for working with Howe was to record material for Morissette to to land a slot on ‘Star Search’. Morissette did an updated remake of The Osmond’s “One Bad Apple” for the ‘Star Search’ audition (which she never appeared on). Howe, Morissette and keyboardist Serge Cote put together her dance tunes while Klovan groomed her looks with assistance from clothing retailers. Morissette would end up modelling for a Dalmy’s catalogue and made instore appearances. Howe and Klovan then set their sights on a record deal for the singer. They produced a an expensive and self-financed video for one of the Howe demos called “Walk Away” filmed around the Eiffel Tower in France. Howe managed to convince MCA’s A & R director John Alexander to audition the video. While waiting for her big break she was under great pressure as she was still attending Glebe Collegiate, recording, and still performing in cover band The New York Fries as a means to hone her live chops. Something had to give and it was her work with the New York Fries. Shortly after, MCA signed the young singer and in April, 1991, the label issued ‘Alanis’. As Alanis, Morissette was compared to other teen sensations of the time like Debbie Gibson and Tiffany. Detractors, however, couldn’t stop Alanis’ turn on radio which jumped all over the first single “Too Hot”. By July 1991, “Too Hot” had edged into contemporary hit radio Top 10. The second single/video “Feel Your Love” followed. Also that summer, Morissette sang at the Ottawa Rough Riders’ half-time show and execs from MCA flew in from Toronto to present her with a gold record (50,000 copies in Canada). In March 1992, she was went to the Juno Awards after being nominated for three catagories: ‘Single Of The Year’, ‘Best Dance Record’ and ‘Most Promising Female Vocalist’ (the latter award she won). Her debut album eventually sold 200,000 which made it a tough act to follow. Harder still was Morissette’s return to school after becoming a Canadian personality. Morissette conquered the awkwardness by burying herself in the recording studio. With a more mature take on the groove between the grooves, Morissette returned with ‘Now Is The Time’ in October 1992. The first single/video (filmed in Rome) was “An Emotion Away”, which found itself at the top of the pop charts. The sales of ‘Now Is the Time’ were moderate compared to her debut and the album slipped out of sight. Despite the impressive sales, Morissette’s career had not been lucrative for the singer or Leslie how who, despite receiving a recording budget for each album was still in debt from his initial investment in the singer’s career. Enter agent/manager Scott Welch (who had made the career of Los Angeles Lakers cheerleader Paul Abdul as a singer). MCA’s John Alexander approached Welch in 1993 to try and secure a stateside release for Alanis’ two albums. Welch thought she was an okay pop singer but put the records aside not thinking much of the material. Alexander insisted that Welch should meet Morissette and get to know the mature-for-her age young singer. Welch was impressed with her and suggested she look at a career change and develop her as an adult. The first step for Morissette was to relocate to Toronto and gain some new experiences and rub elbows with the industry. Alexander fronted her some cash to work on new demo tapes and live on. Over two years she worked with an estimated 100 songwriters with little useable material because Morissette was exercising her creativity and the songwriters were merely hired guns trying to fill spaces on her next album. Her time in Toronto was a valuable life experience, as was a trip to Nashville but produced no concrete material. She began making trips to Los Angeles to write with people there, too, but it provided its own set of stresses including getting robbed at gunpoint. After several false starts, Morissette hooked up with a strong musical force in Glen Ballard who was originally a keyboardist and staff producer for Quincy Jones whose resume read like the Who’s Who of modern music including Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole and dozens of other big names. In February, 1994, during a brief trip to Los Angeles, Morissette arrived at Ballard’s studio ready to write and fifteen minutes later they were deep in the middle of their first tune, “The Bottom Line”, and had clicked immediately. The song never saw a release nor did the first half dozen or so. But a connection had been made and Morissette relocated to LA so that the two could work consistantly over extended periods of time. While writing they decided to take advantage of Ballards home studio set up and what initially were intended as demos became the core of her third album ‘Jagged Little Pill’. Because of the speed and quality of their output, Ballard suggested Welch hold off on searching for a new record deal. The duo didn’t want a label tampering with the creative process and instead aimed to finish the new album and sell it complete – as a single vision. Once the team finished the record, Welch set up meetings with several labels but Morissette found her artistic outlook clashing with the corporate agenda of many of the labels. Several labels showed mild interest but it was Madonna’ vanity label Maverick which showed they were truly willing to go the distance provided Morissette had the live chops to back up her cutting edge material. Ballard and Morissette did an acoustic showcase for execs at the label and she was signed immediately. “You Oughta Know” was issued on a compilation CD issued with a music magazine. An influential L.A. radio station picked up the track and controvery followed with the inclusion of the word ‘f*ck’ in one of the song’s verses. The audience reaction was instant and the song was soon added to stations right across the US. But instead of jumping on the hype band wagon, Welch and Morissette agreed to limit the singer’s over exposure factor by not appearing on too many TV shows or granting too many interviews and instead she hit the road to test her band and the reaction of her material with live audiences. Touring like a real struggling rock act in a cramped van for months on end finally paid off when the group was featured on the MTV Awards in New York performing “You Oughta Know”. That appearance was followed up another on ‘Saturday Night Live.’ Her conquering of Canada however, would be tougher given the industry and public perception of Alanis The Dance Queen. Morissette showcased for label reps in Banff, Alberta and no one told them who she was – just let the music speak – and the reps were blown away. Not wanting a repeat of her previous monetary fiasco with MCA, Morissette took no advance royalties and instead negotiated a percentage based on future sales. Figuring her album would do a standard 200,000 to 250,000 units, Warner Music agreed. ‘Jagged Little Pill’ raced up the charts and critics slammed it as Morissette’s opportunistic attempt at riding the ‘alternative’ music bandwagon. The album would go on to have 5 Top-10 singles and sell over 15 million copies worldwide. Grammy Awards, JUNO Awards and video awards followed with Morissette touring to record audiences and ticket sales. A final statement on the album’s success was released in 1997 in the form of a full-length live video also called “Jagged Little Pill” and Morissette retired to the pressure of writing her born-again sophomore effort. So far only the song “Uninvited” has emerged from the soundtrack to the Nicholas Cage movie “City of Angels”. In the interim she’s also launched her ‘Can’t Not Tour’ Tour which saw her perform at the 1998 Tibetan Freedom concert in the US. With the much anticipated follow-up album ‘Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie’, featuring the single “Thank U”, being released for the pre-Christmas 1998 rush, Morissette has eased herself back into the limelight with 12 low-key promotional concerts at clubs not concert venues. Morissette is married to US rap artist MC Souleye (Mario Treadway). Morissette continues to release albums at her own pace on her own terms.

Singles
1987 Fate Stay With Me/Find The Right Man (Lamor) LMR-10-12
1991 Walk Away (MCA)  MCAD-9110
1991 Too Hot (MCA)  MCAD-9124
1991 Feel Your Love (MCA) MCAD-9179
1992 An Emotion Away/When We Meet Again (MCA)
1992 Plastic (MCA)
1993 (Change Is) Never a Waste of Time (MCA)
1993 No Apologies (MCA) MCAD-9326
1993 Real World (MCA)
1995 You Oughta Know (album version)/You Oughta Know (Jimmy the Saint Blend)/Perfect (Acoustic version)/Wake Up (Maverick/Reprise/Warner)  243575
1996 Hand In My Pocket/Head Over Feet (Live Acoustic)/Not The Doctor (Live Acoustic) (Maverick/Reprise/Warner) 243596
1996 Hand In My Pocket/Right Through You (Live Acoustic)/Forgiven (Live Acoustic) (Maverick/Reprise/Warner)  243604
1996 Ironic (Album Version)/Forgiven (Live)/Not The Doctor (Live Acoustic)/Wake Up (Live Acoustic) (Maverick/Reprise/Warner) 243650
1996 You Learn/Your House (Live In Tokyo)/Wake Up (Modern Rock Live)/Hand In My Pocket (Maverick/Reprise/Warner) 243655
1996 Ironic/You Oughta Know (Live Acoustic At The Grammys)/Mary Jane (Live)/All I Really Want (Live) (Maverick/Reprise/Warner) 243700
1996 Head Over Feet (Maverick/Reprise/Warner) 243719
1996 All I Really Want (Maverick/Reprise/Warner)
1997 Uninvited (Maverick/Reprise/Warner)
1998 Thank U/Pollyanna Flower/Uninvited (Demo) (Maverick/Reprise/Warner)  244572
1998 Unsent/Are You Still Mad/London (Maverick/Reprise/Warner) 244633
1999 So Pure (Maverick/Reprise/Warner) 244727
1999 That I Would Be Good (Maverick/Reprise/Warner) 244780
1999 Joining You (Melancholy Mix)/These Are the Thoughts/Thank U (BBC/Radio One Live)  (Maverick/Warner – UK) W472-CD1
1999 Joining You (Album Version)/Your House (BBC/Radio One Version)/London (Bridge School Benefit Live) (Maverick/Warner – UK) W472-CD2
2000 King of Pain (Maverick/Warner – Japan) WPCR-10706
2002 Simple Together (Maverick/Reprise/Warner) PRO-3711
2002 Hands Clean/Unprodigal Daughter/Symptoms (Maverick/Warner – UK) W574-CD1
2002 Hands Clean/Awakening Americans/Unprodigal Daughter/Symptoms (Maverick/Warner) W574-CD2
2002 Precious Illusions/Hands Clean (Acoustic Version)/Sorry 2 Myself  (Maverick/Warner – UK) W582-CD1
2002 Precious Illusions/Offer/Bent 4 U (Maverick/Warner – UK)  W582-CD2
2002 Flinch (Maverick)
2002 Surrendering (Maverick)
2002 21 Things I Want In a Lover (Maverick)
2003 Utopia (Maverick)
2003 So Unsexy (Maverick)
2004 Everything (Radio Edit)/So Unsexy (Vancouver Sessions 2004)/Everything (Vancouver Sessions 2004) (Maverick/Warner – UK) W641-CD1
2004 Everything (Radio Edit)/Precious Illusions (Vancouver Sessions 2004) (Maverick/Warner – UK) W641-CD2
2004 Out Is Through/Spineless (Vancouver Sessions 2004) (Maverick/Warner – UK) W647-CD1
2004 Out Is Through/Eight Easy Steps (Vancouver Sessions 2004)/This Grudge (Vancouver Sessions 2004) (Maverick/Warner – UK)  W647-CD2
2004 Eight Easy Steps (Maverick) 42765
2005 Crazy (Maverick) 42855
2006 Wunderkind (Maverick)
2008 Not As We (Maverick)
2008 Underneath (Maverick) 249864
2008 In Praise of the Vulnerable Man (Maverick)
2010 I Remain
2012 Guardian

Albums
1991 Alanis (MCA) MCAD-10253
1992 Now is the Time (Ghetto/MCA) MCAD-10731
1995 Jagged Little Pill (Maverick/Reprise) 245901
1996 Space Cakes (Live 1995) [EP] (Maverick/Reprise/Warner – Japan) WPCR-455
1996 The Singles Box (Maverick/Warner – Australasia) 243786
1998 Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie (Maverick/Reprise/Warner) 247094
1999 MTV Unplugged (Maverick/Reprise/Warner) 247589
2002 Under Rug Swept (Maverick/Reprise/Warner) 247988
2002 Feast On Scraps [EP] (Maverick/Reprise/Warner)
2004 So-Called Chaos (Maverick/Reprise/Warner) 248773
2005 Jagged Little Pill Acoustic (Maverick/Reprise/Warner) 249344
2005 The Collection (Maverick/Reprise/Warner) 249490
2008 Flavors of Entanglement (Maverick) 249935
2012 Havoc & Bright Lights (Maverick)
2012 The Original Album Series (Maverick)  249523


MORSE CODE (TRANSMISSION)
Christian Simard
(keyboards, vocals) / Michel Vallée (guitar) / Jocelyn Julien (guitar) / Raymond Roy (drums)
Québec’s Morse Code Transmission had its roots in 1967 as Les Maîtres which was founded by Vallee and Roy. They became quite popular playing cover tunes in both French (Robert Charlebois, Claude Leveillee) and English (Bee Gees, Tom Jones, Peter And Gordon). They recorded three unsuccessful singles before changing their name to, simply, Morse Code in the mid-70s after signing a recording contract with RCA Records. Their self-titled debut, featuring phonetically learned songs in English by the likes of Stan Rogers, Bill Misener and others, was released in 1971 and had success with the single “Oh Lord”. The band performed and recorded intermittently throughout the next decade and even managed a few gigs into the ’90’s before calling it quits in October 1990.

Singles
1968 Oh Lord/Fire Sign (RCA) 75-1066
1972 Cold Society/Satan’s Song (RCA) SPCS-45-116

as MORSE CODE
1975
Cocktail/Cocktail (Long Version) (Capitol) 72760
1975 Cocktail/Cocktail (Disco Mix) (Capitol) 85111
1976 Qu’est-ce que t’as compris?/Une goutte de pluie (Capitol) 85116
1976 Punch/Image (Capitol) 72770
1976 L’eau tone/Nuage (Capitol) 85127
1976 Qu’est-ce que t’es venu faire ici?/Procréation III (finale) (Capitol) 85128
1977 Picadilly Circus/Chevalier d’un règne (Capitol) 85139
1978 Je suis le temps/Magie de musique (Capitol) 85147
1978 Demain tout va Changer/Prends ton temps (Morse Code/Trans-Canada) MC-7801
1980 La Course/Le Prisonnier (12E ART) 12A-01
1982 How Could I Ever Reach You Now/Superstar (Celsius) CLS-728
1983 Still On My Mind/Tough Times (Aquarius) AQ-6006

Albums
1971 Morse Code Transmission (RCA) LSP-4575
1972 II (RCA) VPS-6092

as MORSE CODE
1974 Cocktail (Gamma) GA-8525
1975
La marche des hommes (Capitol) ST-70038
1976 Procréation (Capitol) SKAO-70046
1977 Je Suis le Temps (Capitol) ST-70051
1978 Le grands succès de Morse Code (Capitol) ST-70063
1983 Code Breaker (Aquarius) AQR-536
1995 D’un autre monde†


MORTIFEE, Ann
Born: November 30, 1947 in Durban, South Africa
Born in South Africa, Mortifee left for Canada when her father, a politician against apartheid, decided it was best to move his family elsewhere. In Vancouver, she began performing in coffeehouses at the age of 16, and was discovered by the legendary Josh White Sr., who became her mentor/advisor. From there, Mortifee went on to compose the score, and star in, ‘The Ecstasy of Rita Joe’ featuring Chief Dan George and Paul Horn. She co-hosted the TV Show ‘Both Sides Now’ and starred in the record-setting play ‘Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris’ where she was discovered by EMI producer Norman Newell at the New York shows. Meanwhile she was composing for BBC-TV, The National Film Board Of Canada, and various ballet companies including the North Carolina Dance Company. Her first solo album, ‘Baptism’ (1975), was recorded at Abbey Road Studios and released worldwide by Capitol-EMI.
Her albums have been on EMI, United Artists, Warner, and her own Jabula label. At the height of her first flush of success, she put everything on hold for three years to travel into the heart of Beirut and Calcutta – where she worked with Mother Teresa. These life experiences became the album ‘Journey to Kairos’, a stage show/album/award wining TV special. It was media personality Robert Conrad who created a following for Mortifee in Cleveland with TV specials, concerts and plays at the Cleveland Playhouse to showcase ‘An Arabian Knight’ and ‘Jacques and Maddly’. Her career changed with the CD ‘Serenade at the Doorway’ where Mortifee decided to dedicate her time and her music to the cause of healing and comfort. With no publicity, the CD quietly sold over 50,000 copies, mostly by mail order. 2005’s ‘Into The Heart of The Sangoma’ brought Mortifee back to the recording scene and was released by Bongo Beat Records.

Singles
197- Dark Young Man/Wake Up Jesus//Ordinary Feeling/Funny (CBC Radio) LM-193
1983 Are You Lonely Tonight/Goodbye My Love (WEA) 25-96257
1983 Born To Live/Never Ending Search (WEA) 25-97227
1984 Magdalene/Mystery (WEA) 25-92937

as ANN MORTIFEE, CHIEF DAN GEORGE, PAUL HORN
1973 Jesus God/Nobody Gets My Child (United Artists) UAXW-364W

Albums
1975 Baptism (Capitol) ST-6437
1980 Journey To Kairos (Jabula) JB-33
1982 Reflections on Crooked Walking (Jabula) JB-35
1983 Born To Live (Jabula/WEA) 25-03361
1984 Bright Encounter (Jabula/WEA) 25-14121
1991 Serenade at the Doorway (Jabula) JR-43
2005 Into The Heart Of Sangoma (Bongo Beat) BB-1974-2

with ANN MORTIFEE, CHIEF DAN GEORGE, PAUL HORN
1973 The Ecstacy of Rita Joe (United Artists) UALA-126F


MOTHER TUCKER’S YELLOW DUCK
John Patrick Caldwell (vocals, harmonica)  / Roger Law (guitar) / Charles Faulkner (bass) / Hugh Lockhead (drums) / Donnie McDougall (guitar, vocals) / Les Law (guitar, replaced Roger)
West Coast quintet Mother Tucker’s Yellow Duck was formed in 1967 — not as a group of musicians but as a collective consisting of Kathy Kay from Boston who was the original Mother Tucker, John Patrick Caldwell as The Yellow Duck (aka Raphael Red The Village Idiot), Bob O’Connor (aka Dogan Pink Foot/Sheldon O’Dogan), and Michael Goldman (aka Garnet Crystalman). The only working musician at the time was O’Connor who got a job working with Hughie Lockhead and Charlie Faulkner in a group called Medusa. When Bob O’Connor left the group – Lockhead and Faulkner join Caldwell to form the band actual musical group Mother Tucker’s Yellow Duck. By 1968 they were signed to London Records and had little success with their first single, “I”, but did have minor success with “One Ring Jane” in 1969. Later that year they would form their own Duck Records distributed by Capitol Records where they released several more singles through 1970. Roger Law would eventually be replaced by his brother Les and the band managed to tour with the likes of Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, Cream, and The Yardbirds. Alas, fame eluded them and they split up in 1971. Donnie McDougall would go on to join The Guess Who in 1972 and recorded several albums with them. He wound up a truck driver living in White Rock, BC. In the mid-90’s he would revive his career as member of The Best Of The Guess Who — a touring tribute to his former band and eventually joined the reformed Guess Who in 2000; Caldwell left the music business; Roger Law died in a car accident; Faulkner joined the Wild Root Orchestra before leaving music to become a handyman only to return in recent years with the Kelowna, BC band Dog Skin Suit. with notes from John Sinclair, Bob O’Connor and Sebastian Agnello.

Singles
1968 I/Funny Feeling (Duck) DR-1
1968 I/Funny Feeling (London) M-17363
1969 One Ring Jane/Kill The Pig (Duck/London) DR-2
1969 One Ring Jane/Funny Feeling (Duck/Capitol) 72583
1969 One Ring Jane/Times Are Changing [promo] (Capitol – USA) 2707
1969 Little Pony (Duck/Capitol)
1970 Starting A New Day/No One In Particular (Duck/Capitol) 72614

Albums

1969 Homegrown Stuff (Duck/Capitol) ST-6304
1970 Starting A New Day (Duck/Capitol) ST-6352
2001 Homegrown Stuff [CD re-issue] (EMI Canada) 72435 32330 2 0


MOTHERLODE
Version I: Ken Marco (guitar; 1969-1970) / Steve Kennedy (tenor sax, harmonica; 1969-1970) / William “Smitty” Smith (keyboards) / Wayne “Stoney” Stone (drums; 1969-1970); Version II: William “Smitty” Smith (keyboards; 1969-1970) / Philip Wilson (drums) / Anthony Shinault (guitar) Doug Richardson (saxophone) ; Version III: Breen LeBeouf (vocals; 1971) / Gord Waszek (guitar) / Mike Levine (bass) / Wally Cameron (drums) / Newton Garwood (keyboards); Version IV: Mike Levine (bass) / Wayne St. John (vocals; 1971) / Kieran Overs (guitar: 1971) / Wally Cameron (drums; 1971) / Newton Garwood (keyboards; 1971) ; Version V: Dave Berman (saxophone; 1971) / Brian Wray (keyboards; 1971) / Joey Roberts [aka Miquelon] (guitar; 1971) / Brian Dewhurst (drums; 1971) / Gerry Legault (bass, vocals; 1971)
Kennedy and Smith had been playing together in Toronto with the Soul Searchers, a four-piece band fronted by Eric Mercury and Diane Brooks. Following the break-up of that group, Kennedy, and then Smitty, joined Grant Smith And The Power, the quartet of Marco (Bar-Kays, Upset), Smith (Belltones, David Clayton-Thomas), Kennedy (Silhouetes, The Soul Searchers) and Stone splintered from the nine-piece showband having grown tired of performing material by others. They formed Motherlode in 1969 and moved to the isolation of London, Ontario so they could pursue their own original tunes. They starved and stayed with friends but finally caught a break after their debut at Thee Image Club when Mort Ross signed them to Revolver/Compo Records that year. Their first single, “When I Die”, was produced by Doug Riley and Terry Brown and failed to make a splash on radio. However, the band’s reciprocal deal in the US with Neil Bogart’s Buddah Records made the song a No.18 hit. With the song selling upwards of 500, 000 copies it eventually made it to Canadian charts (reaching No.5) and causing RPM magazine to declare them Canada’s first Supergroup. Their debut album, also called “When I Die” also featured the Top30 hit “Memories of a Broken Promise”. With the second album progressing slowly, Revolver continued culling material from the debut. The band split up in January 1970 and second album, “Tapped Out”, was released posthumously in the US only. Kennedy, Stone and Marco moved on right away to Doug Riley’s band Dr. Music. Revolver Records owned the name Motherlode and decided to flog a dead horse. Smith brought in they had Smitty replenish the ranks with three new musicians – drummer Philip Wilson, guitarist Anthony Shinault and sax player Doug Richardson. As the second version of Motherlode they released one 7″ single in the fall of 1970, “I’m So Glad You’re You (And Not Me)” backed with Shinault’s instrumental “Whipoorwill”. The new record flopped and the group split almost immediately. Revolver president Mort Ross brought in Gord Waszek (Leigh Ashford) to begin writing for the next version of Motherlode which turned out to be “All That’s Necessary” and was recorded by the third Motherlode incarnation – vocalist Breen Leboeuf (Chimot) and bassist Mike Levine (later of Triumph) plus Waszek and several other members of the flagging Leigh Ashford ensemble. The B-side was a renamed version of “Hiro Smothek” from 1970’s ‘Tapped Out’ LP called “The Chant”. To promote the record, yet another version of Motherlode was born — Levine, singer Wayne St. John (THP Orchestra, Domenic Troiano Band), guitarist Kieran Overs (Stringband), and two former members of Leigh Ashford Wally Cameron (drums) and Newton Garwood (keyboards). Despite a major promotion push the record flopped and the band split. By March 1971, the remnants of Montreal-based Natural Gas (which would feature George Olliver among its members) were given the dubious distinction of becoming version five of Motherlode: Dave Berman (saxophone), Brian Wray (keyboards), Joey Roberts [Miquelon] (guitar), Brian Dewhurst (drums) and Gerry Legault (bass, vocals). They didn’t even manage a recording before ditching the name and becoming Truck (with drummer Graham Lear). The original Motherlode actually reunited to record in 1976 for the song”Happy People” but the name was still tied up in red tape and it had to be released as a Kenny Marco solo project. The name was used, in November 1989, for a live reunion during a week of performances at the Club Bluenote in Toronto. They even managed to write and tape eight new songs in 1990 but those sessions have yet to be released. with notes from Bill Munson, Breen LeBoeuf, Wally Cameron and Gord Waszek.

Singles
1969 When I Die/Hard Life (Revolver) REVS-002
1969 Memories of a Broken Promise/What Does It Take (To Win Your Love) (Revolver) REVS-004
1970 Dear Old Daddy Bill/Living Life (Revolver) REVS-005
1970 I’m So Glad You’re You (And Not Me)/Whipoorwill (Revolver) REVS-008
1971 All That’s Necessary/Chant (Revolver/RCA) 75-1046

Albums
1969 When I Die (Revolver) RLPS-501
1970 Tapped Out (Buddah – US) BDS-5108
1996 When I Die/Tapped Out [2-fer-1 CD re-issue] (Pacemaker) PACE-007


MOVING TARGETZ
Trevor Duce (vocals; 1983) / Jaimie Vernon (bass, guitar, vocals; 1983-1992) / Simon Bedford-James (guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals; 1983-1985) / Austin So (bass; 1983-1984)  / Gord Jones (drums; 1983-1984) / Gord Giblin (bass; replaced So 1984; and 1988) / Jason Clarke (drums; replaced Jones 1984; replaced Tedd 1985-1988) / Ivan Judd (vocals; 1984; 1988-1992) / James ‘Oz’ Greeley (drums; replaced Clarke 1984) / Tom Siebenga (guitar, vocals; 1984)  / Ray Williams (bass; 1984) / Brian X (drums; replaced Greeley 1984) / Mark Sale (drums; replaced Brian X 1984) / Anders Andersen (bass; replaced Williams 1984) / Darren McDonald (saxophone; 1984) / Saverio Schembri (bass, guitar; replaced Andersen 1984) / Dave Tedd (drums, keyboards; replaced Sale 1984-1986) / Allen Gavigan (bass; replaced Bedford-James 1985) / Anton Evans (bass; replaced Gavigan 1985) / Vic Kennedy (bass; replaced Evans 1985) / Garry McDougall (guitar; 1987) / Rodney Maltais (keyboards; 1987) / Chris Walmsley (drums; replaced Clarke 1988) / John Barr (drums; replaced Walmsley 1988-1989) / Glenn Belcher (guitar; replaced McDougall 1988-1990; 1991-1992) / Sharon Judd (vocals, keyboards; 1988-1992) / Sean Hovington (guitar; replaced Belcher 1990-1991) / Marc Worne (drums; replaced Barr 1989) /  Mike Thorne (drums; replaced Worne 1989) / Duanne Welsh (drums; replaced Thorne 1989-90; 1992) / Stacey Washington (drums; replaced Welsh 1990-91) / Kim Blackmore (guitar; 1991)
When Swindled bassist Tim James quit that band in 1982 to join Flaming Apostles, remaining members Vernon, Clarke and Judd carried on with Gord Giblin (bass), Nick Clarke (Jason Clarke’s brother on guitar) and Paul O’Connor (second drums) as Youth In Asia. Nine months later the line-up went through a change before finally self-destructing at their only gig – a Scarborough, Ontario High School Battle Of The Bands contest. Vernon parted with the band and took up as manager of another act on the same bill – Appalling Taste. During initial meetings of the band various members objected to the management decision and promptly quit leaving the guitar spot open. Vernon switched from management duties to guitar duties and the band changed its name to Moving Targetz was born in May 1983. After several false starts and one ill-conceived gig at the St. Michael’s Boys school the band finally gelled in late 1984 with Vernon (guitar), Bedford-James (bass), Schembri (guitar, keyboards, saxophone) and Tedd (drums), Targetz managed its first tour of Ontario in 1985. The reaction was positive enough to prompt the four-piece to head into Rhythms In Dark Studio with Rick Winkle (Vital Sines) to record their debut EP ‘The Wonderful World Of…Moving Targetz’ which met with divided response. Tedd soon grew tired of his roll as drummer and preferred to pursue his first love, keyboards, leaving the drum stool vacant. Swindled/Youth In Asia alumnus Clarke was recruited (having tried unsuccessfully to launch Targetz earlier) and the band became a five piece. With a step up in style they also attracted a manager who suggested another line-up change. Bedford-James and Schembri were at odds with the new manager and promptly quit. They would form Swedish Fish in the Fall of 1985. Targetz carried on as a three-piece until a bassist could be found — Vic Kennedy — and the band returned to the bar circuit. This was short lived as Kennedy soon quit to pursue an English doctorate in England. Targetz dumped their manager and decided to concentrate on recording as a three piece. Demos were recorded in September 1985 with Frank Watt (Klaatu) at Certain Circles studio and the members decided on their next move. A full album was decided on and the trio began recording in January 1986 first with studio owner Gary Brown at the helm and when his time was tied up managing Thief, Carey Gurden (Spoons, Strange Advance) was brought in. Not long after Tedd disappeared and recording was suspended. Vernon temporarily took up bass with Swedish Fish for the fall of 1986 until he and Clarke realized that Tedd was not coming back to the band. A new engineer was brought in, Brian Gagnon (The Hunt), to salvage the tapes and more material was recorded with the addition of guitarist Garry McDougall and keyboardist Rodney Maltais. Finally, after two years of work, the album ‘Bulletproof’ was released on the band’s own label, Bullseye Records, in February 1988. Reaction was immediate and well received but there was only a studio act and not a touring act so the record lived and died based on its ability to gain momentum in the media. Vernon decided that he would put a new act together and brought in his old pal Ivan Judd (from Swindled and Youth In Asia) and try a whole new tact for Moving Targetz. By the summer of 1988 the duo were in the studio with bassist Giblin (Youth In Asia) and drummer Walmsley for three new songs. This line-up didn’t work out and former Holly Rose members Barr (drums) and Belcher (guitar) were added along with Judd’s wife Sharon on backing vocals to make Targetz a quintet. The band debuted live at Toronto’s El Mocambo in January 1989. More tour dates followed and the band headed into the studio to record the EP ‘Not Just For Those Who Believe In God’ on Bullseye. In March 1989 Barr bailed. Targetz pressed on using the momentum from good reviews; and continued gigging with occasional drummer Marc Worne through the summer of 1989. “Do You Believe” began a modest rotation on Canadian radio. The band headed to New York City with their 4-song EP to the annual New Music Seminar. “Do You Believe?” was already in circulation on the NMS Indie-Can ’89 CD and interest had begun brewing weeks before from places like Germany. One of these contacts, Jerry Love of Famous Music Publishing, fell over himself gushing about “Do You Believe?” and the EP. He suggested that a showcase in Toronto could put the final stamp on a publishing deal, but the band, instead spent the remainder of 1989 looking for a new drummer. The opportunity was lost. Eventually drummer Duane Welsh (Blindside) was added and the band launched into the “Bigger Than Bowling Tour 1990” which raised money for the act to return to the studio to start the long awaited second album. However, a full-year would pass and Welsh became restless and quit before the album could be completed. Stacey Washington was added on the skins and he continued with the band’s second full blown Canadian tour – “Deadlier Than Darts ’91’. Soon they launched the second album, ‘eMpTy’D’, and began stepping up their profile doing opening slots for such acts as Trooper, Haywire, and the Killer Dwarfs. Alas, the year-long trek amounted to little more than frustration. A second guitarist was added in Ritchie Blackmore’s cousin Kim Blackmore but that line-up would be the last as Targetz played its last show in November 1991 at the late lamented Rock And Roll Heaven in Toronto. Posthumously, Moving Targetz has continued generating noise. In 1992, an HBO documentary called Trilogy featured two – “Do You Believe In the Fantastic?” and “Guns Are Cocked”. Also in 1992, “Drugstore Roulette” was reissued on the compilation CD ‘Unsigned, Sealed And Delivered, Vol.3′ and there was a short-lived reunion in the summer of 1992 featuring The Judds, Vernon, Welsh and Belcher. Vernon eventually teamed up with former drummer Duanne Welsh (Dr. Rock & The Wild Bunch) to join Oshawa’s The Hounds from 1991 to 1993. The duo would later form Top-40 act Spare Parts with singer Maureen Leeson (The Life) and guitarist Geoff Wilson who toured regularly as original act Sharon’SISTER. Belcher became their soundman and recording engineer from 1995-1997. In the fall of 1995, a Canadian Talk Radio station (which has never been identified) began using Moving Targetz’ “Living In Danger”; Ivan Judd would go on to form Cheaper Than Therapy; Stacey Washington continued drumming with various projects like Strawman, Spills Manor, Terry & The Twilight Zone, and The Richmond Hillbillies before joining Bullseye Recording artists Soap Opera and co-founding The First Time; Simon Bedford-James went to the big leagues after landing a major label recording contract with Universal/MCA for his band MadE. He revived his band Swedish Fish in 2006 and now fronts Mr! Mouray with Moving Targetz co-founder Jaimie Vernon; Mike Thorne would go on to join Beach Boys tribute act Endless Summer and is currently drumming for Saga.

Albums
1985 The Wonderful World of…Moving Targetz [12″ EP](Bullseye) MTEP-001
1988 Bulletproof (Bullseye) BLP-4001
1989 Not Just For Those Who Believe In God [cassette] (Bullseye) NOVA-005
1989 Takes Manhattan [cassette] (Bullseye) NMS-10
1990 Takes Manhattan, Too [cassette] (Bullseye) NMS-11
1990 Cocked & Loaded: Live! [cassette] (Bullseye) NOVA-009
1991 1/2 eMpTy’D [cassette] (Bullseye) NOVA-015
1991 eMpTy’D [cassette] (Bullseye) CAS-4002
2012 Bulletproof: Full Coverage [DigiFile]


MOXY
LINE-UP I (1974-1977): Buzz Shearman (vocals) / Earl Johnson (lead guitar) / Buddy Caine (rhythm guitar) / Terry Juric (bass) / Bill Wade (drums); LINE-UP II (1978):  Michael Rynoski [aka Mike Reno] (vocals) / Earl Johnson (lead guitar) / Buddy Caine (rhythm guitar) / Terry Juric (bass) / Danny Bilan (drums); LINE-UP III (1980s): Buzz Shearman (vocals) / Woody West (guitar; replaced Earl Johnson) / Doug MacAskill (guitar; replaced West) / Terry Juric (bass) / Buddy Caine (guitar) / Danny Bilan (drums); LINE-UP IV (2000): Brian Maxim (vocals) / Earl Johnson (lead guitar) / Buddy Caine (rhythm guitar) / Bill Wade (drums); LINE-UP V (2001-2003): Brian Maxim (vocals) / Earl Johnson (lead guitar) / Buddy Caine (rhythm guitar) / Kim Hunt (drums) / Jim Sampson (bass); LINE-UP VI (2004 – 2010): Alex Machin (vocals) / Earl Johnson (lead guitar) / Buddy Caine (rhythm guitar) / Kim Hunt (drums) / Jim Sampson (bass) / Russell Graham (vocals; replaced Alex Machin in 2006); LINE-UP VII (2013) Earl Johnson (lead guitar) / Russell Graham (vocals) / Alexis Von Kraven (drums) / Andy Narsingh (bass)
From his previous act, Leigh Ashford, Shearman had inherited the name of the long running band and had scooped up members of non-recording act Outlaw Music to reconstitute Leigh Ashford’s line-up; Earl Johnson, Terry Juric and Billy Wade. So it was in 1974, at Scarborough’s notorious rock pit The Knob Hill Hotel, that the newest incarnation of Leigh Ashford made its unnoticed debuted. But, because there was new blood and a new sound the 5-piece changed its handle to Moxy for the label copy on their Yorkville Records debut single “Can’t You See I’m A Star”. The promising sounds on that trial run led to a signing with Polydor Records. The band’s first album was recorded at Sound City in Van Nuys, California with co-producer Mark Smith. As luck would have it, legendary guitarist Tommy Bolin was recording next door and added his trademark licks to the LP. When the band returned from LA, they enlisted guitarist Buddy Caine to round out the line-up and fill in the parts Bolin had injected. Moxy was able to generate a strong following in America, specifically in Texas. Two more albums — ‘Moxy II’ featuring their radio hit “Take It Or Leave It” (1976) and ‘Ridin’ High’ (1977) – and the constant grind of road life gave Shearman vocal chord problems. He quit Moxy to rest his throat and later formed Buzz Saw (with ex-Christmas guitarist Bob Bulger and drummer Frank Russell) which couldn’t rise above the bar scene. His vocal problems persisted and he had to pass on an opportunity to replace the late Bon Scott in AC/DC. Shearman’s replacement was Mike Rynoski for the album ‘Under the Lights’ (1978). But it wasn’t the same old Moxy and before long Shearman was back fronting the band and a new line-up featuring Doug MacAskill (guitar) and Danny Bilan (drums) carried on to little fanfare. Caine, Juric, and Bilan created Voodoo while Bill Wade formed Bongo Fury with Goddo’s Gino Scarpelli. Both acts had songs featured on the El Mocambo Records compilation ‘Toronto Calling’. Mike Rynoski changed his name to Mike Reno and had massive success with 1980’s pop act Loverboy. Shearman quit music and took up a day job. He died at the age of 33 in a motorcycle accident on June 16, 1983. He was survived by country singer wife Valerie Shearman and son Jesse. Through Valerie’s job as executive of Precision/Ahed Records, the former band members put together one more Moxy album – a retrospective tribute in 1984. In the mid’90’s Valerie Shearman oversaw the release of all of Moxy’s back catalogue on CD through Pacemaker Records including a ‘best of’ package called ‘Self-Destruction’. In 1999 Moxy drummer Bill Wade called Moxy members Earl Johnson and Buddy Caine after a 20 year recording gap to produce Moxy’s fifth studio album appropriately titled ‘Moxy V’. New vocalist Brian Maxim (former member of Stumbling Blind and The Passing Fancy), who was considered a true member of Moxy, as Brian sang back-ups for “Buzz” on tour back in 1977, worked with Buddy Caine and Terry Juric in the band Voodoo and worked with “Buzz” at Shaw Industries in the early 80s . Bill Wade grew very ill shortly after Moxy V was released. Unable to continue, a replacement for Bill became necessary and a bass player was also needed to replace Terry Juric who couldn’t play live. Drummer Kim Hunt and bassist Jim Samson, both former members of Zon, were added/ For their 25 anniversary Moxy played in San Antonio (alongside fellow special guests Saxon) in 2000 and performed again in 2004 with Budgie and Michael Schenker (Scorpions & UFO) at the annual Legs Diamond Bash in the Sunken Garden Theater to the delight of 6,000 fans. The popularity that Moxy still holds in Europe prompted the band’s first tour outside North America in 2001. Later that year Moxy found a home at Bullseye Records of Canada and released the ‘best of’ live album ‘Raw’ which was recorded in Pickering, Ontario ‘live’ off the floor in a secret warehouse location to an invitation-only audience. Bullseye Records of Canada also re-released Moxy V in North America with remastered and re-edited songs and new a track sequence supervised by Earl Johnson at Soho Studios in Toronto with engineer Glenn Belcher. Brian Maxim was later replaced by former A Foot In Coldwater/Champion vocalist Alex Machin before Moxy ground to a halt. Later, Johnson would form a supergroup side project called Hard Road with Rick Lazaroff (Santers) and Russell Graham (Killer Dwarfs). Inspired, Johnson reformed Moxy again without Buddy Caine and with Russell Graham on lead vocals. with notes from Bill Munson, Peter Burnside, Cam Atkinson and Wayne Diamond.

Singles
1974 Can’t You See I’m A Star/Out of the Darkness Into The Fire (Yorkville) YVM-45105
1975 Sail On, Sail Away (Edit)/Time To Move On (Polydor) 2065-291
1976 Take It Or Leave It/Wet Suit (Polydor) 2065-318
1977 Cause There’s Another (Edit)/Slippin’ Out (Polydor) 2065-340
1977 Ridin’ High/I’ll Set You On Fire (Polydor) 2065-353
1978 Sing To Me/Livin’ And Learnin’ (Polydor) 2065-387
1978 Maybe I Can See You/Sailor’s Delight (Polydor) 2065-394
1984 Ridin’ High/Change In My Life [12”] (Ahed) A12-1

Albums
1975 Moxy (Polydor) 2480-132
1976 Moxy II (Polydor)  2480-372
1977 Ridin’ High (Polydor) 2480-402
1978 Under The Lights (Polydor) 2480-460
1984 Moxy: A Tribute To Buzz Shearman (Ahed) AS-8227
1995 Self-Destruction: The Best of Moxy (Pacemaker) PACE-001
2000 Moxy V (Pacemaker) MAKE-1
2001 Moxy V [re-issue] (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4057
2002 Raw (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4059

as MOXY AND MIKE RENO
1984
Thinking About You (Ahed) AS-8228


MUCKTOWN RACETRACK BAND, The
Singles
1980
Love Me Tonite / Running (The Great Eastern Production Co.) SR-59


MUNKS, The
Rene Boileau (keyboards) / Tagg Hindsgaul (lead guitar) / Rick St.Jean (rhythm guitar) / Del Desrosiers (bass)  / Eddie Kaye (drums)
The Munks hailed from Montreal, Québec. In 1964 (and prior to Desrosier joining), they were known as Exit 4 and released one single on the Regency label in 1965 called “Please Come Back Marie” which was quite popular in Montreal. After changing their name to The Munks in 1966 and adopting monks habits as their stage persona, they were signed to Columbia Records. They released “Long Time Waiting” on Columbia to little fanfare. Subsequent singles followed on Phonodisc and London Records with a modicum of local success. In 1969, the band (minus Hindsgaul) teamed up with Franki Hart (using her original stage name) and Bill Hill (of J.B. and the Playboys) to form Freedom North. Kaye, St. Jean and Leroux all ended up as part of Don Graham’s band Graham County in 1971. with notes from Frankie Hart.

Singles
1966 Long Time Waiting/Heartaches Over My Head (Columbia) C4-2688
1967 O-O Je T’aime/Avancez En Arriere (Phonodisc) 312
1968 Make It Or Break It/Fancy Free (London) M-17357

as EXIT 4

1965 Please Come Back Marie/Hold Me Close (Regency) R-961


MURPHY, Ralph
Born: Ralph Murphy in 1944 in Saffron Walden, Essex, England
British born Murphy moved to Wallaceburg, Ontario, Canada with his mother when he was six and over time taught himself how to play guitar. He relocated later to Salt Spring Island on the West Coast and at the age of 17 was playing gigs between Los Angeles – living on Manhattan Beach and playing coffeehouses – and New York. He formed a duo with Jack Klaeysen back in Wallaceburg (while working a day job dredging the St. Lawrence Seaway). After hearing the Beatles, they knew they had to go to England. They bought one-way tickets on a ship from New York and arrived in Liverpool on February 14, 1965. They were bunked in steerage on board the ship and began playing for the other passengers. They met the brother of agent Joe Collins (father of actress Joan Collins) and he invited them to meet in London at his talent agency offices. Murphy didn’t believe him, and the duo continued on to Liverpool.
The British Invasion had already blown through the town and so gigs and audiences were sparse. They eventually met Gerry & The Pacemakers who told them to head to London where the music scene was thriving. They began playing at the New Oxford Theatre opening for The Ivy Leagues, The Pretty Things, The Byrds, Martha and the Vandellas, and within four months had a record deal brokered by the agent they’d met on the ship – Joe Collins – on Petula Clark producer Tony Hatch’s Pye Records. Eventually, they renamed themselves the Slade Brothers and released four singles on Pye including the Roger Greenway/Roger Cook song called “What a Crazy Life” which became a hit in early 1966 with airplay on European station Radio Luxembourg. The act would do opening gigs around the UK for The Walker Brothers, The Kinks, The Troggs, The Byrds and others. In 1965 Murphy and Klaeyson signed his first publishing deal with Mills Music (later known as Belwin Mills) in England after which his first hit song was “Call My Name” by James Royal in 1966. The same year Murphy started producing records for Parlophone, Decca, CBS, Fontana, Phillips, and Carnaby where he would also write hit singles for Billy Fury (“Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt”), and The Casuals (“Touched”). Murphy formed Harper and Rowe in 1967 (he was Harper) who put out several singles and a full-length LP in 1968. At the end of the Israeli War in 1968 a touring Hebrew act called The High Windows had Murphy translate their songs into English to try and find success in the UK and Europe. After the departure of one of the band members, he joined the act under the name Raffi Murphy. Murphy’s next move was to head to New York as Director of Production for Belwin/Mills Publishing, where he produced demos for Broadway musicals such as ‘Pippin’ and ‘The Magic Show’. He also started two successful record labels – Double M Records (distributed by London Records), and a dance label – Hard Core Records (distributed by GRT Records). Among the many dozens of acts he produced during that time were Magnificent Men, Chris Bartley, The Alibis, Sea Dog, Mashmakhan, Rock Garden, Studebaker Hawk, New City Jam Band, Shooter and April Wine who Murphy produced two gold albums for. Under his Double M Records he released a number of solo singles and had a successful run with a country song called “Genevieve” as well as two pop acts under the pseudonyms of Whinding and Roadhouse – which featured some of New York’s finest session players including Tony Levin (bass), Jimmy Young (drums) and Elliott Randall fresh off recording his iconic solo on Steely Dan’s “Reeling In The Years”. Roadhouse would have a Canadian hit with the song “Good Times (and Loving You)”. Having a country hit in 1972 by Jeanie C. Riley “Good Enough To Be Your Wife” under his belt, Ralph went to Nashville to pick up his award and eventually moved there in 1976 after producing Walter Zwol’s band Brutus for GRT Records. He often flew back to Canada to continue producing acts including both Shooter albums. With partner Roger Cook – who he’d met the day the Guardsmen had auditioned for Pye Records back in England – he formed the Picalic Group & Pic-A-Lic Music Publishing and has had more than twenty number one records including hits by Mickey Gilley, Travis Tritt, Shania Twain, Ray Price and the ‘Song of the Year’ award winning song “Talking In Your Sleep” by Crystal Gayle. Pic-A-Lic became one of the most successful independent publishers in Nashville and was eventually sold to EMI. Murphy started a new company Kersha Music with Richard Perna of Hamstein Music and then in 1994 joined ASCAP as part of Connie Bradley’s Nashville staff. He is a past president of NSAI and past president of The Nashville Chapter of NARAS and currently serves on the board for Canadian Country Music Association. He now resides as ASCAP Vice President International & Domestic, Membership Group and works on many committees and teaches seminars held throughout North America . with notes from Ralph Murphy, Don Graham, Breen LeBeouf, Dave Buerster, Fred Hinnegan and Dave Sampson.[also see ROADHOUSE, WHINDING

Singles
1972 And I Just Danced Along/Heaven Bound (Double M/London) DM-502
1972 Genevieve/Country Preacher (Double M/London) DM-505
1973 Sing Me One/Elijah Stone (Double M/London) DM-508
1973 Pick ‘Em Up Easy/Riverboat Man (Double M/London) DM-510
1976 Star Born Every Minute/Rocking Train (GRT) 1230-130
1986 Thank You For The Nights/They Only Come Out At Night (Attic) PUB-1

with THE GUARDSMEN
1965 Love And Comfort/Clearly I See (Pye – UK)

with THE SLADE BROTHERS
1965 Love and Comfort/Clearly I See (Pye – UK) 7N-15877
1965 Don’t You Cry Over Me/Don’t Be Gone Too Long (Pye – UK) 7N-15966
1966 Peace In My Mind/Life’s Great Race (Pye – UK) 7N-1708
1966 What A Crazy Life/For A Rainy Day (Pye – UK) 7N-17176

with HARPER AND ROWE

1967 Keep On Dancin’/On The Rooftop (White Whale – UK) WW-258
1968 Picture Me High/Where She Is (Liberty – France) 2C-006-90-268

Albums
1976 Star Born Every Minute (GRT) 9230-1062
2008 Ralph Murphy (independent)

with HARPER AND ROWE
1968 Harper And Rowe (World Pacific – UK) WPS-21882


MURRAY, Anne
Born: Morna Anne Murray on June 20, 1945 in Springhill, Nova Scotia
Murray grew up with five brothers and the only daughter of a physician James Carson Murray and his wife Marion Margaret, a trained nurse. She enjoyed pop and folk music while in high school and in 1964, when in her second year at the University of New Brunswick (where she received a degree in physical education), she auditioned for the CBC-TV show Singalong Jubilee. She didn’t get the job, since there were enough altos in the cast, but co-host and associate producer Bill Langstroth tracked her down two years later and convinced her to join the show. Giving up her brief career as a physical education teacher, Murray has never looked back. Her first album was ‘What About Me’, released in 1968 on the little Canadian Arc label. Following her signing to the larger Capitol Records in Canada, her first big hit in the US was a version of Gene McLellan’s “Snowbird” which peaked at No. 8 in August of 1970 and No.13 in Canada. She would hit Top20 with “Talk It Over In the Morning” (1971) and “Cotton Jenny” (1972) in Canada but failed to land the songs on US charts. However, she would best her US chart success of “Snowbird” with the Kenny Loggin’s penned “Danny’s Song” which peaked at No.7 on the Billboard charts and No.5 on the CHUM Chart in February 1973. The follow-up single, “What About Me”, barely scratched theTop30 in Canada and was a disappointing non-starter stateside.  In 1974 Murray would release two albums. First she released the pop album ‘Love Song’ whose title track went to No.12 in the US and No.11 in Canada in mid-Janury 1974 followed immediately by the Top10 remake of Lennon & McCartney’s “You Won’t See Me” in May 1974 on both sides of the border. Another Lennon & McCartney single, “Day Tripper”, was also released but didn’t meet with the same success. The second album she released, later in 1974, was the first of three country albums entitled simply ‘Country’. This was followed by ‘Together’ in 1975 and ‘Keeping In Touch’ in 1976 spawning a total of nine singles all of which charted to varying degrees on Canadian and US country charts. During this period she married Bill Langstroth and settled permanently in Toronto, Ontario. In 1977 she released the highly acclaimed children’s record ‘There’s A Hippon In My Tub’. With music tastes and styles changing on the back of the disco craze, Murray decided to try her hand at what she did best – another Adult Contemporary Pop album. ‘Let’s Keep It That Way’ was released in the spring of 1978 and the first single, “You Needed Me”, skyrocketed to No.1 on the Billboard singles chart and No.4 in Canada. It was a certified international smash hit with a run at No. 1 in Malaysia for 10 straight weeks. The follow-up single, “I Just Fall In Love Again”, closed the year out in the Top20 peaking at No.12 in February 1979 in the US and No.6 in April on the CHUM Chart. The album, the singles, TV appearances and relentless touring paid off with Murray winning a Grammy Award. She did not rest on her laurels, however, and Capitol Records  fired out two new album in 1979 – “New Kind of Feeling” featuring the Top25 US hit “Shadows In the Moonlight” which became Murray last big hit in Canada at No. 13 and ‘I’ll Always Love You’ which failed to chart any singles in Canada but spawned the No.12 hit “Broken Hearted Me” in the US in October 1979 and the former Monkees No.1 hit “Daydream Believer” which Murray saw go to No.12 in January 1980. She would have only two more hits in the US – 1980’s “Could I Have This Dance” from the ‘Urban Cowboy’ movie soundtrack, and 1981’s “Blessed Are the Believers”. Both scratched the Top40 of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. As all of the 1970s iconic pop stars struggled to find their legs in the post-punk/new wave era, Murray released half a dozen more albums before giving herself a contemporary make-over as a contending pop singer by the end of 1985. In 1986 Murray released the album ‘Something To Talk About’ LP and its first single was “Now and Forever” which went to No. 11 on the CHUM Chart. The album spawned several more singles in “Who’s Leaving Who”, “Reach For Me” and “My Life’s a Dance” before the Jerry Bukcner written”On and On” was released in the fall of 1986 and reached the Top15 on the Adult Contemporary Charts. Murray, by this time, was perfectly comfortable switching genres not only from album to album but within a single LP release. 1987’s ‘Harmony’ found her crooning and singing country. Her duet with Doug Mallory on the song “Perfect Strangers” helped push the album to No.9 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. As the 1990s and 2000s came along Murray began taking her time picking and chosing projects that stretched her influence and personal tastes with Pop and Country crooner albums, Standards, Gospel, Christmas seasonal releases and her highly successful ‘Duets: Friend & Legends’ CD in 2007. The disc featured Murray singing with the likes of  Martina McBride, Jann Arden, Dusty Springfield, Emmylou Harris, Carol King, Olivia Newton-John, k.d. lang, Shania Twain, Shelby Lynne, Amy Grant, Indigo Girls, Céline Dion, Sarah Brightman and her daughter Dawn Langstroth.Anne Murray has won four Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, three Country Music Association Awards, three Canadian Country Music Association Awards, 25 JUNO Awards, and she was inducted into the JUNO Hall of Fame in 1993. In November of 1995, Murray was presented with the prestigious Governor General’s Award, which is given to Canadians of “extraordinary talent and accomplishment.” She is a Companion of the Order of Canada, has been inducted into Nashville’s ‘Walkway of Stars’, has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in 1989 the Anne Murray Centre opened in her hometown of Springhill, N.S. She’s performed for capacity crowds at venues such as Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall in New York City, The Palladium in London, England, and the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, Ontario. Murray once opened a show in Las Vegas to a full house while Frank Sinatra played across the street. Over the years her many CBS and CBC television specials have reached millions of fans the world over. EMI Canada re-released Murray’s entire back catalogue as of a remastered albums as a 2-fer-1 Signature Series of CDs in 1998. Her worldwide album sales are in excess of 24 million and her records have attained multi-platinum status in North America and Australia, and silver status in the UK. with notes from Jerry Buckner and Greg Simpson.

Singles
1968 Snowbird – For Baby/Paths of Victory (Yorkville) YVM-45021
1968 It’s All Over/Paths of Victory (Yorkville) YVM-45023
1969 Thirsty Boots/Hard As I Try (Capitol) 72592
1970 Bidin’ My Time/I Wonder How the Old Folks Are At Home (Capitol) 72604
1970 Snowbird/Rain (Capitol) 72623
1970 Sing Hi, Sing Low/Days of the Looking Glass (Capitol) 72631
1971 A Stranger In My Place/Sycamore Slick (Capitol) 72637
1971 Put Your Hand In the Hand/It Takes Time (Capitol) 72642
1971 Talk It Over In The Morning/Head Above Water (Capitol) 72649
1972 Cotton Jenny/Destiny (Capitol) 72657
1972 Robbie’s Song For Jesus/You Can’t Have a Hand On Me (Capitol) 72668
1973 Danny’s Song/Drown Me (Capitol) 72682
1973 What About Me/Let Sunshine Have It’s Day (Capitol) 72700
1973 Send A Little Love My Way/Head Above Water (Capitol) 72704
1973 Children of My Mind (Capitol – UK) Cl-15750
1974 Love Song/You Can’t Go Back (Capitol) 72714
1974 You Won’t See Me/He Thinks I Still Care (Capitol) 72727
1974 Just One Look/Son of a Rotten Gambler (Capitol) 72737
1974 Day Tripper/Lullaby (Capitol) 4000
1974 Uproar/Lift Your Hearts To the Sun (Capitol) 4025
1974 Dream Lover/Stranger In My Place (Capitol) 4072
1975 Hey Daddy/Sleepy Time (Capitol) 72801
1975 Sunday Sunrise/Out On the Road Again (Capitol) 4142
1975 The Call/Lady Bug (Capitol) 4207
1975 Together/Golden Oldie (Capitol) 4265
1975 Together/Blue Finger Lou (Capitol – New Zealand) CP-597
1976 Things/Caress My Pretty Music (Capitol) 4329
1976 Dancin’ All Night Long/Sunday School to Broadway (Capitol) 4375
1976 Walk Right Back/A Million More (Capitol) 4527
1978 You Needed Me/I Still Wish the Very Best For You (Capitol) 4574
1979 I Just Fall In Love Again/Just To Feel This Love From You (Capitol) 4675
1979 Shadows In The Moonlight/Yucatan Café (Capitol) 4716
1979 Why Don’t You Stick Around/Broken Hearted Me (Capitol) 4773
1979 Let Me Be Your Woman/Trying To Get To You (Capitol) 4786
1979 Daydream Believer/Do You Think of Me (Capitol) 4813
1980 Lucky Me/Somebody’s Waiting (Capitol) 4848
1980 I’m Happy Just To Dance With You/What’s Forever For (Capitol) 4878
1980 Could I Have This Dance/ (Capitol) 4920
1980 Blessed Are The Believers/Only Love (Capitol-EMI) 4987
1981 We Don’t Have To Hold Out/Call Me With the News (Capitol-EMI) 5013
1981 It’s All I Can Do/If A Heart Must Be Broken (Capitol-EMI) A-5023
1981 Another Sleepless Night/It Should Have Been Me (Capitol-EMI) A-5083
1981 Where Do You Go When You Dream/Only Love (Capitol – UK) Cl-16192
1982 Song For the Mira/Fallin’ In Love (Fallin’ Apart) (Capitol-EMI) 72910
1982 Hey! Baby!/Song For the Mira (Capitol-EMI) B-5145
1982 A Little Good News/Not Afraid Anymore (Capitol-EMI) B-5264
1983 That’s Not The Way It’s Supposed To Be/The More We Try (Capitol-EMI) B-5305
1983 Just Another Woman In Love/Heart Stealer (Capitol-EMI) B-5344
1984 Nobody Loves Me Like You Do [w/Dave Loggins]/Love You Out of Your Mind (Capitol-EMI) B-5401
1984 Time Don’t Run Out On Me/Let Your Heart Do the Talking (Capitol-EMI) B-5436
1985 I Don’t Think I’m Ready For You/Take Good Care (Capitol-EMI) B-5472
1985 Go Tell It To the Mountain/O Holy Night (Capitol-EMI) B-5536
1986 Now And Forever (You And Me)/I Don’t Wanna Spend Another Night Without You (Capitol-EMI) B-5547
1986 On and On/Gotcha (Capitol-EMI) B-5655
1986 Who’s Leaving Who/Reach For Me (Capitol-EMI)  B-5575
1986 Reach For Me/Who’s Leaving Who (Capitol-EMI)  B-5576
1986 My Life’s a Dance/Heartaches (Capitol-EMI) 73002
1987 Are You Still In Love With Me/Give Me Your Love (Capitol-EMI) B-44005
1987 Anyone Can Do The Heartbreak/Without You (Capitol-EMI) B-44053
1987 Perfect Strangers [with Doug Mallory] /It Happens All the Time (Capitol-EMI) B-44134
1988 Flying On Your Own/Slow All Night (Capitol-EMI) B-44219
1988 Slow Passin’ Time/Flying On Your Own (Capitol-EMI) B-44272
1988 Who But You (Remix)/You Make Me Curious (Capitol-EMI) B-44341
1988 Winter Wonderland/Little Drummer Boy (SBK – US) 18912
1989 If I Ever Fall In Love Again [w/Kenny Rogers]/Just Another Woman (Capitol-EMI) B-44432
1989 I’d Fall In Love Tonight (Capitol-EMI) B-44495
1990 Feed This Fire (Capitol-EMI)
1991 Si jamais je te revois/If I Ever See You Again (Capitol) CDPRO-592
1991 Everyday (Capitol – Nashville) 79877
1992 I Can See Arkansas
1992 New Way Out (Capitol Country – US) PR-9600
1992 You Will (Capitol Country – US) PR-9760
1992 Are You Still In Love With Me
1993 Make Love To Me [3 song EP]
1994 The Wayward Wind
1996 What Would It Take [4 song EP] 883208
1996 That’s What My Love Is For [w/Aaron Neville] [4 song EP] (Capitol) 883479

with ANNE MURRAY/GLEN CAMPBELL
1971 I Say A Little Prayer/By The Time I Get To Phoenix (Capitol)

Albums
1968 What About Me (Arc) A-782
1969 Reason To Believe (Ahed) 8101
1969 This Way Is My Way (Capitol) ST-6330
1970 Snowbird (Capitol) ST-579
1970 Anne Murray (Capitol) ST-667
1970 Honey, Wheat & Laughter (Capitol) ST-6350
1971 Straight, Clean & Simple (Capitol) ST-6359
1971 Talk It Over In The Morning (Capitol) ST-6366
1972 Annie (Capitol) ST-6376
1973 Danny’s Song (Capitol) ST-6393
1974 Love Song (Capitol) ST-6409
1974 Country (Capitol) ST-6425
1974 Highly Prized Possession (Capitol) ST-6428
1975 Together (Capitol) ST-11433
1976 Keeping In Touch (Capitol) ST-11559
1977 There’s A Hippo In My Tub (Capitol) ST-6454
1978 Let’s Keep It That Way (Capitol) ST-11743
1979 New Kind of Feeling (Capitol) SW-11849
1979 I’ll Always Love You (Capitol) SOO-12012
1980 A Country Collection (Capitol) SOO-12039
1980 Somebody’s Waiting (Capitol) SOO-12064
1980 Greatest Hits (Capitol) SOO-12110
1981 Where Do You Go When You Dream? (Capitol) SOO-12144
1981 Christmas Wishes (Capitol) SN-16232
1981 The Very Best of Anne Murray (Capitol) EMTV-31
1982 Hottest Night of The Year (Capitol) ST-12225
1983 A Little Good News (Capitol) ST-12301
1984 Heart Over Mind (Capitol) ST-12363
1986 Something To Talk About (Capitol) ST-12446
1987 Harmony (Capitol) ST-12562
1987 Songs of the Heart (Capitol – US) CDP7-4648
1987 Anne Murray’s Country Hits (Capitol) C1-46487
1988 As I Am (Capitol) C1-48764
1988 Christmas (Capitol) C1-90886
1989 Greatest Hits Volume II (Liberty/EMI) 792072
1990 You Will (Capitol) CDP7-94101
1990 Special Collection (Capitol – UK) EST-2112
1992 Fifteen of the Best (Liberty/EMI) 164657
1993 Croonin’ (SBK/EMI) 827012
1994 The Best…So Far (EMI) E2-7-243831158
1996 Anne Murray (SBK/EMI) 836501
1999 What A Wonderful World – 26 Inspirational Classics [2 CD] (EMI) G2-72438-20231
1999 There Goes My Everything & Other Favourites
2002 Country Croonin’ [2CD] (EMI) 38568
2004 I’ll Be Seeing You Again (EMI) 566637
2008 Duets: Friends and Legends (EMI) 386278

with ANNE MURRAY/GLEN CAMPBELL
1971
Anne Murray/Glen Campbell (Capitol) SW-869


MURRAY, Bruce
Murray, who grew up in the mining town of Springhill, Nova Scotia was the youngest of six kids which included famous musical sibling Anne Murray and Peter Pringle. He took piano at an early age and was a church organist by the age of 11. His education was spent at St. Xavier’s University and after graduating tried unsuccessfully to follow in his sister’s footsteps by auditioning for the TV show ‘Singalong Jubilee’. Murray did more studying at the University of British Columbia which led to a final move to Toronto where he signed on with Anne Murray publishing reps Balmur Music (Frank Mills, John Allan Cameron). Following the release of his self-titled debut in 1976, he toured with Olivia Newton-John. He made an appearance on Anne Murray’s 1993 ‘Croonin’ album.

Singles
1975 Belle of the Ball/Daniel (Quality) Q-2188
1976 We’re All Alone/Player In the Band (Quality) Q-2223
1977 Could It Be Love I Found Tonight/[same] (Columbia) C4-4172
1978 Who, What, When, Where, Why (Columbia) C4-4182
1979 Foggy Night On the Road/I’ll Never Stop Singing My Song (Columbia) C4-4203
1979 In The Still of the Night/Livin’ In Love (Columbia) C4-4216
1982 Mixed Emotion/From Now On (Capitol) 72885
1984 Don’t Ya Say It/Heart Stop Beating In Time (Capitol) 72955
1985 Hiding From Love/We Dreamers Dream (Capitol) 72961

Albums
1976 Bruce Murray (Quality) SV-1920
1979 There’s Always A Goodbye (Columbia) PCC-80015
1984 Two Hearts (Capitol) ST-6512


MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING
Ben McPeek
/ Jimmy Dale / Jerry Toth / The Laurie Bower Singers
Mutual Understanding was a late 1960’s Toronto studio experiment in conjunction with Nimbus 9 Studio and CBC Radio that was a cross between Psychedelic and Sunshine Pop (a la The Association, Harper’s Bizarre). They released one album and a single that did not chart. with notes from Timo Vuorisalmi.

Singles
1968
In Wonderland/Pretty People (Nimbus) 9-9003

Albums
1968
In Wonderland (Nimbus) 9-101
2005 In Wonderland [re-issue] (Beatball) BEAT-48


MYLES & LENNY
Myles Cohen
(lead vocals, guitar) / Lenny Solomon (violins, viola, mandolin)
Montreal’s Myles Cohen began writing music at age 13 and taught himself guitar which he used to his advantage in several bands around Toronto while in his teens. Toronto’s Lenny Solomon is the son of Toronto Symphony violinist Stanley Solomon. He studied piano at age 6 and violin at age 7. Later he studied music at McGill University, performed with the National Youth Orchestra and was the featured soloist on releases by Flying Circus and Luke Gibson. Myles and Lenny first teamed up in a Toronto high school where they decided to make the leap to professional musicians in 1969. Their first appearance in public was at the Mariposa Songwriters Conference the same year. They struggled along as a folk act performing sporadically across Canada before landing a record deal with GRT in 1972. They released the single “Time To Know Your Friends” that year. They toured with The Beach Boys and Savoy Brown and performed at the Mariposa Folk Festival two years running. Success was not forthcoming, but after switching to Columbia in 1974 they found their audience with the hit song “Can You Give It All To Me” featuring Solomon’s haunting violin attack. The song was featured on the full-length, self-titled CBS records release featuring their stage cohorts Saul Keshen (bass) and Brian Leonard (drums). The cream of the Toronto music crop also helped out: Micky Erbe (bass, arrangements), Brian Russell (guitar), Ollie Strong (pedal steel), Maribeth Solomon (keyboards, flute, synth), and a multitude of backing singers – Lee Harris, Laurie Hood, Colina Phillips, Judy Tate, and Laurel Ward. A tour ensued featuring the line-up of Cohen, Solomon, Ivan Boudreau (bass), Bill MacKay (drums), and Rick Doyle (guitar). Their hard work paid off with a Juno in 1975 for ‘Most Promising Group’. 1975’s ‘It Isn’t The Same’ followed with another solid line-up of studio help: Bob Mann (guitar), Doug Riley (piano, organ, calvinet), Micky Erbe (bass), Brian Leonard (bass), Hagood Hardy (vibes), Dick Smith (congas), Patrick McNeilly (steel drum), Maribeth Solomon (piano, synths), David Bromberg (dobro, guitar), Paul Blaney (bass), Charlie McCoy (harmonica), Dick Berg (french horn) and a large backing vocal ensemble in Rhonda Silver, Sharon Lee Williams, Laurel Ward, Judy Tate and Laurie Hood. But, the album’s lack of success convinced Cohen to dissolve the partnership and go solo. He released a self-title solo album on Polydor in 1978. Cohen now lives in California. Solomon went on to form a jazz quintet called Quintessence and also his own Lenny Solomon Trio. He is currently directing the ‘Spamalot Orchestra’ as part of the Toronto musical version of Monty Python’s ‘Spamalot’.

Singles
1972 Time To Know Your Friends/Believe Me (GRT) 1230-28
1974 Can You Give It All To Me/Don’t Come Crying To Me (Columbia) C4-4069
1975 Can You Give It All To Me/In The Sky (CBS – France) 3088
1975 Hold On Lovers/Take Me Back (Columbia) C4-4091
1975 I Care Enough/[same] (Columbia) C4-4114

Albums
1975 Myles and Lenny (Columbia) KC-3336
1975 It Isn’t the Same (Columbia) KC-3393


MYLES, Alannah
Born: December 25, 1955 in Toronto, Ontario
Alannah Myles knew she wanted to be a singer and a star by the age of 5. Her father produced Canada’s first radio show (‘The Happy Gang’) and her mother played piano and sang, but they tried to discourage Myles’s interest in music. She listened to classical, opera and jazz growing up, but by age 15 she was writing her own songs and emulating her favourite country and folk artists, Leonard Cohen, Donovan and Joni Mitchell. She studied to become a graphic artist, splitting her time between Buckhorn and Toronto where she trained to compete as an equestrian on the Ontario ‘A’ Circuit showing her horse ‘Special Delivery’ in Canada’s prestigious Royal Winter Fair prior to deciding that music would be her true calling. At 19 she found an agent and played mostly original material all over Toronto, but it was difficult to support herself doing that, so to supplement her income she started doing television work, appearing in ads. By the time she was ready to settle down and pursue music seriously, she had a hard time overcoming the Canadian media’s perception of her as a TV personality. Still, she persisted with her musical endeavours and landed herself a gig opening for recording artist Christopher Ward on a Canadian tour using his band to back her up. The two would begin crafting songs together, demos were recorded and soon they were shopping songs to the major labels. Bob Roper at WEA Canada was so impressed with her demo that he sent a copy of it to Atlantic Records in the US. Within 48 hours a call came back and a deal was signed shortly thereafter. Going into the studio with Ward and veteran producer David Tyson, Myles set about creating a self-titled debut album that, ultimately, shocked the Canadian industry into submission. Released in 1990, the first single, “Love Is”, was picked up at rock radio across the country and sparked the listening audience’s interest, but it wasn’t until the release of “Black Velvet”, an ode to Elvis, that the US public sat up and took notice. The song would climb to No.1 in Canada, it also went to No.1 on the Billboard charts, and the album sold a record 1,000,000 copies in Canada (receiving diamond status). It sold over 600,000 copies in the US, and eventually sold over 6 million the world over, something no other debut by a Canadian artist had ever done. She won three JUNO Awards and a Grammy for ‘Best Rock Female Vocal’. Myles recruited veteran Canadian musicians Steve Webster (bass), Jorn Anderson (drums) and Kurt Schefter (guitar) to be her band and hit the road. Touring helped to sell the record especially when opening shows for the likes of Robert Plant, Tina Turner and Simple Minds. Riding high on the success of her first album, Myles went back into the studio with Ward and Tyson and tried to recreate the magic. The second album, ‘Rockinghorse’,  sold double platinum in Canada and was nominated for a Grammy Award. At about this time Myles got a call from Miles Copeland, manager of the Police and Sting, and president of IRS Records. He had liked “Black Velvet” and wanted to get in touch with the artist who’d sung it, and by the time he contacted her she had no manager and virtually no label, so Copeland took on the management of her career himself. Putting her into the studio with Pat Moran to produce material written by Myles, Ward and Tyson as well as some songs written by others, the end result was ‘A-Lan-Nah’, which Copeland convinced Atlantic to release in 1995. The label released it but didn’t promote it (only managing to sell a rumoured 160,000 copies worldwide), so Copeland bought the masters back from Atlantic and signed Myles to a recording contract with his new label, Ark 21. Copeland gave Myles free reign over production for her next release, and 1997 saw ‘A Rival’ hit the stores and airwaves. The album spawned the Top40 hit single “Bad 4r You”. Alas, financial problems at Ark 21 left Myles without a recording contract. After an eight year songwriting hiatus Myles executive and co-produced her fifth studio album, ‘Black Velvet’, with Mike Borkosky (Soho 69, John Boswell) and Parisian Veronica Ferraro. The album, featuring new versions of her biggest hit, was released in 2011 by True North/Linus Entertainment. Myles is planning a new album, ‘A Work in Blue’, in the very near future. with notes from Alannah Myles.

Singles
1989 Kick Start My Heart/Lover of Mine (Atlantic/WEA) 78-79437
1989 Still Got This Thing/Kick Start My Heart (Atlantic/WEA) 78-87497
1989 Black Velvet/Hurry Make Love (Atlantic/WEA) 78-88387
1989 If You Want To/Black Velvet (Atlantic/WEA) 78-88742
1989 Love Is/Rock This Joint (Atlantic/WEA) 78-89187
1989 Lover Of Mine/Just One Kiss (Atlantic/WEA) 7-87872
1989 Rock This Joint/Love Is (Atlantic/WEA) 7-87945
1992 Song Instead of A Kiss (Atlantic/WEA) 7-87421
1993 Our World Our Times (Edit)/Our World Our Times (LP version (Atlantic)
PRCD-4846
1993 Living On A Memory (Atlantic) 7-85768
1993 Sonny Say You Will
1995 Family Secret (Atlantic) PRCD-6409
1995 Mistress of Erzulie
1996 You Love Who You Love
1997 Bad 4 U (Ark21 – EUROPE) ARKDJ-101
1998 Break the Silence/Black Velvet (Ark21 – EUROPE) ARKDJ-102
2000 Like Flames (Radio Version)/Like Flames (Album Version) (Ark21 – EUROPE) AMCD-P1
2008 Black Velvet (New Version)
2011 Trouble (True North/Linus/UMG)

Albums
1989 Alannah Myles (Atlantic/WEA) 789561
1992 Rockinghorse (Atlantic/WEA) 782402
1995 Ă-LĂN-NĂH (Atlantic) A2-82842
1997 A Rival (Ark21/Virgin) 382300
1998 The Very Best of Alannah Myles (Ark21) A2-80925
2001 Myles & More: The Very Best of Alannah Myles (Ark21/Atlantic – GERMANY) 013-515-2
2011 Black Velvet (True North/Linus/UMG) 2-70082


MYSTIQUE
Dave Dragos (guitar) / Jay Dee [aka John Davies] (drums) / Vic Barreira (keyboards) / Ray Dauria (vocals) / Mark Arbour (bass) / Eric Nicolas (guitar, vocals; replaced Dragos) / Les Wheeler (bass; replaced Arbour)
From Hamilton, Ontario.
With notes from Sharry Budd.

Singles
1988
Rock N Roll Party Tonite/Stone Cold Crazy (Mystique) WRC3-6030

Albums
1985
Black Rider [5 song EP] (Torch) ROK-007
1987 I Am the King [5 song cassette] (Mystique) M4S-847-83
2017 Black Rider 30th Year Anniversary (Eat Metal – GREECE) EMR-021


MYTHICAL MEADOW, A
Short-lived Ottawa, Ontario act that had their Quality Records single “Oh Darling” crack the RPM Top100 Singles chart in April 1970.
Singles
1968 You’ve Got That Lovin’ Look/I Am the Sun (RCA/Victor) 57-1008
1969 The Day Has Come/Follow Me (Quality) GL-1945X
1970 Oh Darling/Reverie (Quality) 1960X
1970 Whirlpool/Fighting Today (Quality) 1961X

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