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WADE BROTHERS
After four years at the University of British Columbia School of Music in Vancouver, Brett Wade moved to Los Angeles, California to play bass with the second edition of the Electric Prunes for two years, returning to Canada in 1970 to form Stallion Thumrock with Basil Watson and Garry Bell. Brother Joel Wade started out playing trumpet, studying under Bobby Hales, then was later drawn to guitar. At the urging of his brother Brett, Joel took up bass and was soon recruited by Stallion Thumrock following the band’s first tour of the US. In early 1972, Bell and Brett Wade met with Claire Lawrence and Bill Henderson (The Collectors/ Chilliwack) to ask if they would consider producing Stallion Thumrock. Soon after, Keith Lawrence would become their manager and arrange the details for a recording contract. Time was scheduled in at the legendary A & M studio in Hollywood, California to record the band’s well rehearsed live repertoire of original songs. The tracks took only three days to record and an additional three days to overdub vocals and mix. The self-titled LP was released under the Haida Records label – distributed by A & M Canada. The single “Mayday” was released and the band launched two Trans-Canada concert tours to promote the album including a stop at the CBC in Toronto. Within six months following the tours they had disbanded. Brothers Brett and Joel Wade were signed to Epic Records and released the “Which Wade?” album in 1979. Following the CBS Records deal, Joel Wade signed an international songwriting deal with BMG. He has performed and produced numerous recording sessions with world renowned musicians Ringo Starr, Harry Neilson, Bob Rock, and Rik Emmett. Wade currently lives in Tulsa and records solo including his latest, 2005, CD ‘Don’t Look Back’. [also see STALLION THUMROCK]

Singles
1979 One Way Ticket/Rainbow Mountain (Epic/CBS) E4-4212
1979 In The Sky/Down And Dirty (Epic/CBS) E4-4223
1980
Smooth Sailing/Silver Seas (Prime Time) 3050

Albums
1979
Which Wade? (Epic/CBS) PEC-80024
1979
One Way Ticket – Special Edition [12″ EP](Epic/CBS) 12E4X-4212


WAITE, Michael
Born: Michael Gregtheodeg Waite
Toronto, Ontario’s Michael Waite was formerly in early 1970’s band Breathless with Nash the Slash. In the 1980’s he would co-write material with Nash the Slash for FM’s comeback releases. He also released a solo album on A & M entitled ‘Cosmic Wave’ featuring Nash the Slash and Kim Mitchell. He has been running a music retail store in Toronto for many years.

Singles
1983
Me and the Silver Surfer/The Machine Stops (A & M) AM-621

Albums
1982
Cosmic Wave (Eye-to-Ear) DZD-555
1983
Cosmic Wave [re-issue] (A & M) SP-9092


WAITING, The
Julie Choquette
(lead vocals) / Ernest Leitch (guitar, vocals) / Stuart Leitch (guitars, vocals) / Michael Smit (bass, vocals) / Jonathan Davis (drums, marimbas, organ, glass mellotron, vocals) / Robert Menegoni (percussion, vocals)
A 6-piece act from London, Ontario. with notes from Julie Choquette.

Singles
1986 The Key of Love/Givin’ It Up (Waiting)

Albums
1985 The Waiting (Waiting) MP-0885


WANKA
Chris Gibb
(bass, vocals) / Mike McConnell (drums) / Mark Pickett (rhythm guitar, vocals)  / Howard Samuel (lead guitar) / Doug Paul Smith (keys)
The band’s debut album was produced by JUNO Award winning producer Terry Brown (Max Webster, Rush); Chris Gibb would later go on to be a member of the Suspects which evolved into The Deserters; Doug Smith released a solo CD called “Goodbye Carriage Road” in late 2004.

Albums
1977 The Orange Album (Axe) AXS-520


WARD, Christopher
Born: Christopher William Ward on July 28, 1949 in Toronto, Ontario
Christopher Ward began his musical career while attending college in Ontario, Canada. He sang and played guitar and wrote songs with Stephen Stohn. Ward was signed to Warner Brothers who brought in session musicians from the Brecker Brothers, the Average White Band and Moe Koffman himself to fabricate a studio record that didn’t even feature Ward’s own guitar playing – merely his voice. They released his debut ‘Spark of Desire’ in 1978 which spawned the commercial radio hit “Maybe Your Heart”. Unfortunately, a hit record in Canada does not necessarily mean a hit in the US and Warner stateside passed on the album and singles, leaving Ward with Canada as his sole market. His deal with Warner soured and Ward found himself, aside from writing more songs and touring sporadically, taking acting lessons and doing improv at Second City. He also wrote the Cover Girls song “The Boy Next Door”. In 1981 he signed with Edmonton-based House Of Lords Records who released his sophomore effort called, fittingly, ‘Time Stands Still’ which was produced by Jack Richardson (Guess Who). When MuchMusic launched its 24 hour video network (originally 8 hours repeated 3 times) Ward was recruited as one of the first on-air VeeJays who, between airing videos and interviewing rock stars would concoct ridiculous on-air skits utilizing many ‘characters’ in skit fashion and often accompanied by a rogues gallery of performers. One of these performers was his live-in girlfriend and aspiring vocalist Alannah Byles. She changed her name to Myles and did a backing vocals spot with Sheree Jeacocke and Shawne Jackson-Troiano on his Attic Records EP called ‘Christopher Ward’ in 1987. Their teaming would be fruitful as Ward developed her as an artist, writing most of the songs (or co-writing with David Tyson) that became the basis for her debut album. He initiated a meeting with Atlantic Records which led to a deal for Alannah. The self-titled debut album spawned the hits “Love Is” and the multi-million selling “Black Velvet” in 1989 and 1990. The song would also have an after life on country charts as a No.1 for Robin Lee. Ward quit his gig at MuchMusic and moved to LA after the success of Myles’ debut and also wrote several songs for the follow-up, ‘Rockinghorse’, which wasn’t quite as successful for Myles. In his early days, Ward was a member of Second City, along with a seventeen year old Mike Myers. Myers was a frequent guest on City Limits when Ward was the show’s host. In the ’90s Ward appeared in the ‘Austin Powers’ movies as a band member of the semi-fictional group Ming Tea, along with Mike Myers, Matthew Sweet, and Susannah Hoffs (The Bangles). Ward has written or co-written songs for Diana Ross, Wynonna Judd, Amanda Marshall, Tina Arena, Roch Voisine, Meredith Brooks, and Hilary Duff, among others. Ward moved to Paris, France in 2001 with his family to write a children’s novel, but has since returned to live in Toronto. with notes from James Crammond and Robin Ward.

Singles
1976
Lost In A Love Song/Play One For Your Mother (Warners) CW-4033
1977 Once In A Long Time/Dance Away (Warners) CW-4034
1978 Maybe Your Heart/Dreamboat (Warners) CW-4035
1978 Imagine a Song/Roll On Like a Wheel (Warners) CW-72000
1979 No Time To Cry/Sweet Rose (Warners) CW-5501
1981 So Long To Baby Jane/Mainstreet Kid (House Of Lords/Warners) HOL-2007
1981 Heart Breakin’ Beauty/Steal My Heart (House Of Lords/Warners)  HOL-2009
1981 Future Girl/Time Stands Still (House of Lords/Warners) HOL-2010
1981 Words On the Wire/Sonny Say You Will (House Of Lords/Warners) HOL-2014
1987 Boys And Girls/Just Like Me (Attic) ATT-356
1987 What Kind of Love/Two Can Play (Attic) ATT-362
1988 Twist Of Fate/Take A Chance (MCA) MCA-52284

Albums
1978 Spark of Desire (Warner) KWSC-92000
1981 Time Stands Still (House Of Lords) HLR-10004
1986 Christopher Ward [EP] (Attic) MIN-102


WARD, Nancy
Hamilton, Ontario multi-instrumentalist who was in Tranquillity Base with Ian Thomas as their keyboardist. As a folk guitarist she has recorded several solo records and performed with the likes of Sylvia Tyson, the Ian Thomas Band and Jeff White and shared stages with Gordon Lightfoot and Liona Boyd. She now goes by the name of Nancy White-Bartlett. with notes from Jef White. [also see TRANQUILLITY BASE]

Singles
1980 The Lion Sleeps Tonight/It’s Real (Tiffany/Discotel/CBS) TY-1003
1980 Moi Je Suis Seule/Someone To Love Me (Tiffany/Discotel/CBS) TY-1004
1984 Niana/White Rose Of Athens (Columbia) C4-4801

Albums

1980 Someone To Love Me (Tiffany/Discotel/CBS) TF-4000


WARPIG
Rick Donmoyer
(lead vocals, guitar) / Dana Snitch (guitar, keyboards, vocals) / Terry Brett (bass) / Terry Hook (drums)
Warpig was originally formed in and operated out Woodstock Ontario under the leadership of Rick Donmoyer. Rick’s first introduction to guitar was one his father brought home in hopes of learning but the guitar quickly disappeared again. He then sang in music class in public and Jr. High School but had no instrumental training until a couple of years after the passing of his father. Donmoyer, as a young teenager learned lap steel guitar. Soon the kid was playing tunes by The Ventures, The Surfaris and other ‘Surf Bands’ of that era. Rock and pop guitar licks on a “Hawaiian style” guitar was unheard of and his guitar teacher Richard Crotty was intrigued to the point that Donmoyer was hired as a student teacher. By 1964, the bug had bit and Rick formed and joined several bands, his first paying gig was with The Turbines while still in high school. Crotty was later called on by soon-to-be friend and band-mate Jim Walker to follow a dream, quit their day jobs, and eventually form The Kingbees. Some time later with classical guitarist-turned-bassist Terry Brett, the band was re-named The Wot. Dana Snitch, meanwhile, had been floating in and out of bands but decided to go it alone as a folk-guitarist and singer. Rick Donmoyer and Jim Walker met Snitch in Toronto in the mid 60’s and together they proceeded to seek out more players to form an R&B group with Dana playing bass. The rehearsals were both difficult to stage and non-cohesive so things fell apart and Dana returned to enter college in North Bay later returning to form the 3 piece folk group Thomas Dana & Co. doing standards of the day and composing. He finished school and found himself as a guest artist doing warm-up gigs with Mass Destruction (featuring Donmoyer, Walker and Brett again) in Woodstock, Ontario, then was invited to play with the band as rhythm guitarist in its dying days. With the nucleus of Donmoyer on lead guitar and vocals, Terry Brett on bass, and Snitch on rhythm guitar and vocals, auditions were held for the percussion position. The obvious gem of the applicants was Terry Hook. Dana then expanded his roll to keyboardist and after many rehearsals in the Hook basement in 1968, the heavier Warpig was evolving. They released their self-titled debut with executive producer Robert Thomson and engineer Ken Fresian on Fonthill Records in 1972. With the popularity of the band increasing across Southern Ontario, London Records signed them and re-issued a re-mastered record the following year, re-recording “Rock Star” and “Flaggit” with engineer Terry Brown (Rush, Max Webster, Klaatu). Warpig charted for 7 weeks on the RPM charts peaking at No.52 with their single “Rock Star” in June and July of 1973. A second album, begun with engineer Tom Brennand of Deep Purple fame was never completed. With the departure of Terry Hook from Warpig in 1974, followed a year later by Snitch, there were several attempts to carry on, but the heart was gone as a group and the problems that drove the others away persisted. Donmoyer played and sang for many more years with various groups including the long surviving road-warrior band Ash Mountain until leaving the road and re-marrying. Employed in a music store and also as a “live sound” technician in Burlington Ontario for a few years, Donmoyer then landed a job in sales with Yorkville Sound where he is now District Sales Manager; 30 years after the band split up the original album is still selling on Ebay for record amounts and has been bootlegged on CD and vinyl in the US and Europe. After a Sunday afternoon internet name search in January 2004, Donmoyer phoned Snitch, now living in New Brunswick, and they decided after one get together in the spring of 2004 to collaborate on completion of their long un-released original material along with some new song ideas. An authorized re-release of the original Warpig album was issued in 2006 on Relapse Records. with notes from Rick Donmoyer.

Singles

1972 Rock Star/Flaggit (London) M-17452

Albums
1972 Warpig (Fonthill) F-103
1973 Warpig (London) NAS-13528
2006 Warpig [re-issue] (Relapse) RR-6591


WARREN, Cindy
Warren first worked as a cosmotologist for Lionel Richie who encouraged her to pursue a career in music. She worked in clubs and did session work in LA before moving to Calgary, Alberta. Warren now lives in San Diego, CA. with notes from Cindy Van.

Singles
1987 I’d Do It (My Doll)

Albums
1986 Roomful Of Strangers (Haute Rock)
1987 I’d Do It (My Doll) CW-0711


WARRIORS
Dusko Nikolic
(vocals) / Slobodan Svrdlan (bass) / Zoran Konjevic (guitar) / Douglass Platt (guitar) / Lawrence Gretsch (drums)
Nikolic, Svrdlan and Konjevic formed Warriors in 1983 in Kraljevo, Raški okrug, Serbia. Their self-titled Serbia/Croatia released debut album on RTB Records attracted the attention of Attic Records and so the band relocated to Canada where they added Platt and Gretsch (ex-Frank Soda & The Imps). With the new line-up they released their self-titled debut in 1984, performed about ten shows, then promptly split up; Gretsch went on to join The Carpet Frogs; Platt joined Bayb with Doug Baynam and Wayne Sebrey. with notes from Jamie Larsen.

Singles
1984 Try Again/Money Lover (Attic) AT-323

Albums
1983 Warriors (RTB – SERBIA) 2520079
1983 Love Machine [4 song 12″ EP] (RTB – SERBIA) 1520113
1984 Warriors (Attic) ATM-1206


WASHBROOK, Rick
Born: California, 1958
Rick Washbrook comes from an entertainment family. Washbrook’s two brothers were child stars in the late 1950s: Johnny Washbrook appeared in ‘My Friend Flicka’ and Donald Washbrook in ‘Petticoat Junction’. Meanwhile Rick, by age 10, found himself drawn to music where he was encouraged to sing at a Christian camp he attended on Big Bear Lake, in California. Washbrook would later sing as a mezzo soprano in Saint Michael’s Choir. With his voice eventually deepening into a baritone, by 1970 he realized he also wanted to accompany himself on guitar. In 1971, the Washbrook family moved to Canada where Washbrook seriously began to study music. He studied with Italian classical guitar teacher John Perone weekly at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music. Following high school, Washbrook attended Fanshawe College and studied record production and engineering in 1979. After finishing his music education, Washbrook ventured west in 1981. He accepted odd jobs to earn money so he could travel the Alaska Highway with his guitar. He played gigs at roadhouses along the way. In 1982, Washbrook returned to Markham, Ontario where his folks lived and studied privately for 3 years from Paul Reid of Humber College. Between 1986 and 1987, Washbrook released his first album – ‘Summer Roads’ – from which the title track and three other singles were significant Adult Contemporary/Country hits on Canadian radio. “I Don’t Believe” went to No.9 on Adult Contemporary radio across Canada. In 1992, Washbrook co-wrote “Rescued by the Arms of Love”, released by the Canadian band Glass Tiger. The record went to No.1 in Canada and No.3 on the Billboard Charts in the United States which opened many career doors for Washbrook as a recording artist, teacher and producer including a a SOCAN Award for co-writing. Washbrook has traveled extensively to make a living from his craft between 1983 and 2004 doing everything from bar gigs to lounges to cruise ships, and traveled the world performing in Tahiti, Costa Rica, Switzerland as well as throughout Ontario. A career highlight was performing for Prince Philip. In 2000, Washbrook recorded a CD tribute to the legendary guitarist Lenny Breau called ‘A Gypsy’s Bed’ which received accolades in ‘Guitar Player’ magazine stateside. As well, when the cream of Nashville’s session players heard Washbrook’s guitar playing they invited him to perform and teach at the Chet Atkins Festival in 2004 and 2005. After the release of his tribute to Lenny Breau, Washbrook was going to promote and tour his new CD, but unfortunately contracted adult chicken pox. This resulted in him being bedridden for eight months and he lost almost all movement in his left arm from ulnar nerve damage. He had to stop performing live. It was more than two years before he played live again and did studio work. In 2006 Washbrook released ‘Roncesvailles Tango’ during a period of renewed recorded. Meanwhile, between 2001 and 2008, Washbrook studied with Toronto jazz piano player Bob Erlendson who appeared year “West Mystic” was released featuring Bob Erlendson. He is a dedicated teacher, loves doing studio session work, producing and is branching into writing music for films. Washbrook teaches privately and also by correspondence through the use of cassettes.

Singles
1986 I Don’t Believe
1986 Little Bit (CC) RW-8601
1986 Summer Roads/Little Road
1987 Burgundy Girl

Albums
1997 Live At Dines-eez
199? Tapestry of Soul
2000 A Gypsy’s Bed
2006 Roncesvailles Tango
2007 Christmas Guitar In the Village Roncesvailles
2008 Rick Washbrook
2009 West Mystic
2010 1906


WASHINGTON, Jackie 
Born: November 12, 1919 in Hamilton, Ontario;
Died: June 27, 2009 in Hamilton, Ontario
In 1919, Jackie Washington was born into a decidedly musical family, and was raised on a steady diet of the music his father, John Washington, brought into the home in the form of countless 78 RPM records and the songs he played on his button accordion and fiddle. By 1930, the younger Washington was performing regularly with his brothers Dickie, Reg and Ormsby in the Hamilton, Ontario area as The Four Washingtons. Their mother bought them a guitar, which went to Ormsby, the oldest of the four brothers. By the time they made it to their first gig with the guitar, it had gone terribly out of tune. Ormsby tried to play the instrument at the gig, but the results were disastrous. The guitar was then handed down to Jackie, who fell in love with the instrument. In the summer of 1938, tragedy struck the Washington family as Ormsby drowned in a swimming accident. A deeply saddened Jackie returned to Hamilton, where he found employment as a porter on Canadian Pacific Railroad’s sleeping cars. Developing a love for the steam trains and the Canadian landscape, Washington traveled across Central and Western Canada with his guitar slung across his shoulder. Among the country’s railroad workers, it soon became a known fact that when Jackie Washington would come to town, you could bet on a party happening that night. In the many years that followed, Washington’s accomplishments and experiences began to accumulate. He made the acquaintance of some of the most revered names in black music as they stopped by the Washington household on their way through town. Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong were among the many who stopped by to trade tunes with Jackie and enjoy Mrs. Washington’s home cooking. In 1948 Washington became Canada’s first black DJ on CHML-AM spinning records, performing live, and featuring guest appearances by jazz stars of the day. Nat “King” Cole heard Washington perform his original tune “Alone In the Dark” and wanted to record the song. For whatever reason, Washington refused. From the 1960’s onward, Washington focused on performing his songs and traditional folk tunes on an acoustic guitar. As part of the burgeoning Canadian folk scene he shared stages with up and coming acts including Joni Mitchell and Gordon Lightfoot (both of whom he would record with on their albums). He performed at London’s Home County Festival every year since its inception in 1975, and was an annual favourite in Sudbury. He released his debut solo album ‘Blues and Sentimental’ in 1976 and played with saxophonist Freddie Purser at the Windsor and Royal Taverns in Hamilton, Ontario. In 1980 Washington played the part of the janitor in the film adaptation of the play ‘Hank Williams: The Show He Never Gave’. He also released two singles on Hamilton’s Roto-Noto Records including “Is You Or Is You Ain’t My Baby?” with King Biscuit guesting. Washington was nominated for a JUNO Award in 1993 for ‘Best Roots & Traditional Album’, along with Ken Whiteley and Mose Scarlett for their album ‘Where Old Friends Meet’. In 1995 he was inducted into Hamilton’s Gallery of Distinction and released three albums that year. He won The Toronto Blues Society’s Lifetime Achievement ‘Blues With A Feeling Award’ at the Maple Blues Awards in 1998. The Ontario Council of Folk Festivals gave him the ‘Estelle Klein Lifetime Achievement Award’ in 2001. In 2002 he was inducted into the Canadian Jazz & Blues Hall of Fame. In 2003 he received an honorary ‘Doctorate in Humanities’ from Hamilton’s McMaster University. The Jackie Washington Rotary Park in Hamilton was dedicated in his name in 2004. Washington performed alongside Mose Scarlett and Ken Whiteley until his death in June 2009. with notes from Erin Benjamin (OCFF).

Singles
with JACKIE WASHINGTON & THE MYSTERY BAND
198-
Day and Night Blues (Roto-Noto) RN-1014
198- Is You Or Is You Ain’t My Baby?/Day and Night Blues (Roto-Noto) RN-1015

Albums
1976
Blues and Sentimental (Knight) 11K-2001
1995 Jackie Washington and Friends in Concert on December 4, 1994 (Sound of Jazz Concerts)
1995
Keeping Out of Mischief (Pyramid) PD-014
1998 Midnight Choo-Choo (Borealis) BCD-112

with JACKIE WASHINGTON, KEN WHITELEY AND MOSE SCARLETT
1990
Where Old Friends Meet (Pyramid) BD-006
1995 Three by Three (Borealis)
1998 We’ll Meet Again (Borealis) BCD-120
2003 Sitting on a Rainbow (Borealis)


WASTED LIVES
Phil Smith
(vocals) / Brad Kent (guitar) / Colin Griffiths (guitar) / Mary Armstrong (bass) / Andy Graffiti (drums)Wasted Lives was formed by Brad Kent after being kicked out of his previous band DOA. It also featured Colin Griffiths of U-J3RK5 and Mary Armstrong of the Modernettes.

Singles
1979
Divorce/[split w/BIG BLACK PUPPETS] (Spoken) 3476

Compilation Tracks
1979
“Wirehead” on ‘Vancouver Complication’ (Pinned) PIN-79330001
1996 “Divorce” on ‘Smash The State – Volume Two – A Compilation of Canadian Punk Rock, 1979-81’ (No Exit) NO EXIT-003


WATER WALK, The
Dale Darlington (vocals, guitar) / Ike Eidsness (drums, percussion) / David Kershaw (bass, horns, keyboards) / Lynne Kellman (vocals, keys, violin; 1989)
The Water Walk was formed in Vancouver, British Columbia in October of 1985. After rehearsing and perfecting their original material they played a series of local support spots and soon entered the studio to work on demoing their songs. In January 1987 the band signed with Nettwerk Records and re-entered the studio with producer Dave Ogilvie (54-40, Grapes Of Wrath, Skinny Puppy). The Water Walk released their self-titled debut album in 1987. They were well received by critics but they supplemented their time as the house band that played on Sarah McLachlan’s first album and then Lava Hay. Kershaw would leave Water Walk and stay on with Lava Hay (and, later, Mae Moore’s band). Eidness left soon after. Darlington brought in vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Lynne Kellman and returned to the studio with producer Greg Reely (Sarah McLachlan, Moev, Caterwaul). In August of 1990 The Water Walk released their second album ‘(Thingamajig)’ on Nettwerk through I.R.S Records. The album did well but the group lost momentum and finally split up in 1993; Darlington got into film and video work and currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia; Kellman signed to RCA Records in 1995 and released ‘In the Galaxy’ under the name Another Girl in late 1996 which failed to sell, but was critically acclaimed. She is currently in a band with former members of The Matthew Good Band, Copyright, and others called CLIC; Eidsness went on to join Royal Grand Prix. with notes from Richard Rice and Ralph Alfonso.

Albums
1987 The Water Walk (Nettwerk) NTL-30013
1990
(Thingamajig) (I.R.S./Nettwerk) X2-13038


WATERTOWN [see SCOTT DIBBLE]


WAYNE, Johnny
Born: Louis Weingarten on May 28, 1918;
Died: July 18, 1990
Johnny Wayne was one half of legendary Canadian comedy duo Wayne & Shuster. Aside from his comic talents, he was also a successful songwriter in the 1950s. One of his more success songs was a co-write with Bobby Gimby on the 1958 hit “Jimbo”. Occasionally he took a stab at recording as a solo artist in the 1960s on the Allied and Dale labels.

Singles
196? Waltzing Is Hip/Charlottetown (Allied) AR-6336
196? Forget It/Montreal (Allied) AR-6343
196? Slow Down/Mine All Mine (Dale) 106


WAYOUTS, The
Mike Andrechuk (guitar, vocals) / Gerry Smith (bass, vocals) / Warren Young (drums)
Formed in Toronto in 1979 and featuring former Tyranna bassist Gerry Smith and Movers member Mike Andrechuk. Their debut 7” EP was recorded at Basement Studio in Hamilton with Cleave Anderson on drums before Warren Young became a full-time member for their live shows. The band played the usual Queen Street haunts before calling it a day. They played a few reunion shows in the 1990s and again in 2008 with Cleave Anderson drumming. A live performance was also broadcast by CIUT on the Equalizing-x-Distort radio show. 

Singles
1979
The Wayouts [4 song EP] 01-X


WEATHER PERMITTING
Andrew Steinmetz
(guitar, vocals) / Peter Steinmetz (guitar, vocals) / Bruno Steiner (bass, vocals) / Gary McGirr (drums)
Weather Permitting was formed in Montreal in 1985 by the brothers Steinmetz and Steiner who had been the bass player in Montreal’s hyper-ska band The Ethnic Drivers. They recorded demos and included one song, “I Needed You”, on the VOT Records compilation ‘Listen’ in 1985. “Almost Happy” followed on ‘Listen 2’ the next year. By the summer of 1987 VOT Records released their debut album ‘Into the Ground’. After touring the record North Bay native and former figure skater McGirr joined the band in 1988. Their follow-up album was ‘Code Of Life’ in 1989.

Albums
1987 Into The Ground (VOT)
1989 Code of Life (Amok) HLP-524

Compilation Tracks
1985 “I Needed You” on ‘Listen’ (VOT) VOT-85-04
1986 “Almost Happy” on ‘Listen 2 – A Faze Compilation’  (VOT) VOT-86-09


WEDNESDAY (aka WENZDAY)
Mike O’Neil
(lead vocals, acoustic & electric guitars) / Paul Andrew Smith (guitar, keyboards, vocals) / John (Jose) Dufek (bass, vocals) / Randy Begg (drums, percussion, vocals) / Fred Duvall (drums;1980’s version)
Paul Andrew Smith moved to Oshawa, Ontario from England  and  met drummer Randy Begg. They hung around the city playing guitar and singing to anyone that would listen. They later met up with Mike O’Neil and asked him to join. Soon after the trio connected with John Dufek who played bass guitar. In 1971 Wednesday was born. They began to play the Ontario circuit performing covers of contemporary hits and 1950’s standards. With some recording at Manta Studios in Toronto they put together their first single “Hang On Girl” with producer John Driscoll. The record came out on the Toronto offshoot label of the Ampex tape company but the label couldn’t get the record significant airplay. By the time they’d honed their live chops in 1973 they had remade the Wayne Cochran song “Last Kiss”. This time Driscoll hand delivered the single to radio stations where CFTR-AM played it immediately and indefinitely. Influential 1050 CHUM-AM jumped on the track and the song went to No.2, giving way to an avalanche of Canadian radio support. This buzz spilled over into the US market and the record made Billboard’s ‘Hot 100’. The song would go on to sell well over 200,000 copies. The band was awarded a ‘RPM Maple Leaf Award’ for outstanding sales (1973) and were nominated for several JUNOS as well. A debut album was cut in 1974 with a second hit, “Teen Angel” (1974) making it to No.15. Performing around Canada, and a few dates in the US, led to massive fan support followed by some time off to record a follow-up record. A new single in 1975, “Fly Away” made it to No. 21 on the charts and was followed by a cover of the Beatles classic “She’s A Woman”. But Ampex was having problems and the next single “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow” (originally intended as Ampex #AC-1375) became the first single on Driscoll’s newly formed Skyline Records. In 1976 Wednesday released their sophomore album ‘Loving You Baby’. The title track, an Elton John/Bernie Taupin composition reached No.17. By 1977 the band had started pushing for more of its own compositions. They wanted to break away from cover tunes and into more power pop/glam material a la Sweet. To that extent, they rechristened the band ‘Wenzday’ and released ‘Nearly Made It’ that year. Still, songs like Les Emmerson’s “I Was Built For Comfort”, Dion’s “Ruby Baby” and the Martin-Coulter (Bay City Rollers) song “Fancy Pants” were added to appease Skyline execs who wanted a repeat of their two previous gold records. The singles and the album faired poorly and Beggs left in 1978. Wednesday carried on with drummer Fred Duvall, but after a single featuring their versions of The Turtles’ “Elenore” and Tommy Roe’s “Sheila, the band called it quits. A reformed Wednesday still perform frequently in the Oshawa area. Their three albums have been re-released on CD through Unidisc Records. with notes from Kelly Devoe, John Driscoll, Mark Riley, Dan Brisebois, Paul Andrew Smith, and Randy Begg.

Singles
1971 Hang On Girl/Velvet Colours (Ampex) AC-1304
1973 Last Kiss/Without You (Ampex) AC-1325
1974 Teen Angel/Taking Me Home (Ampex) AC-1355
1974 Roses Are Red/Ride (Ampex) AC-1362
1975 Fly Away/Good Time Girl (Ampex) AC-1365
1975 She’s A Woman/Good Time Girl (Ampex) AC-1370
1975 Last Kiss/Sunday (Sussex – UK) SR-507
1975 Last Kiss/Teen Angel (Skyline/Quality) SLGT-194X
1975 Here Today, Gone Tomorrow/What’s On My Mind (Skyline) SKY-001
1976 Loving You Baby/Don’t Let Me Wait Too Long (Skyline/Quality) SKY-003
1976 Doin’ The Best I Can/Could You Refuse Her (Skyline) SKY-006
1981 Elenore/Sheila (Quality) 2397

as WENZDAY
1976 Ruby Baby/Melody Moon (Skyline/Quality) SKY-011
1977 Fancy Pants/Through Your Head (Skyline/Quality) SKY-012
1977 Ride Me/Nearly Made It (Skyline/Quality) SKY-014
1977 Now You’re A Lady/Dream Queen (Skyline/Quality) SKY-016

Albums
1974 Last Kiss (Ampex) AC-10152
1976 Loving You Baby (Skyline) SKY-10160

as WENZDAY
1977 Nearly Made It (Skyline/Quality) SKY-10164


WEST END GIRLS
Camille Henderson
(vocals) / Aimee MacKenzie (vocals) / Silvana Petrozzi (vocals) / Janele Woodley (vocals) / Celia-Louise Martin (vocals)
The West End Girls came together in their late teens as Henderson (19), MacKenzie (16) and Petrozzi (17) [previously with Big Bottom Swing] were groomed by songwriters John Dexter (Alias, Chicago), and John Livingston. The duo owned Johnny Jet Records and like all impresario’s decided to create a group in the classic Hollywood tradition – by manufacturing them. Dexter hand-picked the Girls in 1990 and groomed them as the trio Anne, Marie & Lisa. After the trio began taking vocal, dance and image lessons under the supervision of co-manager Mark Sterling, their chemistry was such that it was no longer three separate strangers but a vocal group. Dexter soon changed their name to the West End Girls and wrote the majority of their material with music assistance from keyboardist John Webster. The band was also managed by Vancouver heavy weight Lou Blair. . Their self-titled debut was released in 1991on Johnny Jet/A & M. The act became teen sensations with the hits “Not Like Kissing You” and a remake of the Jackson 5 classic “I Want You Back”. Petrozzi left shortly after the first album and was replaced by Janele Woodley and shortly before the release of the second album Henderson left for a solo career. Her replacement was Celia-Louse Martin. By the summer of 1993, their second album We Belong Together’ was released and featured the hits “R U Sexin’ Me”, “State Of The Heart” and “Pure (You’re Touching Me)”. The group split up in 1994.

Singles
1991 I Want You Back (Johnny Jet/A & M)
1991 Not Like Kissing You (Johnny Jet/A & M)
1991 Say You’ll Be Mine (Johnny Jet/A & M)
1992 Show Me The Way (Johnny Jet/A & M)
1993 R U Sexin’ Me (Johnny Jet/A & M)
1993 State Of The Heart (Johnny Jet/A & M)
1994 Pure (You’re Touching Me) (Johnny Jet/A & M)

Albums
1991 West End Girls (Johnny Jet/A & M)
1993 We Belong Together (Johnny Jet/A & M)

1994 The Best Of The West End Girls – Remixes (Dexter)


WEST MONTROSE
Andy Maize
(vocals) / Josh Finlayson (guitars)
After quitting Direcktive 17 and playing with The Andrew Cash Band in late 1986, Andy Maize would hook up with Josh Finlayson to form acoustic duo West Montrose to record some plaintiff acoustic tracks at Umbrella Sound in Toronto. A 3-song EP called “Wherever You Go” was released on their own independent label called Humble Records. The title track featured Jim Edigar on fiddle and “Well…Alright” featured Chris Chambers on saxophone. Eventually the addition of other members to their live performances spawned the idea to create a full band which ultimately became The Skydiggers. In 2002, “Wherever You Go” was recorded by The Skydiggers’ for their  ‘Bitter Sweet Harmony’ album. [also see ANDY MAIZE, THE SKIYDIGGERS]

Singles
1987 Wherever You Go//Shimmy Up Those Words/Well…Alright [3 song 7″] (Humble) WRC5-5481


WET!, The
Donn Tarris (bass) / Greg Kelly (guitar, vocals) / Lorne Fiedler [aka Id Guinness] (keyboards) / Brian Black (vocals) / Jamie Black (bass; replaced Tarris) / Rick Clark (drums) / Bill Phillips (drums; replaced Clark) / Glen Henderson (drums; replaced Phillips) / Eric Annabelle (drums; replaced Henderson)
After North Vancouver progressive rock band Arrival split up in 1978, members Donn Tarris, Greg Kelly, and Lorne Fiedler. After recruiting singer Brian Black, the band headed into CBC’s Vancouver studio to record several songs as The Names. After developing more original material they recorded a four song EP with drummer Rick Clark and released it under the name The Wet! Two songs, “Deborah” and “It’s Up To You” received airplay nationally and the EP received favourable reviews. The hand went through a series of drummer while promoting the record live in 1980 and 1981. Eric Annabelle eventually came on board to drum. Tarris left in 1981 and was replaced by Brian Black’s brother Jamie Black. The band split-up in 1982. A project of unreleased recordings from 1980-1981 is in the works. [also see DONN TARRIS]

Singles
1980
The Wet! [4 song EP] (Awesome) MC-001


WHINDING
A studio project by singer-songwriter/producer Ralph Murphy using the same session players found on his solo releases and Roadhouse: Elliot Randell, Jimmy Young, Bhen Lanzarone, and Tony Levine. The act had one single on Aquarius entitled “We Shall Dance”. The B-side, Murphy’s “Love Is A Good Foundation”, would be covered by both Brotherhood of Man and Leslie Uggams. [also see RALPH MURPHY]

Singles
1973
We Shall Dance/Love Is a Foundation (Aquarius) AQ-5028


WHISKEY HOWL
1969 LINE-UP: John Witmer
(vocals, harmonica) / Peter Boyko (guitar) / Ron Sullivan (drums) / John Bjarnason (harmonica) / Gary Penner (bass) ; 1972 LINE-UP: John Witmer (vocals) / Richard Fruchtman (bass, vocals) / Dave Morrison (guitar, vocals) / Michael Pickett (harmonica, vocals) / Wayne Wilson (drums) / Phil Alperson (saxophone); 1981 LINE-UP: John Witmer (vocals, harmonica) / Michael Pickett (harmonica, vocals) / John Tilden (guitar) / Rick Burkett (bass) / Ed White (drums) / John Johnson (tenor saxophone) / Simon Wallis (baritone saxophone) / Dave Dunlop (trumpet)
Toronto, Ontario blues band Whiskey Howl was formed in early July 1969. They were signed immediately by the Fredrick Lewis Agency in Toronto. Their first gig was three weeks later at the Night Owl Café on July 28, 1969. Their second gig was opening for Edward Bear and future rock legends Led Zeppelin at The Rockpile (aka The Masonic Temple). This was followed by opening slots for McKenna-Mendelson Mainline, Screaming Lord Sutch, Paul Butterfield and then Johnny Winter at Massey Hall. In November 1969 they taped a performance of their own song for a ‘Rock 1’ TV special on CBC-TV. They also backed up Big Mama Thornton for her segment of the show. I was broadcast in January 1970. That same month Whiskey Howl opened shows for Jazz drummer Elvin Jones, followed by two late-month performances with Chuck Berry U of T’s Convocation Hall. In February they performed at promoter Richard Flohil’s ‘Blue Monday’ concert show at Massey Hall opening for Bobby Blue Bland, Buddy Guy and Lonnie Johnson. The Toronto Rock Festival at Varsity Arena was held March 26, 1970 and Whiskey Howl would share the spotlight with the likes of Canned Heat, Small Faces, The Amboy Dukes, and The Zombies among others. Finally, in April 1970 the band went into Toronto Sound recording studio to capture material for a demo. By the summer they were back on the road in Southern Ontario with BB King. After a shift in personnel through 1971, Whiskey Howl would eventually be signed to Warner Brothers Records in 1972. The self-titled debut was produced by Johnny Sandlin (The Allman Brothers Band) and featured Allman Brothers keyboardist Chuck Leavell. The band would split up within months of its release. Sporadic reunions would come and go but a new line-up featuring Witmer and Pickett was captured for posterity when they recorded their May 8, 1981 show at Toronto’s El Mocambo; vocalist John Witmer later moved on to Downchild Blues Band, then relocated to the west coast and formed The Belairs, followed by The Fabricators. He passed away in July 2004; Wilson went on to be in Mike McKenna And The Assassins and Downchild Blues Band. with notes from Brock Gillis and Wayne Wilson.

Singles
1972
Early In The Morning/Rock Island Line (Warner Bros.) CW-4013

Albums
1972
Whiskey Howl (Warner Bros.) WSC-9012

as THE ORIGINAL WHISKEY HOWL
1974 Family Reunion ’74 (independent) WRC-1261

as THE WHISKEY HOWL BIG BAND
1981 Live At the El Mocambo (Solid Gold)


WHITE KNIGHTS
Barry Keating
(vocals) / Art Zimmerman (guitar) / Richard Gettle (drums) / Vern Hoffert (bass)
Regina, Saskatchewan’s White Knights had a gimmick of wearing white suits and white hear. They recorded two singles for Gaeity Records before changing image and their name to Tomorrow’s Keepsake who released several more singles under their new handle. Their songs “High & Mighty” and “Elevator Operator” were licensed to RCA and released as a single.

Singles
1966 Love That’s True/Run, Run, Baby (Gaiety) G-117
1966 Promise Her Love/There She Goes (Gaiety) G-121

as TOMORROW’S KEEPSAKES
1966 High And Mighty/Elevator Operator (RCA Victor Canada International) 57-3442


WHITE WOLF
Don Wolf [aka Don Wilk]
(vocals) / Cam Macleod (guitar, vocals) / Rick Nelson (guitar) / Scott Webb (guitar) / Les Schwartz (bass) / Eric Young (drums)
White Wolf formed in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1980. Their 1984 debut on RCA Records, ‘Standing Alone’, was recorded in Calgary with legendary Guess Who producer Jack Richardson along with Danny Lowe (Hammersmith, Prototype, Qwest).

Singles
1984 Shadows In the Night/Metal Thunder (RCA) PB-50809

Albums
1984 Standing Alone (RCA/Victor) KKL1-0554
1986 Endangered Species (RCA/Victor) KKL1- 0567


WHITE, Michael
In 1976 Michael White was the lead singer for L.A. band The Boyz alongside future Dokken members George Lynch and Mick Brown. They were managed by music impresario Kim Fowley and often opened shows for Fowley’s other star act The Runaways. In short order The Boyz amassed a significant following of their own in the L.A. music scene. Both Van Halen and Quiet Riot were opening acts for them. On one occasion KISS’ Gene Simmons brought a rep from Casablanca Records to see the Boyz (but ended up helping Van Halen land their deal with Warner Brothers instead). Meanwhile The Boyz were getting reviews in the ‘L.A. Times’ pointing out the similarities between lead singer Michael White’s performing style/sound and that of Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant. Alas, labels weren’t looking for another Led Zeppelin and in the wake of the punk explosion The Boyz split up. In 1977 White started a new band called LA Fox with future W.A.S.P. member Randy Piper but this band, too, was cited for their heavy Zeppelin similarities and a record deal eluded them. By late 1977, White started another band called The White with guitarist Lanny Cordola (Guiffria, House of Lords) and battled the same demons unwilling to move past White’s Robert Plant vocals. Eventually White was approached by Nikki Sixx to front his band London. White played with them for about 6 months before returning full-time to The White. (London would evolve into Motley Crue). Frustrated by the record companies’ rejection of the band, Michael decided if he sounded like Robert Plant and the music he wrote sounded too much like Led Zeppelin, he might as well try playing Led Zeppelin. The strategy succeeded and within a matter of weeks the band was selling out clubs all over Southern California. In 1979 The White played a string of Six Flag amusement parks across the United States resulting in their first taste of touring. In 1980, manager Tim Heyne (Canned Heat, Nickelback) helped The White launch a prolific period of touring that would extend over two decades. In 1983, White finally met Robert Plant in Denver, Colorado while Plant was on his ‘Principal of Moments’ tour. Plant was familiar with The White and actually wore the band’s T-shirt on stage at one of his shows and wore it in a picture printed in Cream Magazine. Plant made a call to Atlantic Records’ West Coast office to give them a heads up about White. Meanwhile White had already been busy recording demos with producer Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones) which finally sealed White a deal with Atlantic in 1985. Simultaneously, The White’s popularity was gaining momentum. They played 3 sold out performances in one night at the Rainbow Music Theatre in Denver, where attendance exceeded 4500 people and surpassed Aerosmith’s attendance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre the same night. In 1986 Atlantic flew the band to Germany to record at Musicland Studios with producer Mack (Led Zeppelin, Queen, ELO, Billy Squier). Recorded over a period of eight months, ‘Michael White’ was released in the spring of 1987. The album garnered reviews and interviews with Billboard Magazine and Kerrang Magazine amongst a litany of newspapers and other music periodicals throughout North America and Europe. Still, White couldn’t shake the the Led Zeppelin comparisons. Nonetheless, the band garnered a top ten hit on Q107-FM in Toronto, Ontario with the song “Psychometry”. In another twist, White was asked to record with the German band Accept who were briefly auditioning new vocalists. During this period White met with Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Rod Stewart) and recorded with John Sykes’ (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake) band Blue Murder. White was in demand and nearly joined Vinnie Vincent’s (KISS) solo band. White also managed to find time do some incidental music for the 1987 film ‘The Lost Boys’ by request of WEA Records. In 1988, White moved to Toronto, Ontario and in 1989 was signed to Griffin Records out of Chicago to record another album called ‘Michael White/The White’. This album had regional success across the United States and Canada, but would also enjoy success in Europe and Asia. In 1993, The White traveled to England to perform the Led Zeppelin tribute at the Capital Radio Music Festival, then the biggest music festival in the world. While there, they shared the stage with Eric Clapton, Elton John, Prince and James Brown. In 1994 another album was released on Griffin Records entitled ‘Michael White Plays the Music of Led Zeppelin’. In the summer of 2003, Q107 radio in Toronto began playing “Psychometry” again from the Atlantic album that had been out of print since 1988. It worked its way into rotation and started getting requests. On the merit of the airplay and response, Atlantic Records re-mastered the album under White’s supervision and re-released the album on CD in Sept 2003. It was carried by all of the major CD stores in Canada including Wal-Mart and hit the Canadian SoundScan sales charts on December 07, 2003 in the Top200. In 2004 White contributed lead vocals to an incomplete bed-track by late singer/songwriter Andrew Gold’s rendition of The Beatles ‘Got To Get You Into My Life’ for the Bullseye CD ‘It Was 40 Years Ago Today: A Tribute to the Beatles’. In August of that year Michael White would form a band specifically to host the CD release party of this triple disc set at The Hard Rock Cafe in Toronto. During the last few years White has re-envisioned his Led Zeppelin tribute with The White and toured successfully with the stage show ‘The Orchestral Zeppelin’ as well as spearheading Q107 FM’s ‘Discography Series’ where Michael White & The White would play complete versions of Led Zeppelin albums. While not performing with The White or his all-purpose Q107-FM house band called Animal House, Michael White is busy with the operation his Toronto recording studio (Under the White House), producing and arranging for many top US and Canadian recording artists such as Cats & Dogs, ‘Mars: The NASA Mission Reports – Volume 2’, Robert LePage’s ‘Far Side of the Moon’ soundtrack’, music for Showtime Network’s ‘Ruby’s Bucket of Blood’, conducted radio edits on the ‘Eileen Shania Twain’ archive album for Limelight Records, produced the Top20 Canadian hit “What’cha Got” by Carlos Morgan, and has produced six soundtrack albums for Griffin Records. with notes from Michael White.

Albums
1987
Michael White (Atlantic) 78-17531
1989 Michael White & The White (Griffin – US) GNCD-1290
1995 Plays the Music of Led Zeppelin (Griffin – US) CASH-100
2003 A Tribute to Led Zeppelin – Studio Sessions Volume 1 (Behind the Beat/Bullseye) BLR-CD-4103

Compilation Tracks
2004
“The Stroll” on ‘When CanCon Rocked Volume 1’ (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4015

with ANDREW GOLD featuring MICHAEL WHITE
2004
“Got To Get You Into My Life” on ‘It Was 40 Years Ago Today: A Tribute To the Beatles’ (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4060


WHITENOISE
Ross Halpin
(guitar) / Bill Grove (vocals, saxophone) / Glenn Milchem (drums) / Bryant Didier (bass) / Howie Moscovitch (guitar)
Whitenoise was a popular Toronto, Ontario Queen Street alternative jazz act that formed in 1981. They released two albums on Didier’s B-Fish Records – ‘The Importance of Breath’ (1985) and ‘Heavy Meta’ (1987). The band split up in 1988; Milchem would go on to play in The Garbagemen (with Moscovitch), Vital Sines, Soho 69, Blue Rodeo, The Swallows and Holy Fuck; Didier continued to record and produce from his B-Fish Recording Studio in Toronto and performed as sideman for dozens of Toronto artists like Bratty & The Babysitters.

Albums
1985 The Importance of Breath (B-Fish) WRC1-4105
1987 Heavy Meta (B-Fish) BF-0032


WHITNEY, Carla
American landed immigrant soul singer Carla Whitney was ‘discovered’ by Motown producer Choker Campbell who produced her only album in Canada for Attic Records in 1975 following which she became a citizen. The lone single from the album, “I’ve Been Hurt So Many Times”, was released in June of that year and lingered in the RPM Top100 Singles chart all summer. Her album is very in-demand from Northern Soul music collectors. The album was re-issued on Unidisc in the 2000s and a single of her 1975 track “War” was re-issued through Jazzman Records in the UK.

Singles
as CARLA WHITNEY WITH CHOKER CAMPBELL AND THE SUPER SOUNDS
1975 I’ve Been Hurt (So Many Times)/It’s You For Me (Attic) AT-113
2006 War/It’s You for Me (Jazzman – UK) JM-047

Albums
as CARLA WHITNEY WITH CHOKER CAMPBELL AND THE SUPER SOUNDS
1975 Carla Whitney (with Chocker Campbell And The Super Sounds) (Attic) LAT-1005


WIFFEN, David
Born: March 11, 1942 in Surrey, England
English singer/songwriter Wiffen moved to Canada at age 16. He started his music career with appearances at the Village Corner club in Toronto. He then hitch-hiked across Canada where he became manager of the Calgary coffeehouse The Depression. In 1965 he was invited to perform at Vancouver’s Bunkhouse with an ensemble of other musicians for a live album and when none of the other acts showed up the recording was continued. The result was Wiffen’s first solo album ‘David Wiffen Live At the Bunkhouse’. He then joined The Pacers who were soon offered a recording contract in Montreal. Wiffen joined the group as they headed to Québec but when the deal fell apart after one release, Wiffen moved on to Ottawa where he joined the folk act The Children. The act featured several of Canada’s most prominent future artists such as Bruce Cockburn, Sneezy Waters (aka Peter Hodgkinson), and Richard Patterson (The Esquires) among others. In 1966 another Vancouver folk trio, 3’s A Crowd, played the Le Hibou Coffee House in Ottawa where Wiffen met them and was subsequently asked to join the band along with Children drummer Richard Patterson and bassist Comerie Smith from Toronto. With the new line-up of Brent Titcomb, Trevor Veitch, Donna Warner, Wiffen, Patterson, and Smith they moved to Toronto but Warner dropped out and was replaced by Colleen Peterson who took over lead vocal chores. They began playing throughout North America and played at Expo ’67. Members of the Mamas And Papas soon discovered the act and convinced them to record a demo tape which got them signed to Dunhill Records where they recorded the singles “Bird Without Wings” and “Let’s Get Together” which led to the full length album ‘Christopher’s Movie Matinee’. They would disband in 1968, but in 1969 TV producer Sid Banks asked the members to appear on a CBC variety show called ‘One More Time’ and the band reformed with a new line-up. After Bruce Cockburn was plucked from the band to begin a solo career with True North Records, the band split up once more. Meanwhile, Wiffen had been spotted by executives of Fantasy Records during a 3’s A Crowd gig at The Bitter End in New York and was signed to a solo recording deal. His eponymous debut was released in 1971 and produced two hit singles. In 1973 he would shift to United Artists who released his ‘Coast To Coast Fever’ which gave Wiffen a JUNO Award nomination. Later, a devastating back injury forced Wiffen to pursue other interests such as painting and writing poetry. He has since become a published poet and in 1991 displayed his paintings and sculptures. In 1997 the original members of The Children reunited for their 25th anniversary in Ottawa with Bruce Cockburn making a rare appearance with his old friends. In September 1999, True North Records released ‘South of Somewhere’, a 13-song album of new material and re-recordings of old material (“Skybound Station”, “Coast To Coast Fever”, “Lost My Driving Wheel”, and “Climb the Stairs”, among them). with notes from Richard Patterson.[also see 3’s A CROWD]

Singles
1971 One Step/More Often Than Not (Fantasy) 656-R
1973 Coast to Coast Fever/Full Circle (United Artists) UAXW-356W

Albums

1965 David Wiffen Live At The Bunkhouse (International) STB-2334
1971 David Wiffen (Fantasy) 8411
1973 Coast To Coast Fever (United Artists) UAS-29558
1974 Camp Fortune [split LP with Tex Lecor) (Radio Canada International) RCI-RM226
1981 David Wiffen (Phonodisque) PHE-6015
1994 Coast To Coast Fever [re-issue] (EMI Canada) S2-26707
1999 South Of Somewhere (True North) TND-0186


WIGGY SYMPHONY
Don Thompson (guitar) / Ray Thompson (vocals)
Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, the band relocated to Vancouver, British Columbia where they released one single on 6th Avenue Records. Made appearances on the teen dance show ‘Where It’s At’. Don Thompson, a former student of jazz legend Lenny Breau, now runs a recording studio in Langley, British Columbia called Studio 56.

Singles
1970
Four Days From Monday/The Chosen Life (6th Avenue) AV-609

Compilation Tracks
2009
“Four Days From Monday” and “The Chosen Life” on ‘Buried Treasures: Winnipeg Rock Gems 1958-1974’ (SuperOldies) SOCD-9


WILCOX, David
Born: David Karl William Wilcox on July 13, 1949 in Montreal, Québec
Legendary Canadian guitarist David Wilcox got his start as a full-fledged member of the Great Speckled Bird with Ian and Sylvia Tyson. He replaced Amos Garrett in that band on his 21st birthday to stand alongside N.D. Smart, Buddy Cage, and Jim Colegrove in the fall of 1970 and stayed through the second Ian & Sylvia And The Great Speckled Bird album titled ‘You Were On My Mind’ (1972). Wilcox would also appear on the Columbia album titled, simply, ‘Ian & Sylvia’. By the mid-70s Wilcox struck out on his own and was signed as a solo artist with Capitol Records in the early ‘80s. His unique boogie-woogie guitar playing style has made him a club and concert favourite. In the 1980s and 1990s he recorded for Capitol-EMI and in recent years for Stony Plain Records. with notes from John Einarson, Wayne Diamond, and James Chattery.

Singles

1982 Hot Hot Papa/That Hypnotizin’ Boogie (Freedom) FR-45-023
1983 Bad Apple/Cheap Beer Joint
1984 Just This Side of Heaven/Shake It Baby (Capitol-EMI) B-72924
1984 Downtown Came Uptown/Freeze To Me (Capitol-EMI) B-72930
1984 My Eyes Keep Me In Trouble/Mow ’em Down (Capitol-EMI) B-72936
1984 The Grind/Ting Tong (Capitol-EMI) B-72957
1985 Can’t Take It Anymore (Capitol-EMI) B-72965
1985 When You Mistreat Her/Do The Bearcat (Capitol-EMI) B-72975
1987 Breakfast At The Circus/Let It Flow (Capitol-EMI – UK) B-73050
1987 Layin’ Pipe/ Fire In My Bones (Capitol-EMI) B-73055
1987 Between The Lines (Single Version)/Invisible Shield (Capitol-EMI) B-73061
1989 The Natural Edge/Tear Out Your Heart (Capitol-EMI) B-73087
1989 Our Town/Kiss You When You Go (Capitol-EMI) B-73097
1989 O Freedom (EMI – UK) 1295

Albums
1983 Out of the Woods (Freedom) FR-010
1983 My Eyes Keep Me In Trouble (Capitol-EMI) ST-6503
1984 Bad Reputation (Capitol-EMI) ST-6513
1985 The Best Of David Wilcox (Capitol-EMI) ST-6522
1987 Breakfast At The Circus (Capitol-EMI) 48551
1989 The Natural Edge (Capitol-EMI) 92464
1993 Over 60 Minutes With David Wilcox (EMI) CDP-7-46888
1993 David Wilcox: The Collected Works 1977-1993 (EMI)
1996 Thirteen Songs (EMI) 834633
1997 Greatest Hits Too (EMI)
2001 Rhythm of Love (Stony Plain) 1271
2003 Rockin’ The Boogie: Best Blues & Boogie (Stony Plain) 1283
2007 Boy in the Boat (Stony Plain) 1325


WILDROOT ORCHESTRA, The
Jim McGilliveray / Doug Edwards
A Vancouver, British Columbia recording project by McGilliveray (Sad Café) and Edwards (Skylark)

Singles
1982 In the Mood/Subterranean Homesick Blues (Attic) AT-252
1982 Hurricane Freda Town Without Pity (Attic) AT-256
1982 Real Contender/Peter Gunn (Attic) AT-262

Albums
1982 The Wildroot Orchestra (Attic) LAT-1115


WILFRED N AND THE GROWNMEN
Wilfred Kozub / Jamie Philp / Nik Kozub / Clint Frazier
Formed in Edmonton in 1981 by Wilfred Kozub and Jamie Philp, the band has released seven albums. Material from their 2003 album ‘Waiting For Luck To Come’ gave them exposure on the TV show ‘Joan of Arcadia’. with notes from Wilfred Kozub.

Singles
1985 I Could Get Closer To You/I Can’t Get The Nerve (Zönik) ZNK-18501
1987 Indian Summer/News from Venezuela (Zönik) ZNK-18702
1988 Knockadoor Ginger/Wishes Come True (Zönik)
1989 Oh, Honey/Thunder On The Tundra (Zönik) ZNK-18901

Albums
1984 Riding Double (Zönik) ZNK-08401
1987 Thunder On The Tundra (Zönik) ZNK-08701
2003 Waiting For Luck To Come (Zönik)
2008 Stop Go Romeo (Zönik)
2010 Take Out Menu (Zönik)


WILLAPUSS WALLAPUSS [see RISING SONS (2)]


WILLI
Nom de plume for Canadian music producer Willi Morrison of Three Hats Productions.

Singles
1975 Things That Go Bump In the Night/Take My Hand (RCA/Victor) PB-50096


WILLIAMS, Tim
Folk singer who released several independent singles and one album for Maple Haze in the early ‘70s was signed to Dyna West (distributed by Quality) in 1977 to give him national exposure. His 1976 Maple Haze album ‘Writin’ On the Wall’ was re-issued as the first album by Dyna West in late 1977.

Singles
1974
Careful Mountain Pony/Leaving You (Houka) RWP-194
1975 Summertime Man [Mono]/Summertime Man [Stereo] (Rope Dancer) RD-375
1977 Still Sings Country/[same] (Dyna-West) DW-7704
1977 Lean On Me/[same] (Dyna-West) DW-7706
1977 Cariboo Blues/[same] (Dyna West) DW-7707
1977 Alberta Winds/Good Advice Blues (Dyna-West) DW-7708
1977 County Line/Hills Of West Virginia (Maple Haze) MH-7628         
1977 Leaving You [Mono]/Leaving You [Stereo] (Maple Haze) MH- 7640
1978 Harvest Ball/Leavin’ You (Maple Haze) MH-7680
1983 It’s Enough To Be Remembered/Lean On Me (Dyna-West) DW-8344

Albums
1976
Writin’ This Song (Maple Haze) MH-7637
1977 Writin’ This Song (Dyna-West) DWLP-77103
1983 It’s Enough To Be Remembered (Dyna-West/AHED)  DWLP-83124


WILLIE & THE WALKERS
Willie MacCalder (vocals, keyboards) / Dennis Petruk (guitar) / Bill Hardie (guitar) / Roland Hardie (drums) / Nick Petruck (drums; replaced Hardie 1988) / Rick Francis (vocals; replaced MacCalder 1988) / R. J. Smarton (keyboards; 1988)
Formed in Edmonton in 1963, Willie And The Walkers were known for their visual stage presence which focused on their two identical guitars. As their popularity grew in the Prairies they were able to do opening slots for the likes of Paul Revere & The Raiders, Cream, and The Guess Who. In 1967 they were signed to Capitol Records and released several singles recorded by Buddy Holly producer Norm Petty. The most successful of these was “(Alone) In My Room” which reached number one nationally across Canada in January 1968. Without successive chart action, the band called it quits by the early ’70’s and Willie MacCalder went on to join the Powder Blues Band. In 1988 the original members reunited for the first annual Edmonton Rock And Roll Reunion where the response was so encouraging the band decided to reform. However, several member changes occurred as with Nick Petruk replacing Hardie on drums, Francis replacing MacCalder, and Smarton was added on keyboards. They toured again in the ’90’s as The Walkers. with notes from Elle Wilson, Norm Bright.

Singles
1967 Diamonds And Gold/Baby, Do You Need Me (Capitol) 72456
1967 My Friend/Is It Easy To See (Lovin’ Me) (Capitol) 72485
1967 (Alone) In My Room/Poor Janie (Capitol) 72516
1972 All About You/Hotels And Wishing Wells (London) M-17445

Albums
1996 30th Anniversary Collection (Jay-El)


WILLIE ENGLISH
ORIGINAL LINE-UP: Kenny Stewart
(lead vocals; 1977) / Thommy Stukko [aka Tommy Greaves] (lead vocals; 1978) / Leo Ulmer (drums) / Zeke Sunoco [aka Gary O’Bireck] (bass, lead  vocals) / Richard “Rocko” DesLauriers (guitars)
1982 REUNION LINE-UP: Tommy Stukko (vocals) / Grayden Nichols (guitar) / Steven Cohen (drums) / Steve Cohen (drums)
Willie English began in 1976 in a basement recreation room in the Bayview/Lawrence Avenue area of Toronto, Ontario, Canada as the band Arlington, an existing band of high schoolers who had a singer named Kenny Stewart – a first-year residence student at York University. Drummer Leo Ulmer and bassist Zeke Sunoco had lived on the same residence floor and were Kenny’s wingers on the Winters College hockey team. They soon realized that they had the makings of a Rock band. By mid-1978, Richard “Rocko” DesLaurier was added on guitar, Kenny Stewart returned to his native Ottawa, and Thommy Stukko (the original drummer for Arlington) was installed as lead singer. With the line-up established and a pocket full of original songs, the band needed a name. They recalled dialogue from their favourite movie, ‘A Clockwork Orange’, that referenced an off-screen rogue known as Will the English. But as the band grew in popularity fans mentioned how misleading it was with none of the band members actually being from England, so they shortened it to the only slightly less confusing Willie English. The band rented the basement of an auto parts store on Dundas Street West in Toronto where they could rehearse. Then they put themselves on a rigorous schedule of strict practicing with Friday night the only day for partying. In a few months, the new Willie English shifted their focus from glam rock to new wave and punk. Near the end of 1978, the band road tested their new look and sound at Toronto’s Turning Point opening for acts like The Viletones. Soon the club’s owners asked the band to headline at the venue where bands like The Numbers, Blue Peter, The Mods, and the Sophisticatos opened their shows. Next Teenage Head’s management asked them to open Head’s live shows elsewhere. That year Willie English recorded the single “I Could Care About You” b/w “Can’t Have You” produced by Garth Richardson. It received moderate airplay. By early 1979, Willie English had acquired a loyal fan base and the shows became higher profile with opening slots for both The Ramones and The Romantics at Toronto’s El Mocambo. Headlining shows at other venues followed such as Larry’s Hideaway, The Piccadilly Tube, El Mocambo and The Horseshoe Tavern. Often the shows were live simulcasted by local radio stations such as Q107, CHUM-FM, and CFNY. ADC Entertainment began managing them and Bob Segarini offered to produce their first album. Then they went out on tour where they played Barrymore’s (Ottawa), Club David’s (Montreal), The Blue Boot (London), Dollar Bill’s (Kingston), The Riverside (Oakville) and dozens of venues in between. Willie English even won a “Battle of the Bands” competition sponsored by Records on Wheels in Niagara Falls. In August 1979 they traveled to New York City to headline legendary punk club CBGB’s. The audience and owner Hilly Krystal inquired about recordings but the band had none. Upon returning to Toronto they ventured into the studio to attempt to capture their sound live off the floor through a self-produced set of demos but they were disappointed in the final results. They decided to take Segarini up on his offer to produce them and upgraded from 8-track to 16-tracks at Captain Audio to record three original tunes and one cover song. A few weeks later, they returned to Captain Audio to record three more original songs with Garth Richardson providing the production. They immediately headed back out on the road. But by 1980 rock and punk were dwindling in popularity and Willie English’s transitioned reluctantly to New Wave. Ulmer, originally a metal drummer, took a bow to join Black and Blue, and was replaced by Steve Cohen. Record labels also weren’t biting. This antipathy led to Sunoco leaving for the Bopcats under his new stage name Zeke Rivers (given to him by lead singer Sonny Baker) as well as the departure of DesLaurier. Stukko and Cohen attempted to keep the band going with former Bopcats bassist Pat Flynn and guitarist Robert Fraser (Backroads) but in less than a month it was over. A new version of the band assembled in 1982 featuring as a quasi rockabilly/swing band with this new lineup: Tommy Stukko (vocals), Graydon Nichols (guitar), Rick Deslauriers (moving from guitar to bass), and Steve Cohen
(drums). This version of the band played live throughout Southern Ontario and recorded one four-song EP for Showtime Records; Sunoco [Gary O’Bireck] went on to get his PhD; Stukko is now in the band Tommy Greaves and the Belairs. with notes from Robert Fraser (Morritt) and Gary O’Bireck (Zeke Rivers).

Singles
1979 I Could Care/Can’t Have You (World Records) WRC3-1034

Albums
1983
Careful Baby [4 song EP] (Showtime) STEP-002


WINCHESTER, Jesse
Born: May 17, 1944 in Bossier City, Louisiana, USA;
Died April 11, 2014
American guitarist, keyboardist, vocalist Jesse Winchester spent his formative years in Memphis. He worked on a music scholarship at Williams College in Massachusetts where he eventually switched his major to German language. The new studies led to an opportunity to go to Munich, Germany before returning a year later to the US. With a personal distaste for the US Government policies on the Vietnam War he moved to Montreal, Québec in 1967 as a draft dodger. In a little over a month Winchester found himself playing guitar in the band Les Astronauts before going solo as a regular at coffeehouses around Montreal. During one such foray to Toronto, he was spotted by Robbie Robertson of The Band and was enticed into recording an album that Robertson would produce. His self-titled debut on Ampex Records featured guest performances by David Rea, Al Cherney, Ken Pearson, Bob Boucher, David Lewis, Gary Black, and Garth Hudson (The Band). After releasing 1972’s ‘Third Down, 110 To Go’ Winchester began getting noticed for his songwriting with hits such as “Isn’t That So”. He became a Canadian citizen in 1973 and released his most successful album ‘Learn To Love It’ in 1974 featuring the nominal hit “Third Rate Romance” (which was a major hit in the US the following year by the Amazing Rhythm Aces). With inconsistent gaps between albums, Winchester found fame behind the scenes writing material that was being made into hits for others – The Everly Brothers, The Weather Girls, Jimmy Buffett, Joan Baez, and The New Grass Revival to name but a few. In 1976 US President Jimmy Carter granted amnesty to Vietnam draft dodgers except those that had become citizens of another country. Winchester’s manager at the time convinced Carter to extend exemptions for certain circumstances and Winchester was able to return home to the US to promote his LP ‘Nothing But a Breeze’. His first appearance in the US was a sold out performance on April 21, 1976 in Burlington, Vermont. He retreated from the spotlight after 1988’s ‘Humour Me’ LP following a nomination for ‘Best Country Male Vocalist’ at the 1990 JUNO Awards. In 1999, after an 11-year absence from recording, he returned in typically low-key fashion with the album ‘Gentleman of Leisure’. In 2002, Winchester moved back to the United States and now lives in Virginia. He received a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ from ASCAP in 2007. He continued recording and performing throughout the United States and Canada and released his tenth studio album, ‘Love Filling Station’, in 2009. Winchester was diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus in 2011 but has since been treated and given a clear bill of health from his doctor and has resumed touring. He eventually succumbed to the disease on April 11, 2014 shortly before completing his final album ‘A Reasonable Amount of Trouble’ which was released post-humously in the summer of 2014.

Singles
1970 Yankee Lady/That’s The Touch I Like (Ampex – US) X11004
1971 Quiet About It/[same] (Ampex) 11018
1971 Isn’t That So/Lullaby For the First Born (Bearsville/Warner Bros.) BSV-3601
1971 Snow/Yankee Lady (Bearsville/Warner Bros.) BSV-3619
1973 L’aire De La Louisiane/laisse Les Bons Temps Rouler (Bearsville/Warner Bros.)
BSV-3635
1974 Third Rate Romance/Mississippi You’re On My Mind (Bearsville/Warner Bros.) BSV-3645
1976 Let The Rough Side Drag/The Only Show in Town (Bearsville/Warner Bros.)
BSV-3814
1976 Let The Rough Side Drag/ The Brand New Tennessee Waltz (Reprise) (Bearsville/Warner Bros.) BSS-0311
1976 Everybody Knows But Me/Damned If I Do (Bearsville/Warner Bros. – US)
BSS-0314
1977 Nothing But A Breeze/Twigs and Seeds (Bearsville/Warner Bros.) BSS-0318
1977 Rhumba Man/Twigs and Seeds (Bearsville/Warner Bros.) BSS-0320
1977 Pourquoi pas? (Pourquoi m’aimes-tu pas?)/Twigs and Seeds (Bearsville/Warner Bros. – HOL) BEA-15534
1978 Sassy/Wintery Feeling (Bearsville/Warner Bros.) BSS-0332
1978 A Touch on the Rainy Side/Holly (Bearsville/Warner Bros.) BSS-3888
1981 Say What/If Only (Bearsville/Warner Bros.) BSS-49711
1981 Baby Blue/Sure Enough (Bearsville/Warner Bros.) BSS-49781
1989 I Want to Mean Something to You/If I Were Free (Attic)
1989 Well-A-Wiggy/If I Were Free (Attic) AT-386

Albums
1970 Jesse Winchester (Ampex) A-10104
1972 Third Down, 110 To Go (Bearsville/Warner Bros.) BR-2101
1974 Learn To Love It (Bearsville/Warner Bros.) BR-6953
1976 Let the Rough Side Drag (Bearsville/Warner Bros.) BR-6964
1977 Nothing But a Breeze (Bearsville/Warner Bros.) BR-6968
1977 Live At the Bijou Cafe
1978 Touch On The Rainy Side (Bearsville/Warner Bros.) BR-2217
1981 Talk Memphis (Bearsville) BRK-6989
1988 Humour Me (Attic) LAT-1252
1989 The Best of Jesse Winchester (WEA)
1999 Gentleman of Leisure (Sugar Hill) SHCD-1062
2001 Live From Mountain Stage
2003 In Concert (Country Stars)
2005 Jessie Winchester Live
2009 Love Filling Station (Appleseed – US) APRCD-1116
2014 A Reasonable Amount of Trouble (Appleseed – US)


WINDOM WARRIOR featuring Brian Tyrell
A Toronto rap artist who released the charity single “Save the Children” which was produced by Rich Dodson (Stampeders, Debbie Johnson) and released on Dodson’s Marigold label.

Singles
1988
Save the Children/[same] (Marigold) MPL-743


WINDSOR TUNNEL
Clayton Moore (vocals) / Dan Thibodeau (guitar, vocals) / Ron Patrick (keyboards) / Merrill Mills (bass) / John Dominas (drums)
Formed in the early 1960s in Springhill, Nova Scotia as the Viscounts, the band soon moved to Amherst, Nova Scotia and became The Vibratones. They yearned for a bigger chance at stardom and on the suggestion of Clayton Moore’s brother to come to Windsor, Ontario they did in 1966. After slogging it out on both sides of the Detroit River under the name The Sound Track, their manager landed them a recording deal with Avco Embassy Records and their self-titled debut was released in 1970.  The band received radio play with the song “Love Is A Word” from CKLW in Windsor and several US radio stations but never really broke out beyond the local club circuit. The band split up shortly after and Clayton Moore went on to be popular as a solo act through the next few decades. He passed away at the age of 70 in July 2014.

Albums
1970
Windsor Tunnel (Avco Embassy) AVE-33014


WINTER ROSE
Sebastian Bach (vocals) / James LaBrie (vocals; replaced Bach) / Richard Chycki (guitar) / Rob Laidlaw (bass) / Randy Cooke (drums)
Following the collapse of Canadian metal singer Sebastian Bach’s early 1980’s band Kidd Wikkid, he formed Hope. This band mutated into Sebastian. When he was called up to join New Jersey band Skid Row, the members of Sebastian brought in Penetanguishene, Ontario singer James LaBrie – who had been helping a reformed Coney Hatch do the club circuit – and changed the band’s name to Winter Rose. Their independently produced and released  self-titled album in 1989 brought them to the attention of Atlantic Records but the deal never materialized and Winter Rose fell apart. Then Pierre Paradis, who managed the band Voivod, approached LaBrie about recording a solo album with Aquarius Records and another open door with an American band, Dream Theater out of New York. LaBrie eventually joined Dream Theater and and continues to record and tour with them around the world. In recent years he has worked on Henning Pauly’s Frameshift release and fronted a new band side project called Mullmuzzler; Richard Chycki has gone on to become an in-demand studio engineer at Metalworks Studios in Mississauga, Ontario and has worked on many projects for Rush with Alex Lifeson, including mixing the audio portions of (among others) the JUNO award-winning ‘Rush in Rio’ DVD; Laidlaw has been a hired-gun touring bassist for the likes of Alannah Myles, Honeymoon Suite, The Kings and, most recently, a reformed Platinum Blonde. He has also produced albums for Johnny Dee (Honeymoon Suite) and Barb Baumann’s Random Robbery; Randy Cooke has made a career as one of the busiest session drummers in North America and was even a touring member of Ringo Starr’s band several years ago.

Albums
1990
Winter Rose (Warner)


WINTER’S GREEN
R.A. McGuire (vocals) / Wayne Gibson (organ) / Bruce Rutherford (bass) / Brian Smith (guitar) / Stu Wilson (drums)
From Vancouver, British Columbia. Winter’s Green was formed in 1967 and released one single, “Are You a Monkey?”, on Vancouver’s Rumble Records. An evolved version of the band became Applejack in 1972 before McGuire and Smith went on to form Trooper. [also see TROOPER]

Singles
1968
Are You A Monkey/Jump In the River (Rumble) R-2358


WIRELESS
Michael Lalonde
[aka Mike Langford] (vocals) / Allan Marshall (bass, vocals) / Steve McMurray (guitar, vocals) / Mike Crawford (guitar, vocals) / Glenn Beatson (drums) / Marty Morin (drums; replaced Beatson)
After the collapse of their long-running band Autumn in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, Marshall, McMurray and Beatson formed Wireless and released one self-titled album for Atlantic Records. Following a tour of Canada they decided to stay and were signed to Anthem Records. Their sophomore album, ‘Postively Human Relatively Sane’ in 1979 was produced by Max Webster’s Mike Tilka. Beatson eventually grew homesick and was replaced by former Goddo drummer Marty Morin. They released one more album – the Geddy Lee (Rush) produced  ‘No Static’ –  before disbanding in 1981; Langford would go on to form Bamboo in the 1980s; Morin rejoined Goddo in the 2000’s as percussionist and has been a member of the Classic Albums Live band for many years; McMurray passed away March 4, 2014 in his native Australia.

Singles
1978 Spend the Night With Me/Love the Way You Feel (Atlantic) CAT-4007
1978 Where We Ought To Be/Lovin’ In Return (Atlantic) CAT-4008
1979 I Know You Know/No Way Out (Anthem) ANS-010
1980 Pay To Ride/Journey Of A Possible Hero (Anthem) ANS-023

Albums

1978 Wireless (Atlantic) CA-9502
1979 Postively Human Relatively Sane (Anthem) ANR-1-1016
1980 No Static (Anthem) ANR-1-1025


WISEMAN, Bob
Born: Robert Neil Wiseman
Bob Wiseman, who tinkered with bands Hidden Cameras and Dick Duck & The Dorks in the early 1980s, played at open stages all over Toronto, Ontario from 1982 through 1989. During this time he joined Blue Rodeo and released an independent cassette entitled ‘Wet Water’ which peaked at No.4 on radio station CKLN. He was signed to a solo deal with Blue Rodeo’s own label Risque Disque in 1989 with distribution through WEA in Canada. He released his debut solo album ‘Sings Wrench Tuttle: In Her Dream’ but immediately ran into trouble with executives at Warner’s US imprint, Atlantic Records, when one of the album’s songs – “Rock and Tree” – was deemed potentially libelous. The song name checked many public figures including Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, Donald M. Kendall, and the president of Pepsi Cola in relation to the murder of Salvador Allendre. The remaining print run of the album was destroyed and re-issued without the offending song.  Wiseman’s 1992 release ‘Presented By Lake Michigan Soda’ featured additional instrumentation by Andy Stochansky and vocal contributions by Edie Brickell, Jane Siberry and Michelle McAdorey (Crash Vegas). Wiseman left Blue Rodeo in 1992 following their fourth album to pursue writing, recording, and producing his own records and others plus material for film, TV and theatre. Wiseman is also a JUNO Award winner. [also see BLUE RODEO]

Singles
1989
Airplane On the Highway//Ship At Sea/Older Brother [12”] (Warner) PR-3395
1989 We Got Time (Warner)

Albums
1984
Wet Water [cassette] (Independent)
1989
Sings Wrench Tuttle: In Her Dream (Risque Disque/WEA) 25-69131
1991 Hits of the ‘60s and ‘70s [cassette] (independent)
1992 Presented By Lake Michigan Soda (Warner) CD-75782
1993 City of Wood (Glitterhouse) GRCD-324
1994 In By Of (Bar None – US)
1994 Beware of Bob (Sabre Toque)
1995 Accidentally Acquired Beliefs (GFC)  11474
1996 More Work Songs From the Planet of the Apes (GFC) 9708
2004 It’s True! (Blocks Recording Club) □□□009
2006 Theme and Variations (Blocks Recording Club) □□□036
2008 The Legend (Blocks Recording Club) □□□047
2012 Giulietta Masina At the Oscars Crying


WISHBONE
Paul Gross

Quality announced in Billboard magazine that they’d signed Wishbone – featuring members of The Yeomen and The Meadow – in early 1971. Their debut single, “You’re Gonna Miss Me”, peaked at No.22 on the CHUM Chart in June of 1971. The record was produced by Gordon Lightfoot drummer Barry Keane with arrangements by Peter Rochon.

Singles
1971 You’re Gonna Miss Me/Riverboat (Celebration/Quality) CEL-2005
1971 First Sign Of Love/Make Me Believe In You (Celebration/Quality) CEL-2015
1974 One Way Ticket/I Love The Way You Love Me (Celebration/Quality) CEL-2090

Albums
1973 Wishbone (Celebration/Quality)


WITCHKILLER
Douglas Lang Adams (vocals) / Kurt Phillips (guitars) / Todd Pilon (bass) / Steve Batky (drums)
Witchkiller was formed in Ottawa, Ontario in 1981 by Adams and Pilon who had left the band Reckless following the band losing their deal with Capitol Records. Their one and only release was the EP ‘Day of the Saxons’ in 1984 which was recorded at Phase One Studio in North Scarborough, Ontario

Albums
1984
Day of the Saxons [4 song EP] (Metal Blade) MBR-1011
1985 Who Are We? [cassette]


WITCH QUEEN
Gino Soccio / Peter Alves
Studio project out of Montreal from two masters of disco attempting a dance spin on several rock classics. [also see GINO SOCCIO]

Singles
1979
Bang A Gong (Part 1)/Bang A Gong (Part 2) [7”] (Unison/Trans Canada)
UN-3907-X
1979
Bang A Gong/Witch Queen [12”] (RCA Victor – France) PD-1489
1979
All Right Now/Got the Time [7”] (Unison/Trans Canada) UN-3909-X
1979
All Right Now (Special Disco Remix)/Got the Time [12”] (Unison/Trans Canada) UN-6901

Album
1979
Witch Queen [4 song EP] (Unison/Trans Canada) UN-7903


WITNESS INC.
1967 to 1971: Kenny Shields
(lead vocals) / Allan Ayers (bass) / Ed Clynton (guitar) / Bob Walker (bass; replaced Ayers) / Derry Stewart (guitar; replaced Clynton) / Les Bateman (organ, electric piano) / Dave Tupper (drums) / Craig Kaleal (drums; replaced Tupper) / Bob Ego (drums; replaced Kaleal) / Bruce Degenhart (bass; replaced and was replaced by Walker) / Steve Boddington (guitar; replaced and was replaced by Stewart) / Greg DeLaronde (vocals; replaced Shields in 1970) / Arnie Guzyk (vocals; replaced DeLaronde in 1970) / Don Johnson (guitar) / Terry Thomas (guitar; replaced Stewart in 1970) / Ed Kilbride (vocals; replaced Guzyk in 1970) / Larry Chalmers / Bill Hardie (guitar; replaced Thomas in 1970);
WITNESS INC. 1975: Kenny Shields (vocals) / Ken “Spider” Sinnaeve (bass) / Craig Kaleal (drums) / George Martin (guitar) / Bob Deutscher (guitar) / Daryl Gutheil (keyboards) / Bob Ego (drums; replaced Kaleal)
Saskatoon, Sasketchewan’s Witness Inc. was formed in 1966. The band had an exciting stage show that helped them build a large following and attract the interest of Apex Records. With the strength of their first single, “I’ll Forget Her Tomorrow”, the band steam rolled across the Western Provinces where they became very successful. However, the follow-up single, “Jezebel”, failed to gain a foothold in Ontario. The Eastern seaboard would take three more singles to conquer. Walker and Stewart were added in 1969 while the band was touring Edmonton on the recommendation of legendary producer/musician Wes Dakus. The two new members hit it off well and the group spent two months working on new, original material at which time Craig Kaleal left the band due to intense pressure from his family. With little momentum forward over another two months, Walker quit in frustration and was replaced by Bob Ego’s boyhood friend Bruce Degenhart. Stewart left briefly to be replaced by Steve Boddington but soon returned. Then Kenny Shields nearly died in a devastating car accident at the end of 1969 and needed extensive surgery/therapy. The band decided to carry on without him in April 1970 with Walker returning for the departed Degenhart and Greg DeLaronde replacing Shields. However, Shields was a near celebrity and his fans (nearly all female) never warmed to DeLaronde who would quit in frustration. He was replaced by Arnie Guzyk after a failed succession of local and imported singers. Don Johnson was added in June 1970. Stewart left, again, shortly after and was replaced by his old friend Terry Thomas. Johnson left in September 1970 while Thomas and Guzyk bailed out in November 1970 to form their own band. Bateman, Ego and Walker moved to Edmonton and teamed up with Ed Kilbride, Larry Chalmers, and Bill Hardie as the new Witness Inc in late 1970. They played around Edmonton and did a short tour across the prairies including several appearances on Barry Allen’s TV show from Calgary. However, the steady work had dried up and in February, 1971 this chapter of the band called it quits. It took Kenny Shields until 1975 to fully recover from his accident and regain the confidence to return to centre stage. He attempted to reform Witness Inc. with former drummer Craig Kaleal, bassist Kenny Sinneave, keyboardist Daryl Gutheil, guitarists George Martin and Bob Deutscher. Bob Ego soon returned to the fold and replaced Kaleal once more. Soon Shields and Sinneave left to join Canadian River Race members Paul Dean (also of Scrubbaloe Caine) and Matt Frenette to create Streetheart in 1976; Daryl Gutheil would go on to form industrial band Skinny Puppy in the ’80s; Bob Deutscher would hook up with Hermann Fruhm and Greg Leskiw from Mood Jga Jga to form Crowcuss; Kaleal  went to Downchild; Kenny Shields passed away after a long illness on July 21, 2017. with notes from Bob Ego and Bob Walker.

Singles
1967 I’ll Forget Her Tomorrow/Girl Before You Go (Apex) 77044
1967 Jezebel/Not You Girl (Apex) 77063
1968 Harlem Lady/I Put a Spell On You (Apex) 77077
1968 Visions Of Vanessa/Another Side Of Her (Apex) 77087
1969 So Come With Me/I’ve Got To Go (Apex) 77093

Albums

2009 The Singles (Pacemaker) PACE-072


WIZARD
George Bowser
(guitar) / Mike Driscoll (drums) / Harry Marks (bass)
Montreal based Wizard was formed in 1970 by classically trained Harry Marks while working on the CBC-TV show ‘Crackers’. At the end of the TV show’s run, he hooked up with Driscoll and Bowser to create Wizard. The band lasted two years with several personnel changes and only managed one single before self-destructing in 1972; Harry Marks went onto a solo career with such songs as “Sad And Simple Man”, “Every Reason To Be Proud” and “Sou’ Western Morning”; George Bowser would gain international success as half of the duo Bowser & Blue (with Rick Blue) who do a bawdy, Canadian political duet. In 1997 they had their own Xmas TV special on the CBC. They’re best known for their single “Polka Dot Undies”.

Singles
1970 A Familiar Story/Come Away (MCA) 2001


WONDERFUL GRAND BAND
Glenn Simmons
(vocals, guitars) / Ron Hynes (vocals, acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo) / Jamie Snider (vocals, guitars, mandolin, fiddle) / Sandy Morris (guitars, backing vocals) / Ian Perry (bass, backing vocals) / Paul “Boomer” Stamp (drums, percussion, backing vocals) / Kelly Russell (fiddle; 1978-1980) / Rocky Wiseman (drums; 1978-1981) / Brian Hennessey (bass; 1978) / “Captain” Luke Strotz (harmonica; 1983) / Kevin MacNeil (drums; 1982) / Howie Warden (bass; 1982-83) / Steve Annan (guitar; 1982-83)
Formed in St. John’s, Newfoundland in 1978, Ron Hynes – who had been solo artist – was a founding member. Their self-titled debut would be released that year. The Wonderful Grand Band would star in 40 half-hour television episodes for CBC television between 1980 and 1983. In 1981 they released their second studio album ‘Living In A Fog’. The band eventually went their separate ways and Hynes returned to solo performing and recording releasing six more solo albums over the next 30 years; Hynes announced that he was unwell during a solo performance in July 2012 and confirmed a few weeks later that he had been diagnosed with throat cancer. Before undergoing treatment in 2012, Hynes performed before a sold-out crowd at Mile One Centre, joined by the reunited Wonderful Grand Band, plus an all-star cast of Newfoundland musicians to a sold-out show of 3,000; Hynes would succumb to his cancer November 19, 2015.

Singles
1978
Sonny’s Dream/Budgell’s Jigs (Quay) CS-014
1981 Babylon Mall/Hard Times (Grand East) GE-101
1981 Suzie/Livin’ In A Fog (Grand East) GE-102
1981 Go For Love/Dancin’ In the Street (Grand East) GE-103

Albums
1978
The Wonderful Grand Band (Quay) CS78-014
1981 Living In A Fog (Grand East) GE-1001


WOOD, Joe
Before becoming the owner of RDR Music (Rosedale Records)  duplicating independent CDs, cassettes and promoting digital music to radio, he was a singer-songwriter/guitarist that recorded and released his own records. Most of his singles were produced by Rich Dodson (Stampeders)

Singles
1979
Bright Eyes/Bitter Blue (Black Bear) BBR-2007
1979 The Memory/Confidence (Black Bear) BBR-2009
1981 State of Mind/The Memory (Black Bear)  BBR-2011
1982 Love In Your Blue Eyes/State of Mind (Rosedale) RDR-2007
1982 The Boy Loves You/[same] (Rosedale) RDR-2008
1983 Oh Girl/Love In Your Blue Eyes (Rosedale) RDR-2009
1983 Mona Lisa Smile/[same] (Rosedale) RDR-2012
1984 Won’t You Dance With Me/Mona Lisa Smile (Rosedale) RDR-2016
1984 You Need A Friend/Won’t You Dance With Me (Rosedale) RDR-2018
1986 Lost Love/[same] (Rosedale) RDR-800

Album
1982
Joe Wood (RDR)


WOODS, Mike
Folk singer Mike Woods is originally from Brooks, Alberta but now lives in Southern Ontario.

Singles
1982 Working Together/Alberta (Scottwood) SW-101
198- Since You’ve Been Gone (Roto-Noto) RN-1017

Albums
1983
It’s You [4 song EP] (Scottwood) SW-102


WOODYARD, Jim
Born: James David Woodyard
Singer-songwriter Jim Woodyard found national exposure in 1977 after the label he was on, Maple Haze, was restructured under the name Dyna-West and distributed nationally by Quality Records. He moved to the new imprint along with label-mate Tim Williams. He would release the album “Basement Suite’ in 1977 which gave birth to several singles. He would move to Sloth Records in 1981 for his “Playing With Fire” single.

Singles
1976
Pennsylvania Flower/In Her Arms To Stay (Hiway) H-1001
1977 She Loves Me Like A Baby/Circle Of Friends (Maple Haze) MH-7630
1977 She Loves Me Like A Baby/Circle Of Friends (Dyna-West) DW-7701
1977 Lioness In Sheeps Clothing/Sail Away (Dyna-West) DW-7702
1977 Movin’ On/[same] (Dyna-West) DW-7705
1978 Heaven Only Knows/Hello April (Dyna-West) DW-7811
1981 Playing With Fire/Resting In the Arms of Amazing Grace (Sloth) SS-105

Albums
1977
Basement Suite (Dyna-West) DWLP-77102


WORK PARTY
Annie Moss (vocals) / Alvin Collis (guitar, vocals) / Pat Robertson (guitar) / Connie Nowe (drums) / Bryan James (bass)
From Vancouver, British Columbia

Singles
1984 The Work Song/Come On Over (MoDaMu) MDM-11


WORKMAN, Nanette
Born: Nanette Joan Workman on November 20, 1945 in Brooklyn, New York, USA
Her mother, Beatryce Kreisman, was in the New York City Opera Company, while her father, Ernest Workman, was a trumpeter in Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra. As a child growing up in Jackson, Mississippli, she studied piano. Her first public performance was at the age of 11 when she appeared in the local WLBT television show ‘Mr. Magic’ (aka ‘Junior Time’). She would the graduate to become the star of her own weekly TV show ‘Teen Tempos’. After graduating from highschool she attended the University of Southern Mississippi before leaving at the age of 18 for the bright lights of Broadway. She initially understudied for ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’ before taking the role of Rosemary in 1964 and eventually the lead in summer stock. In 1966 Workman met Canadian music producer Tony Roman and recorded her first single – the French language song “Et Maintenant”. The song charted in Québec for fifteen weeks and eventually peaked at No.1. After relocating to Montreal she spent the next two years as a Canadian recording and television star as host of ‘Fleurs D’Amours et Fleurs d’Amitie’. In 1969 Workman moved to England where she had a weekly recurring role on Peter Cook and Dudley Moore’s BBC-TV series ‘Not Only… But Also’. Workman also took studio session jobs under the name Nanette Newman singing backup vocals on The Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” and “Country Honk” on the band’s ‘Let it Bleed’ album (1969), as well as their 1969 single “Honky Tonk Woman”. In addition, she appeared on ‘The Benny Hill Show’ singing “Everybody’s Singing Like Now” in February 1971. Workman toured France as opening act for Johnny Hallyday in 1973 and made three albums with Yves Martin which led to tours of Africa, Polynesia and Europe. She would finally settle back in Québec in 1974 where she continued recording more French language albums. She had successive chart-topping singles with “Lady Marmalade”, “Danser Danser”, and the Luc Plomondon song “Call Girl” which went to No.1. Workman returned to France in 1978 to star in Plumondon’s ‘Starmania’ Rock opera. In 1979 she sang backup vocals on the Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush song “Sister Change” from the album ‘Tales of the Unexpected’. In 1980 she recorded the album ‘Chaude’ with her brother Bill Workman and Luc Plamondon and toured Québec with the show ‘Du gramophone au laser’. In 1990 she returned to Paris, France to play La Diva in Plamondon-Berger’s James Dean-themed Rock opera, ‘La Légende de Jimmy’. In April 2000 Nanette Workman was inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame. IN May 2001 she released the English language album ‘Roots ‘N Blues’ and appeared in the Radio-Canada television series ‘Rivière-des-Jérémie’ as well as hosting thirteen episodes of ‘Generation 70’. In 2007, she was honored with the opening of The Nanette Workman French (Francophone) House on the Mississippi State University campus. The facility houses American and French-speaking students from around the world.  Workman has also done session work on recordings by John Lennon, Elton John, The Bombers, Boule Noir, Gary Wright, Johnny Hallyday, Jim Zeller and many duets with Michel Pagliaro.

Singles
1966 Et maintenant/Chez-moi (Canusa) C-302
1966 La merveille de tout ça /Peint en noir (Canusa) C-306
1966 J’y parviens avec toi/Guantanamera (Canusa) C-309
1967 Alfie/Je me retracte (Canusa) C-332
1968 Je t’aimerai toujours/Je rentre chez nous (Canusa) C-346
1968 Tu t’en Iras/Parce que je t’aime (Canusa) C-365
1968 Rien d’autre/J’entends cette mélodie (Canusa) C-378
1969 Boom bang a bang/Lorsque je m’couche (Canusa) C-389
1969 Je t’applaudis/Ici, ailleurs ou n’impote où (Canusa) C-400
1970 Flying Machine/You’re Wasting Your Time (Columbia – France) 2C-006-91144-M
1970 Every Night When I Cry Myself to Sleep/Jamie (Columbia – France) 2C-006-91515
1971 Everybody’s Singing Like Now/Could I Forget [as Nanette] (Columbia – France) 2C-006-92254
1972 Fleur déracinée (Parade – France) 6061-300
1972 The Look of Love/I’m Going Out (Canusa) C-502
197- Arrivee de Barbara/Une petite femme de Calgary (Deram) DF-565
197- Guatanamera/Petit homme
197- Let Me Be The One/To Be Loved (Columbia – UK) 8733
1975 Crying Crying/If It Wasn’t For The Money (Atco) 7034
1975 The Queen/Save Me (Big Tree/Atlantic/WEA) BTS-16065
1975 Lady Marmalade/Lady Marmalade (Instrumentale) (Pacha) PAC-4420
1976 Baby Boom/Danser Danser (Pacha) PAC-4428
1976 J’ai le gout de baiser/Rappelle-toi (Pacha) PAC-4431
1976 C’est platte/Donne Donne (Pacha) PAC-4441
1976 Compte sur moi/Toutes mes journees defoncee (Pacha) PAC-4445
1976 Ce soir on m’invite/Quelqu’un qui m’excite (Pacha) PAC-4448
1977 Ce n’etait qu’un reve/Je suis tannee (Pacha) PAC-4452
1977 Dis-moi tout/Excuse-moi (Pacha) PAC-4453
1977 Kiss Me Goodbye (Pacha) PAC-4455
1977 Billy/There’s a Man (Telson/Discotel) AF-501
1978 Docteur/Ils m’ont tous quittee (Solo) SOL-11416
1979 Ce soir on danse a Naziland/Travesti (Solo) SOL-11423
1981 Femme a Musiciens/[same] (RCA/Victor) PB-8687
1982 Call Girl/Instrumental (Kebec-Disc) KD-9123
1982 Dracula/S.O.S. D’la Tendresse (Kebec-Disc) KD-9162
1984 Comme Un Gigolo/[same] (Laser) L-1502
1996 Jesse (EMI)
1996 Le temps de m’y faire (EMI)
1997 Dans mes yeux noirs (EMI)

with TONY ROMAN & NANETTE WORKMAN
1967
Petit homme/T’es ma vie (Canusa) C-311
1967 Hey Joe/Où t’en vas-tu (Canusa) C-320
1967 Mercy Mercy Mercy/Ann Koran (Canusa) C-333
1967 C’est l’amour qui nous a conduit à l’autel/Tu peux t’en aller (Canusa) C-334
1967 Le bonhomme hiver/Joyeux Noël (Canusa) C-338
1968 Les petites choses/Rien d’autre (Canusa) C-355
1969 Reviens/Une raison pour te croire (Canusa) C-392
1969 Attends-moi je reviens (Canusa) CT-35048

with NANETTE WORKMAN & JOHNNY HALLYDAY
1972 Fleur deracinee/Apprendre à vivre ensemble (Phonodisque) PH-6061300

Albums
1966 Le Palmares de Nanette (Trans-Canada) TCM-913
1967 Je me rétracte (Canusa) CLJ-33-105
1975 Lady Marmalade (Pacha) PAC-11201
1976 Nanette Workman (Pacha) PAC-11203
1977 Nanette Workman (Pacha) PAC-11205
1977 Grits & Cornbread (Telson) AF-2500
1980 Chaude (RCA/Victor) KPL1-0381
1983 Nanette Workman (Kébec-Disc) KD-570
1990 Les Grands Succes (???) CSCD-6122
1994 Rock & Romance (Double) DOCD-30027
1996 Une à une (Double) DOCD-30039
1999 Danser Danser (Mérite) 22-7712
2000 Call Girl (Mérite) 22-2424
2001 Roots ‘n’ Blues (Bros) BROS-11001
2003 Vanilla Blues Café (Bros) BROS-13001
2003 Honky Tonk Woman (Mérite) 22-2427
2005 Mississipi Rolling Stone (Bros) BROS-15002


WORKS, The
Brian Maloney
(lead vocals) / Jim Huff (guitars) / Stuart Zaltz (keyboards) / Klyph Black (bass; session w/The Works) / Paul Managoni (drums; session w/The Works) / Scott Lucas (drums; added to Wall of Silence) / Tim Harrington (bass; added to Wall of Silence)
Maloney and Huff were originally members of Mannequin. With Zaltz they became The Works, the band released an album called ‘From Out Of Nowhere’, produced by Tom Allom, also featured musical contributions by Paul Marangoni (drums), Klyph Black (bass) and Ed Calle (saxophone). With little momentum as a studio outfit the band became a live entity and mutated into Wall Of Silence featuring drummer Scott Lucas and bassist Tim Harrington. They released one album called ‘Shock To The System’ in 1992 on A & M. Zaltz would record under the name Any Day Now with Al Langlade; Harrington would do a stint with Honeymoon Suite in the mid-90s. Jim Huff now lives in Los Angeles, and has over 20 years experience as a producer, songwriter and composer who is now signed to OLE Publishing; his songs can be heard on top-selling albums by Edwin (“And You”) and The Mudmen (co-writer and arranger of 4 songs with EMI’s Celtic rockers, including the single “Five O’Clock”). He has recently co-written and produced songs for Holly Brook (Linkin Park’s Machine Shop Recordings signing) and BMG publishing development signing, Oliver; Huff also writes for film and television, having arranged and composed music for ‘Monster House’ (Discovery Channel), Days Of Our Lives (NBC), the Goldie Hawn produced movie of the week, ‘The Matthew Shepard Story’ (NBC) and the title track for the feature film ‘Under Heavy Fire’ (HBO). with notes from Jim Huff.

[**Not to be confused with the 2005 Wall of Silence who released an album entitled ‘Over the Edge’**].

Singles
1989 Dancing On A Wing/Miss Perfection (A & M) AM-798

as WALL OF SILENCE
1992 Addicted (A & M) 90715

Albums
1989 From Out Of Nowhere (A & M) SP-9160

as WALL OF SILENCE
1992 Shock To The System (A & M) 828397-205-2


WRABIT
Lou Nadeau
(vocals) / John Albani (guitar) / David Aplin (guitar) / David Kirby (keyboards) / Les Paulhus (keyboards, vocals; replaced Kirby 1981) / Gerald O’Brien (keyboards; replaced Paulhus 1982) / Lou Pomanti (keyboards; replaced O’Brien 1983) / Ron Smith (bass) / Chris Brockway (bass, vocals; replaced Smith 1981) / Scott “Jeff” Steck (drums) / Gary McCracken (drums; replaced Steck 1981)
An AOR band from the Ottawa region who formed as Telemann 1977. After moving to Toronto and leaving Kirby and Smith behind (recruiting Les Paulhus and Chris Brockway) to play predominantly Kansas and Journey covers mixed with some originals. They were noticed by indie label Attitude Records chief Michael Rosen and changed their name to Wrabit. Initially the label was to be distributed by CBS but by the time the band’s ‘Wrough & Wready’ album was completed at Phase One in Toronto in early 1981, it would be released on MCA. With their first single, “Anyway Anytime” garnering some radio play, Wrabit did an opening slot on an American leg of Black Sabbath’s 1981 ‘Mob Rules’ tour in March and April of that year. Upon returning Gary McCracken, fresh off his tour as Klaatu’s live drummer, replaced Steck and Surrender/Klaatu’s live keyboardist Gerald O’Brien replaced Paulhus. The revised line-up headed back into Phase One studio with producer Paul Gross to complete their next album, ‘Tracks’, in 1982. More touring ensued with nominal radio play nationally for the single “Don’t Lose That Feeling” while they were on tour in Canada with Rush. News that their album was booming in Japan led to a second single, “Don’t Stop Me Now”, and a shotgun tour of the Pacific Rim was assembled. McCracken was replaced by another Gary (Craig), and Gerald O’Brien was replaced by Lou Pomanti before the band went to Metalworks Studio for their third album. In February 1983, with producer David Bendeth, they recorded ‘West Side Kid’. Still, after considerable struggle and little recognition (except for Japan) the band called it a day. With their MCA connections already in place, Chris Brockway recruited former Wrabit guitarist David Aplin to form Hanover and were signed to MCA in 1984 for one album; Aplin would later do cover tune work in club bands such as The Hitmen (with singer Rob Louden) and the ViCE LoRDS; John Albani took Aplin’s place in the newly formed Lee Aaron Project and would go on to be Aaron’s songwriting partner for most the 1980s and eventually set up a recording facility in Nashville; Lou Nadeau started his own Tom Jones clone act under the name of Lou Nelson; David Kirby became a prominent talent agent in Toronto and New York; Ron Smith retired from music; Gerald O’Brien is a successful songwriter and session player in the US; Gary McCracken performed for many years in ZZTop cover band Tres Hombres and now owns a music store in his home town of Sarnia; Jeff Steck works for The Canada Customs And Revenue Agency and plays part time in Nepean (Ottawa), Ontario; Lou Pomanti is still an in-demand session player. with notes from Jeff Steck, Erik McIlhinney,

Singles
1981 Back Home/How Does She Do It (MCA) MCA-51208
1981 Anyway, Anytime/Don’t Say Goodnite To Rock And Roll (MCA) MCA-52010
1981 Too Many Years/Just Go Away (MCA – UK) MCA-767
1982 Don’t Lose That Feeling/Don’t Lose That Feeling (MCA) MCA-52117
1982 Don’t Stop Me Now/ (MCA)
1983 Say Lady Say/Sing Boy (MCA) MCA-52277

Albums
1981 Wrough & Wready (Attitude/MCA) MCA-5268
1982 Tracks (Attitude/MCA) MCA-5359
1983 West Side Kid (Attitude/MCA) MCA-39005


WRIGHT, Priscilla
Born: August 14, 1940 in London, Ontario
Granddaughter of former Conservative Prime Minister Arthur Meighen, Priscilla Wright’s first public appearance came as the vocalist in a Bromo Seltzer commercial. A record exec at Unique Records heard her and signed her. At the age of 14 and still living at home, Wright had a North American hit with her song “Man In The Raincoat” which gave her the opportunity to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show, Perry Como, Soupy Sales, and CBC-TV as well has having her face on the cover of Cashbox music magazine in the US. The record sold a million copies and led to a US acting and recording contract. Part of this deal was appearing beside Elvis Presley, Pat Boone and fellow Canadians The Four Lads in a music documentary. Her second single, “Me and My Bestest Feller” went Top-10 in Canada. Her career soon hit a brick wall as her parents objected to her rising fame. In the ’60’s she studied Geophysics at the University Of Toronto, and worked in the field before moving to Ottawa as the wife of Conservative MP Geoff Scott. Later in her career Wright would join band leader Moxie Whitney for a 14 year vocal stint. She also did time with The National Press and Allied Jazz Band. In 1985 Wright recorded the Michael Bolton song “Heartbeat” which reached No. 8 on the Canadian National Chart of ‘The Record’ magazine. This was followed by the John Jones penned “Say You’ll Stay Forever” which received high recommendations from Billboard magazine. But it was the 1988 remake of her own ‘Man In the Raincoat’ which wound up hitting No. 8 and spending 18 weeks on the RPM magazine music chart. In 1991 Attic Records president Al Mair contacted her about reviving her career and in 1992 she was promoting her first album ‘When You Love Somebody’ which spawned two singles. The resulting resurgence led to Wright’s nomination for a 1993 JUNO Award for ‘Most Promising Female Vocalist’. 1995 saw the follow-up album ‘The Singer and the Song’ on Radioland/Polygram and received critical acclaim for its tasteful interpretation of timeless jazz standards. In recent years Wright has been performing with several Big Bands and symphony orchestras including the Toronto Pops Symphony Orchestra at Toronto’s Massey Hall and has performed on the main stage of jazz festivals including the Montreal Jazz Festival. with notes from Bob Van Dyke.

Singles

1955 Man In The Raincoat/I Wanna Dance To a Mambo Combo (Unique) 303
1955 Could It Be/Midnight Train (Unique) 317
1957 My Sweet Sixteen/Kissing Is Fun (Unique) 335
1957 Teenager Sings The Blues/Don’t Call Me (Unique) 351
1957 Me And My Bestest Feller/I Need You (Unique) 400
196? Coming Of Age/Sweetest Years (20 Cent) 144
198? Pure Love (Broadland) 10
1985 Heartbeat/Say You Love Me Now (Paylode) PL-1990
1985 Say You’ll Stay Forever/If You Say Goodbye (Paylode) PL-1993
1986 Hungry (Paylode) PL-2003
1988 Did You Ever Think/Man In A Raincoat [re-issue] (Tembo) TS-8802
1989 Words On The Wire/[same] (Comstock) COM-1801
1990 God Bless You Baby/[same] (Comstock) COM-1993
1993 Midnight Man (Attic)
1993 Woman’s Intuition (Attic)

Albums
1992 When You Love Somebody (Attic)
1995 The Singer and Her Song (Radioland/Polygram)


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