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Z.O.U.
André Hervé
/ Michel Hervé / Joel Hervé / Stephan Hervé / Maria Popkiewicz (vocals)
From Québec.

Singles
1975
I Love You (Polydor) 2056-393

Albums
1974
Z.O.U. (Deram – UK) XDEF-122


ZABÉ, Patrick [aka Jean-Marie “John” Rusk]
Following a solo album  in 1964 entitled ‘Jean Rusk chante pour vous’, Rusk formed the short lived band Les Doyens in 1965 who released one single on the Fantastic label. With the demise of the band, Rusk would change his name to Patrick Zabé and launch a solo career. He was signed to A-1 for the single “Une vie comme ca” before switching to Canusa for the remainder of the 1960s frequently teaming up to do duets with Johnny Farago. With a move to Nobel Records in the 1970s, he would work with producer René Angelil (Celine Dion). He was also host of his own TV show in 1971.

Singles
1967 Une vie comme ca/Un baiser un baiser (A-1) 806
1967 La lettre/C’est un rêve (Canusa) C-336
1968 Les lunettes/Avec mon ange (Canusa) C-349
1968 La sirène de mon rêve/Quand on a aimé (Canusa) C-363
1968 Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da/Seul avec ma peine (Canusa) C-381
1974 Oh Darling/Fils d’argent aiguilles d’or (Nobel) NL-5602
1975 Agadou-Dou-Dou/Agadou-Dou-Dou (Instrumental) (Nobel) NL-5688
1975 Señor Météo/ Tout nu, tout bronze (Nobel) NL-5708
1976 Day-O (Talimi-Banana)/La Mokera (Nobel) NL-5729
1982 Il tape sur des bambous/Il tape sur des bambous (Instrumentale) (VIP) VIP-020
1983 C’est bon pour le moral/[same] [12″] (Choc) PC-12-03
1983 C’est bon pour le moral /C’est bon pour le moral (Instrumentale) (CHOC) 1003

with JOHNNY FARAGO & PATRICK ZABÉ
1967
Que c’est triste Noël/C’est Noël rock (Canusa) C-340
1968 Et si moi je n’veux pas/Hello Mary Lou (Canusa) C-356

with LES DOYENS
1965 Donne-moi ta chaleur/Ericka (Fantastic) FA-3635

Albums

En Plus On Arrive (Nobel) NBL-306
1967 Les lunettes (Canusa) CLJ 33-108
1969 Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da (Trans-Canada) TC-754
1974 Oh Darling (Nobel) NBL-5702
Palmares de P. Zabe (Trans-Canada) TCM-911
1969 Patrick Zabe (Budget Musique) BM-9023
Patrick Zabe (Nobel) NBL-12000
Patrick Zabe (Nobel) NBL-604
Patrick Zabe en spectacle (Nobel)
1971 F-Z (Nobel)
1975 Agadou dou dou (Nobel)
1976 Zabé disco (Nobel)
197-  21 Disques D’Or Patrick Zabé (Les archives du disque Québécois)
1979 Zabé en folie (Disques no. 1)
Les 12 no. 1 de Patrick Zabe (Nobel) NBL-610
1989 Zabé, Zabé, Zabé (Chang-Hai)
1991 Les z’îles à Zabé, ça m’exique (Productions ZED)
2000 Agadou dou dou (Mérite)
2004 Mambo, tango… et providence (Konfit)

as JOHN RUSK
1964
Jean Rusk chante pour vous (Kébec)


ZACHARIN, Noah
Noah Zacharin was born in Montreal, Québec. He was given his first guitar at age 9, wrote his first song at 13, and began performing at 14. After many years perfecting his songwriting and guitar playing technique he relocated to Toronto, Ontario. He released his self-titled debut on his own Soffwin label in 1982. Zacharin has released another five solo albums since this. 2007’s ‘Waiting on Your Love’ featured the best of Toronto’s pop and jazz players, as well as long-time Tom Waits alumnus Ralph Carney. Since release it has received national airplay on the CBC and its French partner Radio-Canada. Much sought after as a guitarist, he has recorded and performed with some of Canada’s finest writers, including Penny Lang, Bruce Murdoch (with whom he has also co-written), Lucien Francoeur, Rick Fielding, Danny Marks, etc. As a soloist he has opened shows for the likes of Odetta, David Lindley, Dave Van Ronk, Jesse Winchester, Alex de Grassi, and Fairport Convention. He has twice been runner-up in the OCFF ‘Songs From the Heart Contest’, and has consistently short-listed in the competition. Zacharin has published hundreds of poems, translations, and reviews in periodicals and anthologies worldwide, and is currently at work on two volumes of poetry and several children’s books.

Albums
1982
Noah Zacharin (Soffwin) SW-33-101
1997 Silence Spoken Here (Soffwin)
2000 aLIVE! (Soffwin)
2002 Crow Dark Wind (Soffwin)
2003 Big Daddy Z (Soffwin)
2007 Waiting On Your Love (Soffwin) 76452

with NOAH ZACHARIN & JEFF BARNES
2012
Somethin’ Like This (Soffwin)


ZAHALAN, Mary-Lu
Mary-Lu Zahalan-Kennedy was born in Renfrew, Ontario but raised in Oakville, Ontario. Zahalan was a Miss Canada finalist in 1976 before embarking on a career as an entertainer. She was a performing arts teacher at Oakville’s Sheridan College. She released two independent singles on various labels in 1981 and 1982 before signing with the Avalon label. Her debut album, ‘Think of Me’, was released in 1982 on the Avalon label which spawned two charting singles – “If I Had One Wish” and “Breaking Away”. She received a JUNO Award nomination in 1983 as ‘Most Promising Female Vocalist’. She formed her own label, Mazu, in 1985 and released the single “Call Me”. She wouldn’t release another full-length album until signing with Jeff Burns’ Justin Entertainment in 1990. Her ‘Zahalan’ album was released that year and featured the single “I Can’t Forget About You”. In January 2011, Zahalan graduated from Liverpool Hope University in England with a Masters Degree in a program that studied The Beatles called ‘The Beatles, Popular Music and Society’. She was the first graduate of the program. Her dissertation paper has since been turned into a book entitled ‘Cultural Capital: The Beatles In Canada’.

Singles
1981 Try a Little Love Sometime/Take Me Through The Twilight (Heart) HRT-8110
1982
Turn of the Wheel/Think of Me (Sefel/Almada) 45-015
1983 If I Had One Wish/Caught In This Love (Avalon) AVN-104
1983 Breaking Away/Would You Believe Me (Avalon) AVN-108
1985
Call Me/[same] (Mazu) MAZ-02
1990
I Can’t Forget About You (Justin Entertainment)

Albums
1982 Think of Me (Avalon) AVE-1010
1990
Zahalan (Justin Entertainment) JED-004


ZAMBONI DRIVERS
Dale Wiese
(vocals) / Stuart Derdeyn (bass) / Don Betts (drums) / Dave Clarkson (guitar)
Vancouver semi-punk outfit only performed around a dozen times between 1984 and
1985, including a Zulu Records Showcase at the legendary Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, and an end of term bash at the University of Alberta Sub Ballroom. Aside from their one single, there was also a version of Buddy Holly’s “Loves Made A Fool Of You”, on the Og Music’s compilation ‘It Came From Canada, Volume 4’. There is also a rare cassette only Christmas compilation featuring a Lo-Fi no budget recording of Alex Chilton’s “Jesus Christ”. with notes from Dale Wiese.

Singles
1985 Skatin’ Ghost/Drained Blood (Sign Post) TZ-001


ZAPPACOSTA, Alfie
Born: Alfredo Zappacosta in 1953 in Salo, Italy
Alfie Zappacosta decided he wanted to be a musician shortly after getting his first guitar at age 9. With proper guitar lessons by age 12, Zappacosta’s guitar teacher began arranging weekend gigs for him at Italian weddings. As work progressed, Zappacosta found himself playing with a plethora of musicians on stage including accordion players and flamenco guitarists. Weary of the wedding circuit, he decided he would rather get into contemporary music which led to a series of Top-40 bands during the late ’70’s disco era. His first professional, unionized, card-carrying gig was with Robert E. Lee followed by the disco/R & B Janette Brant Lee which featured three female vocalists, a horn section and sequined three-piece jump suits. Zappacosta soon grew tired of this three ring circus and decided to form an original rock and roll act in 1979 by utilizing Paul Delaney (drums) and Steve Jensen (guitar) from the disco act and called it Surrender. They recorded their self-titled debut in 1979 for Capitol Records which just barely cracked the RPM Top 100. After touring and several member changes, Surrender returned to their original three member line-up. In September 1981 they released the EP ‘No Surrender’ which failed to chart despite the release of two singles. The trio trudged on despite resistance from Capitol who reluctantly agreed to another album but shipped the band off to LA to work with Ed Thacker. The resulting album was considered an unmitigated disaster, was shelved, and Surrender disbanded. In 1983 Zappacosta began selling himself as a solo act and just as he was about to sign a management deal with American agents Leber-Krebs, he received a call from manager Lou Blair (Loverboy) who enticed Zappacosta back into the Canadian talent pool. With a fresh vision the new team decided to revive the finished Surrender album but it needed an overhaul. With Dee Long and John Jones’ new ESP Studios (which was home to many other Capitol recording acts) the record was reworked and remixed by Dee Long (Klaatu) in three weeks. The 1984 result was named ‘Zappacosta’ and featured several members of Surrender (Steve Jensen, Mitche Starkman, Paul Delaney and Gerald O’Brien) and guest appearances by Jeff Jones (Red Rider) on bass and Gerry Mosby (The Hunt, Rhinegold) on background vocals. The album spawned several hit singles including the Bob Ezrin co-write “Passion” and landed Zappacosta a Juno Award for ‘Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year’. As 1985 marched on Zappacosta’s next album was in the proverbial can, and once again Capitol dragged their heels. In the interim he performed in the musical stage production of ‘Evita’ as Che Guevera and was one of many Canadian superstars to lend his voice to the “Tears Are Not Enough” Ethiopia relief record ‘We Are the World’. With the ‘Evita’ production on a roll in Halifax, Zappacosta received word that his album would be picked up by Capitol Records after all. ‘A-Z’ was released in 1986 and resulted in another fistful of hits. During the time of uncertainty with Capitol Records Zappacosta had been courted by Millenium Records president Jimmy Ienner but Zappacosta refused his advances. However, in 1988 Ienner approached him again about adding a song to an upcoming movie he was producing called ‘Dirty Dancing’. Zappacosta co-wrote a tune called “Overload” with Marco Luchiani which the producers loved and the song was featured in the movie soundtrack which became not only a hit movie, but one of the biggest selling movie soundtracks up until that time. That same year Lou Blair’s business partner Bruce Allen founded Penta Records and signed Zappacosta. However, Penta Records would soon become unmanageable as a five-headed business proposition and the label lost its distribution deal with Elektra on the eve of release of Zappacosta’s next album. Bruce Allen cut his ties with Zappacosta and Lou Blair helped clear up the contractual mess and Zappacosta was left with a finished master tape and no distributor. Using money from his ‘Dirty Dancing’ soundtrack profits, he was able to convince Capitol to take a chance on him one more time and they released his A-Zee Records album ‘Quick!…Don’t Ask Any Questions’ two years after it was recorded. A heavy tour schedule followed with his new band featuring Steve Jensen (guitar, vox), Corrine Plomish (vocals, keyboards), Marco Luciani, Darren Bowler (bass), and Tony Azzopardi (drums). Zappacosta even brought in long time road crew Bob Shindle (audio) and Brad Campaigne (lighting, tour manager). Following the wrap up of the tour he decided to take a much needed break to do some soul searching and finally focus on his abilities as both a singer, by taking vocal lessons, and a guitarist (by taking up classical guitar). In 1993 Zappacosta fronted a trio who played the club circuit with his flair for adult contemporary charm and new classical stylings. By late 1995 he had recorded his next effort, ‘Innocence Ballet’, for fre/EMI and did a Canadian promotion tour with few actual gigs. By early 1996, Syndrome Records had released the disc in the US and Zappacosta found himself touring on some very successful and well received dates stateside. In July 1996 after the particularly grueling tour schedule, the singer/songwriter was admitted to an Edmonton hospital with severe pneumonia that made it necessary to perform a tracheotomy (rather than damage the singer’s vocal chords with a standard breathing tube). But the pneumonia was only part of a larger complication as doctors discovered 2 large pancreatic tumors. These were removed successfully. During Zappacosta’s recovery, he took time to reflect on his career and choices he had made. He had made it clear in many interviews that it had never been his intention to be a front man. Writing songs and playing guitar had always been his passion. But somewhere along the way, he realized that he really did want to sing. If that decision was going to ring true, he wanted to be the best he could be. In 1998, he began work with renowned vocal couch David Dunbar. The result was an incredible growth that inspired Alfie to record once again. In 1999, with a new label, White Feather Records, and lifelong friend/producer Gerry Mosby, Zappacosta headed to Wellesley Sound Studios to record his 7th CD “Dark Sided Jewel”. While this recording has certainly received the critical acclaim it deserved, it never did garner airplay. The music industry was just not ready for a new Zappacosta. In 2001, Zappacosta returned to Neptune Theatre in Halifax, Nova Scotia to resurrect his role as Christ. Teamed with Heather Rankin (The Rankins), ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ was a smashing success and put Zappacosta back on the radar. On a return visit to Halifax in 2001, Alfie met Anne Oakley, a promoter/publicist from Halifax. They began to work together and six months later, she became his manager. In 2002, Alfie returned to Edmonton to once again portray Che in ‘Evita’ and began to tour Canada to introduce his new music. During a DVD filming in Toronto, Zappacosta signed to LiveTourArtists and Alfie began to find a home in theatres and soft seater venues. Zappacosta was finally home, singing in venues with an audience who wanted to hear the music and buy the CD’s. In 2003, he signed to Marquis Records/EMI. Teamed with producer Glenn Morley (Gino Vanelli) Zappacosta recorded ‘Start Again’. He also took time to star in his first motion picture HALO where he portrays an Italian drug lord. ‘Start Again’ was released in April 2004 and HALO will be released in 2005. Currently Zappacosta is performing in the hit musical ‘British Invasion: America Strikes Back’ and continues to tour to promote his new CD. with notes from Alfie Zappacosta, Midge Hill, Mitch Starkman, Brad Campaigne, and Anne Oakley. [see SURRENDER]

Singles
1984 Passion/Katie’s Eyes (Capitol-EMI) B-5369
1984 Runaround/Can’t Let Go (Capitol-EMI) B-72945
1984 Katie’s Eyes/I’ll Give It A Go (Capitol-EMI) B-72970
1985 We Should Be Lovers/Can You Hear Me (Capitol-EMI) B-5426
1986 When I Fall (In Love Again)/Heroes (Capitol-EMI) B-73001
1986 Turn It On/Judgement Day (Capitol-EMI) B-73013
1986 Nothing Can Stand In Your Way/Another Man’s Gun (Capitol-EMI) B-73016
1986 I Think About You/Burnin’ (Capitol-EMI) B-73026
1987 Overload/[same] [12”] (RCA) JD-10025
1990 Nothing To Do With Love (A-Zee/EMI)
1990 Letter Back (A-Zee/EMI)
1991 I’ll Be The One (A-Zee/EMI)
1991 Simple Words To Say (A-Zee/EMI)
1995 Orlanda (Syndrome – US only)
1995 Show Me (Syndrome – US only)
1996 Lombard Street (Syndrome – US only)
1996 Me & Mrs. Jones (Syndrome – US only)
1996 Someone (Syndrome – US only)
2000 Adilina (White Feather)
2004 Tears Of Hercules (Marquis)
2004 And We’ll Dance (Marquis)

with ALFIE ZAPPACOSTA AND SHERRY KEAN
1988 The Power And The Glory/[split w/Mount Royal Theme – instr.] (Attic) AT-372

Albums
1984 Zappacosta (Capitol-EMI) ST-12296
1986 A-Z (Capitol-EMI) ST-6541
1987 Over 60 Minutes With…Zappacosta (Capitol-EMI) 748552
1990 Quick!…Don’t Ask Any Questions (A-Zee/Capitol-EMI) A2-40710
1995 Innocence Ballet (fre/EMI) CL2-50112
1999 Dark Sided Jewel (White Feather) CD-001
2004 Start Again (Marquis) MAR-319

Collaborations
with KICK AXE
1985 “With A Little Help From My Friends” on ‘Welcome To The Club’ (Pasha/CBS) PSH-26697


ZARBO
Derek Sharp
(guitars, vocals) / Alexander Zarbo (bass, vocals) / Greg Anzelc (drums, vocals)
Toronto-area band produced one 8-song LP called ‘A-Z Collection’ in 1985 which spawned an early 1986 single “Get Up And Dance”; Anzelc would go on to be in the Sisters Euclid; Sharp has continued as a songwriter and producer. He married singer-songwriter Sass Jordan in 1997.

Singles
1986 Get Up and Dance (Zarbo) 4509

Albums
1985 A-Z Collection (Canadian Custom) CCR-9051


ZAZA, Paul
Born: Paul James Zaza
Toronto, Ontario’s Paul Zaza is a classically trained pianist who completed a degree at the Toronto Conservatory of Music. He was bass player for the hit musical ‘Hair’ and was a touring member Fifth Dimension in the 1970s. After establishing his own Zaza Sound studio he would go on to compose and record the soundtracks to over 175 feature films including ‘A Christmas Story’, ‘Murder By Decree’, ‘Prom Night’, ‘Porky’s’, ‘My Bloody Valentine’, ‘Iron Eagle 4’ and ‘Hog Wild’ among others. He is also an accomplished multi-instrumentalist who dabbled in pop music throughout the 1970s with his own act Paul’s People featuring various lead vocalists such as Vern Kennedy, and also orchestrated arrangements as Paul Zaza & His Orchestra. Zaza is a Genie Award winner for many of his film scores

Singles
19- –
Sounds Good/Peggy’s Theme (Zaza)
19- – While You Were Away/Windmill Song (Zaza) ZAZA-8
1979 Fly Away Pretty Bird (Vocal)/Fly Away Pretty Bird (Instrumental)

with PAUL’S PEOPLE
1975 Why Don’t We Sing Anymore?/If It Seems (Badger) BA-006
1975 The Me Song/Laugh (Badger) BA-010
1978 The Blue Jays (Little Guy) LGR-007

with ZSP
1976
O.G.N.A.D.S./Catchin’ Up (Mo-Sheng) MSR-45-009

with PAUL ZAZA & HIS ORCHESTRA
1982
Welcome Home/Dancing Lights (Parasol) 501
198- Flutey Fugue

Albums
1977
Le Payback (Baby Grand) SE-1032
1978 Zaza (Baby Grand) SE-1033
1979 Contact (Baby Grand) SE-1066

with PAUL ZAZA & HIS ORCHESTRA
1982
Faces and Places (Parasol) PSL-8001
1984 Images (Parasol) PSL-8004


ZEBRAS, The
Jack August (lead vocals, bass) / John Hagopian (guitars, keyboards, drums)
Sessions musicians from Montreal, Québec whose previous acts included Moonquake, The Crescent Street Stompers and Influence among others.

Singles
1980 Paradise Garage/Animal (PBI/Uniwave) WN-303
1980
Paradise Garage/Paradise Garage (Instrumental) [12”] (PBI/Uniwave) W-12003
1980 Animal/[same] [12”] (PBI/Uniwave) W-12020
1980 I Don’t Do It No More/Razor Girl (PBI/Uniwave) WN-320
1980 Now That I’ve Met You/Animal (Flamingo – UK) 8-DJ
1981 Lady Is a Tramp/[same] [12”] (PBI/Uniwave) W-12030
1981 Lady Is a Tramp/[same] (PBI/Uniwave) WN-327

Albums
1980
Paradise Garage [6 song EP] (PBI/Uniwave) WLP-1001
1981 How Can I Get Through the Night? [6 song EP] (PBI/Uniwave) WLP-1029


ZED, Kevin
From Vancouver, British Columbia. The 1985 ‘Double Dutch’ EP was recorded at Mushroom Studios in Vancouver.

Albums
1985
Double Dutch [EP] (Beat) BTR-901


ZELKINE, Alexandre
Born: 1938 in Lyon, Rhône-Alpes, France
Former France émigré who relocated to Montreal, Québec and fell in love with French Canadian folk music. He was signed to Capitol Records in the 1960s and United Artists in the 1970s. His albums were also released in the US on the Monitor label where his name was Anglocized to Alexander Zelkin.

Singles
1973
Bagman/Come Away Melinda (United Artists) UAXW-303
1975
Sac en papier/L’otage (United Artists) UP-35832

Albums
1966
Alexandre Zelkine (Capitol) ST-70.002
1967 Alexandre Zelkine – Vol. 2 (Capitol) ST-70.010
1970 Alexander Zelkin Sings Meadowland and Other Russian Songs, Old and New (Monitor – US) MFS-703
1973 Pessimiste (United Artists) UA-LKA164F
1974 L’Otage (United Artistsi)  UALA-336

with ALEXANDER ZELKIN AND DENISE BÉRARD
1971
La Belle Province Québec: French-Canadian Folk Songs (Monitor – US) MFS-714


ZELLER, Jim
Vocalist and harmonica player Jim Zeller is a former member of the studio act Icarus and has worked on albums by many other artists including Nanette Workman and Boule Noire. Zeller’s 1979 solo album, ‘Cartes sur table’ features appearances by Serge Laporte, Phil Bech, Terry Martell (Boule Noire, Michael Fury, Seventh Son) and Nanette Workman.

Singles
with ICARUS

1986 Stone Fox Chase (U.S. Mix) / Stone Fox Chase (Power Mix) (Matra/Unidisc)
MM-705
1986 Stone Fox Chase (Dance Remix) / Stone Fox Chase (Conga Mix) / Stone Fox Chase (Power Mix) [12″] (Matra/Unidisc) MM-012
1986 In Zaire (Extended Dance Mix/Percella) / In Zaire (Straight Mix) [12″] (Matra/Unidisc) MM-019
1988 Pepino’s Back/ Pepino’s Back (Remix) (Matra/Unidisc) MM-040

Albums

1979 Cartes sur table (Kébec-Disc) KDL-966
1995 Fire To the Wire (AIR M.S.) AMSCD-402
2003 Live (AIR M.S.) AMSCD-404
2004 Cut To the Chase (AIR M.S.) AMSCD-405


ZÉNITHS, Les
Pierre Plante
(guitar) / Jacques Pepin (saxophone) / Pierre Bédard (guitar, organ) / Robert Gingras (drums) / Alain Labrecque (bass) / Fernand Gallichand (2nd saxophone) / Pierre Miller (trumpet) / Richard Grenier (trumpet; replaced Miller) / Denis Tremblay (3rd saxophone)Les Zéniths was formed in the summer of 1964 in Charlesbourg, Québec as a Yé Yé band after being bitten by the British Invasion bug. They would frequently perform in the regional dance halls such as The Centre Durocher, Centre Monseigneur Marcoux and Centre Monseigneur Déziel. In January 1966 Les Zéniths won a Battle of the Bands and the prize was the recording of a 7” single. They would record French versions of The Beatles’ “Girl” and The Kingsmen’s “Louie Louie”. The single, on Premiere Records, allowed the band to perform on several TV 4 Québec television shows such as ‘Surboum’, ‘Teen-Club’, ‘Alley 4’ and ‘Le Palmères’. In 1967 they added more musicians including Fernand Gallichand (2nd saxophone) and Pierre Miller (trumpet). The group would eventually split-up in 1969.

Singles
1966
Seul (Girl)/Louis Louis (Premiere) PRE-825


ZERO ONE
Frank Zirone
(lead vocals) / Gord Paton (drums) / Keith Ross (guitar) / Jim MacDonald (keyboards) / Gary Lalonde (bass) / Jim Elder (bass; replaced Lalonde)
Formed in 1979, Frank Zirone’s Zero One was signed to Anthem Records in 1980 and released their self-titled debut that year. “You’re On My Radio” was released as the only single, but “Invisible Man” and “You’re On Your Own” received considerable airplay on rock radio stations as well. Under the management of Michael Cohl(later of CPI), Ray Danniels (SRO Management) and Ron Dabous, they also managed two live radio broadcasts on Toronto – one on CHUM-FM and the other on Q107-FM. Lalonde left to join Honeymoon Suite. The band carried on with Elder throughout the Toronto club scene until their demise in 1982. Zirone would then go on to form Hanover/Hanover Fist. with notes from Frank Zirone

Singles
1980 You’re On My Radio/Busy Boy (Anthem) ANS-025

Albums
1980 Zero One! (Anthem/Capitol) ANR-1-0101


ZIMMERMAN, Lorri
Originally a member of the second version of Montreal’s The Munks (under the name Sweet Loraine), Zimmerman would later join Montreal band Life. She did a brief solo stint with the Vegetable Band before becoming one third of vocal group Toulouse. [see THE MUNKS, LIFE, TOULOUSE]

Singles
1971 Don’t Twist My Mind/Love Me, Love My Children (Crescent Street) CR-2014
1971
Cause The World Is Mine/Don’t Twist My Mind (Crescent Street)

with LORRI ZIMMERMAN & THE VEGETABLE BAND
1973
Sixty Minute Man/I’d Like To Know (Sweet Plum) SPL-9910

Albums
1969
Lorri Zimmerman (Crescent Street) CS-1863


ZON
Denton Young (lead vocals) / Roddi Chappell (guitar) / Howard Helm (keyboards, vocals) / Pat McQuire (drums) / Jim Samson (bass) / Brian Miller (guitar, vocals; replaced Chappell) / Kim Hunt (drums, percussion; replaced McQuire)
Toronto progressive rock band Zon formed in the mid-70’s and soon came to the attention of CBS Records A & R chief Bob Gallo. They released two albums for Epic (distributed by CBS) and gained a foothold in the Canadian prog rock sweepstakes next to the likes of Saga, Klaatu, FM and Rhinegold. The Don V. Lorusso produced ‘Astral Projector’, released on blue vinyl, became an FM radio staple in the late ’70’s. The album garnered the band a ‘Best New Group’ Juno nomination. The band would find itself opening up gigs for the likes of The Tubes at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens, and Styx at CNE Stadium getting opening slot encores on both occasions! 1979’s ‘Back Down To Earth’ was produced by Don V. Lorusso and the late Vancouver keyboard whiz Dale Jacobs. The band played Toronto as headliners where a hometown crowd swelled to 17,800 people. A reporter for the Globe & Mail, who had only stayed to see the opening act, wrote a scathing review thinking he had seen Zon. The negative review was the headline of the entertainment page, nationally in Canada. CBS demanded compensation for the impact on Zon’s popularity but neither the band, nor the label, ever recovered. Zon was dropped from CBS after a thorough corporate housecleaning of the A & R Department despite Zon already having their contract picked up for a third album. The ensuing legal battle took much of the heart out of the band, but they did manage one more album for Falcon Records called ‘I’m Worried About The Boys’ produced by then former CBS A & R man Bob Gallo. The record featured a cover version of the Velvet Underground’s “Sweet Jane”. As part of the 1980 tour to support the album, Zon did an ill-fated opening slot for Alice Cooper at Toronto’s CNE Stadium. When Cooper failed to appear minutes before showtime due to an apparent throat infection, Denton Young was given the onerous task of telling the audience. A riot ensued and police had to be called out. Audience members threw chairs and garbage onstage and Zon barely got away unharmed. The band broke-up shortly after despite the 1981 single “For You” reaching #2 on CKOC in Hamilton (higher than any of the previous singles on CBS Records). Singer Denton Young most recently popped up on Rik Emmett’s solo work; Kim Hunt would go on to join Hanover, Urgent, and Moxy along with Jim Samson; Roddi Chappell is in long running AOR band Lightspeed who released two CDs on Pacemaker in the ’90s; Brian Miller works at Toronto’s famed 12th Fret guitar store; Howard Helm joined Michael Fury which mutated into Refugee. In 1988 Helm was offered a job as touring keyboardist for Mick Ronson and Ian Hunter. He took the job and spent 4 years on the road touring the world. That band released one live CD for the BBC on Windsong Records; Helm eventually settled in Tampa, Florida (whilst touring with Hunter/Ronson) and has a music production company where he writes music for film, commercials and television. He is currently writing for TBS television in Atlanta and Universal Studios in Orlando. He continues to play keyboards in-studio for the likes of bands like Seven Mary Three on their ‘Orange Ave.’ CD among others; Zon’s first two albums were released as a double CD in Europe in 2003; Brian Miller passed away from cancer in the fall of 2015. notes from Denton Young, Howard Helm, Rick Wharton, Rod Chappell, Jack Palmerston and Jef Leeson.

Singles
1978 Melody [Stereo]/Melody [Mono] (Epic/CBS) DJE4-4177
1978 Melody/On the Road (Epic/CBS) E4-4177
1978 Talkin’ About [Stereo]/ Talkin’ About [Mono] (Epic/CBS) DJE4-4189
1979 Back Down To Earth/When He’s Old (Epic/CBS) E4-4217
1979 Gods and Kings/Take It From Me (Epic/CBS) E4-4226
1980 Sweet Jane/Takin’ The Easy Way Out (Falcon/A & M) FAS-1005
1980 For You/Just The Other Side (Falcon/A & M) FAS-1006
1981 Better Get Up/Want My Baby (Falcon/A & M) FAS-1007

Albums
1978 Astral Projector (Epic/CBS) PEC-90442
1979 Back Down To Earth (Epic/CBS) PEC-80026
1979 Back Down To Earth/Special Edited Mix (Circus/Take It From Me/Lifeline/Gods and Kings / Please Stay/Cheater) [12″] (Epic/CBS) 12E4X-4217
1980 I’m Worried About The Boys (Falcon/A & M) FAL-80003
2003 Astral Projector/Back Down To Earth [2CD] (Escape) ESMO-91


ZOOM
Chris Haight
(guitar) / John Hamilton (drums; switched to bass) / Bent Rasmussen (drums)
Zoom was formed in the Fall of 1976 and debuted at Toronto Queen Street bar The Beverly Tavern on New Year’s Eve of that year. It was there that the band would meet up with future scene makers Steve Leckie (The Viletones) and Lucasta (The B-Girls). In January 1977 the band revived the Colonial Underground and began playing there regularly while booking other bands like The Diodes, The Viletones, The Cads, The Battered Wives and Teenage Head. Jimmy The Worm (Chris Haight’s brother) was club manager. The band hastily released a single in the Spring of 1977 but it wasn’t long before they played their last gig on Toronto Island — kicking out their original bassist for dressing badly (Hamilton switched from drums), and recruiting Diodes drummer Bent Rasmussen. With most of the punk acts in disarray at the same time, Hamilton wound up in The Diodes as their drummer; Haight changed his name to Hate and joined the Viletones as bassist; Rasmussen ended up in Johnny & The G-Rays. Between work with their respective full-time bands Hamilton and Haight re-issued the Zoom single with a picture sleeve with plans to release a Zoom album on the side. Though the album was recorded and produced by BB Gabor and Bob Segarini, it was never released. The recording features additional musical input from BB Gabor, Bent Rasmussen, Lucasta and Zenia (B-Girls), Screamin’ Sam Sinatra (The Ugly), and Dr. Bourque (The Curse) among others. Later Hamilton and Haight would reconvene in the early 1980’s as musical frustration led the two musicians to quit The Diodes and The Viletones respectively. With Haight’s departure from The Viletones, that band essentially folded and members Motor X (drums) and Freddy Pompeii (guitar) joined Hamilton and Haight first for a Zoom review-styled production, then as backing musicians for several Toronto singers and finally as The Secrets. with notes from John Hamilton.

Singles
1977 Sweet Desperation/Massacre At Central High (Riot) 1001

Collaboration Tracks
with SEGARINI
2006
“Zoom” on ‘ …On the Radio’ (Bullseye) BLR-CD-7030


ZWEIG, Michael
Singer-songwriter Michael Zweig spent his formative years playing around Southern Ontario in his fair share of Top40 bands as well as backing higher profile artists like Danny Brooks. His songwriting skills and determination landed him a deal with Ready Records. He released his debut EP, ‘Five Seven, Maybe Five Eight’, in 1984 under the name Michael Zee. The record spawned two singles but gained almost no attention at radio. Undaunted, Zweig would eventually form his own band called The Knockouts with Victor D’Arsie, Anton Evans and Terry Martell. After being signed to Justin Entertainment in the late 1980s they changed their name to Seventh Son and had a modicum of success with their self-titled debut. Zweig opened his own production studio called Candyland in the early 1990s and released another solo album in 1995 with that title. As the decade wore on he joined Classic Rock act The Carpet Frogs playing hundreds of shows on their own and as backing band for Burton Cummings and occasionally Randy Bachman including their appearance at Live 8 in Toronto. He produced, co-wrote and performed on The Carpet Frogs second studio album, ‘Pretending to Fly’, in 2006. In recent years he decided to forego touring to be with his family in Toronto and focus on his production work. He is also a coach for the ‘Legion of Rock’ team-building company; The Knockouts reunited under their original name and have been performing around Southern Ontario in recent years. He is also in cover band Kings of the Midway featuring The Carpet Frogs Jeff Jones. Zweig writes music for TV and radio advertising including jingles for the Home Hardware chain. He also co-wrote “The Place’ll Be Rocking ‘Cause It’s Saturday Night” for CBC’s ‘Hockey Night In Canada’. [also see THE CARPET FROGS, SEVENTH SON]

Singles
as MICHAEL ZEE
1984
I’ve Got News For You/I’ll Hold On (Ready) SR-471
1984
I’m No Loser/Blueprints for Love (Ready) SR-472

Albums
1995
Candyland (Long Island) LIR-00098

as MICHAEL ZEE
1984
Five Seven, Maybe Five Eight(Ready) ER-047

Compilation Tracks
with THE KNOCKOUTS
1989 “Going Downtown” on ‘Q107 Homegrown Album Volume 11 (MCA) MCA-37331


ZWOL, Walter
Born: Walter Zwolinski
Walter Zwol is a former member of  Brandy in the late 1960s and Brutus (1969 – 1976) and became the first Canadian artist signed directly to a US label in 1977 through EMI-America. In 1981 he formed a new band called Walter Zwol & The Rage featuring drummer Paul Armstrong (ex-Extras), keyboardist Grant Slater, guitarist Bernie LaBarge and bassist Dennis Pinhorn. He would later work for Attic Records in Toronto in the A & R department. Zwol has been a staple of the Toronto nightclub circuit for nearly 20 years with his band Naked Brunch. with notes from Walter and Naomi Zwolinski. [also see BRUTUS]

Singles
1978
New York City/A Little Bit Crazy (EMI-America) 8005
1978
Call Out My Name/It’s So Real (EMI-America) 8009
1979 It’s A Wonder/Shaka Shaka (EMI-America) 8021
1979 Cheerleader/Street Fightin’ Man (EMI-America) 72820
1979 Try It (EMI-America – Germany) 006-86-021

with WALTER ZWOL & THE RAGE
1981 Darling I’ll Be True/Her Love (A & M) AM-529
1981 Hey, What’s Your Name/Thrillz (A & M) AM-538
1981
Rock and Roll School/Brand New Car

Albums
1978
Zwol (EMI-America – US) SW-17005
1979
Effective Immediately (EMI-America) SW-17014

with WALTER ZWOL & THE RAGE
1981 Thrillz (A & M) SP-9057


ZYKLON B
Blizz Neurolick (vocals, lead guitar) / Jeff  St. Louis (drums)
Montreal, Québec’s Zyklon B, named after a hydrogen cyanide based pesticide used by the Nazis in gas chambers at deathcamps, have often been misnamed “Buzz Neurolick” due to the poor graphic design of the band’s only output – a 7” single on their own Blizz Neurolick label entitled “Independence & Anarchy. Neurolick would go on to join Welcome Home; St. Louis went on to be in Dead Brain  Cells.

Singles
1983 Independence and Anarchy/No Escape (Blizz Neurolick) BN-4501


ZYLAN
Helene Boulduc
(vocals) / Real Pelletier (vocals) / Peter Fraser (organ) / Blaine Murphy (lead guitar) / Donald Hann (bass) / Andy Davis (drums) / Dave Miller (trumpet) / Harold Tsistinas (trombone) / George Wilson (trumpet) / Steve Annan (drums; replaced Davis) / Dave Skinner (guitar; replaced Murphy)
Founded by David Ronald Miller (from Newcastle, New Brunswick) in the early ’70’s in the port town of Halifax, Nova Scotia, the band had a unique brush with fame with the single ‘Darlin’ from their 1973 post-psychedelic album ‘Rainbows, Dreams And Fantasies’ which, like the album itself, was released in both English and French.  The title would later be used by author Vernon Joynson as the title of a book on Canadian psychedelic music. Donald Hann would later become a founding member of the Minglewood Band with Matt Minglewood.  with notes from Rhonda Miller.

Singles
1973 Ma Promesse/Souvenirs (Columbia) C4-4011
1973 Darlin’/Back In Yesterday (Columbia) C4-4012

Albums
1973 Rainbows, Dreams and Fantasies (Columbia) ES-90235
1973 La difference (Columbia) FS-90244


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