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Friday, July 1, 2011

Great Canadian Singles – Hot Cottage

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Having grown up in Canada, I had the fortune to be exposed to a lot of songs that the rest of the world missed out on. Canadian Content Laws have done wonders for Canadian artists, but it’s also done wonders for Canadian music fans. (sorry Libertarians) I’m going to post a couple of artists who put out some pretty fine vinyl in the 70’s. Some of the songs in the series are quite rare.

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The hot poop on Hot Cottage stolen from this fine site:

Hot Cottage began its roots as a three piece group, influenced by such blues greats as Robert Johnson, Leadbelly, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Albert King, B.B. King, Otis Rush, Memphis Slim to name only a few. They also began integrating the punchy sounds of the British blues explosion during the sixties. The Cream, John Mayall, Peter Green, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and a host of others all had an influence on them. The group is noted for their original compositions as well as their ability to present totally reworked versions of pieces written by other artists.
In 1972, Willie Dixon and the Chicago Allstars toured through western Canada, with Big Walter (Shakey) Horton on harmonica. Thanks to Holger Peterson, who would go on to form Stony Plain Records and become a legend in his own right, Hot Cottage teamed up with Walter Horton to record a 45 rpm record “Joe Chicago”. Later that year, Holger brought Walter back to town to lay down tracks for a full LP, which was first released by London Records as: “Walter Shakey Horton with Hot Cottage”. Shakey Horton has since passed away, but has been written up in blues anthologies for his important influence and innovation in blues history. This album has been released in Canada, the U.S., Britain and Europe and continues to be re-released. The most recent re-release was through Stony Plain Records in Canada and it continues to sell steadily.
Various members of the band have played and recorded with Otis Rush, B.B. King, Dr. John, Gatemouth Brown, Maria Muldaur, Colin James, Amos Garrett, Dave Bergin, Louisiana Red, Rusty Reed, Big Miller and many others. The group has played concerts on the same bill with B.B. King, John Mayall, John Hammond, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Rita Chiarelli, Albert King and many others.

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Hot Cottage (with Walter Shakey) – Shakey’s Edmonton Blues – Recorded in 1972, this is slow harmonica dominated blues. This is okay, but nothing spectacular.



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Hot Cottage – And here is Hot Cottage at their 35th anniversary. – Nice sound and they look pretty good for guys who’ve been playing the blues for 35 years.



Walter “Shakey” Horton – Here he is playing with Buddy Guy



A big write-up on Canadian Blues is here:

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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Great Canadian Singles – Keath Barrie

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Having grown up in Canada, I had the fortune to be exposed to a lot of songs that the rest of the world missed out on. Canadian Content Laws have done wonders for Canadian artists, but it’s also done wonders for Canadian music fans. (sorry Libertarians) I’m going to post a couple of artists who put out some pretty fine vinyl in the 70’s. Some of the songs in the series are quite rare.
This is the perfect piece to put up for Canada Day.

This is a little piece called On Being A Canadian by Keath Barrie. I have been unable to find out the slightest thing about Mr. Barrie on the internet. Let’s just say this is a corker of a piece. The French Canadians hate the English Canadians and the English Canadians think the French Canadians are ungrateful assholes. He pretty well nails it. And it’s as true today as it was back in the day when this recording was made.
If anyone has any further information, I’d love to pass it on.



Someone was kind enough to send along some further information on Mr. Barry.  Sadly, he passed away in 2004.  You can obtain this information by clicking here:

Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest single.



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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Great Canadian Singles – The Good Brothers

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Having grown up in Canada, I had the fortune to be exposed to a lot of songs that the rest of the world missed out on. Canadian Content Laws have done wonders for Canadian artists, but it’s also done wonders for Canadian music fans. (sorry Libertarians) I’m going to post some artists who put out some pretty fine vinyl in the 70’s. Some of the songs in the series are quite rare.

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If you don’t know the Good Brothers, you probably aren’t a Canadian.

Information brazenly stolen from Wikipedia

The Good Brothers are a Canadian country, bluegrass and folk music group originating from Richmond Hill, Ontario. The band's core members are Brian Good (guitar), his twin brother Bruce Good (autoharp) and younger brother Larry Good (banjo).
Brian and Bruce Good initially joined guitarist James Ackroyd to form the band James and the Good Brothers in 1967. Their self-titled album was released on Columbia Records in 1967. After a tour itinerary throughout North America, including a Toronto concert opening for Grand Funk Railroad, the Goods wished to return to Canada while Ackroyd sought to continue in the United States.
In 1973, younger brother Larry Good joined the twins to form a new band which first performed 14 May 1974 in Toronto at The Riverboat club. Since then, the band has extensively toured Canada, United States and Europe. Their role in Canadian music was strengthened by winning the Juno Award for Country Group or Duo for eight consecutive years from 1977 to 1984.
The Good Brothers were supplemented by other musicians such as John P. Allen (fiddle) and Bruce's son Travis Good of The Sadies (guitar and mandolin). Travis was a regular member of The Good Brothers when Larry took a leave of absence throughout the 1990s.
The 1988 single entitled "You Won't Fool This Fool This Time" was written by Bernie LaBarge. It reached #14 on the Canadian country charts.

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The Good Brothers – Hot Knife Boogie – A basic rock and roll/boogie with a sparge of country. Nice, if not terribly original.



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Doin’ the Wrong Things Right – Very lively and very country. This singers voice could be a little more distinctive, but hey, these guys are Canadian legends. They must have been doing a lot of things right.



Alberta Bound – Pleasant version of the Gordon Lightfoot song.



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Fox On the Run – Not the Sweet song, but still a terrific little tune.



The Good Brothers Wiki page is here:


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Great Canadian Singles – Hans Staymer Band

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Having grown up in Canada, I had the fortune to be exposed to a lot of songs that the rest of the world missed out on. Canadian Content Laws have done wonders for Canadian artists, but it’s also done wonders for Canadian music fans. (sorry Libertarians) I’m going to post some artists who put out some pretty fine vinyl in the 70’s. Some of the songs in the series are quite rare.

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The important Hans Staymer information was acquired here:

Just a quickie to bring to your attention this obscure and wonderful single by the band of the Canadian (of German origin) singer and harmonica player Hans Staymer. It contains two songs that both were taken from an album titled 'Dig a Hole'. It's the A-side that's of particular interest here, as it's a fun, uncomplicated sounding song with an enormous instant appeal. A sure sign that Staymer is a crafty songsmith.
The song can be catalogued under Folk Rock, but it's difficult to compare 'Dig a hole' to another band. It has a special feel that sets it apart. Part of the special appeal might be that the its structure isn't what you'd normally expect from a Pop or Rock song. The music seems to "flow along", without going from verses to choruses. Two thirds into the song, there's an instrumental part, but even that doesn't break the flow. The song simply keeps your interest going by the adding (or sometimes taking away) instruments along the way, and by the strength of the vocal melody and Staymer's distinctive somewhat coarse voice that's pleasant to listen to, and definitely one that fans of The Band and Creedence Clearwater Revival will appreciate.
The song starts off with an acoustic guitar. The bass kicks in first, with an interesting somewhat groovy bass line. I can also distinguish a banjo, if I'm not mistaken. And at a certain point a saxophone joins in. Normally I don't like the intrusive tones of the instrument, but here they work just fine.

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Hans Staymer Band – Dig A Hole – I like this song. Reminds me a little of Bob Seger. Nice and soulful but with that great edge to it. This is a winner.



Come Together – Not quite sure why they decided to cover this Beatles’ song, but it’s quite good. When you’re competing with the Beatles though, it’s a hard road to walk.



Everything Happens to Me – A much older Hans in a very nice video. His voice has mellowed over the years, as has his music. Really enjoyable.




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Great Canadian Singles – Hammersmith

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Having grown up in Canada, I had the fortune to be exposed to a lot of songs that the rest of the world missed out on. Canadian Content Laws have done wonders for Canadian artists, but it’s also done wonders for Canadian music fans. (sorry Libertarians) I’m going to post some artists who put out some pretty fine vinyl in the 70’s. Some of the songs in the series are quite rare.

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I bought a copy of a Hammersmith album on Ebay. The guy who I beat out begged me to send him a copy. It took me almost a day to get all the clicks out of the record, but I sent him it and their other album. He sent me a pair of remote headphones to say thank you. I could never get them to work, but still, I appreciated the gesture.
This vital Hammersmith information was stolen from here:

Doran Beattie (lead vocals)
Dan Lowe (lead guitar)
Royden Morice (bass, keyboards, backing vocals)
Jeff Boyne (rhythm guitar)
Jim Llewellyn (drums)
Bob Ego (drums; uncredited on 'Hammersmith' album)
Craig Blair (lead guitar, backing vocals; replaced Boyne 1976)
Dale Buchner (drums; replaced Llewellyn 1976)

Following the evolution of Calgary band Shades Of Blond into 49th Parallel and then, again, into Painter, a number of line-up changes, failed singles and one album on Elektra Records, members Dorn Beattie, Dan Lowe, Royden Morice and Jim Llewellyn, under the guidance of uber-manager Bruce Allen, where taken to the home of Allen's other hard-rock success story, BTO, at Mercury Records.


'Hammersmith' was their debut in 1975 and was produced by Dan Lowe. The album spawned two singles - "Late Night Lovin' Man" and "Funky As She Goes" - allowing the band to tour Canada.


'It's For You' was their 1976 follow-up and included a line-up change with Blair & Buckner replacing Boyne & Llewellyn. The album produced one single, "Dancin' Fools", and the band returned to touring. The album sold moderately. Mercury dropped the band in early 1977.

Beattie quit to join All The Rage In Paris and in recent years, has become a succesful country singer. Hammersmith stayed together until the end of 1977 at which time Lowe and Morice formed a new act called 451 Degrees who put out an eponymous LP on Intercan/Pickwick in 1980. Those claiming to have been members of Hammersmith from 1976 to 1977 include Mike Reno (nee Rynoski) prior to his joining Moxy, Jim Clench, Hal Whitford, Brian Ojay, Randy McCann, Bobby Vice, Al Gibson, and Bill Kempster.


Some of the tunes by the group are "Under the Sea," "Be a Star," "When I Was Young," "Dancin' Fools," and "Hello, It's for You."

Hammersmith – Daybreak – This isn’t really my cup of tea.



Hello, It’s You – The title track to their second album. Not really that creative. This stuff sounds like it was put together in the studio.



Late Night Lovin’ Man – What this song needs is more Cowbell!!! Not a bad song.



Money Rock – Some nice guitar in this one. Sort of Grand Funk lite. Of the tunes so far, this is my favorite. Just bouncy enough to make up for its deficiencies.



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Great Canadian Singles – Space Opera

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Having grown up in Canada, I had the fortune to be exposed to a lot of songs that the rest of the world missed out on. Canadian Content Laws have done wonders for Canadian artists, but it’s also done wonders for Canadian music fans. (sorry Libertarians) I’m going to post some artists who put out some pretty fine vinyl in the 70’s. Some of the songs in the series are quite rare.

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I can remember in my cheapie buying days there was Earth Opera and Space Opera. I think I bought them both. I hope it’s worth something!

I found some information on this band here:

The criminally underexposed Space Opera were anything but progressive rock, contrary to the “12-String Prog Rock!” sticker on the outside of this three-year-old reissue Good New Music is bending the rules to review.
The Texas quartet did have a spacey edge to their country-rock-classical-jazz mix, though, and multitracked electric 12-string guitars were a major part of it. They were cosmic cowboys in a truer sense than, say, Michael Murphey or New Riders of the Purple Sage.
How their eponymous release flew under most people’s radar in 1973 is a mystery. The music is so good it doesn’t just vibrate the tympanic membrane, it envelops the listener in an electro-acoustic bubble that renders its happy passenger weightless and drifts off into the ether.
The band had an integrity possessed by few: Never compromising in pursuit of their muse, they turned down Clive Davis and signed with Epic’s Canadian division to retain creative control. It’s as if the members were born to make this album, and everything in life up to that point was secondary. For an idea of what level they were operating at, imagine a parallel-universe Byrds that took “Eight Miles High” as a starting point and ran with it. 

Tracks
1. Country Max
2. Holy River
3. Outlines
4. Guitar Suite
5. My Telephone Artist (Has Come And Gone)
6. Riddle
7. Prelude No. 4
8. Lookout
9. Blue Ridge Mountains
10. Over And Over

Space Opera – Country Max – I like this song. Pure seventies.


Other songs by Space Opera

Holy River - Vaguely Byrdsish.



Over and Over – This one takes a long time to get going. Too long.



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Great Canadian Singles – Cathy Young

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Having grown up in Canada, I had the fortune to be exposed to a lot of songs that the rest of the world missed out on. Canadian Content Laws have done wonders for Canadian artists, but it’s also done wonders for Canadian music fans. (sorry Libertarians) I’m going to post some artists who put out some pretty fine vinyl in the 70’s. Some of the songs in the series are quite rare.

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Cathy Young – Cocaine – I really like this. Nice singing and presentation. This is off her 1973 album, Stained Traveler. I even like the name of the album. It certainly has a who’s who of Canadian musicians playing on it. After hearing a bunch of the other songs on this record, this is definitely my favorite.



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Other songs from the album.

Set Me Free – Okay. It doesn’t have the simpler charms of Cocaine, though.


Midnight Hour – Pretty good, but doesn’t doesn’t really hold up to the best versions of this song….and there are a ton of them.



Coming Home – Not my favorite. A bit to jazzy and not catchy enough for my tastes.



This is taken from the Youtube site I found these videos.

From Cathy Young's 1973 GRT Album "Travel Stained". Recorded in October, 1972 by the great George Semkiw at RCA Studios in downtown Toronto. The album was re-issued in 2009 by Big Pink Music in Korea (Big Pink 14).

The Mellotron on this track was my Model 300 using the orchestral string section, and fed directly into the mixing console. After the session, we all adjourned over to the El Mocambo for a few drinks and since there wasn't much space, I ended up having one of the background vocals soul sisters sit on my lap. My girlfriend at the time happened to be at the bar, caught one look at me as I stood up & emptied a jug of beer in my general direction. I ducked, but the bouncer behind me got the entire contents smack in his face....... Good times!

Cathy won a Juno award the following year for Most Promising Female Vocalist


'Travel Stained' was produced by the late Shel Safran, who also produced 'Journey to the Center of Your Mind' for Ted Nugent and the Amboy Dukes. He also worked with Bob Shad from Mainstream Records, producing Big Brother & the Holding Company's demo for the label. The group featured a singer who would later prove to be an icon herself - Janis Joplin.

Shel brought Bob Shad to Toronto following up on an article written by Ritchie Yorke, to see Cathy Young perform at the Rock Pile, and was responsible for Cathy's signing to Mainstream Records, making Cathy one of the first Canadian musicians to have a world release in 1969. Subsequently, the album 'A Spoonful of Cathy Young' was selected as Billboard Magazine's 'Pick of the Week' in the United States.


Shel featured the most Canadian musicians to appear on a solo artist's album in Canadian history - 35 musicians on Cathy Young's 'Travel Stained' album. 'Eagle' was also the first music video that was ever recorded in Toronto, backed by Mike McDonald and Fingerwood. It was produced at Advertel in downtown Toronto, and Shel and Cathy took it to Los Angeles in January, 1973. When they went to screen it, it turned out the major label in L.A. had no "video equipment" to view it with!

Cathy Young -- Vocals and Acoustic Guitar
Dianne Brooks (R.I.P.) -- Vocals
Zeke Sheppard (R.I.P.) -- Vocals
Brenda Gordon (Brenda Russell) -- Vocals
Gord Waszek -- Electric Guitar
Danny McBride -- Electric Guitar
Greg Fitzpatrick -- Acoustic Guitar
Mike Brewes -- Piano and Organ
Pete Csanky -- Mellotron and Piano
Gord Neave -- Drums and Percussion
Mike Harrison -- Bass and Arrangements
Produced by Shel Safran (R.I.P.)

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Great Canadian Singles – Moses & Tapesty

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Having grown up in Canada, I had the fortune to be exposed to a lot of songs that the rest of the world missed out on. Canadian Content Laws have done wonders for Canadian artists, but it’s also done wonders for Canadian music fans. (sorry Libertarians) I’m going to post some artists who put out some pretty fine vinyl in the 70’s. Some of the songs in the series are quite rare.

Sorry about this one. I could find nothing on the web about them. Having a name as generic as Moses didn’t help. I even looked in the Canoe.ca pop encyclopedia and nothing. These guys must have been really obscure. I could not find a picture of this band so here is a photograph of a bald man playing a trumpet.

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Moses – Whatch Gonna Do Now – Not much of a song. Lighly funky, I guess. It has a certain something but not enough to be a single and timing in at 4:47, well….



Tapestry – I could not find a picture of this band, so here is a photograph of a plate of olives.

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Tapestry – Old Timer – Okay song in the Neil Young tradition. Without Neil’s charm, it lags a little. I quite like it, though.



This is stolen from here:

Tapestry-Down By Maple River, Polydor, 2424 078, 1973.
Canadian-only Montreal recorded folk/rock in English that's finally starting to catch on with it's laid-back Neil Young influence (especially on "Oldtimer"). "He Has Changed" is a slow Hammond and female vocal dirge with amazing vibe. JP Lauzon plays acoustic or electric guitar on five tracks. Produced by Cliff Edwards (of the Counts Four, Bells, and the rustic Carpenter Of Wood fame, notable for it's contributions from Riverson members Brian Edwards and Rayburn Blake). LP housed in a beautiful gatefold jacket with excellent art direction, Down By Maple River is a solid play end-to-end and certainly an album to cherish. I do (*this item is being re-listed after a non-paying bidder and is my last copy for sale).
Side One: 1) Everything Is Brining Me Down (Runnin' From The Years) 2) Oldtimer 3) Lonely Trip Back 4) I Wish I Was Going Back Home 5) Down By Maple River
Side Two: 1) Years Goin' By 2) Dance (Till The Mornin' Comes) 3) Cowboy Song 4) He Has Changed 5) Silverbird


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Great Canadian Singles – Peter Tessier

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Having grown up in Canada, I had the fortune to be exposed to a lot of songs that the rest of the world missed out on. Canadian Content Laws have done wonders for Canadian artists, but it’s also done wonders for Canadian music fans. (sorry Libertarians) I’m going to post a couple of artists who put out some pretty fine vinyl in the 70’s. Some of the songs in the series are quite rare.

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Peter Tessier – I Cannot Know – Peter explores the imponderables. This has some very nice parts to it. His voice seems to drift in and out of key but overall, not a bad little effort.



The Rain On the Brain – A pretty goofy song.

You can find this track here:

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Great Canadian Singles – Oliver Klaus

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Having grown up in Canada, I had the fortune to be exposed to a lot of songs that the rest of the world missed out on. Canadian Content Laws have done wonders for Canadian artists, but it’s also done wonders for Canadian music fans. (sorry Libertarians) I’m going to post a couple of artists who put out some pretty fine vinyl in the 70’s. Some of the songs in the series are quite rare.

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Oliver Klaus – Sing a Happy Song - This is a pretty good song. The title would make you believe that it is going to be total shit, but it’s not. They manage to pull this off. Nice pop-guitars on this track. Two Radio Vickers thumbs up.



Take My Mind, Take My Soul - They're a little funkier here.


A ton of info on the artist can be found here:

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Great Canadian Singles – Truck

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Having grown up in Canada, I had the fortune to be exposed to a lot of songs that the rest of the world missed out on. Canadian Content Laws have done wonders for Canadian artists, but it’s also done wonders for Canadian music fans. (sorry Libertarians) I’m going to post a couple of artists who put out some pretty fine vinyl in the 70’s. Some of the songs in the series are quite rare.

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Truck – Get It Together (no, not that one) Interesting little song. Reminds me a little of Blood, Sweat and Tears lite. There’s also a little Santana in there. (which makes sense, since one of the guys in the band went on to play with Carlos)



A Generous write-up on the band, brazenly stolen from here:


Bruce Fleming (keyboards)
David Borland (trumpet)
Rob Oliver (saxophone)
Bill Caldwell (guitar)
Sandy MacKay (drums)
Joe Edmonds (saxophone,trombone)
Michael Curtis (lead vocals, flute, percussion, acoustic guitar)
Larry Ernewein (bass, backing vocals)
Graham Lear (drums)
James Roberts (saxophone)
Joey Miquelon (guitar)
Brian Wray (keyboards, flute, backing vocals)
Jim Crichton (bass; replaced Larry Ernewin 1972)
Marty Morin (drums; replaced Graham Lear 1973)
Todd Booth (keyboards; replaced Brian Wray 1973)
Neil Chapman (guitar; replaced Miquelon 1973)
Paul DeLong (drums; replaced Marty Morin 1974)
Michael Sadler (vocals; replaced Curtis 1974)


The band Sound Spectrum featuring Bill Caldwell, Sandy MacKay, Dave Borland, Rob Oliver and Bruce Fleming was formed in 1966 in the tiny Ontario community of Ingersoll. By 1969 they had changed their name and moved to a city with a larger music scene -- London, Ontario.


With a slow and steady stream of performances in southern Ontario, the band began to gain notoriety for its "Keep On Truckin'" posters and bumper stickers. Soon, they began to push their boundaries into Quebec.


Their biggest gig was the Rockwood Music Festival in Orangeville, Ontario before a crowd of 20,000 people. Other notable gigs included opening slots for ELP, Deep Purple and Fleetwood Mac.


They released one album which spawned several singles and even managed to land a track on the ARC Records compilation disc promoting CanCon called 'Concept'.


The group split up after a myriad of line-up changes.


Graham Lear went on to play with Santana and REO Speedwagon and is currently touring with the Paul Anka Big Band; Marty Morin joined Goddo, and then Wireless; Jim Crichton and Michael Sadler ended up in Saga; MacKay played with The London Set, Hawthorne and moved into jazz where he was nominated for a Juno in 1985 for work with jazz legend Oliver Whitehead and most recently has been in a band called After Four And More with bassist Larry Ernewein in London, Ontario; Paul DeLong worked with Kim Mitchell and Gowan; Fleming ran a music store for awhile and is now a Teacher's Assistant and church organist in Woodstock, Ontario; Caldwell sells real estate in Ingersoll and is also a concert promoter; Oliver is British Columbia Coast Pilot; Borland went into the graphics business in London, Ontario; Booth owns Little Whirled Records Inc. and has worked as producer, arranger and engineer for artists like Kim Mitchell; Chapman co-founded Pukka Orchestra; Roberts is a session player and sax for hire and has toured with the likes of Rod Stewart; Miquelon joined Bob Seger's Silver Bullet Band; Edmonds went on to a long professional music career which included a stint with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra in New York City and three years in Las Vegas freelancing and in showbands.

Written by: Jaimie Vernon. http://www.bullseyecanada.com/

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'Boy Next Door' is a bouncy little tune about a girl taking "Being Neighborly" to the next level. Who lives across the lawn from you?



And here is Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest video. Enjoy the spectacle.

More 78's! Carol Bruce – With Red Norvo

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Just going through some of my many, many 78’s and came across this singer. I am not familiar with her. ( I obviously know who Red Norvo is.) After a couple of listens, I became enchanted with this vocalist. And now, thanks to me, you can too. Apparently, she was in the pilot of WKRP and only died a few years ago.

Abraham – This is a family favorite from Holiday Inn. (not this version, obviously) Interesting they changed the word “Darkie” to “Black Folks”. I guess this was recorded in more enlightened times. There’s a lot of energy in this performance.
I love this part in the movie.  They're singing all about how Lincoln set everything right and set black people free.  Then they cut to the diningroom and not only are Bing and the woman singer performing in black face, but there isn't a single black customer in the club.  (because they wouldn't have been allowed to dine there with white people)  It is a classic example of how Americans are completely blind to their own faults and shortcomings. Nice song though.



Something For the Boys РVery cute, bouncy song. Probably a little risqu̩ in its day.



Message – A message to the troops from Miss Bruce, during the war. Hey, I have it, I’m passing it along.



Embraceable You – A pretty good rendition. Possibly a little slow. Perhaps, I’ve become too impatient because of the mile a minute modern world I live in.



Here is Carol performing in a couple of movie with Abbot and Costello. She was a good looking girl. Very nice stuff.


Here she is performing with Larry Clinton.


Carol’s Wiki page is here:

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Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest single.



If you'd like to purchase this wonderful song, please click on the cute little icon below. Buy it for friends, neighbours and the pets of your neighbours. Goldfish can be surprisingly musical, once you get to know them.

On My Mind - Single - Don't Tell Betsy

Here is the latest Death of the Author Brigade video.

Simple Song


And here’s the latest song by Death of the Author Brigade:

'Boy Next Door' is a bouncy little tune about a girl taking "Being Neighborly" to the next level. Who lives across the lawn from you?




And here is Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest video. Enjoy the spectacle.



Plus!!! Here is the seventh spectacular Don’t Tell Betsy promo for our upcoming video: Collect them!

Plus!! Don't Tell Betsy's brand new single, "The Way I Do". Give it a listen.





And it's avialable on I-tunes!

Download "The Way I Do" from iTunes:
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Marsbar Playlist ~ 6-25 & 26 - 2011

A special thanks to http://rave-and-roll.com/ for letting us repost their playlist and to David Marsden for allowing us to link to his great podcast. This is simply amazing music that you can download and listen to anytime. All you need to do is look at this list of tunes and you know there's no other radio show like it. Enjoy!

Here is a video from Mr. Marsden’s birthday bash last week. As Neil Young so eloquently sang, “Long My You Run.”


Marsbar Playlist ~ 6-25-2011
June 25, 2011

David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight.

??? – Tell Me (?)
Big Audio Dynamite – The Bottom Line
Blue Peter – Radio Silence
Bob Geldof – This Is The World Calling
Box – My Dreams Of You
Chameleons – Swamp Thing
David Usher – My Way Out
Dee Long – Dog Star
Elbow – An Audience With The Pope
Fall Out Boy – Thnks Fr Th Mmrs
Fun Boy Three – The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum
Gorillaz feat. Mos Def & Bobby Womack – Stylo
Grapes Of Wrath – See Emily Play
Iggy Pop – Pumpin’ For Jill
Jason Collett – Love Is A Chain
Joboxers – Just Got Lucky
Jona Lewie – (You’ll Always Find Me) In The Kitchen At Parties
Little Feat – Old Folks Boogie
Love – My Little Red Book
Modest Mouse – Ocean Breathes Salty
New Pornographers – Myriad Harbour
Powder Blues Band – Hear That Guitar Ring
Rough Trade – All Touch
Scissor Sisters – Lovers In The Backseat
Scritti Politti – Wood Beez
Shriekback – My Spine Is The Bassline
Simple Minds – Love Song
Sisters Of Mercy – Lucretia (My Reflection)
Spoons – 2000 Years
Spoons – Nova Heart
Stranglers – Walk On By
Tin Star Orphans – Jaw Wired Shut
Type O Negative – Cinammon Girl
Yello – Oh Yeah
 
Marsbar Playlist ~ 6-26-2011
June 26, 2011

David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight.
A complete list with thanks to JerusalemSlim who covered from 10 pm until the end. Happy Canada day to those who celebrate!

??? – Piano Instrumental
Alan Parsons Project (feat. Orson Welles) – A Dream Within A Dream
Alan Parsons Project – The Raven
Clash – The Magnificent Seven
Crack The Sky – Safety In Numbers
Cut Copy – Need You Now
Darkroom – A Test Of Time
David Bowie – Andy Warhol
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Dee Long – I Can’t Help It
Deserters – Alien
Dwight Twilley – Sleeping
Eric Clapton – Change The World
Fiat Lux – Blue Emotion
Fixx – Secret Separation
Frank Zappa – Dancing Fool
Genesis – The Musical Box
Ghostwriters – Ready Steady Go
Godley & Creme – An Englishman In New York
Goldfrapp – Ride A White Horse
Grace Jones – The Apple Stretching
Grapes Of Wrath – See Emily Play
Ian Drury & The Blockheads – Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
Ian Hunter – Just Another Night
Images In Vogue – Rescue Me
Jam – The Butterfly Collector
Jimi Hendrix – The Wind Cries Mary
Kevin House – Stories Without Words
King Crimson – Cat Food
Klaatu – Doctor Marvello
Leon Russell – Pisces Apple Lady
Leonard Cohen – Everybody Knows
Lou Reed – Ride Sally Ride
Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning
Neil Pye – Hole In My Shoe
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – If You Leave
Patti Smith – Smells Like Teen Spirit
Paul Hyde – Maddest Of The Mad
Phil Lynott – Solo In Soho
Psychedelic Furs – Sister Europe
Pukka Orchestra – Might As Well Be On Mars
Roger Waters – Sunset Strip
Simple Minds – Don’t You Forget About Me
Specials – Ghost Town
Spoons – B Movie
Steppenwolf – Snowblind Friend
Steve Harley – Understand
Strange Advance – We Run (12″ Mix)
Supertramp – Cannonball
Taj Mahal – Take A Giant Step
Teenage Head – Disgusteen
Thomas Dolby – Hyperactive
Tonio K. – The Funky Western Civilization
Violent Kin – Keep Your Balance
Vladymir Rogov – Where Is Love
Water Walk – Never Leaving Eden Again

http://www.therock.fm/ 

Click on the Saturday part of the icon to download or stream the Saturday show and the same for Sunday.




Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest single.



If you'd like to purchase this wonderful song, please click on the cute little icon below. Buy it for friends, neighbours and the pets of your neighbours. Goldfish can be surprisingly musical, once you get to know them.

On My Mind - Single - Don't Tell Betsy

Here is the latest Death of the Author Brigade video.

Simple Song



And here is Death of the Author Brigade’s brand new song.

'Boy Next Door' is a bouncy little tune about a girl taking "Being Neighborly" to the next level. Who lives across the lawn from you?



And here is Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest video. Enjoy the spectacle.