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Steven Garrick & His Party Twisters - Come On Everbody, Let's Twist (1962 Canada)

Steven Garrick & His Party Twisters - Come On Everbody, Let's Twist (1962 Canada)


Steven Garrick & His Party Twisters - Come On Everbody, Let's Twist (1962 Canada)

injee said...
My Dad, Steven (Sandy) Garrick, made this record. I never knew about it until after he died and the Texas Lottery contacted me to ask if they could use one of the songs on their TV commercial! I think I asked them for $2000 which they paid me for it. What else can I tell you about my Dad. He was Musical Director for Stars on Ice for 7 years in Toronto, Canada so I got to meet lots of music acts who appeared on this variety show growing up. He passed on about 18 years ago in Sweden where my Mother is from. She lives on Vancouver Island and a big band there is using his big band arrangements. 

British Modbeats - Radio Interviews and Unreleased Recordings

British Modbeats - Radio Interviews and Unreleased Recordings

" When you think of Mod music from the sixties that came out of Canada, The Modbeats are THE reference. They came out of the unlikely small city of St. Catharines, Ontario in the Niagara region. That didn't stop them from making a lasting impact on the thriving North American garage and psychedelic scene of that era.

Fraser Loveman, lead singer for The Modbeats, was not only in the midst of it all but also helped shape the landscape. He was there! This guy has seen it all! And he has a record collection of around 50 000 records to prove it!

The Modbeats LP came out in '67. On the cover, it boldly states "Mod is... The British Modbeats". So it was only natural that I would ask him what he viewed as Mod. He didn't start by reciting the usual "smart clothes, Italian scooter, Motown" rhetoric we usually reserve for people that are not part of the in-crowd. Instead, he gave a nuanced and insightful way of looking at things. "All of the music that the Mods attached themselves to was already here in North America. In England, they liked American music and here we liked British stuff. Today, people are living out what they think it was rather than what it was. The Modbeats during the sixties went way past the traditional Mod ethic and we expanded our look and sound."

I have to admit that I never looked at it that way before and it does make sense. I think we sometimes idealize the way things were and the way things are somewhere else. It's true that in the sixties, North Americans were all about the British Invasion and at the same time, the English had a romanticized version of the American Soul scene. According to Fraser, Mod means "cutting edge, new and modern". It's hard to argue with that logic. His father, James Loveman, was The Modbeats manager. He certainly was a big influence on the band and had a reputation for being one of the few honest managers around. “Make a splash. Be flamboyant. Be different. Don’t fit in.” was the family motto.

As for the "British" that was added in front of their name on the album, that was purely a record company stunt, trying to cash in on the British Invasion wave. In fact, Red Leaf Records had them record the entire album in less then 2 days. This explains in part why there's no original material on the album. Even if Fraser had a bunch of songs under his funky belt, they were rushed into production and they never got the opportunity to have a few original tracks immortalized. He has a clear memory of the photo shoot for the album cover: "The cover shot was taken behind Beattie's stationary on St. Paul Street in St. Catharines. The funny thing is we usually went barefoot but it was so cold that we did agree to boots. Unfortunately, our pants looked way too short!"

A lot of those wild shows were done in a club named The Castle in St. Catherines. "This place was better than anything they had in England or the U.S. A man named Ron Metcalfe ran it. Two stages, two dance floors, a snack bar, a coffee club where folk singers played and the greatest kids any band could hope to play for. It held over a thousand people and was usually packed Fridays and Saturdays.” recalls Fraser. A lot of well-known acts made the trip across the border to play The Castle. Mod favorites like The Marvelettes were amongst them.."

-Patrick Foisy

01. British Modbeats  - Giant Fm-Modbeats Part 1-Radio      
02. British Modbeats  - Giant Fm-Modbeats Part 2-Radio      
03. British Modbeats  - Fraser Interview Cktb July 20, 2011 
04. British Modbeats  - Loveman-Colonna-Torrid Zone 1989    
05. British Modbeats  - I Close My Eyes                     
06. British Modbeats  - Lady Elite                          
07. British Modbeats  - Love Killer                         
08. British Modbeats  - Sanctuary                           
09. British Modbeats  - Who Will The Next Fool Be  

Here are two previously unreleased tracks, recorded at the time the original album "Mod Is" was released, but were not included on the album. "Frustration" was written by Howard/Blaikley (Alan Blaikley & Ken Howard), the UK songwriting team who composed numerous British Invasion hits. "Love of the Loved" (Lennon/McCartney) was originally recorded by The Beatles in 1963.

After the Modbeats, Fraser Loveman formed The Fraser Loveman Group. "They were the most advanced musically with Dave Burt (Merryweather/Cano), Jhn Ord (The Paupers), and Doug Cartet (King Bisquit Boy). It was like a first super group. Metcalfe wanted that band so badly. That was one reason he wanted The Modbeats plus Fraser Loveman. They refused him.", says Loveman. Loveman went on to form the short-lived The Village S.T.O.P. with Paul Marcoux, Jim Hall, and Nick and Steve Urech. The Village S.T.O.P. produced only one single, recorded in 1969 on Ruby Records. There are other unreleased tracks. "Niagara bands were so overlooked and underproduced Ha! Ha! We appeared naked with just flourescent body paint (black light). We were huge on the eastern seaboard. Then Alice Cooper stole our act. But I'll tell ya one thing - The Village STOP outplayed anybody and put on a show like you wouldn't believe. We played gigs where major acts refused to go after us. The sheer force, colour, acrobatics and staging was unparralled at the time. The pix speak for themselves!" says Loveman.

After a second version of the Fraser Loveman Group, Loveman formed Yenmore Blue. "Yenmor Blue was a house band at Grossman's Tavern in T.O. We were very popular. We recorded 4 studio tracks."

The original Modbeats lineup reformed in 1989-90 and again in 2009-10. I'm sure we haven't heard the last of the Modbeats.

-Robert Williston 


Le 25e Régiment - 25ième Régiment (1969)

Le 25e Régiment  - 25ième Régiment (1969)

Michel Desjardins: drums
Jean Leclerc: drums
Guy Limoges: guitar
Robert Métayer: bass
Réjean Ruel: vocals, guitar

Other members:
Karol Dicaire: guitar
Maurice Métayer: drums
Pierre Martin: drums
Georges Thurston: vocals

The electric shock the Beatles administered to pop music with the release of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" in 1967 had a major impact on most musical groups of the time. This was particularly the case with this formation from Saint-Jérôme in the Laurentians region, as much for certain borrowings from the repertoire of famous British people and the taste for a certain research as in their visual presentation at the time of its first 45 rpm, without forgetting their name which evoked in its own way the environment of the famous Sergeant. Until this moment, the young musicians had carried various names like Les Barons and les Révoltés, names which they successively abandoned as one noted their use by other musical groups. In the latter case, it is only after having engraved a 45 rpm ("Elle m'appartient", version of "Under My Thumb") that they learn about the success of a quintet from the region of Quebec under. the name of the Revolt.

After a little over a year of existence, here they are renamed Le 25e Régiment and signed with Apex, or more exactly LA Cie Compo, based in Lachine. Their first single naturally includes a version of the Beatles "Lucie under a sky of diamonds". This one is twinned with an adaptation of "My Mammy", standard of Al Jolson popularized in 1928. But it is with a title of Fireballs "Bottle Of Wine" become "It is a good sign" that they imposed on the charts at the beginning of 1968, happily sharing this success with the competing version of Chantal Renaud.

The Regiment now has in its ranks a new guitarist-singer who succeeds Guy Limoges, in the person of Karol Dicaire, until then a member of Les Astérix. We are in the summer of 1968 and the group which has the wind in its sails joins l'Agence P.G., directed by Pierre Gravel and which sees to the careers of a large number of groups, from les Topazes et les Mousses to Intrigantes and Les Sinners, including Les Gants Blancs and Les Hou-Lops. While they rush into new musical avenues of psychedelia and other underground trends on stage, their record production is moving in other directions. We can thus hear the 25th Regiment attacking a song by La Bolduc "Le petit bonhomme avec le nez pointu" or by La famille Soucy with "Les fraises et les ramboises" renamed "Les fraises à bicyclette".

The move to Tony Roman's production house, Canusa and its Revolution label, is therefore marked by a change in sound and image for the group. Visually, we notice the presence of a newcomer who will soon make his mark. For the moment Georges Thurston wears an afro hairstyle, à la Jimi Hendrix, and appears on television, Flying V guitar in hand. For the anecdote, let us point out that this one was a single model belonging to Karol, tinkered by the father of this one from a modest Silvertone and a pine board. Soon Georges became the main singer on some hits like "Venus" by the Dutch group Shocking Blue. Already we feel a greater attraction for the composition, the B side being occupied by a composition signed Dicaire and quite in tune with the times, the very pacifist "Love each other". This will also be the case of Georges who offers the whimsical "All all-dressed" and of Réjean who provides the group with its last success "Crescent Street" in 1970. These years are also marked by participation in tours such as Superswing and Musicorama.

Carried away like several other groups by the surf of the 70s, the musicians try a new approach with the concept album "Ecology" which turns out to be a commercial fiasco and will paradoxically be the joy of collectors a few decades later. Following this failure, the remaining members once again try their luck under the name S.T.P. which burns a single 45 rpm before dispersing. Most of the members, however, remain in the musical field, whether in other groups or as a solo artist, the most noted being the singer Georges Thurston, who will be identified by the surname of Boule Noire, originally the title of his first album, in 1976.

A1. Le 25E Régiment - Un Petit Bonhomme Avec Le Nez Pointu  
A2. Le 25E Régiment - C'est Bon Signe (Bottle Of Wine)      
A3. Le 25E Régiment - Roulez-Roulez (Helule-Helule)         
A4. Le 25E Régiment - Lucie Sous Un Ciel De Diamants (Lucy I
A5. Le 25E Régiment - C'est Le Temps D'aimer                
B1. Le 25E Régiment - Mammy                                 
B2. Le 25E Régiment - Les Fraise Et Les Framboise Ou ... Les
B3. Le 25E Régiment - Hé Jude (Hey Jude)                    
B4. Le 25E Régiment - Respectachim                          
B5. Le 25E Régiment - Chin Chin    

Le 25e Régiment  - 25ième Régiment (1969)


Witness Inc-The Singles

Members:Allen Ayers,Bob Ego, Craig Kaleal, Dave Tupper, Dennis Tremeer, Ed Clynton,Kenny Shields, Les Bateman

The Witness Inc. came out of Saskatoon in the central Canadian province of Saskatchewan and immediately became a touring sensation in the western provinces. They released a series of 45s which became increasingly pop after the second. The band finally caught on in Ontario after several years and many personnel changes.The original band consisted of Kenny Shields vocals, Ed Clynton guitar, Dennis Tremeer bass, Les Bateman organ and piano, and Craig Kaleal on drums. I was surprised to learn that the band traveled to New Mexico to record their first 45, probably at Norman Petty’s studio in Clovis.
“I’ll Forget Her Tomorrow”, is a fine pop song, backed with “Girl Before You Go”, an original by Dennis Tremeer (listed as Doug Tremeer in the BMI database). The picture sleeve features a different band lineup than the group on the recording, with new members Dave Tupper on drums and Allen Ayers on bass.The Witness Inc. (Witnesses) and the Guess Who at the ManhattanThe A-side of their second record, “Jezebel”, is a cover of the old Frankie Laine standard. As good as the Teddy Boys version, it was probably their biggest hit, reaching #1 on CKXL in Calgary in February, 1968.Younger fans like myself generally prefer the flip side, “Not You Girl”, an original by Ed Clynton and Les Bateman, which speeds by in a hasty 1:46 with a great scream from Shields and an nifty organ solo by Bateman.The January 13, 1969 issue of RPM Weekly announces that the band had dropped the ‘Inc.’ from their name for their fifth single, “So Come With Me”, recorded at Sound Canada studios in Toronto. Surprisingly the article says this was their first Canadian session!



The Du-Cats ‎– The Du-Cats (1965)

The Du-Cats ‎– The Du-Cats (1965)

Bob Battiste, Claude Caines, Cyril Brown, Eddie Eastman, Edward Rowsell, Jim Crewe, Joe Boulos, Lewis Skinner, Roger Skinner , Winston Blackmore

The Du-Cats ‎– The Du-Cats (1965)

The Du-Cats (aka "The Orange Marmalade Referendum" when they played USA gigs) released the first rock and roll 45 by a Newfoundlander. They travelled down to Boston and recorded "Hey Woman b/w Stay Awhile" on Rock It Records. It was recorded in December, 1964. At about the same time, another Newfie rock 'n' roll band, The Ravens, recorded 2 tracks in Montreal on "Frank's Bandstand" "Sincerely b/w Young Blood" in conjunction with Sparkle Records, but the deal fell through and it was instead released on Arc Records A99. Both 45's are extremely rare and, being the first rock recordings of Newfoundlanders (the most musically gifted Canadian province per capita), will cost a pretty penny.

The Ducats formed in 1959 in Port-Aux-Basques, Newfoundland. They first performed together at a benefit concert for victim's families of the Springhill Mining Disaster; they liked what they heard so they played together for many years.

They almost became the first all Canadian band to ever get signed to Motown Records.

In 1965, The Du-Cats recorded the second rock and roll album by a Newfoundlander (first were The Keatniks: Nicknamed "The Tartan Album" (the band members wore the Newfoundland Tartan blazers), the album had two different pressings, with two different covers. The first pressing was a mono pressing on RCA PC-1018. It had ""Hey Woman" and "Stay Awhile", are included in this album" written on the back (although the album did not have these tracks on it). The second pressing was stereo and was released on RCA PCS 1018. Although they both shared the same photo, the second pressing was zoomed in a bit further. It is not known how many of these were pressed, probably 500 of each. A Near Mint copy sells for $300-400.

The Du-Cats consisted of Lewis "Butch" Skinner on lead guitar; Jim Crewe on rhythm guitar; Bob Battiste on bass guitar; and Joe Boulos on drums; and Winston Blackmore as vocalist. This is a different Winston Blackmore than the polygamist Winston Blackmore who fathered over one hundred children with 25 different wives. It is not known how many children the Newfie Winston fathered.

The Du-Cats also released albums under "The Country Ducats": Vocal & Accordion Favorites on Paragon ALS 242; You Can't Take the Country from the Man on Paragon MS 2116; and a self-titled album under the pseudonym "The Ducat Showband" on Paragon ALS 242.

The Du-Cats were Canadian and Newfoundland rock pioneers and received The Stompin' Tom Award (unsung hero) at the East Coast Music Awards in 2008. They appeared at the Codroy Valley Strawberry Festival with Gord Tracey in 1991.

The Du-Cats ‎– The Du-Cats (1965)

David Clayton Thomas&The Shays - A Go-Go&Sings Like It Is (1964-1965)

David Clayton Thomas&The Shays - A Go-Go&Sings Like It Is (1964-1965)

The lead singer for Blood, Sweat & Tears' first four albums was born in Toronto in 1941. David Clayton-Thomas began his musical career at age 23 in the Shays. They became the Bossmen in 1965 and released "Brainwashed" in 1966. While singing in BS&T from 1968 to 1972, he began a solo career, releasing self-titled albums for Decca (1969), Columbia (1972) and RCA (1973). With Clayton-Thomas, a re-formed version of Blood, Sweat & Tears appeared in 1980, signed to MCA and released Nuclear Blues

David Clayton Thomas&The Shays - A Go-Go&Sings Like It Is (1964-1965)

Les Napoleons - A Go Go (1966) & Les Differents - Les Differents (1967)

Les Napoleons - A Go Go (1966) & Les Differents - Les Differents (1967)

"Les Napoleons are certainly a curious experience to be had. A cover group from Montreal, who cut a cover album of Beatles songs completely in French and considerably more garagesque lo-fi. One will undoubtedly recognize the Beatles famous guitar parts, and even be compelled to sing the lyrics in English only to be confused by the French words spouting forth in all the choruses. I shan't be so bold as to claim I uncovered this gem, I downloaded it well of a year back from Lost-in-Tyme before they had all those legal run-in and had to change everything up and I got all frustrated trying to keep up. Nevertheless, I am still entirely enamoured by these covers, and I strongly advise all fans of the Beatles, French rock, garage rock or oddities to grab this." (Spacerockmountain)

Les-Différents band from Quebec, Canada. Active from 1967-1969.

Billed as the "Quebec Rolling Stones".
Signed to Disque Monde by Ken Ayoub (who also discovered Les Sultans)

Les Napoleons - A Go Go (1966) & Les Differents - Les Differents (1967)

Pepper Tree ‎– You're My People (1971)

 Pepper Tree ‎– You're My People (1971)

The Pepper Tree was the culmination of a handful of bar bands in Nova Scotia, formed when drummer Tim Garagan left his band Friends of The Family and got together with guitarist Ritchie Richmond and Lenny Brennan on bass when those two left their previous group Lost Children in '67. They soon augmented their sound with Tony Argent as a second guitarist, ex of The Outcasts. To set themselves apart from the rest they then persuaded friend Bonnie Oulton to take on lead vocal duties.

Beginning with their first show in Hubbards, NS, they honed their chops playing the bars and continued to refine and diversify their sound when Argent was replaced by keyboardist Bob Quinn and Doug Billard, ex of Central Nervous System replaced Oulton on vocals in mid '68. Developing an acid/psychadelic meets Partridge Family sound unique to the area, they were noticed one night by a talent scout who recommended they cut a demo and send it to Capitol Records.

The basement tape impressed Capitol's Wayne Paton enough he signed them to a deal in '69 and took them to Toronto's Nimbus 9 Studios to work with Jack Richardson (Alice Cooper, Bob Seger, Guess Who). Capitol only wanted original material, and they came out with "Everywhere," backed with "Mr Pride," both written by Garagan. Next up was "Shine Light Shine" and its b-side "Hometown Girl." Though neither single was a 'smash hit', both charted and impressed label execs enough they encouraged the band to move to Toronto, closer to the studios and closer to the obviously huger potential market. But some members were unwilling to make the move, and the band was basically reinvented, as Billard, Brennan and Richmond all stayed home. Jim White, ex of Axis, who Billard had played with back home on the coast with both Central Nervous System and Five Sounds was friends with Garagan and Quinn and was now living in Toronto as well. He agreed to be the new guitarist. And after Cornerbrook, NFLD native Chris Brockway answered an ad to fill in the bass position, the next phase of the band was set.

With Capitol confident enough in the band's ability, Garagan took on the lead vocal chores, and they made their mark on the Ontario circuit and moved to Alliston, ON in 1970. Paton convinced them to drop 'The' from their name, and they began writing material for an album and brought back Jack Richardson when they went into RCA's Toronto studios. YOU'RE MY PEOPLE was released the next summer, which ran the gamut of psychadelic and pop sounds. Garagan was the chief songwriter, contributing on or writing himself all but Quinn's "How Many Times." The album featured the nearly six-minute live favourite "Airplane" - complete with an organ solo, and the album's two singles, "Try" and the title track, with its melancholy "From A Candle" as the b-side. The album was released Stateside in the spring of '71, after White left the group. American copies actually mistakenly credited new guitarist Joel Zemel, a Halifax native, as the guitarist.

Not totally satisfied with the band, Capitol urged the band to pick up a new frontman, and Matt Minglewood, formerly of Universal Power and a fellow Maritimer was brought in on guitars and lead vocalist. But his tenure was short, and left to form Cold Duck before year's end. His replacement, Terry Hatty, also had a short stay in the band and was also gone after only a few months, putting Garagan back again as lead vocalist.

They released "Love Is A Railroad," a Quinn composition as a single, which actually featured the already departed Zemel on guitars. The band continued to find east coast'ers, as they picked up Halifax's Rick Edgett as his replacement, though he was replaced before long by Paul Butler. The band continued on the circuit, playing mostly eastern Canada dates but ventured into the US as well. They continued to try experimenting with their sound while maintaining their identity. With Paul White producing, they from left; jim white, tim garagan, joel zemel, chris brockwaycut "Midnight Lady," "Teach Me How To Fly," "Put A Smile On Your Face" and "Funky Music" as singles all by the summer of '72, none of which lived up to label execs expectations. The revolving door continued to spin, and founders Garagan and Quinn were both gone by the spring of '73. Brockway brought in Brian Too Loud Macleod as the new drummer, who'd previously played with Garrison Hill, and Ralph Parker to replace Quinn on keyboards.

Now there were not only no original members left, but the band had lost its Nova Scoitian identity entirely, as Brockway, Parker, Macleod and Butler were all Newfoundlanders. The band toiled away for the remainder of the year after being dropped by Capitol, but packed it in by the spring of '74. The lineup featuring Tim Garagan, Zemel, White and Brockway enjoyed a few shows and a few beers during a brief reunion in '91, two decades after their album's release.

Garagan and Quinn both joined Molly Oliver a couple years after originally leaving Pepper Tree and moved back to Nova Scotia. After that band's demise in the mid 70's, Quinn became a songwriter for the likes of Roger Whittaker before forming Quincepts Productions Ltd, while Garagan became a session musician, as did Richmond before becoming an ordained minister. Brockway went on to play with Rhinegold, which also featured Lawrence Gowan, Brutus for a short time, then an early version of Wrabit, Hanover Fist and Lee Aaron. White and Argent's paths would cross again shortly after the band's demise, forming Snakeye and releasing one lp in '75. Hatty formed Ram, another short-lived east coast band with only one lp under its belt. Billard went on to a moderately successful, albeit short solo career, charting with the single "I've Lost My Place" in '75 with United Artists. Zemel and Edgett still have on again, off again projects, and Macleod went on to tour with Edward Bear before playing with Chilliwack and then forming The Headpins. 

 Pepper Tree ‎– You're My People (1971)

Steven Garrick & His Party Twisters - Come On Everbody, Let's Twist (1962 Canada)British Modbeats - Radio Interviews and Unreleased RecordingsLe 25e Régiment  - 25ième Régiment (1969)Witness Inc-The SinglesThe Du-Cats ‎– The Du-Cats (1965)VA - People Of Tyme / Canadian Garage Beat '66 David Clayton Thomas&The Shays - A Go-Go&Sings Like It Is (1964-1965)Les Napoleons - A Go Go (1966) & Les Differents - Les Differents (1967) Pepper Tree ‎– You're My People (1971)

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