#1197: You’re My People by Pepper Tree
Peak Month: October 1971
6 weeks on CKVN chart
Peak Position #16
Peak Position on Billboard Hot 100 ~ did not chart
Pepper Tree was a band from Nova Scotia and was formed in 1967. They core members of the group were Tim Garagan (drums, vocals), Bob Quinn (keyboards), Jim White (guitar) and Chris Brockway (bass). Originally, Pepper Tree was a trio formed by the former Friends of the Family drummer Tim Garagan, who began to jam with former Lost Children bandmates Ritchie Richmond (guitar) and Lenny Brennan (bass). Another guitar player, Tony Argent, was added when his group, The Outcasts, split. Initially, they had a female singer, Bonnie Oulton, as lead vocalist. The Pepper Tree, as they were first known with a “The” before Pepper Tree, had their debut concert in Hubbards, Nova Scotia, some 30 miles south of Halifax. Soon Tony Argent was gone, replaced by keyboard player Bob Quinn. And Bonnie Oulton left the band and was replaced by Doug Billard on vocals. 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. From 1967 to 1969 they toured clubs across Canada and got a record deal with Capitol Records in 1969.
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