#859: King Size by Trials Of Jayson Hoover
Peak Month: January 1969
8 weeks on Vancouver’s CKLG chart
Peak Position #8
Peak Position on Billboard Hot 100 ~ did not chart
Drummer David MacPhail founded The Epics in 1963 after meeting guitarist Jimmy Harmata in Vancouver’s Smilin’ Buddha Cabaret. In 1964, 15-year old bassist, Bob Kidd, was added and later tenor saxophone player Gunther Klaus and keyboard/organ player Bill Gibson. The Epics first vocalist was Barry Collins. Jayson Hoover joined the band in late 1964 after he was approached by David MacPhail at the Smilin’ Buddha where Jay was singing. In the spring 1965 Jayson Hoover had come from Alberta on a vacation to see Vancouver. But once he got to Vancouver he chose never to return home. He first met Bob Kidd and Jimmy Harmata at the Shanghai Junk on Main Street. The Epics featured Barry Collins and Jayson Hoover under the name ‘The Soul Brothers.” This was a take-off on the Righteous Brothers. Barry Collins left The Epics around 1965. The Epics rehearsed daily after high school during the week and also on Saturdays and Sundays. And on the evenings over the weekend they’d go to hear other groups in concert. At that time The Epics were still known as The Epics featuring Jayson Hoover. It was only in their later years that promoters began to pitch The Epics as Jayson Hoover & The Epics.