Cradle Baby by Eddie Cochran

#1147: Cradle Baby by Eddie Cochran

Peak Month: January 1958
3 weeks on the Teen Canteen chart
Peak Position #7
Peak Position on Billboard Hot 100 ~ did not chart

Eddie Cochran was born in Albert Lea, Minnesota, in 1938. His family moved to the Los Angeles area in 1951 where Eddie attended Bell Gardens Junior High. While there he became friends with Connie ‘Guybo’ Smith. Smith was already a promising musical talent who played bass, steel guitar and mandolin. Eddie and Connie began to jam together and gave a concert at their junior high school. Connie “Guybo” Smith went on to become Cochran’s bass player and was one of the musicians heard on most records during Eddie’s brief professional career. In 1953, while still in junior high school, Eddie met another musician named Chuck Foreman. The two experimented with Foreman’s two-track tape recorder. The pair made recordings of a number of songs including Stardust, The Poor People Of Paris, Hearts of Stone and the Cannonball Rag. Cochran graduated from Bell Gardens Junior High in 1954.

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Bound To Fly by 3's A Crowd

#1162: Bound To Fly by 3’s A Crowd

Peak Month: October 1966
5 weeks on Vancouver’s CKLG chart
Peak Position #9
Peak Position on Billboard Hot 100 ~ did not chart link: “Bound To Fly

On the Canadian West Coast there was a lot of experimenting with musical styles. Folk, pop and psychedelic rock were merging into a West Coast sound. In 1964, local comedian Brent Titcomb also had vocal skills he was putting to use in small coffee houses. Another comedian with musical talents, Donna Warner, was also interested in starting a music group. That August they began to write songs and became a trio when a coffee house audience member and guitarist, Trevor Veitch, became their third member. As part of the hipster scene at the time, the group took on an avant-garde name that was not indicative of who they were. Billed as the Bill Schwartz Quartet, their ironic name caused audience members to wonder what happened to the fourth person in the group, assuming their must be a fourth bandmate since they were billed as a quartet. More puzzling, there was no one named Bill Schwartz in the group. The oddity of their name grew tired fast and they next went by the name to 3’s A Crowd  as early as the spring of 1965.  In June ’65 the group was on the cover of the TV Times magazine in Vancouver.

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You're My People by Pepper Tree

#1201: 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 link: “You’re My People

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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I Don't Wanna Forget You by Denise McCann

#1200: I Don’t Wanna Forget You by Denise McCann

Peak Month: July 1977
6 weeks on CKLG chart
Peak Position #18
Peak Position on Billboard Hot 100 ~ did not chart link: “I Don’t Wanna Forget You

Denise McCann was born in 1948 in Iowa. Albert Hews McCann Sr., her grandfather, was a cornet player and singer in Shreveport, Louisiana. Young Denise soon became part of the McCann Family Orchestra. Her family moved to Castro Valley, California, while she was in her youth. During the Summer of Love, Denise moved up to San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood where she became a hippie. She got a job with the Magic Mountain Festival on Mount Tamalpais and also at the Monterey Pop Festival. At the festival she became friends with Jimi Hendrix. McCann appears in the D.A. Pennebaker documentary Monterey Pop!

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There's Something I Like About That by Chilliwack

#1199: There’s Something I Like About That by Chilliwack

Peak Month: July 1974
6 weeks on CKLG chart
Peak Position #16
Peak Position on Billboard Hot 100 ~ did not chart link: “There’s Something I Like About That
“There’s Something I Like About That” lyrics

Bill Henderson was born in Vancouver in 1944. He learned guitar and became the guitarist for the Panarama Trio that performed at the Panarama Roof dance club on the 15th Floor of the Hotel Vancouver. He formed the psychedelic pop-rock Vancouver band, The Collectors, in 1966 with Howie Vickers. After several local hits like “Fisherwoman” and “Lydia Purple” the band disbanded by 1970. Henderson (vocals, guitar), Claire Lawrence (saxophone, keyboards), Ross Turney (drums) and Glenn Miller (bass) were all Collectors bandmates. After Howie Vickers left The Collectors, they changed their name to Chilliwack. The name was a Salish First Nations name that means “going back up,” and is the name of a city in the Fraser Valley in British Columbia.

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Dancer by Ken Tobias

#1198: Dancer by Ken Tobias

Peak Month: July 1977
6 weeks on CKLG chart
Peak Position #18
Peak Position on Billboard Hot 100 ~ did not chart link: “Dancer

In 1945 Ken Tobias was born in Saint John, New Brunswick. His family’s home was filled with music and young Ken was featured in a number of tap dancing performances. Though he dreamed of becoming a draftsman, out of high school he and his brother Tony formed the folk group The Ramblers. By the mid-60s Tobias lived in Halifax and was a staple in the roster of performers on CBC TV’s afternoon show, Music Hop. This led to his appearing several years later on Singalong Jubilee with other Canadian music stars Anne Murray, Gene MacLellan.Continue reading →

Tricia Tell Your Daddy by Andy Kim

#1197: Tricia Tell Your Daddy by Andy Kim

Peak Month: May 1969
6 weeks on CKLG chart
Peak Position #17
Peak Position on Billboard Hot 100 ~ #110 link: “Tricia Tell Your Daddy
“Tricia Tell Your Daddy” lyrics

Andy Kim’s father came from Lebanon to Pennsylvania and finally settled in Montreal, where Kim was born in December 1946. Around the age of 15 Andrew Youakimm became fascinated with the music business in New York City. He’d travel from Montreal to the Big Apple by bus or train and try to figure out how to break into the music industry. He bought copies of Billboard Magazine, Cashbox Magazine and other trade papers to see which record companies had hits on the pop charts. Kim recalls in an interview with Entertainment Week, September 21, 1974, “I figured those were the companies I would go to. I went to the A and R department of Paramount Records. I told the receptionist I had a meeting that afternoon but I just came by that morning to see the A and R man. She asked if I had a demo and I said yes. She sent me down a corridor to this man and I said ‘I’m sorry, but I don’t know what a demo is.’ He asked if I wrote songs or played an instrument. (I said) no. He said what the business involved and I should not trick my way into places.”

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I'll Remember Carol by Tommy Boyce

#1196: I’ll Remember Carol by Tommy Boyce

Peak Month: October 1962
6 weeks on CFUN chart
Peak Position #13
Peak Position on Billboard Hot 100 ~ #80 link: “I’ll Remember Carol
“I’ll Remember Carol” lyrics

Sidney Thomas “Tommy” Boyce was born in 1939 in Charlottesville, Virgina. He was one half of the pop duo with Bobby Hart. The two wrote numbers of songs for other recording artists including The Monkees, Jay and The Americans and Little Anthony and The Imperials. Boyce was separately pursuing a career as a singer. After being rejected numerous times, Boyce took his father’s suggestion to write a song called “Be My Guest” for rock and roll star Fats Domino. He waited six hours at Domino’s hotel room to present him with the demo, and got Domino to promise to listen to the song. In 1959 the song hit #8 in the US and #11 in the UK, becoming Domino’s biggest hit there in several years, and sold over a million copies.

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I'm Not A Bad Guy by The Crickets

#1195: I’m Not A Bad Guy by The Crickets

Peak Month: May 1962
7 weeks on CFUN chart
Peak Position #17
Peak Position on Billboard Hot 100 ~ did not chart link: “I”m Not A Bad Guy

The Crickets became a rock ‘n roll/rockabilly group in 1957. They are credited with influencing a whole range of recording artists including Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and the Beatles. In fact, the Beatles got the idea for their name as a riff off of another insect, cricket, just going up one letter of the alphabet from C to B for Beatles. Paul McCartney once told the press, “If it wasn’t for the Crickets, there wouldn’t be any Beatles.”The Crickets were initially the backing band for Buddy Holly and among their hits are “That’ll Be The Day,” Peggy Sue,” “Oh Boy,” “Not Fade Away,” “Maybe Baby,” “It’s So Easy,” “Rave On,” “I Fought The Law” and “More Than I Can Say.”

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The People In Me by Music Machine

#1193: The People In Me by Music Machine

Peak Month: March 1967
5 weeks on CKLG chart
Peak Position #11
Peak Position on Billboard Hot 100 ~ #66 link: “The People In Me
“The People In Me” lyrics

Thomas Harvey “Sean” Bonniwell was born in San Jose, California, in 1940. After hearing The Platters sing “Only You” in 1955, he formed a high school doo-wop group. After high school he formed a folk-pop group which, by the time he was still in college in 1961, had morphed into a folk quartet called The Wayfarers. The group got a contract with RCA Victor and recorded three albums between 1961 and 1964. Along with Bonniwell on guitar was Dick Bailey, rounded out with bass player Tom Adams and Ray Blouin on banjo. Their debut album was Come Along with the Wayfarers, followed by two live albums, The Wayfarers at the Hungry i and The Wayfarers at the World’s Fair. Their material spanned traditional folk tunes such as “This Land is Your Land” to the whimsical “Crabs Walk Sideways,” a tune later performed on The Smothers Brothers‘ TV show by Tom and Dick Smothers. It was penned by Hylton Sacher and Jim Patton, some in collaboration with the group’s members. There were a few singles: Woody Guthrie’s often-recorded classic “This Land is Your Land,” Revolutionary War narrative “Ticonderoga” and the mildly humorous Jeff Barry-Art Resnick ditty “Crabs Walk Sideways,” a song better known as part of The Smothers Brothers’ act.

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