Archive for October, 2010

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Lou Hooper Piano

October 24, 2010

Name: Lou Hooper (Louis Stanley)
Release: Piano
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Year: 1973
Genre: Jazz
Label: Radio Canada International
Catalog#: RCI 380

Role:  Pianist, composer
Home: Chatham Kent (North Buxton)
Life: May 18th 1894 – Sept 17th 1977

Album Track List
A1   Blame It On The Blues 
A2   In A Mist  
A3   Canadian Capers  
A4   South Sea Strut   
A5   Russian Rag   
A6   Scene From An Imaginary Ballet (SC. 4) 
B1   Scene From An Imaginary Ballet (SC. 2)  
B2   Black Cat Blues  
B3   Spring Fever 
B4   Cakewalk 
B5   Alaskan Rag 
B6   Uncle Remus Stomp

  His father took him at three to Ypsilanti, Mich, where he sang solos in church and at 12 played the trombone in the Hooper Brothers Orchestra.
  While he was studying piano 1911-21 at the Detroit Cons, he played in various local dance and theatre orchestras.

  He lived 1921-7 in Harlem (New York), studying 1923-4 at the Martin-Smith Music School (a subsidiary of the Damrosch Institute – later the Juilliard School). He recorded with Elmer Snowden (banjo) and Bob Fuller (clarinet) under several names, eg, the Three Jolly Miners, the Three Monkey Chasers, for Vocalion, Columbia, etc and also backed the trumpeters Johnny Dunn and Louis Metcalf, the singers Ethel Waters, Ma Rainey, Mamie Smith, and other leading jazz and blues performers of the day. Hooper accompanied Paul Robeson on tour in 1926 and travelled as a member of Lew Leslie’s Blackbirds of 1928.

Hooper returned to Canada in 1932, living first in Toronto – he performed at the 1932 CNE – and then, as of 1933, in Montreal, where he joined Myron Sutton’s Canadian Ambassadors, an all-black dance band active in Quebec and Ontario. Hooper formed and conducted a male choir, the Hooper Southern Singers, in concerts and on CKAC radio. He also played in local dance and jazz bands and taught piano. Oscar Peterson was one of his pupils. After a term in Europe during World War II with the Royal Canadian Artillery in which he served mainly as a pianist and entertainer in charge of Canadian concert parties, Hooper returned to Montreal, playing and teaching in increasing obscurity.

In 1962 he was rediscovered by Montreal jazz enthusiasts and subsequently celebrated as a surviving link to the early history of recorded jazz. He was honored by the International Association of Record Collectors in 1973 and by the Canadian Congress of Collectors in 1977. A new recording, the LP Lou Hooper (1973, RCI 380), a collection of ragtime pieces, included his own Black Cat Blues, The Cakewalk, South Sea Strut, and Uncle Remus Stomp. According to Tex Wyndam in Coda (March 1976): ‘Although slightly on the academic and restrained side, the solos have a firm, bright rhythm, are cleanly executed, and generate a mood of confidence and good cheer’. Other Hooper rags date to as late as 1975, the year in which he joined the faculty of the University of Prince Edward Island. He also wrote a ballet, Congo, staged in 1976. In the summer before his death he was a regular performer on CBC (Halifax) TV’s ‘The Old-Fashioned New-Fangled Vaudeville Show’.
Source.

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Mark Beasley 2010 Music

October 17, 2010

Name: Mark Beasley
Release:  Gonna Be Fine EP
Year: 2010
Genre: Acoustic guitar & vocal
Home Town: Chatham Ontario

Note: Mark Beasley has recently put his music out there to the world wide web via You Tube videos, and has been generating interest for his great voice. He performs many covers as well as throwing in some originals. He is offering his latest collection of tracks as a free download.
 I highly recommend checking him out. 

Download this release for free at: http://www.mediafire.com/?nzyttyxamyf
Visit him on you tube here

Mark Beasley – Gonna Be Fine EP Preview 2010.

If video does not load above, watch it here.  

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Singing Sisters 1971

October 12, 2010

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Duo: Singing Sisters
Circa: 1971
Genre: Gospel Music
Home: Chatham Ontario

Members:
Ann Mae (26)
Virginia (20)

Their first LP was released in 1967. They also recorded a 7” record.
1971 marks their second LP release.

Notes from 1971 article in The CDN:
They toured to Halifax this past summer (1971), as well as London, Kingsville, Dresden, Lucan, Toronto and a stop in Pennsylvania.

The Singing Sisters have played many performances including over 22 states and seven provinces.

Circa 2010 – Visit Anna Mae McPhail on You Tube here.

If you own this LP, or have info on it, please email us at:
chatham_music_archive@hotmail.com 

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LITTLE SISTER Band 1991

October 11, 2010

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Band: LITTLE SISTER
Circa: 1990-1991
Home: Chatham
Genre: Rock

Note: A fan favourite in Chatham that played live and recorded original material during 1990-1991.
The video footage of this young band is from Bothwell Ontario May 11, 1991.
  Around 1997, Shawn formed the experimental metal band “Whatever“, who released a Cd followed by a few tours across Canada, performing originals & covers.. Rod went on to record with Fletcher Munson who recorded a few Cd’s in the early 2000’s, followed by a few popular cover bands through out the following years. Nick found a home in the country music scene.

Members:
Nick Olmsted - Vocals
Shawn Meriano - Guitars
Bill Tight – Bass
Rod Reynolds – Drums

Visit them online here.
 
Watch the live video for the song ‘The Jokes On You’ below.

If video does not appear, watch it here.

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Square Root Of Margaret 2010

October 11, 2010

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Band: Square Root Of Margaret
Release: WYSiWYG
Year: 2010
Home: Chatham-Kent
Genre: Psychedelic, Indie, Pop

Go to this link; http://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/wysiwyg/id392801293
to purchase Square Root of Margaret’s new album on itunes. Only $6.93

Members:
Po Kadot (Brian) - Guitar, Vox, Synth
Josh Brisco Esq. - Guitar
DenDen 7 (Dennis) – Bass, Tape Manipulation
Ben Srokosz - Drums, Percussion, Vox
Eric Welton – Synth, Guitar, Vox, etc…

Tracks:
1 What You See Is What You Get 
2 Hallucinate Your Holidays 
3 Attack of the Giant Problem Vs. The Creature From The Planet Of The Incredible Shrinking Solution
4 Deep Dark Atmosphere 
5 So Far Gone 
6 Turn It On Tonight 
7 The Cream of Dreams

Notes: This is the first with Ben (on drums) and Eric (Synth). The group has been releasing demos since 1994 and has been a staple of the indie scene in Southern Ontario, as well as touring across Canada a few times.

Video CD Preview below.

If video does not appear above, watch it here.

Discography
Casual Man-Slayer1994  (Link)
Bleen Cassette - 1995 (Link)
Compilation CD - Slow Children Playing - 1995 (Link

BURST OF BREEDIN’ - 1997 (Link)
Heard Music Playing - 1999 (Link)
Endless Rotation - 2001 (Link) (Download)
Levitation Days - 2004 (Link)
Outer Spaces - 2005 (Link)
Cloud Nine Revisited - 2006 (Link) (Download)
Teragram Photeur - 2007 (Link) (Download)
TIME MACHINES Box Set Vol. 1 - 2008
TIME MACHINES Box Set Vol. 2 – 2009
Compilation – Basement Champions Vol. 1 - 2009 (Link)

WYSiWYG - 2010 (Download)

Visit S.R.O.M. online here, here, or here.

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Tom Starks Hammond B3 organ 2010

October 10, 2010

Musician: Tom Starks (Thomas Starks)
Year: 2010
Instrument: Hammond B3 organ, Keyboards
Genre: Jazz
Home: Chatham-Kent Ontario
Resides: Other

Current Groups: Dirty Hammond Organ Band, The Denise Pelley Band and many other ensembles.

Members (Dirty Hammond Organ Band)
Tom Starks - Hammond B3 organ
Troy Neeb – sax & percussion
Chris Norley – guitar
Sandy MacKay – drums & artistic director

Background:
  The Force, Manpower, Friends, Solo CD releases, Julie Ross, and many many many more. Tom began his professional career in 1972 as keyboardist with a show group touring Ontario and several Northern States. In 1974 he returned to his home town of Chatham and continued to perform with local artists while touring Southern Ontario. After 25 years of teaching, Tom and his wife Sonja moved to Aylmer where his main focus now is on jazz and a return to his first instrument, the Hammond B3 Organ.
  Tom is as professional and polite as they come. He also lends his talents to various occasions & projects.

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Snakebite Country Band 2010

October 7, 2010

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Band: Snakebite
Genre: New & classic country music
Home: Chatham & Area.
Year: 2010
Year Formed: 2005

Members:
Paul Lowry (Bothwell) – Vocals, guitar
Marty Marsh – (Chatham/Bothwell) – Guitar
Sean Atkin – (Kingsville/Sarnia) – Lead guitar
Bobby Reynolds (Strathroy) – Drums
James Vermue (London) – Bass

Note: Snakebite was formed in 2005 as a two man band featuring Paul Lowry and Marty Marsh (now living in Chatham). Sean Atkin from Sarnia joined in 2006 as the lead guitar player along with James Vermue on Bass in 2008. Snakebite has had a bunch of drummers over the years.
  The group has shared the stage with Travis Tritt, The Road Hammers, and opened for JoDee Messina.
  In 2010, the band has played Norma Jeans (London), Encore (Chatham), Grand River Hotel (Cambridge), The Golden Tap (Chatham), River Stone Pizzeria (Alvinston), Friendship Festival (Drumbo), Bothwell,  Horvat’s (Rodney), Dr. Jeckyll’s (Strathroy), CBD Club (Wallaceburg), East Side (London), Strawberry Festival (Lucknow), and more.
Contact them online @
http://www.snakebiteband.com/


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Wise Guys The Band

October 2, 2010

Band: Wise Guys
Year: 2010
Year formed: 2005
Genre: Rock and Popular covers.

Original Members:
Jack Desforge
– Vocals – Guitar
David Clyde – Vocals – Bass
Chris Shaw – Drums
Keith Towsley – Vocals – Keys (no longer with band)
Chad Kobylka – Guitar – vocals

Type of music / influences: The Beatles, The Doors, Black Eyed Peas, Kings Of Leon, U2, ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Nickelback, Prince

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Melody Ramblers 1979

October 1, 2010

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Band: Melody Ramblers
Home: Chatham Ontario
Year: 1979
Band: 1953-1994
Style: Country Music Covers

Members:
(Left to right)
Dan St.Pierre – Guitar
Rene Brosseau – Bass
Dennis Smith – Pedal Steel
Michelle Wright – Vocals
Bradley J. Preston – Vocals, Acoustic
Larry St. Pierre – Drums

  If you are from Chatham-Kent Ontario, then chances are you know that country music star MICHELLE WRIGHT got her start with the Melody Ramblers.
  A very young Michelle was added to the band to help diversify the band, giving them the ability to perform songs by female country artists and relieve Brad Preston of the long nights of solid vocal duties. Michelle was new to the scene but developed quickly, later leaving to join a band an hour away, across the Canadian border in Detroit.

The group’s original line-up formed in 1953, and has included the top players from the area for the better part of 40 years. This 1979 line-up was interesting because it included many members who’s talents caught the eye of the international country music scene.

You can read up on individual members  or the bands history through the years, by going to our home page and scrolling down to the list of bands/artists from Chatham.

Photo: Given to the Chatham Music Archive with permission for the Chatham Music Archive, from the St. Pierre family. Thank you to the St. Pierre family for helping us present the rich deep history of the Melody Ramblers in our community.

Demo Kid note 2010: While doing the research on the group, it was interesting to find out that my Uncle Eugene played in this band later on. In 2009, I was introduced to Rene (was the bass player for the band at the time) who is now one of the most popular pedal steel players in Canada. He played on our home demos (with Jesse V) and was just simply so pro and friendly that I was amazed I got the chance to record with a musician with such a love and experience of music. 

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