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House Band 1974

July 8, 2010

Band: House Band
Year: 1974
Home: Chatham

Members:
Raymond Violot – Vocals and sax.
Jim Knettle – Bass
Steve Fowler – Guitar
Ron Baldwin – Drums.

Jack Austin had a long stint as the Blenheim Hotel house band, and when he moved on to something else, the spot was taken over by this band.
  The band ran from 1973 through 1975. They spent the summer of 1974 as the house band for the Tilt ‘N’ Hilton in Erieau and the summer of ’75 as the house band for the Blenheim Hotel.

An interesting note about Jim Knettle is that he received his A.R.C.T. in classical guitar in Toronto then moved to Hong Kong to join one of the most popular Chinese touring groups named ‘Chyna’.  He has recorded with them and is doing very well.

Watch video of Jim Knettle (circa 2010)  Video shot in Hong Kong with his neice.
Click here for video link.

  Ron Baldwin was the drummer for the Jack Austin Trio, but joined this band to carry on his position as the drummer for these shows.

Steve Fowler became an accomplished guitar player and teacher. Steve has played with some of the biggest names in the Canadian Music Industry over the years since his early start here, and is the man behind the “Old Autos Television” theme song (Circa 2009).  His retro tunes are also the driving force behind many “Old Autos Segments”. He has many other works published as a composer, producer, and co-writer.

The band was not given a ‘band name’ that anyone can recall. Simply four guys making music.

Anyone with pics or info, please email:
chatham_music_archive@hotmail.com

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Shot Jackson and Bob Lucier 1974

December 12, 2009

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Artists: Shot Jackson and Bob Lucier
Release:  Straight Ahead (Instrumental Sho-Bro and Steel Guitar)
Circa: 1974
Genre: Country Instrumental Music

Home: Bob Lucier is from Chatham-Kent (Grande Pointe).

Members:
Bob Lucier – Steel Guitar
Shot Jackson – Dobro

Tracks:
1. THE FUNKY WABASH CANNONBALL
2. TAKE THESE CHAINS
3. THE TENNESSEE WALTZ
4. WE COULD
5. GREEN GREEN GRASS OF HOME
6. STRAIGHT AHEAD
7. COLD COLD HEART
8. SHE THINKS I STILL CARE
9. KENTUCKY WALTZ
10. LOVE IS NO EXCUSE

  Bobby Lucier has been a leader in steel guitar and is world renowned for his unique style and ability. 
Bob was the resident Steel Player for “The Tommy Hunter Show” from the mid 70’s until its demise.  The popular show aired on CBC in Canada. 
 Bob was also the first steel guitarist with the famous Johnny Burke and Eastwind, before that, he played in Bill Anderson’s “Po’ Boys band”, Myers Brothers and the Jubilaires, among a few others. He performed and recorded on several of Country Star Anne Murray’s releases. As a session player, Bob’s steel  playing  appears on a countless number of releases by various artists over the years.

  Shot Jackson (born Harold Jackson, September 4, 1920–January 24, 1991) was a country music guitarist best known for playing Dobro and pedal steel guitar. He also designed and manufactured guitars under the name Sho-Bud. He became known as the “King of the Dobro”.

Recordings: In 1974, Bob Lucier also played steel guitar on David Essig’s  debut album entitled “Redbird Country”.

Preview the album in the video below.

If video does not appear, watch it here.

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Ray Francis Two Sides of Country LP

December 4, 2009

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Artist: Ray Francis
Release: Two Sides of Country
Format: LP Album
Year: Circa 1974
Home: Chatham Ontario Canada

Label: Condor
Distribution: Marathon Music INC.
Number: 977-1404
Genre: Country Music

Notes: Ray Francis was born Feb 9th 1931 in Chatham.

Back Cover Notes:
    Outside the city of Chatham, Ontario, on a small farm, a thirteen year old boy by the name of Ray Francis started strumming chords on his first guitar.
    Ray’s love of country music was greatly influenced by picking up from his radio the famous ‘Grand Ole Opry’ show from WSM Nashville, Tennessee, every Saturday night.
    By the time Ray was in his twenties, he had formed his own band. With his increasing popularity with the fans, Ray was constantly being booked for club and stage appearances. Later the youngster who had only heard the stars of ‘The Grand Ole Opry’ on radio, now found himself appearing onstage with many of these same stars.
    Ray’s versatility as a performer, musician, comedian, and writer has brought him recognition on both sides of the border.
    As a performer myself, I would hate to follow Ray’s show onstage. His ability to impersonate many of the Nashville artists plus come back and sing his own originals, is the true sign of a great overall performer.
    The makings of a great entertainer is like baking a cake. You take a handful of sincerity, a touch of comedy, a warm personality, and a great love for country music and you have my friend, Ray Francis.
 Columbia Recording Artist Dallas Harms

Tracks
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. Forbidden lovers (Stanton-Walker)
02. I knew her then (R. Francis – Doug Springsted)
03. Who’s Julie
04. One nite stand (R.ay Francis)
05. Laura
06. Just let me know (Ray Francis)
07. Margie’s at the Lincoln Park Inn
08. Sweet misery (Ray Francis – Mike Francis)
09. Anita you’re dreaming
10. The downward side of lonesome (R. Francis)
11. If Ginny knew (Ray Francis)
12. In a mansion

Discography as of 1973:
Ray Francis and the Whippoorwills – 1963 – Country Jamboree
The Whippoorwills – 1964 – The Whippoorwills
Ray Francis – 1973 – The Countrey Way
Ray Francis – 1973 – An Olde Tyme Christmas
Ray Francis – 1974 – Two Sides of Country

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AIRTIGHT (1974)

October 28, 2009
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Band: AIRTIGHT
Year: 1974
Home: Chatham Ontario
Style: Rock

Members (L-R)
Mark Tremblay – Keyboards
Rick Chrysler – Drums
Tom Lockwood – Guitar
Larry Patterson – Vocals
Peter Rihbany – Bass

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