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Friends Band 1976

May 2, 2010

Gibraltor add in the paper

Band: Friends
Release: Single “Please Don’t Ask Me To Stay”.
Year: 1976
Style:  Pop and soft rock
Formed: Feb. 1974
Home: Chatham-Kent Ontario

A few cover selections: Chicago, Stevie Wonder, Marvin G, and the Love Unlimited Orchestra.

Members:
John Glos
George Wilson -
Tom Starks – Organist
Randy Coyle – Drums
Al Trudell – Lead guitar
Rick Janusas – Saxaphonist (Windsor)
Brent Hunter – Bass

Only two band members are from out of town.

Their original song “Please Don’t Ask Me To Stay”, was recorded at Polaris Studio in Windsor. Roughly 1,000 copies have been printed with about 500 sold shortly after releasing  it. On the flip side of the record is Butterfat, a song written by Steve Khan of New York City.
  Friends play six nights a week at bars, universities, and collages, and try to rehearse a few hours a day. With the recent addition of a brass section, they have started to add hints of jazz and blues into their set list.

Around late 1977, Friends would change their name to Gibraltor. The band played under the new name through late 1977-79.


If video above does not appear, watch it here.

The song in the video above was recorded around 1975 in Windsor. The band members on this recording are:
Randy Coyle – drums
Al Trudell – lead guitar, lead vocals
Tom Starks – keyboards
Wayne Perdue - bass
Rick Janasus – alto sax, vocals
George Wilson – Trumpet, vocals

Arrangement by A. Trudell, R. Coyle
Composition by Steve khan

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

Additional Source: CDN Oct. 1976. Brian Christmas.

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