Archive for the ‘1968 Music’ Category


Ralph Murphy 1968

August 9, 2013


Name: Ralph Murphy
Year: 1968
Raised: Wallaceburg Ontario
Position: Performer, producer, songwriter & publisher.

A selection of releases by Ralph in 1968, as a song writer & producer.
1968 – He became Raffi Murphy in the group The High Windows.
1968 – Co-writes James Royal ‎– Call My Name. Vinyl, 7″, Single, 45 RPM
1968 – Credits on The Casuals, The Toy / Touched. Decca · AT 15128 · 7″, Single · 1968 · Netherlands.
1968 – Vanity Fare ‎– Ralph wrote the B side ‘On The Other Side Of Life’. 7″, Single · 1968 · UK
1968 – UK – Wrote ‘Victim Of Perfume And Lace’ performed by Kenny Bernard, Vinyl, 7″, Single. Also co-produced it.
1968 – Co-wrote ‘Call My name’. Performed by Nicole Hernandez . Vinyl, Single, 7″. France.
1968 – Co-wrote the single ‘The Soul Of A Man’. Performed by Robbi Curtice. Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM, Promo.

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Elyse Weinberg 1968

October 10, 2011

Artist: Elyse Weinberg (born Cori Bishop)
Release: Elyse
Year: 1968
Genre: psych folk rock
Born: Chatham Ontario Canada
Website:  here.
Buy the Album: here.

Track Listing:
Side 1:
1 Band Of Thieves (2:28)
2 Deed I Do (2:53)
3 Iron Works (2:53)
4 Spirit Of The Letter (2:22)
5 Here In My Heart (3:12)
6 Last Ditch Protocol (2:46)

Side 2:
1 Sweet Pounding Rhythm (2:38)
2 Meet Me At The Station (2:30)
3 Simpleminded Harlequin (2:22)
4 Painted Raven (1:20)
5 Mortuary Bound (3:26)
6 If Death Don’t Overtake Me (4:25)

Notes: This record was re-issued in 2001.
“Elyse” actually received much critical acclaim, and while not a commercial hit, the record sold fairly well, even prompting an appearance on Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show”. Two more albums were recorded but never released.  Included on the 2001 re-issue of this album, are two songs from this era, one of which, “Houses”, features Neil Young wielding his distinctively ripping guitar sound.

Elyse got her start performing in Toronto alongside friends like Neil Young and Joni Mitchell. She later moved to Los Angeles where she recorded “Elyse”, and has since lived in London, New Mexico, and Ashland, Oregon where she currently lives.  She still writes and plans to record an album of new material in the near future.

Since, Elyse’s story has become something of a rock legend – after the rerelease her album received massive amount of positive feedback in the press, and she was mentioned in Magnet, Time Out NY, Aquarium Drunkard, Creative Loafing (amongst others). Perhaps the most flattering result was two extremely successful indie bands, Vetiver and Dinosaur Jr. decided to cover “Houses” in the aftermath of the re-release.

Notes: Cher recorded the song “Band of Thieves” without giving credit to Elyse. She remembers going to the movies with her friends to see Cher’s movie and to hear Cher’s version of her song “Band of Thieves”. When the credits came on it said all music by Sonny Bono, She was shocked.
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The Colours 1968 album

May 11, 2010

Band: The Colours
Release: The Colours
Year: 1968

Chatham-Kent Connection: Jack Dalton was raised in Erieau. Jack Dalton started playing music with his four brothers, The Dalton Brothers, when he was six years old. They performed the “banquet circuit” with their father, Walter Dalton (aka Michigan’s Irish Tenor), who also had his own radio show. “The Colours” were a West-Coast Psychedelic Pop act that came together in 1967 at the request of songwriters, “Jack Dalton” and “Gary Montgomery”, two hard-working, former Motown Records songwriters who also penned songs for “The Turtles”, “Nino & April” and “The Moon”.

Jack’s Background: When Jack was 17 years old, he and two of his brothers, Wally and Dan, formed a folk group called The Dalton Boys, which became successful performing at concerts and playing nightclubs such as Philadelphia’s Latin Quarter, New Orleans’ Playboy Club, and New York’s Bitter End. They were the first group to record ”San Francisco Bay Blues” on Decca Records. The Dalton Boys soon appeared on several national TV shows such as ABC’s Hootenanny, The Mike Douglas Show, and Mike Wallace’s PM East.?? 

After The Dalton Boys retired, Jack collaborated with a new writing partner, Gary Montgomery, and they signed with Motown Records, recording original songs, continuing with the name The Dalton Boys. Jack and Gary moved to the West Coast and became staff writers for White Whale Records, Robbins Fiest and Miller, and wrote for The Turtles, The Outsiders, Spiral Starecase, and April and Nino.

Jack and Gary then formed a rock group, Colours, and  had radio airplay with a single called “Love Heals”  b/w Bad Day at Blackrock Baby on Dot Records. After the group disbanded, Jack returned to Detroit and started a jingle company with Jeff Parsons. The Road Company quickly became the largest jingle company in Detroit, with Jack writing, arranging, playing, and singing on most of the commercials.

In 1980 Jack returned to his ”first love,” performing. He joined Doug Jacobs’  Red Garter Band and played 250 one-nighters annually. Jack continues to make his living in Detroit, singing and playing guitar ?and banjo in Detroit-based bands as well as being booked by Detroit agents as a solo performance act.

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Cold Sweat

April 20, 2010

Band: Cold Sweat
Year: 1968
Genre: R&B group
Home: Chatham

Leroy Hurst (from Windsor formerly with Little Leroy And The Citations) on lead vocals
Fred Stubbs – guitar
Jim Cooke – Bass
Al Nichols – drums
Dan Bullard – Keyboards
Gerry Nagle – saxophone
George Wilson – trumpet
Bob Sass – Flugel Horn, French Horn, Trombone, saxophone, etc.

 Bruce Robertson took over on vocals for the last 3 or four months. In September of 1968 the groups van hit a steer on the highway near Lucan on the way home from a gig in Wingham. Bruce Robertson was killed and three other members of the band were hospitalized. The band never re-formed.

  Chatham’s Fred Stubbs, was a local guitar teacher.



The Color 1968 Band

February 5, 2010

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Band: The Color
Year: 1968
Home: Chatham

The original Color formed in 1967.

Members were:
Dan Bullard – keyboards
Mike Houle – Lead Vocals and Guitar
Ralph Bekaert – drums & vocals
Dan Eyres on Bass.


The “Color ‘69″ Line-up was:
Mike Houle – lead Vocals and Guitar
Jim Pollock – drums 
Bob Penman – lead vocals
Dan Bullard – keyboards
Bob Charron – bass
Charlie Dawson – guitar.

Other members of the Color included:
Ray Violot – Vocals
Mark Tremblay – Organ

  They could be seen live at Tilbury’s teenage night club “Empty Bottle”.  Anyone with further info, please leave a message below.



The New Love Family Band 1968

February 3, 2010

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Band: The New Love Family Band
Year: 1968
Genre: Psychedelic Rock
Home: Chatham, Windsor
Performing at:  Casino Royale, King Street West in Chatham

Scott Cuthbert, Bryan Galloway, Doug Chevalier, Owen Clarke, Ric Crowder, Kim Crowder

  The above photo was taken from the local paper with an article from Wally M. It included several comments about the band and the scene lacking the ability to see a barber. It made note of the fashion of bells, tight pants, beads, long hair, army clothing, and highly colored ties. This scene was new to Chatham Ontario, but with the styles of the day and the Famous “WoodStock Festival’ coming in 1969, it was inevitable.

  The band was formed by Doug (Chatham) and Scott (Windsor) who formerly played in the band ‘The Eyes’. Local drummer Rick Chrysler (18) is also getting involved with the band among others. Rick would go on to be the drummer in many popular local bands throughout the next several decades.
  The band also brings along a pretty big light show to help create the mood and get the audience involved.



The Unit INC

January 25, 2010

Band: The Unit INC.
Year: 1968
Genre: Horn Band, R &B Music
Home: Chatham

Raymond Violot
Mark Tremblay – Organist
Brian Edwards – Guitar
Bob Sharron – Bass

George Wilson – Trumpet
Bob Sass – Flugel Horn, Trumpet, sax etc.

Notes: The band performed around 1967-68 and had a four piece horn section.
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The Eyes 1968

January 15, 2010


Band: The Eyes
Year: 1968
Genre: Psychedelic Rock
Home: Chatham

Ray Jones – Bass
Scott Cuthbert – Vocals
Alan Jones – Lead guitar
Doug Chevalier – Rhythm guitar
Cathy Pautuk – Vocals
Lance Jones – Drummer

Scott and Cathy are from Windsor. The group’s first show was at the “Empty Bottle” in Tilbury, followed by several high schools and teen dances. The band was also known for their light show they put on.



Myers Brothers and the Jubilaires Debut LP 1968

December 9, 2009

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Band: The Myers Brothers and the Jubilaires
Release: Self Titled
Format: LP Album
Year: 1968
Home: Chatham Ontario
Genre: Country Music

Members: (L-R on album cover)
Roland Myers – Bass and vocal harmonies
Roland Lozon – Violin and second lead guitar
Oscar Demers – Lead guitar
Ray Trahan – Drummer
Ray Myers – Lead singer and rhythm guitar

This is the groups debut record and contains four original songs and six covers. Original songs are #2,3,7, and 9.

01. Okie from Muskogee 02. Karen 03. Waiting 04. Down on the bayou 05. Country road 06. Kiss an angel good morning 07. Once in awhile 08. Woman woman 09. People People People 10. Me and Bobby McGee

Album notes:

The Myers Brothers and the Jubilaires have been together since 1960 and have enjoyed playing with such artists as: Bill Anderson, Jim Ed Brown, Hank Snow, David Houston, Skeeter Davis (back-up) , Merna Lorrie, and Charlie Walker (back-up). They also made a guest appearance on the Ernest Tubb Record Show in Nashville, Tennessee, The Group are all members of Local 582, A.F. of M. Chatham, Ontario.

The Myers Brothers

Ray Myers: Born Sept. 22, 1937
Roland Myers: Born August 2, 1940
    The Myers Brothers, Ray and Roland, started singing together at the ages of ten and seven respectively. They won a talent contest in their early teens and then made regular guest appearances on the Casey Clarke Jamboree for two years. They formed their own country group which played many engagements around their home town of Chatham, Ontario. They joined the Jubilaires in 1960. Many memorable appearances followed including several on the CKNX Barn Dance out of Wingham, Ontario.

The Jubilaires

Oscar Demers: Born Nov. 9, 1942
    Oscar started playing guitar at 13 years of age and has developed an unusual style of making a Spanish guitar sound like a steel guitar. Many people are puzzled at this steel sound until he shows them how it’s done. He is equally at home on bass and drums, and a fine vocalist as well.

Roland Lozon: Born Mar. 3, 1940
    Roland started in guitar at 12 years of age and Violin a year later. He joined with Oscar in 1956 to form the original Jubilaires. His favourite Violinist is Frank Rogers and he also likes hearing and playing Chet Atkins. He played piano on this record.

Ray Trahan: Born Dec. 12, 1943
    Ray started playing drums in High School. He joined the Jubilaires in 1963 and since then learned to do vocals and play rhythm guitar. Out of the five Ray is the only one who is sports minded, which varies from: Hockey, Baseball, Guitar, Cars, Golf etc.

(The album notes Ray as being the only “sports minded” member may be misleading, as others are also involved in sports.)

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Engineered by: Ken Friesen
Recorded at Sound Canada
Cover photography by: Jayne Carroll
Album coordinator: Jeff Snider
Vintage Records


The Get-Togethers

September 15, 2009
The Get-Togethers

The Get-Togethers

Band: The Get-Togethers
Year: 1968
Home: Ontario
High school aged band

Members (L-R)
Vince Guenette
Harry Crush
Dan Beaulieu
Dan Stenabaugh
Claude Babin

   Based in Kapuskasing Ontario. After grad, Dan left to tour and eventually took up home in Chatham after settling down. He would later join such bands as The Whaling Band, Elvis Tribute, The Night Crew, JUSTUS, Wild Country, and some recording sessions with his son Shawn.



Ian And Sylvia – Nashville (1968)

May 31, 2009


Artist: Ian And Sylvia
Release: Nashville
Date: 1968
Genre: Folk
Sylvia is from Chatham. Born Sylvia Fricker.

1. Mighty Quinn
2. Wheels On Fire
3. Farewell To The North
4. Taking Care Of Business
5. Southern Comfort
6. Ballad Of The Ugly Man
7. Ninety Degrees X Ninety Degrees
8. She’Ll Be Gone
9. London Life
10. Renegade
11. House Of Cards
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Recorded in Nashville in 1968, and released the same year on Vanguard, this album from the Canadian folk duo Ian & Sylvia Tyson includes a cover of the Danko/Dylan classic “This Wheel’s on Fire”. Their version is also available on CD, e.g. on the 2002 compilation IAn & Sylvia: The Complete Vanguard Recordings (Vanguard 4VCD 196).

Sylvia Fricker was born on September 19, 1940, in Chatham, Ontario.  Her mother was a music teacher and the organist and choir leader in their church; her father was employed in the appliance section of a large department shore.  after graduating from high school, she worked for a jeweler in her hometown but, unhappy with the direction her life was taking, began venturing up to Toronto on weekends.  She had always enjoyed music, particularly the folk idiom, so she decided to pursue a career as a professional singer.  After a year of traveling back and forth to Toronto, she quit her job and moved.  She first met Ian while both were performing at a local spot called the Village Corner Club.  They formed their music partnership early in 1959 and, in 1964, their personal lives were joined by marriage.

Despite their production of five more albums in the next few years, Ian & Sylvia were uncertain in which direction to take their music.  After deciding to utilize Nashville’s top-notch musicians by recording in Music City, they realized their commitment to country music — which came as no great surprise, for their musical roots were in country.  Although some “people really got uptight,” explains Tyson, “when we made the transition to country music,” they have never regretted their choice.  Out of the Nashville venture came another album for Vanguard, a subsequent LP on the MGM label, and the formation of a country band called the Great Speckled Bird.

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