Archive for the ‘1981 Music’ Category


Bob Lucier 1981

January 4, 2010


Artist: Anne Murray
Release: Christmas Wishes
Year: 1981
Label: Label: Capitol Records
Chatham Connection: Bob Lucier (from Grande Pointe, Chatham-Kent) plays steel guitar on this record and has been in Anne Murray’s band for many years.

Track Listings
1. Winter Wonderland 
2. Silver Bells 
3. Little Drummer Boy 
4. I’ll Be Home for Christmas 
5. Christmas Wishes 
6. Joy to the World 
7. Away in a Manger 
8. O Holy Night 
9. Go Tell It on the Mountain 
10. Silent Night 

Canadian country singer Anne Murray was born in Nova Scotia in 1945. She was the first Canadian solo singer to reach No.1 in the US charts for her single “Snowbird” and has album sales of over 50 million to her credit. Her 1984 album A Little Good News won the Country Music Associations Album of the Year and in 1993 she was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

About Bob Lucier: Bobby Lucier has been a leader in steel guitar and is world renowned for his unique style and ability.  Bob was the resident steel guitar player (for roughly 20 years) on “The Tommy Hunter Show” which began airing on the CBC TV in the mid ’70’s. He 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”, and a few others. Bob’s steel guitar playing is on many of Ann Murrays albums recorded through the years.
Visit Bob online here.



Jubilaires II album 1981

December 8, 2009

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Band: The Jubilaires II
Release: Country Horizons
Year: 1981
Home: Chatham-Kent Ontario

Note: The band chose to record some of their favourite cover songs for this album. They played a lot in 1981, including shows with Charlie Pride and some radio concert series for BX.93 Country Roads.

(L-R in band photo)
Brad James – R. guitar, vocals (Highgate)
J.P. Marchand – R. guitar, harmonica, vocals (Tilbury)
Roland Lozon – L. guitar, Violin, banjo, mandolin (Pain Court)
Ray Trahan – Drums, vocals (Grande Point)
John MacTavish – Keyboards, Synthesizer, strings, vocals (Glencoe)
Floyd Bobier – Bass, vocals (St. Thomas)

01. Workin’ man blues
02. Last cheater’s waltz
03. Colour my word
04. Rocky top
05. Drivin’ my life away
06. The devil went down to Georgia
07. Blue eyes crying in the rain
08. She believes in me
09. We can’t go on (Living like this)
10. Dig a little deeper (In the well)

Engineered by: Richard Janik. Recorded and mixed in Windsor.

Notes on back cover of LP:
The Jubilaires II aren’t your “every day” country group. Their variety of musical tastes and stylings stem from years of individual experience. Two years ago, these fine musicians and singers set out on the long road to creating that “new” country sound.
Performing on numerous instruments and topping it all with dynamic vocal deliveries, these six entertainers have made the Jubilaires II favourites everywhere they appear.
Listen to their album; feel the energy and vitality of their stage performances captured in a studio environment.
Listen, and add yourself to the quickly growing number of Jubilaires fans.
Bob Bean, Vice President Joy-Bean Records.

The group is the second carnation of the Jubilaires. The original Jubilaires formed in 1956, then around 1960 the Myers brothers joined them which led to the name change “The Myers Brothers and The Jubilaires. Around 1978-79 the Myers Brothers left and the Jubilaires continued on as the Jubilaires II.

* Watch/listen to LP preview below.





Home Grown (1981)

November 17, 2009

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Band: Home Grown
Year: 1981
Home: Chatham Ontario
Formed: Late 70’s, ran for 4-5 years.

Clint Benoot – Pedal Steel, Guitar
Mark Buckwheat – Guitar, Vocals
Phil Hernandez – Bass, Vocals
Gary Saunders – Guitar, Vocal
N/A – Drums

Note: Tony Meriano would later become the drummer for Homegrown.


Hat Trick (1981)

October 30, 2009

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Band: Hat Trick
Home: Chatham Ontario
Year: 1981
Ran: 1980-1984

Rick Chrysler – Drums
Mark Wood – Bass
Jeff Parker – Vocals, Guitar

Notes: They were the house band for the Parkview Tavern for over three years. Jeff Parker made quite a name for himself. As I begin to research the Chatham Music scene through the 70’s and 80’s, Jeff is up there with the best of them.


Black Market 1981

October 30, 2009


Band: Black Market
Release: Changing of the Guard
Year: 1981
Chatham Connection: Bob Wilson on bass guitar.
Bob began playing in many popular local acts in town such as “Friends” and “Quadrant” before being scooped away by major players such as Kim Mitchell and Troiano.

Bob Wilson – Bass
Paul DeLong – Drums
Domenic Troiano – Vocals, Guitar (The James Gang, The Guess Who)

  After spending nearly two full decades mastering every blend of rock there is in Robbie Lane & The Disciples, then Mandala, then Bush, The James Gang, The Guess Who and cutting five solo albums, Domenic Troiano had gained the reputation of being one of the most influential and talented guitarists in the business, helping form ‘the Toronto sound.’

By 1981 he’d left Capitol Records and set up his own Black Market Records and experimented again with another new project, also called Black Market. He went into Phase One Studios in Toronto with a cast rounded out by bassist Bob Wilson and Paul DeLong on drums and came out with CHANGING OF THE GUARD, distributed by El Mocambo Records. The album featured a myriad of guest appearances, including Roy Kenner, whom he’d worked with in Mandala, Bush, and The James Gang, fellow James Gang alumni Prakash John and Troiano’s then-wife Shawne Jackson (all of whom had guested on his solo albums frequently as well).

  The no-nonsense power trio delivered the goods – straight forward rock with little production magic. Tracks like the swingle “Dr. Jeejay’s Band,” the lead off title track, and the four songs co-written with Kenner were stripped down ballsy numbers that didn’t shy away from energy and power. But despite the enthusiasm Troiano had for his new project, next to no air play and less than wonderful album sales meant Black Market only captured the eye of his most die-hard fans. He disbanded the group after a couple of North American tours and went back to behind the scenes work, producing other acts and doing scores for television and films. The other members in Black Market, Bob Wilson and Paul DeLong both went on to work as session musicians for a number of artists.

1.  Changing of the Guard 2.  Turn Back 3.  Oh Carol  4.  Doctor Love  5.  Girls  6.  I’m Bored  7.  Dr. Dee Jay’s Band  8.  Hell’s Got No Fury  9.  Lolita  10.  Independence  11.  The Shooter



Melody Ramblers (1981)

August 23, 2009

Band: Melody Ramblers
Year: 1981
Home: Chatham Kent Area
Style: Top 40 Country

Members (L-R)
Wendy Jenkins – Vocal
Dan St. Pierre – Guitar
Rene Brousseau – Bass
Larry St.Pierre – Drums
Brad Preston – Guitar, Vocals

Note: Wendy Jenkins joins the band to replace Michelle Wright. During the early eighties Charlie St. Denis would often join them on fiddle