Posts Tagged ‘1967’


Harper & Rowe 1967

August 5, 2013

Band: Harper and Rowe
Album: S/T
Year: Circa 1967
Genre: Psychedelic Pop Rock

Connection: Ralph Murphy (Wallaceburg) joins the group Harper and Rowe.

Album Notes: Ralph takes on the name ‘Harper’ along with credits for song writing & production on this album.

A Side
01. Here Comes Yesterday Again
02. The Dweller
03. Picture Me High
04. Where Is She
05. You And Me (Me And You)
06. Love Machine

B Side
01. Keep On Dancing
02. Good Times, Bad Times
03. Strange How People Change
04. Hold Me
05. Wake Me When It’s Over
06. Hello Sleepy Sidewalk

Other Notes:

1967 – Ralph also writes the single ‘Beyond The Shadow Of A Doubt‘ performed by Billy Fury. Video here.
* 1967 – Ralph wrote ( & co-produced) the song ‘Whatever happened to the 7 Day Week’, released by Belle & Me. (Columbia)
* 1967 – Ralph wrote ‘Along Came pride’ released by Donnie Elbert on CBS.

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The Dweller –
Picture me high –
Here comes yesterday again –
Love machine –

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Wilf Lancaster Orchestra 1967

November 29, 2009


Wilf Lancaster Orchestra 1967

Thank You to Wilf’s daughter Cheryl, who replied to the archive with this great information.

  My dad began playing the drums in bands in and around Chatham about the mid to late ’30s.  He played at Erie Beach, and in Chatham the band played at a couple of outdoor dance pavilions during the summer and the Pyranon Ballroom as well. 

  This was war time and dances were held most evenings.  As I mentioned to you in an earlier e-mail, big bands were playing in Detroit and the Chatham Musicians’ Union agent would travel to Detroit, meet with the band’s booking agent, and if and when a convenient day was determined, that band would travel to Chatham to play a one-night gig.  The Musicians’ Union rules at the time dictated that if an out-of-country band was playing, an equal number of Canadian musicians had to be on hand at the dance hall and paid according to union wages.  As dad’s band was the house band at the Pyranon Ballroom, he and his musicians were paid to be in attendance and to play during the big name band’s intermission.

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  In 1966, dad began putting his dream of a band reunion together with several of the old members.  The First Annual Reunion of the Big Band Sound of Wilf Lancaster was held in October, 1966.  The curtain rose to the playing of ‘With A Song In My Heart’ (his theme song chosen in 1938).  The hall was absolutely packed.  I was indeed privileged to be a part of that night, as my dad had included a part for organ in the arrangements.  The band went on to play monthly gigs at the Pyranon and were hired to play at various clubs’ annual dances.

  Due to poor health, he was forced to give up playing.  On Friday, November 13th, 1970, the curtain came down on the band.  As we were playing the theme song for the very  last time, I looked over at my dad and saw one big tear trickling down each cheek.  It was all I could do to keep playing.  On that night, the baton was handed over to Fred Foster (now deceased) and Bill Pritchard.

  Dad passed away in June 1973, but I know he would be so very happy to know that his band continued to play well into the 90s, under the name of ‘The Lancaster Band’.

(The full band picture was taken in 1967 at the Kinsmen Auditorium.)


The Singing Sisters 1967

November 2, 2009

Group: The Singing Sisters
Release: LP
Year: 1967
Label: Calvary
Home: Chatham Ontario Canada
Style: Religious



Members:  Mrs. Mcphail (22) and Virginia Golubov (16)

Above PhotoVirginia Golubov, Mrs. Paul Mcphail, ‘Singing Sisters’ with Album of Sacred Songs released today, May 5th 1967.

  A few of the songs included are “His Name Is Wonderful”,  “Held By His Hand’,  “Lord, I Need You”, and “It’s In Your Hands”. The album does not contain original material, but the girls hope to someday write their own music.

  The girls also play their own instruments on this album and have been singing and playing organ, piano and accordion for eight years.

Source: CDN May 5th 1967

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Fifth Night – 1967

October 31, 2009

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Band: Fifth Night
Year: Circa 1967
Home: Chatham Ontario Canada

Brian Jones
Irwin Erickson
Rick Chrysler
Tom Lockwood
Lenny Bernard

 Fifth Night was a high school aged band who performed shows at high schools in Chatham and surrounding towns. Of Course, they were too young to perform in the clubs at the time.
  During this time period, high schools had an organization that was known as Teensters. Each Saturday night, High Schools took turns hosting a dance with live bands.
 Most, if not all members of Fifth Night went to Tecumseh High School in Chatham.