Posts Tagged ‘1969’


Elyse Weinberg Greasepaint Smile

October 30, 2016

Artist: Elyse Weinberg
Release: Greasepaint Smile
Year: 1972
Genre: Psychedelic Rock
Home town: Chatham Ontario
Recording date: 1969

* She released her first album “Elyse” in 1969 on Tetragammaton T 117 (USA) / Polydor (Canada). This label was the same label that released the first four Deep Purple albums as well as Carol Burnett. The album reached #31 on Billboard
* Elyse goes by the name Cori Bishop.
* She had recorded this album, but Tetragammaton went belly up so it was never released.
* She then recorded the album “Wildfire” with Neil Young on the Asylum label, but it too was never released.
* In 2001, “Elyse” was re-issued on CD on Orange Twin OT-001 and contains the bonus track “Houses”, from the unreleased album Wildfire, which featured Neil Young on guitar.

01. What You Call It (2:58)
02. City of the Angels (3:28)
03. Houses (3:36)
04. It’s Alright to Linger (2:47)
05. Collection Bureau (4:46)
06. Gospel Ship (2:28)
07. Nicodemus (4:06)
08. My My My (5:02)
09. Your Place or Mine (2:47)
10. Greasepaint Smile (3:37)
* Watch the album preview below.


* Download @ iTunes here.
* Download @ amazon here.
* Elyse (Coeri Bishop) website here.


Ralph Murphy 1969

August 9, 2013

Name: Ralph Murphy
Year: Circa 1969
Raised: Wallaceburg Ontario
Position: Performer, producer, songwriter & publisher.

* In 1969, Ralph Murphy moved to New York as Director of Production for Belwin/Mills Publishing producing demos for Broadway musicals and started two successful record labels.

* Circa 1969, Murphy produced albums for several groups, including, but not limited to, April Wine, Mashmakhan, Shooter, Brutus & Sea Dog.

* 1969 – Wrote ‘Touched’. Released by The Casuals. Album: Hour World.
* 1969 – Wrote ‘Sun Comes Up. released by John Walker.

Overview as of 2013.
Canadian songwriter/producer/author Ralph Murphy is a lifetime achiever in the Music Business. Leaving Canada for Liverpool in 1965 led to his first #1 production/writing credit, “Call My Name” by James Royal in 1966. His early successes in Europe set the stage for his return to Toronto to produce platinum albums for April Wine (You Could Have Been A Lady) and in 1971 to have his first huge Country hit by Jeannie C. Riley (Good Enough To Be Your Wife). While in Nashville in 1972 to collect his first (of many) ASCAP Country Awards he felt excited by the creative environment and moved there to start a Publishing/production company with his pal Roger Cook. His songs have been recorded and released by dozens of artists like Randy Travis, Shania Twain, Ray Price, Crystal Gayle, Ronnie Milsap, Kathy Mattea, Micky Gilley and so many more. Having had chart success as a writer in every decade since the sixties puts him in a rare club. His newly released Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting, “The Book” (2011) has become a best seller with professional songwriters, universities and songwriter organizations worldwide. He is also the only Canadian to have been President of the Nashville Songwriters Association (NSAI), President of the Nashville Chapter of the Recording Academy (NARAS) and a National Trustee of NARAS. He has served on the Canadian Country Music Association Board, as well as the Songwriters Guild of America regional advisory board and the Southern Regional Writers Advisory board of ASCAP. Most recently he was presented the Jo Walker-Meador International Achievement Award by the Country Music Association (CMA) for services to Country Music worldwide. He is an active member of the CCMA, CMA, NARAS, Songwriters Association of Canada, SGA and ASCAP. – Canadian Country Music Association.

In 2012, Ralph Murphy was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.

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Jack Austin Trio 1969

April 25, 2010

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Band: Jack Austin Trio
Year: 1969
Home: Chatham

Jack Austin
– Guitar
Bob Hunt – Drums
Jerry Vandeven – Bass

Popular cover band of the time.



The Cricketts band 1969

April 25, 2010

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Band: The Cricketts
Year: 1969
Formed: Circa 1966
Home: Chatham
Style: South American Rhythm to country music.

Skip Brook
(28) – 
Dave Andrusak (28) – Vocals, rhythm guitar
Bill Labadie (23) – Sax, bass guitar
Tony Meriano (21) – Drums

Notes: Bill is from Tilbury and just joined the band about 6 months ago.

About Tony: This was Tony’s first real paying gig as he was just starting out. Tony would go on to play for countless bands over the years including Vic and the Conchords, Maple Shade, Homegrown, and Southwest Blues Review.
  Tony was also a popular and important face for the music scene his entire life. Many knew him for his years at Musical Strings ‘N’ Things Ltd, followed by his own music shop ‘Tony’s One Stop Music Shoppe’. He was also on many entertainment boards helping the city with its festivals and events. Tony passed away in 2010, but will be remembered as a leading supporter of local music and its history.  Almost every single individual listed within the ‘Chatham Music Archive’ knew Tony, or had met him.



Nexus 1969

December 11, 2009

Band: Nexus
Year: 1969
Style: local original rock music and covers

Note: Popular local band of the time.

Mark Tremblay – Organ
Byron Stoehr – Bass
Raymond Violot – Vocals, Harmonica
Rick Chrysler – Drums
Tom Lockwood – Gibson Guitar

    Nexus is a very young band who writes their own music and performs songs by other artists including Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Jeff Beck, Hendrix, and more.
    The band chose not to write your typical popular commercial radio music, they enjoyed experimenting and creating jam sessions.
 Nexus did some original recording in a Toronto studio.

The members would go on to become some of the most highly respected and talented musicians from Chatham.


Myers Brothers and the Jubilaires 1969

December 8, 2009

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Band: The Myers Brothers and the Jubilaires
Year: 1969
Home: Chatham Ontario
Genre: Country .

Ray Myers – Vocals and acoustic Guitar
Ray Trahan – Drums
Oscar Demers – Lead guitar
Roland Myers – Bass and vocals
Roland Lozon – Second lead guitar, fiddle

 The group release a bunch of singles on record this year including originals such as “I Don’t Need You Anymore”, “I’m So Lonely”, Teardrops-Heartaches”, and “I Can’t Stand This Silence Any Longer”.

  In 1973 they completed an eleven day tour with the Donna Fargo Show as back-up band for Jan Howard. Miss Howard was noted as saying “The Myers Bros. And the Jubilaires” were one of the best Canadian Country and Western groups she has had the pleasure of working with. It  is references such as this that keep the group in constant demand.
  Circa 1969-1974, the band has performed with or backed up such artists as Marty Robbins (over 20 times), Hank Snow (over 20 times),  Skeeter Davis, Charlie Walker, Minnie Pearl, Gordy Tapp, and Ronnie Robbins.

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