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Slade Brothers 1966

August 5, 2013

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Band: Slade Brothers
Release: Single (7-Inch)
Year: 1966
Chatham-Kent Connection: Ralph Murphy was raised in Wallaceburg before heading out to build a music career.

Notes:
In 1964, Ralph began playing locally in a duo called the ‘Guardsmen’ in Wallaceburg.
Murphy moved to London, signed a record deal with Pye Records and released two singles with Jack Klaysen as The Guardsmen. The Guardsmen then changed their name to the Slade Brothers and released these two singles. The Slade Brothers opened up for famous headlining acts, such as The Kinks, The Troggs, Martha and the Vandellas, The Byrds, and The Walker Brothers.

This year (1966) He started producing records for CBS, Fontana, Carnaby, Decca, Other hits included Billy Fury’s “Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt” and the Casuals “Touched”.

Tracks:
1. PEACE IN MY MIND
2. LIFE’S GREAT RACE

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The Larsen Brothers 1966

November 15, 2009

Band: The Larsen Brothers
Year: 1966
Home: Chatham Ontario.

Members:
Eddy Larsen (Ole) – Vocals, lead guitar
John Larsen – Bass
Freddy Larsen – Organ
Robbie – Drums

Future: Many will know the Larsen Brothers for their later name change to ‘The Missing Links’ who toured extensively and released an album in 1966. Ole would also go on to many other popular local bands including ’Texas’.

Past: Before ‘The Larsen Brothers’, they were called ‘Zeke and the Moonshiners’.  They were a great rowdy party band that dressed up as hillbillies and kept the crowds hollering to their crazy on stage antics.

Notes:  The Larsen Brothers were cleaned up by their management to prepare them as a band who would go out and tour in bigger venues and classy establishments. It happened, and they were loved by the audience and the club owners alike. They had full page  adds in major entertainment papers,  in major cities,  with the likes of Chuck Berry.

    The picture of the guys with the accordions was taken in the 50’s. This was the Larsens before they moved to Canada from Denmark.  The picture includes sons Fred and John with their Dad Harry Larsen. The other brother Eddy (Ole) was not in the picture playing because he was not old enough to play an instrument at that time. The young Larsen’s played European style dance for polkas. The family moved to Canada around 1958-59.

   The Larsen brothers come from a musical family. Their father was a multi-instrumentalist in Denmark for over 35 years. He played on TV, Radio, night clubs and a date as a gypsy violinist for a travelling circus.

2009 Update: I was at John Larsen’s house today to pick up photos’ from him.  We were talking with him and my good buddy Kiley (John’s son). I can assure you one thing. Even though over 44 years has past since this band formed, John is still a cool cat. He can also thank the many years of noted work with the ‘Chatham Pool Sharks’ swim team for giving him his great health today. Each member of the Larsen family has gone on to do wonderful things for the community, whether it be for the youths of today, or the adults who demanded the best in entertainment. S.Beaulieu

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O’Hara Brothers Band- Small Town Metaphors (2003)

May 5, 2009

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Artist : The O’Hara Brothers Band
Home : Chatham Ontario Canada
Release : Small Town Metaphors EP

Music Style : Rock
Date : 2003

Musicians :
Toby O’Hara – Vocals, Bass
Jeff ‘Mifflin – guitars, saxophone, B. vox
Clancy O’Hara – Piano, organ, guitar, B.vox
Rod Beaudry – drums, supporting vocals, percussion

Tracks: Hide In My Mind, Fear Tonight, Trading Stars, Hurry, Remembrance Day

The Scoop : The band does it’s own thing, reminding me of good vibes & chemistry that is relatable to a David Wilcox type experience. Built around strong talent, and a solid foundation, the band has been a staple in our scene for a long time. Seeing them live at Rockin The Bush, 2003, I was amazed at there presentation, vibe, & beautiful natural sound.
  Many people may recognize Jeff from Strings & Things, or have had him engineer their musical projects. He also gets to be at almost every event in the city with his work as a sound man. Rods drumming can be heard on early demos of his former (now disbanded) band Gates Of Rage.

Sample the release by clicking on the video below.

If video does not appear, watch it here.

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The Flaming O’Haras CD (1993)

May 4, 2009

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Artist : The Flaming O’Haras      Home : Chatham  
 Release Title : Self Titled          Music Style : Classic Rock
Date : 1993

Engineered by Ron Burkelin

Musicians :
B. Craven – Vocals
T. O’hara – Bass & backing Vocals
G. Cowan – drums
T. Martin – Guitar
C. O’Harra – piano & guitars
Contributing artists :
K. Cornelius , T. Martin, The Walrus

The Scoop : This demo blends new influences of the Tragically Hip & Classic Rock in general.
     The band was a big part of the local music scene & probably the only one at the time who was writing this style of music in the area.
    The Park View was the place to catch them live.

Track Listing. 1. Impotence, 2. Water Street, 3. Dead Man’s Hand,  4. Plumb Of Discord, 5. Sight For Sore Eyes, 6. Dune, 7. WestWorld, 8. Fast Dress

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