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Lou Hooper Piano

October 24, 2010

Name: Lou Hooper (Louis Stanley)
Release: Piano
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Year: 1973
Genre: Jazz
Label: Radio Canada International
Catalog#: RCI 380

Role:  Pianist, composer
Home: Chatham Kent (North Buxton)
Life: May 18th 1894 – Sept 17th 1977

Album Track List
A1   Blame It On The Blues 
A2   In A Mist  
A3   Canadian Capers  
A4   South Sea Strut   
A5   Russian Rag   
A6   Scene From An Imaginary Ballet (SC. 4) 
B1   Scene From An Imaginary Ballet (SC. 2)  
B2   Black Cat Blues  
B3   Spring Fever 
B4   Cakewalk 
B5   Alaskan Rag 
B6   Uncle Remus Stomp

  His father took him at three to Ypsilanti, Mich, where he sang solos in church and at 12 played the trombone in the Hooper Brothers Orchestra.
  While he was studying piano 1911-21 at the Detroit Cons, he played in various local dance and theatre orchestras.

  He lived 1921-7 in Harlem (New York), studying 1923-4 at the Martin-Smith Music School (a subsidiary of the Damrosch Institute – later the Juilliard School). He recorded with Elmer Snowden (banjo) and Bob Fuller (clarinet) under several names, eg, the Three Jolly Miners, the Three Monkey Chasers, for Vocalion, Columbia, etc and also backed the trumpeters Johnny Dunn and Louis Metcalf, the singers Ethel Waters, Ma Rainey, Mamie Smith, and other leading jazz and blues performers of the day. Hooper accompanied Paul Robeson on tour in 1926 and travelled as a member of Lew Leslie’s Blackbirds of 1928.

Hooper returned to Canada in 1932, living first in Toronto – he performed at the 1932 CNE – and then, as of 1933, in Montreal, where he joined Myron Sutton’s Canadian Ambassadors, an all-black dance band active in Quebec and Ontario. Hooper formed and conducted a male choir, the Hooper Southern Singers, in concerts and on CKAC radio. He also played in local dance and jazz bands and taught piano. Oscar Peterson was one of his pupils. After a term in Europe during World War II with the Royal Canadian Artillery in which he served mainly as a pianist and entertainer in charge of Canadian concert parties, Hooper returned to Montreal, playing and teaching in increasing obscurity.

In 1962 he was rediscovered by Montreal jazz enthusiasts and subsequently celebrated as a surviving link to the early history of recorded jazz. He was honored by the International Association of Record Collectors in 1973 and by the Canadian Congress of Collectors in 1977. A new recording, the LP Lou Hooper (1973, RCI 380), a collection of ragtime pieces, included his own Black Cat Blues, The Cakewalk, South Sea Strut, and Uncle Remus Stomp. According to Tex Wyndam in Coda (March 1976): ‘Although slightly on the academic and restrained side, the solos have a firm, bright rhythm, are cleanly executed, and generate a mood of confidence and good cheer’. Other Hooper rags date to as late as 1975, the year in which he joined the faculty of the University of Prince Edward Island. He also wrote a ballet, Congo, staged in 1976. In the summer before his death he was a regular performer on CBC (Halifax) TV’s ‘The Old-Fashioned New-Fangled Vaudeville Show’.
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Singing Sisters 1971

October 12, 2010

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Duo: Singing Sisters
Circa: 1971
Genre: Gospel Music
Home: Chatham Ontario

Members:
Ann Mae (26)
Virginia (20)

Their first LP was released in 1967. They also recorded a 7” record.
1971 marks their second LP release.

Notes from 1971 article in The CDN:
They toured to Halifax this past summer (1971), as well as London, Kingsville, Dresden, Lucan, Toronto and a stop in Pennsylvania.

The Singing Sisters have played many performances including over 22 states and seven provinces.

Circa 2010 – Visit Anna Mae McPhail on You Tube here.

If you own this LP, or have info on it, please email us at:
chatham_music_archive@hotmail.com 

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Colours 1969 Atmosphere

May 12, 2010

Band: Colours
Album: Atmosphere
Year: 1969
Genre: 69 PSYCHEDELIC ROCK
Label: Dot Records
Record No.: DLP-25935

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 now resides in Detroit.

Band
Jack Dalton
– Guitar
Gary Montgomery – Vocals, Piano
Rob Edwards – Lead Guitar
Carl Radle – Bass
Chuck Blackwell – Drums

ALBUM TRACKS 
All songsby Jack Dalton & Gary Montgomery
1. Angie
2. God Please Take My Life
3. When Will You Be Coming Home ?
4. I Tried To Make You Love Me Last Night
5. Grey Day
6. Smilin’ In Tronto
7. Hyannis Port Soul (Lost You To The Wind)
8. Run Away From Here
9. It’s Time To Tell You
10. Announcement
11. I’ll Be Your Friend
12. You’re High

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Dan Dalton 1965

May 10, 2010

Group:  The Back Porch Majority
Release: Meet the Back Porch Majority
Year: 1965
Format: LP
Genre: Folk
Record Label: Epic

Chatham-Kent Connection: Dan Dalton is from Erieau. He performed with his brothers in a group before this band. He later became a record producer and eventually ran his own production company (Dan Dalton Productions) His first crack at writing, pitching and performing in a commercial (It was for Mazda) won him a top industry award. S.Beaulieu

While attending the University of Hawaii, Dan Dalton became a professional musician as a member of a trio called the Dalton Boys, with his brothers Wally and Jack. The trio was booked to open Randy Sparks’ new club, Ledbetter’s, in October of 1963, and when his brothers were drafted and the act broke up, Dalton joined the Back Porch Majority, playing banjo and 12-string guitar. ~ Bruce Eder, All Music Guide

Tracks:
1 Friends, 2 Silver Dollar, 3 Billy, Don’t Play the Banjo, 4 Long Time Ago, 5 Julianne, 6 Ladies Auxiliary Barn Dance Saturday Night, 7 Cotton Bale Levee, 8 Lewis and Clark County Fair, 9 The Far Side of the Hill, 10 Whistle, Maggie, 11 Hand-Me-Down Things, 12 Ol’ Dan Tucker

Performers:
Dan Dalton, Kin Vassy, Karen Brian, Michael Crowley, Lois Fletcher, Ellen Whalen, Michael Clough

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Shot Jackson and Bob Lucier 1974

December 12, 2009

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Artists: Shot Jackson and Bob Lucier
Release:  Straight Ahead (Instrumental Sho-Bro and Steel Guitar)
Circa: 1974
Genre: Country Instrumental Music

Home: Bob Lucier is from Chatham-Kent (Grande Pointe).

Members:
Bob Lucier – Steel Guitar
Shot Jackson – Dobro

Tracks:
1. THE FUNKY WABASH CANNONBALL
2. TAKE THESE CHAINS
3. THE TENNESSEE WALTZ
4. WE COULD
5. GREEN GREEN GRASS OF HOME
6. STRAIGHT AHEAD
7. COLD COLD HEART
8. SHE THINKS I STILL CARE
9. KENTUCKY WALTZ
10. LOVE IS NO EXCUSE

  Bobby Lucier has been a leader in steel guitar and is world renowned for his unique style and ability. 
Bob was the resident Steel Player for “The Tommy Hunter Show” from the mid 70’s until its demise.  The popular show aired on CBC in Canada. 
 Bob 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, among a few others. He performed and recorded on several of Country Star Anne Murray’s releases. As a session player, Bob’s steel  playing  appears on a countless number of releases by various artists over the years.

  Shot Jackson (born Harold Jackson, September 4, 1920–January 24, 1991) was a country music guitarist best known for playing Dobro and pedal steel guitar. He also designed and manufactured guitars under the name Sho-Bud. He became known as the “King of the Dobro”.

Recordings: In 1974, Bob Lucier also played steel guitar on David Essig’s  debut album entitled “Redbird Country”.

Preview the album in the video below.

If video does not appear, watch it here.

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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.

Songs:
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.)


If video does not appear, watch it here.

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

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Ray Francis Two Sides of Country LP

December 4, 2009

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Artist: Ray Francis
Release: Two Sides of Country
Format: LP Album
Year: Circa 1974
Home: Chatham Ontario Canada

Label: Condor
Distribution: Marathon Music INC.
Number: 977-1404
Genre: Country Music

Notes: Ray Francis was born Feb 9th 1931 in Chatham.

Back Cover Notes:
    Outside the city of Chatham, Ontario, on a small farm, a thirteen year old boy by the name of Ray Francis started strumming chords on his first guitar.
    Ray’s love of country music was greatly influenced by picking up from his radio the famous ‘Grand Ole Opry’ show from WSM Nashville, Tennessee, every Saturday night.
    By the time Ray was in his twenties, he had formed his own band. With his increasing popularity with the fans, Ray was constantly being booked for club and stage appearances. Later the youngster who had only heard the stars of ‘The Grand Ole Opry’ on radio, now found himself appearing onstage with many of these same stars.
    Ray’s versatility as a performer, musician, comedian, and writer has brought him recognition on both sides of the border.
    As a performer myself, I would hate to follow Ray’s show onstage. His ability to impersonate many of the Nashville artists plus come back and sing his own originals, is the true sign of a great overall performer.
    The makings of a great entertainer is like baking a cake. You take a handful of sincerity, a touch of comedy, a warm personality, and a great love for country music and you have my friend, Ray Francis.
 Columbia Recording Artist Dallas Harms

Tracks
01
. Forbidden lovers (Stanton-Walker)
02. I knew her then (R. Francis – Doug Springsted)
03. Who’s Julie
04. One nite stand (R.ay Francis)
05. Laura
06. Just let me know (Ray Francis)
07. Margie’s at the Lincoln Park Inn
08. Sweet misery (Ray Francis – Mike Francis)
09. Anita you’re dreaming
10. The downward side of lonesome (R. Francis)
11. If Ginny knew (Ray Francis)
12. In a mansion

Discography as of 1973:
Ray Francis and the Whippoorwills – 1963 – Country Jamboree
The Whippoorwills – 1964 – The Whippoorwills
Ray Francis – 1973 – The Countrey Way
Ray Francis – 1973 – An Olde Tyme Christmas
Ray Francis – 1974 – Two Sides of Country

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