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The Force 1978 Chatham Band

July 9, 2010

Band: The Force
Year: 1978
Circa: 1977-1983

Members in 1978
Rick Rankin – guitar
Randy Young – bass
Pat Crone – drums
Tom Starks – keyboards
Dave Sass – sax
 The Force was formed in 1977 after the breakup of the band Beginings.

  Tom Starks on keys and Pat Crone on drums joined Rick Rankin (guitar) and Randy Young (bass). Bassist Brent Hunter replaced Randy Young in 1981. The band was in high demand and worked steadily, playing disco (they had to) and rock/top 40 music that was popular at the time at many local hotels, festivals, and special events in Chatham-Kent from 1977-1983.

  With a talented horn section consisting of Dave Sass, Jack Drobko, Bob Fazecash and Brian Murphy, The Force had a large and unique songlist. About 10 times each year, the band put on themed shows with special guests Craig (Pork) Koehler and Ed Smitchen, “The Fast Fried Pork Revue”. They added musical comedy  that was zany, hilarious and often strayed from the script.  The shows were authentically costumed thanks to Ed and his family.
  The movie Star Wars opened in `77 and was the inspiration for a series of “Summer Trek” concerts (Gross Encounters of the Force Kind).
Hallowe’en productions were a specialty. Parodies of popular movies like Star Wars, The Blues Brothers, The Rocky Horror Picture Show were performed at places like the Tilt’n Hilton in Erieau, the CAW Hall, the Tecumseh Hotel, the Turf Room, and the Thames Theatre (opening for Max Webster).
 
 When The Force and Hatrick bands split up in 1983, new bands Advance Green, Texas and Manpower were formed.
Thank You to Mr. Crone for the information.

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Manpower (1984)

August 22, 2009
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Band: Manpower
Year: 1984
Genre: Top 40 covers.
Formed: 1983
Home: Chatham-Kent Ontario

Members:
(Top L-R)
Rick Chrysler – Drums
(Rick) Richard Rankin – Guitar, Vocals
(Bottom L-R)
Tom Starks – Keyboards
Mark Wood – Bass, Keyboards, Vocals

Note: Starks and Rankin are formerly from ‘The Force’. Chrysler and Wood joined from their previous band ‘Hat Trick’.
* As of 2017, Manpower is still out playing together. They are the longest running working band to date, from Chatham-Kent.

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Manpower (1985)

August 22, 2009
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Band: Manpower
Year: 1985
Formed: 1983
Home: Chatham Kent Ontario

Members:
(Top L-R)
Rick Chrysler – Drums
Tom Starks – Keyboards
(Bottom L-R)
Mike Crone – Bass, Vocals
(Rick) Richard Rankin – Guitar, Vocals

Notes: Mike Crone becomes the new bass player. They play all the hits of the day and classic rock.

 

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Manpower (2009)

July 5, 2009

Band: Manpower (Man Power)
Year: 2009
Home: Chatham Kent Ontario Canada
Year Formed: 1983
What: Good time rock & roll cover band.
Yesterday’s Classics… Todays Hits.

Current Members
Rick Rankin – Vocals, Guitar
Brent Hunter – Bass
Pat Crone – Drums

Original members
Rick Rankin – Vocals and guitar.
Tom Starks – Hammond organ, keyboards
Mark Wood – Keyboards and Bass
Rick Chrysler – Drums

  Manpower have been rocking Chatham Kent & surrounding areas since 1983. With top notch players and a good sense of humor, they survived and seen it all. I met up with them tonight (July 4th 2009) as they were opening up for David Wilcox at Rib Fest here in Chatham. When asked how they managed to stay together for so long, Rick said in a joking way that none of them have been sick yet. Cheers to good health.
From 1977-1983, the band was named The Force’ before the name change to Manpower.
Pat shares his talents through teaching drums at Strings and Things and his father Ken has been a huge part of the music scene also.
The best part of being in a band is the events you get to be a part of. I asked Manpower what was their favourite gigs or places they have played. The answer…. Boogie Till You Puke 1978.
The band is very active and can be seen at clubs, festivals, and major events all around Ontario.
Mr. Rankin also performs in a new duo with Waide Holland named “Texas Tee”. This more intamite presentation of music fits nicely into the local scene, providing more live music into venues that cannot host full (loud) bands.

BelowManpower was kind enough to answer some history questions for us about past local venues and bands in and from Chatham.

   
If video does not appear, watch it here.

The interview with Manpower above is what really got this website off the ground. It wasn’t until I talked to them that I realized I didn’t know anything. Quadrant? Turf Room? Jack Austin Trio? Wilf Lancaster? Pickadilly?  Well since then, the website has filled up nicely and there is lots of musical history and genres going on that most of us do not even know about, but know now. Thanks to Manpower for being cool, fun, and informative.
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