Proudly Canadian: Doucette


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Born in Montreal, Quebec, Jerry Doucette's family moved to Hamilton, Ontario, when he was four.  Doucette received his first guitar when he was merely six years old. 

Doucette joined numerous bands prior to his solo career, starting with The Reefers, at the age of 11. He migrated to Toronto, Ontario, and played in the final incarnation of Brutus. Doucette moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1972. Doucette worked in bands with Lindsay Mitchell and Rocket Norton, both of whom later joined Prism. He subsequently signed a solo recording deal with Mushroom Records, and commenced recording under his surname only.

DoucettePhoto Credit Dee LippingwellDoucette
Photo Credit Dee Lippingwell
Mama Let Him Play, the single from the first Doucette album release of the same name, in the fall of 1977 earned platinum status (sales of 100,000 units) in Canada, plus substantial publicity and tour promotion. The single and record were not successful to the same degree in the United States, though the single charted in the Billboard Top 100 and the album in the Billboard 200.  The recording band for the single and album was composed of Duris Maxwell on drums, Brent Shindell on guitar, Don Cummings on bass and Robbie King on keyboards.

The following  year's release The Douce is Loose was less successful, although it earned gold status (50,000 units sold) in Canada, and produced the popular single "Nobody" co-written with Maxwell. In 1979 Doucette received a Juno Award for Most Promising Group of the Year.

Jerry Doucette resides in B.C. and continues to perform his music for his fans.

Mama Let Him Play Doucette