The original bass player for Gordon Lightfoot, who with guitarist Red Shea formed the back up band for the legendary Lightfoot, passed away on Monday, August 20th, 2012 of natural causes. He was 69.
A self-taught musician who also trained at the Royal Conservatory of Music, John began his musical life touring extensively throughout Europe and North America as the bassist for Tommy Danton and the Echoes.
For a few years in the early 60s, he performed as part of the band on the daily CBC Music Hop show hosted by Alex Trebec, and the CTV television music show After Four, backing up the stars of the day like Bobby Curtola. The highest profile part of his musical career began in 1965 as the bassist for Gordon Lightfoot during the successful United Artists years. John was an integral of the Lightfoot sound during the concert tours and recording sessions, Many times we saw the trio and small coffee houses in Montreal, so close and personal and an amazing sound.
John’s bass line for Sundown Lightfoot’s big record that peaked at number one in 1974 was a big part of the records success and sonic quality. In 1969, John moved to New York where he lived, recorded, and performed with the late Jim Croce. This included appearances on both the Mike Douglas Show and the Today Show at the beginning of Croce's career.
We could ask the rhetorical question ‘Is it just us or does it seem like summer flew by at record speed this year?’ but we know the answer. Of course it did; always does. June, July and August travel at twice the speed of January, February and March. Before you start writing or emailing we know, we know , we know!!! Not true! But we’re making a point.
We here at Cashbox Canada hope your summer was filled with fun, food, family and frivolity and that you are all as set to embrace the fall season as we are. We realize that a lot folks don’t have as much time to read and keep up in the summer months, what with cottages, lakes, cookouts and weekends away. So we want to thank our loyal readership, who kept our numbers up, higher than normal, for showing their appreciation for what we do. Thank you!!!
Music is our business but more correctly, music is truly the soundtrack of our lives. And how could you not be in a good mood and feel energized listening to “Hot Fun in the Summertime” by Sly & the Family Stone or “ In the Summertime” by Mungo Jerry and feel the wind in your hair when you listen to “Summer Breeze”. It does “make you feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in your mind.”
First of all let’s crush the myth that Canada has no Racism… but when it raises its ugly head Canadians are so damn nice about it. They get offended when caught or mentioned.
I was once told by the Canadian writer for Billboard, Larry Le Blanc, that he could say whatever he wanted about Black music and his Canadian music business contemporaries would listen, and that I could not because I was Black... It sounded like an open admission of racism to me. It was and he was right.
I put myself in place of the music, figuring how they treated me was how they treated the music. This time I was right and it was not good in 1975. But it used to be great back in the day when Soul ruled Yonge Street! What happened? I had to find out!
So I started an ongoing Research Project, into “the History of Black Music in Canada and Blue Eyed Soul” in Canada…Why did I add Blue Eyed Soul?
Because if you were White trying performing Black Music of any sort, you were branded a “Nigger Lover” or even worse a “Nigger Music Lover”, (like the rest of the Planet and a badge of honour, like Long John Baldry, John Mayall, the Stones, etc…) so those performers had to be brave to hang with the brothers, where they were always welcomed and accepted. But they also felt our pain for a minute. So ladies and gents, this is an excerpt from the book and film project.
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Art Show features a new and unique style of incorporating photos of famous musicians by the legendary rock photographer Bruce Cole and incorporating them with gorgeous abstract artwork by artists Brooke Opatowski and Jonathan Hiltz. The Rock n' Roll Art Show is the collaboration of these three artists coming together to create original work by imbedding the photographs amongst the abstract designs of the artists, reminiscent of the surreal posters of the 60’s and 70’s rock icons of the flower power generation.
Clayton Doley is Australia's finest Hammond organist and is quickly gaining international recognition as one of the top new players on the world stage. His fierily bluesy virtuosity has earned him spots on on some of the worlds biggest festivals including Montreal International Jazz Festival, Byron Bay Blues Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival and Tremblant International Blues Festival to name a few.
Drawn to the Hammond B3 organ from a very early age, he is a master of the instrument. He has dedicated his life to exploring the full potential of the B3 hammond organ and utilising it's dynamics, depth of tone and it's bass pedals. Not just an organist, Clayton has a deep and rich and soulful singing voice and his bluesy songwriting combines modern structure and harmony with thoughtful and sensitive lyrics.
In the summer of 2011 landed in Toronto at the invitation of Harry Manx and quickly immersed himself in the vibrant local music scene. He instantly met likeminded musicians who inspired him to form a group based on his first love – The Organ Trio.
Consisting of drums, guitar and Doley himself on the Hammond B3 and its bass pedals, it’s hard to believe that just three musicians can put out such a big sound. The CD was recorded at the famous Canterbury Sound in the funky west side of Toronto on a cold December night. All these songs were either first or second takes captured live in the room using vintage microphones and instruments.