The Mouth... that Roared.
Music, particularly vocal music,
has always been a pleasure/obsession...
listening, playing, composing, recording...
It seems like eons ago that I first started singing and playing music.
At the time it was a "passport to popularity" and I guess it still is. I was living in Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory. With a couple of friends, Alan Smith and John Belanger, I started a little band called "The Clockwork Townes".
We were pop music fanatics and our repertoire reflected it. Turtles, Beatles, Byrds, Monkees.... With the addition of Phil Ogison and some other transient members, the group expanded to 5 or sometimes 6. It wasn't difficult being the best band in town, since, for a while we were the only band in town. We recorded two cover songs for a CBC "Canada Day" radio broadcast July 1st, 1967 - The Turtles' "Happy Together" and "Walk Away Renee" by The Left Banke.
We played together for a couple of years. Afterward, I joined "Captain Soul" for a couple of gigs and their "Inuvik NWT Tour".
Then my family moved to Lahr,Germany and I went with them. Shortly after arriving in Lahr, the "East India Tea Company" was formed with Tom Larder, Claude LeComte, Ken Hall, Robin Anderson, Tony Septav and myself.
We played Hendrix, The Who, Steppenwolf, The Doors, as well as some R&B tunes.
It was a tight little unit and a lot of fun.
I left the "Tea Company" to join a legendary local German group, "I.F.E. United".