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Spectropop - Digest Number 534

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                        Jamie LePage (1953-2002)

There are 8 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Ian Thomas
           From: Scott  
      2. Re: Ian Thomas
           From: Bill Reed 
      3. Re: Ian Thomas
           From: Michael Godin 
      4. Re: The Orchids
           From: Ian Slater 
           From: simon white 
      6. The Captains Of Your Ship
           From: Will Stos 
      7. Robin Wilson
           From: Stewart Mason 
      8. Re: the Allan Sisters & Ian Thomas
           From: Phoenix Canada 


Message: 1
   Date: Sun, 14 Jul 2002 09:41:27 EDT
   From: Scott  
Subject: Ian Thomas

I believe he's the brother of SCTV's Doug Thomas ...

I know he's recorded a series of LPs, including 1974's 
"Ian Thomas" (which has the minor hit you mentioned); 1976's 
"Goodnight Mrs. Calabash" and a 1978 self-produced effort,
"Still Here".  

There are a couple of others I've never heard: "Slider", 
"Riders On Dark Horses" and 1985's "Add Water".


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Message: 2 Date: Sun, 14 Jul 2002 08:40:51 -0700 (PDT) From: Bill Reed Subject: Re: Ian Thomas For some reason, I seem to recall that Ian Thomas is the brother of SCTV star, Dave ("Bob and Doug McKenzie"') Thomas. Thomas is also a popular film performer. I think Ian was even on SCTV a couple of times, but I might be wrong about the latter. In fact, I just might be flatout wrong about all of this. The way rumors get started! Bill Reed __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Yahoo! Autos - Get free new car price quotes -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Sun, 14 Jul 2002 09:10:17 -0700 From: Michael Godin Subject: Re: Ian Thomas Ian Thomas is a Canadian from Toronto and was both a songwriter and recording artist, plus a comedian. More on the latter on a moment. His biggest hit was indeed Painted Ladies, and was his only charted hit in the United States. However, in his home and native land he had other hits including Long Long Way. In 1984, during a brief comeback, Manfred Mann scored a top 25 hit with Runner, written by Ian. Now to the comedian aspect, his brother is Dave Thomas, whose character Doug McKenzie - one of the McKenzie Brothers (how's it going, eh?) - from SCTV, the hilarious and highly successful comedy sketch show. Ian as well is no slouch in the comedy department himself, and appears from time to time as one of the characters on the comedy series The Red Greene Show. Ian's records were released in the US on Janus Records, then a division of GRT Records. In Canada he was signed to and released directly on GRT. That was quite a great label in its day. They also signed and achieved good success with Lighthouse and Dr. Music, which featured Brenda Russell, Terry Black and Laurel Ward, among other artists. As the former Vice-President of A&R for A&M Records myself, I admired their signings and success. Cheers. Michael Godin Treasure Island Oldies Admin Note: Ladies & Gentlemen, Agreed, Ian Thomas "is not really Spectropop". Can we therefore now please consider this discussion thread closed. Thank you. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Sun, 14 Jul 2002 20:53:02 +0100 From: Ian Slater Subject: Re: The Orchids I've uploaded "Love Hit Me" into Musica. I've got "Larry" ready to go too, but I guess two by the same group might be overdoing it so I'll hold that back awhile. To add to the the Juke Box Jury story, the group were later reported as saying they liked the Beatles, but only after the Hollies and the Rolling Stones. Valerie Jones said; "We put them third ever since they voted our record a miss on Juke Box Jury!" And I missed obvious reissue source in my discography. "Oo Chang-a-Lang" came out on the following "grey area" sets which I believe are still available: LP - Girls In The Garage Vol. 2" (Romulan UFOX03) 1987 CD - Girls In The Garage (Romulan UFOX02-2) 1997 Thanks Scott for the help. Ian Slater -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Sun, 14 Jul 2002 21:49:49 +0100 From: simon white Subject: Re: THE ALLEN SISTERS & THE 2 OF CLUBS Mick Patrick wrote: > My copy of the Allen Sisters' "Dream Boy" on Quality 1807 has > "Devil To Angel" on the B-side, not "Downtown Crowd". I > suppose that means it's not worth 400 quid!? B#ll#cks! > > By the way, Simon, I spotted no Tiny Tim track on your Saturday > playlist. Wassup, gone off him? I recommend "Little Girl", his > Blue Cat 45. Fret not Mick, I have been reliably inform by Ian Chapman [who has asked not to be named ] that " Downtown Crowd " is not the flip of "Dream Boy". It is on Quality though. Tiny Tim was a complete oversight on Saturday mornings playlist, but then again, somehow I just wasn't in a ' Tiny ' mood. I did however that afternoon pick up his 'Great Balls Of Fire "................and also Mae West's version on a 45. However on the fret front, I do not have and have not heard "Little Girl". My Tiny Tim collection is relatively recently begun and at the same time other rekkids have taken precedence. Where does it end, I arsk myself? -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Sun, 14 Jul 2002 22:04:03 -0000 From: Will Stos Subject: The Captains Of Your Ship Featured Artist this week at the Girl Group Chronicles! Check out their profile at I know this group has a soft-spot for these girls. Will : ) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Sun, 14 Jul 2002 23:12:18 -0400 From: Stewart Mason Subject: Robin Wilson Made a record on A&M in 1969. Quite fond of sailor suits. Really cute in a slightly homely way, if you know what I mean. Record's a bit overproduced and gloppy in spots, but I like her voice quite a bit, and it's well worth the 25 cents it cost at Nuggets in Kenmore Square. Anyone know any more? S -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Mon, 15 Jul 2002 02:51:18 -0000 From: Phoenix Canada Subject: Re: the Allan Sisters & Ian Thomas Happy to help with any Canadian music facts.... (courtesy of Allan Sisters Coralie Allan (vocals) Jackie Allan (vocals) The Allan Sisters were originally from Edmonton, Alberta. Jackie had begun singing at the age of seven and was later joined by sister Coralie for shows in Alberta. Eventually the duo would move to Toronto to try and foster this talent into a career. Jackie would soon marry CBC TV host Art Snider ('Country Hoedown') but it would take several years before the duo would start recording. In 1963 they recorded their first single, "Larry", for Art Snider's Chateau label. The single hit the Canadian country charts in 1964. They would also see some success with follow-up singles on the pop charts. This chart exposure led to a guest appearance on CTV's 'A Go- Go 66' (hosted by Mike Darrow) which, in turn, brought them to the attention of Tommy Hunter. Hunter would feature the sisters on his own CBC TV show as regulars throughout 1966 and eventually made them fixtures for 11 years running. When the duo split up in the mid-70's Coralie retired and Jackie continued on as a solo act until her death, from cancer, in 1985. Coralie is married to tenor/actor Peter Glen and the duo still performs occasionally. Discography 1964 Larry (Shell) 1965 Remember The Face (Shell) 1966 Dream Boy/Devil To Angel (Quality) 1807 1966 I'm In With The Downtown Crowd/Give It Up, Girl (Quality) 1841 1966 Silly Silly/Drummer Man (Op-Art) 303 1973 Somewhere There's A Mountain (??) Albums 197? Jackie & Coralie (Sound) 7704 and also.... Ian Thomas Born: Hamilton, Ontario Thomas first got his musical start at age six after taking piano lessons. By the age of 14 he had graduated to guitar and a year after that he wrote his first original tune. In the mid'60's he formed the folk trio Ian, Oliver and Nora featuring Oliver McLeod and Nora Hitchinson. By the end of the '60's they were joined by Bob Doidge (bass) and Nancy Ward (keyboards, recorder) and called themselves Tranquillity Bass. The band would record two singles for RCA and often performed with the Edmonton Symphony and The Hamilton Philharmonic. They split up in the early '70's after an album they recorded failed to impress RCA and remains unreleased. Thomas got a day job as a theatre manager in Hamilton. In April 1973, Thomas signed to GRT Records and immediately released "Painted Ladies" which became a monster hit across North American; the song reached No.4 in Canada and No.34 in the United States. He won a Juno Award for 'Most Promising Male Vocalist that year. During this period he also produced a two-hour CBC Radio show called "The National Rock Works" which also featured comedy and became a showcase for the talents of his brother Dave Thomas -- future SCTV alumnus. Over the years Thomas has produced some classic albums including 'Calabash' (1976), which was followed by a U.S. tour with his band at that time: Mike Oberle (drums), Juno Award winning graphic artist Hugh Syme (keyboards), Josh Onderisin (guitar), and David Sawyer (bass). His fourth LP for GRT was 'Still Here' (1978) and included the hit single "Coming Home". Thomas' final album for GRT was 'Glider' in 1979 containing the hits "Pilot" and "Time Is The Keeper". In 1980 Thomas had been picked up by Anthem Records after the demise of GRT and took a run at several more gold albums - 'The Runner' (1981) (they same year he also made a guest appearance on the SCTV TV show), 'Riders On Dark Horses' (1984) and 'Add Water' (1985). It was from these album that number of acts would find Ian Thomas songs to the top, including "Hold On" (Santana), "The Runner" (Manfred Mann), "Right Before Your Eyes" (America), and "Chains" (Chicago). In 1991 Thomas joined forces with three other veteran Canadian musicians - guitarist Bill Dillon (Daniel Lanois, Joni Mitchell), drummer Rick Gratton (Rough Trade, Marc Jordan) and bassist Peter Cardinali (Rick James, Oscar Peterson) - to form the Boomers. They've become successful in Europe, especially in Germany and have several gold albums under their belts. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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