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Hi Bob hope this finds its way to you. Your concert last night at the Performing Arts Centre was incredible. I heard on the radio that Jimmy was at the Liberace show and caused quite a scene with his white satin suit and pink shoes. I also heard he had a pretty model him. I'm going to try and make your Calgary show. Take care Donna Getty - Regina SK.

 Below Juno award recipient Cathy Young (The Gypsy) has been a part of AC even before the band knew it. She continues to perform and recently met up with AC to do a concert at the Italian Walk Of Fame Common Spirit Awards black tie event... (Read The Killing Road)

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This message is for Bob. It's been awhile. I was surfin the internet to see if I could find some information on The Children and yes lots of stuff to read about. I recall talking to Bob at length after one of their shows. I found him to be genuine and really nice even with all the popularity he was getting at that time. Anyway hello Bob and I hope you are well. Mary S. NB
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Hi Bobby I couldn't believe how many fans were outside your hotel room. They were all trying to get in. The security guards were bullys, they wouldn't even give you guys our messages. Anyway I hope to seen you soon. Love Gracie Langdon - St.Albert, AB

 You guys were awesome at the arena last night my girlfriends could not believe your outfits they thought they were pretty revealing. I enjoyed them. Sandy Morgan - Sault Ste. Marie, Canada

 Hiya, Marisa :-) Just thought I'd lethca know AC "Time" CD arrived today . . .thanks a million!! I couldn't be happier with the CD. You were right on the mark . . . the plastic case is very cool and reflects the look of the album to a "T". I'm happier to have a reissue of the "original" with the artwork and stuff instead of simply having the tunes on a Best Of. It's just like my LP copy of Time. It will have an honoured and permanet place in my CanCon CD collection :-) Thanks again . . . and have a great weekend!! Scott . (send us your feedback and a picture ciao)
I’ve got pics of them, ones I took back in the day. I’d be happy to scan them if you are interested. I remember them well. I had a crush on Ron. LOL
And Jack, he was a sweetheart. Drove my friend and I back to Hamilton more than once when we missed our bus from TO.

Cheers
Sandy W. - Hamilton Ont

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 This is Lorenzo, I remember being there for some of the rehearsals in the big house on the hill. It was nice to see it all come together on this special night at the Whiskey A-Go-Go! I heard this one over and over again. My personal favorite was " Blue Green Virgin" I may not remember the lyrics too well, It has been over 11 years now. Lorenzo K. LA Cali

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Toronto Canada: Bob McPherson - One of the unique things about a band like AC was the individualism that each member had. Bob was a maticulious musician. His style was often compared to the likes of Keith Emmeron, Rick Wakeman and some of the other more progressive keyboard players. Bob was born in Curacao in the Dutch West Indies, a small island between Aruba & Bonaire in the Caribbean. His father was a pilot for KLM and moved them around to Holland, Montreal, Ottawa and finally Toronto. He grew up in a family that loved music and sports and his parents actively participated in his early passion to play professional hockey, which thanks to a serious ankle injury was not meant to be. His love of all things musical were mostly honed by his mother who loved the Hammond B3 and weaned him on the sounds of Earl Grant and Jimmy Smith (who, Iater had the most profound privilege of doing sound for, with his jazz quartet that included the late great Buddy Rich & Stan Getz). His father once suggested to Bob that he might want to learn how to make a living playing music after he was fired from a menial job at the Ontario Science Centre because he would continually be found playing the Hammond L100's that were there at the time. Toronto's music scene in the late sixties and early seventies was exploding with so many great bands and musicians incorporating a blend of Funk and R&B, they were creating a "Toronto Sound", and Bob wanted to be a part of it. He quickly found himself pouring all his energies into playing the B3 like the guys he had heard around town. He searched out musicians in the Scarborough area where he lived and began to form bands. Together with Brian Cotterill they silenced the critics in the neighborhood when they won the battle of bands at their high school with their group "The Haymarket Riot". He received a lot of calls because back then everybody wanted a guy who actually owned a Hammond, but this one guy asked him where he lived and when Bob told him he said he would be there in an hour. They barely hung up the phone when an old ugly green Thames English Ford like van, full of band gear and the word "Manna" painted on the side pulled into his driveway. Jimi and Ron had walked into his life as though it was meant to be. They began charting out their future as though it had already been written. Soon after Brian joined and "Just Us" was born, and the rest is history.   
I was listening to the radio station tis morning and the DJ was asking that if anyone that had Jimmy's ring and necklace brings it into the radio station they would get a signed album, a poster, a t-shirt and meet the band. Gee I wish I had the stuff. Your show last night blew us all away. See you again. Debbie Johnson - Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. (read more feedback and send us yours)
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Information/Write-up (cont'd from iUpdate) 5.The original members of Abraham's Children reformed in 2000 and spent some quality time in Toronto's Amber Studios with George Semkiw, as well as other sessions on occasion. A deal was struck with Bullseye Records in 2001 to re-release TIME. Then in 2004 the band marked it's 30th anniversary with 30, a collection of Abraham's Children, solo Bertucci and new material to rave critical reviews.
This Toronto, Ontario group's roots go back to the late sixties as a band called Just Us and they were later known as Captain Midnite's Dirty Feet (from an American comic strip), but when the strip's owners would not allow the use of the name in the U.S. they adopted the new moniker, Abraham's Children. A 1968 45, The Lovin' Things is also attributed to them.
They basically played melodic pop/rock and Goodbye-Farewell and Gypsy in particular, were hits (the latter an international one). These both figured on their album. Indeed, Gypsy was the stand-out track and one of several melodic pop rockers which included How To Be A Lady, Thank You and Children's Song. Side two is a little more progressive and the rockier Woman "O" Woman catches the ear. Recommended. In 1974 they veered towards a heavier sound and became known as The Children. Shawn O'Shea formed a new group, Bang, in 1976, which also featured Ron Bartley. (read more)

(cont'd from Brians page)....To think I could be possessed by such a musical carousel, the surreal spin was frightening. Life as it was, was no longer. I know this has touches of poetic streams, but the fact remains that I could think about nothing else, aside from music. High School was put on the back burner and my struggles to convince my parents to rescue me from the institutional demands for my time were finally realized when they signed me out of the ninth grade. I would soon be in a band that played totally original music, and gained exposure as the house band at the El Patio, an underground club that attracted an eccentric crowd. Our popularity was on the rise and our live appearances were becoming more frequent and further away from home. We were often booked in smokey, beer-drinking rooms and no one stopped to ask how old I was, they just knew I was in the band. One of these dark, musty, imitation-leather filled spaces would be my nucleus de la vita. Club 813 was a predominantly Jamaican hangout, and the smell of curried lamb filled the air away from home. We were often booked in smokey, beer-drinking rooms and no one stopped to ask how old I was, they just knew I was in the band. One of these dark, musty, imitation-leather filled spaces would be my nucleus de la vita. Club 813 was a predominantly Jamaican hangout, and the smell of curried lamb filled the air as much as the ganja and the tunes that four white boys were jamming on stage.away from home. We were often booked in smokey, beer-drinking rooms and no one stopped to ask how old I was, they just knew I was in the band. One of these dark, musty, imitation-leather filled spaces would be my nucleus de la vita. Club 813 was a predominantly Jamaican hangout, and the smell of curried lamb filled the air as much as the ganja and the tunes that four white boys were jamming on stage...(read more 

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Elton John Saves The Day (cont'd from Jimi page)...The taxi dropped me off at "Eastern Sound" an upper crust studio located in the heart of downtown Toronto, Canada. It was the Rodeo district of TO as they called it. Expensive cars, clothes and women that just walked out of a Cosmopolitan ad. I tipped the cab driver well, only because I didn't have a smaller bill and besides the driver thought I was some important rock star. As I approached the gate of the recording studio, I noticed this huge mountain of a man standing tall and protective... or so he appeared. I walked towards him and attempted to go around him; he quickly pushed me away and said, "No one is to enter the building".1 tried to explain to him that I was 2 hours late for my session, and that the record company United Artists was not happy with me. He told me to get lost. We started arguing and at one point I made another attempt to go around him; once again he pushed me, except this time I pushed him back. This annoyed the giant and he began to get very physical with me. Web exchanged a few punches, which I can attest he got the best of me. I was probably half his size.A crowd was starting to gather and as I looked up...(read more)   

Before Bob and Brian found their way to AC they both played in a band in the Agincourt area, a suburb just north east of Toronto. Haymarket Riot won a battle of the bands contest that was being promoted by the local radio station.

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 Bubblegum hits might prove their lasting power by remaining on top of national charts, but this is not the only way to show just how timeless the essence of certain talented musical artists and their work can be. Abraham's Children saw their heyday back in the seventies when they broke out of the Canadian rock scene with multiple radio friendly hits (which are still being played frequently up in the great white north) and had the opportunity to perform their act world-wide to millions of fans. In fact, "The Fab-Four of Canada" are looking to reunite for another tour to promote their newly released Best Of Album. Unfortunately they missed out on the chance to give back to Toronto last month at the huge SARS benefit led by such notable acts as The Rolling Stones, The Guess Who and Rush. Neverless, they are still in demand as cd orders are rolling in from all over the globe. Everyone wants to taste the nostalgia thickly embedded in this classic masterpiece...the fat lady hasn't sung and it's not over yet...(courtesy) Ciao Magazine California August 2003
 This message is for Bob. I know you probably get a ton of emails and messages. I feel foolish writing at my age now. I met you years ago at a concert in Regina Saskatchewan, don't worry you were a complete gentleman. After the concert you invited myself and a friend back to your hotel for drinks. We talked for a couple of hours and you had your road manager drive us home I thought that was really nice of you. I always tell my kids about your amazing show at the Arts Center. Hope life is good for you. Best regards Janice M. Regina Sask.

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Hi Bob hope this finds its way to you. Do you remember playing the Mandarin in Regina. We met there, I believe Abraham's Children was playing for a couple of shows and I saw both of them. Thanks for taking the time to talk with me. That was really nice. Ruth F. Regina Saskatchewan

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Feb. 3 1973

"GYPSY"

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March 10, 1973

Abraham's Children scored their biggest hit when Gypsy peaked in the Canadian top 10.

Long time my friend. Hope all is well. Would love to see you play sometime when your in town...I'm guessing 40 years since 70 Hucknall..
I'll never forget sitting outside your basement door listening to you guys rehearse.Rick R. Canada.
  

Bobby was one of my all time favourite rock stars. I loved watching them on Musical Friends with their outrages outfits and colorful shoes. Hope you come back to Montreal. Your friend and fan Monique LaSalle - Quebec City, Quebec (read more feedback) 

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 I know that Brian Cotteril had passed away a couple of years ago I was able to see him and jam with him. Does anyone know what happened to Bob McPherson would,nt mind getting in touch with him tried all the Agincourt people.
Thanks Eugene
I was listening to Workin for the man trying to figure out you break. It's awesome, I have the first part and after that can't seem to get it all. Oh well I will keep trying. Your show in Montreal was great. Gil M. Trios Rivieres ADVICE By Briaakil
Bob I thought you were one of the finest keyboard players around. You always reminded me of Keith Emmerson, right down to his look. Anyway, God Bless an old fan. Oscar H. BC

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Hello in there, My Name is Chris and I found a 45
from my dad's collection that has become a summer national anthem to me and my friends. Hot Love (Paul Gross) by CAPT'N MIDNITES' DIRTY FEET produced by Alan Caddy and distributed by Avenue of America Recordings. I am interested in finding a recording that may be a little better than my 45. Elusive search led me here. Do you have any information that may help?

Cordially (in the summer time),
Chris Blasciuc

Hi there, What was the original name of the band? And why can you not find their
song Hot Love (In the Summertime) anywhere? Haven't heard it in
decades but remember it had a cool mood. Is there a download of it
somewhere.
Thanks.
Jon Boyd
Jon & Rose Boyd
Re: Hot Love

The original name of the band was Captain Midnites Dirty Feat. Hot Love was released as the groups first single. When the band changed it's name (because of legal reasons) to Abraham's Children The song was re-released as the flip side to "Goodbye Farewell " the bands first international hit. Hot Love is available at
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Alfie Loreti
Toronto Ontario Canada
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