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Although I'm a little older I still remember the day that Abraham's Children came to St. Andrews By The Sea, it was like the Queen had arrived. They were staying at the Algonquin Resort and the place was crowded by teenage fans hundreds of them, including myself. The best story was after their concert at a very private party that they attended. That's another story. Maggie B. - St. Andrews By The Sea NB (send us your stories)

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Hi Ron I was surfin the net and thought, what the heck why not try and see if AC are around. I couldn't believe how much there is on you guys, you made quite an impact in those days. Anyway glad to see you here. Jeremy W. Winnipeg Man
Dear Marisa, I just recently received my copy of "Time" Abraham's Children. "Gypsy" is a masterpiece. Thank you kindly. 
I was wondering what the band is doing these days. I remember many years ago spending some time with them during one of their tours. I had the pleasure of hanging out with Ron for about a week. It was quite a nice time. Silvia M. Michigan

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Kapuskasing was the end of the world and life as we know it. Although, the enthused crowds made the trip, very worthwhile. To all the bands that traveled for the love of their art, I salute you.

Going to an AC concert was like visiting a magic place filled with fantasy and lyrics. Every concert had a different feel. The music was just part of the event. The energy was like a trip.

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 Kyle Miller - Brian was one of my first drumming heroes, as AC was as a band. And he sang! After seeing his Fibes Double Forte kit in blue sparkle, then Jerry Mercer's in Crystalite (the kit I've owned for 40 years), I thought Brian and Jerry were the coolest drummers in the world and Fibes must be the best drums in the world! Thanks guys :) I still think so. Coquitlam, British Columbia 9-11-18
 Cathy Young I remember Brian < Squirrel > so very well and he will always remain in my heart. RIP. You were all fortunate to make the music you made, and you made it real good indeed. No one can take away those fabulous memories. They are indelible and remarkable. Love ya Jimi Bertucci Toronto Canada 9-11-18
Wayne Epp Brilliantly written, Jimi Bertucci. Sincere condolences on your loss. One happy story to tell was Brian’s perfect imitation of Larry Evoy’s “Last Song”. Cracked me up. It is a lasting impression of the great guy he was.
If it is any comfort, I hope it’s nice to hear that 46 years later, his small bit of humour still is fresh in my mind. 9-11-18
 

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Rock Stars Canadian pop group Abraham's Children has performed for millions of fans all over the world and still continues to attract many excited supporters when touring. As this classic rock band now celebrates it's 30th anniversary, it will once again embark on the road of rock n roll doing dates in Canada and the US. A best of CD is available now whuch includes all the hits "Goodbye Farewell" "Thank you" "Goddess of Nature" and more. Included in this collection will also feature some never released songs. Abies Babies as they are sometimes called started out in Toronto like so many other bands, with hopes of maybe one day becoming well known and respected musicians. It was at Club 813 that these four young boys would first be discovered by the late Jack Morrow ( Fat Mouth, Teenage Head ) read more about the their history and where they are today. (more)  BUBBLEGUM HERO 

Brian crooner on the bands hit Gypsy

Hollywood, CA - When I think of 9-11 these days I 'm reminded of the loss of a musical brother and friend. During our time together we were challenged by life's inexperience and youth. We wanted to make music, not because we were gifted musicians, but in spite of it. The moment we began playing we felt the rush of togetherness and that was our commitment to each other. Our craft allowed us to become members in a club that very few have the honor of sharing. Brian was not only a member of this illusive fun house of creative energy, he was an ambassador. It helps when you have a hit record. And of course there is the serious side of the artist...dedicated and proud, offering valuable input always with a positive outlook. I don't recall a time that we as a band had any real combative confrontation in the group. At times we would pull the silent treatment with each other like big boys do...and chill. Brian would usually have the most logical approach to many of the compulsions we acquired living on the road. We were fratellos caballeros....from our early beginnings to our 15 minutes of fame. My vivid memories of 60,000 fans at Ivor Wynn Staduim and within minutes the frenzy crowd charged towards the stage. We dropped our instruments and ran to our limo. Brian was a rock star...and although he would never admit it....Brian was indeed a rock star. We made records, toured the world, met some incredible people. We saw life through the eyes of hungry young men with a desire to rock...and rock we did. Our lives were in full throttle, we would often look at each other and break out in ridiculous laughter....."is this the coolest or what" we would say like some characters from a Ted and Bill movie. Over the years AC would perform on many TV shows across the country and to this day there is no live footage to be found of the band that stormed Canada. I will miss my friend and bandmate. Jimi Bertucci AC history.  brian@thechildrenrock.com
 Dude you are an incredible drummer, I was blown away. Derek Stobel - Van.BC
 Hello Brian just wanted to send you message and tell you your concert in PEI was amazing. Those outfits were very nice.Good luck on the rest of your tour. Barbara M Summerside PEI
KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT - By Nick Krewen For NightLife:

UXBRIDGE, ONT.The TRYPP  (IUPDATE) Brian Cotterill former member of the hit making band Abraham's Children steps out and TRYPPS to some new music. It's been many years for the crooning AC drummer as he attempts to bring his new unit The Trypp to the forefront of the scene. After almost thirty years Brian puts an impressive line up together to challenge the serpents of a dying industry as we know it. The band has recorded two cd's the first was simply The Trip until research found that there were a 1000 other bands out there with the same name...not counting the hundreds from the 60's and 70's. The newest cd is a collection of seven songs and titled Seven Deadly Singles...duh recorded at Phase One in Toronto, Canada. Paul Cormier performs some pretty hot licks on the keys and gives it that authentic sound. Paul has been around and played with some of the best groups and musicians in Eastern Canada including the poplar group Boulevard. Richard Joudrey, lays down some tight bass riffs and keeps the groove consistent. He's no stranger to the circus of music. Richard was part of Blue Peter and still tours with them when needed. His strong ear for music has led him to producing many indie bands. In 1983 Richard won best video at the Canadian Film and Television awards.Cranking the guitars to the limit is Screaming E. E has had the pleasure of working on many cds and still finds time to produce and do sessions on a regular schedule. Being the new kid in the band everybody still likes him. Be sure to catch The TRYPP in concert and check out their new cd here. 

UXBRIDGE, ONT, September 11, 2007 - Brian Cotterill, drummer and vocalist for the top 40’s pop group Abraham’s Children, passed away today at the age of 55 after a courageous battle with cancer. The band, which included bandmates Jimi Bertucci, Bob McPherson, Ron Bartley and Shawn O'Shea, saw great success with songs like “Goodbye Farewell”, “Goddess Of Nature”, “Thank You” and their biggest hit “Gypsy”, on which Cotterill sang lead vocals. When asked about his friend, Bertucci, founder of the group, simply said, "Brian made playing in a band fun." BUBBLEGUM HERO  

 Hi squirrel I know you won't remember me, it has been quite awhile. I was the girl you gave a ride home in your limo and then you came in for a drink. All my friends were so excited to meet you. Jessica F. Montreal, Que. 
I remember Brian being the funny one in the band. So sad to hear he has passed. He was so kind and everytime we saw them he always said hello to us and would sign our records. We will miss him. Kate B. Windsor, ON
Brian and Jimi having a brew in some airport. Following this fictional entourage of stardom has lead me to believe, fiction plays very little in this spoonful of rock syrup.The Killing Road written by Jimi, is a great read. The more I peruse the site the more I amaze myself..not because of the important information I discover...but the wealth of creative subject lines that intrigue my stubborn senses. My tolerence for mechanical stimulation is strangled by the very reason I don't go to movie theaters. Age has a way of enhancing the moments of truth. 
I never know what to say. Ok I loved you when I was a teenager. You played in Brandon and I was right in the front row of the concert. After the show you signed my record and gave me a big kiss on the cheek, I was in heaven and I'm glad my girlfriend Nancy was there to see it. When Jimmie sang How To Be A Lady I thought half the arena of girls were going to faint. me included. Ok got to go thanks for the memories. Gail M. Vancouver BC
Elton John Saves The Day (cont'd from Bobby)...I could see my band members standing over me. They were stunned, this man was attempting to hassle all of us. All of a sudden the door swings open and there he was standing yelling and cursing at the "mountain man". He came over to me and helped me up, asking if] was hurt. I responded, explaining I was fine, but that my butt was sore from landing on a piece of ice. We walked into the studio, he sat down and repeatedly kept apologizing for this man at the door, which I discovered was a security guard hired by MCARecords. He kept asking if I was alright. Saline, the studio manager came in the room with concern and asked if I needed anything. I explained I was ok and that should get in my room and start the session. As I entered the recording room "A", the President of United Artists Records, his A&R staff, and some other important looking characters were waiting anxiously. They were all shocked to see who was standing next to me. With some humor, the President asked if we could get started. "At $250.00 an hour, we'll have to sell a lot of records," he said. I thanked Elton John for caring enough to come outside and rescue me.... He asked if here was anything he could do. 1 assured him that I would live and that if I needed anything I would be more than glad to ask him. Later that evening he introduced me to his band members. Kenny Passerelli had this incredible new bass that he insisted I use on my session. It was an Alembic, the heaviest bass I had ever held, but the sound was like velvet and rock. We met later at the posh, Yorkville Four Seasons Hotel where Elton was still apologizing for this rude brute of a man. The next day I sat in the studio with Elton and some of his band members and listened' to some great tracks that would later become "Blue Moves ". Courtesy of Ciao Magazine USA. BUBBLEGUM HERO  (google photo)  
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(Cont'd from jimi's page) ..piece of wood and plastic that propelled the movement. It being the sixties didn't help either. The musical revolution had begun and I wasn't accustomed to the rapid changes and digression from previous norms. Then again, why should I have been? I was only twelve. I could feel the growth the more I bonded with my tool and my direction was leading me to more progressive paths of music. One of my early, negative encounters occurred while I was watching this band rehearse. The bass player had this awesome Fender Jazz Bass that he made rock hard. The leader of the band (let's say his name was DCT) noticed me at the top of the stairs. He picked me up by my jacket and proceeded to throw me down the stairs screaming "I don't want you f***in' hanging around here"... to think this guy would eventually be a big recording artist.Go figure. This definitely gave me a different outlook, one that I would not inherit. I soon landed a gig a with three brothers that had heard of me from another musician. We practiced intensely for an upcoming show, this would be my first professional performance. Everyone in the neighborhood was looking forward to it, because we were opening for James Brown and The Famous Flames. Despite the clashing genres and extreme differences between the styles of our music, the local promoter who booked the gig was a friend of ours and showcased our heavy talent on the same bill as the Godfather of Soul. The audience was relatively receptive, after all, we were ahead of our time, although further from what they expected than was comprehensible We ate up the attention as if we were already famous, loving the fact that someone asked us to autograph their ticket stub....(read more)    
GOULD (cont'd from Jimi) ...a local boy who became one of the great musicians of the twentieth century. I would always hear his name, not in an Elvis or Beatle way but more like in an I'm cool, I know who he is way. He broke international musical grounds and continues to deeply provoke the listening ear. During this festival of back-patting, many performers paid tribute to this legend in their own musical way. Mr. LaPlante, I later found out, was named an Officer of the Order of Canada .....dah..I could list alI his achievements but that would only reveal that I read his bio in the program. I want to write about what I heard from this genius ivory tickler. I know I will probably sound so cliché, he was a virtuoso boy, do I need piano lessons.....The less said of this man the more. When the string quartet, which was made up of Erika Raum (violin), Aisslinn Nosky (violin), Steven Dann (viola), and David Hetherington (cello), joined Mr. La Plante I was taken to a mystic place feeling the passion of each string as it resonated through my head. How wonderful to be treated to a natural high. If the CBC continues to display this kind of adventure I will stop saying they are a foo foo organization...BUBBLEGUM HERO (google photo)  

Brian was one of the best musicians I ever worked with. He had great timing and was able to capture the song. We enjoyed rehearsals, that would give Bri and myself a chance to woodshed. Jimi
Hey AC I saw you guys in Halifax years ago and I still remember that awesome concert you guys really rocked. Robert Hayes NS 

 

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March 3 1973

Bubbling Under the HOT100 On Billboard

"Gypsy" #122 Buddah 340

 I remember they always wore incredible outfits and lots of makeup. By the end of the show their mascara was all over their face. Rudy Melford. Washington DC

Abies Babies were one of the most exciting live bands I have ever seen. They had so much ebergy on stage that by the end of the concert you were so worn out. Their outfits were awesome. I could see why all the girls used to go nuts when they saw them. Billy H. Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

Hello Brian is it true that you guys got busted in Moncton and the RCMP's took the band and a bunch of others to jail. I heard it on the 6:00 oclock news. My parents also saw it and commented on rock bands with long hair. They are so dull. Great show at the arena. Lilly H. Moncton NB (give us feedback)  Yes 

The nick name Canada's Fab 4 was given to the band by a dj at CKLW in Windsor Canada. " I remember as we were driving to our concert,the dj on the radio played Goodbye Farewell and said and here's Canad's fab 4...voila
 Was Brian a part of the Group called ROSE?... Seems I have memories of him.. my father Leon Margolis used to Roadie for them. My memories may be crossed a little.as I was very young then.. I know that Abraham's Children was a big part of our lives back then? as well as ROSE..

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I can't believe it's true!!! I just won 4 tickets to see Abies Babies in Halifax. Now I have to figure out how to get there. This is so exciting.Ok I going to call and ask Mary to come she has a car. This is so awesome. Thank you thank you. (read more feedback)OUND ADVICE By Briaakil
Did you know that Goddess of Nature was featured on a K-tel LP...it's true Music Power 22 Original Hits sold over 11 million copies...there were other great songs on it as well. 
 STAND UP JIMI It was the talk of town how Liberace made Jimmy stand up in the audience. Jimmy wore this fabulous white satin suite and pink shoes with a pretty model on his arm. Liberace made notice of the diamonds on his lapels and then he said "does he remind you of anyone" This was told to me by my parents that were at the Liberace concert. Samantha Rich - Regina SK.

 
THE FAMOUS WHITE SATIN SUIT WITH CLEAR RHINESTONES ON THE LAPELS. Liberace remained friends with Jimi and would often run into each other at the market in Malibu.

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Loved it then, love it now. I saw them in Stellarton in 1973. The song makes me cry as I was only 18? back then. What wonderful memories! Lois NS
WOW......Memories.....I? was 10..and loved this album. I sang in my room to it all....Thought i was good...hee he he heee.. Thank you for shring this. (Thank You)

 

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