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ON A CHUM CHART WAS A BIG THRILL...
After the demise
of The Police...let's back up. The Police were beginning to attract
a lot of industry attention. Early on, they would pack every
club where they performed. Jimi Bertucci, Danny Smith, Laurie DelGrande and Ron Bartley
were rockers. The energy that came off the stage during their
concerts was enough to exhaust anyone in the immediate crowd.
Of course, it helped that two of the members had been with the
hit-making band Abraham's Children. Their fans loved these boys
and followed them from city to city. This band was hot. The group
and its management company Strawberry Productions were being
schmoozed and entertained by many of the major record labels.
Frank Bennett, one of the principal owners of Strawberry, decided
to weigh all his options before committing to anyone. During
one of the band's gigs they were approached by A&M...(read more)
Jimi's 1967 Fender Jazz
has some history in itself. All the hits were written and recorded
with this bass. Originally it was black and fretted. After many
years Jimi decided to have it made fretless and painted candy
apple red. The BadAss bridge was a birthday gift from the great
bass player himself Prakash John. WOW!!!!Read more
about the Jazz bass
Trentadue broadcaster on CHIN TV in Toronto and Jimi B.
TORONTO - CHIN
PICNIC PRESS A HIT
entering the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)
we passed the Bandshell. A wave of nostalgia passed through me.
The memories of victorious melodies and white-noise teenage curiosity
were as vivid now as they were nearly 35 years ago. We pulled
up to the main doors of the Liberty Grand and were greeted by
a welcoming committee with clipboards and sharpees. OMG, between
the tight swimsuits and the delicatessen runway of tempting eats,
my eyes bulged in every direction. The annual CHIN press party
was an event in itself. Lenny Lombardi you have huzpah. Ok enough
patting on the metaphorical backs. As I strolled the flagstaff
floors of the Grand garden sipping on an Aquafina orange something
or other, I sighed in awe of the wonderful stone monuments that
lined the walls of this old building. This suave affair in the
middle of a workday afternoon was definitely worth playing hooky
for. The speeches were made, the wine runneth over like waterfalls
of joy for some and the flame was lit for the 43rd annual CHIN
Picnic. This cultural carnival of ethnic groups is a gathering
of celebration bringing language, tradition and color to a city
that represents unity. Johnny Lombardi was visionary as well
as bright. The CHIN picnic is more than entertainment, food and
sun... it is appreciation for each other as people.
was part owner of a computer design company that designed special
application computers. They were hit with a big law suit early
in the companies start. Read the David and Goliath story below.
There are many that don't know what
an 8 track is...
DAVID AND GOLIATH- San Diego - A San Diego Electronics company is trying
to stop a competing Escondido company from developing a new printed-circuit
board because it alleges the local firm " pirated"
the designs. The Escondido company, Graham Electronics Manufacturing
Inc., is dismissing the claim as " ridiculous." San
Diego-based Electronics Solutions has petitioned San Diego Superior
Court Judge Philip Sharp for an injunction to stop Graham Electronics
from developing and selling the "backplane" a printed-circuit
board that allows electronic signals to pass from one part of
a computer system to another with minimal signal degradation.
Rod Bolton, president of Electronics Solutions, said his former
director of engineering, Leonid Besprozvanny, who has a doctorate
in electrical engineering, left his company in July and joined
Graham Electronics, taking the technology for the backplane with
him. But Graham officials say their backplane design is completely
different, and an injunction is merely an attempt bay a larger
company - Electronics Solutions -to eliminate legitimate competition.
"What we have developed here is totally different. This
is a case of them trying to stifle us, said Vincenzo Bertucci,
president ...(read more about the "pirate")
DYK that Jimi opened for James Brown. At
the ripe age of 14 he was in awe. When Mr. Brown asked "what
you doing here boy" Jimi stood up and said " I'm opening
for you sir " Many years later Jimi and James would make
contact again. Read about The King of Soul and The Death. (read the story)
Canada Glenn Olive
and Jimi met at the age of 13. Glenn had a band called The Jr.
Beetles at the time. When the two got together it was magic.
Jimi, with his Hofner Beatle Bass, made quite an impression in
the neighborhood and Glenn, (more)
In 2004 The Children reunited
and went in to George Semkiw's Amber Studio and recorded 4 tracks.
We are attempting to retreive those tunes and make them available
to their fans.
Rare photo of AC with engineer
George Semkiw, producer Paul Gross and manager Jack Morrow in
RCA Studios on Mutual Street in Toronto, Canada.
Drummer Mike Steinberg toured
with AC during the Black & Red Tour.
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CD THAT HAS BEGOME A CLASSIC IN ITS OWN TIME...ABRAHAM'S CHILDREN
Los Angeles CA - Abies
Babies, as they are sometimes called, started out in Toronto
like so many other bands, with hopes of one day becoming well
known and respected musicians. It was at Club 813 that these
four young boys would be discovered by the late Jack Morrow (Fat
Mouth, Teenage Head). When Morrow first saw them they were performing
in front of an all black crowd. He was overwhelmed by the energy
coming off the stage, and the crowds acceptance of the
music. Band members Jimi Bertucci, Ron Bartley, Brian Cotterill
and Bob McPherson were in for the surprise of their lives when
Morrow asked producer Paul Gross (Phase One, Triumph, Rush, Saga
etc.) to work with the group. Within weeks he and the group were
writing and demoing songs. During the early 70's, Abrahams
Children was led by founder and principal songwriter Jimi Bertucci.
It was the writing skills of Jimi Bertucci and Ron Bartley that
would pen some great classic songs still heard on radio stations
today. Their first single, Hot Love, was released in 1970. Hot
Love would later become the flip side to their 1972 hit Goodbye
Farewell on G.A.S. Records. It would be almost one year later
before the release of their first international hit, Gypsy. Soon
they would be recognized by record mogul Neil Bogart of the famous
Buddha Records in the US who was quick to sign the band. The
releases of Goodbye Farewell, Gypsy and Thank You confirmed that
this was a group that would not go unnoticed. The release of
their first album TIME in 1973 which included all the hits and
songs like Workin for the Man, Woman O Woman featuring congo
hero Dick Smith, Moses Hazan on flute, and Dave Marsden, would
show a different side to The Children, a heavier side. To support
this album, a second guitarist, Shawn O'Shea was added. While
preparing for the next album, The Children would release Goddess
of Nature full of big strings. Once again, Abrahams Children
would have another hit that would end up on K-Tels Music Power
album. After the success of Goddess of Nature in 1975 the group
went for a heavier and more intricate sound, attempting to leave
behind the famous sound that had made them a Canadian household
name. The Children were growing up. The collective songs for
the new album would never be released due to problems with their
record label and musical differences. Jimi Bertucci decided to
pursue a solo career. Ron Bartley and the other band members
would continue to tour and record some new songs, but were never
able to capture the magic that The Children were known for on
stage and on record.The 2004 2nd Coming Tour gave
many dedicated fans had the opportunity to see the boys at their
musical best. They performed all new material and, of course,
some old favorites.
<<<<<<<< The band signing recording contract
with Abe Salter Chairman of Avenue of America and G.A.S. Records.
The company had an impressive line-up of acts including ROSE,
DAVID GEORGE, SIDE EFFECT, ROBBIE RAE and many more.
Vagabonds - An Ontario-based
motorcycle gang that was more or less absorbed by the Hells Angels
when it expanded into Ontario in 2000-2001. (CBC News)
The Black and Red Tour. The Hollywood is one of the hottest
entertainment venues in Canada and when the word got out that
AC was doing an intimate concert , the place was sold out in
no time. Fans...(read the story)
so many other bands, AC has gone through some changes over the
years. Although the original line-up has altered, the spirit
of the music remains strong and, in many ways, more fresh. With
time, musicians hone in on their craft and in certain cases become
mature players. Jimi Bertucci, lead singer/songwriter and founder
of the band, has done just that with Abraham's Children. The
group explores the possibilities of the now sound and uses their
AC experience as a foundation to create a tasteful and unique
pop adventure. It's interesting to note that these guys have
been rockin' and rollin' for over 40 years and still maintain
a bright and positive outlook about their music in a business
that can sometimes make you cynical. Their sex-appeal hasn't
waned either. Bertucci, in particular, still exudes his rock-star
sexuality to the glee of the females in the crowd. Unlike some
bands that have come before, AC has managed to retain their long-time
fan base while appealing to, and ultimately attracting, a new
younger audience. Their live performance is nothing short of
dynamic so it's easy to see why their popularity continues to
grow. Originally considered a bubblegum pop group, AC's sound
can now be categorized more along the lines of classic pop/rock.
Abraham's Children. Groupe pop formé à Toronto
à la fin des années 1960 avec Jimi Bertucci (basse),
Ron Bartley (guitare), Bob McPherson (claviers) et Brian Cotterill
(batterie) et, à partir de 1973, Shawn O'Shea (guitare).
D'abord connu sous le nom de Captain Midnight's Dirty Feet et,
ensuite, d'Abraham's Children ou tout simplement de The Children,
le groupe joue dans les clubs de Toronto avant de signer avec
Gas Records en 1972 et ensuite avec Buddha Records aux États-Unis.
Le groupe devient rapidement populaire, en grande partie grâce
à son style énergique, et joue pour des grandes
foules - par exemple à la Centre Island de Toronto et
au Nathan Phillips Square - ainsi qu'à des émissions
télévisées telles que Musical Friends et
Canadian Bandstand. Ils font des tournées importantes
au Canada et aux États-Unis. Leur son, tendant à
l'origine vers le " bubble-gum " commercial, évolue
vers le rock classique. En 1968, ils produisent leur premier
45 tours " Hot Love ", suivi en 1972 de " Goodbye
Farewell " (no10 au Canada d'après le palmarès
du RPM) et sa version italienne " Bye Bye Bambino Occhi
Blue ". En 1973, le groupe sort son unique 33 tours, TIME
(GLP 2001 Gas Records), et le 45 tours additionnel " Gypsy
" (no 5 au Canada et succès international) et, en
1974, le 45 tour " Goddess of Nature ". Bertucci (né
Vincenzo Donato Bertucci à Calabre, en Italie) et Bartley
(né à Verdun, au Manitoba) écrivent la plupart
des chansons du groupe. Bertucci commence sa carrière
solo en 1975 et s'installe en Californie et, même s'il
enregistre toujours des 45 tours et se produit encore en tournée,
le groupe se sépare en 1976. Presque 30 ans plus tard,
les membres d'origine de Abraham's Children enregistrent un album
de retrouvailles (intitulé 30) à Toronto. En 2004,
Bertucci et les membres remplaçants jouant sous le nom
des Abraham's Children entreprennent des tournées en Californie
et au Canada.
Music Arranger, David Van De Pitte, dies at 67...I
remember working with David at RCA studios in Toronto Canada.
I was in awe to be musically connected with this icon arranger.
His unique and innovative style had my ears perched ready to
be filled with notes and melodies that would become the trademark
sound for Abraham's Children. Actually, it was that Van De Pitte
sound that he made so famous with such great artists as Marvin
Gaye's What's Going On album, considered to be a masterpiece
and one of the greatest contributions to soul music. He arranged
the sensual Lets Get It On album, Ball of Confusion and Psychedelic
Shack by the Temptations, Darling Dear by the Jackson 5, "I
Hear the Bells by the Originals, Keep on Truckin by Eddie Kendricks,
Indiana Wants Me by R. Dean Taylor, f I Were Your Woman by Gladys
Knight, "If You Really Love Me by Stevie Wonder and "Thank
You" and "Gypsy" by Abraham's Children among many
others. I learned so much in such a short time from this creative
soul that I continue to find myself applying the wayfaring knowledge
he generously left with me. JB
(google photo) BUBBLEGUM HERO
NORTH YORK, ONT -
and long time friend and dedicated Abraham's Children fan Gary
Gotlieb had a chance to schmooze just before the band went on
stage at the Toronto Centre For The Arts. Gary is the son of
the late Harry Gotlieb, Vice President of G.A.S. Records, who
personally handled the extensive marketing and promotions for
AC. Harry was responsible for seeing the band sell millions of
records worldwide and chart on Billboard, RPM and Cashbox. "I
remember Gary as a kid with a contagious smile and a positive
outlook on life", said Jimi. The two remain friends and
you can often catch Jimi at Gary's cottage when he's in Toronto.
(cont'd from call us)... It didn't take much
thought for the Canuck rocker, Jimi Bertucci, to dive in and
paint a very visual picture for my anticipated pen and paper.
"I would have to say, Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton, Canada.
It was an unforgettable night of events that stayed with us throughout
the years. "My ears perked up as Jimi explained that, prior
to that historic concert, they had performed at Center
Island in Toronto to a crowd of about 30-thousand hungry pop
fans who proudly displayed many of the t-shirts and posters that
were available for them at the show. "The Ivor show was
a trip, I recall. The dj from the local radio station, I believe
it was CKOC, came on stage and started doing his thing, reminding
the crowd to stay back from the stage for safety reasons. Well,
that was a lost cause. After about 5 minutes of ranting about
community efforts and other related things, the show began. We
were in our rented trailer, parked at the side of the 40-foot
stage. The lights were flashing like a storm of colors from the
dark skies...our cue to get ready. I was sitting back, sipping
on my Canada Dry ginger ale, when the dj made his annoucement."
"Ladies and gentlemen...(read more)
THE RADIO FROM iTUNES AND RECEIVE A CLASSIC AC STICKER.
I was wondering when the band
was planning any tours or dates in the next year. It's been awhile. I
last saw them in Liverpool NS Henry Jordon. NS
Chelsea London Alan Caddy - It was in the early
part of 1972 that I first met Alan. I recall he was a slender
man, that stood about 6' tall, with a very heavy British accent.
He was introduced to us by Gary Salter, then president of Avenue
Of America record label. Upon my initial encounter with Alan
we hit it off and I could see that I would like this man. Gary
had mentioned that he would probably be producing our album which
we were ready to start. This would be the follow-up to our first
commercial hit single, "Goodbye Farewell". Before I
get into the session, let me give you a bit of history on Mr.
Caddy. He was born in Chelsea, London, was classically trained,
and served as a soprano in Westminster Abbey. He studied violin
and was the leader of the orchestra at his school in Battersea.
Alan joined a skiffle group called the Five Nutters as a guitarist.
In 1958 he would join Johnny Kid and The Pirates and was regarded
as real rock n roller musician. He made his first TV debut with
that band on ITV's Disc Break in 1959 with their song "Please
Don't Touch", a moderate hit that established the group.
In 1960 the Pirates would come out with "Shakin All Over"
that would comfirm them as a staple pop band of the time. The
song would knock Cliff Richard from the top of the charts. After
about a year the band would begin to fade and soon decided to
pack it in. Alan would go on to form The Tornados. The band's
hit "Telstar" would stay on the British charts for
over 25 weeks with 5 of those at number one. It was released
in the US and Canada on the London label and would be the first
British record to reach number one on the Billboard Charts. The
Tornados would continue to release records but none of them could
achieve the success of "Telstar". By 1964 the group
was going through changes and Alan was well-placed to make a
living as a session musician, and even become a star in his own
right. In the early 70s he moved to Canada and started producing
cover albums for Avenue of America. Ok... back to AC. We began
recording the TIME album and the idea of having a British producer
was exciting and at times elevating from the standards that Canadian
bands were used to. His arrangements were magical. I would spend
many hours even after the sessions just watching and listening
too him work. Over the next couple of months we became really
good friends and shared many private moments together. When the
album was completed he came up to me and said, "I really
enjoyed working with you and I believe you are going to be a
star". I was wowed and thanked him for a incredible experience.
We would go on to begin a second album that would never see vinyl
heaven, but my memories of Alan are as vivid as if it were yesterday.
I was very sad when I heard of his passing in 2000. He will be
missed but can always be heard on "Gypsy", "Thank
You" and the rest of TIME BUBBLEGUM HERO
Toronto Center Island
1972 This was one of
the bands first big concerts and to their surprise, the crowd
went nuts. I recall these four guys on stage with no shirts on
and painted art on their chests and faces. They reminded me of
warrior indians ready for battle and perhaps they were. They
climbed on their instruments an0d began the mighty roars of melodic
thunder. I was blown away. I could feel the energy come off that
stage as if it were a raging ball of fire. This band was hot.
I was taken by the lily pad review the Toronto Star gave them.
Was the writer blind and deaf. Although the words were kind,
the reviewer missed the purpose of this atomic fusion that we
just witnessed. I have never been to a concert with this many
people, what an experience. Anyway read what the Star had to
Toronto Star newspaper wrote. "The most impressive group
of the day was Captain Midnite, four-man, Toronto-based band,
formerly known as Just Us. They were impressive because they
put everything they had into their music, going from song to
the next without a break never allowing the audience to come
down. " Toronto Star.
Jimi and Bobby
Toronto Center Island 30,000 people rockin and rolling... they
can't be wrong.
Keyboardist extraordinaire Will
Hare was good enough to fill in on a few Abies Babies gigs. Will
is currenty on a worldwide tour with Classiic Rock Albums.
a new adventure for Jimi. After almost ten years of living in
COVER STORY ABRAHAM'S
CHILDREN A NEW CHAPTER -
"Mrs. Norton once
referred to children as Fragile beginnings of mighty end."
Avenue of America's Gary Salter is now preparing his Abraham's
Children for a mighty beginning rather than "mighty end."
Their release on the G.A.S. label, "Goodbye Farewell",
was slow to start but with the combined efforts of manager Jack
Morrow and A&R man Paul Gross, they have now had the single
listed on almost seventy stations across Canada - a rarity, so
early on release. Morrow's telephone hype included calls to John
Oliver/CHEC Lethbridge: Al Jenssen CHAK Inuvik: Greg Stewart/CKWS
Kingston: Mike Christie/CKOM Saskatoon: Dave Hammond CFCY/ Charlottetown:
Doug McAllister CHNL/ Kamloops and many others in both principal
and breakout markets. Salter received their first boost from
radio with CKOC Hamilton who recognized the single as a "Potential
Hit". This was quickly followed by CFCF/ Montreal: CHED/Edmonton:
CKOM/Saskatoon: CKLC/ Kingston: CKLW/Windsor, and CKCK/Regina.
That started the hit churning and created a national breakout
with listings from coast to coast. Salter made a quick trip to
the US and firmed a deal with The Buddah Group who released the
the deck almost immediately. Because of the play on CKLW, several
US markets within the glant's listening area have provided a
healthy sales picture for the single. Abraham's Children now
have a firm foothold on the market, confirming Salter's faith
in the group. Says Salter: " When producing a record whether
it be a single or an album, we the people who finance the project,
must keep in mind to be competitive in the world-wide trade.
We also must remember that Canadian radio is more than capable
of breaking what can turn out to be a world-wide hit. This means
producing the kind of product that their programming requires,
and not taking advantage of the fact that under present legislation,
radio stations are required to play 30% Canadian content. I feel
"Goodbye Farewell" to be one of those records. Abraham's
Children; Brian Cotterill, drums: Ron Bartley, guitar: Bob McPherson,
organ: and Jimi Bertucci, bass who penned their hit single, have
been together in various, form, for more than five years. They,
like so many of their contemporaries, have hung on, hoping their
day would come, and knowing that when it did, they would be ready.
Under the capable guidance of independent writer/producer, Paul
Gross, the band finally came together. He believes that "Goodbye
Farewell" and Abraham's Children are "a super combination
that is only the beginning of what is destined to be the Canadian
success story of the year." On a recent tour of the Atlantic
Provinces, Abraham's Children pulled capacity houses and received
rave reviews. Brian Dunnine, a reporter for the St. John's Journal-Pioneer, wrote; "
What perhaps sets this group of young Canadian talent aside,
is their friendliness. They have not acquired the attitudes associated
with top recording artists, that of the mighty visiting the small.
Rather, all four could be described as being average young Canadians,
if you could call producing two hit songs both of which are on
local hit parade, average". According to their manager,
Jack Morrow, the group " is the most dynamic, hard-working
band in North America", and further predicts that they will
be " without a doubt, the hottest act in show business in
one year." He also challenges any other band to match Abraham's
Children on the same billing. That's manager talk-but Morrow's
proof of this claim is their 30,000 draw at Toronto's Center
Island and another 25,000 at the Toronto CNE and packed house
after house wherever they appear.
One On One On Radio...(cont'd
from contact)...an audience that would
remain dedicated to this day. Change has a way of determining
our direction and possibilities, and nothing lasts forever. He
has seen many phases go in and out of style, but the integrity
of his fun-loving personality sustains all stages of entertaining
evolution. We could go on and on how he revolutionized FM radio
by offering the listening ears more than your basic,, tossed
salad, but Marsden is complex and mirrors many facets as both
an artist, and an individual. He is the story teller, and whether
it makes sense or not, you are drawn in and seduced, surrendering
your complete attention to his entrée. This man's intrinsic
airwave intuition has made him in demand and if you were one
of the lucky stations that could afford his talent, ruled. His
appearance at special events would dominate the scene, as his
fans would swarm, to get his autograph or their picture taken
The young dreamer was not only inhaling these vapors of attention,
he was also beginning to reciprocate the feelings of success, within a snub-nosed
industry, calculated by
foreign propaganda. David mocks the status quo. He believes that
if one's platform is limited, the results will also be hindered.
The transformation of radio has peaked, for now. The cookie-cutter
shaped deejays, that can sometimes be as annoying as telemarketers
during dinner, are trying to spoon feed a sense of mainstream
mediocrity. So, where does David fit in, among all this candy-floss
of musical merry-go-rounds? When I first heard that he was back
in the radio rat race, I couldn't help but display a big smile,
and tell my friends that the Marsbar had landed, making a galactic
entrance, and all our dials must be precisely synchronized to
encounter his schism. The new generation is able to grasp this
faceless monitor, and his tribal messages that allow the young
force to interpret the poetic jargon, within a social context,
if there is any. Here, in Tinsletown, we can often be spoiled,
or numbed, by the on-going themes of personalities. The search
for creative, quality entertainment is of global proportion,
and the rewards are programs that are best suited for the individual's
needs. I recall the first time I watched...(read
Guitarist Ron Bartley, bassist Jimi Bertucci , drummer Brian
Cotterill and keyboard player Bob McPherson got their start in
the late 1960's with the Toronto-based Just Us. That outfit subsequently
morphed into Captain Midnight's Dirty Feet (great name), but
ran into a problem with Captain Midnight's publishers. The threat
of legal action was enough to see the quartet opt for another
name switch - this time around Abraham's Children. Signed to
the small Toronto-based G.A.S. Records, the band enjoyed a Canadian
top-40 hit with their debut 45 'Goodbye-Farewell'. Their 1973
follow-up 'Gypsy' went top-10, leading G.A.S. to finance an LP.
Unfortunately, by the time the group started recording the album,
musical tensions had begun to flare. G.A.S. executes demanded
the band continue to work in a commercial pop vein, while the
band members were interested in a harder-rock sound. Guess which
side won the fight? (read more)
THE RIDE was a project that Ron
and Dan had put together after the demise of AC. We will attempt
to get more info on this band when we speak to Dan Smith or Ron
became a very intricate
part of AC. We started to have more control over the music and
Danny made it solid, hard and tight."My bass became a part
of the drums."
THE BOYS AN EMAIL
TORONTO, CANADA When a company celebrates
50 years of existence it is a big deal. When Chum radio lights
the 50 candles it's a humungos city celebration. One of the hottest
dj's to hit the airwaves, was a good looking young man with a
voice that said RADIO. Scott Carpenter returned to the helm as
comfortable as he was 30 years ago when he hosted The Scott Carpenter
Show. The Boogie Man as he was and is still known. displayed
the same enthusiasm on air today as if it were yesteryear. Chum
has been spinning hits and entertaining the metropolis since
we can remember. Jimi and his band Abraham's Children have a
lot to thank the monster of AM radio, they've been playing his
music since 1972. When Jimi received an email from Scott asking
if he would be his guest artist while in Toronto, Jimi was honored.
He remembers the Boogie Man and all the kind words he would always
say about AC. Jimi thought it would be fun to bring Nick Mancuso
along for some humorous tech decor. They arrived at the landmark
station and were greeted by Brad Jones program director.The studio
was buzzing and the air was so thick of nostalgia you'd swear
Elvis was hanging around. Jimi and Nick settled in their chairs
and the circus began. cheers...
Toronto, Canada Jimi signs the celeb wall. Listen to
the interview with Gord James on CHUM radio. Chum prepares to
celebrate fifty years of putting music in the airwaves. Jimi
has appeared on Chum radio many times over the years and still
enjoys the mystery of radio interviews."I'm sad that CHUM
is no longer around, we have lost a bit of misical history. (
listen to the last interview on CHUM )
1050 CHUM radio personality
the late Marc Chambers goofing off with Marisa Lang manager and
publicity agent for Jimi Bertucci and Abraham's Children. The
Hollywood on Queensway is a very popular night spot in Toronto,
Canada and features some of the top recording artists in music
today. Besides spinning the hits at the club,Marc also played
AC hits on his show on CHUM radio almost daily. He said "
Abraham's Children is a great Canadian band ". It's been
rumored that AC may be doing a live concert this summer at the
club. If you want to find out more about the possible gig send
Marisa an email
for an update.
Having listened to this one a half dozen
times, I've got to tell you these guys barely qualify as a rock
band, let alone a psych act. Quality pop outfit yeah, but psych?
Definitively not... Guitarist Ron Bartley, bassist Jimi Bertucci
, drummer Brian Cotterill and keyboard player Bob McPherson got
their start in the late 1960s with the Toronto-based Just Us.
That outfit subsequently morphed into Captain Midnight's Dirty
Feet (great name), but ran into a problem with Captain Midnight's
publishers. The threat of legal action was enough to see the
quartet opt for another name switch - this time around Abraham's
Children. Signed to the small Toronto-based G.A.S. Records, the
band enjoyed a Canadian top-40 hit with their debut 45 'Goodbye-Farewell'.
Their 1973 follow-up 'Gypsy' went top-10, leading G.A.S. to finance
an LP. Unfortunately, by the time the group started recording
the album, musical tensions had begun to flare. G.A.S. executes
demanded the band continue to work in a commercial pop vein,
while the band members were interested in a harder-rock sound.
Guess which side won the fight? Produced by Paul Gross (who contributed
a couple of tracks to the LP), 1973's "Time" offered
up a mix of the earlier singles and new studio material. Boasting
three lead singers in Bartley, Bertucci and Cotterill, the entire
set was enjoyable, with tracks such as 'Children's Song' and
'How To Be A Lady' showcasing the group's knack for writing and
performing commercial pop. Imagine a Canadian version of Pilot,
or The Raspberries and you'll get a feel
for most of the album. The group also enjoyed a third Canadian
hit with the bouncy 'Thank You'. It's interesting that the two
best songs are also the least commercial. Both 'Woman 'O Woman'
and the group-penned 'Workin' for the Man' are thumping rockers,
albeit with harmony vocals that make radio stations so happy.
Following the album's release the band underwent an ongoing series
of personnel changes that saw Bertucci, Cotterili and McPherson
all quit. With replacements the band struggled on for three more
years, during which time they shortened their name to 'The Children''.
They also released one final non-LP single - 1974's 'Goddess
of Nature' on Rampage. The group finally called it quits in 1976.
Bartley, Dinardo and O'Shea subsequently formed Bang. Bertucci
continued to record under the name 'Jimi B'. The band has reformed
and continues to tour to this day, along with a retrospective
double CD titled "30". [SB] Patrick The Lama
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In a rock vein, the Toronto
quintet Abraham's Children have had two hit singles with UA and
will be recording an album in August.
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Reseda, CA Yes it's the ageless
Dick Clark. Back in the seventies Dick heard of a young upcoming
band named Abraham's Children. He had heard one of the bands
songs on the radio...curious
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Bobby was the quiet,but not reserved member of
the band. When it came to making a decision ...the wait was forever....oh
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Just had a chance to listen to
some of your songs, actually all of them WOW they were great.
You don't often get songs of this caliber on the web, I'm very
impressed. Rudy - Brazil...more feedback
CANADA D' EH
There's something magical, without getting too ethereal, when
a group of people can get together for a....(read
DYK - Before they were CMDF, AC, JIMI B, THE POLICE,
they were simply know as Just Us.
Through My Window
Through my window there are many worlds
Some created some visible only to my eyes
The flying machines the crashing beams
Waterfalls clouds that resemble cotton balls
Aging man youthful girls purple trees
Through my window I can fly high
Converse with the moon touch the sky
Slide on rainbows soak in the rain
Build castles of sand feel no pain
Through my window she waits for me
To journey in lands of fantasy
Never a clock or time to rush
Treasures of love that ooze and gush
Through my window my music is free
Profound are the words meaning to me
Naked I stand without fault or shame
Never to judge the riches I gain
Through my window life is precious
Full of hope and unpretentious
Children laugh with sound elation
GET YOUR FILL OF POETRY
My days as a blogger or forum
gladiator are behind me. Ok, perhaps I will indulge in the odd
verbal sparring on occasion to satisfy the addict endorphins
I created while spinning my opinionated views. The lesson learned
during this combative rebuttal of wit made me come to several
conclusions. When you are in a political forum or blog, no matter
what your craterous ideals are, the chances of converting others
to your ideologies are slim to nil. However, if one displays
some form of intellectualism during the font-trading refutation,
intimidation will appear obvious causing a noticeable affliction
on the screen.
For example, I appeared on
a blog that was praising a newly released film by Bill Maher
called Religulous. I was amazed by how many people supported
the actions of this unscrupulous low-life character. Here is
a man with the opportunity to use HBO and its affiliates to promote
peace and unity in an environment that is so hurting for compassion
and a positive spin on everyday existence, and yet he continues
to condemn one's spiritual or religious beliefs. I was very aware
of his atheist persuasion and his overwhelming dislike for the
Christian and Catholic communities. His lack of moral behavior
I attribute to his low self-esteem as a youth and askew upbringing.
Educated at a couple of decent schools and colleges I could not
comprehend his direction of demoralizing the fabric of our establishment.
This was my first of many offerings to this blog, that would
later become a personal assault on this despicable excuse for
a human being. I chose to appropriately name myself.
I would not waste my time or money to see a hacker like you on
the big screen. It's bad enough I accidentally see you on TV
and that irks me deeply. Why don't you try washing your hair
see Bill, with HD television we can all see your ugliness, physically
and what's in that small pea of a brain. Bill am I being too
hard? Gee! You and Maxine Waters would make a great couple; you
are both from the same place, the sewers of society. And let's
talk about your nose that fills the screen. I imagine it comes
in handy when you are bent over sniffing Liberal butts. The main
reason I don't order HBO is you Bill that's right. Until they
change their format and put someone in your slot that has some
integrity, just then I might order it
NA. Ok Bill I have
to go and watch O'Reilly at least he baths and washes his hair. (The Blog)
Buddah Records: Was the ultimate bubblegum label .
It was the home to 1910 Fruit Gum Company, Neil Sedaka , Paul
Anka, Abraham's Children, Ohio Express , Shadows of Knight, David
Cassidy, Melanie, Gladys Night and The Pips, and an endless list
of others. The founding member of Buddah was a visionary man
named Neil Bogart. Abraham's Children first met Neil, when he
was invited to attend a showcase of the band, in Toronto, Canada.
GAS Records , the Children's Canadian label , had set up this
elaborate concert showcase in the premier hotel, Inn On The Park
, Neil was flown in with around 15 other major US labels.
morning host Brother Bob weekday mornings from 6:00am - 10:00am!
and request "Thank You" "Gypsy" "Goodbye
Farewell" from Abraham's Children. (REQUEST)
and Brian 2004 Amber Studio, Toronto, Canada
Published on Feb 23, 2013
For me writing has always been
a form of anthropologic dig. Over the years I have stored many
memoirs in the database of my mind, the recollections of which
are often triggered by daily happenings. I call this clipboard
of tales...a mental canvas covered with oddities of script that
have somehow managed to penetrate my inner soul. It may seem
arrogant of me to think that other people would enjoy the tidbits
of my colorful life but, in true form, I nevertheless proceed
to smother you with my ramblings and music. I do hope you enjoy
listening to these gathered thoughts that reflect a brief moment
in space and time.
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