Very impressive! You know, all
this time, especially being here in Malaysia, I felt my music
collection wasn't complete (or even my soul) without having the
song "Gypsy'. It's such a haunting beautiful piece that
I almost melted just hearing the clip. Can't wait to get my hands
on the CD. Was one of my all-time faves growing up and it still
is. Allan - Malaysia (send us your feedback)
Brenda MacKenzie I remember this! Wow!I
remember the hosts name was Grantly.Too funny.Jimi you were the
reason why I bleached 2 streaks in the front of my hair.I believe
I looked a bit like Peter Rabbit when I walked! ;)
Well Marisa, your youngest fan
may be my son. If he dislikes a song, he won't waste his time
listening to it - he LOVES Radio Ga Ga and It's a Kind of Magic
by Queen -- but when he listened to Gypsy he just stood there
and when I asked if he liked the song he nodded his head and
wanted to listen to it twice more! He loved the end especially
'when the wind blows'. :) Allan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (01/28/06)
honored Jim B. for you subscribing to me, wow. I wouldn't have
had the life I've had without the happiness Abie's Babies has
always provided me, thanks for the many splendid years! Klaatubes
Wow man I think I remember playing
some of those? songs with you Jimi in the 70's............. ouchiwawa/thrash
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...well there were other great
songs on it as well.
I saw Abies Babies in 1975
in Montreal , Canada and it is still one of the best concerts
I ever attended. Rene. Val d'or, Que.
Thank-you Marisa. Hard to believe that Brian
is gone. He is surely not forgotten. The Seventies were so exciting
for Canadian musicians. Brian and Abraham's Children played significant
parts in the ultimate history of Canadian rock n' roll. Yours
in great music ...Nevin Grant CKOC Radio Hamilton
Jim Was that you in the photo with
the lovely lady ??? George O - Mississauga Ont
Video de Musica Abraham's Children
- Gypsy (1973) Descripcion del video: Canadian bubblegum/rock band, popular in the
70's. From their only album, Time. Rare LP. Reissued on cd which
is bound to become very rare as well. Abraham's Children Pop
group formed in Toronto in the late 1960s with Jimi Bertucci
(bass), Ron Bartley (guitar), Bob McPherson (keyboards) and Brian
Cotterill (drums), and Shawn O'Shea (guitar) as of 1973. Known
first as Captain Midnight's Dirty Feet, and later as Abraham's
Children or simply The Children, the band played in Toronto clubs
before being signed to Gas Records around 1972, and then to Buddha
Records in the US. The band quickly became popular, largely for
their energetic performance style, and played for large crowds,
eg, at Toronto's Centre Island and Nathan Phillips Square, as
well as on Canadian television shows such as Musical Friends
and Canadian Bandstand. They began touring widely in Canada and
the US. Their sound, initially verging on commercial "bubblegum,"
later evolved to classic rock. Their first single was the 1968
self-released "Hot Love," followed by "Goodbye
Farewell" in 1972 (No. 10 in Canada on RPM's Adult chart)
and its Italian equivalent, "Bye Bye Bambino Occhi Blue."
Their sole LP, TIME, was released in 1973 (GLP 2001 Gas Records),
and the additional singles "Gypsy" in [...].
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Cool. When did you play the Whiskey? Peter Foldy.
Hollywood, CA (send us your feedback)
Hey Jimi, is a great pleasure to receive
your news. I'm touring with Mauri Sanchis in Spain: Madrid, Valencia,
Sevilla, etc. Ok, we chat soon.
Ciao, my friend.We chat soon. Spain
Jim ... I just YOU TUBE'D the song GYPSY ... wow ... I was 20
years old in 1973 and did that song ever give me goose bumps
today ... I remember definitely seeing Abraham's Children in
all of those festivals all those years ago but I had forgotten
which song you guys did ... fantastic memories ... great song! Fernando C. Canada
What?! All the HITS by Abrahams
Children on one CD? Yes, the rumors are true!! Im told
that fan requests were overwhelming. To their credit the record
the session assistant to senior recording mixer Mark Smith at
RCA Recording Studios in Toronto for "Abraham's Children"
recording of "Gypsy" in December 1972. Most of the
music tracks were already "in-the-can" from previous
sessions and I was involved with recording the lead vocal? tracks
& some additional piano embellishments played by the lead
vocalist (can't remember his name). See my Facebook page "Dan
Schear" click INFO then scroll down to "RCA Recording
Studios" for details Dan Shear Toronto
song of theirs. I also like "Goodbye farewell". It
was played a lot growing up in Monteal in the 70s. Another CDN
classic song from a time far away. Todays music TOTALLY SUCKS
compared to back then.
So many of these sonsg are so hard to find on CD, stuff from
Abraham's Children, Edward Bear, Fludd, Bearfoot, Copperpenny,
Ken Tobias and others.
Thanks for posting this? song! Cheesa
Well you tap on her window and
knock on her door See if shell let you inside But the Gypsy
Lady from Country Creek Lets you stay all nite She was
brilliant as Gold Her beauty was as real as the sky ? She foretells
tomorrow by looking in your eyes Shes known all around
as, trouble to the younger men She takes boys in
her arms And turns them out in changed over men
and a pretty fan...looks like more than a fan...loverboy.
yes they were in Nova Scotia in?
1973 because I saw them in Stellarton so they must have played
in the Halifax area. Lois NS
I am pretty sure they played a
dance in clayton park jr high when halifax west high was being
renovated back in the 1970s. me and a buddy help carry there
gear in the gym
from there van if not was a good cover band always remembered
this song. can someone tell me if it was them was only about
14 at the time. ? carb
My? brother got to see them in
Saint John,when this song was a hit, we were both summer students
working for NB Power but I was working in Dahousie, he still
likes to rub it in, prick!
to their website and bought? 3 CD's... never tire of listening
to thier music, especially Gypsy.
the album "Time" by Abraham's Children on CD. I don't
know? how to upload music on youtube. The album is a classic.
An excellent song by Abraham's
Children brings back memories of high school I would appreciate
it if they could post Thank You which was the first single released
from the album TIME it? is definitely another gem.
Sault College 1973? What a
What a great
band! I am glad I discovered this band thru your videos. Thank
you.? What city were these guys out of? ---SteadyCam1969 Don
Bowlby - TORONTO
si entendiese ingles a la perfeccion
seguramente? no lo necesitaria, pero entiendo tanto ingles como
vos seguro español (POR FAVOR, pensemos antes de actuar). Argentina
tune! Love this band! Still have my vinyl copy? of this album. Kyle
group !!! Pat Palmer - Oliver, British Columbia, Canada
I? never knew this group was canadian.
I absolutely still love this song...(Goddess Of Nature)
You hit the nail on the head.
I've got chills sitting here. Haven't heard this since I was
a teenager? in the early 70's. This is some amazing time travelling
my friend. Thanx for the classic comment!!! Corea Kixx (Gypsy)
They? played the Brandon University
Dining hall in 1972 morley bolero (YouTube feedback)
This is? a 60s classic. This music will
never die. I love this song denise kelly (YouTube feedback)
I? hear the great sounds of CATHY
YOUNG as the Gypsy.. a Juno Award winner on your tracks!
How cool is that! Cathy Young Toronto Canada - the coolest
Hi Jimi is AC planning on playing in
Toronto in the near future? Alfie Loreti. Toronto Canada
Hey Jimi, loved the music. Was that you singing.
Great voice.Virginia N. - Toronto, Canada
Abe's Babes Oh the memories this brings back.
is a short documentary piece on a Toronto group that hit the
big time in the early/mid 70's. They signed to Buddha Records
( home of the the Ohio Express and the 1910 Fruitgum Company)
which caused them to be labeled a "bubblegum" group.
In fact they were anything but bubblegum, however being good
looking, young guys that served them well in an era which put
a premium on female, teenage fans.
Jimi Bertucci dropped by CHUM during our 50th anniversary celebration
in 2007, and I had him come into the studio with me to chat awhile.
We always liked the guys a lot, mainly because they never succumbed
to the "Big Head" disease that so many other performers
seemed to catch back in the day. Pat Bergin (CHUM RADIO) click
the link https://youtu.be/DRgTftj0nNc
of my favorite Canadian bands of the early 70s, only saw them
live once but had all of their music only two albums if I remember
correctly. When bands had organs and the flute was popular. Don
Doiron Halifax, NS
- We used to play Gypsy, Goodbye-Farewell, and Goddess of Nature.
Saw this on FB: HEY GANG WANT
A CLASSIC STICKER FOR YOUR COLLECTION. GET THIS ABRAHAM'S CHILDREN
(ACTUAL SIZE) JUST BY EMAILING US AT firstname.lastname@example.org
AND WE WILL MAIL IT OUT TO YOU. FREE HURRY!!!
May I please have one. Vickie
rita b - Just a great song thanks!?
Got home to find a great
surprise from Abraham's Children founder and friend Jimi Bertucci.
An autographed CD-Single of the phenomenal hit record "Gypsy".
You've really made my day Jimi B. and I can't thank you enough!
It's going into a frame and onto my Cancon wall of greatness.
Gord Ritchie - Redding California
Hi Jimi hope you get this message
I saw some of your youtube videos live at the Whisky and they
were awesome great band. When will you be performing in LA again?
Email us or call 416 941-9905
Toronto or 323 536-6668 Los Angeles .......................................
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the store and buy a cd.
ABRAHAM'S CHILDREN AFTER A FEW DATES WERE FIRED FROM THE STAMPEDERS
Jimi B. it's here!! Thank you
soooo much. It's amazing. We'll be ordering Time on CD off your
site Kimberly says. Thanks so much. We'll play it on our McIntosh
system tonight, just got back, thanks Jimi
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...read
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 (read more)
" 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". (read more) ABRAHAM"S
CHILDREN NEW CHAPTER
Hollywood, CA 2007 -
When I think of 911 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...(Brian's
I will be doing a tribute to Brian
tonight on CHUM between 7-7:30 PM. I'm going to play a segment
of the 50th reunion show when Jimi Bertucci was an in-studio
guest, and Brian called in. We talked about the Toronto music
scene of the 1970s, Canadian Idol etc. You can listen via the
stream at www.1050chum.com if you're not located within the station's
broadcast range. If you want me to do so, I'll be happy to e-mail
an mp3 of the segment, just reply to this. Scott Carpenter To
Brian's wife and friends, our condolences. Scott Carpenter
from On The Radio) Filled with excitement Robert ran back
to his agent's office for the promo picture and returned to Columbia.
The next day they called him. "It was three months with
Sinatra over the summer and then they flew me out here to do
three more weeks of pick up shots, staying at the Beverly Hills
Hotel," said Davi.
This bigger-than-life bad boy who had studied opera still maintains
his moral values when it comes to selecting projects, which begged
the question; "How does a man with so much dedication towards
his faith perform horrific acts of violence in many of his movies?"
I could see my query had touched a nerve, as a moment of silence
followed before the answer came. "I didn't start as an actor.
I started as a singer. The roles I play bring me to the public."
He continued with words about spirituality and faith in a well-informed
monolog of truth and curiosity. He expressed his fondness for
the rituals of the Latin mass, for its theatricality and mystery.
"My cousins were cynical. One, in particular, couldn't understand
my blind faith, as he was seeking out everything else. He went
on to explain that there had been many roles he refused to take
because he thought they were too dark. On the other hand, the
acting allows him to do what he really enjoys best, and that
is to sing. "My singing expresses the totality of who I
am," Davi added. I wasn't sure whether he had answered my
question or not, and I wasn't going to backtrack to words long
forgotten. I understood the logic behind Mr. Davi's explanation.
Moving on I asked him about the sixties and if drugs had played
a role at anytime for him during the free love days. "I
always got high on life and I liked girls a lot".
Let's skip to what Davi is doing today. This pop-jazz crooner
is doing just that, performing his latest series of concerts
and receiving accolades for "Davi Sings Sinatra." Quincy
Jones declares Davi to be the reincarnate of "old blue eyes"
right down to the attitude." On the film side, his latest
movie "Iceman" is creating a Hollywood buzz.
Robert Davi is the American dream. A youth determined to succeed
with his fantasy and aspirations of grandieur. Now, in his prime,
this rugged man knows there are no limits to what one can accomplish
as long as he remains focused...his words. I listened to Mr.
Davi sing and you can't help but be drawn in and intoxicated
by his sublime power of hypnosis. BUBBLEGUM HERO
Saturday night was fantastic at the
Italian Walk of Fame in Toronto!! It was fun performing for a
great audience!! Superb inductees; Lou Biffis, John Saxton, Jennifer
Dale and Robert Davi! A memorable moment was working with Actor/Singer
Robert Davi in prepping the band for his performance of Frank
Sinatra songs! Fantastic voice ...the room resonated with the
audience's applause after Mr. Davi uttered his first line...
"I got the world on a string" ...and boy did he ever!!
Thanks to Jimi Bertucci, Marisa Lang and all the committee members
for taking the time and effort in recognizing the great works
of Italians around the world! I look forward to next year and
hope to see you all there!! Side note to the IWF...perhaps next
year's inductee can include Jon Bonjovi (wink wink)! Click like
and share if you would like Jon Bonjovi inducted into the Italian
Walk of Fame !! BUBBLEGUM HERO
Just bumming around on you tube and
searched for Abrahams Children and lo & behold there they
were. To me this was an awesome find, as I saw this band numerous
times in the early 70's. A freind of mine at the time ( Ted Kalis
) booked bands into area hotels in the St. Catharines area and
these guy's played at the Queensway hotel in a bar called the
Purple Onion Room. Ted called me and said ,Gord I've just booked
this band you have to see. I was amazed how good these guy's
were and bought their album and played it forever until in one
move I lost it. I was eccstatic to find they have a CD out that
I can purchase as I always wondered what happened to them, I
had heard they had gone to California and that was that!! Great
news from a fan forever,met them back then and thought they were
a great bunch of guys. PS if you have contact with the band ask
them if they remember Ted and the Purple Onion Room. Gord &
Joanne Brown St. Catherines ON Joined The FanFactory
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 .
wanted to see Abraham's Children...I was going to buy a ticket
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because you and the other dumb jerks that agree with you (they
will be moving in with you when it's all said and done) You can't
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him in a house that most of your relatives have been sucking
dry. You are a disgrace not only to the American people but also
to the many African Americans that want more than a hand out
Have a nice day... (order the book THE
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YAHOO ANSWERS 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. (read more bubblegum)
Hi Jimi, "In grade 8 I went
to a high school concert to see a band called
Abraham's Children. I stayed behind and had the band sign the
back of my new shearling jacket. I was only 13 or 12 not sure,
and my Father was waiting. When everyone had left, and I was
was still inside...he came in for me.*eeks*I guess the bands
truck that said 'Lock up your daughters The Children are coming'
tipped him off. Many many years later...40 ish...I found the
lead singer here! Love ya Jimi Bertucci :) So nice to keep up
with the past, where things had brought you musical
joy." Brenda M
- First time Ive heard this song. Great. Zoomer Radio.?
- #119 on Hot 100. I first heard about this song while reading
the "Bubbling under Hot 100" book :)?
I was fourteen when I first
saw Abraham's Children. I tried to get back to their dressing
room but this security gurad told me to forget it. I did manage
to to see them at the meet and greet. They signed my poster and
my 45 of "Thank You" Yvonne C. Halifax NS
What a wonderful thing this internet.
I was searching for Abraham's Children not knowing what to expect.
I remember a big party they attended in Moncton and I happened
to be there. They were so awesome and friendly. I now live in
SF but will always remember that night. Anthony W. SF Cali
show at the Hollywood was amazing. You have such a great rock
voice. Everbody at my table enjoyed the concert. You rock. Nick
I was in grade nine that year and the band came to play for our
Graduation at Wellington Jr. Hi. in Edmonton, Alberta. I remember
the thrill when one of the members of the band held my hand and
kissed it while I was trying to get an autograph. I thought that
I had died and gone to heaven. Needless to say, I didn't dance
much that evening as I was too busy drooling all over the stage.?
Absolutely fantastic tune. Thanks so much for sharing it!?
was an honor to be a part of the day and part of the walk of
fame. I couldnt be happier or more blessed. Thanks for the support.
All the best. Bobby Curtola, Las Vegas, NV
Hi There! My name is Gordon And
Im from Scotland. Whilst at work today I was Hi-Fi playing all
the NEW POP/ROCK songs. Anyway I like yours and a couple others
alot.Yours is Fun! So what I done is when I got home I downloaded
it. I was wondering If you would like me to put you on our Station?
Let me know what you think! Gordon - Scotland
I never heard of this they are really good. Back then Canadian
music didn't play a lot here. If we had today's access to music
back then they would have been big here
hmmm.....I'd say, Jimi's poetry reflects a certain
vulnerability, depth, and soul most men do not display, let alone
possess. Lisa - California.
Jimi this is my friend Paul and of
course you know Paul. It was a great show wish you were here...Paul,
Las Vegas , Nevada
Jimi you really rocked the house in
Yucaipa last night, awesome job my man. I got some great photos...cheers
John Rowlands Palm Springs, CA Joined The Fan Factory
HI, I received the two books today
(July 3). What a thrill and I'm enjoying the stories a lot. Thank
you so much and the autographs are pure treats for me. How kind
of you all to do that. Fran - Germany
Great music...fabulous and awesome Jimi...great
night all in all. Had a great time...glad to have been part of
it. Thank you! Love the CD collection!! The best of luck for
many, many sales and many more concerts. Victoria, Toronto, Canada
youre keeping well...the Pics and Interview are now on my website...
Rock N Rays Hall Of Fame page..Thanks...You are the Best !!XO
Ray - CKOC radio Hamilton, Ont. Canada
seeing you at that cattle call in Hollywood remember...
saw Abraham's Children 22 times. Yes I was a grade A groupie.
I travelled all over Canada and some parts of the states to see
them in concert. They were an awesome bunch of guys and a hot
band. Rachel B. - Calgary, Alberta
Your concert in Sault Ste. Marie
was incredible I have never been to a concert like that. I remember
reading about the show next day in the Star, I think the writer
enjoyed it as well. Regina Adams - SSM Canada
I can't believe
it took me so long to find you guys on the web. I remember when
the band played all over Nfld it was like the Beatles were in
town. You fellas sure had the girls going even this one. Great
to see this website with so much about Abraham's Children. Thanks
for the memories and the music. Fiona D. - Carbonear NFLD
Hi,I just recently
came across the website of Abraham's Children, oh the memories
came flooding back to 1974 when they played at our school Queen
Elizabeth Composite High in Edmonton, my girlfriends and I had
the opportunity to meet and spend sometime with them. It was
a wonderful day and one that won't be forgotten. I received at
the time their drum cover signed by all four.(Jimi, Brian, Ron,
Bob) One of them had the nickname SquirrIey, I think it was Brian.
I kept the drum cover around for years until my parents decided
that it neeed to go once I left home. After touring the website,
I was sadden to hear about Brian, I still remember his sense
of humor and how the four of them could be the best of friends
one minute and angry the next and it was Brian who always turned
things around. When we the girls get together and reminisce about
old times, this is alway brought up, I wonder what happened to
Abraham's Children and now I can share the website with them.
This has been a great afternoon touring the website and catching
up on Abraham's Children. Carol- Fort McMurray, AB
a 45 year old that just got his first computer, Gypsy was my
first download and burn. Boy am I gonna have some fun.As an 11yr
old I used to listen to Jim,Ron and the guys practice in Jims
basement. At 70 Hucknall Rd in Downsview Ont and somwhere on
Dufferin St south of Bloor St later on.I remember Jim as a real
nice guy.He new I really enjoyed his music and Invited my friend
Brian and I to watch them practice.Needless to say it was something
I will never forget.I was to young to go to clubs but was able
to buy the vinyl.So if what I see on the list of up and coming
tour dates, I will see them in Woodbridge in October.I dont know
if Jim remembers the little guy down the hall with four sisters
but I sure as hell remember him! I too play music recreationaly
and am sure Abrahams Children was an influence. Thanks and look
forward to a live club preformance. P.S. I also remember you
had a nice wife and toddler size daughter back then,hope all
is well. Rick Rawlings of Alton ont. (send
us your feedback)
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on life's irony, while throwing a hardball straight in your face.
He'll change it up, next is a curve, and before you know it,
you've struck out, are sitting back in the dugout, but enjoying
the thrill of the game, all the way. He might be a switch hitter,
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The young man that felt his share of emotional upheaval and challenged
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Ciao Magazine California
TO AC - I was on the net the other day with my son we
were looking at bands from the 70's, as a thought I asked him
to see if you had a website .There you were. As I read through
the pages the memories began to flow, so Iam writing to share
a memory with you . It was 1973 - 1974 I was a young teenager
living on manitoulin Island in Northern Ontario. It was our spring
dance at Manitoulin Secondary School in west bay .The band played
that night and were awesome. Come the end of the night as you
were all packing up to leave you had no idea how to get from
west bay to little current . as my friend and I were going to
little current anyway we offered to take you were you needed
to go. We hopped in your station wagon ( I think it was a station
wagon) and we road with you to little current. You guys droped
us off a! nd headed on your way. To this day I remember that
night. I how great you guys were to 2 country girls and how giddy
we were for weeks afterwords. I say you again once more (that
same year I think around New Years) at the Gasworks in toronto.
That was the last time. I am glad that I could shared this memory
with you . Thanks for the memory. carol finch (send us your feedback)
bello! Tanti Auguri for your concert tonight It will surpass
all expectations, I am sure. Keep me informed. Elena - Germany.
A CD single, that's amazing.
I'm really honoured to be offered that from you Jimi, I can't
thank you enough. It's so crazy all these years later being able
to chat with you here. That song came on chum early in 1973 and
I ran out right away and bought it at Sam's in Scarborough. It
became one of my roller skating tunes that year too. I bought
the album later on and I couldn't get over the thickness of that
dam vinyl. I'm so pleased to have these treasures for our main
stereo room here at home Jimi, you're fatatic. Gord Ritchie -
Great job Jimi! I've been listening
to it over and over again and it is definitely a catchy theme.
I really like the build up from the intro... very upbeat, clean
and fresh... works well with the whole concept of the event...
I think the guitar riffs add an Italian sound/touch which I really,
really like... horns sound great too.Sandra - Toronto, Canada
LISTEN TO SPERANzA TO SEE WHAT SANDRA IS TALKING ABOUT.
i've been checking out the A. Children sites & wanted to
get in touch with Jimi. I still have a couple of reminders of
the band (a poster of you all in front of a tree) & a poor
copy of Gypsy... but I've been waiting for The Greastest Hits..to
come out on C.D. Abrahams Children was one of the greatest rock
groups to amerge from Canada & i'm proud to say I know them...anyways
if you could help me here I'm at Sincerly Paul Sanders Orangeville
By JIM SLOTEK - Toronto Sun - Recently,
while lined up at The Sun cafeteria, I found myself next to Shawn
O'Shea of our business office -- the best-preserved grandfather
you'll ever meet and a bit of an old hipster. I admitted to him
that in a sentimental moment, I'd downloaded the '70s radio hit
Gypsy from his old band Abraham's Children, and offered to buy
him a coffee in lieu of royalties.He demurred, good-naturedly,
offering the opinion that the song's been out of print for a
long time and it should pretty much be public domain at this
point. I got the feeling he felt it was just nice to be remembered.
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I know you won't remember, but I met you in Charlottetown, PE
in 1972. You played at the Confederation Centre. One of the first
radio interviews I did. I was 17 at the time . Alot older now
no wiser, still rocking & rollin on the radio. I'm having
a hard time finding the hits from the 1970's. I host the Saturday
Morning Retro Rewind on OCEAN100, live every weekend, featuring
the 70's at 7. I played all your hits when they were hits. If
its possible, I'm looking for a CD with all of the hits on it.
With your permission, I would like to add them to my 70's Canadian
gold rotation. Ron Gillespie Production Manager CHTN-Ocean100
/CKQK-Krock105.5 ...ok gang call Ron and request
some AC & Jimi B music....
My parent's first new car was
a 73 Buick station wagon. I remember as a 13 year old camping
in it the first night we had it. With the AM dial on CFCY, Jimi
was interviewed about Abraham's Children playing in Abraham's
Village here on PEI! They played "Thank You" after
the interview. That song stuck to me like glue all these years!
I found the song again last week. Not having heard it for 35
years, I enjoyed the memory trip back in that new 73 Buick Century!
Best wishes from PEI! JD
site! I remember Abraham's Children's "Thank You" and
"Gypsy" getting played on CKLW back in the day. Now
I play those and other AC songs on "The Lost And Found Oldies
Show" Fridays 3-5pm EST www.wvkr.org
(plug plug) and they always get good response! "Who ARE
these guys? They're great!" Keep it up, Jimi B! Sammyboy
I did have the honor of attending the
Inauguration of President Obama in Washington D.C. on January
20th. To respect the privacy of certain individuals, certain
events that took place and certain information has been held
very private. Unfortunately the tabloids just obtained the attached
picture and it will be no doubt be published this week. I wanted
to share this news with my family and friends before it becomes
public. There is no need to keep it a secret any more. The picture
speaks for itself! Oprah and me. Paul
CIAO CARO JIMIB!!!! COME STAI? I WANT
TO TELL YOU THAT YOUR WEBSITE IS MY OBSESSION, I HAVE TO SEE
IT EVERY TIME I GO IN TO THE INTERNET, IT'S SO INTERESTING, HAS
A LOT'S OF FUN AN GREAT STUFF IN IT, I 'M JUST SO PLEASED AND
PROUD TO BE PART OF IT JUST LOVE EVERY THING YOU DO!!! XOXOXO
(KISSES & LAUGHS), EVERYBODY LUVS YOU HERE IN MEXICO, ALL
OF YOU!!!!! ELIZABETH ROMO LIZ ROMO mexico, zac zacatecas
REVIEW Jimi B. Jimi B A & M 9069 - Jimi ( Bertucci ) B's career has
been incubating for 10 years since he fronted " Abraham's
Children, " a band which had a lot of success in Canada.
Through ups and downs he has been writing material which documents
a young man's odyssey through the streets, his encounters with
society's special cases, his romantic dreams, and philosophical
notations. A bassist primarily, his music has a rhythmic attitude
which is appealing. The lyrics are catchy, poetic, topical. Jimi
seems to be the kind of performer we expect to be a star and
sing to us about our vulnerability whilst living in the grand
style. He sounds more like a New Yorker than a Torontonian- or
maybe it 's just that now we've grown up and can produce and
recognize star qualities in ourselves. Jimi B is a classy artist,
and his debut album should be well received, because it is all
in the grooves - Keith Elshaw In The Grooves - Q107 FM . visit Keith at http://www.totango.net/ttindex.html
REVIEW - JIMI B A&M
9060 With his self-titled album Jimi B has decided once again
to venture out into the touchy world of rock. Jimi Bertucci started
out with Abraham's Children in the early 70s and managed a couple
of Canadian hits including, Good-bye Farewell in 1972 and Gypsy
in 1973. Jimi B hasn't recorded since Goddess of Nature in 1975.
For his first album, the Toronto native has enlisted BB Gabor
and other top session musicians. Gabor is probably best remembered
for capturing the publics imagination a couple of years ago with
Metropolitan Life and Soviet Jewellery. Handling all the song
writing and production Jimi B comes up with a pleasant album
of rockers that rely on catchy hooks, while his singing strains
to catch the sincerity of singerslike Springsteen and John Cougar.
Jimi B's preoccupation with the American Dream makes Red White
& Blue and All American Boy seem a bit contrived for a Canadian
kid. However Touch Me and Wickless Dynamite are standouts on
the positive side of the spectrum. MUSIC EXPRESS
I have been a longtime fan of
yours and have followed your career ever since your early days
with the Canadian band "Abraham's Children". You are
a very talented songwriter and singer and I love listening and
singing along to your songs . They are beautifully written and
full of emotion . We also happen to have something in common.
I am Canadian too! When do you plan on touring in Canada again.
I want to make sure I don't miss any of your shows. Your amazing
music has had a big impact on my life and I would like to take
this opportunity to "Thank You" for sharing it with
the world! Love, Rose
b! You the man! I give it up! I didn't know I was in the presence
rock 'n roll royalty! Too busy killin' myself with this record.
Never again will I go this road alone, brother. To Toronto, to
you, & Nick, & a girl by the name of Jen Marion who I
wrote a song for called "Los Angeles" the day I found
out she left town to go back to the great Northwest. Now, the
great wave tsunami is rollin' down your street & we're all
watchin TV. I wish I had the opportunity to give this, this,
oh, this, los angeles, los angeles, los angeles ... Al'right,
boss Take care.Kevin Los Angeles - Ca
Dear Abraham's Children,
I should have done this a long,long
time ago.I've known for awhile now of Brian's passing,and I was
deeply saddened when I heard this.Words cannot describe how I
have felt for the song "Gypsy" after all these years.I
always listen to it.From the very first time I heard it on the
radio in the early seventies,I still have this connection to
it today.Yes,I had the album,"Time".I loved it."Gypsy"
has a nice rich texture and Brian's vocals are beautiful.I like
everything by Abraham's Children,but "Gypsy" ,for me,was
powerful."Goddess Of Nature" and "How To Be A
Lady" are other songs I still listen to.When I'm working
in my studio I always play quite a variety of easy listening
music and these three songs are sure to be played.I was shocked
when I heard Brian passed away.I never did know whatever happened
to Abraham's Children and where the guys were or what they were
doing.Sometimes I like to leave things alone and just enjoy the
music and memories.You can never re-create a memory,only enjoy
it and remember the way it was,and leave it alone.Thank you for
the music and memories Abraham's Children.God bless you. Respond
if you receive this. Warmest regards, Brian LaSaga
The Silence That Roared...(cont'd from
talk2u) He was proud that his dream had been achieved with
all his children, with the exception of Jimi, and we all know
that story. He enjoyed his leisure time by sipping espressos
and chatting with friends at the Diplomatico Cafe. His awareness
of fashion was as notable as his trademark pencil-thin moustache.
Although reluctant to sign Jimi out of school at an early age
to pursue music, he realized the importance of passion by surprising
a young Jimi with a Hofner Beatle Bass. He encouraged all his
kids to reach high and to use common sense. Salvatore set out
to build a strong foundation of beliefs and integrity within
his family. He accomplished that and so much more. His marriage
and devotion of 65 years to his lovely wife Alfonsina could be
written as a romantic fairy tale, how the boy from the bario
swept the uptown princess off her feet. He will be missed only
to be remembered forever JB
It was around 1978 and I
was working the door at the Piccadilly Tube while going to O.C.A.
(Could you ask for a better life, art school by day, rock 'n
roll by night listening to some of the best music in the world!).
Saturday night and the joint was hoppin'...(read more)
I love this group seen them many
times, they should get back for a reunion with the boomers they
would sell out. Play the same stage with Wednesday, what a? concert
that would be.. Gary Woods
Holy crap.I forgot about this band.Thank?
you utube. Randall Robertson
winnipeg friend was talking about this group last night and so
wonderful you have this posted. Great song. (Goddess Of Nature)
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the kill of words. Mr. Bertucci's wit is razor-sharp and he wastes
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THE SHOES - Jack Lofton was the
All-American Boy. A Harvard alumni, and active member of the
alpha pi sigma fraternity, he graduated top in his class, with
a degree in Business/Marketing. His family started the successful
business, Lofton Investments, which later merged and became Lofton,
Kruger and Vincent, a billion dollar a year, international investment
group. Young Jack became Vice President of the company as soon
as he finished his schooling.He met his wife, Rene, while yachting
in the Caribbean over spring break. They fit comfortably together,
she being the daughter of Harmon Fitzer, a shipping tycoon, and
were married soon after graduation. They had two beautiful daughters,
Rebecca, and Amanda, both of which attend St. Veronica's Girls
Academy. They lived an hour outside of Manhattan, in an
extravagantly large (in the neighborhood of 6,000 square feet)
English Tudor style home, occupied by their Irish nanny, Patty,
and a slobbering St. Bernard named Hillwood. It was the perfect
life for the Loftons, as they planned their yearly trip to Europe,
to meet up with friends and rendezvous for 15 days along the
French and Italian Riviera. They had become accustomed to dining
with royalty, and prominent figures all around the globe. Life
was more than fulfilling, and business was at its peak. Lofton
was in Algiers, closing one of the company's biggest real estate
deals, when he received a call from his office, explaining that
the World Trade Center had been hit by a plane. At first he couldn't
quite understand what his secretary, Anne Lucas, was trying to
say, but as he turned to watch a TV set at the end of the hotel
bar, he could" see a 757 plowing into the twin-towers....(order the
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March 17 1973
Many companies plan
to host product and artist presentations, including A&M,
Ampex, Avenue of America, Capitol, Columbia, GRT, London, Quality,
RCA, UA, La Buick Sound and WEA. In addition, Avenue of America
will host a dinner gala, featuring Abraham's Children, Rose,
David George, Greg Mitler and Side Effect. The Maple System will
hold its annual meeting (closed to nonmembers) during the conference.
2004 Amber Studio
I had a chance to meet Ringo last night
and he is really very charming. Hey hes a Beatle!
I used to watch Abraham's Children
on Musical Friends a teen show on French TV...Simon PQ
I always thought that Abies Babies
were the nicest bunch of guys. My friends and I had a great time
hanging out with them during their stay here. Nancy Regina Sask.
Like I just mentioned, I received the
CD in perfect condition.The cover shot is so nostalgic to me
and so is the shot of the boys in the air which was inside the
CD case. Brian - St George's, Newfoundland.( look
at Brian's beautiful artworks )
I used to watch Abraham's Children
on Musical Friends a teen show on French TV...Simon PQ
I went through you web site and
gave a long listen to your music. Good stuff. I did not realize
the popularity of your band away back when. Ed Ginglo -Unity
Press Toronto Canada
I saw Abies Babies in 1975 in
Montreal , Canada and it is still one of the best concerts I
ever attended. Rene. Val d'or, Que.
I remember having a brew
with one of the band members of Abraham's Children, I think it
was the blond guy. Blane Richards Flint Michigan
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
was seventeen when I first met Abraham's Children. They were
skiing in Kimberly BC. Susan W.
Well, now I really do have to
see you perform! max
hi all, glad to see a site dedicated
to jimi and his music, both new and old. listening to the abrahams
children 30 cd brings back a lot of memories. i run into ron
bartley all the time, he live a few blocks from me out here in
bowmanville. Cam Bowmanville
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CHILDREN - Short Comment on your video: ABRAHAM'S CHILDREN -
Short I remember this song too from around then too. I was 12
or 13. This is the first time I've heard this since then. I totally
forgot about it. Wow. Lots of great Cancon from that era. Edward
Bear, Poppy Family, James Leroy, Bells etc.
Photo by Mary
I would have sent a photo but
age has away of keeping me a good distance from cameras. Saw
the band in 1974 in Ottawa at some political function...they
were hot and really rocked.They wore some pretty revealing outfits
and it showed well.I still hear their songs on the local oldies
station.Thanks for the memories. Susan T. Ottawa Canada
Hope you`re doing well and that
business is good. I`ll look for your "star" next time
I`m in T.O. Take care.....Elena - Munich Germany
It was an honor to be a part of
the day and part of the walk of fame. I couldnt be happier or
more blessed. Thanks for the support. All the best. Bobby Curtola,
Las Vegas, NV
Abraham's Children were my all
time favourite band. They were always so nice and kind. They
had incredible fashion and were really hot looking. Becky -
Grand Falls, Nfld.
I had the pleasure of hanging
out with the band when they were here in BC doing a concert.
They were great guys. Susan L. PG BC
I always thought that Jimmy was
the cutiest guy I had ever seen and when he was on stage he was
so wild and so sexy. Claire W. Melrose Park IL
Hey Jimi...man you still rock.
Caught your show at The Toronto Centre..love that new song. Sorry.
I don't submit pics anymore. Age agrees with you but not with
me. Al C. - Aurora
Posted a new song: "Take Care
of Business - " Nevanka S. Toronto Canada
I had the pleasure of hanging
out with Jimi for a couple of days during his tour. He was such
a gentleman. Angie Battista - Brooklyn NY
Thanks to Brandy for sending us this
great billboard sign. AC best wings...ummm
Hi! I, used to have
a Abraham's Children T-Shirt, when I, was a kid! Tammy Eva Coughlan
I grew up with some of these guys back
in good ole T.O Mike Storozuk
Is this the same group that played
@ Bills dance hall in Colliers in the 70's? They were awesome!
Gina R. Spaniards Bay
I remember this song too from
around? then too. I was 12 or 13. This is the first time I've
heard this since then. I totally forgot about it. Wow. Lots of
great Cancon from that era. Edward Bear, Poppy Family, James
Leroy, Bells etc. Joe Smith
This was played heavily
on Altantic Canadian AM radio. ? (1973)
Here I am, remembering it, with fond memories 37 years later.
Went to see these guys? at the
Digby Forum in 1973. I can close my eyes and still see the band
and the first real light show i had ever seen. We were young
and proud, but respectful of others. Dear Baby Jesus, please
zap me back to 1973..... please. NS
I had this? album and traded it
for Lighthouse Live. Great memories.
Wow? - love this song. Saw and met
these guys in a high school gym in Yarmouth, NS. Brian Cotterill
playing a double set of blue Fibes. Brian's use of the Fibes
influenced my decision to get a set too. Kyle Miller
Listening to this? all these years
later brings me right back to my high school gym, afternoon concert,
when we were still so young and so innocent. This concert was
one of the highlights of my entire school life. How awesome to
hear it again, thanks for the upload! Kim Brunelle
I have this CD, it's a priceless
piece of memorabilia! Love the? song Gypsy, great tune. Deborah
brian was also my? dads cousin
thats weird becuse i play drums and vocals too let him R.I.P
he lives on with his music
Yes? - when listening to the little
transistor radio....long hair and carefree...sighTheHippy59
meeee toooo... 39 years later.
what? a great song. MrBuckwilliam Gypsy You Tube)
Kick ass....loved this song since
the day I heard? it in 1973....only took me 39 years to track
it down.......right on! Spiritt Wind (Gypsy You Tube)
When do you think the band
will tour again. Wayne NY NY
still think that Thank You is one of the best pop songs of its
time and even now. Jessica F. Fountain Valley, CA
Can almost taste the desire to go back in time and listen to
this stuff! This is real talent and real music. So proud they
like a lot a canadian musicit didnt get played in the us but
i m from detroit and got to here it all on cklw. this is one
of the best.
Love AC"s songs! There best song might be 'Goddess of Nature.'
bertucci he co wrote some songs w bb gabor I have this listed
on my old chum charts great song !
I have an 8-track of Time used to play lots in car,plus I hooked
up 5 speakers was like surround sound in the 70s, many great
johnny dark - goddess of nature wow!
i had forgotten this was a song by abraham's children.
Excellent ! Les membres du groupe ont visiblement écouté
beaucoup de groupes de Motown.
Clark Graff You know what else I remember and I
have thought about over the years? Morgan Jones (remember him?)
and I were sitting in a little Pizza place in Fredericton, I
think. We were having lunch when this tall elderly white man
with a blazer on and a hat and cane came into the restaurant.
He must have been 80 years old. He sat down in I suppose could
be described as a familiar and comfortable manner. He looked
at the waiter and said "I would like a glass of beer please."
That's it. That's all that happened and I have never forgotten
that moment, so I owe you for that. Funny life isn't it?
Larry Dale - Yes I paid , through
paypal and their web site, for a CD of TIME and it's been months
and no CD.
- My brother in law Pat Bergin introduced me to Jimi Bertucci
at a CHUM 50th reunion concert at Nathan Phillips Square back
in 2007. He was a super nice guy! This is a great song
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