Hugh Brockie (guitar) and Dwayne Ford (piano), from Edmonton, were originally part of Ronnie Hawkins' Rock And Roll Revival And Travelling Medicine Show. One night while playing the upstairs lounge of the Graham Bell Hotel in Brantford, Ontario Hawkins spotted two other hotshot musicians in the group Tin Pan Alley downstairs - Terry Danko (brother of The Band's Rick Danko) and Jim Atkinson - and a new band was born.
Hawkins, like he had done with so many versions of The Hawks like The Band and Crowbar before them, taught the guys the ropes about professional showmanship and playing abilities. And like The Hawks, this group of musicians decided that Hawkins' straight-ahead rock and roll was creatively stifling so they left to form Atkinson, Danko, and Ford (with the addendum of 'Brockie & Hilton'). The act soon signed to Columbia Records and their 1972 debut LP spawned the single "Right On".
Drummer Hilton would leave to join David Foster's band Skylark and they added Mal Turner but felt their moniker sounded more like a law firm than a musical group and changed it to Bearfoot - a group that continued recording well into the mid-70s on Columbia/CBS.
Terry Danko has continued on with a solo career; Hugh Brockie is a teacher in Toronto and Jim Atkinson is retired but still plays around the Simcoe, Ontario area with the Atkinson Brothers.
with notes from Terry Danko and Brian Hilton.
Right On/Holy, Holy, Holy (Columbia) 3076
Atkinson, Danko And Ford (With Brockie And Hilton) (Columbia) ES 90134
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