November 27, 2004

SJP


Artist: Bearfoot




Dwayne Ford (keyboards, flute, guitar, vocals)
Hugh Brockie (lead and rhythm guitar, banjo)
Terry Danko (bass; later switched to guitar)
Jim Atkinson (vocals, guitar)
Brian Hilton (drums)
Mal Turner (drums; replaced Hilton)
Malcolm Tomlinson (percussion, guitar, vocals)
Penti 'Whitey' Glan (percussion)
Chris Vickery (bass; replaced Danko)
Marty Coudrey (drums; replaced Mal Turner)

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, who would become 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. Danko left first, then Atkinson and briefly became a duo before forming Atkinson, Danko, and Ford (with the addition of Brockie & Hilton). The act soon signed to Columbia Records and their 1972 debut LP spawned the single "Right On".

Hilton would leave as drummer and they added Mal Turner but felt their moniker sounded more like a law firm than a musical group and changed it to Bearfoot.

In June of 1973, under the new Bearfoot name Columbia Records resigned the group by offering them a $15,000 cash advance. The label then spent $60,000 recording the album 'Friends With Bearfoot', mixed it twice, packaged it twice, distributed it, recalled it and re-distributed it.

Atkinson and Danko left for Hollywood and were replaced by Malcolm Tomlinson and Chris Vickery at which time a second album - 'Passing Time' was released under the name DWAYNE FORD AND BEARFOOT.

Danko played in Gary Bussey's "Buddy Holly Story" in 1978 and later returned to Canada in 1985 to reform Bearfoot with Jim Atkinson and Gerry Baird.

Ford is married to Patsy Gallant and has had a successful solo career as well; Chris Vickery is now a solo artist as is Terry Danko.

with notes from Hugh Brockie, Terry Danko, Dwayne Ford and L.Danko.


Singles
as ATKINSON, DANKO AND FORD (With BROCKIE AND HILTON)
1972 Right On/Holy, Holy, Holy (Columbia) 3076

as BEARFOOT
1973 Only A Soldier/Life Goes Too Fast (Columbia) 3106
1973 Molly/St. Augustine (Columbia) 4027

as DWAYNE FORD AND BEARFOOT
1974 Passing Time/She Comes To Me (CBS/Columbia) 4065
1975 Cable To Carol (CBS/Columbia)

Albums
as ATKINSON, DANKO AND FORD
1972 Atkinson, Danko And Ford (With BROCKIE AND HILTON) (Columbia) ES 90134

as BEARFOOT
1973 Friends With Bearfoot (Columbia) KE 32653

as DWAYNE FORD AND BEARFOOT
1975 Passing Time (CBS/Columbia) KE 33530

Video


Compilation Tracks
as DWAYNE FORD AND BEARFOOT
1976 "Passing Time" on 'Canada's Finest' (K-Tel) TC-232



Official Chris Vickery Website


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