November 27, 2004

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Artist: Big Town Boys (aka BTB4)




Toronto singer Tommy Graham joined his first band in 1958 and managed to work his way through the Toronto club scene with Kay Taylor And The Regents at the legendary Club Bluenote.

Following this, he took one year away from the business, traveled to Los Angeles to hone his musical skills and developed contacts there. Returning to Canada he, and some others, formed the group Big Town Boys.

The group gained prominence as backing musicians for vocalist Shirley Matthews on Tamarac Records

The band broke out on its own with after being signed to RCA/Victor under the name Tommy Graham & The Big Town Boys for one single called "Put You Down" in 1965.

They were scooped up by Capitol Records for several more singles through 1965 and 1966 before moving to Yorkville reocords as Big Town Boys 4. The group toured across Canada many times and for over a year were the host band on CTV's 'After Four' television show. Also during that time they made sojourns to New York City where they became favourites in several clubs, playing with some soon-to-be giants in the business such as Jimi Hendrix.

By 1968 The Big Town Boys (also known as BTB4) had run its course. Graham would find success as a solo artist back on Capitol Records.

with notes from Tommy Graham.


Singles
with SHIRLEY MATTHEWS w/THE BIG TOWN BOYS
1964 Private Property/Wise Guys (Tamarac) TTM-603

with TOMMY GRAHAM & THE BIG TOWN BOYS
1965 Put You Down/Forget About You (RCA/Victor) 57-3339


with THE BIG TOWN BOYS
1965 I Love Her So/I Wonder (Capitol) 72252
1965 It Was I/Paul at the Pass (Capitol) 72284
1966 Hey Girl, Go It Alone/One For Me (Capitol) 72327
1966 My Babe/August 32nd (Capitol) 72398

with BIG TOWN BOYS 4
1967 Do It To 'Em/Sparrows & Daisies (Yorkville) YV-45007
1967 Jack Rabbit/Tell Me (Yorkville) YV-45010

Albums


Video


Compilation Tracks
1967 "Jack Rabbit" on 'Yorkville Evolution' (Yorkville) YVM-33001





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