December 1, 2004

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Artist: Dr. Music




VERSION I - 1972:
Doug Riley (keyboards)
Laurel Ward (vocals)
Rhonda Silver (vocals)
Brenda Gordon (vocals)
Terry Black (vocals)
Diane Brooks (vocals)
Trudy Desmond (vocals)
Michael Kennedy (vocals, percussion)
Steve Kennedy (vocals, tenor & alto sax, flute)
Brian Russell (guitar)
Terry Clarke (drums)
Kenny Marco (guitar)
Doug Mallory (lead vocals, guitar)
Don Thompson (bass)
Gary Morgan (clarinet, sax, flute)
Keith Jollimore (vocals; baritone, alto & tenor sax; flute)
Barrie Tallman (trombone)

VERSION II - 1973:
Doug Riley (keyboards)
Doug Mallory (lead vocals, guitar)
Wayne Stone (drums)
Michael Kennedy (vocals, percussion)
Steve Kennedy (vocals, tenor & alto sax, flute)
Keith Jollimore (vocals; baritone, alto & tenor sax; flute)
Barrie Tallman (trombone)

VERSION III - 1974:
Doug Riley (keyboards)
Doug Mallory (lead vocals, guitar)
Claude Ranger (drums)
Bruce Cassidy (trumpet, fluegel horn)
Don Thompson (bass)
Dave Brown (second drums)
Steve Kennedy (vocals, tenor & alto sax, flute)
Keith Jollimore (vocals; baritone, alto & tenor sax; flute)
Barrie Tallman (trombone)

Toronto's Dr. Music, a freeform jazz/R & B act with between 7 and 15 members, was the brainchild of noted arranger/keyboardist Doug Riley.

Doug Riley had been working for years behind the scenes on television shows as their music directors and when he was asked to put together musicians for 1969-1970 season of CTV's 'The Ray Stevens Show' he assembled the nucleus of what would become Dr. Music. Following the cancellation of the show, Dr. Music remained together to record and tour.

The first release under the Dr. Music name was a split single with The Laurie Bower Singers for a Canadian version of the international Coca-Cola jingle "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing" on RCA Records.

Riley had then become partners with British engineer/producer Terry Brown to form Toronto Sound Recording studio for jingle production and clientele like fledgling GRT Records. Having previously released his solo album 'Foxy Lady' (featuring vocalist Terry Black) on GRT, Riley was able to get the label's backing to release Dr. Music's self-titled debut LP featuring the first single, "Try A Little Harder", and its hit follow-up "Sun Goes By" (both written by Motherlode's Steve Kennedy) in 1972. The first version of Dr. Music disbanded shortly after this so that Riley could focus on his new studio position.

By 1973 Riley had assembled the second version of Dr. Music featuring a smaller 7-piece lineup which was essentially a retrofitted versions of the ever evolving Motherlode and Lighthouse line-ups. The new group was received enthusiastically and they successfully completed a Western tour, an Eastern tour and a new album - 'Dr. Music II' before calling it quits in early 1974.

Riley returned to arranging, producing and to continue working on television shows like CBC's ‘Keith Hampshire's Music Machine'. In February 1974, during the show's second season, Riley reformed Dr. Music for a third time as a house band for the show and to record another album - ‘Bedtime Story' - a more progressive jazz-rock album whose title track was a Herbie Hancock cover. Alas, the band broke up shortly thereafter.

Riley later revived the Dr. Music concept with a handful of musical friends in 1984 and the result was ‘Dr. Music Circa 1984'. Riley would continue on as a solo artist releasing such albums as 'Dreams' (1976) and 'Freedom' (1990).

Riley died August 28, 2007 of heart failure.


Singles
1970 I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing (In Perfect Harmony)/[split with Laurie Bower Singers] (RCA Victor) ST-57108
1971 Try A Little Harder/The Land (GRT) 1233-06
1971 One More Mountain To Climb/I Can Hear Her Calling Him (GRT) 1233-07
1972 Gospel Rock/Sun Goes By (GRT) 1233-10
1972 Sun Goes By/Glory Glory (GRT) 1233-13
1972 Long Time Comin' Home/Say Real (GRT) 1233-15
1973 Tryin' Times/In My Life (GRT) 1233-17
1974 Bedtime Story/I Keep It Hid (GRT) 1233-19
1984 Two Can Play/Say You Love Me Now (Canadian Talent Library) CTL-S2017

Albums
1972 Dr. Music (GRT) 9233-1003
1973 Dr. Music II (GRT) 9233-1004
1974 Bedtime Story (GRT) 9233-1005
1977 Retrospective (GRT) 9230-1070
1985 Dr. Music Circa 1984 (Canadian Talent Library) CTL-5261


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