December 5, 2004

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Artist: Ford, Dwayne




Vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist and drummer, Dwayne Ford, originally from Edmonton, got his major start in a group called The Nomads. Ronnie Hawkins convinced him at age 20 to go on the road as one of his many backing musicians (which included future Skylark members David Foster and B.J. Cook).

During a stint with Hugh Brockie, as part of Ronnie Hawkins' Rock And Roll Revival And Travelling Medicine Show, the band was playing the upstairs lounge of the Graham Bell Hotel in Brantford, Ontario when 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 so they left to form Atkinson, Danko, and Ford (with the caveat 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 re-signed 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.

Turner and Danko left for other pursuits 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.

Following the breakup of Bearfoot, Ford was in demand as a session player and a stage performer for the likes of Michel Pagliaro, Donovan and Patricia Dahlquist and has written and produced material for many artists including Carroll Baker.

In 1977 he formed Dogs Of War with Jack August (bass & vocals), John Hagopian (guitars), Derek Kendrick (drums & percussion) who released a self-titled album on GEN Records.

Ford is married to Patsy Gallant and would often perform duets with his wife. He has managed a successful solo career as well, recording his debut album with three members of Toto.

with notes from Hugh Brockie, John Hart and Don Palmer.




Singles
1979 We'll Find A Way (Hot Vinyl/Sefel/Epic) [duet with Patsy Gallant]
1980 Everlasting Love/Roll Me Away (Hot Vinyl/Sefel/Epic) 1001 [duet with Patsy Gallant]
1981 Stranger In Paradise (Sefel/Epic)
1981 Lovin' And Losin' You (Sefel/Epic)
1982 Hurricane (Sefel/Epic)

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

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

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

with DOGS OF WAR
1977 Dogs Of War (Gen) GLP-65001

Albums
1981 Needless Freaking (Sefel/Epic)
1992 Another Way To Fly (independent)

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

with BEARFOOT
1973 Friends With Bearfoot (Columbia) KE 32653

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

Video


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






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