Bob "The Crow" Clarke
(drums; replaced Castle)
(drums; replaced Clarke)
The core of Jackson Hawke, Ryan and Yeomans began working together musically in 1963 with Amen. Despite being managed by Bernie Finkelstein (The Paupers, Kensington Market), the band got nowhere and split up in mid-1965.
Ryan became a steel worker but was jolted out of domestic life after producer Andre Perry (John Lennon) heard some demos by Ryan and Yeomans suggesting the duo record an album. As the project was being created with producer Fraser Mohawk, Yeomans abandoned the album and the results were released as a Ryan solo project.
Later in 1973, the two re-teamed in Toronto where they gave it another shot as the band Hero. Nothing much became of the band after that and Ryan left to once again pursue his solo career. He represented Canada at the Tokyo For The World Popular Song Festival with his tune "Sweet December".
With little effect on the music industry, Ryan packed up his solo career and emerged once more with Yeomans and Gene Falbo as a new version of Hero. They managed to attract the attention of CBS Records of Canada in 1976 and added Texas drummer Chris Castle who didn't stay with the act very long.
They changed their name to Jackson Hawke, after Ryan and Yeoman's maternal grandfathers - Joe Jackson and Andy Hawke - and released their first single "You Can't Dance" from the debut album on CBS Records 'Forever'. It not only was a hit but became a double A-sided hit when radio decided to give the flipside, Van Morrison's "Into The Mystic", heavy rotation. The album featured session drummer Larrie Londin but with the need to tour and capitalize on a Juno Awards nomination in 1976, they brough Bob "The Crow" Clarke onboard as new drummer.
In 1977 the band released their second, self-titled, album with a change to the line-up of Bucky Burger (drums) and Gary Holt (guitar).
The band would have some post-humous success when England Dan & John Ford Coley covered their "You Can't Dance" and making it a hit in the US in 1978.
with notes from Tim Ryan.
You Can't Dance/Into The Mystic (CBS)C4-4131
She's The One/[same] (CBS) C4-4150
Into The Mystic/Fortune (Epic/CBS - UK) 5034
Set Me Free/Done Done (CBS) C4-4165
Forever (CBS) PES-90375
Jackson Hawke (CBS) PES-90417
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