December 6, 2004

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Artist: Mercey Brothers




Larry Mercey (guitar, vocals) Ray Mercey (guitar, vocals) Lloyd Mercey (drums, vocals; 1966) George Ogilvie (1981) Darrell Scott (1981) J.K. Gulley (1983) Greg Smith (1983) John Dymond (1986) Eric Mahar (1986)

Hanover, Ontario natives The Mercey Brothers grew up with music and they started to seriously pursue a professioal career together starting in 1957 as the duo of Larry & Ray Mercey. With a signing to Chateau Records, the Merceys made their first chart appearance with "Just The Snap Of Your Fingers" in 1961. Brother Lloyd joined the fold in 1966 and they struck a deal with CTL/Columbia that same year releasing 4 RPM chart topping singles in a row starting with 1966's "Whistling On The River". In 1970 they signed to RCA and another string of singles. They won Best Country Artist Junos for four years straight (1969-72). Their 1971 hit singles "Hello Mom" and "Who Wrote The Words" led to a tour of England and an appearance on BBC television. By 1973 they had opened their own recording studio in order to capitalize on their prolific output in less time. By 1975 they'd also started their own imprint label called MBS Records giving them more control over their product. The label would also act as a home for other fledgling acts like Terry Carisse and Joan Kennedy amongst others. By 1980 the band decided to shut down their recording facility and by years end, brother Ray had left the band to first act as manager (freeing him up to spend time with his family) and then finally resigning himself to carpentry work. To augment the band in Ray's absence the Merceys brought in some young blood in 1981 with George Ogilvie and Darrell Scott. They were replaced in 1983 by J.K. Gulley and Greg Smith in 1983 followed by John Dymond and Eric Mahar through 1986. By 1989, after 32 years in the music business, The Mercey Brothers called it quits. Ironically, they were inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall Of Fame the same year. Lloyd put together a pick-up rock band while Larry pursued a prolific solo career. with notes from E. Bernhard.


Singles
1961 Just The Snap Of Your Fingers (Chateau) 1966 Whistle On The River 1968 Uncle Tom 1968 The Great Snowman 1968 What's A Guy To Do 1969 Who Drinks My Beer When I'm Gone 1969 Ordinary Peeping Tom 1970 My Song For You 1970 Pickin' Up The Pieces 1970 Goodbye 1970 Old Bill Jones 1971 Hello Mom 1971 Who Wrote The Words 1972 The Day Of Love 1972 Kentucky Turn Your Back 1973 It's So Easy To Please Me 1973 Anytime Down 1973 Meant To Be With Me 1973 I Heard Bells 1974 California Lady 1975 Did You Hear My Song 1975 Loving You From A Distance 1976 Old Loves Never Die 1976 If I Believed In Myself 1977 Jamie 1977 You Know It Felt Good 1979 Home Along The Highway/I Could Take Your Lovin' All The Time 1979 Comin' On Stronger/Fancy Cars & Late Night Bars 1979 Stranger 1979 Hell Bent For Mexico 1979 I Wish You Could Have Turned My Head 1980 Your Eyes Don't Lie To Me 1980 Making The Night The Best Part Of My Day/I Just Can't Stop Missing You 1981 Sweet Harmony/Same Mistake 1981 The Same Eyes That Drove Me Crazy 1982 Maybe It's Love This Time 1982 Starting All Over Again 1982 I've Already Left You In My Mind 1983 The Day That You Walked In 1984 The Leader Of The Band 1984 Love At Last Sight 1985 You Lifted Me High Enough 1985 Love Is The Reason 1986 Take A Little Chance On Love 1986 Pretty Diamond Ring 1986 Heroes 1987 Raised By The Radio 1988 Straight To Your Heart

Albums
1968 The Mercey Brothers (Columbia) 1969 My Song For You (Columbia) 1969 The Mercey Brothers (Harmony) 1970 Naturally (Harmony) 1970 The Mercey Brothers (CTL/Columbia) 1971 Have Mercey (CTL/Columbia) 1972 Mercey Brothers Country (CTL/Columbia) 1972 The Mercey Brothers (RCA) 1975 Did You Hear My Song (RCA) 1975 The Best Of The Mercey Brothers (RCA) 1976 Homemade (RCA) 1976 Mercey Brothers Radio Show (RCA) 1977 Comin' On Stronger (MBS) 1980 Command Performance (MBS) 1982 The Mercey Brothers (MBS) 1984 Latest And Greatest Volume 1 (MBS) 1985 Love Is The Reason (MBS) 1988 Latest And Greatest Volume 2 (MBS) 1990 The Mercey Brothers 30 Greatest: Their Hits And More (MBS)

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