(lead vocals, harmonica)
(guitar, backing vocals)
(bass; backing vocals)
(drums; backing vocals)
(bass; replaced Kalensky 1976)
(piano, keyboards; replaced Ludwig 1979)
(drums; replaced Stewart 1987)
(keyboards; replaced Deans 1987)
(bass; replaced Underhill 1987)
This Vancouver-based group was founded by Ramon McGuire and Brian Smith in the late '60s under the name Winters Green who specialized in Doors cover tunes. They released one single on Rumble Records called "Are You A Monkey?". An evolved line-up was re-named Applejack in 1972. In September of 1972 Bruce Allen and Sam Feldman of the Bruce Allen Talent Promotion agency heard the group and began to book dates for them. Later that year, drummer Tommy Stewart made it a trio, and in 1974 bassist Harry Kalensky was added.
In September 1974 Randy Bachman asked the band to play at a dance at the Mormon Church where he was a youth co-ordinator. He was impressed by their sound and signed them to his Legend label, distributed by MCA. By the time the label released their first hit single, "Baby Woncha Please Come Home" in 1975, they had changed their name to Trooper which would become the name of their first album.
For the 1976 follow-up album 'Two For The Show', also produced by Bachman, Frank Ludwig was added on piano. The album spawned four singles including two of their biggest hits "Boys In The Bright White Sportscar" and the title track.
Bassist Doni Underhill replaced Kalensky in 1976 and appeared on the band's 1977 LP 'Knock 'Em Dead Kid'. Two more chart topping hits followed with "We're Here For A Good Time" and "Oh, Pretty Lady".
Randy Bachman produced their fourth consecutive album with 1978's 'Thick As Thieves' and produced two more charting singles: "Raise A Little Hell" and the Frank Ludwig sung "Round, Round We Go".
MCA rush released a 'best of' in 1979 called "Hot Shots" which would become one of the biggest selling greatest hits packages in Canadian history. But Trooper was unstoppable and released the Howard Steele produced 'Flying Colors' that same year featuring two more chart hits "3 Dressed Up As A 9" and "Janine".
In 1979, Ludwig jumped ship to join Randy Bachman's band Ironhorse and was replaced by Rob Deans. The band's self-titled album in 1980 launched three singles, but all failed to chart and it would be Trooper's last release with MCA.
Under the auspices of producer Mike Flicker and his Flicker Records, Trooper's 1982 LP 'Money Talks' was distributed by RCA Records. The album spawned four singles but failed to catch fire and the band was soon without a recording contract. The also retired from touring and recording for five years. Trooper had not split up, but McGuire and Smith spent the time writing and assessing the future.
In 1987 they returned to a small club in Victoria, BC to overhwhelming approval and it led to the band hitting the road again where the majority of a new album would be written. With the help of former MCA president Scott Richards, a loan from FACTOR and Sam Feldman and the use of Tom Lavin's Blue Wave Studio, Trooper started their own label,Great Pacific Records, and released 'The Last Of the Gypsies'in 1989.
In 1991, Warner Music released 'Ten', their last album. Trooper is still touring across Canada every year.
with notes from Roger Stomperud and Al Clarke.
Baby Woncha Please Come Home/Roller Rink (Legend/MCA) MCA-40447
General Hand Grenade/Don't Stop Now (Legend/MCA) MCA-40480
Ready/I Miss You Already (Legend/MCA) MCA-40659
Santa Maria/Whatcha Gonna About Me (Legend/MCA) MCA-40685
The Boys In The Bright White Sportscar/Waitin' On Your Love (Legend/MCA) MCA-40999
Two For The Show/Gypsy Wheeler (MCA) MCA-40583
We're Here For A Good Time (Not A Long Time)/Loretta (MCA) MCA-40738
Oh Pretty Lady/(It's Been A) Long Time (MCA) MCA-40799
Raise A Little Hell/A Fine Mess (You've Gotten Us Into) (MCA) MCA-40924
Round, Round We Go/Raise A Little Hell (MCA) MCA-40940
The Moment That It Takes/Live From The Moon (MCA) MCA-40968
3 Dressed Up As A 9/Mr. Big (MCA) MCA-41115
Janine/Live From The Moon (MCA) MCA-41172
Good Clean Fun/(It's Been A) Long Time (MCA) MCA-41239
Real Canadians/Go Ahead And Sue Me (MCA) MCA-41301
Are You Still My Baby/Legend (MCA) MCA-51010
Laura/I Don't Wanna Be Here (MCA) MCA-51063
Only A Fool/lookin' For Trouble (Flicker/RCA) PB-13085
Money Talks/Any Minute Now (Flicker/RCA) PB-50689
Ready For The Nite/It Comes And It Goes (Flicker/RCA) PB-50712
Could've Been Me/Dig A Little Deeper (Flicker/RCA) PB-13312
Boy With A Beat/$100,000.00 (Great Pacific/WEA) 25-75157
The Best Way (To Hold A Man) (Great Pacific/WEA)
American Dream (Great Pacific/WEA)
Trooper (Legend/MCA) MCA-2149
Two For The Show (MCA) MCA-2214
Knock 'Em Dead Kid (MCA) MCA-2275
Thick As Thieves (MCA) MCA-2377
Flying Colours (MCA) MCA-3173
Hot Shots (MCA) MCA-5101
Trooper (MCA) MCA-5151
Money Talks (Flicker/RCA) AFL1-4318
This Must Be The Place/Money Talks [12"] (Flicker/RCA) DJL1-4325
The Last Of The Gypsies (Great Pacific/WEA) 25-64431
Ten (Warner Music)
Hits From 10 Albums (Universal)
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