November 28, 2004

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Artist: Trooper




Ra McGuire (lead vocals, harmonica)
Brian Smith (guitar, backing vocals)
Frank Ludwig (piano, keyboards)
Harry Kalensky (bass; backing vocals)
Tommy Stewart (drums; backing vocals)
Doni Underhill (bass; replaced Kalensky 1976)
Rob Deans (piano, keyboards; replaced Ludwig 1979)
Mike Schmidt (drums; replaced Stewart 1987)
Blaine Smith (keyboards; replaced Deans 1987)
Larry Church (bass; replaced Underhill 1987)
Lance Chalmers (drums; 1990's)

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.




Singles
1975 Baby Woncha Please Come Home/Roller Rink (Legend/MCA) MCA-40447
1975 General Hand Grenade/Don't Stop Now (Legend/MCA) MCA-40480
1976 Ready/I Miss You Already (Legend/MCA) MCA-40659
1976 Santa Maria/Whatcha Gonna About Me (Legend/MCA) MCA-40685
1976 The Boys In The Bright White Sportscar/Waitin' On Your Love (Legend/MCA) MCA-40999
1976 Two For The Show/Gypsy Wheeler (MCA) MCA-40583
1977 We're Here For A Good Time (Not A Long Time)/Loretta (MCA) MCA-40738
1978 Oh Pretty Lady/(It's Been A) Long Time (MCA) MCA-40799
1978 Raise A Little Hell/A Fine Mess (You've Gotten Us Into) (MCA) MCA-40924
1978 Round, Round We Go/Raise A Little Hell (MCA) MCA-40940
1978 The Moment That It Takes/Live From The Moon (MCA) MCA-40968
1979 3 Dressed Up As A 9/Mr. Big (MCA) MCA-41115
1979 Janine/Live From The Moon (MCA) MCA-41172
1979 Good Clean Fun/(It's Been A) Long Time (MCA) MCA-41239
1980 Real Canadians/Go Ahead And Sue Me (MCA) MCA-41301
1980 Are You Still My Baby/Legend (MCA) MCA-51010
1980 Laura/I Don't Wanna Be Here (MCA) MCA-51063
1982 Only A Fool/lookin' For Trouble (Flicker/RCA) PB-13085
1982 Money Talks/Any Minute Now (Flicker/RCA) PB-50689
1982 Ready For The Nite/It Comes And It Goes (Flicker/RCA) PB-50712
1982 Could've Been Me/Dig A Little Deeper (Flicker/RCA) PB-13312
1989 Boy With A Beat/$100,000.00 (Great Pacific/WEA) 25-75157
1989 The Best Way (To Hold A Man) (Great Pacific/WEA)
1991 American Dream (Great Pacific/WEA)

Albums
1975 Trooper (Legend/MCA) MCA-2149
1976 Two For The Show (MCA) MCA-2214
1977 Knock 'Em Dead Kid (MCA) MCA-2275
1978 Thick As Thieves (MCA) MCA-2377
1979 Flying Colours (MCA) MCA-3173
1979 Hot Shots (MCA) MCA-5101
1980 Trooper (MCA) MCA-5151
1982 Money Talks (Flicker/RCA) AFL1-4318
1982 This Must Be The Place/Money Talks [12"] (Flicker/RCA) DJL1-4325
1989 The Last Of The Gypsies (Great Pacific/WEA) 25-64431
1991 Ten (Warner Music)
2010 Hits From 10 Albums (Universal)
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