Saturday, March 3, 2007

Montreal Area Music

There were alot of groups ,from Montreal,.dating back a long ways ,.
in the 40's & 50's Montreal was considered the Place to go for Big Name (at the time ) musicians,.....they all loved to come to Montreal,...it was a more
accepting city,.and open to many genres of music,.from  jazz & big band & the NightClub Swooners (I think that's what they called them),....
and then into the 60's when names like Bo Diddley came to town ,.and Blues singers mixed into the City with Rock 'N Roll ,bands,.......and many talents of all types of Musice came from Montreal,...then came the 60's .with an incrediblew mix from Motown Sound to Electric Era ..........as well as the carry over from the 50's sound ......the early 60's also had a big Folk Group following,.......with 'artists appearing in the up & coming Coffee House's
(Yes Starbucks had nothing on these places)...even a young Bob Dylan would come to Montreal..but the 60's also produced some incredible (my opinion) Garage Bands,......Remember walking down a laneway & hearing some of the people we went to school with practicing,.and then playing in the local Church Basements Dances,...and the 'Rec Centre',.and the two High Schools ,.VHS & VCHS,.......and of course the DAnces at the 'Y' on Lasalle Blvd.............................and throughout those overlapping years & decades,....the Blues also survived....................................
          Man did we all have some fum Growing up in Montreal
 
What are some of the bands & music you liked ,.or grinded too,  hahahaha
 
 Regardless of Era ,....what were some of your favourite bands or groups??
 
...............and What Memories are brought to mind for you,.when you Think
of a Certain Song........???
and What are some of those Favourite Songs....?????
 

7 comments:

levisjeans7 MSN said...

Les I remember a band who played at the rec . One
of the guy's ( The singer) was Jimmy McCulla. Do you remember them?  Also
Soma played at Dawson's.

gpilon MSN said...

Our band, Alabaster Villa played the Y often. Always a fun time there. Would like to know whatever happened to a couple of guys from our band....Jimmy Oliver and Scott Lang. Anyone know???

levisjeans7 MSN said...

 GPilion    Hey Hi yes I
remember Jimmy Oliver . funny you mentioned him . When I was trying to think of
mucicans in Verdun his name came to mind. He married a lady who is aslo an
excellent musian Kat Dycen. I don't think they are still together.
When I was studying at Concordia I lived with a
bunch of musicans. One of them Slyvia Sweeney (Oscar Peterson's niece) Syl
played with Kat.  What a time I had living with those people. I myself
studied Dance at Concordia.and I lived for 4 years with a bunch of crazy
musicans. What a hoot. I was also the one white gal living there. I

gpilon MSN said...

Lynn.   Thanks for the info on Jimmy. He was a very talented musician, but I lost contact with him a long time ago. Scott Lang was Penny's brother, and he also was incedibly talented. Think he played/toured with Big Brother for a while.   Great to "hear" about old friends. Thanks again.   Glen

the lad MSN said...

Hi Glen   Jimmy lived around the corner from when were young He was on 5th and I was on 6th.Saw him a few years ago downtown did not recognize me. Still looked the same to me.Did not know you were in a band.   take it easy Boyd          

gpilon MSN said...

Boyd.   Thanks for the info relative to Jimmy. He was a good guy, and his mother was a very nice lady. I would love to hook up with him again so when I go to Montreal next I will try and track him down.   We played together in Alabaster Villa, with Scott Lang, Garth Russell, John Adams and Ron Gauthier. Did a lot of Y dances and a number of venues in east Montreal, high schools, etc. Some terrific memories....   Glen

the lad MSN said...

Glen   What ever happend to Garth?   Boyd