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A Place to Stand b/w A Place to Stand - 7
Jerry Toth
A Place to Stand b/w A Place to Stand - 7"

Had it not been for Ontario's one-time unofficial provincial anthem, the talented musician, composer and arranger Jerry Toth would be even more forgotten than he already is. The Windsor (ON) native was born Jaroslav Toth to a family of musicians that included a violinist father who doubled as a maker of cimbaloms, a type of hammer dulcimer native to Central Europe. The young Toth cut his musical teeth at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, studying both the saxophone and the clarine...more

Storm in My Heart / Anne Marie - 7
The Chantones
Storm in My Heart / Anne Marie - 7"

Few people buy doo wop reissues these days and thus few people remember that the Chantones were Jack Scott's vocal backing group. Fewer still are aware that this Windsor-based quartet had a chart-topping hit of their own way back in 1957, a year before that fortuitous hook-up with Scott. And, to further this example, there can't be many still alive who know that the group's bass vocalist honed his vocal chops while attending a school for the blind. "I had some vision (then) but not enough...more

Means and Ways / Help for My Waiting - 7
The Dorians
Means and Ways / Help for My Waiting - 7"

Though the Dorians managed to get their records released all across Europe in the early seventies, they have been curiously excised from the annals of pop history, including in their hometown of Windsor (ON). The Dorians actually got their start a little bit to the south, in historic Kingsville, when guitarist Bill Loop and singer John Unger hooked up with Bob Nixon on bass and Mike Betts on the skins. The band were reputedly discovered by the great trumpeter Floyd Jones, who had only recen...more

Ain't Nobody Else / Toes Nails - 7
Doomsday Machine
Ain't Nobody Else / Toes Nails - 7"

Doomsday Machine put out a couple of professionally recorded singles for the Dot label in 1969. The five-piece from Kingsville, just to the south of Windsor (ON), consisted of guitarist Jerry Alice, singer Robert Alice and keyboardist Wally Glass, with bassist Bob Matlack and drummer Art Quick bringing up the rhythm end of things. The glistening harmonies and searing guitar of 'Ain't Nobody Else' seem to have disappeared from the radar years ago with barely a mention anywhere on the ...more

Can You Feel It / Jessi - 7
Bill Amesbury
Can You Feel It / Jessi - 7"

The man most remembered for his 1974 AM hit 'Virginia (Touch Me Like You Do)' was much more than just a one-hit wonder...and, as it later turned out, more than just a man. His talents were initially dismissed at Casablanca Records - in his And Party Every Day: The Inside Story of Casablanca Records, Larry Harris wrote "to no one's surprise, the Bill Amesbury record ('Virginia') went nowhere". But the Kirkland Lake (ON)-born Amesbury was actually brimming with talent, ha...more

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