Saturday, April 26, 2014

The Gainsborough Gallery–Life Is A Song[1969]

Known as "The Skeptics".

The Gainsborough Gallery formed in Calgary,Alberta Canada in late 1964 as The Skeptics.Dennis Paul (Planidin) who had previously been with Wes Dakus’ Rebels and Mel Degan (previously with “Priviledge”) came down from Edmonton & joined in 1966 and the group became “The Gainsborough Gallery”.The name was keyboardist Tim McHugh’s idea,after the “Gainsborough (Art) Gallery” in Calgary where the group had their fan mail directed to for pick up.
The group had done their first recordings at the small “Porter’s” recording studio in Las Vegas,NV.The studio actually had a 5 minute recording charge “break” because it was located beside a train track and in the middle of recording sessions,would have to stop for 5 minutes as the train would pass by…after that,the clock was back on.Since that venture brought them no luck,they decided to try Norman Petty Studios in Clovis,NM since Dennis Paul and Wes Dakus had recorded there before.In 1969 the group went there to record a full length album.“Life Is A Song” was released on Petty’s Evolution label in December 1969,the title track written by George Tomsco of “The Fireballs”.“Life Is A Song” became their biggest hit,peaking at #54 on January 24th of 1970 and stayed on the Canadian music charts for 10 weeks.

1.House On Soul Hill
2.I Need Someone (The Painter)
3.Thank You, Girl
4.Light In The Window
5.Dreams In A Boxcar
6.Turn Around And Love You
7.Life Is A Song
8.Hello L A…Bye Bye Birmingham
9.If She Don’t Turn Your Head
10.It’s Growing
11.I Think I Catch A Bus (Go Back Home)
12.Get Ready

Mel Degan-lead vocals
Jae Mack-lead vocals
Peter Marley-guitar & vocals
Dennis Paul-bass,group leader
Ray McAndrew-drums
Tim McHugh keyboards
Henry Small-vocals,violin

1968  My Little Red Book / Little By Little (Apex) 77075
1968  If You Knew / Sonny (Apex) 77081
1969  Life Is A Song / Hello L.A., Bye Bye Birmingham (REO) 9026
1970  Everyman Hears A Different Music / I Think I'll Catch A Bus (REO) 9030
1970  House On Soul Hill / If She Didn't Turn Your Head (REO) 9034

1969 Life Is A Song (Evolution) 2012
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