Thursday, July 6th
In 1966 Glenn Miller, Claire Lawrence and Howie Vickers of the CFUN Classics joined up with Bill Henderson and Ross Turney to form the house band of the Torch Cabaret. In early ‘67 upon the release of their first single “Looking at a Baby” which quickly rose to number three in Canada, they took the name The Collectors. A few singles later, and now signed to Warner Brothers, their first album, with its twenty minute major opus the “What Love: Suite”, became a huge cult classic in Western North America, England, Germany and the Netherlands. The album influenced hundreds of artists with its daring originality. Melody Maker Magazine in England proclaimed it one of the ten best albums of the sixties decade.
In 1970, the band shifted focus and personnel and re-emerged as Chilliwack. “Raino” and “Lonesome Mary” were early successes. These songs continue to be played on radio stations in Canada and the United States along with other hits like “Crazy Talk”, “Fly at Night”, “Baby Blue”, “California Girl”, “Communication Breakdown”, “My Girl (Gone Gone Gone)”, and “Whatcha Gonna Do”.
On the airwaves now is Chilliwack’s newly recorded live CD, THERE AND BACK and soon to be released, a rocking commentary on life patenting issues: “Patent On The Wind”.
“People have often asked why we chose the name Chilliwack,” says Henderson. “It was suggested by our drummer Ross Turney. At that time in 1970 our music had picked up certain West Coast native influences (as heard for instance in“17th Summer”). We liked the sound of the word itself – the meaning of Chilliwack as we understood it – “valley of many streams”, and “going back up” – appealed to us.”
Chilliwack continues to play concerts across Canada.