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Lighthouse (band)

This article is about the Canadian band Lighthouse. See other meanings of Lighthouse.

Lighthouse is a Canadian rock band formed in 1969 in Toronto which included horns, string instruments, and vibraphone; their music reflected elements of rock music, jazz, and classical music.

Band history

The group was originally scheduled to play at Woodstock but they decided not to, fearing that it would be a bad scene. Years after, many of the group members said they regretted the decision.

The founding members were Skip Prokop on drums, Ralph Cole on guitar and Paul Hoffert on keyboards. The band also included Howard Shore on saxophone, Larry E. Smith on trumpet, keyboards and vocals, and Grant Fullerton on bass guitar. There were 13 members in all in the original lineup.

Bob McBride replaced Pinky Dauvin on vocals in 1970. The group performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival and the Isle of Wight Festival. They received four Juno Awards in 1971, 1972 and 1973, when they were awarded Group of the Year. The band toured with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet production Ballet High.

The band lost key members in 1973 and 1974 and finally broke up in 1976 but reunited for a series of shows in Toronto in 1982. One Fine Weekend was a weekend of concerts at Ontario Place. It was shot and multi-track recorded for a one-hour music special which was aired on CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation).

They had Canadian Top 40 hits with songs "Hats Off to the Stranger" (#9), "One Fine Morning" (#2), "Sunny Days"(#4), and "Pretty Lady"(#9); the first and last of these were hits in the U.S. as well, reaching #24 and #34 on the pop singles charts respectively. Eight others made the top 100 in Canada.

Band members

Horns

  • Paul Adamson
  • Sam Alongi
  • Joe Ambrosia
  • John Capon
  • Bruce Cassidy
  • Arnie Chycoski
  • Don Englert
  • Doug Gibson
  • Dale Hillary
  • Chris Howells
  • Keith Jollimore
  • Steve Kennedy
  • Paul Litrenta
  • Russ Little
  • Mike Malone
  • John Naslen
  • Pete Pantaluk
  • Howard Shore
  • Larry E. Smith
  • Rick Stepton
  • Freddy Stone
  • Dave Tanner
  • Simon Wallis
  • Rick Waychesko

Strings

  • Dick Armin
  • Paul Armin
  • Don Dinovo
  • Ian Guenther
  • Myron Moskalyk
  • John Ogilvie
  • Leslie Snider
  • Donald Whitton
  • Howie Wiseman

Drums and percussion

Lead vocals

  • Doug Billard
  • Dan Clancy
  • Pinky Dauvin
  • Billy Ledster
  • Bob McBride
  • Allan Staniforth

Bass

  • Grant Fullerton
  • Doug Moore
  • Dennis Pendrith
  • Terry Wilkins
  • Al Wilmot
  • Louie Yacknin
  • Gord Russell
  • Robert Sinclair Wilson

Keyboards

  • Paul Hoffert
  • Don Paulton
  • Donald Quan
  • Sam See
  • Larry Smith
  • Rod Phillips

Guitar

  • Ralph Cole
  • Trevor Veitch

Selected discography

  • Lighthouse (1969)
  • Suite Feeling (1969)
  • Peacing It All Together (1969)
  • One Fine Morning (1970) released on itunes in 2008
  • Thoughts of Moving On (1971) released on itunes in 2008
  • Lighthouse Live! (1972) (recorded live at Carnegie Hall)
  • Sunny Days (1972) released on itunes in 2008
  • Can You Feel It (1973) released on itunes in 2008
  • Best of Lighthouse (1974)
  • Good Day (1974) released on itunes in 2008
  • The Best of Lighthouse - Sunny Days Again (1989)
  • Song of the Ages (1996)

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