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Claire Lawrence was a founding member of the Canadian band The Collectors, and remained with the group when it transitioned to Chilliwack in 1971. He performed on keyboards, flute, saxophone, and piano. He left the group in 1971 to produce a number of prominent Canadian artists and groups including Susan Jacks, Valdy, Shari Ulrich, Roy Forbes, UHF and Connie Kaldor.
In the 1970s he also produced The Great Canadian Gold Rush for CBC Radio, which was hosted by Terry David Mulligan. From 1986 to 1990, he scored the music for the long running Canadian TV series, The Beachcombers. Between 1991 and 1994 he wrote the theme and incidental music for the CBC teen drama "Northwood", shot in North and West Vancouver, BC. In the late '90s he wrote the theme music used for the first two years of the television production "Cold Squad". From 2000 to 2006 he produced Jazz Beat for CBC Radio.
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