David Wilcox (Canadian musician)
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David Wilcox in concert, at the Fergus Truck Show 2008
July 13, 1949 |
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Labels||Stony Plain, Warner Music Canada, Capitol|
|Associated acts||Great Speckled Bird|
Montreal native David Wilcox drew inspiration from musician Elvis Presley at the age of six. Wilcox soon picked up the guitar and began playing, having his first live performance (to a room of ex-convicts) at fourteen years old.
In 1970, Wilcox replaced Amos Garrett in Ian and Sylvia Tyson’s band, Great Speckled Bird, playing backup for acts such as Anne Murray, Carl Perkins, and Charlie Rich. In 1973, after two records, Wilcox left the band to go solo.
In his first band, David Wilcox and the Teddy Bears, Wilcox hit local stages as a flashy character with an oversized waxed moustache, a baggy suit and a flower in his lapel. His debut album, Out of the Woods, was released in 1977. Out of the Woods produced his three top hits, "Do the Bearcat", "Bad Apple", and "That Hypnotizin’ Boogie". Wilcox signed with Capitol Records in 1982, re-releasing Out of the Woods, which became Wilcox’s first album to reach gold status.
Wilcox's second album, My Eyes Keep Me in Trouble, released in 1983, featured "Downtown Came Uptown" and "Riverboat Fantasy". It was his second straight gold record and another series of tours followed.
Motivated by the success of his tour and two gold records, Wilcox went back into the studio in 1984 to record Bad Reputation. A year later he released The Best of David Wilcox, his first compilation album, as a hit-inspired collection of his songs. It was also the debut album for "Blood Money" and "When You Mistreat Her".
Later that year, Wilcox was honoured with the COCA (the Canadian Organization of Campus Activities) for Entertainer of the Year award (1985) (Biography, 2007).
Wilcox’s next album to be released was yet another compilation of previously recorded successes and was part of Capitol Records' series Over 60 Minutes with...
In the late 1980s, Wilcox moved away from his past raw live-in-the-studio approach, to a more produced synthesizer and drum program modern rock sound. The album Breakfast at the Circus (1987) featured "Layin' Pipe","The Song He Never Wrote", sounding like a Wilcox tribute to his excessive side. After more tours, he returned with 1989's The Natural Edge. It featured the title track, "The Natural Edge", the sweet anthemic pop of "Lay Down in Your Arms", "Ivory Tower", "Pop Out World", and the leadoff track "Still Life".
In 1993, Wilcox released his next album, a box set titled, The Collected Works 1977–1993. It featured live versions of "That Hypnotizin' Boogie" and "Trip Out Tonight". It also featured unreleased material such as "Needle in a Haystack" and "The Groove".
Thirteen Songs, released in 1996, featured acoustic-based music played with a small band, playing sax-and-organ jazz "Rainy Night Saloon", country storytelling "Shotgun City" and deep blues "Three Past Midnight"."Thirteenth Songs" was recorded at Metalworks Studios in Mississauga, Ontario. "God Is On a Bender" is considered one of Wilcox's best songs. Wilcox released Greatest Hits Too in 1997, with much of the album being produced by Wilcox.
Wilcox's record producer released him in 1997 due to slumping sales. In 2002 he was able to pick up a contract with Edmonton-based Stony Plain Records, and he produced the album Rhythm of Love which featured "Play That Guitar Rag", "Easy Like Rain" and "Rattlesnakin' Daddy". In 2003 Wilcox released Rockin' the Boogie: The Best of Blues and Boogie, featuring much of his best-known work. In 2007, Wilcox released Boy in the Boat.
Album chart positions from RPM magazine (Canada):
- Out of the Woods (1977) #21 (on 1982 reissue)
- My Eyes Keep Me in Trouble (1983) #40
- Bad Reputation (1984) #63
- Breakfast at the Circus (1987) #29
- The Natural Edge (1989) #59
- Thirteen Songs (1996)
- Rhythm of Love (2002)
- Boy in the Boat (2007)
- The Best of David Wilcox (1985) #90
- 60 Minutes With ... David Wilcox (1987)
- The Collected Works 1977–1993 (1993)
- Greatest Hits Too (1997)
- Rockin’ The Boogie: The Best of Blues and Boogie (2003)
All chart positions from RPM magazine's top 100 singles (Canada):
- "Breakfast At The Circus" (1988) #84
- "Layin' Pipe" (1988) #62
- "Between The Lines" (1988) #45
- "The Natural Edge" (1989) #58
- "Bless The World" (1994) #54
- "Canadian Bands.com - David Wilcox, Bio". CanadianBands.com. Retrieved 2009-03-03.
- "CANOE JAM! Music - Pop Encyclopedia - Wilcox, David". Jam.Canoe.ca. Retrieved 2009-03-03.
- "DavidWilcoxRocks.com - David Wilcox Official Biography". DavidWilcoxRocks.com. Retrieved 2009-03-03.
- Near the close of the 2002 Winter Olympics, the Canadian figure skating couples pair of Jamie Salé and David Pelletier did a flying demonstration to the Wilcox tune "Rockin' the Boogie".
- "David Wilcox homepage". David Wilcox. Retrieved 2009-11-05.
- Being five of Wilcox's previously released albums, supplemented by bonus tracks. CD 1: Out Of The Woods and My Eyes Keep Me In Trouble; CD 2: Bad Reputation and Breakfast At The Circus; CD 3: The Natural Edge and "Something Extra".
- A compilation album of live performances from the Saturday Night Blues radio program on CBC Radio, hosted by Holger Petersen. Wilcox's "Rattlesnakin' Daddy", originally recorded on Rhythm Of Love, is included.
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