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Doucette joined numerous bands prior to his solo career, starting with The Reefers, at the age of 11. He migrated to Toronto, Ontario, and played in the final incarnation of Brutus. Doucette moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1972. Doucette worked in bands with Lindsay Mitchell and Rocket Norton, both of whom later joined Prism. He subsequently signed a solo recording deal with Mushroom Records, and commenced recording under his surname only.
Mama Let Him Play, the single from the first Doucette album release of the same name, in the fall of 1977 earned platinum status (sales of 100,000 units) in Canada, plus substantial publicity and tour promotion. The single and record were not successful to the same degree in the United States, though the single charted in the Billboard Top 100 and the album in the Billboard 200. The recording band for the single and album was composed of Duris Maxwell on drums, Brent Shindell on guitar,. Don Cummings on bass and Robbie King on keyboards.
The following year's release The Douce is Loose was less successful, although it earned gold status (50,000 units sold) in Canada, and produced the popular single "Nobody" co-written with Maxwell.
Mushroom Records eventually succumbed to financial problems, leaving Doucette to find a new label for his third album, Coming up Roses. This, plus the emergence of new wave music, were blamed for Doucette's lack of follow-up success in the music industry.
Jerry Doucette currently resides in Tsawwassen, British Columbia.
Awards and honours
- 1978: Mama Let Him Play (Mushroom, reissued 1995 on Reluctant)
- 1979: The Douce is Loose (Mushroom)
- 1981: Coming up Roses (Rio)
- 1995: Price of an Education (Reluctant)
- 1999: Minnedosa Festival '99 Live album
- Dan Brisebois, Biography of Jerry Doucette; CanadianBands.com. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- Jaimie Vernon, Biography of Jerry Doucette; Canadian Pop Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2012-11-19 and 22.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Review of Mama Let Him Play; Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- Allmusic, Doucette - Awards. Retrieved 2012-11-27.
- Also played with Shari Ulrich and Valdy, among others. See Gord Mitchell, Portrait of Shindell; Pacific Northwest Bands. Retrieved 2012-11-27.