Jim Clench

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Jim Clench
Birth name James Patrick Clench [1]
Born (1949-05-01)May 1, 1949 [2]
Origin Canada
Died November 3, 2010(2010-11-03) (aged 61)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada [3]
Genres Rock
Occupations Musician
Instruments Bass, vocals
Years active 1971–2006
Associated acts April Wine, Bachman–Turner Overdrive

James Patrick "Jim" Clench (May 1, 1949 – November 3, 2010) was a Canadian bassist and vocalist best known for his roles in the Canadian rock bands April Wine and Bachman–Turner Overdrive.[4][5][dead link]

With April Wine (first run)[edit]

Clench was asked to join April Wine after their original bassist Jim Henman decided to leave the band in October 1971.[6][7] Although Myles Goodwyn was April Wine's primary lead singer, Clench was lead vocalist on songs such as the hit singles "Oowatanite" (which he also wrote) and "Weeping Widow".[7] In 1975,[3][8] after recording three studio albums and one live, Clench decided to leave April Wine and was replaced by former Mashmakhan bassist Steve Lang.[6]

Early April Wine albums recorded with Clench include; On Record (1972), Electric Jewels (1973), Live! (1974), and Stand Back (1975), which was released just before he left the band.

With Bachman–Turner Overdrive[edit]

In 1978, Clench was asked to join Bachman–Turner Overdrive to replace Randy Bachman, who decided to start a solo career.[9] Clench was with BTO until its demise in 1979, appearing on the albums Street Action (1978) and Rock n' Roll Nights (1979).[10]

Shortly afterwards, Clench also appeared as a guest musician on Bryan Adams's 1980 debut album.[10][11]

Jim also appeared in Loverboy, who made their live debut opening for Kiss at Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, B.C. on November 19, 1979. Shortly after this show, Clench was replaced by Scott Smith.

With April Wine (second run)[edit]

In 1992, April Wine reformed and Clench accepted an invitation to rejoin.[6] He then took part in four more studio albums recorded after the reformation. Those albums include; Attitude (1993), Frigate (1994), Back to the Mansion (2001), and Roughly Speaking (2006). Clench also appears on April Wine's Greatest Hits Live 2003.

In late 2006, Clench once again left April Wine, and was replaced by former Brutus/Offenbach bassist Breen LeBoeuf at the beginning of 2007.[12][13]

Death[edit]

On November 3, 2010,[1][10] Clench died in a Montreal hospital after a battle with stage 4 lung cancer.[3][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Gazette (Montreal) – Obituaries". Legacy.com via MontrealGazette.com. Retrieved 2010-11-05. 
  2. ^ "April Wine – Jim Clench biography". AprilWine.ca. Retrieved 2010-11-05. 
  3. ^ a b c "April Wine and BTO former bassist Jim Clench dies". Toronto: TheStar.com. 2010-11-05. Retrieved 2010-11-05. 
  4. ^ "Jim Clench – AllMusic". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 2010-11-04. 
  5. ^ "April Wine's Clench dead at 61 – Canada – TheChronicleHerald.ca". TheChronicleHerald.ca. Retrieved 2010-11-16. 
  6. ^ a b c "CANOE – JAM! Music – Pop Encyclopedia – April Wine". Jam.canoe.ca. Retrieved 2010-02-13. 
  7. ^ a b "Quintessential Canadian rockers April Wine to be inducted to Canadian Music Hall of Fame". JunoAwards.ca. Retrieved 2010-02-13. 
  8. ^ a b "CBC News – Music – April Wine, BTO musician Jim Clench dies". CBC.ca. 2010-11-05. Retrieved 2010-11-05. 
  9. ^ "CANOE – JAM! Music – Pop Encyclopedia – Bachman Turner Overdrive". Jam.canoe.ca. Retrieved 2010-02-13. 
  10. ^ a b c "Lives Remembered – Telegraph – Jim Clench". London: Telegraph.co.uk. 2010-11-10. Retrieved 2010-11-10. 
  11. ^ "Bryan Adams – Bryan Adams – AllMusic". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 2010-11-13. 
  12. ^ "Southwestern Ontario – April Wine plays show at Trilogy, Friday". Walkerton.com. Retrieved 2010-02-13. 
  13. ^ "April Wine – The official website". AprilWine.ca. Retrieved 2010-11-04.