Little Caesar and the Consuls
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|Little Caesar and the Consuls|
|Also known as||The Consuls|
|Origin||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Past members||Bruce Morshead
Little Caesar and the Consuls are a Canadian rock music group, originally active in Toronto from 1956 to 1971. Originally known as The Consuls, the band added Little Caesar to their name after a number of fans commented that lead singer Bruce Morshead resembled Edward G. Robinson in the film Little Caesar.
The core of the group consisted of pianist Morshead, guitarist Ken Pernokis, bassist Tom Wilson, drummer Gary Wright and saxophonist Norm Sherratt. Gene MacLellan and Robbie Robertson were also early members of the band.
The group recorded several Canadian hits, including "If I Found A New Girl" and covers of "My Girl Sloopy" and "You Really Got a Hold On Me", which reached #1 on the RPM charts in 1965, making them only the second Canadian group (after Chad Allan and the Expressions) to top that chart.
Morshead left the band in 1966. The band continued with new vocalist Steve Macko, and released several more singles before breaking up in 1971.
There have been several incarnations of the group; reuniting in 1973, 1976 and 1986.
In 1993, Norm Sherratt, Tom Wilson, Steve Macko, Vic Wilson (saxophones), Tony Crivaro (vocals & guitar) and Gary Wright (drums) joined up and recorded a reunion album, Since 1956.
In later years Norm Sherratt, Tony Crivaro, Sam Carothers (bass), Walter Taylor (keyboards) Sonny Milne (drums) and Doug Dixon (vocals & guitar) held forth at shows, adding Russ Strathdee on sax in 2013.
Currently the lineup consists of Walter Taylor, Sam Carothers, Sonny Milne and Russ Strathdee, with Martin Damsell on Lead vocals and guitar.
- 1965 Little Caesar and the Consuls
- 1993 Since 1956
- 1963 "If...(I Found A New Girl)"
- 1965 "My Girl Sloopy" - #3 - August 1965
- 1965 "You Really Got a Hold On Me" - #1 - December 1965
- 1966 "You Laugh Too Much" - #9 - April 1966
- 1966 "1000 Miles Away" - #58 - July 1966
- 1966 "Mercy Mr. Percy" - #38 - December 1966
- 1967 "My Love For You" - #88 - May 1967
- 1976 "Hang On Sloopy"
- Little Caesar and the Consuls official website