Ronn Metcalfe

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Ronn Metcalfe (July 20, 1930 – May 18, 1969) was a Canadian big band leader from St. Catharines[1] and music industry leader.[2]

He released an LP named after the title track "Twistin' at the Woodchopper's Ball" which garnered him a gold record. He used this success to start a rock and roll band scene in Niagara, Canada. He created Image Artist Representatives booking/managing agency, and opened The Castle[disambiguation needed], the premiere club for bands between Buffalo and Toronto.

Another hit from Metcalfe (which he wrote) was a song called "Back to T.O." (T.O. is vernacular for Toronto)

This Niagara scene spawned many musicians such as Neil Peart from Rush, Glen Gratto from Lee Aaron, Bullrush,[clarification needed] and The Mad Cats, Gary Storin from The Stampeders, The Hunt's Paul Dickinson, and Brian Gagnon and other music industry "behind the scene" types such as Jimmy Johnson from Rush and Styx.

Some of Metcalfe's band include:

Ronn Metcalfe died of a sudden heart attack at the age of 38 while on a business/family trip to Ottawa. At the time he was securing a deal with Polydor Records.

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Citations
  1. ^ Downtowner, Volume 16,No.2 Spring 2000, Here Abouts Series #3, Ronn Metcalfe: Big Band with a Twist http://www.pcn.brocku.ca/SoundsAndScenes/pdfs/hearabouts/Hearabouts%203%20-%20Big%20Band%20With%20A%20Twist.pdf
  2. ^ Downtowner, Volume 16,No.2 Spring 2000, Here Abouts Series #3, Ronn Metcalfe: Big Band with a Twist