Skylark (Canadian band)

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Skylark
Origin Vancouver, Canada[1]
Genres Pop rock, blue-eyed soul
Years active 1971–1973
Labels Capitol
Past members Former members

Skylark was a former Canadian pop/rock band, active from 1971–1973, based in the Pacific Northwest.

History[edit]

Skylark formed from one of Ronnie Hawkins' backup groups and signed with Capitol Records, releasing a self-titled album in 1972 which spawned three singles. The group, whose alumni include renowned composer/arranger David Foster, disbanded after the lukewarm reception of their second album, 2, and its members achieved mixed success in other projects.

Their biggest single, "Wildflower", was a 1972 number one hit in Canada, then peaking at #9 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart the following spring, and selling over a million copies.[1] It was written by guitarist Doug Edwards and Dave Richardson, who was a Victoria police officer at the time. "Wildflower" is an early example of the power ballad, featuring a strong, emotional lead vocal, a blend of electric guitar, strings and harp, distinctive "slow dance" percussion, and almost-gospel background vocals. It has since been covered by Johnny Mathis, The New Birth, The O'Jays, Kenny Rogers, Aaron Neville, Gary Morris, Color Me Badd, Phil Perry, Lisa Fischer, Hong Kong superstar Sandy Lam, Lana Wolf and sampled by Tupac Shakur and Jamie Foxx. This song was also covered by Jodeci.

Former members[edit]

  • B.J. Cook - vocals
  • Donny Gerrard - vocals
  • Flip Arellano - vocals
  • David Foster - keyboards
  • Carl Graves - percussion
  • Robbie King - Hammond organ
  • Eddie Patterson - guitar
  • Steven Pugsley - bass
  • Doug Edwards - guitar
  • Gaye Delorme - guitar
  • Duris Maxwell - drums
  • Brian Hilton - drums (replaced Maxwell)
  • Kat Hendrikse - drums (replaced Hilton)
  • Norman McPherson - guitar (replaced Edwards)
  • John Verner - guitar (replaced McPherson in 1972)
  • Allan Mix - guitar (replaced Verner in 1973)

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • 1972 - "What Would I Do Without You" (Capitol) (#60 Can.)
  • 1973 - "Wildflower" (Capitol) (#10 Can.)
  • 1973 - "I'll Have to Go Away" (Capitol) (#83 Can.)
  • 1973 - "If That's The Way You Want It" (Capitol)

Albums[edit]

  • 1972 - Skylark (Shanachie/Capitol)
  • 1974 - 2 (Capitol)
  • 1996 - Wildflower: Golden Classics Edition (Collectibles)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "CANOE -- JAM! Music - Pop Encyclopedia - Skylark". Jam!. Retrieved on October 11, 2009.

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