Bearfoot (Canadian band)

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Also known as Atkinson, Danko and Ford
Atkinson, Danko and Ford (with Brockie and Hilton)
Dwayne Ford and Bearfoot
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Rock, country rock
Years active 1969 (1969)–?, 1985–?
Labels Columbia
Associated acts Ronnie Hawkins and The Hawks, Tin Pan Alley, Rendezvous
Past members Jim Atkinson
Terry Danko
Dwayne Ford
Hugh Brockie
Brian Hilton
Mal Turner
Malcolm Tomlinson
Chris Vickery
Marty Cordrey
Penti 'Whitey' Glan
Jerry Baird

Bearfoot was a Juno Award-nominated Canadian rock band, founded by Jim Atkinson, Terry Danko, Dwayne Ford, Hugh Brockie and Brian Hilton.[1][2] Initially going by "Atkinson, Danko and Ford", they changed their name out of practicality and because they didn't want to sound as though they were a law-firm. They released three albums and five singles through Columbia Records.


The founding members came together as part of Ronnie Hawkins' Rock and Roll Revival and Travelling Medicine Show, first meeting at the Graham Bell Hotel in Brantford, Ontario. Hawkins' group played the upstairs lounge that day while Danko and Atkinson's group, Tin Pan Alley, played downstairs. Hawkins hired the two as part of his group, which Ford, Brockie and Hilton were already part of.

Bearfoot eventually formed in 1969 and left Hawkins to sign with Columbia. They released three albums and five singles through the label. Their first, 1972 album was released under the name "Atkinson, Danko and Ford (with Brockie and Hilton)". They were nominated for the 1974 Juno Award for Most Promising Group of the Year, which Bachman-Turner Overdrive would win. Danko and Atkinson left in 1973 to pursue work as musicians in California. The group continued without them, releasing their final album as "Dwayne Ford and Bearfoot" in 1975. Danko and Atkinson returned to Canada in 1985 and reformed the band for a time with Jerry Baird. The group is now presumably defunct.



Year Title Label Notes
1972 Atkinson, Danko and Ford (with Brockie and Hilton) Columbia *as "Atkinson, Danko and Ford (with Brockie and Hilton)"
1973 Bearfoot *re-issue of first album, as "Bearfoot"
1973 Friends with Bearfoot
1975 Passing Time *as "Dwayne Ford and Bearfoot"


Year Title Label Notes
1972 Right On/Holy, Holy, Holy Columbia
1972 Right On/Mark Twain *alternate B-side
*issued in the USA
1973 Only A Soldier/Life Goes Too Fast
1973 Molly/St. Augustine
1974 Passing Time/She Comes to Me
1975 Cable to Carol

Compilation inclusions[edit]

Year Song Album Label Notes
1976 "Passing Time" Canada's Finest K-Tel


  1. ^ "Bearfoot". Canadian Pop Encyclopedia. Great White Noise. Retrieved 2010-12-16.
  2. ^ "Bearfoot". Retrieved 2010-12-16.

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