Billy ThunderKloud & the Chieftones
|Billy ThunderKloud & the Chieftones|
|Origin||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Labels||Superior, 20th Century Fox, Polydor|
|Past members||Vincent "Billy ThunderKloud" Clifford
Billy ThunderKloud & the Chieftones was a Canadian country music band from Edmonton, Alberta. It was composed of First Nations musicians Vincent "Billy ThunderKloud" Clifford, Hereditary Frog Clan Chief from northern British Columbia, Jack Wolf, Barry Littlestar, and Richard Grayowl, from Edmonton.
Formed in 1964, and billed as "Canada's All-Indian Band", the group released two singles on 20th Century Fox Records in 1975, reaching number 16 on Hot Country Songs, Number 32 on Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks and Number 92 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "What Time of Day". That same year, ThunderKloud was honored by the American Indian Exposition as Outstanding Indian. After 20th Century Fox closed its record label, the band moved to Polydor Records, charting with covers of "Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)" and "Try a Little Tenderness".
In 1966, Vincent Clifford appeared as himself on the December 26, 1966 episode of To Tell The Truth where he was introduced, along with two imposters, as a member of the Chieftones band. Tom Poston was the only panelist to correctly identify Clifford. After Clifford's identity was revealed, the band performed live, on-stage, for the studio and TV viewing audience.
After playing a concert at Walt Disney world, Walt Disney himself gave his personal pet mountain lion to Billy Thunderkloud as a gift, her name was Simoget and she traveled with the band on their tour bus.
|All Through the Night||
|Off the Reservation||
|What Time of Day||
|1975||"What Time of Day" (featuring the Franklin Road Academy; uncredited)||16||92||What Time of Day|
|"Pledging My Love"||37||—||N/A|
|1976||"Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)"||74||—|
|"Try a Little Tenderness"||47||—|
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