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, from northern British Columbia, and 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 the Billboard Hot AC 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".
|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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