Chilliwack (band)

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Bill Henderson, guitarist and vocalist
Bill Henderson, guitarist and vocalist
Background information
OriginVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
GenresRock, progressive rock
Years active1970–1988, 1997–present
LabelsParrot, A&M,[1] Goldfish, Casino, Sire, Mushroom Records, Solid Gold, Millennium[2]
MembersBill Henderson
Ed Henderson
Jerry Adolphe
Gord Maxwell
Past membersDoug Edwards
Ross Turney
Claire Lawrence
Glenn Miller
Brian MacLeod
Howard Froese
Jamie Bowers
Ab Bryant
Bucky Berger
Rick Taylor
John Roles

Chilliwack is a Canadian rock band centred on the singer and guitarist Bill Henderson. They were active from 1970 to 1988; Henderson re-formed the band in 1997. The band started off with a progressive rock sound that incorporated elements of folk, indigenous, jazz and blues, before moving towards a more straight-ahead hard rock/pop rock sound by the mid-70s. Their six best-selling songs were "My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone)",[3] "I Believe", "Whatcha Gonna Do", "Fly at Night", "Crazy Talk", and "Lonesome Mary". The band's line-up has changed many times.


The band originated in Vancouver, British Columbia. The members of the C-FUN Classics[4] changed the band's name to The Collectors when Bill Henderson joined in 1966.[5] Their psychedelic self-titled debut album yielded the minor hit "Lydia Purple". Their second album was based on the musical score written by the band for Grass and Wild Strawberries, a stage play by Canadian playwright George Ryga.

Vocalist Howie Vickers left the Collectors in 1969; the remaining members formed the band Chilliwack in 1970,[6][7] Chilliwack being a Salish term meaning "valley of many streams" and the name of a city east of Vancouver in the Fraser Valley. Chilliwack released its debut album Chilliwack, in 1970.

Lead guitarist Bill Henderson led the remaining former Collectors members: Glenn Miller (bass, guitar, backing vocals), Ross Turney (drums) and Claire Lawrence (flute, saxophone, keyboards, backing vocals);[8] while he provided most of the vocals and did most of the composing. During 1970, Miller briefly left the band, who were joined on the road by Robbie King (keyboards, bass) and played at Expo '70 in Japan and other gigs across Canada.

In 1971 bassist Rick Kilburn played live with Chilliwack for a short time before Miller returned later that same year when Lawrence departed. New member Howard Froese (guitar, keyboards, backing vocals) joined in 1973.

The band released several moderately successful records. Hit singles in Canada included "Lonesome Mary", which entered Cashbox January 22, 1972 [9] (and was their first US charting single, peaking at #75 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1972), "Crazy Talk" (#98 in the US in January 1975), and "Fly at Night" (#75 in the US in May 1977).[10] The track "Rain-o", a blues-based composition that appeared in different versions on their debut album, Chilliwack (June 1970) and the later Dreams, Dreams, Dreams (January 1977), was a well-known concert favourite.

Chilliwack's debut was followed by two more albums: Chilliwack in September 1971 and All Over You in December 1972.

In April 1974 their album Riding High on Goldfish Records (Terry Jacks' label) contained one of their biggest hits, "Crazy Talk", which was produced by Jacks. This album was not released in the US until early 1975 (on the Sire Records label), where it was retitled Chilliwack (their third U.S. release to bear that title).

Chilliwack had a difficult time sustaining success because of constant changes of label. The two Collectors albums were on Warner Brothers and Chilliwack's first five albums were on four different labels in Canada: Parrot, A&M, Goldfish and Casino Records.

Rockerbox, their fifth album, was released in December 1975 on Sire Records in the US and (with a different cover) on the little-known Casino Records label in Canada. It was Chilliwack's least successful album in Canada.

The band was then signed to Vancouver's Mushroom Records, with distribution throughout North America. After completing one album for the label, Dreams, Dreams, Dreams, Chilliwack began work on their seventh album, to be titled Lights from the Valley. The first attempt at recording proved unsatisfactory, leading to discord among the band members. Froese was replaced by Brian MacLeod, who contributed guitar, drums, keyboards and backing vocals. The album was re-recorded; with some of Froese's vocal and guitar work, as well as percussion from session drummer Eddie Tuduri, included in the final mix. By the time of the record's release, bassist Glenn Miller and drummer Ross Turney had left the group. Mushroom was also having financial problems which hampered the promotion of the album after its release in June 1978.

Drummer Skip Layton and former Prism bassist Ab Bryant were recruited to perform with Henderson, MacLeod, and Jamie Bowers (guitar, keyboards) in Chilliwack's 1978 live gigs.[11] Henderson, MacLeod and Bryant then began working on Chilliwack's eighth album in 1979, joined by John Roles (guitar, keyboards, backing vocals) and drummer Bucky Berger. The Mushroom label went bankrupt abruptly shortly after the album, Breakdown in Paradise, was released in December 1979. Berger was replaced by Rick Taylor and the line-up of Henderson, MacLeod, Bryant, Roles and Taylor toured into 1980.

Chilliwack then signed with Solid Gold Records in Canada and Millennium Records in the U.S. in 1981 as a trio (Henderson/MacLeod/Bryant) and enjoyed its greatest success with this line-up, releasing the albums Wanna Be a Star (September 1981) and Opus X (October 1982). The singles "My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone)" (Their first US Top 40 hit, peaking at #22 in December 1981), "I Believe" (US #33 in March 1982), and "Whatcha Gonna Do (When I'm Gone)" (US #41 in December 1982) were popular both in Canada and in the U.S.[12] Rolling Stone wrote:

At their best, Chilliwack was the finest Canadian rock band, outrocking BTO and outwriting Burton Cummings. But a lack of consistency kept it from international success.

Henderson, MacLeod and Bryant were joined by drummer Paul Delaney in the fall of 1981 through early 1982 for US promotional appearances on TV shows, like American Bandstand,[13] Solid Gold and The Merv Griffin Show, before heading out on the road later in 1982 with an expanded line-up of Henderson, MacLeod, Bryant, Joey Franco (drums), Glenn Grayson (keyboards, backing vocals) and Dennis Grayson (keyboards, backing vocals).

Henderson and MacLeod received a Best Producer Juno Award for Opus X.[14] However, echoing the Mushroom problems, Millennium Records then collapsed. In early 1983, MacLeod and Bryant left the band, to devote more time to their other project, the Headpins (with Denise McCann and then Darby Mills as lead vocalists). Chilliwack's last studio recording, Look In Look Out, was released in July 1984 with Henderson as the only continuing member. He was joined by session players Ashley Mulford (guitar, backing vocals, from the band Sad Café), Richard Gibbs (keyboards, from the group Oingo Boingo), Mo Foster (bass), Simon Phillips (drums) and Tom Keenlyside (saxophone), with additional vocals provided by Mark LaFrance, Saffron & Camille Henderson, Dustin Keller and Bob Rock.

By 1985, the band was without a record deal and Henderson cobbled together a touring line-up of former member Claire Lawrence (sax, backing vocals), Jerry Adolphe (drums), Brian Newcombe (bass), Robbie Gray (keyboards, backing vocals) and Dave Pickell (keyboards). Pickell was replaced almost immediately by another former member John Roles (guitar, keyboards). This grouping played mostly in Canadian clubs and smaller venues until Henderson disbanded the group in December 1988. The following year, Henderson formed the folk-rock supergroup UHF.

On October 6, 1991, Henderson joined fellow rockers Loverboy, Bryan Adams, Colin James and Chrissy Steele at a benefit show at Vancouver's 86 Street Music Hall to raise over $50,000 for Henderson's former Chilliwack bandmate, Brian MacLeod, who was fighting cancer and undergoing treatment at a Houston medical clinic. MacLeod died on April 25, 1992, aged 39.

After the band had been dormant for nearly a decade, Henderson decided to launch a new Chilliwack line-up in 1997, made up of himself, Adolphe (drums), Doug Edwards[15] (bass, backing vocals), and Roy 'Bim' Forbes (guitar, backing vocals, from UHF). Forbes was succeeded on guitar in 1998 by Bill's brother, Ed, and Chilliwack released a new live album, There and Back - Live, in 2003.

Chilliwack performed at 2005's Voyageur Days Festival in Mattawa, Ontario, where they appeared with Moxy, Toronto, Trooper, Goddo, Killer Dwarfs and Ray Lyell for the thirtieth anniversary of Moxy's debut album release.

On May 24, 2010, the band members (Bill Henderson, Ed Henderson, Doug Edwards and Jerry Adolphe) were joined by former members Roy 'Bim' Forbes, Ab Bryant and Claire Lawrence, plus Howard Froese's son Tyson on acoustic guitar (standing in for his father, who had died of cancer in the mid-1990s), and Collectors singer Howie Vickers for a Chilliwack 40th Anniversary show at the River Rock Show Theatre in Richmond, British Columbia.

Chilliwack's original bassist, Glenn Miller, died on March 4, 2011, in Toronto after suffering from muscular dystrophy.[16]

In 2015, a new music video by Chilliwack for the song "Take Back This Land" was released. The song became a rallying call during the 2015 Canadian federal election.[17]

Henderson occasionally does duo shows with Claire Lawrence. Chilliwack continues to play, mostly at outdoor gatherings and festivals.[18]

Doug Edwards died at his home in Vancouver at the age of 70 on November 11, 2016, after a long illness.[15] He was succeeded in Chilliwack by Gord Maxwell (formerly with Ian Tyson and One Horse Blue), who began filling in for Edwards in 2013.

Matt Bryant, son of former Chilliwack bass player Ab Bryant, is the singer/songwriter and founding member of Canadian roots/folk band Headwater.

In 2019, Chilliwack was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame[19]

Current members[edit]

  • Bill Henderson – lead guitar, lead and backing vocals (1970–1988, 1997–present)
  • Jerry Adolphe – drums (1985–1988, 1997–present)
  • Ed Henderson − rhythm and lead guitar, backing vocals (1998–present)
  • Gord Maxwell – bass, backing vocals (2016–present)

Member timeline[edit]



As The Collectors (Pre-Chilliwack)

Year Album
1967 The Collectors
1968 Grass and Wild Strawberries


Year Title Chart positions Certifications
1970 Chilliwack 63
1971 Chilliwack 10 210
1972 All Over You 40
1974 Riding High 63
1975 Rockerbox 64 210
1977 Dreams, Dreams, Dreams 13 142 Platinum
1978 Lights from the Valley 37 191 Platinum
1979 Breakdown in Paradise 52
1981 Wanna Be a Star 19 78 Platinum
1982 Opus X 12 112 Platinum
1983 Segue (compilation) 79 Gold
1984 Look In Look Out 68
1994 Greatest Hits Gold
2003 There and Back - Live
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.


Year Song Parent album Peak chart positions
US Hot 100
US Cash Box
US Main
1967 "Looking at a Baby" as The Collectors Non-album singles 23 4
"Fisherwoman" as The Collectors 18
1968 "We Can Make It" as The Collectors 99
"Lydia Purple" as The Collectors The Collectors 55
1969 "Early Morning" as The Collectors Grass and Wild Strawberries 84
1970 "I Must Have Been Blind" as The Collectors Non-album singles 56 20
"Sometimes We're Up" as The Collectors 63
"Chain Train" Chilliwack 67
1971 "Rain-O" 70
1972 "Sundown" 54
1973 "Lonesome Mary" Chilliwack 9 75
1974 "Groundhog" All Over You 41
"Crazy Talk" Riding High 10 13 98
1975 "There's Something I Like About That" 85
1975 "Last Day of December" Rockerbox 109
1976 "Come on Over" Riding High 54 12
1976 "California Girl" Dreams, Dreams, Dreams 19
"Fly at Night" 7 16 75
1978 "Something Better" 56
"Baby Blue" 78 110
"Arms of Mary" Lights from the Valley 32 67
1979 "Never Be the Same" 59
1980 "Communication Breakdown" Breakdown in Paradise 86
1981 "My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone)" Wanna Be a Star 3 6 22 19 16 57
1982 "I Believe" 13 11 33 29
"Whatcha Gonna Do (When I'm Gone)" Opus X 17 10 41 32 29
"Don't It Make You Feel Good" 48
1983 "Secret Information" 110
1983 "Don't Stop" Look In Look Out 46
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.
Total Hits 26 8 7
Top 40 Hits 10 8 2

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Michael Bennett (September 30, 1972). "Western Canada: Activity abounds on all fronts". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.: 48–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  2. ^ "Chilliwack". 2007. Archived from the original on November 1, 2003. Retrieved August 16, 2007.
  3. ^ Leary, Joe (January 19, 2017). "24 Minutes with Bill Henderson". The Peterborough Examiner. Archived from the original on September 10, 2017.
  4. ^ Graham, Sandy (February 13, 2014). "Proudly Canadian: Chilliwack". Cashbox. Archived from the original on October 13, 2015.
  5. ^ "Canadian - Collectors". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
  6. ^ "Henderson, Chilliwack still going strong after 40 years". Estevan Mercury. October 5, 2011.
  7. ^ McIntosh, Andrew (June 18, 2015). "Chilliwack". The Canadian Encyclopedia (online ed.). Historica Canada. Retrieved December 1, 2015.
  8. ^ Lacatusu, Octavian (March 9, 2016). "Chilliwack returns to Sooke". Sooke News Mirror. Archived from the original on February 2, 2017.
  9. ^ Cashbox. January 22, 1971.
  10. ^ a b c d "Chilliwack - Awards". AllMusic. Archived from the original on March 10, 2013. Retrieved April 21, 2012.
  11. ^ Ottawa Journal. August 4, 1978. p. 47.
  12. ^ Adam White & Fred Bronson (1988). The Billboard Book of Hits. Billboard Books. ISBN 0-8230-8285-7.
  13. ^ ""American Bandstand" Episode #25.5 (TV Episode 1981)". Retrieved August 19, 2021.
  14. ^ "Inductee Bio 2019". Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Retrieved August 21, 2021.
  15. ^ a b Dedyna, Katherine (November 12, 2016). "Wildflower hitmaker Doug Edwards, 'one in million' pop artist, dies at 71". Vancouver Sun.
  16. ^ Harrison, Tom. "Glenn Miller: R.I.P." The Province. Retrieved August 21, 2021.
  17. ^ "Bill Henderson Films Eco Election Song". FYI Music News. Retrieved August 21, 2021.
  18. ^ Fryer, Melissa (July 14, 2016). "Chilliwack rocks during Nanaimo Bathtub Weekend Launch Party". Nanaimo News Bulletin. Archived from the original on July 15, 2016.
  19. ^ "Chilliwack Inducted 2019". Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Retrieved August 21, 2021.
  20. ^ Peak positions for Chilliwack's albums on Canadian Albums Chart:
  21. ^ "Gold Platinum Database: Chilliwack". Canadian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on February 25, 2012. Retrieved April 17, 2012.
  22. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 62. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.

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