Crowbar (Canadian band)

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Crowbar
Also known as King Biscuit Boy and Crowbar
Origin Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Genres Rock
Years active 1970 (1970)–1975 (1975)
Labels Daffodil Records
Epic Records
Stony Plain Records
Associated acts Ronnie Hawkins
Past members King Biscuit Boy
Roly Greenway
Kelly Jay
John Rutter
Ed Charron
Richard Bell
Jozef Chirowski
Larry Atamanuik
Tim Nantais
Sonnie Bernardi
Rheal Lanthier
John Gibbard
Sonny Del-Rio
Ray Harrison
John Dickie
Russell Foreman
Tim Thompson

Crowbar was a Canadian rock band based in Hamilton, Ontario, best known for their 1971 hit "Oh, What a Feeling".

History[edit]

From 1969 to 1970, most of the members of the group had been a backup band for Ronnie Hawkins under the name "And Many Others". However, in early 1970, he fired them; as he later told a friend, "Those boys could fuck up a crowbar in fifteen seconds."[1] They recorded their first album in 1970, called Official Music, as "King Biscuit Boy and Crowbar". King Biscuit Boy left the band later in 1970 but continued to appear off and on as a guest performer.[2]

In 1971, the band recorded a performance at Massey Hall, in Toronto, which was released as a double album, Larger than Life (and Live'r Than You've Ever Been). The concert, billed as "An Evening of Love with Daffodil Records", was co-produced by concert promoter Martin Onrot and Toronto radio station CHUM-FM. Numerous guests appeared with Crowbar at Massey Hall, including members of Lighthouse, Dr. Music, and Everyday People. King Biscuit Boy also returned to perform with his former bandmates. The recording and release of the album are significant as being the first time a Canadian band had recorded and released a "live in concert" album.[3]

Crowbar disbanded in 1975 but was revived in 1977, without Jozef Chirowski, who had joined Alice Cooper's band. The band performed intermittently during the 1980s.[2]

More recently, Crowbar played shows around Hamilton, Ontario, including a performance at their induction into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2011.[4]

Members[edit]

The band consisted of numerous players in various combinations over its lifetime, including:

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Official Music (as King Biscuit Boy and Crowbar) (1970, Daffodil; 1996, Stony Plain)[edit]

Track Listing
  1. "Highway 61" - 2:47
  2. "Don't Go No Further" - 3:38
  3. "Unseen Eye" - 2:54
  4. "I'm Just A Lonely Guy" - 2:29
  5. "Key To The Highway" - 3:15
  6. "Corrina, Corrina" - 4:18
  7. "Biscuit's Boogie" - 9:26
  8. "Hoy Hoy Hoy" - 5:20
  9. "Badly Bent" - 2:05
  10. "Cookin' Little Baby" - 2:25
  11. "Shout Bama Lama" - 2:25
Personnel


Bad Manors (1970, Daffodil SBA-16004)[edit]

Track listing
  1. "Frenchman's Filler #1" - 1:13
  2. "Too True Mama" - 2:52
  3. "Let The Four Winds Blow" - 2:20
  4. "The House Of Blue Lights" - 2:44
  5. "Train Keep Rollin'" - 2:49
  6. "Baby Let's Play House" - 3:02
  7. "Oh What A Feeling" - 4:18
  8. "Frenchman's Filler #2" - 0:32
  9. "Frenchman's Filler #3" - 0:35
  10. "Murder In The First Degree" - 5:10
  11. "In The Dancing Hold" - 3:48
  12. "Mountain Fire" - 3:56
  13. "Prince Of Peace" - 4:07
  14. "Frenchman's Filler #1" - 0:45
Personnel
  • John "The Ghetto" Gibbard - lead and slide guitars, vocals
  • Rheal Lanthier - lead guitar, vocals
  • Jozef Chirowski - organ, vocals, piano
  • Kelly Jay - piano, vocals
  • Roly Greenway - bass, vocals, percussion
  • Sonnie Bernardi - drums, vocals, percussion[7]


Larger than Life (and Live'r than You've Ever Been) (1971, Daffodil 2-SBA-16007), recorded in concert at Massey Hall, Toronto[edit]

Track Listing
  1. "Introduction" - 0:33
  2. "Prince Of Peace" - 3:37
  3. "Murder In The First Degree" - 3:36
  4. "Newspaper Song" - 2:36
  5. "Corinna Corinna" - 4:40
  6. "Fly Away" - 3:41
  7. "Tits Up On The Pavement" - 7:47
  8. "Mummy And Daddy" - 1:39
  9. "Ask Me No Questions" - 5:46
  10. "Over The Mountain" - 5:18
  11. "Cane On The Brazos" - 5:15
  12. "Rock Around The Clock / Shake, Rattle And Roll" - 2:05
  13. "In The Dancing Hold" - 3:45
  14. "Oh What A Feeling" - 8:50 [8]
Personnel

Heavy Duty (1972, Daffodil SBA-16013)[edit]

Track Listing
Side One
  1. "Trilby" - (Kelly Jay) - 2:41
  2. "Listen Sister (A Mutual Liberation Ballad)" - (Kelly Jay) - 2:07
  3. "Hey Baby" - (Bruce Channel) - 2:55
  4. "Dreams" - (Josef Chirowski, John Gibbard) - 2:49
  5. "Where Were You" - (Kelly Jay) - 3:56
Side Two
  1. "Dead Head Out Of St. John's" - (Kelly Jay) - 3:45
  2. "The Beaver And The Eagle" - (Kelly Jay) - 3:07
  3. "Cluckie's Escape" - (Roly Greenway) - 3:10
  4. "Snakes And Ladders" - (Kelly Jay) - 2:50
  5. "Lay One Down" - (Roly Greenway, LOVE) 4:28
Personnel

KE32746 (1973 Epic) A1 Million Dollar Weekend 3:04 A2 Something Happened Yesterday 4:20 A3 Trumpet Rose 3:25 A4 All The Living Things 3:11 A5 Go For The Throat 4:42 B1 Kilroy 2:23 B2 Rocky Mountain Tragedy 5:52 The Killing Time Trilogy 7:06 B3a Killing Time B3b It Really Doesn't Matter B3c Hard On You B3d Killing Time - Reprise B4 Nothing Lasts Forever 3:27

Million Dollar Weekend (1974 Epic)[edit]

Crowbar Classics: Memories Are Made of This (1975, Daffodil SBA-16030)[5][edit]

Singles[edit]

  • 1970 "Corrina, Corrina" (Daffodil) (as King Biscuit Boy and Crowbar), #29 CAN
  • 1970 "Uncle Pen" / "Roberta" (London 17385)
  • 1971 "Oh What a Feeling" (Daffodil), #10 CAN
  • 1971 "Happy People" (Daffodil)
  • 1972 "Too True Mama" (Daffodil), #60 CAN
  • 1972 "Dreams" (Daffodil)
  • 1972 "Fly Away" (Daffodil), #48 CAN
  • 1972 "Hey Baby" (Daffodil), #59 CAN
  • 1973 "Million Dollar Weekend" (Epic), #22 CAN
  • 1974 "Million Dollar Weekend" (Daffodil)
  • 1974 "All the Living Things" (Epic), #81 CAN
  • 1977 "Run, Run Rudolph" (Puck)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ronnie Hawkins: Last of the Good Ol' Boys. Ronnie Hawkins and Peter Goddard. Stoddart Publishing, Toronto (1989), p. 200.
  2. ^ a b "Crowbar". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Billboard. Books.google.ca. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame" (PDF). Cansong.ca. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Canadian Encyclopedia Biography: King Biscuit Boy". Thecanadianencyclopedia.com. Retrieved 2007-01-19. 
  6. ^ http://www.discogs.com/King-Biscuit-Boy-Official-Music/release/5619552
  7. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Crowbar-Bad-Manors-Crowbars-Golden-Hits-Volume-1/release/2480088
  8. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Crowbar-Larger-Than-Life/release/2713687
  9. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/larger-than-life-and-liver-than-youve-ever-been%21-mw0000595333/credits
  10. ^ https://www.discogs.com/it/Crowbar-Heavy-Duty/master/326013

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