Ian Thomas (Canadian musician)

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Ian Thomas
Birth nameIan Campbell Thomas
Born (1950-07-23) 23 July 1950 (age 69)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
GenresRock
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, actor, author
InstrumentsVocals, Guitar, Keyboards
Years active1970–present
LabelsAnthem, GRT, Chrysalis, Atlantic, Alma Records
Associated actsTranquility Base, The Boomers, Lunch At Allen's
Websitehttp://www.ianthomas.ca

Ian Campbell Thomas (born 23 July 1950) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, actor and author. He is the younger brother of comedian and actor Dave Thomas. He was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Career[edit]

Thomas is a successful rock and roll musician in Canada, at the height of his solo career during the 1970s, with his most memorable hit being 1973's "Painted Ladies". Success in the American market, however, has proven to be elusive with the possible exception of "Painted Ladies", which remains his only U.S. Top 40 hit, and the song "Runner" which was recorded by Manfred Mann's Earth Band. He has also done musical composition for about a dozen films and television shows. Before breaking through with "Painted Ladies", he was a producer at the CBC. Before that, he was part of the folk music group Tranquility Base.

In 1974, he won a Juno Award for "Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year". That year he toured in eastern Canada with April Wine.[1] In 1976 he signed with Chrysalis Records.[2]

In 1981, Thomas made a cameo appearance on SCTV with his real life older brother Dave Thomas during a sketch of "The Great White North". He played himself and performed the songs, "Pilot" and "Hold On". He also wrote and recorded the theme song for his brother's film Strange Brew. As well, Thomas was a musical guest on the CTV children's show Whatever Turns You On (a short-lived spinoff of You Can't Do That on Television) in 1979.

Many of his songs have been covered by popular artists, including "Hold On" (Santana, 1982), "The Runner" (Manfred Mann's Earth Band, 1984), "Right Before Your Eyes" (America, 1983), and "Chains" (Chicago). In 1988, Daryl Braithwaite had hits in Australia with two Thomas compositions: "As the Days Go By" (which peaked at #10), and "All I Do" (a #12 chart hit). Bette Midler also covered his song "To Comfort You" on her Bette of Roses album.

He is also known for the portrayal of the character "Dougie Franklin" on the Canadian comedy series The Red Green Show.

From 1991 through 2002, Thomas released four albums with The Boomers.

In 2009, Thomas provided the music for the animated series Bob & Doug, based on the SCTV characters of the same name.

He has written two books, Bequest (2006), Canadian Best Seller, and The Lost Chord (2008), both through Manor House Publishing.

In 2010, Wounded Bird Records re-issued "Still Here" on CD.[citation needed]

On 16 June 2014, Thomas was awarded the National Achievement Award by SOCAN at the 2014 SOCAN Awards in Toronto.[3]

In 2015, he performed with Darcy Hepner and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, and recorded with them for a CD.[citation needed]

During the summer of 2016, Thomas was touring Ontario, Canada, with singers Murray McLauchlan, Cindy Church, and Marc Jordan, in the group Lunch At Allen's.[4] The tour was continuing in late 2018 with a series of dates in Ontario.[5]

Thomas is a member of the Canadian charity Artists Against Racism.[6]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

With Tranquility Base (1970–71)[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Album
Canada
RPM 100
Canada
A/C
US
Hot 100
1970 "If You're Lookin'" 24 47 - Non-LP singles
"In the Rain" - - -

Ian Thomas solo career (1973–88)[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Album
Canada
RPM 100
Canada
A/C
US
Hot 100
1973 "Painted Ladies" 4 5 34 Ian Thomas
"Come the Sun" 41 84 -
1974 "Long Long Way" 85 39 - Long Long Way
1975 "Mother Earth" 41 - - Re-recorded single version:
Original version from Long Long Way
"Julie" 69 - - Delights
"The Good Life" 92 - -
1976 "Liars" 25 - - Calabash
"Mary Jane" - - -
1977 "Right Before Your Eyes" 57 - -
1978 "Coming Home" 40 33 - Still Here
"I Really Love You" - - -
1979 "Time is the Keeper" 71 - - Glider
"Pilot" 83 - -
1980 "Tear Down the Wall" - - - The Best of Ian Thomas
1981 "The Runner" - - - The Runner
"Hold On" 28 20 -
"Borrowed Time" - - -
"Chains" 29 - -
1983 "Strange Brew" - - - Strange Brew soundtrack
1984 "Do You Right" 65 - - Riders on Dark Horses
"Picking Up the Pieces" - - -
1985 "Endless Emotion" - - - Add Water
"Harmony" - - -
"Touch Me" - - -
1988 "Back to Square One" - - - Levity
"Levity" 25 - -

With The Boomers (1991–2002)[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Album
Canada
RPM 100
Canada
A/C
US
Hot 100
1991 "Love You Too Much" 41 32 - What We Do
"One Little Word" 49 29 -
"Wishes" 68 28 -
1993 "You've Got to Know" 20 26 - Art of Living
"Art of Living" 41 - -
1994 "Good Again" 68 - -
1996 "I Feel a Change Coming" 17 15 - 25 Thousand Days
1997 "Saving Face" 18 24 -
2002 "I Want to Believe in Something" - - - Midway

With Lunch At Allen's (2004–present)[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Album
Canada
RPM 100
Canada
A/C
US
Hot 100
2004 "Perfect World" - - - Lunch At Allen's
2007 "What Kind of Love" - - - Catch the Moon

Solo albums[edit]

  • 1973 - Ian Thomas
  • 1974 - Long Long Way
  • 1975 - Delights
  • 1976 - Calabash (aka Goodnight Mrs. Calabash)
  • 1978 - Still Here
  • 1979 - Glider
  • 1980 - The Best of Ian Thomas
  • 1981 - The Runner
  • 1984 - Riders on Dark Horses
  • 1985 - Add Water
  • 1988 - Levity
  • 1993 - Looking Back
  • 2012 - Little Dreams

Albums with The Boomers[edit]

  • 1991 - What We Do
  • 1993 - Art of Living
  • 1996 - 25 Thousand Days
  • 2002 - Midway

Albums with Lunch At Allen's[edit]

  • 2004 - Lunch At Allen's
  • 2007 - Catch the Moon
  • 2010 - More Lunch At Allen's

Comedy Album with the Air Pirates[edit]

  • 1990 - Volume Two

References[edit]

  1. ^ Martin Melhuish (13 July 1974). From the Music Capitals of the World. Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 42–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  2. ^ Martin Melhuish (2 October 1976). "Striving for Success without Leaning on Government". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.: 60–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  3. ^ http://www.socan.ca/about/awards/2014-socan-awards
  4. ^ The band has recently toured in the Maritimes and B.C. Doolan, Susan (10 June 2016). "Lunch At Allen's brings talented musicians back to Barrie". Barrie Examiner. Barrie Examiner. Retrieved 13 June 2016. Their approach to a concert is like a band, not as a singer-songwriter event. They all play on each others’ songs and sing and harmonize together.
  5. ^ "Tour Dates - Lunch At Allen's".
  6. ^ "Artists - Artists Against Racism".

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