|Birth name||Wesley Dakus|
|Born||April 2, 1938|
|Died||August 18, 2013 (age 75)|
|Genres||rock 'n' roll|
|Labels||Quality Records (Canada), Gallio (US), Capitol Records (Canada), United Artists (US), Kapp (US)|
|Associated acts||Buddy Knox|
Wesley "Wes" Dakus (April 2, 1938 – August 18, 2013) was a Canadian musician and the leader of Wes Dakus and the Rebels, Canada's most popular instrumental group of the 1960s.
Wes Dakus and the Rebels
Dakus was born in Mannville, Alberta, and in 1958 formed Wes Dakus and the Club 93 Rebels. Shortening to simply "The Rebels", band members included Barry Allen, Stu Mitchell, Gerry Dere, Dennis Planidin (aka Dennis Paul), Bob Clarke, and Maurice Marshall. In 1960, they were signed with Quality Records, and released their first album in the same year titled El Ringo. The group began recording with Norman Petty in his Clovis, NM studio in early 1963, resulting in 10 singles for Capitol Canada and 2 LPs. A brief trip through California had them recording 2 tracks for the Gallio label "Surfs U Rite / Dog Food" released in 1963.
In 1965 The Wes Dakus Album – With The Rebels was released and helped the band create several singles. In 1967 their album was issued on KAPP as "Wes Dakus's Rebels". In Canada, the album was split into singles. RPM voted the band "Top Instrumental Group" in 1964 and 1965. The group disbanded in the summer of 1967. The 1968 single "New Sound Of Wes Dakus" had no band involvement whatsoever and was a group of session musicians from Gary Paxton Studios who had recorded demos. Wes licensed two instrumental tracks from his Paxton sessions to complete his Capitol contract.
Sundown Recorders and Vera Cruz Records
In 1972, Dakus opened a recording studio called Sundown Recorders in Edmonton, Alberta. The studio existed from 1972 to 1987, after which many of its audio tapes were donated to the Provincial Archives of Alberta. Artists who recorded there included Hoyt Axton, One Horse Blue, Bobby Curtola, Gary Fjellgaard, and Fosterchild. During the 1978–1982 period, Dakus also owned Vera Cruz Records, releasing albums by One Horse Blue, Fosterchild, Bryan Fustukian, Hoyt Axton, and Don Everly, among others.
Dakus still dabbled with music projects while residing in British Columbia. His last public appearance was at the Alberta Rock Reunion held in Edmonton in October 2006. CDs of his '60s output have been released on the Super Oldies label, with more unissued material to be released in the future.
Dakus suffered from health complications after a stroke in 2012, and died on August 18, 2013, in Vancouver from a cancerous brain tumor that had spread quickly.
|Year||Artist Credit||Title||Peak chart position|
|1960||The Club 93 Rebels||"Pink Canary"||—|
|Wes Dakus & The Club 93 Rebels||"Taboo"||—|
|1962||Wes Dakus & The Rebels||"Cavalier Twist"||—|
|1964||Wes Dakus||"Side Winder"||—|
|"Las Vegas Scene"||23|
|"She Ain't No Angel"||—|
|"Come On Down"||—|
|"The Hoochi Coochi Coo"||4|
|1966||"(We've Got A) Groovey Thing Going"||77|
|Wes Dakus & The Rebels||"Come On In"||—|
|1968||Wes Dakus' Rebels||"Casting My Spell"||—|
|The New Sound of Wes Dakus||"Organized"||—|
- The Wes Dakus Album – With The Rebels (Capitol)
- Wes Dakus & The Rebels (Kapp)
- Wes Dakus & The Rebels – Volume 1 (Super Oldies)
- Wes Dakus & The Rebels – Volume 2 (Super Oldies)
- Wes Dakus & The Rebels – Volume 3 (Super Oldies)