Sep. 25, 2015

My Special Music People #31, the fashionably late Salt of the Earth version

My Special Music People: #31

A Brief Raycap of my Career in a Nuthouse, Nutshell.

A Short List of some of the SPECIAL people and projects I worked with during my 38 Odd (and they WERE ODD!) years in the Music Bidness..

The material herein remains the property of Ray Ramsay and is not intended for Publication, Reproduction, or Broadcast without the Authors permission. Yeah.


Marc Bolan used to tell people he lived with a Wizard; Really? Pull the other one!

He was the first Rock Star I saw wearing Make-up and Mascara off-stage. What a goof. Mickey Finn was alright, but Marc? If you have to pay people to be your friend, something’s screwy; Bang a Wrong.

I first met his Bass player Jack Green there, who would become something of a Solo priority for RCA.

When I hooked up with T.Rex it was the downside of their career but still hugely popular. In Victoria we were all scared the fans would crush the Limo from sheer weight on it trying to get on and IN it.

I kept away from the Nasal spray bottle being passed around the Dressing Room and was amazed to see, after the show, Marc shove all food left over in the dressing room into a canvas Mail-bag to be taken back to the hotel; I thought, aren’t you rich? Maybe that’s how he stayed that way.

In Vancouver Marc threatened to break Vaughn Palmers nose if he called him a Punk one more time during a Press conference. I was also shocked to discover that his Road Manager couldn’t read, couldn’t read English, and he WAS!

Backstage at the concert, things turned into a real ‘Gong’ show as Marc, wanting a certain recreational refreshment, wasn’t getting any so he threw a Five foot nothing FIT and was leaving until somebody got him, um, the real thing? The show went on but the headlines in the next day’s papers said it all..’T. Wrecks!’ How the mighty have fallen.

‘Tuesday’~ as a weekday was originally named after Tyr a God of the Nordic people (Tyrs-day) and the Greeks named it after Ares, their God of War and while this entry isn’t about Warfare it is about making some noise, so THIS Tuesday was a Canadian Record label helmed by Greg Hambleton  and distributed by Quality and TPC here in BC. Greg’s brother Fergus was also a recording artist but not with us so he’s not a player in this story.

            The Ontario group Steel River was ‘Tuesdays’ first signing and they scored with ‘Ten Pound Note’ from their first LP, their biggest impact at Top40 Radio. This was followed by ‘Southbound Train’ from their Sophomore Album and to me was a better record but ‘Ten Pound Note’ remains their signature track.

            I’ve just been listening to their albums as I go thru them to transfer from Vinyl to my CPU, and I find quite a bit of their stuff stands the test of time, in fact, considering that in 1970 that FM Rock Radio was almost non-existent, they were probably ahead of their time, and might have been bigger with that outlet.

            Tuesday Records provided some important links to me for my future as it connected me to some pretty key players locally as it was thru them that I met Bruce Allen when we were both at Vancouver Int’l Airport to meet Greg as Bruce had flown him in to produce his (then) big act ‘Cross-Town Bus’, a single called ‘Josie’ I believe, that got some play at least locally, on then Top40 Powerhouse CKLG/AM, home of ‘Real’ Roy Hennessy, centerfold to Women of Vancouver and beyond.

            I believe I saw Cross Town Bus play The Commodore, the Singer/Guitarist was wearing Powder Blue Bib Overalls I think.

            Bruce never did take the ‘Bus’ after all but wound up in a Silver Vet with Gold Wheels and plate that said ‘Unruly’; he is truly ‘driven’.

            Enter Shelly Siegel, who had yet to Mushroom, but was booking some shows, one of which was at the Cloverdale (Rodeo) Fairgrounds headlining our own Steel River, an adversarial bunch if ever I met one. Maybe they had played Ontario Place and ‘made it’ by then.

            They were highly opinionated arguers that went out of their way to discourage local Retail support, notably by pissing off the buyer, Leigh Bordignon, from A&B Sound, at a Meet & Greet reception we had arranged for them; please stop helping.

            Seems they flew in on Wing & A Prayer Airways as all they had was a gig and a Hotel room, plus a Manager, who it was said, would later disband the band after giving away percentages of them to curry favor with various individuals, exceeding 100%, thereby earning the ‘Shareholders’ a robust 4/5 of fuck all, metrically or Imperially.

            While I was working at TPC/Quality, I was also playing in a Band ‘Bigfoot’, that friend Jerry Walliser and I put together, and while I was Steel Rivers ‘Driver’, he was their Roadie, driving their rented equipment to the gig, which wasn’t overly well attended if memory serves, sending Steel River into a snit and not being shy of letting everybody know their bias for Toronto, something that ALWAYS goes over big out here in the West, uh huh, prior to ending their set and smashing their rented equipment; that’ll show us!

            So Shelley took a bit of a bath with Steel River, but would recover over time with a lot of Heart.

            I’m pretty sure ‘Tuesday’ Records opened on a Monday and closed on a Friday, just not in the same week; Da Do Ron-Ron-Ron, Da Do Ron-Ron.



The material herein remains the property of Ray Ramsay / ALadinLadner Publishing:The Written Werd and Dirty Book Store is not intended for Publication, Reproduction, or Broadcast without the Authors permission. Yeah.

Latest comments

04.06 | 20:20

That's good Ray - spread it around

04.06 | 18:55

Hopefully history will finally teach us that we are all one. No better, no worse.Love one another as you would be loved - and the world and people will be in a better place.

04.06 | 18:46

Excellent musings my friend. What a twisted world and to look now and see it get worse instead of better.

04.06 | 18:16

Wow cuz that's great writing and truth

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