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Pepper Tree MR PRIDE / EVERYWHERE canada single 7 inch 45rpm Rock Psych

Pepper Tree MR PRIDE / EVERYWHERE canada single 7 inch 45rpm Rock Psych

Capitol Canada-Nimbus 9 Productions
Beechwood Music - Executive Producer : Paul White

 Formed: 1967, NS, Canada
Disbanded: 1974

Tim Garagan (drums, vocals, 1967-73),
Ritchie Richmond (bass, 1967-69),
Lenny Brennan (guitar, 1967-69),
Tony Argent (guitar, 1967),
Bonnie Oulton (vocals, 1967-68),
Bob Quinn (keyboards, 1967-73),
Doug Billard (vocals, 1968-69),
Jim White (guitar, 1969-71),
Chris Brockway (bass, 1969-74),
Joel Zemel (guitar, 1971),
Matt Minglewood (guitar, vocals, 1971),
Terry Hatty (vocals, 1971),
Rick Edgett (guitar, 1971),
Paul Butler (guitar, 1971),
Brian "Too Loud" Macleod (drums, 1973-74),
Ralph Parker (keyboards, 1973-74)

Related Artists: Central Nervous System, Chilliwack, Headpins, Molly Oliver, Wrabit

From :

The Pepper Tree was the culmination of a handful of bar bands in Nova Scotia, formed when drummer Tim Garagan left his band Friends of The Family and got together with guitarist Ritchie Richmond and Lenny Brennan on bass when those two left their previous group Lost Children in '67. They soon augmented their sound with Tony Argent as a second guitarist, ex of The Outcasts. To set themselves apart from the rest they then persuaded friend Bonnie Oulton to take on lead vocal duties.

Beginning with their first show in Hubbards, NS, they honed their chops playing the bars and continued to refine and diversify their sound when Argent was replaced by keyboardist Bob Quinn and Doug Billard, ex of Central Nervous System replaced Oulton on vocals in mid '68. Developing an acid/psychadelic meets Partridge Family sound unique to the area, they were noticed one night by a talent scout who recommended they cut a demo and send it to Capitol Records.

The basement tape impressed Capitol's Wayne Paton enough he signed them to a deal in '69 and took them to Toronto's Nimbus 9 Studios to work with Jack Richardson (Alice Cooper, Bob Seger, Guess Who). Capitol only wanted original material, and they came out with "Everywhere," backed with "Mr Pride," both written by Garagan. Next up was "Shine Light Shine" and its b-side "Hometown Girl." Though neither single was a 'smash hit', both charted and impressed label execs enough they encouraged the band to move to Toronto, closer to the studios and closer to the obviously huger potential market. But some members were unwilling to make the move, and the band was basically reinvented, as Billard, Brennan and Richmond all stayed home. Jim White, ex of Axis, who Billard had played with back home on the coast with both Central Nervous System and Five Sounds was friends with Garagan and Quinn and was now living in Toronto as well. He agreed to be the new guitarist. And after Cornerbrook, NFLD native Chris Brockway answered an ad to fill in the bass position, the next phase of the band was set.

With Capitol confident enough in the band's ability, Garagan took on the lead vocal chores, and they made their mark on the Ontario circuit and moved to Alliston, ON in 1970. Paton convinced them to drop 'The' from their name, and they began writing material for an album and brought back Jack Richardson when they went into RCA's Toronto studios. YOU'RE MY PEOPLE was released the next summer, which ran the gamut of psychadelic and pop sounds. Garagan was the chief songwriter, contributing on or writing himself all but Quinn's "How Many Times." The album featured the nearly six-minute live favourite "Airplane" - complete with an organ solo, and the album's two singles, "Try" and the title track, with its melancholy "From A Candle" as the b-side. The album was released Stateside in the spring of '71, after White left the group. American copies actually mistakenly credited new guitarist Joel Zemel, a Halifax native, as the guitarist.

Not totally satisfied with the band, Capitol urged the band to pick up a new frontman, and Matt Minglewood, formerly of Universal Power and a fellow Maritimer was brought in on guitars and lead vocalist. But his tenure was short, and left to form Cold Duck before year's end. His replacement, Terry Hatty, also had a short stay in the band and was also gone after only a few months, putting Garagan back again as lead vocalist.

They released "Love Is A Railroad," a Quinn composition as a single, which actually featured the already departed Zemel on guitars. The band continued to find east coast'ers, as they picked up Halifax's Rick Edgett as his replacement, though he was replaced before long by Paul Butler. The band continued on the circuit, playing mostly eastern Canada dates but ventured into the US as well. They continued to try experimenting with their sound while maintaining their identity. With Paul White producing, they cut "Midnight Lady," "Teach Me How To Fly," "Put A Smile On Your Face" and "Funky Music" as singles all by the summer of '72, none of which lived up to label execs expectations. The revolving door continued to spin, and founders Garagan and Quinn were both gone by the spring of '73. Brockway brought in Brian Too Loud Macleod as the new drummer, who'd previously played with Garrison Hill, and Ralph Parker to replace Quinn on keyboards.

Now there were not only no original members left, but the band had lost its Nova Scoitian identity entirely, as Brockway, Parker, Macleod and Butler were all Newfoundlanders. The band toiled away for the remainder of the year after being dropped by Capitol, but packed it in by the spring of '74. The lineup featuring Tim Garagan, Zemel, White and Brockway enjoyed a few shows and a few beers during a brief reunion in '91, two decades after their album's release.

Garagan and Quinn both joined Molly Oliver a couple years after originally leaving Pepper Tree and moved back to Nova Scotia. After that band's demise in the mid 70's, Quinn became a songwriter for the likes of Roger Whittaker before forming Quincepts Productions Ltd, while Garagan became a session musician, as did Richmond before becoming an ordained minister. Brockway went on to play with Rhinegold, which also featured Lawrence Gowan, Brutus for a short time, then an early version of Wrabit, Hanover Fist and Lee Aaron. White and Argent's paths would cross again shortly after the band's demise, forming Snakeye and releasing one lp in '75. Hatty formed Ram, another short-lived east coast band with only one lp under its belt. Billard went on to a moderately successful, albeit short solo career, charting with the single "I've Lost My Place" in '75 with United Artists. Zemel and Edgett still have on again, off again projects, and Macleod went on to tour with Edward Bear before playing with Chilliwack and then forming The Headpins. He went on to become a Juno Award-winning producer before succumbing to cancer in 1992. (

POOR SOULS 45rpm 7" single-1970-Canada-Quality LOOKIN' ROUND / SCARECROW

45rpm 7" single-1970-Canada-Quality records

thanks for the following info from Anonymous comment:


'Poor Souls' in Canada 
featured on the single -
included :
John Moran 
Martin Soldat.
Tommy Frew.
Mike McDonald 
and John Slorach. 


Following info from :'p'.htm#Poor_Souls

This band evolved from the "Hi Four"

I can't find references to this single, but I know the band "Poor Souls" recorded overseas , I would point to Scotland as origin since at least '65. Then one of the members moved to canada, (John Moran ?) so maybe that's the broken link, and he possibly used the name Scarecrow and demo's/previous releases to hitch a gig at Quality Canada. Hopefully someone knows more? See info below which states they broke up in 1967 . 

Comment please, if you know, or if you dig this nice Pop/Rock 2 sider.  I started off the video with Side 2- It's got hard edges on 'Scarecrow' with heavy Hammond vibes, an uptempo electric blues beat and very strange lyrics that I'm diggin'. Side 1-'Lookin' Round' is a flighty harmony pop gem. Digg it.

Johnny Hudson (John Moran) - vocals
Chick Taylor - lead guitar
Dougie Martin - bass
John Casey - drums
Poor Souls were originally called 'The Hi Four' (or 'The Johnny Hudson Hi-Four') and were a Scottish beat group from Dundee (formed in 1964) who released at least two singles: 'When My Baby Cries' / 'My Baby She's Not There' (June 1965) and 'Love Me' / 'Please Don't Change Your Mind' (July 1966).
'Love Me' was co-written by Johnny Hudson / Andy Lothian and recorded at Craighall Studios in Edinburgh by ALP (Andy Lothian Productions).
They played a fortnightly residency at 'The Top Ten Club' in Dundee, supported The Beatles at The Caird Hall Dundee and appeared on pop TV show, "Stramash".  They split in 1967.
Johnny now lives in Toronto, Canada.  Dougie Martin still records in Dundee.

Following Excerpt from outside blog describing the band's 1st single on Decca.
Extracted from :

This tidy wee tune on demo disc is by Dundee beat outfit, The Poor Souls. Recorded in 1965, it is a good example of the kind of pop music that was around at the time, most being strongly influenced by the Mersey Sound. This particular track (photo above) is actually the flip side to the main song "when my baby cries", which, in my opinion, isn't as catchy as "my baby's not there", written by Hudson & Lothian. The Poor Souls line-up was : Johnny Hudson - vocal, Doug Martin - guitar, Chick Taylor - bass, Johnny Casey - drums. Co writer of the song, Andy Lothian was a local music promoter who used to run the Top Ten Club on Sundays at the Palais in South Tay Street in the mid/late 60's. Needless to say this was also a venue The Poor Souls played regularly, as well as the Chalet and other places further afield.
Although the combo appeared on pop TV show, "Stramash", and got a thumbs up on the local circuit, they didn't really break into UK's main pop scene and sadly became a 60's group that slipped through the net.
Here below, is The Poor Souls with "my baby's not there".

Following is an obscure letter from The 'Evening Telegraph', Scotland, website
which I had to use Google Cache to see.

Ray Charles “nae Dougie Martin”
I REFER to two recent letters. I played with Dougie Martin (still do occasionally) in his band Mafia.

Dougie started the band in Glasgow. There were many members over the years. I was member 105.

Dougie has inspired musicians from Dundee and all over Scotland for many years.

And in joke with the band is… “Oh you are from Dundee. You must have played with Mafia then!”

I’m not in the best position to tell any of what went on in the past with The Johnny Hudson Hi-Four or The Poor Souls. I was only just born at that time.

But I do know that The Poor Souls opened for The Beatles at the Caird Hall back in the 60s.

I also know they played Hamburg at the same time as The Beatles.

Dougie still plays three or four nights a week and can still “do the job”.

In fact, I have to go as far to say he is the “real deal”.

I gave up playing five years ago. I am a touring keyboard technician and could no longer commit to a band.

I’ve worked with Ray Charles, James Brown and BB King, to name but a few.

To me, the only guy that comes close to Dougie Martin is Ray Charles.

And I mean just that. Ray was not a bad chanter but “he’s nae Dougie Martin!” — Mark Trayner. 

Following article from BBC online 2009 regarding the Average White Band and Poor Souls '09 Tour.

Old pals help Average White Band

By Alan Grant
BBC Scotland

The Vikings 1966
The Vikings in 1966. Dougie Wightman, Mike Fraser, Drew Larg, Alan Gorrie and Donny Coutts.

Legendary Scots group Average White Band is taking to the stage in Dundee on Friday and it will follow the oldest support band it has ever played with.

The support band will be a one-off group of local musicians who played with the band's bass player, Alan Gorrie, in his teenage years in Perth and Dundee.

And while one or two of them may be approaching 70, they perform regularly.

The one thing they all share is a love of 60s and 70s soul music.

As a teenager in Perth, Gorrie played with several groups - most notably The Vikings. Their contemporaries in Dundee were the Poor Souls, with both bands going on to record singles.

"You had to go to London to do it," said Alan, adding: "The Poor Souls' records and the Vikings' records were made in London.

"We didn't make the grade but it was a great experience and it meant that, when we did get another chance to go and record, we weren't trembling."

The Average White Band makes a point of using local support bands when they tour and, when the idea came up for an amalgam of Dundee bands from 30 and 40 years ago to support them at the city's Fat Sam's nightclub, Alan leapt at the opportunity.

"These guys have continued the tradition of belting out good soul music and that means people will always keep coming to the pubs and clubs and the live gigs," he said.

Among those performing will be former Vikings vocalist Drew Larg and ex-Poor Souls frontman Dougie Martin.
The Poor Souls 1965
The Poor Souls in 1965. John Casey, Chic Taylor, John Moran and Dougie Martin

Both are now 68 years old but are still playing in venues around Dundee and, to some extent, band members can be interchangeable.

"My outfit goes from two to 14 players depending on who's available," said Dougie.

"In the 60s all these bands were competing but the camaraderie was amazing.

"We all played in each other's bands and sometimes you forgot which band you were in."

Ex-Vikings drummer Donny Coutts has been organising the group, which has been called Poor Souls 09.

"Drew and Dougie are people that guys like myself and Alan looked up to, because they'd already been in bands in the late 50s, so they were the guys we aspired to be and these friendships have continued throughout the years," he said

Poor Souls 09 and the Average White Band are even set to end the gig on stage together with a performance of the O'Jay's "Love Train" - and the aptly titled Average White Band classic "Let's Go Round Again". 


Here's more great info and a Bonus LIVE track from 1965 "He's Just a Playboy"
Courtesy of :

Dundee band The Poor Souls formed in 1964.
Band line-up : DOUGIE MARTIN bass - CHICK TAYLOR guitar & keyboards - JOHNNY "Hudson" MORAN guitar - JOHN CASEY drums. All 4 did vocals.
Locally they played at venues such as the Chalet and the Palais but often the band would be based down South, where the above photo was taken.
In addition to recording 2 singles, one on ALP and the other for Decca, the band also appeared on a TV pop show called Stramash. They performed 2 songs, and I have an exceedingly rare audio recording taken from that very show.
So below are the lads on Stramash, getting the crowd going with a track called "He's Just a Playboy".
Big thanks to Mac & PH.

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