Can-Con 45 Of The Day - April 25

Can-Con 45 Of The Day - April 25

Postby radiofan » Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:41 pm

Today's Can-Con 45 is from 1966 ...Terry Jacks & The Chessmen ... "What's Causing This Sensation" ...

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Re: Can-Con 45 Of The Day - April 25

Postby Richard Skelly » Fri Apr 27, 2018 3:04 am

By early 1966, things were looking up for The Chessmen. Mercury Records wanted a followup to Love Didn’t Die. But this time the Vancouver band could fly rather than take Greyhound to Nashville. In the months following Love Didn’t Die, the group had opened shows in Vancouver for, respectively: The Beach Boys/Charlie Rich/Castaways; Buddy Knox; Gary Lewis And The Playboys.

Once again in Nashville, they were booked into Fred Foster Sound Studios with ace Mercury/Smash producer Jerry Kennedy at the helm. And again Terry Jacks would sing lead on another self-penned tune What’s Causing This Sensation. According to a 2009 article in, disaster was narrowly averted. Lead guitarist Guy Sobell was reportedly struck by a car just outside the studio. He was shaken up but still able to lay down his parts on ‘Sensation’ and its b-side Running Wild.A new bassist, Larry Borisoff, was on board...replacing original four-stringer Bill Lockie.

Lockie joined The Chessmen at its inception as a drummerless frat-house band. Sam Bawlf, a future politician/author and historian introduced Sobell and rhythm guitarist Jacks. Along with Lockie, they added fellow UBC student Eric Kalaidziz as lead vocalist. Kalaidziz was also a chess buff which led his band mates to call themselves Chessmen. After his departure they recruited a drummer to go all-instrumental a la The Shadows.

Worried that his only-competent chording could make him expendable, Terry Jacks began writing tunes and, by default, singing them. Personnel changes followed. By one count, The Chessmen had at least four drummers over their roughly three-year existence. The last was apparently Ted Lewis who later renamed himself Duris Maxwell, becoming one of Vancouver’s best session percussionists.

None of The Chessmen could have envisioned the end of their band was nigh. Much like previous singles, What’s Causing This Sensation mainly scored locally. By the summer, Guy Sobell listened to his family’s entreaties and moved to England to pursue more university studies.The final Chessmen gig was taped in Ladner on July 15, 1966.
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