Early Canadian Rock: The 60s and 70s

canada flag I've got a bud who's been burying me in early Canadian rock these past few months. All good Canadians know "As Years Go By" by Mashmakan or "Oh What A Feeling" by Crowbar, but unless you remember the 60s, how would you know The Beau-Marks, The Ugly Ducklings or Motherlode?

I asked this friend to put together a mix of essential early Canadian rock listening for guys like me who need a crash course on everything before The Guess Who and Rush. He calls this volume one, with volume two to follow, and here are the 29 tunes on Early Canadian Rock: The 60s and 70s.

  1. Little Darlin' - The Diamonds
  2. Clap Your Hands - The Beau-Marks
  3. Ain't Love a Funny Thing - Robbie Lane & The Disciples
  4. Any Other Way - Jackie Shane
  5. As Years Go By - Mashmakan
  6. Better Watch Out - McKenna Mendelson Mainline
  7. Big Town Boy - Shirley Matthews
  8. Boom Boom - David Clayton Thomas & The Shays
  9. Bring it Down Front - Jon-Lee & The Checkmates
  10. Charlene - Richie Knight & The Mid-Knights
  11. Daytime Night Time - Keith Hampshire
  12. Fortune Teller - Bobby Curtola
  13. Gaslight - The Ugly Ducklings
  14. Got To Get You Into My Life - The Stitch in Tyme
  15. Half Past Midnight - The Staccatos
  16. Heartaches - Jayson King
  17. Her Own Life - Grant Smith & The Power
  18. I Would Be The One - Kensington Market
  19. If I Call You By Some Name - The Paupers
  20. If - Little Caesar & The Consols
  21. It Was I - The Big Town Boys
  22. Oh What A Feeling - Crowbar
  23. Opportunity - Mandala
  24. Shakin' All Over - Guess Who
  25. The Stones That I Throw - Levon & The Hawks
  26. Turned 21 - Fludd
  27. Unless You Care - Terry Black
  28. Walk On By - Bobby Kris & The Imperials
  29. When I Die - Motherlode

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Robbie Lane

I'm flattered that you would include our tune on Volume 1.


Robbie Lane


May 28, 2008 @ 3:02 PM

Jim W.

I would like to have the Bobby Kris & The Imperials, Grant Smith & The Power, and the Jayson King song. I have some great Canadian '60s tunes to trade?


June 3, 2008 @ 6:57 PM


Love Shirley Matthews. Not familiar with "Big Time Boy"...loved "Big Town Boy"... anyone remember "Private Property"? slane

August 29, 2008 @ 1:51 PM


Who remembers Lynda Layne (tartan/RCA) Canada's Lulu? Think she was from Kitchener.
Where is she? She was great!

September 4, 2008 @ 3:30 PM

Mike Harrison

Wow -- this is an exceptionally good list! Thanks for the inclusion (I played bass on #6 and on #17). I'm surprised that for #17 you picked the B side, "Her Own life", over the A side, "Keep On Running" -- but again, this is a great list, and I'll now be hunting down copies of those I don't already have.

Kudos and Regards,

Mike Harrison
Toronto Canada

October 27, 2008 @ 2:32 PM

Maccie C

desperate to get Bobby Kris and The Imperials Walk on By where can I find it please???

February 21, 2009 @ 5:00 PM

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