Guitars & Radio & Wild Wild Women. (Last Dance) Chapter XLVIII 6/13/19

The time has come
for my return
back to the place
where I began to learn

An overdue reunion
at old CKY
And probably our last chance
to say our goodbyes.

Jimmy-chartA few years ago Jim Hilliard ((Jimmy Darin) and I flew back to Winnipeg for a reunion at CKY. (pictured on top at with Deno Corrie, me, and Burton Cummings and right above.) Jim and I had worked together at CKY in the mid-sixties where he ended up influencing a lot of radio across Canada and I was just beginning my radio career. When we landed, he said, “Hey Johns, I think we’ve lucked out, the ground crew’s not wearing parkas.” Even though he hadn’t been back to Winnipeg back in forty-five years, it appeared that he remembered doing his cold time really well.
Michael Gillespie and Ron Taylor along with some help from Embree McDermid did a super job of putting the reunion together. Unfortunately, we were a little late because most of the first team were already gone. Sadly my old friend Chuck Dann who taught me my production skills and helped produce my first record along with Daryl ‘B’, had passed as has Daryl. I ended up working with Chuck again at WIBC in Indy a few years later when he was known as Chuck Riley. (pictured above on the bottom left )
Also gone were Frank Roberts and Mike Hopkins (shown above interviewing the Beatles) as are their fellow newsmen, John Pierce, and Bill Trebilcoe. Bill Grogan and my good friend Jim Coghill who stayed up all night with me waiting for the birth of my daughter Candis, was also sadly MIA.(pictured below)
 I so miss my old buddy Daryl “B” who shared a mic with me while singing (screaming) background vocals with The Jury. (pictured above with me) 
What I wouldn’t have given to see Cactus Jack Wells (pictured below with Marvin Miller from The Millionaire) again so I could thank him for teaching me that if I could handle him, I could handle anybody.
I truly do miss all those wonderful people who had filled my young head with the radio knowledge that I still use today.
The only bad memories I have about my early beginnings at CKY is that just like the rest of my radio career, it went by too damn fast.The reunion was great and I had a wonderful time catching up with a lot of the old gang like Deno Corrie, Roy Hennessy, Embree McDermid, Warren Cosford and even a couple of my old bandmates, Bruce Walker and Terry Kenny. Superstar Burton Cummings (The Guess Who) was there and had the best line of the night after asking me to take him over and introduce him to Jim. Jim was pleased to see him but then said, “Hey Burton, I’m not a starfucker but my wife Barbara who remembers picking you up in the rain one day when you were hitchhiking, wanted me to say hi to you from her. Burton with, “Jim, I can certainly understand you not being a starfucker, but perhaps Barbara is?
Unfortunately, Burton’s mother wasn’t doing well and not expected to make it through the night so he had to leave early. However, before leaving, he did sing a couple of his hits along with a few bars of The Jury’s first record, “Until You Do” which he claimed he bought with the money he made from his paper route. Ray St. Germaine who had Winnipeg’s first Rock & Roll hit, “She’s A Square” which featured the legendary guitar work of Lenny Breau, was also there, and he sang it live for us.Quail-Johns

My special guest that night was my best friend from high school, Jim Quail (pictured with me above) who surprised me the next day with a luncheon with our favorite teacher from TCI, George Darenchuk who was a rookie when Jim and I attended his class in high school. (pictured below) Wow, it was so good to see him and get caught up on all the things he was doing, like his leading a rebellion of cottage owners against some foolish ordinance.
It turned out that after he had ridden himself of the likes of us, he had gone onto becoming the principal and eventually the superintendent of schools. Good on you Mr. Darenchuk.11947449_10154137475399307_5191393164606035626_n

Inducted Chapman
into the Hall of Fame
Did it on National TV Which is sure
not my game

Now I’m blogging
while writing three books
Prayin’ that God’s
not fixin’ to give me the hook.

Life’s been wonderful
but it’s gone by too fast
So I’m hopin’ my rhymes
will help make it last

Not done yet
got a few chapters to go
But now I have a Grandson
so we’ll see how it goes.





6 thoughts on “Guitars & Radio & Wild Wild Women. (Last Dance) Chapter XLVIII 6/13/19

  1. It is so sad that there isn’t CKY on Air anymore … lot of good people with talent came out of there. I am so glad today that I had the opportunity of putting in 30 interesting years as it has provided me with a lot of wonderful memories…and some lasting friendships.

  2. Those days on lunch breaks at Portage and Main. A couple of young guys from 432 Main just watching the most beautiful Winnipeg women walk by on summer days. It was special! It remains difficult even today to find more purely attractive women anywhere than Winnipeg…..then and now!

    • John, the only thing that could compare was years later watching the ladies of Dallas on their lunch break. However, by then I was well trained by the Winnipeg lovelies so I better knew what to do. Miss our prowls man.

  3. Good stories George, Lots of good memories. I remember listening to CKY as a kid on a crystal radio, it was the only station I was able to pick up. Anyway, I enjoy reading your blog.

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