Guitars & Radio & Wild Wild Women. (Last Dance) Chapter L 4/04/20 Under Construction

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

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

Jimmy-chartA few years ago, Jim Hilliard and I flew back to Winnipeg for a CKY reunion. (Jim pictured above with Deno Corrie, me, and Burton Cummings) Jim and I had worked there in the mid-sixties when he was the PD of CKY, and I was a part-time board op.
After we landed and were pulling up to the terminal, he said, “Hey Johns, I think we’ve lucked out, the ground crew’s not wearing parkas.” I guess he still remembered doing his cold time in Winnipeg real well.

Michael Gillespie, with some help from Ron Taylor and Embree McDermid, did a super job of putting the reunion together, but unfortunately, we were a little late. Most of the first team were already gone.

Sadly my old friend Chuck Dann (Chuck Riley), who not only taught me production but along with Daryl ‘B’ who is also gone, produced my first record. (Chuck is pictured above on the bottom left) BeatlesAlso missing in action is Frank Roberts and Mike Hopkins, (shown above interviewing the Beatles) as are newsmen, John Pierce, and Bill Trebilcoe. Bill Grogan, who became PD when Jim left, is gone, as is my good friend Jim Coghill (pictured below), who stayed up all night with me while waiting for the birth of my daughter Candis.

I sure miss singing with my old buddy Daryl ‘B’, when he’d make an appearance with the Jury.” (pictured above with me) Hey, and what I wouldn’t have given to be able to thank Cactus Jack Wells (pictured below with Marvin Miller) for teaching me that if I could handle him, I could handle anybody.

All of the people above shared their radio knowledge with me and filled my head with stuff I still use today. The only bad memories I have about my days at CKY are that they went by too damn fast.
However, I did have a great time catching up with some of the crew like Deno Corrie, Roy Hennessy, Embree McDermid, Warren Cosford. Hey, and even Bruce Walker and Terry Kenny, who were my bandmates in the Jury, showed up.

Superstar Burton Cummings (The Guess Who) I think had the best line of the night when Hilliard said to him, “Hey Burton, I’m not a starf#cker, but my wife Barbara wanted me to say hi to you.” Burton responded with, “I can understand you not being a starf#cker Jim, but perhaps Barbara is?”

Speaking of Burton, unfortunately, his mother wasn’t expected to make it through the night, so he had to leave early. Before leaving though 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 that he bought with his paper route money.


My guest at the reunion was my best friend from high school, Jim Quail (pictured above with me), who surprised me with a luncheon with our favorite teacher from TCI, George Darenchuk. (pictured below) It was so good to see him and get caught up on what he was doing now, like leading a rebellion of cottage owners against some foolish ordinance.
When Jim and I first met him, he was a rookie at TCI, but after ridden himself of the likes of us, he had gone onto become the principal and eventually the superintendent of schools. Good on you, Mr. Darenchuk, and may you rest in peace.

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

Now I’m blogging
and writing three books
And also prayin’ God’s
not planning on giving 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 that I’ve got a Grandson
we’ll see how it goes.





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