Guitars & Radio & Wild Women. (inside the world of radio & records) Chapter XLVIII Last Dance (edited May 31/17)

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 and I flew back to Winnipeg for the CKY reunion where he was better known then as Jimmy Darin. (pictured on top with Deno Corrie, me, and Burton Cummings at the reunion and just below it on a CKY chart.) Jim and I had worked together at CKY in the mid-sixties, and even though he’d influenced a lot of radio across Canada, this was the first time he’d been back in over 45 years. When we landed, and he saw the ground crew, he said to me, “Hey Johns, I think we’ve lucked out, they’re not wearing parkas.” It appeared that he remembered doing his cold time in Winnipeg real 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 doing it because most of the first team were already gone.Sadly missing was my old friend Chuck Dann who I ended up working with later in Indy again at WIBC when he was Chuck Riley. (pictured bottom left alongside Jim) I was just a radio pup in those days, and Chuck had been kind enough back then to teach me some production skills. He also along with Daryl “B,” co-produced The Jury’s first record, “Until You Do.”

Also gone are Frank Roberts and Mike Hopkins (shown interviewing the Beatles above) as are their fellow newsmen, John Pierce and News Director Bill Trebilcoe. My good friend Jim Coghill who stayed up all night with me as I waited for the birth of my daughter Candis was also sadly MIA.
I so miss my old buddy Daryl “B” who used to do tons of gigs with the Jury and would share a mic with me while singing (screaming) background vocals. (pictured above) What I wouldn’t have given to have Cactus Jack Wells (pictured below with Marvin Miller) there to 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 knowledge that I still use today. The only negative I have about my early beginnings at CKY is the rest of it has just gone by too damn fast.The reunion was great, and I had a wonderful time as I’m sure Jim did. I got to catch 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 (Guess Who) was there, so we got to talk about how much we missed our old friend Daryl “B” who had helped us a lot when we were just kids. Burton had the best line of the night after Jim told him that he wasn’t a Starfucker but his wife Barbara had insisted that he said hi to him for her. She’d remembered their picking him up long ago when it was raining and giving him a ride back when he was just a kid. Burton said that he understood Jim not being a Starfucker but perhaps his wife was? Unfortunately, Burton’s mother wasn’t expected to make it through the night, so he had to leave early. However, 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 had bought with the money from his paper route. Ray St. Germaine who had the first hit to ever come out of Winnipeg, “She’s A Square” which featured the legendary guitar work of Lenny Breau was also there.Quail-Johns

My special guest that night was my best friend from high school, Jim Quail (pictured with me above) who surprised me the following day with a luncheon that he’d arranged with our favorite teacher George Darenchuk who was a rookie when Jim and I went to high school.(pictured below) Wow, it was so good to see him and get caught up on all the things he was doing now like his leading a rebellion of cottage owners aginst some ordinance. It turned out that after he had ridden himself of the likes of us, he had gone onto becoming a principal and eventually became the superintendent of schools. Good on you Mr. Darenchuk11947449_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’ God’s not fixin’
to give me the hook.
Life’s been wonderful
but it’s gone by too fast
Here’s hopin’ my rhymes
will help make it last
Not done yet
got a few chapters to go
But now that I’ve a Grandson
we’ll see how it goes.





2 thoughts on “Guitars & Radio & Wild Women. (inside the world of radio & records) Chapter XLVIII Last Dance (edited May 31/17)

  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.

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