The times they were a-changin’
it was plain to see
Time to get Bruce Ray & Terry
to join Rolly and me.
We became the Jury
with a brand new sound
Cut a few hit records
and toured more towns
Not only did I play for one of Winnipeg’s top bands, but I also worked at my favorite radio station. How cool was that?
When that not too distant future showed up 4 hit records later in the form of my baby daughter Candis, I realized that I couldn’t do both.
CKY had just offered me a full-time job as their Music Director, and as it turned out I was a hell of a lot better at radio than I ever was at playing guitar.
Before long I was off to CKSO in Sudbury, CFRA in Ottawa, and CFTR in Toronto where I wrapped up the Canadian portion of my radio tour as the station manager.
I had no choice; I had to turn in my station car, put Canada in the rearview mirror of my beat-up old T-Bird, and head south to Indianapolis, where I would be the National Program Director of Fairbanks Broadcasting. (Hey, as they say, if you haven’t played the States, you haven’t played)
arrival in Indy, we launched brand new format in Dallas that changed radio as we knew it.
For years, my phone had been ringing off the wall, so I finally left Fairbanks and started my consulting company in San Diego.
Oh, and by this time I was living in South Florida as the in-house consultant of WRMF so I could be close to my new born daughter, Cami.
What made this box set so special was, it contained seven cuts by the Jury.
However, not knowing if our tunes had stood the test of time and not wanting to be embarrassed, I decided to listen to them in the car, on my way home
Ok, my meetings are done, time to jump into the old Benz, pop the top, put the CD called “Buried Treasures’ into the player, and crank it up.
As Terry’s guitar intro for “Until You Do” blasted out of the speakers, I was magically transported back in time.
We were there to cut a demo tape and Chuck and Daryl were kind enough to help us.
We’d already replaced Donny with Bruce Walker, but unfortunately, even though we were excited about him, he was still a couple of rehearsals away from being ready.
I can still hear the swoosh and thud of the studio door as it closed behind us that day, and it felt like we’d just entered the cone of silence.
As I looked around, I noticed that the acoustic tiles were all yellowed from the hundreds of cigarettes smoked in here by the many artists who had come before us.
As we sat around tuning our guitars as we waited for Chuck and Daryl to set things up, Bruce, who had come along to hang out, wandered over to where Terry and I were sitting and asked if we could help him with a song he was writing.
The song was called “Until You Do,” and he hoped if we finished it up, maybe we could tag it on at the end of the session.
When “Until You Do” burst out of the speakers, we were shocked; not only did it sound pretty good, but it also sounded very British.
So at the stroke of high noon, there I was back at CKY, hoping that the dawning of a new day hadn’t altered the sound in any way.
When Jim showed up in the production room, Daryl hit the play button and “Until You Do” poured out of the speakers and it even sounded better today.
As soon as it ended, Jim asked if I could bring the tape back when he got off the air because he wanted to play it for Hal Ross from London Records, who was coming by to take him to dinner.
When Hal showed up and heard “Until You Do,” I can still hear him saying as the last note faded away, “Hell, I’ll release that!” And just like that, we were London recording artists.
Hey, wait till the Stones hear that we’re label mates; I bet they’ll want us to open for them.
Then, with the standard contract stuffed into my jeans, you know, the one where the record company gets everything, and you get nothing, I headed home to share the incredible news.
As I was flying down the stairs, Neil Young was making his way up, guitar in hand, and I remembered wondering, “What the hell is he doing here? Surely he’s not going to record anything; he can’t sing.
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