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RIP Ron Copple

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Around 1979 Ron and I began trying our hands at song writing.  We would get together with Jack DeKeyser in his basement where he lived on the east Mountain and demo our song ideas often with John Lewis on guitar as well.  Here’s six of Ron’s originals from a ‘recording’ session we did there featuring Jack and John Lewis on guitars, Mike Short on piano, myself and Richard Newell drumming on a vinyl kitchen chair (think Jay Miller and the Excello Records sound}.   Click the link below to hear his tunes.  Not studio recordings but historical documents and best heard over a decent sound system or good ear phones or buds. Then click on the individual song titles and a little patience with the start of each tune while it loads and then click the ‘play’ arrow in the bottom horizontal menu of the ‘player’.

https://app.box.com/s/6zmmuq1fa75mhz7cfhfyzobac466ff3r

 

How I Met Ron

In the very early sixties Hamilton had a small number of Rock ’n Roll bands.  One, “The Barons”, was a Hamilton Mountain group playing only instrumentals.

Ronnie Copple, steel guitar, Andy Torkelson, rhythm guitar, Steve Caskenette,
lead guitar and Richie Hodgson on drums.  They practiced at Brucedale Fish & Chips, a
shop owned by Ron’s parents on the north side of Brucedale Avenue between East 13th and 14th. Two doors west on the north west corner of East 13th was our neighbourhood soda bar with jukebox hangout, ‘The Rocket’. The band took over the chippie Fridays after the fryers were turned off, usually about 7:00 p.m, for practice.

Soon after Richard Newell joined the Barons as vocalist and blues harpist it turned out the band had ambitions and was looking to add a bass player for a fuller, more
“Official” sound. Five guys playing music wasn’t a proper band until they had a bass and
“The Barons” rhythm guitar player wasn’t willing to make the switch. It just wasn’t cool back then to play bass when you might be a hot shot guitar player some day.  I’d been fooling around on gbandChessmen.  That was how I met Ron.  And “Son Richard and the Chessmen” came into being.

In 1965, Ron, Richard, Andy Torkelson (rhythm guitar), John ‘Babe’ Myles (drums) and myself toured England, West Germany and the Netherlands for several months as “Son Richard and the Gooduns”.  After we returned from Europe, Rich, Ron, ‘Babe’ and myself re-created ourselves as “The Young Fashion Ways” and in the summer of 1966 picked up a house gig at a lesser know coffee house in Toronto’s Yorkville.  That lasted a few weeks until the Mid-Night Blues Band (formerly Richie Knight and the Midnites) recruited Rich to replace Knight.  Ron and I were back on our own.  What to do next.  Mike Oddie showed up in our lives.  He loved the ‘blues’ and could sing the blues and play blues harp quite well and was an obvious replacement for Richard.

In 1973 the three of us put a band together, “Rock Bottom” and played a few gigs with a couple of drummers but the rhythm section needed work.  Mike O’Brien (for you youngsters out there aka Jessie’s dad) hooked us up with drummer Pat Finokio and guitarist Jack DeKeyser and we formed “The FL Kyng Blues Band” and became a regular on the rotation at the Elmar Tavern and played around town through 1975.  The last time I played with Ron was at Richards’s 1st memorial concert in 2003 where we recreated the Chessmen with myself, Ron, Babe Myles and Willie Leigh on vocals and blues harp and John LaRocca on guitar.

feb 2003 2b

steppinout

That’s Ron on the right cookin’ the groove with “Brent Dawson and the Breeze”, ‘The Kenilworth House’, Hamilton, Ontario.  Ron was one of Hamilton’s under rated guitar heroes.  Had a lot of good times, listened to a lot of great music and played the blues many times with Ron.

 

 

Written by Doug Carter

March 9, 2019 at 1:41 am

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Out of the Box On the Charts!

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Radio Air Play Charts

Radio Air Play Charts

Written by Doug Carter

August 8, 2012 at 6:38 pm

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Dick Clark Tribute

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Check out this smokin’ song by Buddy Guy about Dick Clark’s American Bandstand at the link below.  I’m pretty sure Buddy never got near the TV show but man this cut cooks for 1963.

1-18 American Bandstand

 

Written by Doug Carter

April 20, 2012 at 2:07 am

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Cool Fool Writes Again…with Mike “Guitar Mikey” McMillan

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Doug also plays and writes the Blues.  His current song writing project with Mike “Guitar Mikey” McMillan “Out of the Box”will be released April 17 2012 on Ear Wig Music.

Click here to check out the song  Blues Head

Guitar Mikey, Out of the Box Ear Wig CD 4965

Guitar Mikey, Out of the Box Ear Wig CD 4965

The Return of “Juke Joints Jumping”, Drawings

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Juke Joint Jumpin’, an exhibition of drawings based on the bands and taverns and clubs in the book, chapters 8, 9 & 10 returns to the Hammer after a years absence.

It can be seen at the main branch of the Hamilton Public Gallery on York Blvd. at the Gallery of 4 on the libraries 4th floor during library hours for the month of July.

It was last exhibited at the Artbar Artword Gallery, Hamilton, last August.

To preview the exhibition  click  coolfoolthebook.com/juke-joints-jumpin/

To order the book email longbeachart@gmail.com

Written by Doug Carter

July 2, 2011 at 5:32 pm

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Sleeping Hedgehog Review by Dave

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Many thanks to ‘Dave’ for posting his wonderful review of my memoir on Sleeping Hedgehog, a Journal of  Untraditional Nature.

http://sleepinghedgehog.com/music/doug-carter-cool-fool-blues-rockin-in-the-hammer/


Written by Doug Carter

March 16, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Slim Volumes Reads From Chapter One

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Check out Kerry Schooley aka Slim Volumes reading from Chapter One at the Artword Artbar, August 14, 2010.

Go to http://www.youtube.com/user/coolfoolthebook

Written by Doug Carter

January 10, 2011 at 4:03 pm

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