"Looking back on my life, you know I have to say,
On the road of 'Rock 'n' Rolling', a man can lose his way,
But if I never make much money, and if I never get much fame,
This old 'Rock 'n' Roller', would do it just the same".
("This 0l' Rock 'n' Roller" LINDSAY THOMAS MORGAN CD)
copyright © 1990 Captain Tom Music SOCAN
Over the 70's decade, the duo of "JACQUELINE AND LINDSAY" turned into the band "MORGAN".
Under this name, the members changed periodically, but always fronted by JACQUI AND LINDSAY
EARLY "MORGAN" LINE-UP
BOB DOIDGE - DANIEL LANOIS - GARNET TODD - LINDSAY MORGAN - JACQUELINE MORGAN
LINDSAY MORGAN (VOCALS, RYTHYM GUITARS, KEYBOARDS, 5 STRING BANJO)
JACQUELINE MORGAN (VOCALS, PERCUSSION)
PAUL BENTON (HAMMOND B3)
RON KNAPPETT (DRUMS)
KYLE PACEY (LEAD GUITAR)
DANIEL LANOIS (LEAD GUITAR, PEDAL STEEL GUITAR)
BOB DOIDGE (BASS, FIDDLE, VOCALS)
GARNET TODD (DRUMS, VOCALS)
ED ROTH (KEYBOARDS)
BILL DILLON (LEAD GUITAR, PEDAL STEEL GUITAR, VOCALS)
- BILL was back then, and still is a fabulous guitarist. He has since recorded with JONI MITCHELL, ROBBIE ROBERTSON, was a member of 'THE PRETENDERS" for a while, and is now lead guitar for IAN THOMAS'S band "THE BOOMERS".
JEFF STANNERS (LEAD GUITAR)
BILL CYMBALA (DRUMS, VOCALS)
JOHN DOERR (BASS)
DAVE BURT (LEAD GUITAR, VOCALS)
(BILL CYMBALA, JOHN DOERR AND DAVE BURT later were in the original line up of the French Canadian band "CA NO").
GORDON HONNEYMAN (LEAD GUITAR, VOCALS)
KEN WILSON (BASS)
MIKE HEFFERNAN (KEYBOARDS)
- After MIKE left "MORGAN" he became "GORDON LIGHTFOOT'S" full time keyboardist, where he remains, recording and touring with him to this day.
SCOTT BRUEA (DRUMS, VOCALS)
JON CZECHOWSKI (BASS GUITAR)- Jon later went on to join and toured with the ROBERT PAQUETTE Band.
Right now (January 2008) he is a member of the TORONTO based TRIO BLAZE band.
RACHEL PAIEMENT (VOCALS, PERCUSSION)
- RACHEL, later with her brother ANDRE, also was a founding member of the band CA NO. She later met when he was producing CA NO for A&M, and eventually married JIM VALLANCE, VANCOUVER based drummer, producer, and co-writer of BRIAN ADAMS.
EARLY "MORGAN" LINE-UP (The Hair! The Hair!)
BOB DOIDGE - JACQUELINE MORGAN - DAVE BURT
LINDSAY MORGAN - GARNET TODD
During the early 70's, DANIEL LANOIS and his brother BOB, were building a studio (originally called "MASTER SOUND"), in their mother's basement in ANCASTER, ONTARIO. From the beginning,
LINDSAY would record his own compositions there, making demos and send them off to the Record
Labels. The studio went from 2 to 4 track, and each step seemed more and more liberating.
"We always yearned for the freedom of multi-track recording, that everyone takes for granted today. One day
this led to this interesting and amusing experiment. I don't know whose idea it was, probably BOB or DANNY's. They had two recorders at the time. A 2-track and a 4-track. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have 6-tracks. So we recorded as much as we could on the 4-track. Then BOB LANOIS, marked a position on the tape at the start of the song, then a mark on the tape of the 2-track machine, and then starting both machines at the same time, we recorded extra stuff on the 2-track. (Are you with me?). Then he would rewind both machines, line up each mark on the tape so they would play all parts in-sync. Guess what? It worked? We then of course mixed all 6 tracks down to a master. BUT!! One day, we were too tired to mix down, and left a couple of songs to master later. A few weeks later when we came back to do the final mixes, the machines over time were playing slightly out of sync with each other. By the time the song ended the parts were way off. So BOB with a little experimenting, found that by starting the offending machine slighly ahead of the other, the parts were just slightly off, at the beginning of the song, in perfect time in the middle, and ever so slightly off at the fade out. That's how we finished the mix, and unless I told them no-one ever noticed."
"Here's one other quick story from the "Basement recordings". The house was situated in a very sedate, residential street of the Village of ANCASTER. The studio was relatively sound proofed. I've forgetten the song we were doing but I wanted a real heavy, raunchy, guitar sound, and DANNY had been cranking up his amp louder and louder, but the sound kept 'bleeding' into the other mikes. With longer and longer mike and guitar cords, we took his amp out into the stair well, then up the stairs, further, and further away, until it ended up in the garage, along with a recording michrophone, with DANNY still playing in the basement studio down stairs. The amp was cranked up full blast. We don't know how it must have sounded, a disembodied guitar part, wailing out across what was normally a very quiet neighbourhood. DANNY got everyone laughing like fools when he said with a perfectly straight face, "Well, we certainly don't have to worry that the neighbours will register a complaint against us. Although they're aware this is a studio, they won't for a moment think it's coming from here, because at this point it doesn't sound anything like a musical instrument".
(SHOWBAND PERIOD) 1975
(STANDING) RACHEL PAEIMENT - LINDSAY MORGAN - BILL CYMBALA - DAVE BURT
(SITTING) JACQUELINE MORGAN - BOB DOIDGE
Periodically, "MORGAN" would disband for a while and then re-form later, often with most of the same members, sometimes with "new blood". In 1976, after one split up, members BILL CYMBALA, JOHN DOERR, DAVE BURT, RACHEL PAEIMENT, left to form another band with RACHEL'S brother ANDRE PAIEMENT, and four other musicians. The band was called 'CA NO', and they landed a contract with A&M RECORDS.
About this time some of the other ex-"MORGAN" members, BOB DOIDGE, DANIEL LANOIS, ED ROTH, started to play with SYLVIA TYSON, and then play and record with RAY MATERICK. RAY, an excellent writer from HAMILTON, ONTARIO, with a very distinctive voice had a recording deal with WARNER CANADA.
That same year 1976, LINDSAY AND JACQUI landed a recording contract with COLUMBIA RECORDS, CANADA. They recorded LINDSAY'S originals under the name of "MORGAN", with BOB GALLO, producing. BOB had moved from NEW YORK to TORONTO, to run the A&R department at CBS. BOB was the guy who produced the colossal JAMES BROWN hit, "IT'S A MAN'S, MAN'S WORLD".
"MORGAN" (CBS PERIOD)
(LEFT TO RIGHT) GEOFF STANNERS - JACQUELINE MORGAN - BOB GALLO (PRODUCER)
LINDSAY MORGAN - BILL CYMBALA - MIKE HEFFERNAN
1978 RECORDING "KEEP THE FIRE BURNING" (CBS) AT MANTA SOUND, TORONTO
Three singles were released from the CBS sessions, 1976 "LEAVING THE WORLD OUTSIDE", 1977 "MYSTICAL MAGICAL LOVER" and 1978 "KEEP THE FIRE BURNING".
None of these efforts were very successful and so "MORGAN" and CBS parted ways. LINDSAY refers to this time as "Another learning experience".
Meanwhile, BOB and DANIEL LANOIS moved from their mum's basement, to open GRANT AVENUE STUDIOS in downtown HAMILTON, ONTARIO, where it became and remains today, a world-renowned studio. LINDSAY and JACQUI decided to invest their own money and started to record an album of LINDSAY originals at GRANT AVENUE STUDIO. One of the songs they recorded was a Folk/Country tune called "MENONNITE MAN". This was then released independently in 1979. Because of it's regional content, it didn't get too much of a response from radio cross-country, but did gain excellent airplay throughout ONTARIO. The song also did well enough to land them a contract with PHONODISC RECORDS, and the album "MORGAN" was released in late 1979 on that label.
This "MORGAN" album engineered by DANIEL LANOlS at GRANT AVENUE sold well, and two more singles were released from it by PHONODISC. 1979 "ANOTHER CALIFORNIA SONG" and 1980 "RIDE IN THE SUNSHINE", receiving strong airplay. Other "album cuts" were also well received by A/C radio.
GEOFF STANNERS (LEAD GUITAR)
DANIEL LANOlS (LEAD GUITAR, RHYTHM GUITAR, HARP)
BILL DILLON (LEAD GUITAR, RHYTHM GUITAR)
BOB DOIDGE (BASS GUITAR)
KEN WILSON (BASS GUITAR)
BILL CYMBALA (DRUMS)
SCOTT BRUYEA (DRUMS)
MIKE HEFFERNAN (KEYBOARDS)
ED ROTH (KEYBOARDS, PIANO ACCORDION, MINI MOOG)
MATT ZIMBEL (PERCUSSION)
JACQUELINE MORGAN (VOCALS, PERCUSSION, AUTOHARP)
LINDSAY MORGAN (ACOUSTIC GUITAR, JAW HARP, KEYBOARDS, HARP, SCORED AND
CONDUCTED STRING ARRANGEMENTS,)
Members of the string section of the HAMILTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA were hired to play on a few of the songs. LINDSAY got to score and then conduct his own arrangements.
The beautiful design and graphics of the album jacket were by HUGH SYME. HUGH at that time was also keyboardist for the IAN THOMAS BAND. LINDSAY had noticed HUGH's work on IAN's album covers, and most of the albums by the CANADIAN super group "RUSH" were done by HUGH. "I met HUGH at an IAN THOMAS appearance, and was thrilled when he agreed to do the "MORGAN" cover", says LINDSAY. "He hired a photographer, MICHAEL GRAY, built a huge set including a water tank, in an artists studio, and with his skill with an airbrush, the result is an album cover which I believe stands the test of time to this day'. "Boy I miss those beautiful 12" x 12" jackets!"
THE "MORGAN" ALBUM (PHONODISC RECORDS)
|SIDE ONE||SIDE TWO|
|1) ANOTHER CALIFORNIA SONG (Single Release)
2) ROCK YOU 'TIL I DIE
3) ONLY FOR A SEASON
4) AN OLD MAN'S FAVOURITE SONGS
5) SAIL ON RIVERBOAT
2) MENNONITE MAN (Single Release)
3) I'LL BE GONE
4) RIDE IN THE SUNSHINE (Single Release)
5) MARCH OF THE FOREST PEOPLE
7) WHERE WOULD WE BE WITHOUT LOVE
At the end of the 70's, JACQUELINE and LINDSAY continued to perform while retaining the "MORGAN" name but only as a duo and never again as a five piece band.
LINDSAY QUOTE: "When I look back on the "MORGAN" days
I think, it was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
We went from "Country Rock Band" to "Show Band" to "Rock Band".
We played ORIGINALS, "FRANK ZAPPA", "THE EAGLES", to "THE CARPENTERS",
and everything in between. We played in beautiful hotels and
toilets. Got to meet BILLY JOEL, SEALS AND CROFT, JIM CARREY,
and many more. I had the pleasure of playing with some great
people, incredible talented people. Some of us were, crazy, lazy,
ambitious, together, un-together, disturbed, straight, bent,
stoned, brilliant, stupid, happy, angry, but never, never, content". "We
probably were all ADD or ADHD, neurotic, psycotic, or some other
chemical imbalance, but we were all, and still are, driven by
one all consuming passion, to make music". "There are stories
I could tell of some crazy parties in far distant hotel rooms,
food- fights (you ain't lived until you've had a food-fight!),
fire extinguisher fights, games we would get into to relieve
the road-boredom syndrome, but you'll have to ply me with some
rum and cokes to get them all out of me". "But there were times
when the unit really shone, and there were moments when all the
parts came together, and something good happened". "No regrets,
and what a learning experience, ay?"
"That Rock 'n' Roller Highway has broken quite a few,
From the fast lane to the slow lane, and across the "white-line" too
I've had my share of parties, I've seen my share of fights,
Now this ol' Rock 'n' Roller likes to sleep at night".
("This ol' Rock 'n' Roller" "LINDSAY THOMAS MORGAN" CD)
copyright © 1990 Captain Tom Music SOCAN
"There's faces I remember, in places I forget,
I've made some crazy mem'ries, and I'll make a few more yet.
This life of making music, don't seem to last for long,
Too soon these Rock 'n' Rollers will be gone.
This Ol' Rock 'n' Roller's feelin' fine
And it ain't the whiskey, and it ain't the wine,
I'm doing what I love the best,
And my life has stood the test of time,
This Ol' Rock 'n' Roller's Feelin' fine
This Ol' Rock 'n' Roller's feelin' fine.
("THIS OL' ROCK 'N' ROLLER" "LINDSAY THOMAS MORGAN" CD)
copyright © 1990 Captain Tom Music SOCAN
From 1979 JACQUI and LINDSAY continued to perform together until their personal split-up and eventual divorce in 1985.
Jacqueline and Lindsay
In 1986, LINDSAY started to perform as a solo artist for the first time in his life.