|Posted: 06/12/05 12:29 AM|
|yet another oldie i need|
SEA DOG - IT'S A HOT NIGHT
From a message board...
WSW: A group called Taxi moved to Toronto from Sudbury in '68 (one unreleased 45, it seems), where they changed their name to Tote Family (two 45s), then to Sea Dog. Members came and went along the way, of course. The organist/singer of the organ-drenched "It's A Hot Night" was Doug Varty of London, Ont. By the time their lame LP was released they'd had a pretty much total makeover, except for drummer Jim Norris. Otherwise journeyman SW Ontario musicians. Taxi / Tote Family guitarist Fred Cacciotti is noteworthy in that he played on the Homestead LP, a great project that featured Jon Finley from Rhinoceros singing pianist Bill King's songs, the best known of which, "Anthem" (aka "We The People Of The World") deserves a hearing in the current times of strife. King was (and still is) interesting in that, before leaving the US army to come to Canada in a hurry in '69, he was the original pianist in Janis Joplin's Kozmic Blues Band. (So he was signed to Grossman at the same time as our guys.) He now runs the Beaches Jazz Fest and took most of the photos that adorn the walls at the Rex.
Note: I have seen to different dates on the above song...1971 & 1974. The 1974 date was listed next to the 45's for sale so maybe they were repressings.