Growing up as a Canadian teenager in the 1970s, one could literally count the number of well known “homegrown” musical groups and artists on the fingers of one’s hand (okay, maybe two). The trouble was that, at the time, Canada really didn’t possess a viable recording industry. For any Canadian musician or group to “make it”, they literally had to leave the country to do so. Whether you were Joni Mitchell, Anne Murray, The Guess Who, The Sparrows (who would become Steppenwolf upon their move to the U.S.), Denny Doherty (of The Mamas & the Papas), or Neil Young you had to relocate south if you wanted any kind of career.
Another such Canadian export is this week’s Sunday Big Note, Montreal-born, Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush, performing at Sherwood Hall in Salinas, California on January 26th, 1983:
[audio:SBN_20110206_01 Midnight Highway.mp3]
Maybe It’s Time
[audio:SBN_20110206_02 Maybe its Time.mp3]
[audio:SBN_20110206_03 Strange Dreams.mp3]
[audio:SBN_20110206_06 Somethings Coming Our Way.mp3]
Johnny B. Goode
[audio:SBN_20110206_07 Johnny B Goode.mp3]
Who Do You Love?
[audio:SBN_20110206_08 Who Do You Love.mp3]
[audio:SBN_20110206_09 Drum Solo.mp3]
Bonus Tracks (California Jam II, Ontario, CA, 18 March 1978):
I’m A King Bee
[audio:SBN_20110206_11 I’m A King Bee.mp3]
Johnny B Goode
[audio:SBN_20110206_12 Johnny B. Goode.mp3]
[audio:SBN_20110206_13 Purple Haze.mp3]
Frank Marino is interviewed on Montreal’s Mose Persico Show on CJAD 800 AM after his December 3rd, 2010, show at Montreal’s Corona Theatre:
I always recall Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush being one of those extremely popular acts whenever they came to town, always filling venues to capacity. Since Zappa, Clapton, and Beck seldom, if ever came to many Canadian cities – Frank Marino was THE GUITAR GOD for countless numbers of Canadian teens.