I knew Sonny & the Sequins playing at the Brass Rail, owned by Irv Cooper brother to Zanzibar owner in 1966. Sandy was a go-go dancer there at the time.
Well, with a lot of encouragement from my blog partner, Gary, I have agreed to try to write about some of my experiences performing as a musician and contributing to the Toronto Sound of the 60’s. I am pleased to say that for a decade I was really active in this scene, performing and recording music as a young sax player.
Russ Strathdee (1961)
On Yonge Street, I played the Zanzibar, the Club Bluenote, Club 888 and the Hawk’s Nest. During those days, the saxophone was a very popular instrument.
I also enjoyed the opportunity of being a recording session player to a small extent at places like ARC Sound – no earth shattering top hits, but one song (“Me and You” by the Regents) made Toronto’s CHUM charts and I have recording credits on several LP albums. I also got to appear on television (CBC’s “Where It’s…
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