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Vancouver, Canada (1970 – 1988, 2005 – present)

Chilliwack are a Canadian rock band that had their heyday during the 1970s and 1980s. They are perhaps best remembered for their three biggest songs “My Girl (Gone Gone Gone)”, “I Believe” and “Whatcha Gonna Do.” While the members have changed Chilliwack is still out touring Canada from coast to coast.

The band initially formed as the Classics (1964) in Vancouver, British Columbia, but later changed the name to the Collectors (1966). Their psychedelic debut album yielded the minor but long-remembered hit ‘Lydia Purple’. A second album was based on the musical score written by the band for a stage play by Canadian playwright George Ryga, ‘Grass and Wild Strawberries’.

After lead singer Howie Vickers left the group in 1970, the band changed its name to Chilliwack, a Salish term meaning “going back up”. With lead guitarist Bill Henderson now providing most of the vocals and doing most of the composing, the band released several records that were moderately successful in Canada. Major hit singles in Canada included “Lonesome Mary”, “Crazy Talk” and “Fly at Night”. The album track “Rain-o”, an elegant, soaring, blues-based composition that appeared in different versions on the Chilliwack debut album and the later “Dreams, Dreams, Dreams”, was a well known concert favourite.

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