Origin: Ajax, Ontario
We were playing the bar circuit in Ontario when the Manager wanted us to cut a 45 to help promote the band. The singer, Thom Arnold, had a couple of songs that he had written and we recorded these and sold them each week at gigs. All of the Six Pax members hailed from the Ajax / Whitby area, just east of Toronto. I got my start in music in the 1960's in Ajax playing drums, then guitar in a band called the Warlocs, and later the Session. We played mainly high school dances and other venues, including a stint at the famous Mynah Bird coffee house in Yorkville, who's house band included Rick James and Neil Young. Many of Canada's most successful musicians got their start in the "Village" in the 60's and 70's. I found your site while searching for information on Whitey Glan who passed away last week. We were very fortunate growing up in the Toronto area as we were treated to a constant parade of world class musicians who were developing their talents playing high schools and 12 hour "Battle of the Bands" at local arenas. There were too may to list here but Whitey always stood out among the drummers.
Thom Arnold: vocals
Bob Downie: guitar & vocals
George Wiltshire: keyboards
Brian MacKay: trumpet & vocals
Bill Radford: bass and vocals
Bill White: drums
Additional members (as lineup changed)
Normal Clifford: vocals
Mark Seed: keyboards
Colin Murphy: keyboards
A couple of the original members joined Canadian Conspiracy after we disbanded, and toured with Natalie Cole for a while.
Brian MacKay ended up in New Orleans.
Norman Clifford had a solid career in Las Vegas and Colin Murphy I believe became a session musician in the Toronto area.
Thanks again for compiling this great history on Canadian bands.
-Bob Downie, North Vancouver, British Columbia