This album was recorded in Montreal at Listen Audio Studios beginning in the summer of 1979. We recorded 6 tracks and then our manager, Allan Katz, set out to sell it to a label. RCA came on board and signed us in the spring of 1980. The album was completed and released in the fall of 1980. The first single, “Dreamer” was Pick of the Week in Billboard Magazine in February 1981. The album did not have great sales but attracted enough attention to get Terry nominated for a JUNO Award in 1981. Personal favorite song on the record is “Wanting You”. On a sad note, drummer John Hannah (crouching in the cover photo), who played on our first three recordings and was a member of the band from 1978-84, died in a car accident in 1989.
Terri Crawford and Rick Johnson began performing together in a band in 1971 in Winnipeg, Manitoba while attending Charleswood Collegiate. The band was known then as “Crawford”. The other original members were Scott Gair, (bass guitar) Birch Nero (drums) and Tony Ward (vocals and guitar). Tony Ward left the band in 1973 and was replaced by pianist, Alan McDougall. This group remained intact through 1975, performing predominantly in the clubs in Winnipeg while occasionally venturing beyond the Manitoba borders into North Dakota, Minnesota, western Canada and Ontario. Birch Nero left in 1975 and was replaced on drums by Dave MacKenzie. Extensive touring in the southern Ontario club circuit from 1974 to 1977 led Terri and Rick to decide to relocate to Toronto. Numerous musicians came and went as Terri and Rick searched for the right combination of personalities.
In 1979, the band consisted of lead vocalist Terri, Rick on guitar, John Hannah on drums, Al Corbeil on bass guitar and Dale Saunders on keyboards. This unit hired manager, Allan Katz who in turn, signed the band to RCA records and they set about recording their first, self-titled album. The album was recorded in Montreal at Listen Audio Studios and was released in the summer of 1980. It was produced by Richard Blakin and Dixon Van Winkle, who had worked such people as producer Phil Ramone, Paul McCartney and Men without Hats. The first single (Maybe you think I’m a) Dreamer was pick of the week in Billboard magazine in February 1981. Terri received her first JUNO award nomination for Most Promising Female Vocalist based on her work on this first recording.
The band toured Canada extensively through 1980 to 82 establishing itself as one of the must see Canadian rock/pop acts.
Terry (Crawford) Thorne-Johnson: vocals
Rick Johnson: guitars, backing vocals
Al Corbeil: bass
John Hannah: drums, backing vocals
Dale Saunders: keyboards
Michael Holmes: backing vocals
L. Tansey: backing vocals
W. Prue: backing vocals
Richard Beaudet: saxophone
Strings and horns arranged by Michael Holmes
Produced and engineered by Richard C. Blakin and Dixon VanWinkle for WAM Records Limited
Executive producer: Leon Aronson
Recorded and mixed at Listen! Audio, Montreal, Quebec
Mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound