The Last Words began in Clarkson, Ontario, Canada in 1961. Originally a sextet called The Nighthawks, they became a quartet in 1962 and decided to take a chance in the music biz.
Their first single in 1965, The Laugh's On Me / She'll Know How, for RCA Canada received very little air play, but in 1966 they hit the Canadian charts with a Columbia release, I Symbolize You / It Made Me Cry. In late 1966, they released their last charted single, Give Me Time / Drive A Mini Minor, again on Columbia. Bill Dureen left the group in 1967 and the remaining members continued with three others until 1968. Brad Campbell went to New York and eventually joined Janis Joplin's Full Tilt Boogie Band. Brad returned to Canada when Janis died, and they re-formed to back vocalist Jerry Arpa as The Flashbacks in the 80s. The Last Words, friends for over five decades, still jam together often.
Bill Dureen: keyboards, guitar, harmonica, vocals
Graeme Box: guitar, vocals
Brad Campbell: bass guitar, vocals
Ron Guenther: drums, vocals