45 howie vickers rum diddy vinyl 01


Vickers, Howie - Rum Diddy b/w One Act Play

Format: 45
Label: New Syndrome NS 109
Year: 1968
Origin: Vancouver, British Columbia
Genre: psych, rock, rock
Value of Original Title: $150.00
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Release Type: Singles
Websites:  No
Playlist: New Syndrome Records, 1960's, Psych, British Columbia


Side 1

Track Name
Rum Diddy

Side 2

Track Name
One Act Play


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45-Howie Vickers-One Act Play VINYL 02

45 howie vickers rum diddy vinyl 01

Rum Diddy b/w One Act Play


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Howie Vickers led a band called The Classics who formed in 1964. Initially, they were called The C-FUN Classics. The Classics were part of the regular line-up on Let’s Go, a show on CBC-TV. Though the Classics released several singles the group needed room to grow and reformed as The Collectors. They would become one of the most innovative of Vancouver’s recording acts through the rest 60s. In the spring of 1967, Vickers was asked to put together a house band at the Torch Cabaret in Vancouver. Along with Claire Lawrence on horns, they recruited guitarist Terry Frewer, drummer Ross Turney and Brian Newcombe on bass. Within a couple of months, fellow Classics member Glenn Miller replaced Newcombe on bass and Bill Henderson, a student at UBC, replaced Frewer on guitars. With Vickers now handling vocals, their sound changed from doing covers of R&B tunes to psychedelic rock. From 1967 to 1969 the Collectors charted over a half a dozen songs onto the local pop charts in Vancouver.

Howie Vickers left the Collectors in 1969. He released several singles as a solo artist, including “Rum Diddy”, a Top Ten hit in Medicine Hat (AB) in the August 1970. Vickers was also a member of the Eternal Triangle, who had a Top 30 hit in Vancouver in 1966 titled “It’s True“.
-Ray McGinnis, November 15, 2021


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