Willapuss wallapuss  the   sacrificial virgin bw to jone


Willapuss Wallapuss, The - To Jone b/w Sacrificial Virgin

Format: 45
Label: Yorkville YV-45018
Year: 1968
Origin: Burlington, Ontario, 🇨🇦
Genre: rock, pop, psych
Value of Original Title: $150.00
Make Inquiry/purchase: email ryder@robertwilliston.com
Release Type: Singles
Websites:  No
Playlist: Ontario, Yorkville Records, Rock Room, 1960's


Side 1

Track Name
To Jone

Side 2

Track Name
Sacrificial Virgin


Willapuss wallapuss  the   sacrificial virgin bw to jone

To Jone b/w Sacrificial Virgin


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The 5 Rising Sons came from Burlington, Ontario. Members included Ron Canning on lead guitar, Mike Kotur on guitar, Pete Davidson on organ and vocals, Dave Best on bass and Robin McMillan on drums. Brice Lee later joined the group on organ and bass. "We recorded under the name Willapuss Wallapuss just for the fun of it. Yorkville's idea because we were a very young group and they thought it was cute I guess but it got play. "To Jone" was written by Bruce Lee, who actually has done quite well writing songs for kids TV shows. Actually her name is Joan but spelled Jone - don't ask me why".

Michael Panontin
Singer/keyboardist Bruce Ley had his fingers in a number of pies back in the day, from Hamilton garagesters the Gentle Touch and their scorching 'Visitors Parking Only' seven-inch to the T.H.P. Orchestra's disco classic 'Too Hot for Love' a decade or so later. In 1967, he quit the Hammer for the bright lights of Toronto and its hopping Yorkville scene. There he hooked up with the already popular Rising Sons, whose second record 'Annie' had charted across Canada from Winnipeg to Halifax, though curiously not on Toronto's powerful CHUM-AM. The Burlington group had also secured a coveted slot on the mammoth fourteen-hour Toronto Sound extravaganza at Maple Leaf Gardens in September 1966 as well as at Montreal's Expo '67 the following June.

"It was around this time that we brought a good friend of our Hamilton days into the group," drummer Robin McMillan would later tell the Burlington Gazette. "[Bruce] was the bass player with the Hamilton group the Pharaohs, who were extremely popular in the Hamilton and Burlington region. Bruce had a knack for singing softer songs and became the Sons' organist."

The Rising Sons - by then Ley along with guitarist Ron Canning, bass player Dave Best and McMillan on drums - were pretty standard currency all over Toronto, gigging at popular hangouts like Yorkville's Cafe El Patio and the Hawk's Nest over on the Yonge Street strip. But for some reason, they got the gimmicky idea of issuing a single under the lumbering pseudonym the Willapuss Wallapuss.

"Bruce wrote a song for his girlfriend Jone and called it 'To Jone'," McMillan added. "This was a pretty good tune, reminiscent of the Young Rascals, and was recorded on the new Yorkville label. We changed our name for this recording to Willapuss Wallapuss just for fun. I believe Ron got the name from an Alice in Wonderland story. The flip side was named 'Sacrificial Virgin'...kind of a spooky sound with Bruce on the organ, with elephant-sounding noises in the background, a trombone, and a chair pushed across the floor, with the rest of us making all kinds of crazy noises."

'To Jone' and its dreamy Boettcher-esque popsike came out in the very early days of 1968 and, if we are to believe the words of one enthusiastic post on the 45cat site, "should have been a HUGE hit". It wasn't, of course. But it did - or so he tells us - manage to occupy the #12 slot on Kingston's CKLC station for a solid three weeks. Of more interest, though, is the fact that 'To Jone' is one of the first records produced by a young Brian Ahern, whose resume would very soon begin to fill up with albums like Anne Murray's debut What About Me later that year and Neil Young's Live at the Riverboat 1969, recorded in February that year but not released until 2009.

Ron Canning: lead guitar
Mike Kotur: guitar
Bruce Ley: organ, bass
Dave Best: bass
Robin McMillan: drums

Arranged by Brian Ahern and Bruce Ley
Produced by Brian Ahern for Catalyst Productions
Executive producer: Bill Gilliland


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