WHY ARE THEY HERE IN THE PAGES OF “CLOTHING CANADA FASHION”? THE JACKET FABRIC, ON THE COVER OF THEIR FIRST ALBUM, “HIGH FLYING BEAU-MARKS” IS, TO ME, A GREAT COMBINATION OF 2 CANADIAN CLASSICS, THE MAPLE LEAF PLAID, AND THE BUFFALO CHECK!
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The Beau-Marks were a Canadian rock group formed in Montreal, in 1958. The group was comprised of vocalist/lead guitarist Ray Hutchinson, rhythm guitarist Mike Robitaille, pianist Joey Frechette, and drummer Gilles Tailleur. They wrote their own material, financed their own recordings and used local studios, none of which was common in the late 1950s, especially in Canada!
Their first single “Rockin’ Blues, with flip side “Midnight Party”,was released in April 1959, under the name The Del-Tones. A later copyright dispute with a US group forced the band to change their name to the Beau-Marks (after the BOMARC missile). Their third single,“Clap Your Hands,” was a number one hit in Canada and Australia, and charted in the U.S. The Beau-marks were the first Canadians to have a rock hit in the USA with a Canadian-produced recording. Their had been other Canadian talent before them “make” it in the USA, but they had been USA produced.
They appeared on American Bandstand, and also played a charity concert at Carnegie Hall. They had recorded 3 albums, “High Flying Beau-Marks” (1960), “The Beau-Marks in Person Recorded on Location at Le Coq D’or “(1961) (Toronto) and “The Beau-Marks” (1962), before breaking up in 1963. “Clap Your Hands” was re-released after a 1968 re-union.