Chilliwack effectively began with the departure of Vickers from the Collectors in 1969, although the new name was not adopted until 1970. Chilliwack's 18-year history, which saw the band move in a more commercial direction, was marked by periods of inactivity and many changes in personnel. Henderson (b Vancouver 6 Nov 1944) was the only constant member; he wrote or co-wrote most of the band's songs, and his boyish voice, easy falsetto and tasteful guitar playing were Chilliwack trademarks. Henderson, Turney, Miller and, as of 1973, the guitarist Howard Froese, were principal members of one version of the band, active until 1978. Its singles 'Lonesome Mary' (1971), 'Crazy Talk' (1975) and 'Fly at Night' (1977) were Canadian hits and enjoyed some US exposure. Canadian sales of the LP Lights from the Valley exceeded 100,000.
Brian 'Too Loud' MacLeod (guitar, keyboards, drums) joined in 1978. Henderson, MacLeod and Ab Bryant (bass guitar) were core members 1979-83 of the second and most successful version of Chilliwack. The singles 'My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone)' (1981) and 'I Believe' and 'Whatcha Gonna Do (When I'm Gone)' (1982) were popular in Canada and the USA, and the LPs Wanna Be a Star and Opus X each exceeded 100,000 in domestic sales. Henderson recorded the LP Look In Look Out with studio musicians, and then toured 1984-8 with still other players, including Claire Lawrence. Throughout its history Chilliwack travelled widely, if intermittently, in Canada, and worked occasionally in the USA, where the popularity of 'My Girl' also brought the band TV appearances in 1981. It gave its last concert in December 1988 in Nocisia, Cyprus, at the conclusion of a tour of Canadian military bases in Europe.
Henderson began touring in 1989 in the contemporary folk trio UHF completed by Roy Forbes and Shari Ulrich. He has produced records by Long John Baldry, the Good Brothers, and Toronto in collaboration with Brian MacLeod, and by the Irish Rovers, Junior Gone Wild, and theNylons on his own. His 'When I Sing,' heard in the feature film Bye Bye Blues, won a Genie Award in 1990 for best original song.
The Collectors. 1967. New Supreme WS-1746
Grass and Wild Strawberries. 1968. New Syndrome WS-1774
Chilliwack. 1970. Parrot PAS-71040
Chilliwack. 1971. 2-A&M SP-3509
All Over You. 1972. A&M SP-4375
Riding High. 1974. Goldfish CA-1003
Rockerbox. 1975. Casino CA-1006
Dreams, Dreams, Dreams. 1976. Mushroom MRS-5006
Lights from the Valley. 1978. Mushroom MRS-5011
Breakdown in Paradise. 1979. Mushroom MRS-5015
Wanna Be a Star. (1981). Solid Gold SGR-1006
Opus X. (1982). Solid Gold SGR-1014
Look In Look Out. 1984. Solid Gold SGR-1023
Also, two 'best of' compilations: Segue (Solid Gold SGR-1020), issued in 1983, and Greatest Hits (CBS VCK-80129, CD), in 1989
Read, Jeani. 'Chilliwack ridin' high with West Coast rock,' Vancouver Province, 9 Jan 1975
Stanley, Don. 'Coming down the road with Chilliwack,' Vancouver Sun, 24 Jan 1975
Read, Jeani. 'The character of the west reflected in Chilliwack's music,' MSc, 282, Mar-Apr 1975
Hall, Neal. 'Chilliwack's leader of the band,' Vancouver Sun, 2 Nov 1982
Twigg, John. 'Music business can be tough in Canada,' Regina Leader-Post, 13 Dec 1982
'Interview: Bill Henderson,' Hook, Line & Singer, vol 5, Nov-Dec 1988
Links to Other Sites
Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada
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Western Canadian Music Awards
The website for the Western Canadian Music Alliance, which promotes the best in western Canadian music. Features the latest news about their annual awards gala. For a listing of previous winners and Hall of Fame inductees, click on the "Awards" link.