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Roy Kenner and the Associates

Roy Kenner and the Associates - Without My Sweet Baby / Baby You're What I Need - 7

Without My Sweet Baby / Baby You're What I Need - 7"
Trend - 1965

Michael Panontin
This was the first release on Merv Buchanon's Trend label. Roy Kenner was a charismatic soul singer who wowed crowds - the ladies especially - with his good looks, boundless energy and James Brown moves. As Roy Kenner and the Associates, the Toronto quintet of Kenner, guitarist Tom Beavis, organist Henry Babraj, bass player Greg Carducci and drummer Ray Ryclefski made the rounds at high schools and after-hours clubs across Ontario. They were especially popular at The Modern Age Lounge, a banquet hall located at Danforth Avenue and Victoria Park, where they regularly held court on Sunday afternoons and where, during an all-night recording session, these sides were recorded. Though their organ-drenched cover of Little Milton's 'Without My Sweet Baby' plods just a bit, the flipside's 'Baby You're What I Need' fares much better, and no doubt packed those floors on the Danforth.

Of course, Kenner's name really didn't enter households until a couple of years later when he replaced George Olliver in the more popular Mandala, showcasing his chops on their 'Love-itis' single as well as their Soul Crusade long-player. Both Kenner and Mandala axeman Dom Troiano kept busy into the early seventies, issuing an LP as Bush in 1970 and then shoring up the James Gang a year or so later after the departure of Joe Walsh.



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