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Published on May 14, 2008
This is "John & Lee & the Checkmates" one & only stab at the Hit-Parade. A remarkable performance, this was the first success for John Finley,who eventually fronted "Rhineoceros" (along with Mike Fonfara-keyboards,& Peter Hodgson-bass). If you watch carefully you'll see the "guys" posing with "Mick Jagger".(They opened for The STONES in April of 1965). This performance was as raw as it gets, but still didn't match the thrill of seeing the band "Live" ! I saw them once at "The Avenue Road Club" in Toronto and literally got chills up my spine. The only other time I had witnessed that much energy on stage was when I saw The King of Soul, "James Brown" do his thing. These guys were the real deal.The soul of Toronto. John Finley - Lead Vocals Lee Jackson - Lead Vocals Michael Fonfara - Hammond Organ-vocals Jeff Cutler - Drums Larry Leishman - Guitar Peter Hodgson - Bass