On October 31st (The Beau-Marks) guitarist Roy Hutchinson (81) transitioned after a period of extended illness. Ray is survived by his daughter Melodie Hutchinson and his sister Dorothy Hutchinson. A celebration of Ray Hutchinson’s life was held this past November. The Beau-Marks wrote and recorded their material here in Canada and were the first self-contained band recording all-Canadian material which sold well globally-particularly Australia, New Zealand and parts of Europe. After The Beau Marks split, Hutchinson headed west to Peterborough, Ontario and embarked on a quarter century long solo career. With Dave Nichols and the Coins he toured nightclubs from Montreal to Windsor. He returned to Montreal in the 80’s briefly to perform shows in Miami. During his solo years, Hutchinson released a few singles including a 1974 album, “Live at the Castlemore” in Toronto. There was the occasional appearance or interview after Hutchinson retired and in his later years he was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and received other accolades. Read more about his journey here:
(Listen to) classic hit “Clap Your Hands” here.
Excerpt submitted by Erik Twight.