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‘My Girl’ by Chilliwack – Classic Hit or Miss

The band initially formed as the Classics (1964) in Vancouver, British Columbia, but later changed the name to The Collectors (1966). Their psychedelic self-titled debut album yielded the minor hit “Lydia Purple”. A second album was based on the musical score written by the band for a stage play by Canadian playwright George Ryga, Grass and Wild Strawberries.

Chilliwack effectively began with the eparture of vocalist Howie Vickers from the Collectors in 1969; however, the band didn’t change its name until 1970, to Chilliwack, a Salish term meaning “going back up” and the name of a city east of Vancouver in the Fraser River valley. With lead guitarist Bill Henderson now providing most of the vocals and doing most of the composing, the band released several records that were moderately successful in Canada.

Rolling Stone Magazine wrote:

“At their best, Chilliwack was the finest Canadian rock band, outrocking BTO and outwriting Burton Cummings. But a lack of consistency kept it from international success.”

This song hit #6 back in 1981… how about today?

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