Saturday, December 3, 2011

Chilliwack - My Girl (Gone Gone Gone)

Chilliwack's history dates all the way back to 1964.  Originally called The Classics, and then The Collectors, the band became Chilliwack in 1970 (!).  The band named itself after a town near Vancouver (which in turn is named after a Salishan phrase meaning "going back up").

While the band had no less than 10 songs that charted in the U.S. between 1973 - 1983, they are best known for their 1981 album, Wanna Be a Star, and "My Girl," their biggest single, which peaked at #22 in the U.S. (and was a #1 hit in Canada).  While the song may sound like there is a story behind it, Bill Henderson (who wrote it) states that it was a total figment of his imagination.

The band released two albums after Wanna Be a Star, but was unable to generated much momentum, and broke up in 1984.

Special shout out to Steve and Karen, who posted this on their fb pages and spurred me to action.  It is great to have old friends who like 80's music.

Cool trivia fact:  The second single from Wanna Be a Star, called "I Believe" hit #33 on the U.S. charts, so technically Chilliwack is not a one hit wonder.  No, I don't recall ever hearing "I Believe" either.

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