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by Johnnie Lovesin
CATCH-UP: Johnnie Lovesin (1949 to 2019) was a Canadian 'rock' musician. Johnnie Lovesin was born in Val-d'Or, Quebec, Canada, on May 22nd 1949. He was first active as a musician on the Yorkville scene in Toronto in the 1960s, joining his first band in 1969 (they were called 'Black Ballet'). Over a number of following years, he performed with his own line-ups, variously named 'Johnnie Lovesin and the Invisible Band', 'Johnnie Lovesin and the Sidewalk Commandos' and 'Johnnie Lovesin and The Next'. He also performed as part of his group 'Red Hot and Blue', and often recorded as a solo artist under the stage name 'Crazy John Lovesin, the Ace from Space'. As 'Johnnie Lovesin and the Invisible Band', they even opened for the 'punk' band 'The Ramones' once at a show in Toronto. As a soloist, he released several singles during his early career, though his debut album ("Set the Night on Fire") did not appear until 1980 - he then followed this up with the LP "Rough Side of Town" in 1983. As a musician, he was most notable around that time for being a twice-nominated "Juno Award" artist (as 'Most Promising Male Vocalist' in both 1984 and 1985). As well as this, he was also nominated for a "U-Know Award" in 1985 (for 'Best Male Vocalist'). He soon signed for 'A&M Records', who promptly re-released his 1983 album and funded a follow-up called "Tough Breaks". Horrifically, Lovesin suffered a brain aneurysm shortly after performing at the city's annual New Year's Eve show at Nathan Phillips Square following that latter record release, and had to withdraw from the music business for a while to recover. However, after successfully returning to music, he became leader of the 'house band' at Toronto's Matador Club, and released another album, "Ready to Rumble", independently in 1996. After moving to Jordan, Ontario, in the new millennium, he still performed the occasional show in Toronto, including a couple of birthday shows in 2010 and 2016. Johnnie Lovesin died unexpectedly at Toronto General Hospital on February 23rd 2019, aged 69.
Posted: 8th April 2019
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace ✚", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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