Chilliwack (band)

Chilliwack (band)

Bill Henderson, guitarist and vocalist
Background information
Origin Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Genres Rock, Progressive rock, Pop rock
Years active 1970–1988, 1997–present
Labels Parrot, A&M, Goldfish, Casino, Sire, Mushroom, Solid Gold, Millenium[1]
Associated acts Classics (1964)
Collectors (1966)
Past members
Pre Chilliwack 1964-1966 as the Classics and 1966-1970 as the Collectors.

1970 line-up

1971 line-up

1972-1978 line-up

  • Bill Henderson (lead vocals, guitars, synths)
  • Glenn Miller (bass, backing vocals)
  • Ross Turney (drums)
  • Howard Froese (guitar, backing vocals, keys; joined in 1973)
  • Brian MacLeod (lead guitars, vocals; joined in 1977)

1979-1984 line-up

  • Bill Henderson (lead vocals, guitars, synths)
  • Brian MacLeod (lead guitars, drums, vocals)
  • Ab Bryant (bass)
  • Bucky Berger (drums; 1979 only)
  • Rick Taylor (drums; 1979 only)
  • John Roles (guitar; 1979 only)


  • Bill Henderson (lead vocals, guitars)
  • Ed Henderson (guitar, background vocals)
  • Doug Edwards (bass, background vocals)
  • Jerry Adolphe (drums)

Chilliwack are a Canadian rock band that had their heyday during the 1970s and 1980s. Although they are a canadian band, the members were all born in America and live in the states as well. They are perhaps best remembered for their five biggest songs "My Girl (Gone Gone Gone)", "I Believe", "Whatcha Gonna Do", "Fly At Night" and "Lonesome Mary". In 2010, their single "The Bootleg Pick Up" became the number one played song on radio stations. "The band's lineup has changed numerous times, though Bill Henderson has constantly remained a fixture, and Chilliwack continues to tour across Canada.[3]



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".[4] 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 departure of vocalist Howie Vickers from the Collectors in 1969; however, the band didn't change its name until 1970,[5] 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. Hit singles in Canada included "Lonesome Mary", "Crazy Talk" "The drunk Giraffe" and "Fly at Night". The album track "Rain-o", a blues-based composition that appeared in different versions on the Chilliwack debut album and the later "Dreams, Dreams, Dreams", was a well-known concert favourite.

In 1978, Brian MacLeod (guitar, drums, keyboards) and Ab Bryant (bass) joined the band. Chilliwack enjoyed its greatest success with this new lineup. The singles "My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone)" (1981), "I Believe" (1982), and "Whatcha Gonna Do (When I'm Gone)" (1982) were popular both in Canada and in the U.S.[6] 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."

Henderson and MacLeod received a Best Producer Juno Award in 1982 for Opus X. MacLeod left the band soon after, and Chilliwack's last new recording was released in 1984. Henderson continued to tour with other players until December 1988. In 1989 Henderson went on to form the band UHF.

2005 saw Chilliwack play Voyageur Days Festival in Mattawa, Ontario, Canada (near North Bay) with other Canadian bands Moxy, Toronto, Trooper, Goddo, Killer Dwarfs and Ray Lyell for the thirtieth anniversary for release of the debut album by Moxy.

Bass player Ab Bryant's son Matt Bryant is the singer/songwriter and founding member of Canadian roots/folk band Headwater.


As a side project MacLeod and the band (minus Henderson) in the early 1980s performed as The Headpins with first Denise McCann, and then Darby Mills as lead vocalist.




Year Album
1967 The Collectors
1968 Grass & Wild Strawberries


Year Album
1970 Chilliwack
1971 Chilliwack
1972 All Over You
1974 Riding High
1975 Rockerbox
1977 Dreams, Dreams, Dreams
1978 Lights from the Valley
1979 Breakdown in Paradise
1981 Wanna Be a Star
1982 Opus X
1983 Segue (compilation)
1984 Look In Look Out
Greatest Hits
2003 There and Back - Live


Year Song CAN CHUM US US Main
1967 "Looking at a Baby" as The Collectors 4
1968 "Lydia Purple" as The Collectors 55
1969 "Early Morning" as The Collectors 84
1970 "I Must Have Been Blind" as The Collectors 56 20
"Sometimes We're Up" as The Collectors 63
"Chain Train" 67
1971 "Rain-O" 70
1972 "Sundown" 54
1973 "Lonesome Mary" 9 75
1974 "Groundhog" 41
"Crazy Talk" 10 13 98
1975 "There's Something I Like About That" 85
1975 "Last Day Of December" 109
1976 "Come on Over" 54 12
1977 "California Girl" 19
"Fly at Night" 7 16 75
1978 "Something Better" 56
"Baby Blue" 78 110
"Arms of Mary" 32 67
1979 "Never the Same" 59
1980 "Communication Breakdown" 86
1981 "My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone)" 1 6 22 16
1982 "I Believe" 7 11 33
"Whatcha Gonna Do (When I'm Gone)" 9 10 41 29
"Don't it Make You Feel Good" 48
1983 "Don't Stop" 46
1983 "Secret Information" 110
Total Hits 23 8 7
Top 40 Hits 8 8 2

See also


  1. ^ "Chilliwack". canadianbands. 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  2. ^ Bill Henderson (2007). "Chilliwack FAQ". pub. Archived from the original on 2008-01-09. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  3. ^ Bill Henderson (2007). "Live Dates". Bill Henderson. Archived from the original on 2007-07-04. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  4. ^ "Lydia Purple". Retrieved 2008-07-28. 
  5. ^ The Canadian Encyclopedia (2007). "Chilliwack". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  6. ^ Adam White & Fred Bronson (1988). The Billboard Book of Hits. Billboard Books. ISBN 0-8230-8285-7. 

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