The Stitch In Tyme

Band Members:

John Yorke (Vocals)

Bruce Wheaton (Guitar,Vocals)replaced Yorke

Grant Fullerton (Guitar,Vocals)

Bob Murphy (Keyboards,Vocals)

Donnie Morris (Bass,Vocals)

Pinky Dauvin (Drums,Vocals)

Biography:

The Stitch came together when members of the Amherst area band The CONTINENTALS  (Donnie Morris and Pinky Dauvin) merged with another Nova Scotia band THE UNTOUCHABLES (Bob Murphy, Grant Fullerton and John Yorke). The group moved to Toronto using the name THE GOLDEN EARING until they signed a record deal with Arc Records (A.K.A. Yorkville) in 1966 and changed their name to THE STITCH IN TYME. Arc Records vice-president Bill Gilliland was also their manager.

The band added vocals to a music track of THE BEATLES song "Got To Get You Into My Life" their manager Bill Gilliland had received from England. The song became a national hit and made the band very popular.

John Yorke was replaced by former CONTINENTALS' member Bruce Wheaton who had recently left the Canadian Airforce and who had been developing his lead guitar skills for the past three years while playing in such Ontario bands as THE  VIBRASONICS, CHESTER  &  THE  ROGUES who became CHESTER AND THE UNKNOWNS, and THE PURPLE HART'S.

They appeared on several television shows and were a regular feature on the show "After 4" out of Toronto. They toured constantly through Ontario, Quebec and The Maritimes. One of the highlights of their career was playing the official opening of Expo'67 and playing a week at each the Ontario Pavilion and at The Garden Of Stars on La Rhonde.

After Expo the band went to New York City to record their next single "New Dawn" After returning to Toronto the band opened a coffee house called "The Flick"  in Yorkville where they and other popular bands of the time performed.

The band left Arc Records and formed their own company called "Flick Entertainment Corporation" which included a record label and publishing company. They then began writing and recording their own material but when it came time to release their new single "Stop Wastin Time", Arc Records served them with an injunction preventing them from going further.

Bill Gilliland and the band tried to reconcile their differences but things did not work out and the band called it quits in late 1968.

Bruce Wheaton went onto form the short lived ROCKIN CHAIR before returning to Nova Scotia with Donnie Morris and Bob Murphy to join SOMA with whom he played congas. Bob Murphy switched to rhythm guitar while with SOMA until he left to form the country band BIG BUFFALO. Pinky Dauvin andGrant Fullerton both went onto LIGHTHOUSE as lead vocalist and bassist respectively. Bruce Wheaton went onto form EVERYDAY PEOPLE (1970-1974) and Molly Oliver (1974-1987).

Their have been several reunions over the years, the last being when John Yorke, Pinky Dauvin, Grant Fullerton and Bruce Wheaton got together to play The Toronto Rock Revival in 1999.

Written from info provided by Bruce Wheaton, Peter Thorsen

Discography:

Singles:

1966 Dry Your Eyes/Point of View (ARC)
1966 Got To Get You Into My Life/Dry Your Eyes (YORKVILLE)
1967 New Dawn/Don't Make Promises (YORKVILLE)
1967 Stop Wastin' Time/? (FLICK)
19?? Got To Get You Into My Life/(Little Liar - Terry Black)  (ARC -reissue) Stitch only on the A-side

This discography was painstakenly researched by Jim Rice and Bruce Wheaton. (Thanks Guys)

Compilations:

1990 "Got To Get You Into My Life" on Made In Canada - Volume Three: Eclectic Avenue' (BMG) 

 

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