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  1. Richard,

    My sincerest condolences for your loss, even though it’s been a few years now.

    I just acquired Roger Mayne’s guitar (Gibson ES-335). You can email me if you would like: thierryt64 (at) hotmail.com

    Regards

  2. i did not know until today that Roger Mayne had died…that man has given me, and continues to do so, countless hours of listening pleasure….I spoke with him on the phone for an hour or so years ago when he worked out of razor records…trying to find out information about the band and future and past recordings…my prayers go out to his family…he will be missed.

  3. I’ve only just found out about the passing of Roger Mayne…..many of us in the old days of yorkville enjoyed countless hours listening to him and the other boys of that band that was way ahead of its time….the Ugly Ducklings……my thoughts are with his family and friends….i had the opportunity to speak with Roger a number of years ago in a lengthy telephone call where he was gracious with his time while I discussed the possibility of finding recordings of the band…old…and more recent….anyway even though it happened awhile ago, it’s a bit of a shock.

    E. O’Neill

  4. I just came onto your site! I cannot Roger is now gone, as well. Bruce Palmer, too! Ricky James Matthews…great old friends! Missed so much!
    I used to help/manage The Ugly Ducklings when they were just starting out. Neil Young left with Bruce to go to “California” and look how he made out.
    Would love to be in touch with some of my earlier friends! Anyone from Jack London and the Sparrows etc. please respond.
    I’ve been busy writing my memoirs.
    Remember Murray Campbell from the Avenue Road Club and Ron Scribner from The Eagle’s Nest on Yonge…Robbie Lane and the Disciples, Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks…such a vibrant and exciting time.
    I had a column in the After Four Section of the Toronto Telegram, hung out with The Beach Boys, The Turtles, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Sonny and Cher…have some fabulous photos never published before. Stan Abodiac at Maple Leaf Gardens was my Mentor. I was responsible for the after-party parties and there were some parties! I also helped out at the Hot Stove Lounge because everyone thought I was 21 years old…only 15!
    Still keeping in touch with a few of the people I knew then and still love deeply.
    I also invented the Overnight Parking Permit System in Toronto when I was just 16 years old.
    I was accepted in Ryerson, after high school, without the pre-requisite Grade 13 because of all of my connections: Pierre Berton, Gordon Sinclair and Stan Abodiac.
    You might recall that my dog “Joey” was beaten badly about 8 years ago by a neighbour who was upset about Joey pishing on his lawn. I instigated a Petition throughout Canada to help change the penalties for Animal Cruelty.
    Really crazy that it was customary, at that time, for a girl to marry and give up her maiden name.
    Neil Merryweather and Stan Endersby of the Turtles and I recently reconnected. Neil told me that they actually had a detective looking for me…but, I had virtually disappeared, for 40 years…that is all!
    So, I have tried to do some good, while waiting to get back into the Music Business.
    I’ve been a Realtor in Toronto for 32 years. I want to get some of my lyrics published.
    Back to the Ugly Ducklings, The Outcasts…they were instrumental in how the Yorkville area vibrated with a soul of its own, without a doubt. They helped when a band from Cape Breton had a horrible accident on their way to Toronto and “Stardom” by performing at The Elm Street Club! I still have the newspaper article about their performance at that time.
    It is funny how life can repeat itself. I must have driven my Mother insane with worry. I was only 15! But so driven!

    My youngest son, now 20…has “The Gift” of music in his soul and is an incredible videographer…he plays Bass and writes the most melodies for his Band. He is so talented. I’d like to say a chip off the old block, but that would mean that I was old…which I am not. I believe Music keeps you young, forever!

    The Ugly Ducklings were a phenomenal band…I was lucky that HMV ordered me a copy of their only CD.

    Where have all the years flown?

    Would love to hear from any of the Bands that swept through Yorkville from 1965-1970…I got married in 1970 changed my name and….well, disappeared, even though my HEART AND VOICE, SOUL has ALWAYS belonged to MUSIC!

    What a ride it’s been! What a ride it’s going to be!!!

    Heather Laytner Sherman

  5. I GO BACK TO YORKVILLE IN 1965 /66/67 …….PLAYED WITH STIX N STONES
    HIRED AS LEAD SINGER FOR THE PAUPERS OPTED OUT AND WENT TO OTTAWA TO JOIN THEE DEUCES / LATER RENAMED THE HEART.
    HUNG WITH NICK ST NICK & JERRY & DENNIS EDMONTON OF SPARROW WAS GOING TO BE LEAD SINGER AND RUTHUM GUITAR PLAYER, TOOK OFF TO NEW YORK TO PLAY WIT THE LEFT BANKE INSTEAD. I RECENTLEY WAS IN TORONTO & HAD A GOOD JAM SESSION WITH THE GREAT STAN ENDERSBY FOR SEVERAL HOURS. ANYONE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO PAT LITTLE GREAT DRUMMER. HE PLAYED WITH ME WITH THE ROTTON KIDS A GREAT BAND FOR THE TORONTO NIGHT OWL COFFEE HOUSE. MAN O MAN WHAT A TIME BACK THEN. OUT HEAR IN VICTORIA. JUST WROTE A TRIBUTE OF FOUR SONGS FOR EACH OF THE BEATLES. GOING INTO MASTERING THESE IN NOVEMBER / 09. NEIL MERRYWEATHER ? HAVEN’T GOT A CLUE WHERE HE IS. LAST TIME I SEEN HIM WAS IN LA 1970. ROCK ON

    JUMIOR DIX

  6. HEY, SORRY ABOUT ROGER. I GOT CARRIED AWAY ABOUT WANTING TO TALK ABOUT THIS COMMENT PAGE ON HIS PASSING. I JUST LEARNED THAT 10 MINUTES LOOKING UP INFO ON THE DUCKLINGS. HE WAS SPECIAL TYPE OF GUY. WE CHATTED MANY TIMES ALONG WITH THE REST OF THE DUCKS. A KIND AND GOOD GUITAR PLAYER. THEY PLAYED STONES MUSIC AS GOOD AS THE STONES. HAVEN’T SEEN THEM EXCEPT FOR SENDING MIKE MC KINNIA SOME DEMO SONGS LAST YEAR AND CHATTING WITH HIM.
    A GREAT BUNCH OF GUYS TO HAVE KNOWN.

    JUNIOR DIX

  7. I worked for Roger for two days in 1980 when he was in the commercial production business among others. We did some Massey Harris ads with a Hamilton TV news guy who was English and in violation of his contract. But the ads were only going to be seen in the US he was told. Roger had a beautiful blonde wife who’s name I don’t recall and an assistant who couldn’t drive which is how I got hired to drive the RV we partied in afterword.

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