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Five Man Electrical Band
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    (1964- )
    Formed in Ottawa, Canada
    Original name was The Staccatos (1964-68)
    1968 line-up:
    Les Emmerson - guitar/lead vocals
    Brian Rading - bass/vocals
    Ted Gerow - keyboards/vocals
    Rick 'Bell' Belanger - drums/vocals
    Mike 'Bell' Belanger - drums/vocals
    Recorded 'Signs' and 'Absolutely Right' (from the album 'Goodbyes & Butterflies')
    In the '60s, their harmonies sounded so much like The Beach Boys that U.S. radio stations and listeners dismissed them as 'Canadian Beach Boy wannabes.'
    They titled their second album (as The Staccatos) 'Five Man Electrical Band,' then changed the name of their band a year later to the album title (1969).
    They had dual drumming brothers both nicknamed 'Bell.'
    They are a two hit wonder.
    They broke up in 1973, yet Emmerson recorded for two more years under the name before pulling the plug.
    They reformed in 1986 and play occasional gigs under the 'Five Man' moniker, but with SIX members (three original).
    In 1995, they released 'Absolutely Right: The Best of Five Man Electrical Band' with only two legitimate hits to their credit.
    In the '60s, they toured both the U.S. and Canada continuously despite constant visa problems.
    They finally had enough and moved permanently to the U.S. in 1969.
    'Signs' was written out of frustration over the amount of billboards the band saw while traveling historic Route 66.
    'Signs' was re-released in 1971, became an international hit (#2 in the U.S., #1 in Canada) and sold more than 2 million singles.
    'Absolutely Right' made it to #3 on the Billboard charts (1972).
    In 1990, Tesla did an acoustic remake of 'Signs' (from the album 'Five Man Acoustical Jam'), which hit the Top 10 on Billboard charts.

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