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Around the same time, while recording their second full album, the band was prompted to change their name by producer Nick Venet 's comment that the name The Staccatos sounded "dated". After discussing various possibilities, bassist Rading seized upon a song Emmerson had written called "Five Man Electrical Band", claiming that's exactly what the group was.
The band's name was duly changed, and Five Man Electrical Band released their self-titled album in early The group's new single "It Never Rains On Maple Lane" with B side "Private Train" was a mild success in Canada; the A-side appeared at 67 on the charts, but after two weeks on the charts the single was flipped over and B-side "Private Train" made it into the top 40, peaking at Their album, meanwhile, contained a mixture of new material and older recordings originally released as by The Staccatos including "Half Past Midnight" and was similarly successful in Canada.
Follow-up singles failed to chart. The band's first two singles on MGM released in both charted in the mids in Canada. The group's album Good-byes and Butterflies created J.W.
- John5* - The Art Of Malice minor controversy with a front cover picture that featured a marijuana plant; the album was withdrawn and subsequently reissued with a new cover. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the R. Outside of Canada, most of these were minor hits, but the band continued with a steady flow of releases and concert dates. Emmerson, who The Man With The Horse And Wagon - Five Man Electrical Band - Good-Byes & Butterflies more interested in recording in the studio than in playing live, also established a parallel solo career in Mike Bell, now going by his birth name of Michael Belanger, left the group partway through the recording of their album Sweet Paradiseand bassist Brian Rading left just as the album was being finished.
The album produced several hit singles, including "I'm A Stranger Here", their highest-ever charting hit in Canada. Emmerson, Gerow and Rick Belanger attempted The Man With The Horse And Wagon - Five Man Electrical Band - Good-Byes & Butterflies keep things going with new players for a time, producing singles in and '75, with minimal chart success outside of Canada. Rick Belanger left the group inleaving Emmerson and Gerow as the only remaining permanent members of the ostensibly "Five Man" band.
InEmmerson reformed the band for a series of concert and festival appearances, and continued to tour with them over the following decades.
The band typically plays a few shows a year, and now performs as a sextet: Les Emmerson guitar, lead vocalsTed Gerow The Man With The Horse And Wagon - Five Man Electrical Band - Good-Byes & Butterflies Brian Sim lead guitarRick Smithers bassSteve Hollingworth drums, vocals and Mike Belanger drums, vocals. Emmerson has also retained the rights to the band's recordings, and has licensed several 'best-of' compilations on CD.
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