Wayne McGhie

Wayne McGhie

    The Love You Save b/w Love Is The Answer (single)

    “The Love You Save (May Be Your Own)” by Wayne McGhie was never released when recorded in 1972 and this long-lost track is now available here for the first time. Wayne disappeared for over 30 years and his recent re-discovery is a compelling story.

    In the 1970’s, Toronto was home to any number of top-notch Jamaican musicians, and Wayne McGhie became a sought-after songwriter, penning tracks for Jo Jo Bennett’s combo Jo-Jo & the Fugitives (“Chips-Chicken-Banana Split”) and the Hitchhikers (“Mr. Fortune”); he also befriended Jackie Mittoo, the keyboard virtuoso who co-founded the Skatalites before serving as musical director of the famed Studio One.

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    Mittoo helped oversee the 1969 sessions at executive producer Art Snider’s Sound Canada Recording Center that would yield McGhie’s debut LP: “Wayne McGhie & the Sounds of Joy” (re-issued in 2004 by Light In The Attic). Recorded with a dozen credited musicians including Alton Ellis, Jo Jo Bennett (Toronto’s Sattalites), Everton Paul and Lloyd Delpratt, the album essentially created Canadian funk — expertly fusing reggae, jazz and R&B.

    Greg & Wayne 1972

    Greg and Wayne – 1972

    In 1972, Wayne signed with Axe Records producer Greg Hambleton and, with former members of the Hitchhikers, recorded several tracks including “Love Is The Answer” and “The Love You Save (May Be Your Own)” at Toronto Sound Studios with engineer Terry Brown. “Love Is The Answer”, (available here) plus the instrumental ‘B’ side, was released later that year as a 45rpm single under the artist name RAM on Greg’s Tuesday label.

    But as the ’70s came to a close, Wayne abandoned his music career and disappeared from the music world. For years Wayne battled a chemical imbalance of the brain before his sister Merline tracked him down and took him in. Now, more than three decades later, Wayne has been re-discovered and his songs and musicianship are finally receiving the attention so long deserved. Sadly, Wayne passed away in July 2017.

    Credits

    Musicians: Wayne McGhie, Wallace Blair, Roland Desilers, Marcel Loiselle & Earl Heedram

    Produced by Greg Hambleton
    Engineers: Terry Brown
    Mix Engineer: Bob Liftin
    Publisher: Belsize Park Music

    ⓟ & © 2016 Greg Hambleton
    Axe Records A120