Lighthouse burst on the scene in 1969 with a unique blend of rock, jazz and classical influences that defied all conventions. They took Canada by storm, receiving four successive Group of the Year Junos and an Outstanding Male Performance Juno for Bob McBride. Fans responded by buying nine gold and platinum albums with international hits such as “One Fine Morning”, “Sunny Days”, “Hats Off to the Stranger”, “1849” and “Pretty Lady”.
Always innovative, Lighthouse collaborated and toured across the country with the Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company; wrote and performed the score for a CBC production of Prometheus Bound with Shakespearean actress Irene Worth; were the first rock band to headline the Newport, Monterey, and Boston Globe Jazz Festivals and the first to perform with a symphony orchestra.
Lighthouse was the only act other than Jimi Hendrix asked to perform a second night among groups that included The Who, Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, The Doors and Chicago. Lighthouse represented Canada at Expo ’70 in Japan and their performance caused a near riot. In 1972 they performed for 98,000 people at Toronto’s City Hall and their weekend reunion at Ontario Place in 1982 drew an audience of 50,000.
Today Lighthouse is creating the same magic with an extraordinary group of ten musicians featuring the original nucleus of Skip Prokop, Ralph Cole and Paul Hoffert, an all-star horn section with originals Russ Little and Steve Kennedy and dynamic lead vocalist Dan Clancy.