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Abraham's Children / Press

“Live at Hollywood On The Queensway in Toronto, Ontario Canada. The band kicked off their Canadian dates at this famous rock landmark. AC performed all their hits including material from their latest cd 30. The new cd is filled with cuts that have never been released, a couple of live songs and some radio interviews. This disc also includes a 16 page booklet with lots of neat pictures and stories. After the show the group met with dedicated fans that waited with CD's, albums, books and pictures hoping to get autographs and chat. Over the years Abraham's Children went through some musical changes as well as members, but the essence of the music still remains. The meet and greet saw fans of all ages. The band plans on taking a couple of days off and then continue on the road. Manager Marisa Lang explained that many dates are being added and the possibilities of Europe are looking good.”

“Abraham's Children. Groupe pop formé à Toronto à la fin des années 1960 avec Jimi Bertucci (basse), Ron Bartley (guitare), Bob McPherson (claviers) et Brian Cotterill (batterie) et, à partir de 1973, Shawn O'Shea (guitare). D'abord connu sous le nom de Captain Midnight's Dirty Feet et, ensuite, d'Abraham's Children ou tout simplement de The Children, le groupe joue dans les clubs de Toronto avant de signer avec Gas Records en 1972 et ensuite avec Buddha Records aux États-Unis. Le groupe devient rapidement populaire, en grande partie grâce à son style énergique, et joue pour des grandes foules - par exemple à la Centre Island de Toronto et au Nathan Phillips Square - ainsi qu'à des émissions télévisées telles que Musical Friends et Canadian Bandstand. Ils font des tournées importantes au Canada et aux États-Unis. Leur son, tendant à l'origine vers le " bubble-gum " commercial, évolue vers le rock classique. En 1968, (read more) http://www.thechildrenrock.com/history.”

“COVER STORY ABRAHAM'S CHILDREN A NEW CHAPTER - "Mrs. Norton once referred to children as Fragile beginnings of mighty end." Avenue of America's Gary Salter is now preparing his Abraham's Children for a mighty beginning rather than "mighty end." Their release on the G.A.S. label, "Goodbye Farewell", was slow to start but with the combined efforts of manager Jack Morrow and A&R man Paul Gross, they have now had the single listed on almost seventy stations across Canada - a rarity, so early on release. Morrow's telephone hype included calls to John Oliver/CHEC Lethbridge: Al Jenssen CHAK Inuvik: Greg Stewart/CKWS Kingston: Mike Christie/CKOM Saskatoon: Dave Hammond CFCY/ Charlottetown: Doug McAllister CHNL/ Kamloops and many others in both principal and breakout markets. Salter received their first boost from radio with CKOC Hamilton who recognized the single as a "Potential Hit". This was quickly followed by CFCF/ (read More) http://www.thechildrenrock.com/history.html”

“Just bumming around on you tube and searched for Abrahams Children and lo & behold there they were. To me this was an awesome find, as I saw this band numerous times in the early 70's. A freind of mine at the time ( Ted Kalis ) booked bands into area hotels in the St. Catharines area and these guy's played at the Queensway hotel in a bar called the Purple Onion Room. Ted called me and said ,Gord I've just booked this band you have to see. I was amazed how good these guy's were and bought their album and played it forever until in one move I lost it. I was eccstatic to find they have a CD out that I can purchase as I always wondered what happened to them, I had heard they had gone to California and that was that!! Great news from a fan forever,met them back then and thought they were a great bunch of guys. PS if you have contact with the band ask them if they remember Ted and the Purple Onion Room. Joined”

“Well Marisa, your youngest fan may be my son. If he dislikes a song, he won't waste his time listening to it - he LOVES Radio Ga Ga and It's a Kind of Magic by Queen -- but when he listened to Gypsy he just stood there and when I asked if he liked the song he nodded his head and wanted to listen to it twice more! He loved the end especially 'when the wind blows'. :) Allan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (”

“Hi Guys(AC) I know you won't remember, but I met you in Charlottetown, PE in 1972. You played at the Confederation Centre. One of the first radio interviews I did. I was 17 at the time . Alot older now no wiser, still rocking & rollin on the radio. I'm having a hard time finding the hits from the 1970's. I host the Saturday Morning Retro Rewind on OCEAN100, live every weekend, featuring the 70's at 7. I played all your hits when they were hits. If its possible, I'm looking for a CD with all of the hits on it. With your permission, I would like to add them to my 70's Canadian gold rotation. Ron Gillespie Production Manager CHTN-Ocean100 /CKQK-Krock105.5”

“Hi,I just recently came across the website of Abraham's Children, oh the memories came flooding back to 1974 when they played at our school Queen Elizabeth Composite High in Edmonton, my girlfriends and I had the opportunity to meet and spend sometime with them. It was a wonderful day and one that won't be forgotten. I received at the time their drum cover signed by all four.(Jimi, Brian, Ron, Bob) One of them had the nickname SquirrIey, I think it was Brian. I kept the drum cover around for years until my parents decided that it neeed to go once I left home. After touring the website, I was sadden to hear about Brian, I still remember his sense of humor and how the four of them could be the best of friends one minute and angry the next and it was Brian who always turned things around. When we the girls get together and reminisce about old times, this is alway brought up, I wonder what happened to Abraham's Children (read more) http://www.thechildrenrock.com”

“North York - AC ROCK AND SPARK CENTRE FOR A GREAT CAUSE BU - The George Weston Recital hall is just that, a recital hall. When I walked into this incredibly designed structure per l'arte de l'arte at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, I was quickly reminded of my days in Europe sprinting from one acoustically perfect theatre to another. There is almost a spiritual aura when you're standing in rooms still emanating the essence of music that has the ability to reach out and touch the inner soul. I was early and decided to try and catch the sound check. As I approached the back stage I was stopped by a security guard asking me for credentials. I showed him my press pass and satisfied his curiosity. In an authoritative tone he expressed that the band did not want anyone present during sound check. I said "ok" and walked to a local restaurant to kill some time before the concert. I knew AC was closing the show and decided I need not rush. Read more at www.thechildrenrock.com/iUpdate.html”

“Thank-you Marisa. Hard to believe that Brian is gone. He is surely not forgotten. The Seventies were so exciting for Canadian musicians. Brian and Abraham's Children played significant parts in the ultimate history of Canadian rock n' roll. Yours in great music ...Nevin CKOC Radio Hamilton”

“Great news for you guys. Please pass on my congrats to Jimi from all of us at Oldies 1090. All the best, Dan Delorme Music Director Oldies 1090 ddelorme@oldies1090.com”

“I remember Abraham's Children's "Thank You" and "Gypsy" getting played on CKLW back in the day. Now I play those and other AC songs on "The Lost And Found Oldies Show" Fridays 3-5pm EST www.wvkr.org (plug plug) and they always get good response! "Who ARE these guys? They're great!" Keep it up, Jimi B! Sammyboy”

“By JIM SLOTEK - Toronto Sun - Recently, while lined up at The Sun cafeteria, I found myself next to Shawn O'Shea of our business office -- the best-preserved grandfather you'll ever meet and a bit of an old hipster. I admitted to him that in a sentimental moment, I'd downloaded the '70s radio hit Gypsy from his old band Abraham's Children, and offered to buy him a coffee in lieu of royalties.He demurred, good-naturedly, offering the opinion that the song's been out of print for a long time and it should pretty much be public domain at this point. I got the feeling he felt it was just nice to be remembered.”

“Hi Guys(AC) I know you won't remember, but I met you in Charlottetown, PE in 1972. You played at the Confederation Centre. One of the first radio interviews I did. I was 17 at the time . Alot older now no wiser, still rocking & rollin on the radio. I'm having a hard time finding the hits from the 1970's. I host the Saturday Morning Retro Rewind on OCEAN100, live every weekend, featuring the 70's at 7. I played all your hits when they were hits. If its possible, I'm looking for a CD with all of the hits on it. With your permission, I would like to add them to my 70's Canadian gold rotation. Ron Gillespie Production Manager CHTN-Ocean100 /CKQK-Krock105.5 ...ok gang call Ron and request some AC & Jimi B music....”

“I will be doing a tribute to Brian tonight on CHUM between 7-7:30 PM. I'm going to play a segment of the 50th reunion show when Jimi Bertucci was an in-studio guest, and Brian called in. We talked about the Toronto music scene of the 1970s, Canadian Idol etc. You can listen via the stream at www.1050chum.com if you're not located within the station's broadcast range. If you want me to do so, I'll be happy to e-mail an mp3 of the segment, just reply to this. Scott Carpenter To Brian's wife and friends, our condolences. Scott Carpenter”

“The George Weston Recital hall is just that, a recital hall. When I walked into this incredibly designed structure per l'arte de l'arte at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, I was quickly reminded of my days in Europe sprinting from one acoustically perfect theatre to another. There is almost a spiritual aura when you're standing in rooms still emanating the essence of music that has the ability to reach out and touch the inner soul. I was early and decided to try and catch the sound check. As I approached the back stage I was stopped by a security guard...”

“Having listened to this one a half dozen times, I've got to tell you these guys barely qualify as a rock band, let alone a psych act. Quality pop outfit yeah, but psych? Definitively not... Guitarist Ron Bartley, bassist Jimi Bertucci , drummer Brian Cotterill and keyboard player Bob McPherson got their start in the late 1960s with the Toronto-based Just Us. That outfit subsequently morphed into Captain Midnight's Dirty Feet (great name), but ran into a problem with Captain Midnight's publishers. The threat of legal action was enough to see the quartet opt for another name switch - this time around Abraham's Children. Signed to the small Toronto-based G.A.S. Records, the band enjoyed a Canadian top-40 hit with their debut 45 'Goodbye-Farewell'. Their 1973 follow-up 'Gypsy' went top-10, leading G.A.S. to finance an LP. Unfortunately, by the time the group started recording the album, musical tensions had singers://www.thechildrnrock.com/history.html ”

“COVER STORY ABRAHAM'S CHILDREN A NEW CHAPTER - "Mrs. Norton once referred to children as Fragile beginnings of mighty end." Avenue of America's Gary Salter is now(more) http://www.thechildrenrock.com/history.html”

Walt Grealis - RPM Music Weekly