Original released 1968
Louis McKelvey (Guitar, Vocals)
Andy Keiller (Vocals)
Dave Wynne (Drums)
Jack Geisinger (Bass, Vocals)
Walter Rossi (Guitar, Vocals)
Bob Parkins (aka Bobo Island) (Keyboards, Vocals)
Frank LoRusso (Drums)
The Influence was one of the most fascinating bands to emerge from Canada during the ‘60s. The group's rich diversity of styles was a result of the group members' wide range of musical backgrounds and geographical origins.
Formed in late May, the quartet, named The Influence, immediately made its presence felt and became regulars at Montreal's Barrel during the summer of 1967. In June, Rossi and Island returned to Montreal and, after catching the band's set, joined the line-up. The new line-up became more musically adventurous, adopting a style that was influenced by jazz musicians Sonny Murray and Archie Shepp, and with Island adding a second lead voice. After tightening up their act, The Influence moved to Toronto and became a regular sight at Boris' Red Gas Room throughout September-December.