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The Pearl was a local Ottawa Rock Band founded in the late sixties. Members included Geoff Manchester (front man and lead vocals), Ron Hodgins (lead guitar and vocals), Jim Blackler (bass guitar, keyboards, tenor sax and vocals), Robbie Skaff (drums) and Bill Charrette (rhythm guitar).

The Pearl morphed from the garage bandThe Lost Soulsafter signing Geoff and Ron. It became clear right away that the group had something worthwhile to offer.

Geoff’s unique style of vocal melodies and memorable stage presence, Ron’s powerful leads and vocal harmonies, Jim’s melodic bass lines and backing vocals, Robbie’s feel for the groove and Bill’s strong sense of rhythm and timing all defined the band’s sound.

The band played at numerous bars, church halls and community centers, including performances at private weddings and banquets in and around the Ottawa and Gatineau areas (Robbie scheduled most gigs, practices and concerts). The band became quite popular after winning several ‘Battle of the Bands’ competitions (Canterbury Community Centre [Ottawa On], the Gyrostat Club [Hull QC] and the Manor Park Centre [Ottawa On]). See Set List below.

The group often performed with attractive and talented go-go dancers to help entertain the patrons at nightclubs and other venues.  Janice Watson, Wanda Kemp and Gail Azar formed part of this creative and classy dance troupe. Their appearances helped put energy in the party as well as encouraged people to come to the gigs.

Rehearsals were carried out at various locations in Ottawa; the Officers Mess - Wurtemburg/Rideau St., Hillcrest High School - Dauphin Rd. and at both Geoff's and Robbie’s homes in the Alta Vista area.

Sadly, many of the photographs and other band remembrances perished when the band broke up. However, pictures and other memorabilia will be added to this page when they become available.

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Set List [Title: Song Details | Play Video Original Artist Video]
Hanky Panky
Tommy James & The Shondells
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Crimson and Clover
Tommy James & The Shondells
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Gloria
Shadows Of Knight
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-- Happy Together
The Turtles
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-- She's Not There
The Zombies
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-- Time of the Season
The Zombies
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We Gotta Get Out Of This Place
The Animals
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The Last Time
The Rolling Stones
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-- Get Off of My Cloud
The Rolling Stones
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-- You Really Got Me
The Kinks
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Tired of Waiting
The Kinks
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A Well Respected Man
The Kinks
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Wild Thing
The Troggs
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-- With a Girl Like You
The Troggs
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-- Love is All Around
The Troggs
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The Letter
Box Tops
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-- All Day and All of the Night
The Kinks
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-- Louie Louie
The Kinks
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-- Just Like Me
Paul Revere and The Raiders
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-- Time Won't Let Me
The Outsiders
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-- 96 Tears
Question Mark and The Mysterians
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-- Dirty Water
The Standells
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Hey Joe
Jimi Hendrix Experience
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-- Pay You Back With Interest
The Hollies
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Steppin' Out
Paul Revere and The Raiders
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Hang on Sloopy
The MaCoys
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House of the Rising Sun
The Animals
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-- Devil with the Blue Dress
Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels
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-- The Pied Piper
Crispian St. Peters
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-- Foxy Lady
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
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I Can't Explain
The Who
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The Kids Are Alright
The Who
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-- My Generation
The Who
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Substitute
The Who
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Mr. Tambourine Man
The Byrds
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-- Little Red Riding Hood
Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs
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Around and Around
The Rolling Stones
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Eve of Destruction
Barry McGuire
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For Your Love
The Yardbirds
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Ferry Cross The Mersey
Gerry and The Pacemakers
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Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying
Gerry and The Pacemakers
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Good Lovin
The Young Rascals
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-- Sunshine of Your Love
Cream
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