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