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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, 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.

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