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Memories of 'The Pearl'  
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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 [Click to Show/Hide]
  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
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
  Substitute
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
 
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