Life (35)

Neil Sheppard (Producer)
Michael Ship (Keyboards, Vocals)
Marty Simon (Drums, Keyboards, Vocals)
Danny Zimmerman (Bass)
Jean Pierre Lauzon (Guitar)
Barry Albert (Guitar)
Lorri Zimmerman (Vocals) - * Lorri may be only on the "Hands of the Clock" single,
Lorri is featured on some promo material photos and the picture sleeves of this single,
she was in the band for a short time before her solo album for Crescent City in 1969.

In the early 1960s, Simon and Zimmerman had worked together in Montreal group, Marty Simon and The Capris and The Humdingers before forming The Scene.

Formed from the ashes of The Scene, the original line up was completed with Sheppard’s brother Michael Ship on keyboards and lead vocals, guitarist J P Lauzon (ex-Carnival Connection) and former Bartholomew Plus Three guitarist Barry Albert. Lauzon and Albert alternated lead guitar and rhythm on the band’s recordings.

The group’s debut single, a cover of The Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever”, with an arrangement by Marty Simon, was a fascinating record with jazzy feel and featured Lauzon’s exquisite flamenco guitar solo. However, it did not do much chart wise (entered RPM on May 9, 1970, reached number 83 and charted for 5 weeks). Its follow up, “Hands of The Clock”, featuring Albert’s lead guitar intro, was the band’s only hit, reaching #19 on the RPM chart in August 1969, and charted for 12 weeks.

Life played at the First Montreal Bi-Cultural Pop Festival in June 1969, which was held at the Montreal Forum and featured Triangle, Robert Charlebois and headliner Steppenwolf.

The group’s lone album, which features contributions from Englishman Malcolm Tomlinson on flute from Milkwood, was recorded on four-track and then transferred to the first eight track in Canada by Andre Perry.

Towards the end of 1969, Simon left Life and moved to Los Angeles to work with a new group. The rest of the band carried on as After Life but split up in early 1970.

Simon and Lauzon reunited in Mylon Le Fevre. Simon later moved to the UK and formed Sharks with former Free bass player Andy Fraser.


Life (35) Discography Tracks


Life (35) - Life album art Life (35) Life (Album) Polydor Canada 1970 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Life (35) - Hands Of The Clock / Ain't I Told You Before album art Life (35) Hands Of The Clock / Ain't I Told You Before (Single) Polydor US 1969 Sell This Version
2065 005 Life (35) - Strawberry Fields Forever / Come Into Me album art Life (35) Strawberry Fields Forever / Come Into Me(7", Single) Polydor 2065 005 Canada 1970 Sell This Version
540.013 Life (35) Sweet Lovin(7", Single) Polydor 540.013 Canada Unknown Sell This Version

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