James Leroy & Denim – James Leroy With Denim (1973/2024) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

James Leroy & Denim – James Leroy With Denim (1973/2024)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 33:34 minutes | 598 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Janus Records

James became interested in music while attending high school at Milford Prep in Connecticut. Bob Dylan was a strong early influence. He later attended university in the United States but returned to Canada when all his friends were drafted.

In the mid-60’s he started a career as a folksinger in Ottawa. James was a self-taught musician who played both guitar and keyboards.

In the early 70’s his family left Martintown and resettled in Ottawa, were they urged James to “find himself”. He alternated between selling tires for his father and practicing music.

He started on the sidelines providing material for local groups. Some of his first compositions were played by local Ottawa groups Renaissance and September Dawn. He also tried folk singing in small clubs.

At one point he met Doug Orr of MRQ (Modern Rock Quartet) at a party. Orr suggested James learn the heritage of the Ottawa Valley and incorporate it into his songs. This was the beginning of what was to emerge as the “Denim” sound.

James approached local music impresario Harvey Glatt several times trying to convince Glatt to work with him. Finally his persistence paid off; on a handshake Glatt agreed to work with him. Shortly after Adam Mitchell produced James’ first single,”Touch of Magic,” and finally a self-titled album on the GRT label. In September 1973 “Touch of Magic” reached number 6 on the Canadian top singles chart. The supporting group, originally called the James Leroy Group, went on to become Denim. One song James had written was “You Look Good In Denim” and the band used Denim as its name. Said James at the time, “We all wear denim, it’s casual, wears well and grows on you, and who wants to throw away their old pair of jeans?”

1-1. James Leroy & Denim – You Look Good In Denim (03:14)
1-2. James Leroy & Denim – Anniversary Waltz (03:09)
1-3. James Leroy & Denim – Someday Soon (04:00)
1-4. James Leroy & Denim – Comin’ To A Party (02:34)
1-5. James Leroy & Denim – Make It All Worthwhile (03:19)
1-6. James Leroy & Denim – Touch Of Magic (03:03)
1-7. James Leroy & Denim – Comin’ On Home (03:23)
1-8. James Leroy & Denim – Lady Of The Night (03:06)
1-9. James Leroy & Denim – Take A Look At Life (02:47)
1-10. James Leroy & Denim – Friends And Brothers (04:54)


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