My focus at the moment is the adding of text, and re-arranging of it, for the www.mchs2015.com website, before the official launch of the site. I am pleased to know, from my infrequent visits to Google Analytics, that the Home Page for the site is currently the most visited page at my website.
Message from Bob Carswell regarding Marty Butler (MCHS ’62)
I’m also pleased to share with you the following link and comments from Bob Carswell.
Bob Carswell notes:
“While we forget the people behind the scene who gave the group like The Bells some of their best songs we tend to forget that without the songwriters and composers, such music would never have happened. Marty Butler’s connection to The Bells goes back to the days of the Raymart Trio in St. Laurent, Quebec and subsequently MCHS when he and Jacki Ralph were transferred there to complete their high school. Marty died twenty years ago but like Jacki, I also ran into him in Toronto along the way.”
Jaan Pill: Did you know Marty well?
Bob Carswell: We weren’t bosom buddies but we talked from time to time at school. Like many Montrealers, Marty moved to Toronto and from what he told me on one occasion, he was married, selling real estate in Mississauga and raising a family there. Over a year or two, I met Marty a number of times on Avenue Road while I was working in the area and we stopped and talked about the old days, what he was doing and how things were. This would have been in the mid-1980 when he was playing piano in the evenings at the Park Hotel. I liked Marty, he was always very respectful and very friendly. It was sad to hear he had passed on.
[End of comments from Bob Carswell]
What follows below is a Marty Butler Biography from the Jam.Canoe.Com website. Please note: This link will open if you’re using Google Chrome on a Mac; it will not open, so far as I can tell, on Safari when you are using a Mac:
Marty Butler’s Biography – from Jam.Canoe.Com website (see link in previous paragraph):
Marty Butler started as a member of The Sceptres in the mid-60’s. After three years with the group he grew tired of the cover-tune scene and decided to strike out on his own as a songwriter with partner Bob Bilyk.
Soon the duo were writing songs for the like of Les Sceptres (a different act than the one Butler was in), Trini Lopez, Ginette Reno, Tommy Hunter, and The Bells whose version of their song “Fly Little White Dove Fly” became a Canadian national hit.
Butler won $10,000 in the Hear Canada Singing contest for the tune “Can’t You Hear The Music” which soon led to a recording contract with Columbia Records. His home base was in Montreal but frequently worked in Toronto to be nearer Bilyk.
He went to WAM Records in the late ’70’s where he released several singles with arranger/producer Leon Aronson (also the label owner). By the 1980’s he’d moved onto RCA Records for his eponymous debut album in 1982.
Butler died February 10, 1995.
1971 To A Place Near The River (Columbia)
1972 All The Love In My Heart (Columbia)
1972 Can’t You Hear The Music (Columbia)
1973 We Gotta Make It Together (Columbia
1973 If You Wanna Go To New York City (Columbia)
1973 Once-Loved Woman, Once-Loved Man/Love Vibrations (Columbia)
1974 Fly Little White Dove, Fly (Columbia)
1978 Lie To Myself (WAM)
1979 Never Been In Love (WAM)
1980 Saving It Up (WAM)
1983 Take Another Look (RCA)
1972 We Gotta Make It Together (Columbia) ES-90092
1973 Love Vibrations (Columbia) ES-90158
1982 Mary Butler (RCA)
[End of excerpt from Jam.Canoe.Com website]
Profile from 1961-62 MCHS yearbook:
MARTIN BUTLER “Marty”
“When he’s good, he’s very good ; when he’s bad he’s caught.”
Marty wants to become a dentist. For anaesthesia he will sing to his victims, rather patients, in his golden voice. He’ll probably end up drilling sidewalks or filling potholes. Marty is a n extremely able choir conductor, and with this ability he led 1 1-F, the class that last year sang “Greensleeves ,” to victory in the grade eleven section of the Christmas choir competition. Marty is also a talented songster and we wish him success in “show biz “. By and large the man loves the world, the only people he doesn’t like are those who don’t appreciate his rendition of “God Save the Queen” in jazz. He was a member of the Social Committee from 60-62 and was also in the Ski Club.
[End of profile from 1961-62 MCHS yearbook]
Fly Little White Dove Fly
We owe thanks to Gina (Davis) Cayer, a member of the MCHS ’60s Reunion Event Committee, for sharing with us the following YouTube link:
We Gotta Make It Together
We owe thanks to MCHS alumnus Peter Halliday for sharing the following YouTube link with us:
Marty Butler, teacher at Morison
Recent comments at the Malcolm Campbell High School Grads Facebook Page are of much interest. I did not know that Marty Butler taught at Morison School – possibly Grade 4, in the recollection of a former student. That is so interesting and enjoyable to know about.
I would suggest that if you are interested in reading the Facebook comments, it’s well worth your time to locate the MCHS Grads FB Page and join the page, if you are not already signed up. Sometimes I make it a point to quote from comments from that page and other MCHS FB pages, but currently I am short of time.