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TORONTO BLUES SOCIETY BLUES WITH A FEELING AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

Danny got his first real guitar at age 11 with the warning: "You're going to learn real music on this, not that rock & roll” but Danny went ahead and taught himself the songs of the day, anyway. He quickly joined his first band but, after a short period playing tea dances & churches, he left and headed to Yorkville where the 60's were swingin' and new music was everywhere. He soon joined his first professional band, The Whiskey Sours, but, by early '66 they split and Danny moved on to the band that brought him to fame and the top of the charts.

The band posted an ad that read "Blues Guitarist Wanted" so Danny became a Blues Man at age sixteen and joined Edward Bear, a favourite Canadian band that topped the charts with hit singles like "You Me and Mexico". By the age of 21 Danny had reached the heights of rock in Canada but the group came apart and Danny moved on to Hollywood where he had a brief spin with "Mama Lion" before returning home to join Jericho, a band made up of the cream of Toronto musicians. The band lasted for a year, toughing it out in the bars and on the road, but Danny was no longer at the top of the charts. He spent a short stint with Rick James and went on tour with the likes of Ken Tobias and Bill Amesbury, Malcolm Tomlinson, Average White Band, Ronnie Hawkins & Rita Coolidge, Bo Diddley, Stephen Stills, Craig Russell, even Tiny Tim.
But, as the 80’s dawned, a new attitude was coming over music, punk minimalism was in, short hair was cool, retro was hot, and Danny Marks was ready to make the move out of the shadows. He hosted Saturday afternoon jams at Toronto’s famed Hotel Isabella. He hosted his first cable TV program. He worked all the local bars becoming the leader of the number one bar band on the hometown circuit. He was a guest on CBC Radio’s Basic Black which led to more and, soon, his own radio series: Under the Covers, and Duets. He hosted specials and did guest spots on other CBC shows such as Radio Noon and Benmergui Live. He hosted "Stormy Monday" which ran for seven years across Canada.

By the late 90’s Danny had hit his stride as a guitarist, vocalist and host; a formidable triple threat. His presence is that of a man who can pull on your heart strings one moment, and slay you with a one liner the next. He is deadly on the mic and not one to be type cast. "Guitarchaeology” paid tribute to his early years learning guitar with Tony Bradan. Big Town Boy paid tribute to Toronto’s R&B roots. Now, he’s ready to take on the Blues and why not? In the new millennium, it’s all alternative and everything old is new again.  

The beat goes on…


A FRIEND IN THE BLUES
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BIG TOWN BOY
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GUITARCHAEOLOGY
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