The Royal Clefs - Photo Courtesy of Alan Burns
The Royal Clefs
Vancouver, British Columbia
1959 - 1964


Lyle Carter ~ Clarinet, Saxophone
Bill Creelman ~ Trombone, Vocals
Clive Gard ~ Piano
Roger Lowe ~ Drums
Blaine O'Bray ~ Bass

In Memory of

Lyle Carter

The Royal Clefs were formed in 1959 in Vancouver when they worked regularly in clubs and dance halls Downtown and around the East Side.  The group decided to travel to Montreal to find work but along the way met an agent who found work for them and sent them back to the West Coast. The group worked up and down the Pacific Coast for two years, playing show material and dance music. Eventually, a new agent landed the group an engagement in Las Vegas.  Shortly afterward, some members left the band and others came in to change the sound to a more commercial approach.  The group disbanded in early Sixties.

Alan Burns, December 2004

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Last Update:  28 November 2008
Credits:  Alan Burns
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