Viscounts Circa 1959 - Photo Courtesy of Terry Coan
AKA: The Mysterians
Vancouver, British Columbia
1958 ~ 1967


Steve Bonar ~ Guitar, Vocals
Terry Coan ~ Keyboards, Vocals
Bud Currie ~ Drums, Vocals
Earl Davies ~ Guitar
Fred Gallant ~ Drums
Gene Gillott ~ Saxophone
Vic Goodmurphy ~ Drums
Leonard "Skip" Hanson ~ Vocals
Bobby Hodson ~ Drums
Laverne Hudyma ~ Vocals
John McCandless ~ Guitar, Harp, Vocals
Pat McElgunn ~ Bass
Glen Miller ~ Bass, Vocals
Bruce Neilsen ~ Drums
Bob Nelson ~ Guitar
Hugh Parkinson ~ Saxophone
Jim Ricky ~ Drums
Ronnie Small ~ Vocals
Howie Vickers ~ Vocals

Gene McCormick ~ Manager

In Memory of

John McCandless
Earl Davies
Leonard (Skip) Hansen
Pat McElgunn
Terry Coan (d:  26 June 2013)

Viscounts Circa early 1960's - Photo Courtesy of Terry Coan

The Viscounts were formed circa 1958 by Terry Coan, Gene Gillott, Steve Bonar, and Earl Davies.  The name "Viscounts" is credited to Earl Davies (Guitar).  We were a weekend garage band that played rhythm and blues based rock and roll.  We played all the local clubs, high schools, and community centres around the lower mainland until 1967.

Terry Coan, December 2002

Nicely done site. Its great to see all the old familiar faces.  I still stay in touch with Gene Gillotte and Terry Coen from the "Viscounts".  I ran in to Harry Walker from the "High Fives" about 2 years ago, but lost touch when he moved.
Keep up the great work.

Bruce Nielsen, December 2003

We were practicing at a small hall (Hendry Hall) in North Vancouver one weekend when a white Caddilac convertable pulled up ouside and one Gene McCormick introduced himself and offered to manage us.  It was like something out of a dime store novel.  "Small group gets discovered!"
That is when we started to get some real "money jobs" - I think it was $10 each per gig.  For a while the whole group lived together so we could practice (and party) without having to leave home.

The Mysterians also had one other novelty:  we would turn all the lights off and had a black light (untroviolet) lamp that would be the only source of illumination.  There was some element of the robes that would glow but the real reason was to hide the fact that the "second group"
was really the Viscounts.

I still stay in touch with Terry Coan, Bruce Neilson and Steve Bonar.  Also had an occasion to talk with Bob Hodgson a while back.  I have not played much since the Viscounts except for a couple of "sit ins"...still, there is always that chance of getting together with some of the guys for one last stand.

Gene Gillott, December 2004

Viscounts 1965 - Photo Courtesy of Terry Coan


Bud, Terry and Hugh

Terry, Bud and Hugh

Terry, Bud and Hugh got together for a jam rehersal.  Next time we will try and find a few more ex-Viscount or some players that had sat in with the band over the years.  I keep in touch with Bud and Hugh so It was easy to get together.

We had a blast jamming the old R&B tunes.  I had to play left hand bass as we lacked a bass player.  We hope to get together soon.  As you can see we are getting along in age.

Terry Coan, May 2013

Terry Coan

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Last Update:  9 July 2013
Credits: Brian Pulham, Ed Nadorozny, Chris Wolfe, Terry Coan, Gene Gillott, Steve Bonar, Gene Gillott, Lewis Hanson, Darryl Coan
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