Original Members (Aug 68 - 15 Aug
Busby ~ Drums
Steve Cartmell ~ Hammond B3
Jim Harmata ~ Guitar
Ian Hood ~ Drums
Jayson Hoover ~ Vocals
Bob Kidd ~ Bass
McCormick ~ Roadie
(15 Aug 69 - May 71)
Chapelas ~ Bass
Al Foreman ~ Hammond Organ, Vocals
Donny Gerrard ~ Bass, Vocals
Lou Hoover ~ Drums
Keith Kemp - Hammond Organ
Lorne (Flag) McGee ~ Lead Guitar
Ken Wain ~ Hammond B3
In Memory of
The Trials of Jayson Hoover had three incarnations with different players:
One - The original group from September of 1968 thru September of 1969.
Steve Cartmell, Jim Harmata, Ian Hood, Jayson Hoover, Bob Kidd
The Trials of Jayson Hoover ( TJH ) were originally formed in late August of 1968, shortly after Jayson Hoover and The Epics disbanded. The Epics were one of the successful R&B groups in the Vancouver area, playing regularly from late 1965 through the summer of '68. Inseparable friends Jimmy Harmata on guitar and Bob kidd on bass met Jayson at the Shanghai junk on Main Street for the first time in the spring of 1965, shortly after he arrived in Vancouver from Alberta.
The Epics disbanded in the summer of 1968 when Hoover, Harmata and Kidd decided to do music full time. Steve Cartmell and Randy Busby on drums, both who had been playing with Kentish Steele previously, were recruited by Harmata, Hoover and Kidd to form the new group. Busby, who was in the original press photo, went back to rejoin Kentish almost immediately, and after auditioning a dozen or so drummers at Diamond Jim's Night Club in September 68, Ian Hood was chosen.
Trials of Jayson Hoover - Cartmell & Harmata - February 1969
Jack Herschorn, who did some bookings for the Epics and the new group, coined the name "The Trials of Jayson Hoover" around October of '68, and this was the name applied to the first record release. "Kingsize" written by Harmata and Hoover, was released in November, although the song was recorded originally by The Epics months previously.
By May of 1969 the R&B songs were reduced to about a third of the material with most of the songs coming from the current music of psychedelic and classic rock. Prime influences on the band were Sly & The Family Stone, Stax, Motown, Booker T, and Traffic. Uriah Heep, Mandala, Vanilla Fudge and Led Zeppelin were a big influence from sharing Vancouver concerts in '68 & '69.
The Trials of Jayson Hoover were contracted by promoters as the opening act at the Pacific Coliseum for a concert on December 28, 1968 with Vanilla Fudge headlining. We had a single on the local chart at the time and were well known on the local scene. The main reason though for getting the gig was we had to let both groups use my Hammond B3 and leslies.
So The Trials of Jayson Hoover opened, Led Zeppelin played next & Vanilla Fudge played last. AM radio widely advertised the concert mentioning Vanilla Fudge with heavy airplay. As strange as it may seem today, no one at the time knew who Led Zeppelin was. The problem was that at the time they had been in N. America for less than a week and the FM stations didn't receive the advance promotional copies of their debut album until 20 days later on January 17, 1969. It was interesting then that only Vanilla Fudge were billed and heavily promoted,The Trials had airplay on AM of their single "Kingsize" and that Led Zeppelin received only limited mention on air with no airplay by the local DJs in the week just before the concert. "
From October of 68 thru February of 69, TJH played several local clubs, Diamond Jim's, Lasseter's Den and as the house band at Phaoroh's Retreat. March and April 1969 TJH played six nights a week at The Palm Gardens in Portland, OR. In late spring and the summer 0f '69 many one time shows were played throughout BC and Alberta. Other noteable events were with Uriah Heep at The Garden Auditorium in Vancouver, The Aldergrove Rock Festival, and in Edmonton with The Guess Who.
Two - The second incarnation was September 1969 thru September of 1970.
Jim Harmata, Ian Hood, Jayson Hoover, Bob Kidd, Ken Wain, George Chapelas, Keith Kemp.
Cartmell left to join The Mojo C.O. with The Collins Brothers in late August 0f 1969. Ken Wain, formerly of The Painted Ship, came in on hammond organ was recruited for his playing and writing skills. Shortly after Ken Wain left the group in March of 1970, so did Bob kidd on bass.
They were replaced on organ and bass by Keith Kemp & George Chapelis in April.
TJH changed their name to Anvil Chorus in January of 1970 to reflect the heavier sound they had developed during 1969 as Trials of Jayson Hoover. When Keith Kemp left in the Autumn of 1970 they played afterward for a while without an organ player.
In late 1969, except for Kingsize, all subsequent 45 releases were recorded by Harmata, Hood, Hoover, Kidd & Wain as TJH. These were done at Tom Northcott's studio in Vancouver, on the New Syndrome label, before they changed their name. For release dates see discography below.
Most were written by Ken Wain or by Jimmy Harmata & J. Henderson (Hoover)
Their biggest hit "Rhythm is the Way" by Harmata/Henderson was months later released in Europe on at least three different labels in Germany, France & Spain.
Three - The third incarnation was November 1970 thru May of '71.
Al Foreman, Jim Harmata, Donny Gerrard, Ian Hood, Lou Hoover, Jayson Hoover, Flag McGee.
In November of '70 Harmata and Hoover decided to restructure the group, bringing in Al Foreman & Donny Gerard on organ and bass. With Jayson, this made the group's vocals the strongest it had ever been as both Al & Donny were also top notch singers. Rehearsals began in Vancouver with the new members at this time. Early in '71, Donny Gerard was offered a prestigious club gig in Honolulu. The club owner wanted The Night Train Revue. Donny then included Flag McGee who was also a previous Night Train member, as were Al, Lou & Donny.
So the new TJH five member lineup, along with three horn players, fulfilled the club gig in Hawaii as The Night Train Revue, which lasted two months, from late February '71 thru the middle of April '71.
Shortly after returning to Vancouver the new TJH lineup - Foreman, Gerrard, Harmata, McGee, Lou & Jayson Hoover, went to the Cirque Electrique night club, in Quebec City, during April & May. During that gig Lou Hoover & Flag McGee left early on. Ian Hood was brought back to replace Lou Hoover. It was all over by early June of 1971 when Jayson went solo. Donny Gerrard went to L.A. joining Skylark. Harmata and Foreman carried on eventually becoming Scrubbaloe Caine.
Trials of Jayson Hoover at the Free Store 1049 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver - 1971
Jim Harmata, Donny Gerrard, Al Foreman, Lou Hoover, Jayson Hoover, roadie KM seated, unknown Free Store freak in sailor garb and the late Lorne (Flag) McGee.
TRIALS OF JAYSON HOOVER
1968 King Size/Baby I Love You (New
1969 Rhythm Is The Way/We Were Happy (New Syndrome) NS-100
1970 Words/Together (New Syndrome)
1970 Ride Captain, Ride/Are You Ready (New Syndrome) NS-107
1970 Rust To Dust/Her Man The Dry Cleaner (New Syndrome) NS-110
as JAYSON HOOVER
1971 Everything's Alright/60 Minute Man
(New Syndrome) NS-121
1971 Freedom Train/We Are All People (Kapp) K-2132
European re releases were all released as The Anvil Chorus including Rhythm is The Way
To hear some of these recordings please
go to these YouTube links:
Baby, I Love You https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAErVB2yLlY
We Were Happy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYT5vhR5_u8
Rhythm is The Way https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JHlwTJ84ZY
Get Together https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOE0ekdYBJ4
Steve Cartmell, September 2015
It would be great to hear from anyone who remembers the group. We are also looking for any pictures or posters of the band from back in the day. Please email sc3 @ live.ca
Steve Cartmell, December 2013
Photo Courtesy of Tom Thomas - Provided by Kim McCormick