The Good Brothers
The Good Brothers with Lou Moore on double bass in Kaufbeuren, Germany
|Origin||Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada|
|Labels||Columbia, RCA, Solid Gold, Savannah, Hogtown|
John P. Allen
The Good Brothers are a Canadian country, bluegrass and folk music group originating from Richmond Hill, Ontario. The band's core members are Brian Good (guitar), his twin brother Bruce Good (autoharp) and younger brother Larry Good (banjo).
Brian and Bruce Good initially joined guitarist James Ackroyd to form the band James and the Good Brothers in 1967. Their self-titled album was released on Columbia Records in 1971. After a tour itinerary throughout North America, including a Toronto concert opening for Grand Funk Railroad, the Goods wished to return to Canada while Ackroyd sought to continue in the United States.
In 1973, younger brother Larry Good joined the twins to form a new band which first performed 14 May 1974 in Toronto at The Riverboat club. Since then, the band has extensively toured Canada, United States and Europe. Their role in Canadian music was strengthened by winning the Juno Award for Country Group or Duo for eight consecutive years from 1977 to 1984.
In 1980, the group signed to Solid Gold Records. Their first two singles were covers - Van Morrison's Brown Eyed Girl, and Ace's How Long. While the latter single failed to chart, its b-side, an original song called Hot Knife Boogie, from their Live LP, recorded at Toronto's Horseshoe Tavern (as were both sides of the former single) and featuring The Powder Blues Band, was popular on college campus radio stations, and received some play on FM rock stations like Toronto's Q107. It would later be included on their 2008 compilation LP, Restricted Goods
The Good Brothers were supplemented by other musicians such as John P. Allen (fiddle) and Bruce's son Travis Good of The Sadies (guitar and mandolin). Travis was a regular member of The Good Brothers when Larry took a leave of absence throughout the 1990s.
The 1988 single entitled "You Won't Fool This Fool This Time" was written by Bernie LaBarge. It reached No. 14 on the Canadian country charts.
In 1996 the Good Brothers provided entertainment at the Queen's Park Provincial Legislature's Canada Day celebrations in Toronto, Ontario.
In 2003 the Good Brothers performed at the Palmer Rapids Twin Festival, in Palmer Rapids, Ontario.
In 2006 the band released a gospel album, Blind Faith, and then headed out on their 29th tour of Europe.
|1971||James and the Good Brothers||—||52||—||Columbia|
|1975||The Good Brothers||—||58||—||RCA Victor|
|1977||Pretty Ain’t Good Enuff||—||72||—|
|1978||Doin' the Wrong Things Right||6||67||—|
|1979||Some Kind of Woman||9||49||—|
|1982||Person to Person||—||—||—|
|1986||Delivering the Goods||—||—||—||Savannah|
|1990||Live Fast, Love Hard||—||—||—|
|1994||So Many Roads||22||—||—|
|1996||Gone So Long (Live in Europe)||—||—||—||Hogtown|
|2001||One True Thing||—||—||—|
|2005||Live at the Rattlesnake Saloon||—||—||—|
|CAN Country||CAN||CAN AC|
|1976||"That's the Kind of Man I Am"||20||—||—||The Good Brothers|
|1978||"Cowboy from Rue St. Germain"||30||—||—||Pretty Ain't Good Enuff|
|"Truck Driver's Girl"||16||—||—||Doin' the Wrong Things Right|
|"Please Come Back to Me"||—||25||12|
|1979||"Let Love Go"||45||—||—|
|"Some Kind of Woman"||19||—||30||Some Kind of Woman|
|1980||"Brown Eyed Girl"||15||—||2||Live|
|1981||"Fox on the Run"||—||—||—|
|"Summertime"||6||—||—||Person to Person|
|1983||"Person to Person"||—||—||—|
|"Hold Out"||27||—||—||Live 'n Kickin'|
|1986||"This Could Be Serious"||31||—||—||Delivering the Goods|
|1987||"Better Off Alone"||19||—||20|
|"High Rollin' Heart"||22||—||—|
|"Gone So Long"||8||—||—|
|1988||"You Won't Fool This Fool This Time"||14||—||—|
|1990||"Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young"||14||—||—||Live Fast, Love Hard|
|"She Told Me So"||10||—||—|
|"Why Baby Why"||20||—||—|
|1991||"We Don't Always See Eye to Eye"||10||—||—|
|1994||"That's What Highways Are For"||10||—||—||So Many Roads|
|"I Really Dug Myself a Hole This Time"||9||—||—|
|1995||"The Shape I'm In"||63||—||—|
|"Don't Know Much About Love"||—||—||—|
|2002||"What the Hell I've Got"||—||—||—||One True Thing|
|"Honey and Heartache"||—||—||—|
- Martin Melhuish (23 April 1977). Juno 1977. Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 76–. ISSN 0006-2510.
- "Canada '96", The Toronto Star, 28 June 1996
- Palmer Rapids Twin Festival Souvenir Program, July 2003
- Quill, Greg, "Good move toward gospel", The Toronto Star, 5 October 2006.
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