Chilliwack formed in Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada) in 1970 from the ashes of a band called The Collectors.
Named after a city east of Vancouver, the band revolved around singer/guitarist/songwriter Bill Henderson and originally also included Glenn Miller (not that one!) on bass, guitar and backing vocals; Claire Lawrence on flute, saxophone, keyboards and backing vocals; and Ross Turney on drums.
They were later joined by guitarist Brian “Too Loud” MacLeod and bassist Ab Bryant.
The band had several Canadian hits in the 1970s and early ’80s, from their 13 albums: Chilliwack (1970); Chilliwack (1971); Music for a Quiet Time (1972); All Over You (1973); Riding High (1974); Rockerbox (1976); Dreams, Dreams, Dreams (1976); Lights from the Valley (1978); Breakdown in Paradise (1979); Wanna Be a Star (1981); Opus X (1982); Segue (1983) and Look In, Look Out (1984).
The single Lonesome Mary (1972) charted in Canada and the US (peaking at #75 on the Billboard Hot 100). The single Crazy Talk peaked at #98 in the US in January 1975. Fly at Night made it to #75 in the US in May 1977.
In the early 1980s, Brian MacLeod and Ab Bryant formed The Headpins as a side project.
Chilliwack called it a day in December 1988 and Brian MacLeod died in 1992 after a brief battle with cancer. He was just 39. Henderson reformed the band in 1997 with a new lineup and has continued to tour.
Original bassist, Glenn Miller, died on 4 March 2011 in Toronto after suffering from muscular dystrophy.
Bass, guitar, vocals
Flute, saxophone, keyboards, vocals