The Medicine Hat Teen Hall played host to many local and Alberta groups such as Wes Dakus and the Rebels from Edmonton The Esquires from Calgary, The Checkers from Lethbridge, The Nomads from Edmonton, The Falcons from Calgary( with future Three Dog Night drummer Floyd Sneed), The Shades ( with Tommy Chong of Cheech and Chong) and many more. In addition it was a stopover for many travelling groups including Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs who had the number one song in North America in 1963. For the cost of $1.25 you could stand 3 feet in front of the stage and watch the band. There were no barriers or security guards…music the way it was meant to be presented. Below is an audio clip of their big hit.
The Fireballs- Sugar Shack (audio)
Another of the acts that would often play the Teen Hall in the late 50s and early 60s. Buddy Knox had a worldwide hit with the song Party Doll in 1957. He would pull up to the side door of the Teen Hall in his Cadillac and U Haul trailer and the band would bring in their own equipment and set it up themselves. For $1.25 you could stand as close to the stage as you wanted. How cool!! Below is audio for the song that made a living for Buddy for the rest of his life.
Buddy Knox- Party Doll (audio)
The Esquires from Calgary were always a favourite at the Teen Hall. They were very professional in their presentation as well being very accomplished players and were especially strong as an instrumental band playing material by the Shadows and the Ventures. L to R Nes Davidson, Alf Cook, Mark Hornby and Greg Thomas. Greg went on to be a high profile agent and manager for the next 50 years and Mark Hornby fronted some of Calgary’s most popular party bands until about 2010. This was one of my favourite groups at the time and I can recall standing close to the stage to carefully watch where the fingers were placed on the guitar. Below is a audio clip for the song Green Surf which received radio play right across the country.
The Esquires- Green Surf (audio)