Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades: 2000s


An underachieving melodic rock act formed in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, in 1975, Harlequin attracted a modicum of interest over a multi-album career without ever threatening to break into the mainstream. Originally comprising George Belanger (vocals), Glen Willows (guitar), Gary Golden (keyboards), Ralph James (bass) and David Budzak (drums), they made their debut for Epic Records in 1978 with Victim Of A Song. The follow-up, 1980’s Love Crimes, is widely considered to be the band’s strongest set, with Willows’ guitar and Golden’s keyboards moulding a distinctive AOR sound. Subsequent albums failed to produce any showing in the US charts, however, and a number of personnel changes hindered the band’s progress. Despite splitting up at the end of the decade, they have occasionally reunited to play on the popular Canadian revival circuit.

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