Genres: Pop / Rock
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Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Klaatu was a Canadian rock trio led by vocalist, songwriter and drummer Terry Draper, who formed around 1975 along with John Woloschuk and Dee Long. The band’s main claim to fame was that for a brief period a rumour circulated that Klaatu might actually be the Beatles in disguise. The first single by Klaatu - whose name was that of the robot alien in the classic 50s movie The Day The Earth Stood Still - was ‘Doctor Marvello/California Jam’, a minor hit in Canada on Daffodil Records and picked up in the USA by Island Records. Switching to Capitol Records in 1976, the band released a single titled ‘Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft’. Along with its b-side ‘Sub Rosa Subway’ and the accompanying album, Klaatu (titled 3:47 E.S.T. in Canada), the band’s sound closely resembled that of the latter-day Beatles, and when the trio included no biographical material with its recordings, and supplied its record company with no...

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