The Poppy Family Biography

This Canadian folk rock quartet was fronted by Terry Jacks (29 March 1944, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) and Susan Jacks (b. Susan Peklevits, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada). Vancouver-based Terry led local group the Chessmen before teaming with, and later marrying, singer Peklevits. They later added guitarist/organist Craig MacCaw and percussionist Satwan Singh (who had played tabla with Ravi Shankar). The group had a transatlantic Top 10 hit with Terry’s song ‘Which Way You Goin’ Billy?’ in 1970, which they had recorded and originally released in the UK the previous year. They had four more US chart entries before Terry and Susan divorced and went separate ways professionally in 1973. Although Susan’s voice was the main feature of the Poppy Family her later recordings on Mercury Records and Epic had little success. Terry however had further success with a plaintive cover version of the Jacques Brel and Rod McKuen song ‘Seasons In The Sun’.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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