The Bells

70s Canadian pop band

Biography

The Bells were a Canadian rock band formed in 1965 in Montreal. The band had two hit singles in the early 1970s. Featuring South African natives Ann and Jackie Ralph as well as Cliff Edwards, Doug Gravelle and Gordie McLeod, the group started in 1965 as "The Five Bells". Cliff and Ann married in 1967 and when their first child was born Ann retired to raise their family on a hobby farm in Warkworth, Ontario.

The Five Bells first hit in 1969 with "Moody Manitoba Morning", followed in 1970 — after shortening their name and Ann leaving to raise their family — with "Fly Little White Dove Fly", which became a Top 10 hit in Canada. Piano player Frank Mills joined The Bells for a short period from 1970 to 1971, after which he pursued a successful solo career, the highlight of which was the #3 1979 U.S. hit single "Music Box Dancer". Mills was replaced by piano player Dennis Will who remained with the band through to the end. Charlie Clark also joined the band in 1970 as a guitarist and vocalist; he now lives in Saint John, New Brunswick.

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