A Bit Of History
Toured with various groups in Canada including A&M’s David Bradstreet with
John Prine and Mercury Records Bill Hughes. Writer for a musical theatre show
featuring gifted students in Sarnia Ont. In his own band, Nudge, he toured
extensively in Ontario and eastern Canada.
Studio player in The London Ont. area and featured on many local commercials
and recording sessions.
Guitarist and featured performer on the Gene Maclellan television show “Put Your
Hand In The Hand” On that show he met Skip Prokop and joined him as guitarist
and vocalist on the “Live At Attica State “ album by Gene. Produced by Skip.
From there, he played in the MacKenzie Prokop Band and recorded an album “
Nobody’s Children “ as a fund raising tool for World Vision including live concerts
in conjunction with World Vision.
Played on many commercials and projects with Skip with various other artists,
including Alan Thicke, as a guitarist and vocalist.
With Skip and Bob McBride, recorded under the name “ Rock and A Hard Place
“ which was done at the CBC recording studio and eventually released on a
project called “ The Empty Heart Series”
Soon after that, Doug officially became the 27th hardest working man in show
business. A position he still holds to this day.
Received a call from Skip that Lighthouse was reforming and needed a bass
player and background singer. He then joined the band as the new bass player
and with Skip co-wrote most of the “Song Of The Ages” CD including the hit
“Remember The Times” which received good airplay across Canada. He has
been with Lighthouse for over 25 years.
Participated every year with Lighthouse and also without the band, for the Alan
Frew and Friends charity concerts in the Oakville Performing Arts Centre. He
played on stage with Alan Frew ,Jeff Healy, Joan Kennedy, Lorraine Segato and
with Dan Clancy.
Lighthouse has performed with The Moody Blues, Roger Daltry, The Doobie
Brothers. Alan Parsons, Procol Harum ,The Zombies, Todd Rundgren, Rick
Derringer, Blood Sweat and Tears just to name a few.
Recorded a smooth jazz cd with Skip. The group was called Valecrest and
featured several original songs written with Skip.
Some lesser known facts. BJ Thomas said “hi” to Doug in a hallway. Todd
Rundgren told Doug “to make it snappy” when in conversation with him. Jess
Walton, who plays Jill Abbott on the tv show The Young and the Restless, warned
Doug; if he ever told anyone else her address; she would kill him. There are too
many of these brushes with fame to mention. Let’s just say. Doug has been in the
same room or at least within a city block of many many celebrities and has
basked in their reflected glory on such occasions. For several years, the love of
his life was Marlyn MacCoo of the group The 5th Dimension. Although they have