Denise McCann - Tattoo Man
Label: Butterfly Records - FLY 009,SOS Recording - FLY 009 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: Sweden • Genre: Electronic, Funk / Soul, Folk, World, & Country • Style: Country, Ballad, Disco
A native of Iowa, Denise McCann grew up in a musical family and began her journey as a teen, singing in the church choir and high school musicals. In '67, having moved to California, she was at the inaugural Monterey Pop Festival. Although not in the lineup, she did get a unique memorable experience out of it. She spent the rest of the decade on the circuit honing her craft at local coffee houses as a folk Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orchestra - Sounds Of The Great Bands!. Her sound and image quickly took on a more pop-feel as she toured BC with Hot Crackers.
She landed some work Lose 4 - Hideaki Kobayashi - Initial D Arcade Stage - Sega Original Tracks and performing commercial jingles before being signed to a deal with American based Butterfly Records in '76, with Canadian distribution through RCA.
She assembled a backing band together that included future Powder Blues frontman Tom Lavin, and released the single "It Still Hurts" early the next year. Though the song failed to live up to expectations, the record company suggested she alter her sound again, tailoring another song to the disco crowd.
The song "Tattoo Man" was the next single out, and before long it was in the top 20, released in Denise McCann - Tattoo Man 7" and 12" versions including a "special disco version" and one backed with "Either Way" a song that never later appeared elsewhere.
The album cracked the top 20 in Canada and the title track went to number one in some US cities. But disco's eventual demise was in the air, and the sophomore lp was met with lacklustre response - despite being a more well thought-out effort. The title-track was released as a single and although it cracked the top 40, it stalled shortly thereafter. That summer she found herself on the ballot at that year's Junos, nominated for most promising female Denise McCann - Tattoo Manbut lost to Colleen Peterson.
She was nominated again two years later in the same category, but again lost, this time to Claudja Barry - another to lay claim to the title of 'Canada's Disco Queen'. Following that tenure, she Denise McCann - Tattoo Man experimenting with different sounds. The Headpins were looking for a singer, but McCann's sultry dance-image didn't quite fit the puzzle, lasting a little over a year, before the band began recording their debut in with new singer Darby Mills.
For the most part McCann all but disappeared from the music scene after marrying Randy Bachman in Though she toyed with this project and that, she didn't appear on record again until '92, on husband Randy's ANY ROAD - co-writing and doing bg vocals on a few tracks. She formed The Black Velvet Band with Jo Lundstrom and Denise McCann - Tattoo Man Warner, performing their unique brand of Irish traditional music at various folk festivals until disbanding in Always a strong advocate on conservation issues, she drew attention that same year when she joined forces with Andrea Collins Phil's ex-wife and painter Robert Bateman's wife.
The three posed nude for a calendar, with proceeds to help stop the development and subsequent deforestation of Saltspring Islands, off the coast of Victoria.
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