Luke & The Apostles’ Been Burnt: 1960s-70s Musical Canadiana; Hear Where I’m Coming From?

I remember seeing Luke & The Apostles when they opened for Jefferson Airplane at Okeefe Centre, July ’67. They were so excellent and so big time up there as support for Gracie (Slick)! We loved the Airplane but Luke & The Apostles were local gods to us!

As an aside, my father had a very upscale custom tailor (Henry Faber) store on Yonge St. and in the early days, when suits were in as band uniforms, I believe he actually made Luke & The Apostles a set.

What a gutsy vocal; I love Luke Gibson‘s take no prisoner attitude in this! Been Burnt has all the rock/bluesy elements that we all loved to listen to and emulate playing. That kind of stop time feel thing going on over the continuous drum groove, Mike McKenna‘s wailin’ guitar and that beautiful cut time feel change electrifies your ears every time you hear this tune; even to this day. I’d say they definitely carved their niche in the Toronto Sound with this one!

Let’s do it! We’ll set the way-back to 1965, and get into Luke & The Apostles playing Been Burnt

Personnel as determined: Luke Gibson vocal; Mike McKenna guitar; Peter Jermyn organ; Jim Jones bass; Rick McMurray drums.

*I have absorbed, inhaled and envisioned every note of this music; this music which has allowed my musical candle to burn incessantly for decades; a musical candle causing a burn that feels so GOOD; a hurt allowing me to create until I can’t. I gratefully acknowledge my Canadiana musical roots with this blog.


2 thoughts on “Luke & The Apostles’ Been Burnt: 1960s-70s Musical Canadiana; Hear Where I’m Coming From?

  1. how lucky was i to have found your site when i googled “henry faber, toronto, clothing”. picked up one of your father’s winter coats in hamilton for a mere $10 earlier this year. it was in a state of disrepair but i loved the detail – the patterned wool material, chic lining and dapper cut. invested some good money to breathe new life in it and have never looked back … well almost never … wanted to know more about the man behind the coat and here i am. coincidentally, i lived on the eastcoast for a time and was blessed to have the wonderfully gifted and generous doug riley in our midst. we went to every concert and afterhours jam we could to hear dr. music rock the hammond b3. thx for taking me down memory lane. i’m off now to google to try and find out more about our dad! i’m trying to narrow down the age of the coat, handmade for a “mr. davy”.

    • Thanks for connecting Lou. Henry Faber was actually my Grandfather (my oldest of 3 sons is named after him). He and I were very close and I grew up in that store of almost 75 years when it closed. My band practised in the factory in back after hours. Henry Faber was then as my son is now, a huge part of the cityscape of their time. All the best. A

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