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The Original Caste One Tin Soldier(Japan Universal:UCIY|1303)
issued 2005/8
In JAPAN


Isao Sasaki(Tokyo,JAPAN)

Name
Personel
Birth
Resides now
Bruce Innes Leader,E.Guitar,Vocal Canada,Calgary 1943.01.07 Sun Valley, Idaho
Dixie Lee Stone(Innes) Lead Vocal Canada,Calgary 1946.05.14 Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Bliss Mackie Acoustic Guitar,Vocal Canada,Calgary 1943.05.19 1943 - 2004(Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
Graham Bruce E.Bass,Vocal Canada,Calgary 1940.11.07 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Joe Cavender Drums USA.Seattle 1944.05.18 Seattle, Washington @
Peter Brown Drums
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no clue where he is. Replaced in 1970 by Joe Cavender

The@Original Caste was started as the "North Country Singers" in 1966. They changed their name to "The Original Caste" in 1969. It was a group of five people with the married couple of Bruce and Dixee Lee Innes .

At first,they released two singles through DOT records,but made little success. In 1969,They made contract with T.A of the Bell Record . The single " One Tin Soldier "and the album of same title were released .

These were produced by Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter who became the leaders of the latter Dunhill Records. The group leader, Bruce composed several songs in this album. The excellent pop tunes were fully loaded to this album.

Title song "One Tin Soldier "is more popular in U.S.A. (No.34/Billboard Chart) than the next single "Mr. Monday" which became 460,000 copies selling mega hit in Japan (Gold Disk). Many cover records of "One Tin Soldier" have been issued by now. Especially, The Coven makes this tune appear to the US charts four times and it was used for the Original Sound Track of the Warner's Movie named "Billy Jack" . The person in charge's of this O.S.T. wanted to use the original version of The Original Caste , but the episode that The Coven of The Warner Record was in haste chosen because of the movie and record company's relation remains.

"Mr. Monday" made mega success and kept on NO.1 for six weeks in "All Japan Pop 20" of Japanese Radio , and was chosen as the NO.1 during year of 1970.

"One Tin Soldier" and "Mr.Monday" both tunes became NO.1 hits in Canada of their home country. They came to Japan twice, and two live albums were released, and participated in the Tokyo World Music Festival, and totally six singles were released in Japan and made great success. Afterwards, the solo album of Dixee was issued from the Bell Record, and the Greatest Hit Album was released only in Japan.

Now, Bruce says "We have many wonderful memories of Japan".

The music act of Bruce and Dixie is continuously for about eight years and the album "Back Home" was left after their original member's group were dissolved in1972 through the opposition with the Bell Records where a further pop taste is compelled to them. Their music taste was towards simple human songs.

Bruce and Dixie divorced in 1980. Now, Bruce are married to Wanda living in Idaho State, and keeps music act beside the work of CM Production . He is playing his inspired folk music in local concerts.

I hear Dixie lives in Victoria, British Columbia State of Canada.

2005 Homepage 2005.7.16
Bruce Innes, Cheryl Morrell and Gary,Carlson backed by various musicians including Chicago guitar legend Marv Jonesi

The Original Caste was started as the "North Country Singers" I formed it in 1966 and we changed our name to the Original Caste in 1969. We have many wonderful memories of Japan. This homepage is very good.(2001.1.5)

My friend, Steve Binder, was starting a label, TA Records, and asked me to be the head of A&R and a producer/writer. I accepted.At TA Records, we signed a group from Canada called The Original Caste. While they wrote songs as well, we wrote both "One Tin Soldier" and Mr. Monday for them. Shortly after, we produced the records.The Original Caste was a very good group and I remember having such a good time recording them because Dixie Lee Innes was truly a fantastic singer.(2002.12.4)


(USA:Billboard, JP: All JAPAN POP 20, Canada:chum100)

Year

Title

Composer

No.

USASS

JP
Canada
1968 I Can't Make It Anymore/Just Like Tom Thum Blues G. Lightfoot/Bob Dylan DOT17071

-

-

-
1968 Snakes And Ladders/I'm So Much In Love Bruce Innes/Vick Self DOT17138

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-

-
1969 One Tin Soldier/Live For Tomorrow Lambert&Potter Bell/TA186

34

7

1
1970 Mr. Monday /Highway Lambert&Potter/Bruce I. Bell/TA192

119

1

3
1970 Nothing Can Touch Me/Country Song Lambert&Potter/Bruce I. Bell/TA197

114

-

-
1970 Leaving It all Behind/A Picture Of Bob Dylan Lambert&Potter Bell88632JP

-

8

-
1970 Ain't That Tellin' You People /Watch the Children Lambert&Potter Bell/TA204

117

11

-
1971 Come Together/Nothing Can Touch Me Bruce I./Lambert&Potter Bell88043JP

-

12

-
1972 When Love Is Near/ Sault Ste. Marie Roger Nicholls/Bruce I. Bell/TA211

-

-

-
1973 Don't Stop Now/Overdose Of The Blues Bruce Innes Century IICA

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-

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1974 Give Me The Good News/We Will Live Together Dennis Coats/Bruce I. Century IICA

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Japanese Singles(1970~71)

The Original Caste' First Single by Dot Records
I Can't Make It Anymore/Just like Tom Thumbs Blues/DOT17071/1968

(written by # Lambert&Potter *Bruce Innes)

One Tin Soldier
Greatest Hits
Live In Japan.Vol.1
Live In Japan.Vol.2
1970Bell/TA5003
1971Bell68007/JP
1971Bell68003/JP
1971Bell68003/JP
One Tin Soldier#
Mr. Monday
#
Country Song
*
A Picture Of Bob Dylan
#
Nothing Can Touch Me
#
Leaving it All Behind
#
Watch The Children
#
Highway
*
Sweet Chicago
*
Live For Tomorrow
#
Mr.Monday#
Leaving It All Behind
#
Come Together
*
Sault Ste.Marie
*
Nothing Can Touch Me
#
One Tin Soldier
#
Ain't That Telling You People
#
When Love Is Near
I Just Want To Be Your Friend
#
Thirsty Boots
Mighty Mississippi
Mr.Monday
#
Mr.Monday#
I Just Want To Be Your Friend
#
I Prithee Do Not Ask For Love
Come Together
*
Simple Song Of Freedom
A Hard Loving Loser
One Tin Soldier
#
Me And Bobby McGee
Sault Ste.Marie
*
Ain't That Telling You People
#
Son Of A Preacher Man
Hey Jude
Mr.Monday
#
I Just Want To Be Your Friend#
Leaving On A Jet Plane
Early Morning Rain
First Train
Mighty Mississippi
Make It With You
Interview
Thirsty Boots
Seasons In The Sun
Country Song
*
Don't Think Twice
Yesterday
Highway
*
Back Home
Dixie Lee Innes
Chinook(Dixie Lee Innes)
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1974CenturyII/ST17001
1972Bell 6074
1977PLP R-62941
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Slide Up Under My Shoulder
Underground
*
We Will Live Together
*
Give Me Goods News
Written All Over Me
If He Don't Have No Love
*
Butte, Montana
*
Last Highway Song
Overdose Of The Blues
*
Station Wagon Melody
*
Pronpinquinty
Black Paper Roses
Too Much Rain
Hymn
Friends With You
Four Strong Winds
Seems Like A Long Time
The Dolphins
Sing Children Sing
Nous Vivons Ensemble
Watch Me Fly*
A Little Love
*
You Gotta Shake It For The People
*
Spain
*
Rock and Rol
l
When I First Fell in Love
*
Queen Of Colby,Kansas
*
Losers Get The Blues
Sea Of City Life*
Take It Off
*
(*Bruce Innes-P.Clarke).
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1990 "One Tin Soldier" -'Made In Canada , Volume Two1969-1974(BMG)(KCD1-7157)
1998 "Mr.Monday"-The Difinitive 70's Lost Singles Collection Vol.1(One By One:ONECD-70201)
2001 "One Tin Soldier"-The Radio Years,Vintage Pop File Again! (One By One:ONECD-70221).
2003"One Tin Soldier"-One Hit Wonders"(K-tel ECD3840)Re-take version
2005FThe Original Caste One Tin Soldier(Japan Universal:UCIY|1303)
Made In Canada , Volume Two1969-1974 One Hit Wonders/K-Tel One Tin Soldier/Japan Universal

Thanks To:Bruce Innes,Dennis Lambert,Hiroshi Matsumoto,Hiroshi Asada,Aki Ishikawa

iSince 2000.12.29-Updated 2005.11.6)