Poppy Family, The

From: Vancouver, BC, Canada

The Poppy Family formed in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1966 when Terry Jacks (guitar, vocals) met Susan Pesklevits (vocals) and formed a band called the Powerline. They eventually evolved into the Poppy Family after signing to the London label in 1968. The rest of the band consisted of Craig McCaw (guitar, sitar, organ), Satwant Singh (tablas, bongos, percusion), Doug Edards (bass) and Ron Johnson (piano).

The band’s most successful single was “Which Way You Goin’ Billy?”, which made it all the way to #2 in the US in the fall of 1969. The success of the single prompted the release of a debut album with the same title, which includes the amazing “Free From The City” and “There’s No Blood In Bone.” While recording the album, Terry and Susan got married with Susan taking on the surname Jacks.

The Poppy Family released a follow up album, Poppy Seeds, in 1971. The album did well in Canada, but failed to chart in America. The band separated in 1973 after Susan and Terry divorced. Terry went on to have a successful solo career in Canada and had an international hit with his cover of “Seasons In The Sun” in the spring of 1974

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From the 1968 album Which Way You Goin’, Billy?

  • Free From The City
  • There’s No Blood In Bone