A Passing Fancy

From: Toronto, ON, Canada

This Toronto CA band, originally called the Dimensions, was formed at Downview Secondary School in July, 1965 by Brian Price (organ, vocals), with brothers Jay Telfer (rhythm guitar) and Ian Telfer (bass), Phil Seon (guitar) and Greg Hershoff (drums). The Dimensions were managed by Bernie Finkelstein, (future president of True North Records), who had also been a student at Downsview. The ensemble changed their name to A Passing Fancy in January, 1966 when Finkelstein left to take over the management of the Paupers. By this stage, Rick Mann (bass) had replaced Ian Telfer and the new line-up began to gig extensively on the local scene and in high schools across southern Ontario. In September, 1966, Steve Wilson (drums) replaced Hershoff.

After landing a record deal with Columbia, the group released its first single (‘I’m Losing Tonight’ b/w ‘A Passing Fancy’) in February, 1967, which peaked at #22 on the CHUM chart. Their follow up single was released soon after and contains the outstanding slow and simple Jay Telfer penned ditty ‘Sounds Silly’ on its B-side.

In March, 1968, Price left the band to pursue a career in dentistry and was replaced by Fergus Hambleton (organ, vocals) and Brian Smith (guitar). The band really started to splinter when, after appearing on the CBC’s ‘Let’s Go’ TV show, Jay Telfer was abruptly fired by the band’s management. Unhappy with this new direction, Seon and Mann left shortly thereafter and, a few months later in June, 1968, the remaining members of the group followed suite.

In July, 1968 the group’s management decided to reform A Passing Fancy around Hambleton and brought in new members Ron Forster (guitar), Dan Troutman (bass) and Wally Cameron (drums). The new line up recorded four tracks, which their management took to Boo Records, which helped piece together an LP worth of material and released a lone single (‘Your Trip’ b/w ‘Island’), but it sold poorly. The self-titled album, which featured all of the Columbia singles was released in November 1968 and, like the Boo single, it too failed to make an impression despite the band holding down a residency at the El Patio throughout the latter part of 1968 and early 1969. By June 1969, the band had broken up for good.

——  Band information courtesy Technicolor Web of Sound

Tracks played on Psychedelicized…

From the 1968 album A Passing Fancy
A Passing Fancy

  • Island
  • People In Me
  • Sounds Silly