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Blue Angel (Montreal)

19 Aug 11 - 11:35 AM (#3209434)
Subject: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: Sandy Mc Lean

Bernie & Ruth MacLean perfofmed at the Blue Angel for many years before moving back home to Cape Breton. Anyone who remembers them may find this of interest:
Bernie & Ruth


19 Aug 11 - 11:45 AM (#3209439)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: GUEST,999

What a story. Beautiful.


19 Aug 11 - 11:53 AM (#3209445)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: GUEST,stew

I spent many a night at the Blue Angel in the 50' and 60's. Ruth and Bernie were very popular in Montreal. I could be wrong but as I recall (vaguely) they also played in a group called Scotty Stevenson and the Nighthawks. The great fiddler Paul Menard was also somehow mixed in with those folks. Ah, memories...
Stew


19 Aug 11 - 12:21 PM (#3209462)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: GUEST,999

Hi, Stew. I think they were called

Scotty Stevenson and the Canadian Nighthawks.

There seem to be a few free mp3 downloads on the net. fyi


19 Aug 11 - 01:03 PM (#3209484)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: Beer

Great story Sandy. You related?
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19 Aug 11 - 01:22 PM (#3209494)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: bobad

Lovely story, very touching. Love the line...."and suddenly they weren't young anymore", some of us can relate to that.


19 Aug 11 - 01:26 PM (#3209497)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: Sandy Mc Lean

Not related but come from the same neck of the woods.


19 Aug 11 - 01:34 PM (#3209503)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: gnu

I got water-eyes. sniff

Thanks, Sandy.


19 Aug 11 - 10:05 PM (#3209747)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: GUEST,bankley

I used to go down to the Blue Angel to see them. On Mondays there was an open mic hosted by Bob Fuller. However he didn't want anyone to play any song that was written after the mid-50s. He had a vast record collection and would sell a few near the stage. Paul Menard was a great fiddler. I met him when he was working with Doogie Trineer. He helped fixed the intonation on a guitar I had. He was also in Doogie's band 'The Hackamores' with Lou Giroux, a great pedal steel player, who ended up working with Ruth and Bernie at the Blue Angel for several years, but he had given up the jazz neck and stuck to the country stuff by then... there were a lot of fine players around in those days. And it was real Country..


20 Aug 11 - 10:21 AM (#3209921)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: GUEST,Stew

I was over to Bob Fuller's house with Grant Hewlett once or twice. I never saw as many LP's and records in one place. Barely room to move. Bob would create tapes made to order for people. All of this done in real time as there was no digital transfering in those days. I swear that if his house had caught fire they would have seen the smoke in Toronto!


20 Aug 11 - 11:36 AM (#3209942)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: Beer

Seen Bob about 6 months ago. Didn't look to good. Big man carrying a lot of weight.
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20 Aug 11 - 02:15 PM (#3210001)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: Sandy Mc Lean

In the 1950's when I was a kid there was a local show broadcast live on CJCB-TV called the Cape Breton Barn Dance. Bernie and Ruth were part of that show and they used to tour around local Cape Breton halls as well. One of the songs that they used to sing was a countrified cover of Satchmo's "On A Little Bamboo Bridge". Sometime in the early 70's I was in Montreal and went to the Blue Angel and I sent a request for that song written on a napkin and delivered to the stage by a waitress. They perhaps had not sung that in a very long time and I could tell that they were puzzled as to where in Hell the request came from but they did the song. At the next break they came to my table and asked where I had heard them sing it? When I explained we had a great talk. After they moved home to Cape Breton I was often a customer in their store and asked them why they didn't perform locally, but I guess they just burned out and wanted a change. Their son Robbie is a fine performer and carries on their tradition here though!


02 Sep 11 - 12:16 AM (#3216851)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: GUEST

Does anyone remember a singer with the first name "Vivian" at the Blue Angel"? Thanks


30 Sep 11 - 11:30 PM (#3232030)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: Sandy Mc Lean

Just an update note:
The access to the above newspaper clip has expired but there will be a benefit concert for Bernie and Ruth this afternoon. They have been having some health issues and hopefully this will be of help to them!
It will run from 2 until 7 PM Oct.1 at the Valley Mills Fire Hall (River Denys). Anyone in or near Cape Breton is encouraged to attend and participate. I intend to do a few songs myself.
                        Sandy


01 Oct 11 - 01:07 AM (#3232058)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: Bob Landry

I tuned into this thread too late to read the Herald article but I remember the Cape Breton Barn Dance on CJCB. The names Bernie and Ruth MacLean do ring a faint bell. I'd love to be in CB for the fundraiser but a 5400 km trek over the next 12 hours is a bit daunting. Enjoy making and listening to the music, Sandy. Best of luck in helping Bernie and Ruth.


01 Oct 11 - 10:35 PM (#3232429)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: Beer

Break a Leg Sandy.
"Never did like that good luck wish". However, have a great time.
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11 Dec 11 - 09:47 PM (#3272355)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: GUEST

You mentioned that there was a free download for scoty stevenson and the canadian nighthawks? The picture to the right does not look like the original band. Can you tell me how I can find downloads of the original band that played at the BLue Angel in the 50's-60's??


24 Jan 12 - 12:21 PM (#3295489)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: GUEST,Pete Berkeley

This is uncanny! I was trying to find information on Larry Douglass who played pedal steel for Ruthie and Bernie, and stumbled across this site. It certainly brings back memories.
I am from Trinidad in the Caribbean, but country music has always been my first love. When I moved to Montreal in 1965, I found the Blue Angel Cafe, and it almost became my second home for about two years.
I got to know Bernie and Ruthie McLean, their lead player Earl Martin, and their pedal steel player Larry Douglass fairly well - I spent a lot of time with them back stage between sets. I even played with Bob Fuller once in a while on his stand up base guitar. Larry built me my very first pedal steel guitar.
The Blue Angel set the stage for my stint as a country musician. I had a group "Nightshift" when I lived in Ottawa, and played the Ottawa Valley for several years - one of my favorite places to play was the New Byrne in Arnprior.
I was saddened to read recently on the web that several of my old country music friends have passed away - Larry Douglass, Earl Martin, Terry Carisse, Malcolm Long.
I now live in Louisville, Kentucky, and yes, I still play pedal steel - I own a ZB Custom which I purchased from Garney Scheels (Ottawa) - anyone remembers him?
If anyone out there remembers these folks I'd love to hear from them.
My e-mail is peter@tiad.us


12 Mar 12 - 11:42 PM (#3322034)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: Sandy Mc Lean

Since this thread has been refreshed I will post an update:
The benefit concert of Sept. past went well. I did a few songs and had a chat with Bernie. Some funds were raised but I am not sure of the amount now. However, sometime before Christmas someone broke into their small country store and stole from them more than what they could probably afford to lose. Sometimes I feel that no spot in Hell is hot enough for someone who would do this! As far as I know at this time Bernie is doing well but Ruthie still has some health issues. I wish them both well!


13 Mar 12 - 08:45 AM (#3322191)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: Beer

Thanks for the up-date Sandy.
Adrien


11 Jun 12 - 09:34 PM (#3362321)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: GUEST

Where is Bill Bland - fiddle?


11 Jun 12 - 09:53 PM (#3362328)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: Beer

GUEST!! What are you talking about? Did someone steal his fiddle?

Sandy, I received this e-mail last week... Do you know anything about it? I wrote back but have heard squat. Here is what I received.

"We are pleased to announce that with your support by signing the petition, Support a Memorial for the Bluebird Café fire victims of Sept. 1, 1972, we have won our battle. This year for the 40th anniversary of this tragic event, and to commemorate this sad date in the history of Quebec, a monument including the names of the 37 victims will be erected in Philipp's Square, and an exposition will be taking place at City Hall for 2 weeks.

You are invited to join us on August 31 and September 1, 2012 at Philipp's Square, Montreal.

To conclude our Mission, please take the time to respond if you are:
A survivor, A former customer, or a member of the family or a friend of a victim (which one)

You are invited to join us on our Facebook page to consult the schedule: The Bluebird Wagon Wheel Memorial Sept. 1, 2012 Montreal Quebec."


11 Jun 12 - 09:58 PM (#3362329)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: bobad

Here is a link to the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bluebird-Cafe-Wagon-Wheel-Fire-1972-Montreal-Quebec-37-Died-57-Injured/236395019741284?ref=ts


11 Jun 12 - 10:51 PM (#3362344)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: Sandy Mc Lean

Adrien,
The Bluebird and the Blue Angel were different spots. My foggy memory recalls that some bastard dumped gas and set a match in the entry of the Bluebird killing those innocent folks. I remember at the time confusing it with the Blue Angel when I heard the newscast. A very sad day!


11 Jun 12 - 11:13 PM (#3362349)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: Beer

Sorry Sandy, of course I knew that. Just wasn't paying attention. Thank God they are still behind bars. And i apologize for the mix up.
Bobad, I haven't been able to connect to their link. I will try your's now.
Adrien


21 Nov 13 - 01:53 AM (#3577604)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: GUEST,doug mcdonald

I stumbled onto this link and I am happy to be here. I knew Ruthie and Bernie at the Blue Angel, in fact I was just a very young guy and bought a red cowgirl outfit for Ruthie around 1966 0r 1967. I hope they are doing well. I am in B.C. now, so getting together would be extremely hard. Thanks for all the good memories you two.


21 Nov 13 - 11:18 PM (#3577918)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: GUEST

Refresh


02 Jan 14 - 12:19 AM (#3588255)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: GUEST,A. Clark

I played there for two years in the late eighties with Dakota.


31 Jan 14 - 09:38 PM (#3597207)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: GUEST

Blue was my second home.


01 Apr 14 - 05:29 PM (#3614374)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: GUEST,Paul Henry Dallaire

I remember playing the Blue Angel on a couple of occasions. I had a small time hit in Ottawa called "King of the Ottawa city Cowboy"

I was asked not to play my drum as I did a one man show and drums apparently were not allowed.
Anyway Bob Fuller said because I had come all the way from Ottawa it was okay.

I remember the long bar on the left as we walked in.
I can say I was there when it happened and that was the early eighties.
I think I had a gig at the Raceway Tavern in Ottawa then.
Thanks for the memories
Paul Henry/ Dallaire


01 Jun 14 - 03:29 AM (#3629452)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: GUEST,The son

Does anyone remember a lady by the name of Evelyn who used to hang around at the Blue Angel when Ruthie and Bernie played there during the 70's and maybe the early 80's. I never met them myself but heard their music. Fantastic.


02 Jun 15 - 03:48 PM (#3714052)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: GUEST,Tommy Burnside

I done a Solo Act at the Blue ANGEL in 1965 after finishing at the Monterrey. I remember Ruthie very well, WHAT A FANTASTIC VOICE she had.
Great Memories, when Montreal was full of Country bars, and great music.
Tommy Burnside


02 Jun 15 - 03:48 PM (#3714053)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: GUEST,Tommy Burnside

I done a Solo Act at the Blue ANGEL in 1965 after finishing at the Monterrey. I remember Ruthie very well, WHAT A FANTASTIC VOICE she had.
Great Memories, when Montreal was full of Country bars, and great music.
Tommy Burnside


02 Jun 15 - 03:53 PM (#3714054)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: GUEST


16 Jun 15 - 02:37 AM (#3716890)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: GUEST,peter fryer

I am married to Ruth and Bernie's second daughter Georgina. I am sad to tell you Scottie and his son were killed in a traffic accident on Vancouver Island. They were no a back road and hit by a logging truck on the morning of Scotties 50 wedding anniversary. The truck driver panicked and fled the scene. Two weeks later, he turned himself in. Ruth and Bernie are both still living in Nova Scotia.


09 Sep 15 - 12:05 AM (#3736360)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: GUEST,Ashlee

My uncle is Bernie MacLean and Ruthie is my aunt. I live in Nashville, Tn now and my mother has sent me an album cover of a record they did at the Blue Angel and I'm desperately trying to find a vinyl copy of the album to give to my mother and for myself. Bernie was my grandmother's brother. If anyone has any info where I can find it, it would be very much appreciated! Ashlee.macphee@gmail.com


09 Sep 15 - 08:42 AM (#3736424)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: GUEST,Stew

You might try to contact Bob Fuller in Montreal. He had a collection of LP's and 78's that went away back into the 30's and 40's. My friends and I used to go the Blue Angel regularly in the 1950's to catch Scotty and his band.


05 Dec 15 - 08:23 AM (#3755862)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: GUEST,Jo-Ann Hatting

Yes my mother used to hang around the Blue Angel with her sister Evelyn.


06 Jan 16 - 08:52 PM (#3763347)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: GUEST,robert menard,

Thanks for mentioning my dads name..I can remember my dad speaking highly of those exiting days.he used to tell me how nhl hockey players would drop in after the game.i live in ontario now, but still and never will forget my home and best city in canada montreal !i miss my dad and his amazing stories


23 Jan 18 - 02:39 PM (#3901312)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: GUEST,Claude Meldrum

I am a very old friend of Nancy Forbes who was my girlfriend throughout high school in Lachine, Quebec. We eventually drifted apart and I would often see Nancy at the Blue Angel Cafe who was then dating Johnny Brown the fiddle player. They eventually got married but Johnny passed away in 2007. My wife and I have tried everything to try and locate Nancy but to no avail. I have even spoken to old girl friends of Nancy's but no one has any idea where she lives. One friend thought she lived in a Mobile Park somewhere near or in Montreal. If anyone could shed some light as to where I could find Nancy, I certainly would appreciate it. Even after we parted ways we remained good friends.


23 Jan 18 - 02:42 PM (#3901315)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: GUEST,Claude Meldrum

Please reply to my message above regarding Nancy Forbes to my email address which is ccmeldrum@hotmail.com Thank you.


23 Jan 18 - 06:28 PM (#3901345)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: meself

"Thank God they are still behind bars." According to the National Post article, they were all out in 7 years.


04 Mar 18 - 09:30 PM (#3909480)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: GUEST,Farren Richardson

My father played at the blue angel in the early 50,s is name gòrdon richardson he was about 17 or 18 he also sang with robert goulet and scotty stevenson between 1953 and 1955 at the cafe


05 Jun 18 - 11:51 PM (#3929385)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: GUEST,Diane Rennie

I played the Blue angel is the late 60's and through out the 70's with Bob Fuller :) Also replaced Ruthie on occasion or Bernie. Larry Douglas was around then but came in on monday night to play the hillbilly nite. Lou Gerou not sure of the spelling of his last name but one hell of a steel player. I also played bass with the White River Bluegrass Band back then. Does anyone know where in NS Ruthie and Bernie live or have an addy for them?


21 Sep 18 - 10:48 AM (#3951990)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: GUEST,Diane Rennie

Bill is playing at the Wheel Club with the Monday nite crew from the Blue Angle. I also played with Bob Fuller every nite for years through the 70's and early 80s. I also replaced Ruthie on occasion when she was sick. It was a blast being a part of the country music scene.


21 Sep 18 - 11:06 AM (#3951994)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: GUEST,Diane Rennie

hi, I was wondering where Bernie and Ruthie are living now. I used to play with them on occasion and also Bob Fuller at the Blue Angle many years ago :)


21 Sep 18 - 11:19 AM (#3951997)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: GUEST

is this Ruthie's number??


21 Sep 18 - 11:31 AM (#3952000)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: meself

Sandy - Apologies if I"m out of line, but - do you think it's a good idea to post someone's phone number on here?

    We don't allow posting of personal phone numbers without the permission of the person whose number it is, so I deleted it. I have it available if somebody needs it.
    -Joe Offer, Mudcat Music Editor-
    joe@mudcat.org


25 Sep 18 - 06:00 PM (#3952829)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: Diane Rennie

Sad news, Bob Fuller passed away about a month ago :(


01 Oct 18 - 01:10 PM (#3954048)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: Diane Rennie

hi I used to play the Blue Angel back in the 70
s and 80's. Knew both Ruthie and Bernie very well. How is Ruthie doing now heard she was not well but dont know what is wrong :(


01 Oct 18 - 01:12 PM (#3954050)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: Diane Rennie

I am wondering if anyone is in contact with Perry Fishwick from the monday night crew for hillybilly nite. If you know of him or know how he is could you please post :)


25 Sep 20 - 12:35 PM (#4073086)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: GUEST,Sandy Mc Lean

Sad news : Ruthie has passed away   http://www.haverstocks.com/obituaries/148997


25 Sep 20 - 12:36 PM (#4073087)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: GUEST

http://www.haverstocks.com/obituaries/148997


25 Sep 20 - 05:24 PM (#4073106)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: GUEST,robmaclean

Hi Folks. I was researching and came across this thread so I thought I would jump in. I am Bernie and Ruthies son. Unfortunately we lost my mom on Tuesday Sept 22, 2020... if anyone has anything they would like to know about mom and dad I would be happy to help out. Cheers, Rob


25 Sep 20 - 05:29 PM (#4073108)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: GUEST

robmacleanmusic@gmail.com


19 Jan 21 - 11:30 AM (#4088794)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: GUEST

Does anyone remember Tommy Burnside. He was the Solo Act at the Blue Angel for a long time, and he packed the place every night. He had a great following in Montreal for sure.


16 Feb 21 - 11:55 AM (#4093403)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: GUEST,Tommy Burnside

Hi,
I am very sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother Ruth.
I was a Solo Act at the Blue Angel in 1965 when your Mother was Singing there with your Dad, and the band. I sang there for over a year. What a great talent your Mother had, a beautiful Voice
May she rest in peace, she touched so many people with her Talent, and her great love of people.
Yours Truly,
Tommy Burnside


21 Feb 21 - 09:35 PM (#4094204)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: GUEST,Diane Rennie

The Blue |Angle was my second home. Played many years there with Bob Fuller (Sheldons father) Best years of my life spent playing bass with Bob sometimes playing with Bernie when Ruthie was not well. Would love to hear from you.


31 Mar 21 - 07:53 PM (#4100205)
Subject: RE: Blue Angel (Montreal)
From: GUEST

Hi Diane, just talking with Dad and he said that they have you my Moms stand up bass and he was wondering if you still have it! He says hi and hope all is well with you! He just turned 89 a couple of weeks ago but he is still going strong! Take care and look forward to hear from you!   Rob MacLean