Could You Ever Love Me Again?
I May Never See You Again
It Might As Well Rain Until September
It's Alright My Darling
Born in Charlottetown, PEI, Gary Weeks moved to the Toronto area with his family as a child. It was while in school he met Newmarket, Ontario native Dave Beckett (real name David Lloyd George Beckett). From then on right up through their times at the University of Western Ontario, they played in several bands together, most notably The Diplomats and Edgar & The Allan Poes.
In the summer of '66 their band The King Bees took part in the London, Ontario concert for United Appeal. They entered a talent contest and finished fourth out of 500 acts, leading to a deal with RCA Victor later that year. The 45 "Little Girl" b/w "What's Your Name" - both written by the other two members of the group, Gordon Knight and Gary Latimer - was met mostly with indifference from the listening public. After a year or so, things weren't going as planned, and Weeks and Beckett struck out as a duo, and The King Bees were dead soon after.
On their own, Gary & Dave mostly worked the club circuit for a year, developing an act that saw them mix their own material in between covers. Weeks was the straight man while Beckett adopted more of a comedic style. Together their impersonations and off the cuff material like a kazoo version of Lighthouse's "One Fine Morning" caught on overseas, particularly in Holland, leading to a European tour.
Upon their return, they spent some time at Toronto Sound and Manta Sound over the next while, putting some ideas to tape while working their way up to the festivals circuit. The following year they were in Osaka, Japan, playing at the 1970 World's Fair that summer. That same year they also released their debut single, "Tender Woman" b/w "I'm A Rider" on Quality Records to little fanfare.
They eventually signed a deal with Gary Hambleton and Axe Records in '72, releasing their debut album with him as producer, the following spring. Session players on the album incuded Hambleton's brother Fergus and Seb Agnello on guitars, and horn arrangements by 'Dr Music' Doug Riley. All originals, TOGETHER included the first single - Hambleton's "Can't You Do It Now?," was the first single released, and the album was a mix of pop and AOR. Although "Here It Comes Again" stalled at #47, "Could You Ever Love Me Again" became #1 in Canada, and spent 27 weeks on the charts and though it barely cracked the top 100 in the US, it was also a #7 hit in Australia, and was released in 22 countries. A year later, it was also covered by 12 year old Michel Lesage, who took it to the top of the French charts.
The lead-off "I Fell In Love With You Sometime" was the third single off the album, making it to #25 early in '74. Several cross-Canada tours included the opening slot on The Stampeders' tour, and even hosted their own show on CBC TV for awhile.
Their follow-up was ALL IN THE PAST later that year, much in the same formula as its predecessor, and with much the same supporting cast. Their cover of Carol King's "It Might As Well Rain Until September" b/w the non-album "September Lady Theme" was the first single out of the gate, eventually reaching #31. Next up was "I May Never See You Again" b/w Fergus Hambleton's "I Think I Know You," which made it to #39. "I May Never See You Again" was the last time they were in the top 40, making it to #35.
Outside music, they shared a passion for flying, and both left to work for Airtransit STOL Canada, a commuter airline from Toronto to Ottawa. The project failed, and they were back in the studios by early '76. They released a string of non-album singles later that year and into 1976, but "It's Alright My Darling," "I'll Always Love You," "All In The Past," and "You Send Me" all failed to make a dent in the charts.
They released 14 GREATEST HITS in '77, and with The Stewart Brothers backing them, they set out on the road. They toured off and on for the next couple of years, but finally called it quits in 1979, and returned to flying for Air Canada. Weeks eventually retired and was an assistant pastor in Toronto, before moving to Ireland to do Missionary work. Beckett became a consultant for the Ministry of Transportation, before retiring.