The Partland Brothers
, comprising brothers G.P. and Chris, are a Canadian rock band
formed in 1983, in Toronto, Ontario
, best known for their 1987 hit single, "Soul City."
The Partlands come from the small community of Colgan, north of Toronto. They played in many area bands before moving their act to Toronto in 1979 and forming Oliver Heavyside (ostensibly named after the British engineer, “Oliver Heaviside
”), a Toronto bar staple for years. In 1982, they entered and won the “Q107
Homegrown” contest, which attracted the attention of Capitol Records. Their first album as the Partland Brothers, "Electric Honey," was released in 1986, and the first single, "Soul City," a soaring anthem featuring the brothers' distinctive close-harmony
vocals, went Top 10 in Canada and Top 30 in the US. This success earned them tours with the Moody Blues and the Beach Boys in the US, as well as headline gigs of their own at home in Canada. They also appeared on American Bandstand and The Late Show with Arsenio Hall, which helped raise their visibility even more.
Their live band engaged seasoned live performers, including Tom Lewis (bass), John Bride
(guitar), Richard Evans (keyboards), Greg Critchley (drums), and Mike Skiner (sax). They were also nominated for Most Promising Group at the 1987 Juno Awards
. Produced by Vini Poncia, and featuring the talents of countless studio favorites, the album was reissued in 1987 with the Jim... Read More