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WAYNE  WALKER


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Wayne Walker
Among Winnipeg's rock 'n' roll pioneers was Wayne Walker (born Wayne Yosyk), known as "Winnipeg's Mr. Rock 'n' Roll".  Smitten with rockabilly while still in his teens, Wayne began performing in the mid-1950s at community club dances with The Rockin' Devils or The Royal Flames as well as at Don Peters' rock 'n' roll shows at the Playhouse Theatre (with vocal group The Del-Shandos).  He later opened up the pub scene in Winnipeg in the mid-1960s with an extended gig at the Aberdeen Hotel.

"Don Peters' Rock 'n' roll Revues were great," notes guitarist Terry Kenny, later with The Jury.  "Every band in town would be there.  This was your chance to check out the competition and see what you were up against.  I remember seeing Wayne Walker and one of (his) early bands there and they had two drummers.  That was unheard of back then."

"Back in the early fifties there was an overabundance of vocal groups and just a few rock 'n' roll bands," remembers Wayne Walker.

"I could never seem to get it right," laughs Wayne.  "When vocal groups were in, I had a rock band, the Rockin' Devils, doing instrumentals.  And when instrumental groups were in, I had a vocal group, The Del-Shandos."

Compiled from Shakin' All Over: The Winnipeg Sixties Rock Scene and Heart of Gold: A History of Winnipeg Music,
both authored by John Einarson.



Wayne Walker and The
                              Del-Shandos 1958

Wayne Walker and The Strollers
                              1964

Wayne
                              Walker circa 1968

L-R:  Howie Mann, Wayne Walker, Ken Hordichuk, Ron Adams
1968
Wayne Walker early 1980s

L-R:  Bobby Andrews, Brian Hlopina, Wayne Walker,
Ray Stockwell, Deano Dean
Early 1980s

Wayne Walker

Photo credit:  Willy Williamson





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