began playing the guitar when he was eight and joined his first band, the Reefers, three years later. When they broke up, he moved to Toronto and worked for such bands as Brutus
, Trybe, Southco, the Seeds of Time and Rocket Morton. Later based in Vancouver, he and a backup band consisting of drummer Duris Maxwell
, bassist Don Cummings, guitarists Brent Shindel
and Jimmy Butler
, and keyboardist Mark Olson
recorded as Doucette
. Mushroom Records released Doucette's Mama Let Him Play
in 1978 and The Deuce Is Loose the following year.