is probably best known for the time he served as a member of the famed rock group,
. Over more than three long decades in the music world,
. He later composed tunes for both film and television. He even completed several solo albums in the '70s, earning himself a spot in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Some of the solo numbers
recorded so long ago, became available on CD just before the new millennium rolled around, proving that many fans still hold interest in his music.
was born in 1946 in Modugno, Italy. When he was little more than a baby, his family picked up and moved to Toronto, Canada. He was raised with a love for music, both rhythm & blues and good ol' rock & roll. When he was in his mid-teens, his desire to learn to play the guitar resulted in him teaching himself. Maybe that's why his style became so much his own and was later imitated by many other artists.
One of the early influences on Troiano
was a guitarist by the name of Robbie Robertson
. In a twist of fate, Troiano
started his professional career by replacing Robertson
in a band that performed with Ronnie Hawkins
, a fellow Canadian singer. Troiano
worked with the band for less than a year, then moved on to other groups. One of those early bands was Five Rogues, which changed its name to Mandala
. It was with Mandala
in 1967 that Troiano
made his first recordings and began to climb the ladder to fame. Some of that fame started from negative press, complaints from parents about the group's corrupt music style, the way the guys dressed, and even the length of their hair. Of course, the more parents complained, the more their teens loved Mandala
and its music.
came to an end around 1969, Troiano
and some of the other members pulled together to start a new group, Bush. ABC/Dunhill singed the band and sent it on tour with major groups at the time like Three Dog Night
. After a short life, Bush met a quick end, but never one to give up, Troiano
went solo. In 1972, before he could finish an album of his own, he was called in to join the James Gang
, replacing Joe Walsh
. For the next year, Troiano
recorded with the group, but continued to work solo also, completing not one, but two solo albums, a self-titled one in 1972, and then Tricky
in 1973. Both albums were released under the Mercury Records label. During that same time, he recorded two other albums with the James Gang
, writing a number of the songs himself.
1974 and 1975 found Troiano
serving as a member of the Guess Who
. After that group folded too, he took some time working on his own again, trying his skills at a little funk and some jazz. Two years later he was under contract once more, this time with Capitol Records, where he finished a third solo album, Burning at the Stake
, and then a forth offering, Jokes on Me
. It was followed in 1979 by Fret Fever
's last solo album.
In the early '80s, Troiano
was back with a band, this one called Black Market
. The group released one independent recording in 1981. When success didn't come to Black Market
walked. He soon turned his attention to composing for films and television, and doing session work for other artists in the '90s. Domenic Troiano
passed away May 25, 2005 after a long battle with cancer.