Singer Doran "Dorn" Beattie has shared his distinctive talents with many bands, both rock and country, over at least three long decades in the music business. He started his professional musical career around the end of the '60s as a member of a psychedelic rock group from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, called the 49th Parallel. Other members were guitarists Bob Carlson and Dan Lowe, drummers Terry Bare and Bob Ego, bassist Dave Downey, and organist Jack Velker.
Beattie stuck around when the group changed record labels and even names, to become Painter, then later another name change to Hammersmith. By 1978 the band had lost its label contract, and Beattie had enough. He finally left his longtime friends behind to join another group, All the Rage in Paris. After that band folded, Beattie decided to take a needed break from the music world to regroup and gain some perspective on his life.
In the early '90s, Beattie came back with a new sound and love, country music. He also had a new band, this time his own, with him working as lead singer and frontman. In 1994, he released his first Dorn Beattie album, rightly titled Second Chance. One small hit came from that first country effort, "Fear of Flying."