Formed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1965, the Paupers have been described by former band leader Skip Prokop as ‘heavy-duty folk rock psychedelic’. Including Prokop (drums/vocals), Bill Marion (rhythm guitar/drums/lead vocals; replaced by Adam Mitchell in late 1966), Chuck Beal (lead guitar/mandolin) and Denny Gerard (bass/vocals; replaced by ex-Last Words’ Brad Campbell prior to Ellis Island), the Paupers first released singles locally on Canadian labels Red Leaf and Roman before signing a management contract with Albert Grossman, the manager of Bob Dylan at the time. They were signed to the Verve /Forecast label in the USA, and released six singles and two albums between 1966 and 1968. The debut, Magic People, received much airplay on FM rock stations but only managed a number 178 placing on the US album charts. The group built a steady following on the road, and played the Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967. The Paupers disbanded in 1970. Prokop and Campbell guested on Richard P. Havens 1983. Following the Paupers’ break-up, Campbell joined Janis Joplin in her Kozmic Blues Band and the Full-Tilt Boogie Band. Prokop played with Al Kooper and Michael Bloomfield on their 1968 Super Session album and went on to form Lighthouse in 1969. He recorded solo in the 70s, hosted a Christian radio programme and then retired from the music business.
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