The Trendsetters were a '60s group in Canada; their young members were bassist Bill Wells, guitarist Bob Brownscombe, pianist Tim Hallman, drummer Mike Oberle, and organist Don Pellow. All of the guys did vocals. After a little while performing together, the group switched their name to the Carnival. Around that same time they also lost one member, Hallman, who, instead of following a musical career with the others, chose to stay in high school to complete his education. A short time later, though, the Carnival landed a deal working as a backup band on a television show for singer Robbie Lane. It just so happened that the backup deal was for a five-piece band, so a pleased Hallman was quickly brought back into the act.
In 1968, the Carnival tried to go solo. The group recorded three two-sided singles that were released under the major Columbia Records label. Some of the tunes from those offerings include: "Dark Star," "I'm Going Home Tomorrow," "Out of My Life," "Doot Doot Doo Doo," and "Hi Ho Silver Lining." Though the singles gained good press for the most part, no other solo recordings were completed by the group of musicians.