Pete Quaife

Born: December 31, 1943
Tavistock, Devon, England

In April 1969, Peter Quaife left The Kinks to front his own group, subsequently known as Maple Oak. The band's name reflected the nationalities of its members - English/Canadian. During early 1968, Quaife had met Canadian guitarist Stan Endersby in Hatchetts club in Piccadilly Circus one night and made rough plans to form a band at some point in the future. Endersby took Quaife up on the offer in early 1969 when Quaife decided he really wanted to leave The Kinks. Endersby had previously played in a number of interesting Toronto bands - Just Us, The Tripp and Livingston's Journey, which included some important local musicians. The other original members of Maple Oak were English drummer Mick Cook and Canadian keyboard player/singer Marty Fisher who had previously played in Toronto band Bobby Kris & The Imperials and worked with Bruce Cockburn in the rock bands Flying Circus and Olivus. The group did a short tour of Denmark before Cook was replaced by another Canadian, Gordon MacBain also ex-Bobby Kris/Flying Circus/Olivus. The group recorded a lone single for Decca, Son of a Gun by MacBain, backed by Endersby's Hurt Me So Much before Quaife left. The others subsequently recorded an album without him featuring some early Bruce Cockburn songs. Quaife now lives in Ontario.

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Instruments Played / Skills:
Bass Guitar

Early Rock Pre-Punk

Bands That Pete Quaife Has Played For:
Kinks, The Maple Oak

Pete Quaife Has Worked With:
Stan Endersby Marty Fisher Gordon Macbain
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