Peter Toller -Vocals
My first experience with music was piano lessons which didn’t last more than three years. In high school, I played the trumpet in the school band. While living in Ottawa, a group of older students put a “grease band” together and called themselves Boppin’ Johnny and the Slippery Eels. They sang the song Good Old Rock ‘n’ Roll which was a medley of hits from the 50s. The year was 1969, Sha Na Na had performed at Woodstock and Richard Nader held his first rock and roll revival concert in New York City. In 1973, the movie American Graffiti came out with a sound track of music from the 50s and 60s. Sha Na Na performed on In Concert and The Midnight Special.
Little Peter and the Elegants made its debut in 1973 at the Port Credit Secondary School Christmas assembly. We performed I Wonder Why, Yakety Yak and Rock Around the Clock. The audience asked for an encore but we didn’t know a 4th song! In 1974, Happy Days made its debut on television and LP&E played two school dances and a concert. Check out the posters from these dances on this web site under MEMORY LANE!
The band re-united with the original members for the 70th Reunion at PCSS in 1990 and again in 1995 with most of the original members. Today, I am the only original member. I feel privileged to have such fine musicians in the band today.
When I am not with the Elegants, I run my own insurance office in Port Credit. Please call me for a quote at 905-274-6131 whether it be for life insurance, critical illness insurance, disability insurance, travel insurance (incl. visitors to Canada), annuities, RRIFs and health and dental plans.
I've been a professional singer and musician ever since I was 7. From the synagogue choir to high school jazz ensembles, I always knew I was genetically inclined to be a performer! I've always had a thing for rock 'n' roll oldies, jazz (especially Miles Davis), funk (P-Funk, baby!), and R & B. I formed an acapella quartet when I was 17 called The Simple Tones and we performed for a school concert in the Spring, singing "For The Longest Time" by Billy Joel. (Not exactly '50s material, but it's the same style!) Who knew that after my teachers encouraged the boys and me to continue our music that it would lead to us performing everywhere in the city, on TV and radio, in the U.S. and even overseas for over a decade? I went on to earn two degrees from York University which led to my current career as a music teacher, which I still enjoy.
The reason I like performing with the Elegants is because the music mirrors what I did with my own quartet for years. Having experience with 4-part harmony has certainly helped me contribute to the band in a positive way. Mostly, I think the music of the '50s and '60s is timeless, so much simpler and from the heart. I'm honoured that the older gents in the band have taken a young whippersnapper like me under their wings!
I've been singing for as long as I can remember. My mother, who sang country and western music, got me involved in small, local productions singing a wide variety of music - country, folk music, songs from musicals, etc. I was always the first to sign up for my school choirs and plays. When I was 12 years old, my parents bought me a radio kit - one you put together yourself. When complete, I strung the antenna to a tree outside my bedroom window. When I turned it on, I discovered that it was able to bring in only one radio station. That station was Toronto-based 1050 CHUM. My life changed forever!!! A whole new world of music opened up to me, that being the rock and roll from the 50's and 60's. The harmonies and style of music known as doo-wop are my favourites.
Barely out of my teens, I became involved in Barbershop Harmony and sang in several choruses and quartets for over 30 years. A proud moment came in the mid 1990's, when the Chorus I sang in, The Toronto Northern Lights, competed with the world’s best Barbershop Chourses at an International Convention, and finished 2nd!
One day in 2010, I decided it was time to try to find or create a band dedicated to singing the music of the 50's and 60's, where my heart is. I placed a post on a musician's website, and a few days later, a response came from the leader of Little Peter and the Elegants. I now consider myself very lucky, to sing the music that is closest to my heart, for others to enjoy as I do. I am most influenced by the harmonies of The Beach Boys, Dion and the Belmonts, The Everly Brothers, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, to name a few. I'm home!!
Doug Stone--Bass and Vocals
My life and interests both in and outside of music have been, to say the least, eclectic. Classically trained on tuba, I started playing bass at age 13 and embarked on a professional career at 19. I toured with the legendary Bo Diddley and have been a sideman with the likes of Jerome Godboo, Tony Springer, Greg Godovitz, Earl Johnson of Moxy, Chuck Jackson of The Downchild Blues Band and Terry Sylvester of The Hollies.
Commercial pilot, teacher, ski instructor, and sound editor are other hats I've worn on my journey. I hold degrees from both York University and the University of Toronto. Being a self-professed ski bum has added "muscle" to my playing style and peace to my soul.
I was born and raised in the west end of Toronto. Growing up, I remember hearing the twangy guitar of Duane Eddy on the radio. I think this was why I wanted to get a guitar. My first guitar was an acoustic Stella student model which I received for Christmas. Back then, I didn't know anyone else who played guitar or even owned one. I started taking lessons at a local music store and began trying to play some of the songs that I heard on the radio like Rebel Rouser, Cannonball and other Duane Eddy instrumental hits. These were easy melodies for a new player to copy. I later became a rhythm player in a band that covered most of the early Rolling Stones tunes (before the Stones became a pop band). Sometime later, after we disbanded, I got together with some friends and formed a five-piece band. We had a second guitarist who doubled on the organ which allowed us to play a much broader range of material than with just two guitars. We played songs like Knock on Wood, Hold On, I’m Comin' and Shotgun. Although I never tried to emulate him, one of my favorite guitar players at that time was Domenic Troiano.
Since then, I've been a guitarist in a number of bands over the years playing different kinds of music including rock, blues, R & B, country and even a little jazz. While playing country and country rock, I took up the pedal steel guitar and continued playing it for many years. I enjoy a wide variety music. Some of my favorite musicians are: Jimmy Bruno, Wes Montgomery, Robin Nolan, Walter Becker, Donald Fagen, Danny Gatton, Buddy Emmons, Joshua Breakstone, Chet Atkins and Nokie Edwards, to name but a few.
Playing with Little Peter and the Elegants and having five lead singers in the band opens up a lot of possibilities for us musically. Not only can we cover a wide range of tunes based on the singers individual styles, but the ability to sing together and harmonize allows us to cover the songs that were recorded by the doo-wop groups of that era. Also, having an eight-piece band gives us enough musicians to duplicate the instrumentation of the original recordings. As a result, we can play everything from The Platters to The Beach Boys.
James Racz-Drums and Vocals
I was 5 years-old when I started playing drums. I joined my first band "Electric Express" at the age of eleven and won first place at the conservatory of music provincial finals with the debut of our original song "What A Song Should Be".
Over the past thirty years, I have played with numerous bands including Electric Express, The Continental Dance Band, Toxic Jazz, Built for Speed, The Jacq Hammond Band, J J & The Rhythm Kings, One Touch and Little Peter and the Elegants. The music styles from each band varied from international flavors, jump blues/swing, originals, top of the charts and rock ‘n' roll.
I am thankful to play with excellent, dedicated and talented musicians with Little Peter and the Elegants. I believe I have found a place to call home.
I was born with music in my blood, the love to play and share the joys of music with all ages, hopefully generating happiness in all who wish to listen. With great luck and encouragement, my two young boys will continue in my footsteps.
Chris Robinson-Saxophone and Vocals
I consider myself a talented and experienced instrumentalist fluent on tenor, alto and soprano saxes as well as clarinet. I have more than thirty years experience as a dynamic bandleader and soloist in various groups ranging from symphonies and big bands to solo saxophone. I feel I am a fresh sounding composer, arranger and recording artist featured on my own and many others' albums. I am equally at home playing modern jazz, swing, New Orleans Jazz, R & B, pop, musical theatre and ethnic.
I studied classical saxophone at U.W.O. and graduated from the Jazz Program at Humber College in 1992 under the renowned sax guru Pat LaBarbera.
My first independently produced CD "Pleased To Meet You" garnered many accolades and awards and I am currently working on a new recording of my original compositions. A recently released recording saw me teamed up with the elite of the Canadian jazz scene: Terry Clark, Lorne Lofsky, Brian Dickinson, Keiran Overs and Carol McCartney.
I was fortunate enough to see the Beatles play live in Toronto in 1964 as a 10 year-old and, though it wasn't until my 18th year that I started playing the saxophone, the Fab Four is one of my deepest loves and biggest inspirations. "When my grandmother gave me a transistor radio as a birthday gift I was immediately smitten with the music of Motown, the British invasion and all the R&B and pop music I could find. Later came John Coltrane and all the great jazz improvisors."
Joining Little Peter and the Elegants seems a perfect fit for me because the tenor sax has an important role in early rock and roll and it's a joy and a challenge to recreate the classic solos from the original recordings.
Richard Uglow-Keyboards and Vocals
I first started playing classical piano when I was seven. Although I always loved playing, I didn't take it seriously until I started studying jazz with Ted Moses when I was a teenager. Ted also mentored me in the skills of composition and arranging. I made my first $100.00 from music while in high school
by receiving an award at the Canadian Stage Band Festival for a composition I wrote for the school jazz combo.
I have now been playing and recording music professionally for 30 years. At 19, I started playing in professional bands around Toronto, most of which played R & B and top 40 music.
Over the last 2 decades, I have played and/or recorded with a number of artists including: Hell + High Water, The Mighty Pope, Jane Child, 3 plus 3, Morris Albert, Errol Star, Joe Johnson, J. Douglas.
As well as being part of Little Peter & the Elegants, these days I am playing with:
Jasmin Bailey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkgyBr_nlHg
Nati Haile (Ethiopean pop singer)http://www.ethiotube.net/video/9740/BEKA--Nati-Hailes-New-Album-2010-Out-Now
Culture Force Nigerian (afrobeat) http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/femi
In my early 20s, I got involved in Toronto’s studio scene working almost exclusively at Studio 92 with 100s of independent acts as an engineer, producer composer and player.
For the past 7 years, I have been working out of my home studio. Some recent projects have been: 1) Orchestrating and co-producing and playing all the instruments for the musical “Pigment” by Stephen Geddes
2) Co-writing, Producing,and playing all instruments of “The Funkin Art Souls https://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=XVPAF69dwBI and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-zZoAude80
3) Recording Karen Jewels http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/Karen-Jewels
4) Composing the song Perfect Day with Grenville Pinto http://www.gpinto.com/music.php
Little Peter and the Elegants kicked off the Saturday afternoon talent on the main stage in Streetsville. Their lively set included a hula-hoop contest, a twist contest and various giveaways. Don't miss their next show!
|A Teenager in Love|
A White Sport Coat
All I Have To Do is Dream
All Shook Up
At the Hop
Be My Baby
Blue Suede Shoes
Book of Love
Breaking Up is Hard to Do
Bye Bye Love
Can't Help Falling in Love
Choo Choo Ch' Boogie
Come Go With Me
Da Doo Ron Ron
Dance With Me Tonight
Do You Love Me
Don’t Be Cruel
Duke of Earl
Eight Days a Week
Everybody Loves a Clown
Ferry Cross the Mersey
Flip Flop Fly
Get a Job
Get Down Tonight
Glad All Over
Goodnite Sweetheart Goodnite
Hard to Handle
Have You Heard
Hello Mary Lou
Help Me Rhonda
I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
I Wonder Why
I'll Be Around
In the Midnight Hour
In the Still of the Nite
It's Now or Never
It's Only Make Believe
James Bond Theme
Jingle Bell Rock
Johnny B. Goode
Just a Gigolo
Land of 1,000 Dances
Let It Be Me
Let's Hang On
Let's Stay Together
Let’s Twist Again
Little Saint Nick
Love Potion # 9
Lovers Never Say Goodbye
Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter
My Eyes Adored You
|O Pretty Woman|
Papa's Got a Brand New Bag
Peepin' and Hidin'
Please Come Home for Christmas
Return to Sender
Rock and Roll is Here to Stay
Rock Around the Clock
Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
Roll Over Beethoven
Run Rudolph Run
Save the Last Dance for Me
Secret Agent Man
She Loves You
She’s Just My Style
Since I Don`t Have You
Stand By Me
|Strangers in the Night |
Stuck on You
Tears on My Pillow
Tell Laura I Love Her
That’ll Be the Day
The Great Pretender
The Wonder of You
Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye
Time is Tight
Tossin’ and Turnin’
Twist and Shout
Under the Boardwalk
Up on the Roof
Venus in Blue Jeans
Viva Las Vegas
Wake Up Little Susie
What a Wonderful World
When You Walk in the Room
Who Put the Bomp
You Belong to Me
You've Lost That Loving Feeling