Douce on the loose in Penticton

"We’re not starchy. We get out there with the crowd. It’s going to be an intimate night come Saturday.”

Douce on the loose in Penticton

Jerry Doucette was growing tired of having to support his music career by playing in night clubs, so he went into his basement and penned his breakthrough album Mama Let Him Play.

“(The album’s title track)’s a catchy song,” he said. “People can identify with it. Lots of good hook lines. They loved it, what can I say.”

Following its release in 1977, the album went platinum in Canada (over 100,000 copies sold) and won Doucette a Juno Award.

“They put Mama Let Him Play out and it just took off, and so did we. It went through the roof – we found ourselves touring with Meatloaf, Toto, the Beach Boys. We toured across Canada for some time, it was quite the rise.”

At the time, Doucette said he was surprised that Mama Let Him Play found the most success off the album.

“I thought Down the Road would be the big hit.”

He said he always shares with each audience the hits from Mama Let Him Play, as well as tunes from the follow-up album Douce is Loose.

“We mix it all in together and we throw the blues in there too,” he said. “What do I love about the blues? The feel, the magic, the soul. It’s incredible.”

In the nearly 40 years since his breakthrough album, Doucette said he hasn’t had to make any adjustments as a musician, despite the significant evolution of the industry.

“It’s been a great ride for me,” he said. “I’ve raised five kids and they’re all doing really well. My wife and I are still very much in love, my little Maggie. I’ve had some ups and downs but in general, I still go out and play for people. The people come and they listen and they love it. We get standing ovations and encores – it’s a great ride.”

The release of Mama Let Him Play grabbed the attention of Shelly Siegel, the creative director for Mushroom Records, and a key figure in helping the band Heart achieve commercial success. But unfortunately, the support Doucette had from Siegel didn’t last long.

“When he passed away (in 1979) things went haywire,” he said. “Bad deals were made between (Siegel’s replacement) and these other guys and the whole thing just fell apart. So that was that.”

Mushroom Records was no longer in business by the end of 1980. Nonetheless, Doucette’s career lived on.

“When we go out and do festivals, it’s people from 10 years old to 90. Everybody’s there. Even the kids and teens and early 20s crowd are singing the lyrics. I count my blessings, believe me.”

Doucette will be making his first-ever appearance at the Dream Café on Dec. 12.

“I’ve never played this place but I’ve heard a lot about it and I’m looking forward to being there. We’re not starchy. We get out there with the crowd. It’s going to be an intimate night come Saturday.”

Joining Doucette on stage will be guitarist Brent Shindell, who was part of the recording for Mama Let Him Play, as well as bass player Trevor Newman and drummer Marco Ibarra.

Tickets cost $37 at the Dream Café.

 

Just Posted

Jann Arden will embark on Canada-wide tour Spring 2022 with a stop in Penticton at the South Okanagan Events Centre on June 13. (Contributed)
Jann Arden coming to Penticton in 2022

The Jann Arden Live! tour has been rescheduled for 2022

A storm watch has been issued for the Okanagan, Kootenays and Columbia regions of B.C. (Calvin Dickson photo)
Another severe thunderstorm watch issued for the Okanagan

Conditions are favourable for thunderstorms that may produce strong wind gusts, hail and heavy rain

The South Okanagan Tim Hortons raised over $4,000 through the three day orange doughnut promotion with 100 per cent of proceeds going to to the Residential School Survivors Society. The owner of these locations matched the amount. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
South Okanagan Tim Hortons raises over $8K for residential school survivors

More than $4,000 worth of doughnuts were purchased over three days

Justin Fotherby,17, and Ashley McMillan, 17 have been chosen for an invitation only competition that sees 20 of Canada’s top swimmers per event vying for a spot at the upcoming 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games. (Submitted)
Penticton swimmers off to Olympic trials

The pair are eyeing a spot on the Canadian team heading to the Tokyo Olympics

Bentley resting on a bench at Kal Park in Vernon not knowing there is a baby rattlesnake curled up below. Bentley jumped down and was bit by the snake. (Facebook)
Dog bit by baby rattler at popular Vernon park

The rattlesnake was hidden underneath a park bench when it struck out

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Cody Bandsma practises kiting with his new paraglider wing at Blackburn Park in Salmon Arm on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
VIDEO: Cody Bandsma reaching new heights over the Shuswap

Former 100 Mile resident discovers Salmon Arm by air with powered paraglider

Highway notices like this come down effective June 14. Public health restrictions on non-essential travel and commercial operation have hit local businesses in every corner of B.C. (B.C. government)
Province-wide travel back on in B.C.’s COVID-19 restart plan

Gathering changes include up to 50 people for outdoor events

A young child has been taken to hospital after being struck by a vehicle on 30th Avenue in Vernon Friday, June 11, 2021. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Investigation ongoing after child struck by vehicle downtown Vernon

A young child was taken to hospital Friday with undetermined injuries

David Larsen, left, and co-host Tony Peyton. (K96.3/Twitter)
Popular Kelowna radio host dies after battle with cancer

David Larsen was half of the longtime Kelowna morning-show duo David and Tony

Calgary Stampeders’ Jerome Messam leaps over a tackle during second half CFL western semifinal football action in Calgary, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
CFL football will be played this summer in Canada

Governors vote unanimously in favour to start the ‘21 campaign on Aug. 5

Citizenship Minister Marco Mendicino holds a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. The federal government is announcing that Indigenous people can now apply to reclaim their names on passports and other government documents. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Indigenous people can now reclaim traditional names on their passports and other ID

Announcement applies to all individuals of First Nations, Inuit and Métis background

Harvesting hay in the Fraser Valley. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
COVID-19: B.C. waives farm income requirement for a second year

Property owners don’t need minimum income for 2022 taxes

Cruise ship passengers arrive at Juneau, Alaska in 2018. Cruise lines have begun booking passengers for trips from Seattle to Alaska as early as this July, bypassing B.C. ports that are not allowed to have visitors until March 2022 under a Canadian COVID-19 restrictions. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire)
B.C. doesn’t depend on U.S. law to attract cruise ships, Horgan says

Provinces to get update next week on Canada’s border closure

Most Read