Domenic Troiano


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Domenic Troiano (January 17, 1946-May 25, 2005) was a Canadian rock guitarist.

Born Michele Antonio Troiano in Modugno, Italy, Troiano became a naturalized Canadian in 1955. He was raised in Toronto and began playing guitar at age 15. As a professional musician, he was a guitarist for Ronnie Hawkins, Mandala, James Gang, The Guess Who and Bush.

His early years were spent playing with Robbie Lane & The Disciples who backed Ronnie Hawkins. In 1965, he joined The Rogues who became The Five Rogues and comprised singer George Olliver, bass player Don Elliot, keyboard player Josef Chirowski and drummer Penti 'Whitey' Glan. In September 1966, the band changed name to Mandala and recorded two singles, including the top ten hit, "Opportunity" in February 1967. Olliver and Chirowski left later that year and were replaced by Roy Kenner and a succession of keyboard players. The group scored another big Canadian hit in 1968 with "Love-it-is" on Atlantic Records and issued an LP, "Soul Crusade". The band broke up in June 1969 and Troiano, Kenner and Glan formed Bush. Kenner also later sang in the James Gang with Troiano, who left in the mid-1970s to play with The Guess Who.

He performed with the Domenic Troiano Band in the late 1970s and scored his biggest hit with the 1979 Disco themed "We All Need Love". He also wrote music for television including the series Night Heat. Songs composed by Troiano, such as "I Can Hear You Calling", have been performed by other artists including Three Dog Night. His guitar work can be heard on recordings by Moe Koffman, Joe Cocker, James Cotton and Long John Baldry.

Guitarist Domenic Troiano was closely associated with the "Toronto Sound" of that era, contributed at least two songs to that genre: "356 Sammon Ave." (1972), a short, instrumental tribute to his parents' former home in East York, and "My Old Toronto Home" (1973).

Domenic Troiano's production credits include albums by Kilowatt, David Gibson, John Rutledge and Patria. He was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1996.

He died of prostate cancer in 2005. His condition was first diagnosed about ten years earlier.

In 2006, the Domenic Troiano Guitar Scholarship was initiated, offering financial aid to the winning entrant. The panel of judges consists of guitarists Bernie LaBarge, Alex Lifeson, Rik Emmett, Kevin Breit, Domenic's brother Frank Troiano, John Harris (head of The Harris Institute), and Jim Norris (editor of Canadian Musician Magazine). Read more about Domenic Troiano on User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

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