From left to right: Duris Maxwell, B.J.Cook, David Foster, Norm MacPherson, Donny Gerrard
Skylark was David Foster’s first band, based in Canada.
The band formed from one of Ronnie Hawkins’ backup groups and signed with Capitol Records, releasing a self-titled album in 1972 which spawned three singles. The group disbanded after the lukewarm reception of their second album, 2, and its members achieved mixed success in other projects.
Their biggest single, Wildflower (a number one hit in Canada, making Billboard’s top 10, and selling over a million copies) was written by guitarist Doug Edwards and Dave Richardson (then a Victoria police officer), and is an excellent early example of the soon-to-be ubiquitous power ballad, featuring a strong, emotional lead vocal, a blend of electric guitar, strings and harp, distinctive ‘slow dance’ percussion, and almost gospel background vocals.
This is the “Wildflower” videoclip which shows a young, slim, in-love David walking on a beach !
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Skylark – Wildflower
Related links: Exclusive interview with lyricist Dave Richardson with the whole story and some interesting episodes related to David and the band.