[Video Monday] Next – Only A Friend Of Mine (August 1975)

This is my first instalment in a series of lost and forgotten records from the past. Most of these hits are Canadian hits, and they are the ones that bring back memories for me from my youth.

Below is a recording from a Canadian bubblegum rock group singed on to Columbia in the early seventies called “Next”, entitled “Only a Friend of Mine”. The personnel on this 1975 recording consisted of Mark Laforme on guitar and vocals; Mel Coburn on drums and vocals; the high voice comes from Garnett Zimmerman, who played keyboards; and on Bass and vocals, Roly Greenway. This being August 2010, marks its 35th anniversary, for what it’s worth. Roly Greenway is not to be confused where to buy tramadol online with Brian Greenway, who plays with April Wine.

Greenway and Laforme appear on the credits as the writers/composers of this single. Greenway would be better known to the world as the bassist and leader of the Canadian band Crowbar, and earlier as the backup performer for Ronnie Hawkins. Crowbar would re-form intermittently after 1977. Next was never heard from again.

There was a video (with a still photo) of this song which used to play here, but the file is corrupt 🙁

But no worries, I at least have audio in the link below of probably their biggest hit.

The song “Only a Friend of Mine” barely made it into the top-40 in many regions of Canada, but was pretty catchy.

[audio:http://stridersjournal.net/other/Next_-_Only_A_Friend_of_Mine.mp3]

2 thoughts on “[Video Monday] Next – Only A Friend Of Mine (August 1975)”

    1. Here is a link to Reverb Nation which has a good number of their recordings online, along with a publicity photo. It has been around for at least the past 5 years. No lyrics that I can find, unfortunately.

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