Skylark was a short-lived Canadian pop/blue-eyed soul band based in Vancouver, British Columbia that became famous during the early 1970s. Formed in 1971, the band's original lineup consisted of lead singers B.J. Cook and Donny Gerrard with guitarist Doug Edwards (March 15, 1946 - November 11, 2016), David Foster (keyboards), Carl Graves (percussion), Duris Maxwell (drums), and Steve Pugsley (bass). Skylark had a number of personnel changes and additions and released two albums before disbanding in 1974.
Skylark debuted on the Pop/Rock charts in 1973 with the soulful and tender power ballad, "Wildflower," which became a Top 10 hit and the band's signature song. Co-written by band member Doug Edwards and Dave Richardson, who at that time was a police officer, "Wildflower" topped the Canadian charts and became a million-selling record. Over the years, this song was covered by many bands and artists, eventually becoming a pop/soul standard. Skylark had one final U.S. chart entry in late 1973 with "I'll Have To Go Away," which became a minor hit.
Band members Donny Gerrard, Carl Graves, and David Foster later began solo careers, and both Gerrard and Graves had hits on the U.S. charts during the mid 1970s. Foster went on to become a Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, arranger, and composer whose many works include the soundtrack to "St. Elmo's Fire."
- VVN Music remembers Doug Edwards of Skylark.
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- Wildflower 1973
(This song later also became a hit for New Birth (1974).)
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