Memories with Thee Duces — David Lugsdin

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Memories with Thee Duces — David Lugsdin

Hello Linda, I am emailing on behalf of my husband, David Lugsdin in regards to

the following article you wrote.

Saturday Date with “Thee Deuce” in Almonte

After receiving this from a friend, he replied back with the following comments:

“”Hey, thanks for this article! It has refreshed my memories of a great time in my young adult years! That time was a lot of fun.

First, I should note that her band member list, at the end, is a bit out of sync, as I was actually the first ‘lead singer’ in Thee Deuces, not John Martin (don’t know him at all), and, I did sing in the band at the time of our long run at the Interprovincial Hotel (located right at the Quebec-end of that bridge, now Jaques Cartier Park, I believe). Also played the Chaudiere a number of times too (Gerry Barber, the infamous bouncer, was actually a really nice guy, despite his reputation!).

Band Member List– I believe this list came from the late great Linda Nilson Rogers

Members of the band were:

John Martin (lead vocals)
David Liberty (lead guitars, vocals)
Hans Schleuter (bass)
John Doddridge (drums)
Gordon “Junior” Dix (guitar)
Dave Lugsdin (lead vocals; replaced Martin)
Donnie “Oofie” Price (lead guitar; replaced Liberty)
Marc Corbin (guitar; replaced Dix)
Peter Jermyn (organ)
Jamie Avis (guitar)
Jack Arseneault (organ; replaced Jermyn)

As well, both Don Price and Dave Liberty were both guitarists in the band at the same time (not as stated in the article). So, when I was a member, my band-mates were John Doddridge (drums), Don Price (lead guitar), Dave Liberty (rhythm guitar), Hans Schleuter (bass guitar) and of course, myself (tambourine🤪).

A much-earlier iteration of the band was comprised of myself, John D., Wayne Donovan, Don Price and Don’s older brother Bill (or perhaps John?). We went by the simpler name The Deuces at that time. I actually have a photo from that era.

Hans Schleuter was truly an enigmatic character. He was German, and I recall him stating that his father was, apparently, a member of the German Embassy staff. At least, that’s what he told us at the time. Definitely had a German accent! He was a few years older than the rest of us and was quite world-wise (to us, anyway). A real ladies-man! He could charm the birds out of the trees and was always on the lookout for pretty girls (of which, for him, there was no shortage!). Hans also had a day-job as a licensed auto mechanic at Jim Tubman Motors on Bank Street. I was always amazed at how he could cope with this work regime, but he did! In the early 2000’s, I ran into him at Ottawa Honda on the Richmond Road (near Woodroffe), where he was their general sales manager. Then, a few years ago, I learned that he had passed away, due to lung cancer (he was a heavy smoker, even back when he was in the band. I was the only non-smoker). As far as I know, all of my other band-mates are still alive. I think that John D. later worked as a piano-tuner at Lauzon’s and is retired in the Cobden area. I believe Dave Liberty lives in Gatineau but I’m not sure what his work background is/was. As stated in that 2018 article, Don Price still lives in SmithsFalls, as far as I know.

And finally, you’ll be happy to know that I actually have the 45-rpm record that is mentioned in her article! I guess I’m rich 😜

All-in-all, it was a great time to be in a local rock band. Lots of memories, for sure!””

I thought you would like to know about this information. Keep on writing Linda, we both

enjoy reading your articles and I following you on “Tales of Almonte” on FaceBook.

Sincerely,

Joan Lugsdin

“The band Thee Deuces was originally formed in 1964 in Almonte south-west of Ottawa as an instrumental group who performed for nearly a full year at Inter-Provincial Hotel in Hull, Quebec as the house band.”


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About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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