Happy Birthday James Patrick “Jim” Clench – born May 1, 1949

Happy Birthday to James Patrick “Jim” Clench – born May 1, 1949 – November 3, 2010.

Jim Clench was a Canadian bassist and vocalist best known for his roles in the Canadian rock bands April Wine and Bachman–Turner Overdrive.

With April Wine (first run)

Clench was asked to join April Wine after their original bassist Jim Henman decided to leave the band in October 1971. Although Myles Goodwyn was April Wine’s primary lead singer, Clench was lead vocalist on songs such as the hit singles “Oowatanite” (which he also wrote) and “Weeping Widow”. In 1975, after recording three studio albums and one live, Clench decided to leave April Wine and was replaced by former Mashmakhan bassist Steve Lang.

Early April Wine albums recorded with Clench include; On Record (1972), Electric Jewels (1973), Live! (1974), and Stand Back (1975), which was released just before he left the band.

More on Jim’s life in Rock N Roll, look here.

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