Crack Of Dawn

Crack Of Dawn

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN

Crack of Dawn was discovered practising above a store in the jamaica part of Toronto in 1975 by US producer Bob Gallo who worked with Otis Redding, James Brown and Ben E. King.
Recognizing their sound was unique Gallo brought their demo recording to CBS Records executives who immediately signed the band and thus made history by making Crack of Dawn the first Black band signed to a recording contract with a major record label in Canada.


In 1975, Toronto-based funk-R&B ensemble Crack Of Dawn landed a lucrative contract with Columbia Records, making history for being the first black Canadian group to get signed to a major label.
Producer “Bob Gallo, who worked with Otis Redding, James Brown and Ben E. King, discovered them at a rehearsal hall and brought their demo to CBS. 

Their success was instant with major tours across Canada, their "Northern Funk" hit the airwaves throughout Canada and the US in the middle of the R&B and Disco era of the 70's with hits such as "It's Alright", "Keep The Faith" and "Boobie Ruby". 

Influences from their Caribbean backgrounds fused with a deep love for Rock, R&B, Funk and Blues gave them a distinctive. With their popularity at the time they toured extensively , hosted a CBC television special with guests La Belle (Patti LaBelle and Nona Hendryx) and shared the stage with many top American acts at the time such as Kool and the Gang.

Eventually the band dismantled with the members pursuing different paths. The lead singer Glenn Ricketts went on to a fruitful solo career in Jamaica and Great Britain. You may recognize his son, the famed R&B singer Glenn Lewis. 

"The Harvey Brothers", both guitarists both made names for themselves in the music industry with Rupert Harvey forming the Juno Award winning reggae band Messenjah and his brother Carl becoming a multi-Juno Award award winning producer and lead guitarist of the legendary Grammy Award winning reggae band "Toots & The Maytals" for over 25 years.

Recently reunited they have been invited to perform at special events and concerts. They will be releasing a CD featuring new originals in 2016.


Crack Of Dawn

Set List

  • Crack of Dawn
  • Spotlight
  • Keep The Faith
  • It's Alright
  • Boobie Ruby
  • Somebody's Watching You
  • Changes
  • Your Love
  • Season's Change
  • Ol' Skool