The Original Caste
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The Original Caste

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Band Folk Blues




"Good songs and great arrangements.”"

Good songs and great arrangements - The New York Times

"The Original Caste keeps crowd happy"

To be expected, the group’s two biggest hits — One Tin Soldier and Mr. Monday — drew the loudest reaction from the crowd. It was the rest of the set list, though, that really made the night special. Many bands with a couple of hits under their belts will hit peaks when they play those hits, but then fall off the radar for the rest of the show. Not so here.Innes’ seasoned on-stage presence and genuine connection with the audience kept the show moving from beginning to end. Between songs, Innes kept the audience laughing with tales from the band’s storied past - to sharp one-liners.

- The High River Times


Gold Records
One Tin Soldier <> Mr Monday

International Top 40 Hits
Come Together <> Cottage For Two
Don’t Stop Now <> Sault Ste Marie
Nothing Can Touch Me

Featured Songs in People Magazine
Jack Daniels You Lied To Me Again
Mama’s In The Sky With Elvis

One Tin Soldier Released 1970
Live In Japan Volume Released 1971
Greatest Hits Released 1971
Live In Japan Volume 2 Released 1971
Back Home Released 1974
The Original Caste Today Released 2009
Bruce Innes Live In Sun Valley



Bruce Innes and music - stuck with each other for life. Bruce, a native of Calgary, Alberta, began performing professionally at age 11. In those early years, his father, a professional musician, chauffeured him to and from jobs making sure the pre-teen was home safely by midnight. In high school, he was writing vocal parts and arrangements for his group’s performances. At the University of Montana he began seriously writing songs which his group, The Big Sky Singers, recorded and performed. His final year in college he was hand picked by blues legend Josh White (in poor health at the time and unable to play guitar) to tour and play guitar behind Josh's vocals. Living the blues life with Josh as mentor left an indelible imprint on Bruce’s musical style. After the end of the tour in NYC, Bruce returned to Montana. Playing piano in Butte he met Hunter S. Thompson who became a fan and suggested that Bruce go to California and try out a bigger stage. Bruce took The Big Sky Singers to L.A. where they released an album with Dot Records containing songs and arrangements by Bruce. In the yearly poll of a national jazz magazine, they were voted “best vocal group in the nation”. The future was full of promise until the group was decimated by the sudden death of David Stiles, the lead singer. Bruce remained in L.A. working as a studio musician and songwriter for hire. His songwriting/performing ability led to being asked to create a stage show for sports celebrity, Maury Wills, which they performed in the off season during Maury’s heyday, touring the Orient and U.S.

Bruce returned to Calgary and began performing in a little locally renowned coffee house with incredible but undiscovered performers like Joni Anderson (now known world wide as Joni Mitchell) and David Wiffen. Using The Pig's Eye as a performance base he formed The North Country Singers with Graham Bruce, Bliss Mackie and Dixie Lee Stone. The group performed across Canada before moving to Los Angeles and changing the group name to THE ORIGINAL CASTE. At Dot Records they recorded two singles before signing with TA Records, a label distributed by Bell Records (Columbia). At TA Records Bruce met Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter, who produced THE ORIGINAL CASTE’S first album and two hit singles, ONE TIN SOLDIER and MR. MONDAY. The success of these two songs (Certified Gold in Canada and Japan) enabled the group to tour extensively in the United States, Canada and Japan. Along the way Bruce collaborated with other artists, including singing with his friend, John Denver, on his Rocky Mountain High album. Bruce then took a break from the road to be at home while his two children were growing up. He remained active, however, writing and in the recording studio. He wrote and performed “Musictorials”, a series of humorous/satirical topical songs for Canada radio. He wrote songs for such notable artists as Ethel Ennis (jazz), Mickey Gilley (country) and Ray Stevens (comedy).