History Part 1
1975 – Greg Godovitz, after years of success with the Canadian band ’Fludd’, left the band and formed his own dream version. He recruited guitarist Gino Scarpelli (Brutus) and drummer Marty Morin (Truck).
1976 – Marty, having become a father, quit the rock’n’roll lifestyle for something more stable. Enter Doug Inglis (Powerhouse).
1977 – With management and a record deal in place, the debut album “Goddo” was released on Polydor Records. The first single, “Under My Hat” was a radio hit.
1978 – The second album, “Who Cares”, featured the second single, “Sweet Thing” and other Goddo classics.
1979 – “An Act Of Goddo” – the third album, which led to the ground-breaking CITY-TV simulcast, filmed in St. Paul’s Church in Toronto.
1980 – The band signed with Attic Records and recorded a live album, entitled “Goddo Lighve – Best Seat In The House”
1981 – The fourth studio album, “Pretty Bad Boys”. The lead-off track, “Pretty Bad Boy”, became a certified Top-40 hit and garnered the band a 1982 Juno Award nomination for ’Band Of The Year’.
1983 – After years of touring, the band collapsed under the weight of its own excesses and debt. A five piece reconfiguration called GODO later emerged with Godovitz leading the brigade through the mid-80s.
Greg Godovitz was born March 20, 1951 in Toronto, Ontario. Greg began playing music as bassist/vocalist in 1964 with a British Invasion group called The Pretty Ones with future Fludd band-mates Edmund and Brian Pilling. Subsequent bands included The Pyggs (blues), The Mushroom Castle (psychedelic) and Sherman and Peabody (blues rock). Next up Greg rejoined the Pilling brothers in Fludd where they recorded a number of top ten AM radio hits including Cousin Mary and Turned 21. In 1975 Greg formed Goddo who recorded eleven (11) albums of eclectic hard edged rock and roll. Goddo continues these days with the original lineup after 37 years.
Greg is the author of his autobiography Travels With My Amp, and hosted a radio show called Rock Talk for two years on Toronto’s Newstalk 1010 CFRB. Greg currently lives in Calgary, Alberta where he is active on the scene producing local acts, performing live and doing session work. Greg is also working on his first solo album, aMuseMe, which will feature the talents of Paul Dean (Loverboy), Russell Broom (Jann Arden), Mike Little (George Canyon) and classical guitar virtuoso Oscar Lopez. In the year 2014 greg will celebrate 50 years as a musician.
Gino Scarpelli, guitarist and composer was born in Cosenza, Calabria in southern Italy on September 2, 1951. He started playing guitar at the age of four and was soon being mentored by his uncle, an accomplished violinist. On the echoing hills of Italy, Gino practised regularly developing his unique sound and by the age of twelve had already played his first pro gig.
Gino made Canada his new home in June 1966 where he was asked to join a band. Even though Gino was the youngest member of the band, he soon found himself directing and leading that band. After all, Gino was already a veteran having played for eleven years. While in school he worked part-time in a theatre as an usher. His boss liked Gino’s band so much that he offered Gino his theatre as a rehearsal space. After hearing them play, Gino’s boss asked the band to open for a, then very famous, singer from Italy, Nicola DI Bari.
During his 48 year career, Gino recorded numerous albums with various artists including 10 albums with Goddo. He played with The Extensions, The Idigo Five, Motherlode, Tightass, Second Wind , BOO, Brutus and Goddo. When Gino is not playing with Goddo, he is trading licks and sharing the stage with his son, Gene Scarpelli in THE SCARPELLI GENE POOL. Other members include Gino’s son-in-law, Joe Vilardo, and his good friends and adopted sons, Dom Audino and Dennis Colautti – a nice bunch of Irish fellas.
Doug Inglis: Born & raised in Ottawa, Doug started drumming professionally with Powerhouse, which included Brian Rading of Five Man Electrical Band. After relocating to Toronto in 1976, he replaced Marty Morin in Goddo, with whom he recorded 6 studio albums & 2 live albums.
Other recording projects include 3 albums with long time friend and Ottawa native Paul Fenton, an album with The Anger Brothers, an album as a founding member of the celtic rock band, The McBrides and part of an album with Ronnie Hawkins.
When not playing with Goddo, Doug toured North America for years with the Blushing Brides, Classic Albums Live and the legendary Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks