Formed in Oshawa in 1969, Wednesday worked the Ontario circuit honing their live show and building a loyal following. Late 1973 saw the release of their second single “Last Kiss”. Radio stations CFTR began playing it immediately and 1050 CHUM also jumped on the track pushing the song to No.2, giving way to an avalanche of Canadian radio support. ‘Last Kiss” topped a long list of Canadian radio charts and reached the No. 1 position on Billboard’s Canadian chart, holding the position for six weeks and earning them a ‘RPM Maple Leaf Award’ , a Gold in 1973 and several Juno nominations.
The buzz quickly spilled over into the USA market and the record made Billboard’s ‘Hot 100’ reaching No. 34. It went on to sell close to one million copies and topped the charts of a multitude of American radio stations. It was subsequently released in Europe and Australia on the A&M label.
A debut album was cut in 1974 at Manta Sound, Toronto, produced by John D. Driscoll, and furnished Wednesday with 3 charted tracks including their second hit, “Teen Angel” making it to No.15.
Touring dates in Canada and the USA led to massive fan support and a new single in 1975, “Fly Away” which reached No. 21 on the charts and was soon followed by a cover of the Beatles classic “She’s A Woman” and “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow”.
In 1976 Wednesday released their second album “Loving You Baby” which topped at No.17. The album went on to produce 4 more charted hits which included “Doin’ The Best That I Can”.
Their third album, “Nearly Made It”, was released in 1977. Recorded at Eastern Sound, Toronto, it featuring charted singles ‘Now Your A Lady’, ‘Ruby’ and “Dream Queen” , a track that was later included in the soundtrack of 1984 movie – “Odd Balls” starring Foster Brooks.
In 1980 they were back in the studio again to record two more tracks – “Sheila” and “Eleanor”.
Wednesday’s complete catalogue was re-release in 2003 on Unidisc Music, Quebec, with the addition of two unreleased tracks, “House of the Rising Sun” and “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine”. Also two compilation CDs were released in 2004 – ‘Limited Edition’ and ‘The Singles’.