A true musician's musician, Domenic Troiano holds a list of accomplishments as diverse as the styles of music he played through his career. Born in Italy, he grew up in Canada and quickly developed a love of rock & roll. In the mid-1960s, Troiano's guitar playing embodied the "Toronto Sound," an electrified brand of R&B. He played with Robbie Lane and Ronnie Hawkins before founding Mandala, a high-energy soul outfit that eventually evolved into Bush. In 1972, he joined the James Gang, replacing Joe Walsh, and later joined the Guess Who, recording two albums with both bands. Through the '70s, Troiano released five solo albums, all featuring a wide variety of music and an assortment of musicians. Popular music icons such as Randy Bachman, Joe Cocker, and Diana Ross recruited him to play guitar on their albums. As a session player, he worked with an array of respected musicians and producers including Donald Fagen, Bob Ezrin, Larry Carlton, Todd Rundgren, Gary Katz, and Vini Poncia. Bands such as Three Dog Night covered Troiano's songs, and a number of artists employed his production talent on their records. In the '80s, Domenic focused on composing music for movies and television shows. In 1996, he was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and in 2019, his song "Opportunity" was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. His artistry continues to be celebrated by musicians and fans from all generations.
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