. Guitarist, composer, singer,
b. Modugno, Italy, 17 January 1946, naturalized Canadian 1955.
Raised in Toronto, Troiano began playing guitar at 15. One of
Canada's premier rock guitarists during the late 1960s and the
1970s, he began his career with Robbie Lane and the Disciples
and with Ronnie Hawkins, and was a member 1964-69 of the popular
Toronto R&B band known in turn as the Five Rogues, the Rogues,
and, 1966-69, Mandala. Completed by the vocalist George Olliver
(replaced in 1966 by Roy Kenner), the organist Josef Chirowski
(replaced in 1966 by Hugh Sullivan), the bass guitarist Don
Elliott, and the drummer Whitey (Pentti) Glan, Mandala had hits
with "Opportunity" (1967) and "Love-itis" (1968) and worked widely
in the USA. Troiano, Kenner, Glan, and the bass guitarist Prakash
John continued 1970-71 as Bush, a jazz-influenced rock band
based in Arizona.
Troiano subsequently played lead guitar 1972-73 for the US band
the James Gang and 1974-75 for the Guess Who. In Toronto he led
the Domenic Troiano Band 1977-79 and Black Market in 1981
before turning exclusively to studio work as a composer, producer,
and guitarist. In 1984 he began writing themes and incidental
music for TV, e.g. for the CBS series Night Heat
, and Hot Shots
, the CBC's Airwaves
and NBC's True Blue
. Troiano has produced albums by
Shawne Jackson, Moe Koffman, Kilowatt, and, for his own Black
Market label, David Gibson and John Rutledge. His songs, which
include "The Writing's on the Wall" and "I Can Hear You Calling"
from the 1970s, have been recorded by Three Dog Night, Skylark,
John Rutledge, and others.
by Mark Miller