"Wasn't It You" by 3's A Crowd


1960s folkpop from the Yorkville scene

3's A Crowd first formed in Vancouver, but moved to Toronto to be part of the Yorkville folk scene in the mid-1960s, playing regular gigs at the famous Riverboat Coffeehouse. Their radio-friendly folk-pop sound is frequently compared to The Mamas & The Papas — and that's not a coincidence. Papa Denny was another familiar face in the Yorkville scene and when 3's A Crowd headed to California to record their first full-length album, Christopher's Movie Matinee, it was co-produced by Mama Cass.

A few of the songs on the record were written by Bruce Cockburn, another Yorkvillian, and he would join a later version of the group. Meanwhile, the band's bass player, Ken Koblum, had played in one of Neil Young's first Toronto bands — The Squires — and even traveled with him when he moved to California, briefly playing bass for Buffalo Springfield.


You can buy Christopher's Movie Matinee on vinyl here

Listen to more songs from Yorkville here

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