JOE TEEVENS (2004 Inductee)

Joe Teevens was born in 1937 in Onslow, Quebec near Quyon. The youngest of a family of thirteen, he found himself living with neighbors at an early age, due to his mother’s sudden serious illness. He did odd jobs on the neighbor's farm and worked in the bush, where he picked up a few chords on the guitar.

By age 13, was playing with Mac Beattie for the Saturday Night Dances in Braeside, Ontario. Joe remembers the excitement when, in the early fifties, the band opened for Don Messer in Shawville, Quebec. Through the early sixties, he played with many groups, subsequently forming his own band, The Pontiac Four, which played every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Luskville Hotel and showcased many local artists.

In the mid-70’s, Bob Sally and Joe formed Good Tyme Country with Wilf Arsenault, Benny Teevens and, later, Peter Dawson, and the group performed for 15 years, during which time they opened for several Nashville artists like Faron Young, Dave Dudley, Charlie Walker, Tom T. Hall, Kitty Wells, and Doc and Chickie Williams.

Joe has always been one of the "good ol’ boys", and he counts many local country music musicians among his close friends.


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