LYONESS & JUDY WOODSTOCK (2014 Inductees)

Lyoness, and his younger sister Judy, were both born in Ottawa and raised in nearby Poltimore, Quebec. Spurred by their parent’s, Lionel and Phyllis Woodstock’s love of music, both Lyoness and Judy entered the music world as youngsters. Lyoness performed a "Little Elvis" act at age 6 and Judy made her stage debut at age 13 with the Russ Orange Band.

In 1967 when the family moved to Stittsville, Ontario, Lyoness and Judy formed their first band, The Good Tymes, and performed regularly throughout the Ottawa Valley and Western Quebec. In 1975 they formed the group Stetson, and began their career as a full-time touring act, working the country club and festival scene from Canada’s western prairies to Nova Scotia. They launched their duo recording career in 1979 with the Snocan Records release "What Are We Doing", a tune penned by Judy. The single reached #52 on the RPM Country Charts and earned them nominations for Best New Artist and Best Duo/Group in RPM’s Big Country Awards. They followed that success with recordings of the Neville Wells-penned song "The Wedding Pledge" and the Terry Carisse/Bruce Rawlins compositions "Here We Go", which peaked at #30 on the RPM Charts in 1981, and "Please Come Back and Please Me".

At the height of their career, the brother/sister duo guested on the nationally syndicated Opry North radio series, and appeared on radio and TV shows in Canada and Nashville. Judy was also a featured vocalist on Terry Carisse’s widely acclaimed "A Gospel Gathering" album. Lyoness would later become a partner in the popular Ramblin Roads Bus Tours, and Judy worked as a booking agent for Phil’s Entertainment Agency, owned and operated by her mother and OVCMHOF inductee Phyllis Woodstock.

Today, Lyoness and Judy continue their musical involvement performing in a Classic Country Music Show throughout the Ottawa Valley and Western Quebec, and recently formed the Gospel Matters Band with Roger Heroux and OVCMHOF inductee, Wilf Arsenault.


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