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Trivia Q & A # 36 – 2017

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sept 9 sheriffQ. Two members of this band, whose ‘When I’m With You’ was an international hit in both 1983 and 1989, went on to form Frozen Ghost. What was the name of this group?

A. Sheriff was a Canadian rock band in the early 1980s.

The band was formed in 1979 in Toronto, Ontario and consisted of vocalist Freddy Curci, guitarist Steve DeMarchi, keyboardist/rhythm guitarist Arnold Lanni, bassist Wolf Hassel and drummer Rob Elliott. The band’s only full-length release was a self-titled 1982 album, that featured a Canadian Top 40 hit, “You Remind Me” as well as their most famous song, “When I’m with You”, which reached #8 in Canada and #61 in the United States in 1983 and six years later was re-released and hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the U.S. in 1989. The band split up in 1985, citing internal tensions. Lanni and Hassel went on to form Frozen Ghost and racked up several hits in Canada, the biggest of which was “Should I See,” which reached #69 in the U.S.

Six years after “When I’m with You” had been a chart hit in Canada, Las Vegas DJ Jay Taylor began playing the song. KRXY DJ Gabe Baptiste also started playing “When I’m With You,” and listener response was positive. As a result, Capitol Records re-released the song. It subsequently became #1 in the United States in February 1989. While Curci and DeMarchi made efforts to re-form Sheriff, a reunion was not to be. The lack of interest from other Sheriff band members eventually led Curci and DeMarchi to team up with several former members of Heart to form Alias, who in the early 1990s had two popular singles, with “Waiting for Love” and their #2 success, “More Than Words Can Say.”

Meanwhile, Lanni and Hassel continued to work with Frozen Ghost until they split up in 1993.

Curci and DeMarchi resurrected the Alias name in 2009 with new members, and they released their second album (which had been shelved seventeen years prior). They continue to tour with Alias.

Lanni has become a producer, having worked with Our Lady Peace, Finger Eleven, and Simple Plan, among others.

At an Alias concert on December 30, 2011 at Cosmo Music in Ontario, original Sheriff bassist, Wolf Hassel joined Curci and DeMarchi on stage for the first time in 27 years for a full set, which included a performance of “When I’m with You.” This performance would ultimately lead to Hassel joining Alias on a permanent basis in 2014.

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Kevin says: September 15, 2017 at 11:26 am | Reply

Pretty cool. I couldn’t even remember this song …..I could only think of Paul Young(when I see you smile)….but this song never was popular on rock stations, so I never heard it much.lol