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Five Man Electrical Band

Ottawa, Ontario

The Five Man Electrical Band (originally known as The Staccatos from 1963–68) is a rock group from Ottawa. They had many hits in Canada, including  "Absolutely Right" (1971) and "I'm a Stranger Here" (1972). Internationally, they are best known for their 1971 hit single "Signs".  In 1971, the band had their first international success when their label reissued the second MGM single "Hello Melinda, Goodbye/Signs",  with the sides reversed. Disc jockeys and the public immediately took to "Signs" (written by Les Emmerson); it reached #4 in Canada, #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and went to #1 in Australia for nearly two months. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in August 1971.  Brian Rading, bassist and founding member, died at age 69 on 8 June 2016 of natural causes at his home in Hull, Quebec, after a battle with throat cancer.  - Wikipedia



Associated Acts


The Guess Who, The Staccatos

Years Active


1963 – 1975, 1986–present



Absolutely Right




Music & Merch

Good-byes & Butterflies - 1970

Five Man Electrical Band - 1969

Coming Of Age - 1971

Sweet Paradise - 1973

Absolutely Right - 1995

The Best Of - 2009

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