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I was 17 years old when I first heard "Touch of Magic". I had just fallen in love with the girl across the street and it seemed as if this magical song had been written for us. I never had the privilege of meeting James Leroy or seeing him perform. I didn't even know where he was from until I saw the website today. I am proud that he was a Canadian because I don't think that music gets any better than "Touch of Magic" and Canadians make great music. I still have the original 45 RPM record and play it sometimes. The song takes me back to a better time. We all miss James and his music. It would be nice if it was on iTunes as I would love to have the entire album with Denim.

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I was 16, when I first met James at the Mad Mechanic and we talked between sets. He hated the club, pre-Kardashins and a cool country rock band wasn't working for him. A pro-musician since age 11 I was on tour up north, we spent 2 weeks at a hotel called The Water Tower, James was the bar manager, a shocker. I reminded him of our encounter at the Mad Mech, we laughed over that and we became good buds. He was very honest about why he decided to take a managers gig and hangout up north. Those that know, we'll keep that to ourselves.
He liked my band and we all rehearsed with James after the club closed most nights. One song in particular he wrote was called 'Take a message to the Captain' I still remember ( most of ) it to this day. James and I spoke several times after about him recording it and touring and of course that wasn't to be. Looking forward to seeing the documentary. Thanks to the forum.
Bruce


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Back in 1972/73, I worked at the "Grange" in downtown Hamilton and part of my job was to watch the live bands set up and tend to their needs. When Denim played, my buddies and I were there every night that week. Their rendition of "Doctor My Eyes" still resounds in me. One of my buddies approached Val to ask for a dance, but she gently turned him down...she was a little busy that night. Denim was the best band I ever saw perform there. We all bought the album...still have it today!

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Hi, I wondered for a long time, whatever happened to James and his band. I had the album on 8-track and I was thinking there was a great instrumental song on there too, but I don't see a reference to it anywhere. You always wonder "what if", but some things are meant to be the way they are. Thanks for bringing back some great memories and helping to keep this wonderful voice alive.

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Recently, I stopped in to a music store near the south side
of Lake Simcoe. A featured relic of a keyboard sits in the
showroom, reminding me of James - his absolute favourite
instrument: an RMI (Rocky Mountain Instruments) electronic
piano. I just had a drop of single malt Scotch in tribute; it has been 35 years since James stepped-out.


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I was 15 yrs old when Touch of Magic came out. Living in the Detroit area, I listened to CKLW and had my cassette player by the radio to record my fave songs. I had the song on tape but had no idea who sang it...until now! I LOVED the song and for years tried to find out who sang it. Well, now, thanks to the internet, I found out it was James Leroy! I am thoroughly enjoying listening to the song once again, 40 years later. Beautiful song!

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I read somewhere that a cd of James Leroy with Denim was released in 2008,can anyone confirm this and where can I buy it?

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I saw James Leroy and Denim while they were on tour with the Stampeders in 1973. I immediately lost interest in the Stampeders and became a huge fan of James and Denim. I bought the album on 8-Track and wore it out. I have such wonderful memories of that music; every time I hear it a tear comes to my eye and I stop to reminisce about that time which was the best time of my life.

Miss you James, Val, and your music. :!brokenheart:


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Thanks to all who have put together and maintain this site. I was reintroduced to Touch of Magic thru our Canadian station on 580am. Like so many great Canadian tunes they just didn't seem to make it across the river from Windsor. Pat Hervey is an example of a discovered hit (for me) that I could not believe I had not heard before. Your site has helped my explore and discover more about James Leroy as well as other fantastic Canadian artist I was unaware of. Hopefully someone will put together a collection of these songs for sale or sharing. I'm really surprised that Touch of Magic was not a number one hit world wide.

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Hi. Tis is a great thing you are doing here. I saw James on the late 70's at the A-Four Club in Saskatoon. I went there with a very special girl who was probably his biggest fan. I can remember that night like it was yesterday. I see Janus Records re-released his album on CD in 2008. Does anyone know where I can get acopy of it? It would mean a lot. Thanks

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