Sunny Days: The Skip Prokop Story
Canadian Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Skip Prokop rose to fame as a North American Drum Corp champion before co-founding celebrated Yorkville Village four-piece band The Paupers in the 1960s, and then world renowned jazz rock ensemble Lighthouse in the 1970s. Sunny Days is the first-hand account of his musical and spiritual adventures as told to music journalist Jaimie Vernon.
Take a 70-year journey with the man who penned the Top 20 hits “One Fine Morning,” “Sunny Days,” and “Pretty Lady,” and rubbed shoulders with some of popular music’s greatest stars such as Jefferson Airplane, Richie Havens, Rick James, Mama Cass, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Duke Ellington, Peter Paul & Mary, The Rolling Stones, Procol Harum, Buddy Rich, Chicago, Elton John, The Grateful Dead, Burt Bacharach, and U2. In his own words Skip details his experiences playing the world’s most famous stages including Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens, New York’s Carnegie Hall, The Fillmore East and West, The Monterey International Pop Festival, the Isle of Wight, Atlantic City Pop Festival, Expo ’70 in Japan, The Newport Jazz Festival, and Toronto City Hall’s annual free outdoor concerts in front of 100,000 people. Skip also takes us behind the scenes with eye-opening accounts of the Chicago riots following Martin Luther King’s assassination, his testimony at the CRTC study into Canadian Content regulations at the request of then Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau; his solo recording projects; the ground-breaking work in helping establish World Vision’s mandate; his radio days; his substance issues, and his devout work with the Christian Ministries including the Prison Fellowship.
It’s all here in this non-stop Rock ‘n’ Roll ride with one fine drummer. “He played like he wasn’t the slightest bit intimidated.”
– Al Kooper, Blood, Sweat & Tears