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Terry Jacks (born March 29, 1944 in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, record producer and environmentalist.
Growing up as part of the hippie generation, a teenage Terry Jacks migrated to the west coast where, as a guitarist and singer, he joined a Vancouver, British Columbia band called The Chessmen. The group had a few minor local hits before disbanding, after which Jacks teamed up with soloist Susan Pesklevits (born 1948, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan). Jacks composed, arranged, and produced their material while Pesklevits sang lead vocals. The duo performed at small Vancouver clubs before adding another guitarist and drummer to restyle themselves as The Poppy Family.
While Jacks and Pesklevits personal relationship led to marriage, they eked out a living until the band burst onto the national charts in 1969 with their Terry Jacks–produced debut album, Which Way You Goin' Billy? that saw the 45rpm single go to No. 1 in Canada and reach No. 2 on the Billboard charts in the United States, selling upwards of three million copies. The single won a Juno ...