"Trooper", called by the Vancouver Sun "Canadian rock heroes of the first order ... the best performing band in Canada", is a Juno Award winning Canadian rock band that developed from a group formed by vocalist Ramon (Ra) McGuire and guitarist Brian Smith in 1965. As the principal songwriters for the group, McGuire and Smith have performed as Trooper from inception to the present day.
By 1974 the group had added drummer Tommy Stewart and bassist Harry Kalensky. After hearing Trooper play, Randy Bachman, of Bachman Turner Overdrive and The Guess Who signed the band to his "Legend" label and produced the band's first album; ''Trooper'', containing the Canadian hits "Baby Woncha Please Come Home" (Smith/McGuire) and "Good 'Ol General Hand Grenade" (Smith/McGuire) in 1975.
After moving from Legend Records to MCA Records, Trooper added Frank Ludwig on keyboards. Their self-titled debut album was followed by ''Two for the Show''(1976) which was certified Canadian Gold. This album contained the hits "Two for the Show" (McGuire) and "Santa Maria" (Smith/McGuire). "The Boys in the Bright White Sportscar" (Smith/McGuire), initially released on this album, later beca...