Graham Lear, Gordie Tapp inducted into Jack Richardson London Music Awards Hall of Fame

The Jack Richardson London Music Awards inducted into their Hall of Fame drummer Graham Lear, performer Gordie Tapp and guitarist Doug Varty on Friday.

The inductees were announced on Friday

Graham Lear is being recognized in London Ontario. (Stephen Dominick)

A drummer who played with Gino Vannelli and Carlos Santana, a TV entertainer who played Cousin Clem on Hee Haw and a musician who played in bands Sea Dog and Lowdown are all being recognized in London. 

They were inducted into the Jack Richardson London Music Awards Hall of Fame on Friday evening.

The inductees are: 

Graham Lear

Lear drummed on some of Canadian-born singer Gino Vannelli's best-known hits including People Gotta Move.

This YouTube clip offers a taste of his percussion prowess.

Lear also played in Carlos Santana's band, touring with him for a 12-year stretch. He also laid down the beats for Strolling Dudes. 

He currently plays with Canadian songwriter Paul Anka.

Gordie Tapp


Born in London, Tapp was a singer and comedian who hosted CBC shows Main Street Jamboree and Country Hoedown in the 1950s.

In 1969, he moved on to Hee Haw, a variety show on CBS television. He developed the popular Cousin Clem character.

Tapp also made frequent appearances on the show hosted by another famous country music legend from London: Tommy Hunter. 

Tapp passed away at 94 in 2016. (Children of Christmas Past)

"We were all new to television in the 1950s and Gordie was older and a professional," said Hunter. "We had a close relationship but we were always very respectful of each other's talent. I don't think Canada ever fully realized how talented Gordie was." 

In the 1970s, Gordie released two singles: Nobody's Singing Them Cowboy Songs No More, which became a top 10 hit in Canada and Many Others, which was in the Top 50. 

He continued to perform at charity shows and retirement residences until a month before his death in 2016 at 94. 

Doug Varty

Doug Varty is being recognized in London, Ontario. (Deborah Zuskan)

A Londoner with a love of music that started early, Varty sang and played guitar with 1970s Canadian band Sea Dog. 

Here's their 1971 song Hot Night. 

Sea Dog toured with groups such as Rush, Sly and the Family Stone, Tina Turner and Bob Seger before breaking up in 1975. Varty was a mainstay in the group that saw a rotating cast of 14 musicians at one point or another. 

After Sea Dog, Varty moved on to Lowdown in 1982. The band had hits such as Gimme Some and Baby I Know.

In 1990, Varty moved on to the Doug Varty Band. He performed in Bryan Adams and Rob Stewart tribute bands.

Varty teaches music and is part of Chris Murphy's Blues in Schools program, which brings music to more than 100 elementary schools throughout southern Ontario. 

Nick Panaseiko 

A music promoter who played a pivotal role in the city's music scene in the 1960s and 1970s, the Jack Richardson London Music Awards honoured Panaseiko with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

He brought the Supremes and KISS to London.