The Blamers - The Prowlers (Vancouver R&R History with Les Vogt)

This guy is so far in front of the tribute industry race for solutions that all those behind him think they’re first. In addition to being the producer of the first international tribute shows, “The Legends of Rock’n’Roll”, he was a recording star, a concert promoter, owned a record label, operated several night clubs, became the most successful booking agent in western Canada, and convinced Roy Orbison to go to LA where he reinvented himself with the Traveling Wilbury’s. Les is currently a partner and advertising consultant for the largest country music festival in Canada... The Merritt Mountain Music Festival.
As a human flashpoint at the center of the performers, producers, venues, talent scouts, media and other wizards that populate the tribute industry, he can tell you more about the business in five minutes than many so-called experts will learn in a lifetime. Oh yeah – he has an entertainment consulting business too.
Dennis Compo (Former booking agent and competitor)
At an early age, Les discovered his creative side writing music and singing in a band as a hobby. In 1960 he had a hit record “The Blamers” which knocked off Elvis’ “It’s Now Or Never” from the top of the Canadian charts and remained #1 for a record-setting 11 weeks. Shortly afterward, Les formed a partnership “Jaguar Enterprises Ltd.” with Hall of Fame DJ Red Robinson and the pair promoted teen-age dances and concerts hiring most of the top recording artists of the day including  Roy Orbison,  James Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis, Tina Turner and many others. Les went on to create and operate several other entertainment enterprises such as "The Grooveyard"... a teenage dance club featuring live bands, "The Purple Steer"... a country music night club, featuring live country bands, and a talent agency "Jaguar Entertainment" which represented most of the popular bands in western Canada during the 60's and 70's. In 1986, Les and DJ Red Robinson reunited to produce the popular "Legends of Rock'n'Roll" series at Expo86. The shows were a huge success and the "Legends" concept has since become known the world over as the leading name in tribute show entertainment.
In this Video Artist(s) Les Vogt
Posted: Feb. 21, 2023

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