Post Script - The Sceptres

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      Marty                              Bill                              Tim                            Tyler
Marty Butler: (Lead Singer, Keyboards, Composer): received a B.A. from Sir George University.  After The Sceptres, he performed in Toronto as a solo artist, throughout the 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s.  He recorded 2 albums for CBS / Sony Records.
Marty passed away in 1996.

Bill Ott (Bill Garry): (Bass, Guitar, Background Vocals): received a B.A. from Concordia University after the break up of The Sceptres.  Bill continued to work in the Entertainment Industry holding Senior Executive positions with: A&M, Island, Motown Records, PolyGram Group, Oasis, Ventura Dist, VDI Entertainment & Silverback Mgmt.  He does independent consulting to the industry from Toronto.

Tim Hewlings: (Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Arranger, and Background Vocals):  After leaving The Sceptres, Tim received a B. Mus. from McGill University.  He went on to become a sound recordist and record producer and worked at several Montreal recording studios before taking a post in the music department the Université du Québec (UQAM).  Tim is a managing partner in Résonance, an acoustical consulting and design firm located in Montreal.

Bill Tyler (Tyler William): (Drums, Percussion, Background Vocals): Received a B.A. from Sir George  Williams University.  Post The Sceptres, Bill (Tyler) continued to play drums in local bands and earned his C.A. at the University  of Western Ontario.  W.F Tyler operates his own Charted Accountant / Financial Services Company in Ottawa.

The Sceptres history spans a decade.  The group recorded a total of 22 tracks including 3 tracks where The Sceptres were the “instrumental and vocal” support for The Sceptres’ producer Martin Martin: “Just A Little Bit Of Oh Yeah” - RCA Victor International (57-3407), and “Say Shalom” - TRAX (7001)

The Sceptres also recorded a song with Jimmy Torres called “Whistling Hermit” – Fi-Sound (FSS-102).  Jimmy was the lead guitarist of “The String-A-longs”, who had a world-wide hit with “Wheels” in 1961.

The Sceptres had 3 English Records which went to the Top 30 on the charts in many  Canadian markets, with  2 Top 10 Hits and one  # 1 record.

The Sceptres had International releases in the U.K, (Spark Records).

“The Sceptres / Les Sceptres” had 2 French records which charted in Quebec, and were strongly supported by radio and the Quebec press.  Both “Enfin seul ensemble”, the The Sceptres’ French adaptation of Tommy James’ “I Think We’re Alone Now” and “Moi, je pense toujours à toi”, the French version their English hit “I Never Had A Love Like That”, made the charts in Quebec.

“The Sceptres /Les Sceptres” recorded for 5 Canadian Record Companies between 1965 – 1969: Fi-Sound, Allied, Alliance, RCA Victor International, & Polydor.


A 15 Track compilation CD of the best of The Sceptres recordings was released on May 13, 2014 on Pacemaker Records
All texts prepared by Tim Hewlings, Bill Ott and Tyler
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