Ted was born at a very early age, in a remote Northwestern Ontario town, a town that was so slow that the main river only ran twice a week.
Music was a source of constant pleasure to him growing up, although he had no musical abilities of any type, other than being a listener, but he was very good at that.
At the age of 17, he moved to ThunderBay, Ontario, where he became a professional radio announcer and disc jockey, a job he stayed with for 9 years.
It is believed that he holds a Canadian record for being fired by the same radio station 5 times, but they kept inviting him back. After the fifth firing, he decided enough was enough and headed for the west coast.
Ted has been in British Columbia for 27 years now, and got to know Lorne Jones, thanks to Lorne's daughter Brittany who dated Ted's son Jonathan for many years before they finally got married, and produced a totally unique little person by the name of Curtis. Let's have Ted tell it in his own words -------
Before meeting Lorne, I was offered the chance, by Britt, to purchase one of her fathers cd's. What a dilema - didn't want to waste the money, but didn't want to disappoint my future daughter in law. You see, I expected to listen to it once, as a courtesy to Britt, and then put it on a shelf somewhere to gather dust. Obviously, I did not have much in the way of expectations, at least not high ones.
Well, we sat and listened to Lorne Jones and the Tugs, and then I listened to it again and again and again. and in fact for 6 months it was the only cd I listened to while driving in my car. I was stunned at the quality of the recording, the quality of the songwriting ( all written by Lorne Jones ), and the amazingly talented singers and musicians that joined Lorne on the recording sessions.
Shortly thereafter, I made a point of getting an invite to Lorne's studio, and since that time, about 3 years ago, have never looked back. I consider Lorne's studio my favourite place to hang out, and always leave there a wiser and happier man than I was when I entered the musical wizards domain.