Generations of Canadians know them simply as Mike, Marc and Jack, and to these fans, their surnames might as well have been the name of the group, The Rhythm Pals.
The trio, originating out of British Columbia, was comprised of the talents of Mike Ferbey, Marc Wald and Jack Jensen. The “Pals”, as they are affectionately known to fans, teamed up in 1946 and quickly became a mainstay on West Coast radio for the next 12 years, also performing nationally on CBC Radio and Television, as well as on numerous international TV shows. The “Pals” were the first Canadian singing group to appear on American television. In 1958, after moving to Toronto, where with Tommy Hunter, they replaced the “Happy Gang” on radio, eventually moving on to TV where they were regulars on CBC TV’s “The Tommy Hunter Show”.
The “Pals” recorded a series of albums and in 1966, scored two number one hits, ‘Iron Town’ and ‘This They Say Is Me’, on the Canadian charts. They went on to win three Juno Awards, including ‘Best Country Group’. The Rhythm Pals garnered international success and acclaim, including acknowledgment from the British Monarchy. They retired to British Columbia in 1976, with Marc officially retiring in 1987, although Mike and Jack continued to perform into the 1990s.