The Poppy Family

They were a Canadian pop music group that was based in Vancouver, B.C. They had great success with hit records in the late 1960s and early 1970s

The group consisted of a husband and wife Terry and Susan Jacks, Craig McCaw, and Satwant Singh. Susan Jacks sang the lead vocals and harmony vocals. Terry Jacks on rhythm guitar, McCaw on guitar/sitar, and Singh on tablas/drums. Their first album included the international hit “Which Way You Goin’ Billy?” which rose to number one in Canada. Another hit from that album was “That’s Where I Went Wrong”.

Their second album was titled Poppy Seeds and was recorded with studio musicians since both McCaw and Singh quit the band. Two songs that hit the charts from this album were “Where Evil Grows” and “Good Friends”. Terry and Susan Jacks appeared on various variety specials like with Bobby Darin in 1970 The Darin Invasion among others. Unfortunately, their success suffered because while Susan enjoyed performing live, Terry didn’t want to tour.

As a result, they remain best known for their hit “Which Way You Goin’ Billy” and its single version sold over 3 million copies all over the world and was awarded a million-selling Gold disc. The Poppy Family names were dropped in 1972 and Terry went on to release singles under his own name.


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