Tongues of Fire

The John Beggs Band
David Ostrosser, Leonard Skye, Roy Nicholson


The John Beggs Band were a group that was popular around Mission, BC for a number of years in the early 1970s. They began when an English blues singer named Steve Caller teamed up with some still-in-high-school musicians to form a smooth, English blues band known as the John Beggs Blues Band (named after the John Begg Scotch Whisky). After some member changes, a more rock-oriented group dropped the "Blues" in the name and headed out for adventure at places like the Whitehorse Hotel in the Yukon and Fort Boogie in Vancouver. This is an original, "Tongues of Fire", written by David, Roy and Len, and recorded July 18, 1974 at Vancouver's legendary Psi-Chord Studio by Robin Spurgin. David Ostrosser is singing, with Roy Nicholson on guitar. Dave Fossum plays bass, Doug Ostrosser (David's brother) is on slide guitar, and Leonard Skye plays drums. 


John Beggs Band



The lyrics describe vaguely events in downtown Mission BC involving the "Jesus Freaks" that frequented the "House of James" Christian bookstore on Main Street.

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