Billy Bryans of Canada’s power-pop group The Parachute Club has lost his battle with cancer at the age of 63.
Bryans, who had been fighting lung cancer, died in a Toronto hospice on Monday.
Bryans formed The Parachute Club in 1982 with singer Lorraine Segato. Their first Canadian hit was ‘Rise Up’ in 1983 and then they also broke the charts in Canada with the songs ‘At The Feet Of The Moon’ and ‘Love Is Fire’ (featuring John Oates.
The Parachute Club won four Juno Awards including Group of the Year in 1984.
The band broke up in 1989 but reformed between 2005 for a tour with Martha & The Muffins.
In 2006, The Parachute Club were inducted into the Canadian Indies Hall of Fame.
They played their last gig in August 2008.
Bryans was also a well-known producer in Canada working with Downchild Blues Band, Raffi and Dutch Mason and more recently with jazz and Cuban musicians.