I had met her in 1978, when she was playing in Toronto bars with a band called John Booth and The Allstars, a rhythm and blues band. First saw her at the Hotel Isabella, as it then was, upstairs at what became known as the Cameo Lounge. She was blowing the room away with this incredible sax playing–all five feet of her. She was so petite, yet so powerful as a musician and vocalist. Performing beside her was a tall, beautiful singer–Robin Wells.
Robin Wells and Margo Davidson later in that year created their own band, the Wells-Davidson Band, continuing to play rhythm and blues. Margo ended up staying at my apartment for a period, and then moving on. The Wells-Davidson Band broke up sometime in 1979, and I rarely saw Margo thereafter. Margo was soon to be participating in the international success of Parachute Club. I never found out what happened to Robin Wells.
Last year, I had wondered what happened to Margo, and so searched the internet. I found out that she had died in 2008. Even though for me she would always be 21, she was 50 at the time of her death. Cause of death not specified. Searching more, I found out that she had abandoned music in the late 1980s and had devoted the balance of her life to helping the less fortunate.
I searched for her on Wikipedia, and found no profile. So I created one. I was also fortunate to be able to find a picture of the Wells-Davidson Band that was acceptable for inclusion in Wikipedia, being a promotional photo:
This is one of the many positives of Wikipedia. One can attempt in some small way to advance knowledge, subject to acceptance by the various Wikipedia floating editors. There are undoubtedly many people who knew Margo better than I did, and who may then add to this portrait, but this is at least a start.
I believe that most people have particular knowledge in an area that is superior to most others. We all have unique strengths in interests. Hopefully many will see Wikipedia, despite shortcomings associated with diverse skills and volunteer efforts, as a means to advance that knowledge.