Trooper is a Juno Award winning Canadian rock band that developed from a group formed by vocalist Ramon McGuire and guitarist Brian Smith in 1975. The group is best known for its Canadian hits: "Raise a Little Hell", "We're Here for a Good Time (Not a Long Time)", "The Boys in the Bright White Sports Car", "General Hand Grenade", and "Santa Maria".
In 1967, McGuire and Smith played in a band named Winter's Green, which the name was changed to Applejack and added drummer Tommy Stewart and bassist Harry Kalensky to their lineup. After hearing Applejack perform, Randy Bachman of Bachman Turner Overdrive and The Guess Who signed the band to his "Legend" label. The band changed their name to Trooper, and Bachman produced the band's self-titled debut album, Trooper, which contained the Canadian hits "Baby Woncha Please Come Home" and "General Hand Grenade". Trooper began touring extensively in both Canada and the United States.
Trooper would add Frank Ludwig on keyboards and, in 1976, the album Two for the Show was released abd certified Gold in Canada. The album contained the hits "Two for the Show", and "Santa Maria".
Trooper's third studio album, Knock 'Em Dead Kid, was released in 1977 and became the group's first Canadian Platinum record. This album contained the hits "We're Here For a Good Time (Not a Long Time)", and "Oh, Pretty Lady". In 1978, Thick As Thieves went double-platinum and featured the group's only successful U.S. single, "Raise A Little Hell".
Trooper's fifth studio album, Flying Colors, was released in 1979, and contained the hits "Three Dressed Up as a Nine", and the band's highest-charting single to date, "Janine", which pushed the album to attain Double-Platinum status. The band's 1979 album, Hot Shots, broke all records for Canadian sales of a Canadian album, reaching Quadruple-Platinum status. Hot Shots was a greatest hits album containing remixes of all of the most popular songs from Trooper's first five studio albums. "The Boys in the Bright White Sports Car", became a hit single upon the release of Hot Shots.
In June 1979, Trooper was honoured with a Juno Award for "Group of the Year". Two of their albums were also nominated that year for "Album of the Year". Trooper's self-produced seventh album Untitled, was released in 1980 and Money Talks was released in 1982.
The Last of the Gypsies was released in 1989 on the band's self-owned Great Pacific Records label and distributed by Warner Music Canada. This was Trooper's first studio album in six years, and was certified Canadian Gold. It contained the hits "Boy With the Beat", and "The Best Way (to Hold A Man)". Ten, released in 1991, contained the regional hit "American Dream", and was the group's tenth studio album.
In 2010, Trooper celebratied their 35th Anniversary, starting with their performance at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics Victory Ceremony. Their first official compilation album Hits From 10 Albums was released on July 1, 2010, celebrating the anniversary. .