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Popular Music: The Canadian Connection

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I think that Anne Murray did a great job of the Everly Bros song Walk Right Back.

 

Anne Murray does a great job on almost anything she sings. I love her singing.

 

 

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Anne Murray does a great job on almost anything she sings. I love her singing.

 

 

I especially like her song Can I Have This Dance? (or whatever it's called). It's not often that I listen to such a modern song so often, but I absolutely adore that one.

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I heard this song today on the radio. I loved it. I'd heard of the Strumbellas, but I was unaware they were Canadian. I'm proud to say they are. 

 

Any song with a title like "Young and Wild" deserves a listen. Turn it way up and shake it.

 

 

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Before Terry married Susan and they went on to form The Poppy Family and score some massive international hits, he had this modest hit here in Canada in summer of 1970.

 

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I can't remember if I mentioned Pat Hervey on this thread.

 

Lately I've been enjoying two of her songs:

 

Tears of Misery

 

Mr. Heartache

 

(both from the sixties).

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I can't remember if I mentioned Pat Hervey on this thread.

 

Lately I've been enjoying two of her songs:

 

Tears of Misery

 

Mr. Heartache

 

(both from the sixties).

 

Early 60's in Toronto was paradise!

 

 

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Thanks again!  :)

 

I wasn't around in those days, but I sure can enjoy the music from that time period.

 

Late 50s and early 60s were the best for music, for sure!  B)

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Arguably Vancouver band 54-40's biggest single (although 1998's 'Since When' did chart higher):

 

 

 

Damn, db ! You're always coming up with Canadian music I've never heard - or even heard of.  Sounds like 54-40 had a good strong pop sensibility.

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Here's one of of the best bands ever to come out of this country ( ok, they got their start with a couple of Americans, and the drummer's from Arkansas....but still, 80% Canadian. And all their songs were written by a Canadian.)

 

Ophelia, where have you gone?

 

 

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More from The Band. This is heart-breakingly beautiful. I especially love the part, around 2:30, when the two voices follow one another.

 

 

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The early 70's brought us Montreal's Gino Vannelli.

 

The first album I heard from him was 1975's 'Storm at Sunup', which was quite popular with some of the women I knew at the time. Not so much the men - a little too romantic-sexy for them I think.

 

I liked it quite a lot - more than any of the much larger hits he'd have later on.

 

Here's the album in its entirety: 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eU94WA8imsU&t=51s

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Bill Amesbury - another good Toronto boy, there! (as Don Cherry would say).

 

That song is so implanted in my system - every time I hear the name, or read the name - Virginia - anywhere, any time - I immediately start singing "Virginia, touch me like you do". Every time.

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Okay, Steppenwolf and 'Born to Be Wild'.

 

What's the Canadian Connection?

 

Well, to begin with, John Kay - the lead singer, who was born in Germany, moved to Toronto and joined 'The Sparrows' , who frequently played in Yorkville's (ie: The Village) Bars and Coffee Houses. I remember well at the age of 17 standing outside on a Friday night listening to the music filter out.

 

Additionally, the song was written by Dennis Edmonton (who would change his name to Mars Bonfire), a native of Oshawa, Ontario and a member of The Sparrows also - and was written during the Sparrows time but not recorded until the Sparrows had disbanded and Steppenwolf had formed.

 

 

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