Canada’s Best Music – 5 Songs At A Time – Part 27

 

 

An interesting set, heavy on the Guess Who and alumni, all classic rock with a trivia question in waiting, so pay attention.

1. Guess Who

“Shakin’ All Over”

Cover of "American Woman: The Story of th...
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This is the trivia question.  The Guess Who’s singer at the outset was not Burton Cummings, it was Chad Allan.  This cover, released in the USA and Canada in 1965, by a band called The Guess Who? (yes a question mark). This was an attempt to disguise the real band and maybe to make it look like a British Invasion band.  The band’s name at the time was Chad Allan and the Expressions.  After the success of this song and the album it was on, the band was renamed permanently as the Guess Who.  Chad had some throat issues and was replaced by Burton Cummings (a Peter Best moment) and the rest is history.  Chad actually had 2 Peter Best moments as he was also part of a band with Randy Bachman called Brave Belt.  After he left the band, it became Bachman Turner Overdrive, and the rest is, once again, history.


2. Chilliwack

“Crazy Talk”

English: Bill Henderson (lead singer and guita...
English: Bill Henderson (lead singer and guitarist for Chilliwack) taken in Merritt, BC, Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A bit of gibberish from one of Canada’s best classic rock bands.

3. Harlequin

“Thinking of You”

English: Harlequin year 1671 Italiano: Arlecch...
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Continuing on a very Winnipeg based set, we have a band I used to see regularly in bars all over Winnipeg.  Come to think of it, Winnipeg in the 70’s and 80’s was a crazy great place for live music.


4. BTO

“Roll On Down the Highway”

Bachman–Turner Overdrive Gold
Bachman–Turner Overdrive Gold (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And some more Winnipeg.  The kings of classic rock with a live version of another anthem.


5. Burton Cummings

“My Own Way to Rock”

Burton Cummings of The Guess Who
Burton Cummings of The Guess Who (Photo credit: Protest Photos1)

And a final Winnipeg connection.  The smooth voice of Burton Cummings with another anthem from the 80’s.

 

Remembering Roy Wilson

 

A map of Jamaica
A map of Jamaica (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Early Ska pioneer Roy Wilson passed away on May 26.  He was the Wilson in “Higgs and Wilson” along with Joe Higgs.  They formed in Jamaica in the 1950’s and released this song “Oh Manny Oh” in 1960.  They were instrumental in developing the genre in the 1960’s.  He moved to the USA in the late 1960’s, with Higgs staying in Jamaica and having a successful solo career.  Roy is featured in the documentary “Legends of Ska”.

Oh Manny Oh

 

Song Of The Day – Sarah Vaughan – “Lover Man”

 

English: Sarah Vaughan, possibly Cafe Society,...
English: Sarah Vaughan, possibly Cafe Society, NYC, ca. August 1946. Photography by William P. Gottlieb. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

It is a great day to be swept away by a singer with exceptional talent.  The late great Sarah Vaughan was such a singer.  This track was taped in 1958 and is Sarah’s version of “Lover Man”.  A standard jazz song that has also been recorded by such greats as Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James. Norah Jones, Billie Holiday and, strangely enough, Michael Jackson.  The song was written for Billie Holiday in 1941 by Jimmy Davis, Roger Ramirez and James Sherman.  The original by Billie was inducted to Grammy Hall of Fame in 1989.

 

Lover Man