We have two birthdays to make note of this week. First a Canadian institution, Geddy Lee (Gary Lee Weinrib), the lead vocalist, bass player and keyboardist for one of Canada’s greatest bands, Rush. He celebrated his 68th birthday on July 29th. He initially joined Rush in 1968, and they began the trek to superstardom. The band is now the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, having been inducted in 2013. The song I have chosen is Tom Sawyer, one of their finest, and a great showcase for one of the finest voices in rock. Happy birthday Geddy.
The second celebration is for Paul Anka, a Canadian treasure and pioneer. Born on July 30, 1941, Paul is turning 80. An early international star, with hits like, “Put Your Head On My Shoulder”, “(You’re) Having My Baby” and many, many more. In addition to performing, he is also an accomplished songwriter. Among the songs he has written are, the Tonight Show Theme, the English lyrics for Frank Sinatra’s big hit “My Way” and “She’s A Lady”, a Tom Jones signature song. He also co-wrote “This Is It” along with Michael Jackson. Please enjoy another of his major hits “Diana” and wish him happy birthday.
At 98 is a signature song from former Sweeney Todd singer, Nick Gilder. The track is Hot Child In The City.
Sweeney Todd had a big hit in 1976 with Roxy Roller. After that success, Nick left the band, going solo and signing a record deal in the USA. That deal spawned the featured song which hit number 1 in both Canada and the USA. Unfortunately, he never realized much further success, never again hitting the top 40. He did have success as a songwriter as well, penning hits for diverse artist as Pat Benatar and Bette Midler.
At 99 we present We Run by Strange Advance. A Vancouver new wave band, they formed in 1982, and were almost immediately nominated for a Juno (Canada’s Grammy) as most promising band in 1983. We Run was taken from their album, 2WO and released as a single in 1985. It reached number 28 on the RPM pop chart. The band never made strides outside of Canada. In addition, the were mostly a session band and apparently had never played live prior to 1985.
They only released 3 albums overall and essentially went dormant after releasing the 3rd in 1988.
The first entry into our top 100 is Honeymoon Suite and their song Love Changes Everything.
Back in the hair band days of the 1980’s, Honeymoon Suite was formed in 1981 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The name and the place share a connection, very witty. They had a string of hits in Canada throughout the 80’s and even had some traction in the USA, highlighted by performing the title track for the movie Lethal Weapon.
Love Changes Everything was released in 1988 and is on their album Racing After Midnight. The song reached number 9 in Canada, 13 on the US Rock and 91 on the US chart, all by Billboard. The band is still recording, it’s latest release was in 2019.
Get ready to rock to a live version of the tune, live is always best.
The singer of the iconic song, “The Cover Of The Rolling Stone” passed away on December 31, 2018 at the age of 81. Usually a back up singer for Dr Hook and the Medicine Show, he sang lead for this song and will always be remembered for it.