March 29th saw 2 birthdays. First a big happy birthday to Terry Jacks who turned 75. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Terry is most noted for his monster hit, “Concrete Sea”. He also had a major international hit as a member of the Poppy Family with the tune “Which Way You Goin’ Billy’.
Our second birthday wishes go out to Sue Foley, a fine blues guitarist and singer/songwriter. She was born in Ottawa, Ontario 53 years ago. A prolific artist, she has released 15 albums since her debut in 1992. The attached video is an excellent introduction to her work, if you are not acquainted.
Today’s birthdays in Canada’s music scene are Melissa Auf der Maur, who has played in Tinker, Hole, Smashing Pumpkins, Chelsea and The Hand Of Doom and a solo career turning 49 and Grimes (full name Claire Elise Boucher) turning 33. Grimes has 5 albums, 2 EP’s and 11 singles to her credit.
Let’s reach deep into the email bag and see what pops out. And it’s Jovani with a song written by an old contact, Max Berga. May I say immediately that he has done a fine job. Very catchy, and, in my opinion, better than a lot of material I have heard in this genre.
I reviewed a song by Max’s previous band, Everywhere. He is now writing and producing and wrote this tune for Jovani, a major star in the Baltics.
Out of Winnipeg, Manitoba in Canada, Allanah is an up and coming singer songwriter with a sense for combining rock and pop. Enjoyable tune, recommend you check her out at the links below. The YouTube is her newest release, June 2020.
This Friday’s tribute is to Andre Gagnon, a Canadian composer, conductor, arranger, and actor. Born August 2, 1936, he passed on December 3, 2020. Between 1964 and 2011, he released 41 albums and multiple singles. In 1978 and 1995, he was awarded Juno awards (Canada’s Grammy) as Instrumental Artist Of The Year. Not only prolific, he was also very good. He was especially good at fusing pop and classical music with often great results.
The cut I have chosen is titled “Wow” and is taken from his album “Neiges”, released in 1975.