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This Week’s Birthdays in Canadian Music

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.

Canada’s Best Music – 5 Songs At A Time – Part 30

With this post, we have now covered the first 150 songs on this list I discovered.  Only 350 to go, blogger gold.  This set has some drinking songs and lots of rock and roll, some classic, some newer and some that raises hackles on some people.  Enjoy.

1. The Irish Rovers

“Unicorn Song”

Cover of "Unicorn"
Cover of Unicorn

This one is for Hotspur.  It isn’t pissing rainbows, but it is purple.  One of the great drinking songs, done by the Irish Rovers in 1967, it reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1968.  Glen Campbell played guitar on the original.  I think most people can sing at least a little of this one.


2. Rush

“2112”

2112 (album)
2112 (album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rush, one of the greatest bands ever.  2112 is not a song, but one side of an album, broken into 7 pieces.  The total length is 20:33.  One of the best albums of all time.  The video here is a live 6 minute piece of the song, taped in 1976.


3. Treble Charger

“American Psycho”

American Psycho (song)
American Psycho (song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A little more recent is Treble Charger’s song, American Psycho.  Recorded in 2000 on their album “Wide Awake Bored“, it reached number 4 on Billboard’s Canadian Alt chart.


4. Helix

“Heavy Metal Love”

English: Canadian hard rock band Helix in conc...
English: Canadian hard rock band Helix in concert at the Friendship Festival in Fort Erie. From left to right, Rick VanDyk, Brian Vollmer, Brent Niemi, Jim Lawson, Paul Fonseca (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Helix was popular in the late 70’s to the mid 80’s.  Their sound was definitely heavy rock, a classic 80’s style.


5. Nickelback

“Photograph”

Nickelback
Nickelback (Photo credit: cjmod)

Get your hate on.  Nickelback, like em or leave em, are Canadian and are successful.