Events in Canadian Rock

For the month of

January

 

January 1, 1957 - Joe Rockman, bassist with the Jeff Healey Band, was born in Toronto.

January 1, 1979 - Following a New Years Eve concert featuring the Blues Brothers and the Grateful Dead, Bill Graham closes San Francisco's Winterland Theater. The Dead had performed there a record 48 times.

January 2, 1900 - A company set up by Emile Berliner, the inventor of the gramophone, beg an manufacturing 7", single-sided records at a plant in Montreal. Berliner had taken out a Canadian patent on his invention in 1897 and had begun manufacturing the talking machines at the Montreal facility. Berliner began manufacturing 10" discs in 1901, and 12" records two years later. Double-sided records were not introduced until 1908. The Berliner Company manufactured records in Canada for 20 years. It was taken over by the Victor Talking Machine Company, the forerunner to RCA Victor, in 1924.

January 3, 1971 - In 1971, the first Canadian production of the rock musical "Hair" closed at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto after a run of slightly over a year.

January 3, 1974 - In 1974, Bob Dylan and the Band opened their 21-city, 40-concert American tour in Chicago. There were 660,000 tickets available on the tour. Organizer Bill Graham received more than six-million applications for them. Dylan commented: "Who else is there to go and see?"

January 3, 1993 - In 1993, it was announced that Toronto's Gasworks Ta vern, which inspired the hit movie comedy "Wayne's World," was closing after 25 years of presenting hard rock and heavy metal. But following a benefit show a week later, the club's 20 staffers announced plans to renovate the club and reopen it within several months. The Gasworks helped Toronto-based acts such as Rush, Max Webster, Goddo and Triumph get their start.

January 5, 1979 - The Blues Brothers-known better as Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, ruffle some feathers with their tongue-in-cheek renderings of classic soul songs. However, their biggest supporters are the covered artists themselves. The Blues Brothers album, "Briefcase of Blues" goes to Number One and goes platinum on this date and give the Sam and Dave song, "Soul Man," a new life.

January 6, 1971 - Neil Young returns to his homeland of Canada for his first concert there since his pre-stardom days.

January 8, 1955 - Mike Reno of Loverboy was born.

January 8, 1979 - Rush is named Canada's official "Ambassadors of Music" by the Canadian government.

January 9, 1959 - Kenny McLean of Platinum Blonde was born.

January 10, 1935 - Ronnie Hawkins, a pioneer of rock 'n' roll in Canada, was born in Huntsville, Arkansas. Hawkins has been a father figure to many of Canada's leading rock musicians, and the graduates of his bands include the groups Crowbar and The Band, as well as Dom Troiano, King Biscuit Boy and David C layton-Thomas. (Rompin') Ronnie Hawkins began touring the Ontario night club circuit in 1958 with his band the Hawks. In 1959, he scored on the US charts with "Mary Lou" and "40 Days." Hawkins has remained in Canada since then, leaving his Ontario base on ly occasionally, as he did in 1976 to appear at The Band's farewell concert in San Francisco.

January 11, 1924 - '50s pop vocalist Don Cherry was born.

January 12, 1941 - Long John Baldry is born. His first successes came in his native England where he began as a blues singer, but, by the end of the 60s, was being pushed into Humperdinck-land by his label and management. In that guise, he had a major British hit with Let the Heartaches Begin. In the 70s, he moved to Canada, settling, at first in Ancaster, and then relocating to Vancouver. Once he hit our shores, he capitalised on the success of his first Warner album, which had been co-produced by Elton John and Rod Stewart, both of whom he discovered.

January 12, 1968 - The Band record their breakthrough song, The Weight. It would go on to be covered by dozens, including Aretha Franklin, who had a hit with it on the RnB charts.

January 12, 1970 - The Band make the cover of Time Magazine. The cover story was about new American rock, but the Canadian boys were used to represent the style.

January 12, 1974 - The Band, again, peaked in the Top 40 of the Canadian charts with a song that did not qualify as Canadian content. Other than the artist, Ain't Got No Home was a rare cover for the group, having been a hit in the 60s for Clarence "Frogman" Henry. It was culled from their album of covers, Moondog Matinee.

January 12, 1974 - Terry Jacks entered the US charts with his remake of a classic French ballad called Seasons in the Sun. It would go on to become the biggest Canadian record of all time, for many years, and, in fact, the top selling single after White Christmas, again, for many years.

January 12, 1980 - Trooper peaked in the Canadian top 30 with a song that, today, would be politically incorrect called Three Dressed Up As a Nine.

January 12, 1995 - The Rock and Roll Induction Ceremonies are held. Those being inducted this year: Led Zeppelin, The Allman Brothers Band, Martha and the Vandellas, Neil Young, Janis Joplin, Al Green and Frank Zappa.

January 13, 1968 - Buffalo Springfield enter the American charts with a new single, Expecting to Fly. The Neil Young composition is marked by an arrangement written by Jack Nitzsche, who would go on to work with Crazy Horse and, eventually, marry Buffy Ste. Marie, and co-write Up Where We Belong with the Canadian Cree.

January 13, 1973 - Former DeeJay and actor Keith Hampshire tried his hand at making pop records, delving into the the British pop charts for material. Daytime Nighttime was a Manfred Mann song that he covered and took into the Canadian charts on this day. Later efforts included a young Cat Stevens' First Cut is the Deepest.

January 13, 1973 - Lorence Hud didn't have a long career, but his legacy is strong thanks to one song, Sign of the Gypsy Queen, that entered the Canadian charts on this day. April Wine liked the song enough that a few years later they re-recorded it and had a rather sizeable hit with it all over again which, when you think of it, is a rare event...a Canadian song becoming a hit twice for another Canadian act.

January 13, 1973 - Les Emmerson, formerly of the Staccatoes and the Five Man Electrical Band, scored a solo hit when Control of Me entered the US charts on this day. His solo career didn't give him any international hits as big as Signs by his former band, but this one did make the top 5 in Canada.

January 13, 1992 - In 1992, Bryan Adams opened the North American leg of his "Waking Up the World" tour in Sy dney, Nova Scotia. The Vancouver rocker used a pre-concert news conference to blast CRTC regulations which resulted in the songs on his "Waking Up the Neighbors" album being denied Canadian content status. The broadcast regulator said the songs weren't Ca nadian because Adams wrote them with British producer Robert (Mutt) Lange. That meant they could be played a maximum of 18 times a week on Canadian radio stations.

January 14, 1985 - Platinum Blonde, a band that started out as Police clones, peaked in the Canadian top 20 with Not in Love, one of six top 40 singles the band would enjoy between 1984-87. Mark Holmes has trotted out the trademark for occasional shows in the last year, and can be found spinning disks from Britain in a Toronto nightclub when not on tour.

January 14, 1985 - Kim Mitchell's All We Are peaked in the Canadian top 30. One of his great slower songs, the highlight of the track is the vocal contribution from bass player Peter Fredette who should have made his own album many years ago.

January 14, 1995 - Neil Young, who relocated to the United States in the 60s, was now so firmly entrenched in the American life that he, alongside Pearl Jam, was the featured act in a Voters for Choice benefit in Washington DC.

January 15, 1972 - Bruce Cockburn's first chart apearance One Day I Walk came from his second album, and though the single Musical Friends from his debut had received considerable airplay, it wasn't enough to chart. High Winds White Sky, the second album, was as sombre in its packaging, as the first was bright. He slowly began to graduate from coffeehouses to theatres, but it would be seven years before he charted again, when Wondering Where the Lions Are became a hit in 1979.

January 16, 1961 - Paul Anka, by now past the chart run that had made him an international star in the 50s, and long before he would come back in the 70s, entered the US charts with a song called Story of My Love. Despite its relative obscurity today compared to other of his hits, it climbed all the way to the top 20.

January 16, 1982 - Saga scored their biggest Canadian hit when Wind Him Up peaked at #22 in the domestic charts. This band was one of those most representing the dichotomy many Canadian acts faced at the time. Though they were capable of, and did, play large venues in this country, they were most often seen in smaller houses, while in the States, Europe, and, most notably, Puerto Rico, they were a stadium act. They played a few dates this past summer, but we have no word, officially, on whether they will be recording again soon.

January 16, 1982 - Chilliwack, who, next to April Wine, had the largest continuous chart run of any Canadian band, entered the US charts with I Believe. Like April Wine, too, Chilliwack was largely the band identity of a strong willed individual, in this case Bill Henderson. In each band, the lineup on the original releases was replaced, one by one, as the leader determined a need to move in a different direction or as the musicians tired of working with them. Both, however, lasted well beyond 10 years before breaking up, although, unlike Wine, Chilliwack never reformed to record again.

January 16, 1988 - Bryan Adams scored one of his lesser hits, by which we mean he only made the top 20 as opposed to the top ten, when Only the Strong Survive from the 1987 album Into The Fire peaked at #19 in the Canadian charts. It was released as a single only in Canada and Japan.

January 16, 1994 - Bryan Adams played before 2,500 people in Ho Chi Minh City - the first Western entertainer to perform in Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. About half of the audience were foreigners because the ticket prices of $20 - $45 Canadian represented several weeks wages for the average Vietnamese worker. Adams said he didn 't do some of the wilder acts of his regular concerts because he feared clashes between police and fans. Nonetheless, the crowd roared when Adams began his best-known song, "(Everthing I Do) I Do It For You." The audience became even more enthusiastic when Adams pulled a dozen people out of the audience to come on stage with him.

January 17, 1932 - Irwin Prescott is born. He would become one of the founding fathers of the Ottawa Valley country scene, and his son, Randall, is one of the best harp players and producers in the country, and is closely associated with the first family of Ottawa Valley Country, the Browns, through marriage.

January 17, 1946 - Canadian rock guitarist, singer and songwriter Dominic Troiano was born in Mondugno, Italy. After early stints in Toronto with Ronnie Hawkins's Hawks and Robbie Lane and the Disciples, Troiano played with the Rogues, Mandala and Bush, as well as recording a solo LP in 1971. He was lead guitarist with the US group the James Gang in 1972, and recorded another album on his own. Troiano joined the Guess Who in 1974 for that group's last two LP's and final concerts. He formed the Dominic Troiano Band in Toronto in 1976, and his blues-based guitar work was featured on several albums.

January 17, 1966 - CHUM-AM, in the 60s, was in the habit of producing novelty records, one of which, Like a Dribbling Fram by the Race Marbles, a parody of Dylan's Like a Rolling Stone, peaked in the Canadian top ten on this date.

January 17, 1970 - The Chairmen of the Board's Give Me Just a Little More Time entered the US charts. Though Detroit based, where they were signed to Holland-Dozier-Holland's Invictus Records, the quartet featured Hamilton's Harrison Kennedy on vocals and as a songwriter, although the lead vocals were usually done by General Johnson, the same man who had fronted the Showstoppers in the early 60s.

January 17, 1976 - Susan Jacks, now working exclusively as a solo act following the breakup of her marriage to Terry, scored a top 20 hit with a song called Anna Marie, written by a west coast fiddle player and folk singer named Bruce Miller.

January 17, 1983 - Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes teamed up to sing the love theme from An Officer and a Gentleman, which topped the Canadian charts on this day. It didn't qualify as CanCon, but one of the four writers was Buffy Ste. Marie.

January 17, 1983 - Chilliwack's Whatcha Gonna Do peaked in the Canadian top 20 on this day. This would be the last hit of the most popular version of the band, with Bill Henderson, Ab Bryant and Brian MacLeod. The latter two left to concentrate on their other band, The Headpins, and the next offering from Chilliwack was Bill with session musicians from England.

January 18, 1965 - Robbie Lane & the Disciples peaked in the Canadian top 20 with Ain't Love a Funny Thing. Lane was a big enough star in the Toronto scene at the time that he and his band were chosen to host a weekly TV show on the then young CTV network called It's Happening. Guitarist Terry Bush was often highlighted on the show, and went on to write jingles for a living, while to most, the rather white-bread approach of the band was made up for by the presence of long-haired harp player Wild William.

January 18, 1969 - Albums released this week include the Beatles' "Yellow Submarine" on Apple Reocrds; Tommy James & the Shondells' "Crimson and Clover" on Roulette; Creedance Clearwater Revival's "Bayou Country" on Fantasy and the self-titled LP by Blood, Sweat and Tears on Columbia.

January 18, 1971 - CRTC regulations governing Canadian content in radio music programming to ok effect. The regulations stated that 30 per cent of music broadcast between 6 a.m. and 12 midnight had to be by Canadians. Although the rules were part of the AM broadcasting regulations, they applied in principle to FM stations as well.

January 18, 1975 - Bachman Turner Overdrive entered the US charts with the track Roll On Down the Highway. Their riff-rock and slow jazzy blues touched a nerve on both sides of the border, and the band's manager Bruce Allen learned lessons while touring them in the States that he later applied to the success of both Loverboy and Bryan Adams. It was with BTO that he learned how the American business is run ($$$) and that a great band opening for a better-known but less exciting band will be the one that fans walk away talking about. To that end, when Loverboy did their first US tour, he put them on the bill with headliners Blue Oyster Cult who could not play their way out of a paper bag by that point but who guaranteed full houses to buy Loverboy records the next day.

January 18, 1982 - The city of Los Angeles declared it was Bob and Doug McKenzie day. The SCTV duo had a brief fling with stardom in the US via their "Great White North" LP.

January 19, 1974 - Two Bob Dylan/The Band shows, cause a nine-mile-long traffic jam in Miami that keeps many ticket holders from entering the Sportsatorium until the show is half over.

January 19, 1974 - Murray McLauchlan, decidedly tiring of being called a country singer, rocked it up more than he ever had on a song called Hurricane of Change which peaked in the top 20 domestically on this day. As a folkie, he always had an element of rock in his sound, but when Farmer's Song became an anthem he was backed into a corner, that he spent the rest of his careere fighting to get out of, no matter how many times he won the Country Male Artist Juno. These days, he is an author and married to Deniece Donlon, former head of Much Music now running Sony in Canada.

January 19, 1974 - Weeping Widow by April Wine peaked in the Canadian top 40 on this day. The song represented the end of their almost continuous run of top 40 hits for over a year, and by the time they returned in February of 1975 it was with a ballad guaranteed to broaden their audience, I Wouldn't Want to Lose Your Love, and a couple of new members in the band.

January 19, 1974 - Keith Hampshire was a deejay and actor who had spent some time working in British radio. He specialised in recording Brit hits that didn't get released over here like First Cut is the Deepest and Daytime Nighttime, but he hit the top 5 on this day with a song called Big Time Operator which also marked the last time he'd hit the top ten.

January 19, 1987 - Corey Hart had established himself as Canada's biggest teen idol over a three-year period in the mid-80s, first as a pop-rocker, but when his ballads started to become bigger than his uptempo tunes, giving him two number ones in a row, his focus shifted. Still, nobody expected him to cover Elvis Presley's Can't Help Falling in Love, which became his 3rd #1 hit on this day. Corey is now producing records and still making his own.

January 19, 1994 - The Animals, The Band, Duane Eddy, The Grateful Dead, Elton John, John Lennon, Bob Marley and Rod Stewart are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

January 20, 1958 - Paul Anka put his all into a song called You Are My Destiny which entered the US charts on this day. The song was the followup to his first hit Diana, which had gone to #1, and this one eventually made it all the way to #7 in the States. Whereas Diana was, definitely, reflective of the rock and roll pop that was becoming so popular, Destiny was much more indicative of the style that would become Anka's trademark with a big arrangement and even bigger vocals.

January 20, 1968 - Bob Dylan and the Band horrified folk music purists by playing electric instruments at a Tribute to Woody Guthrie concert at New York's Carnegie Hall. The concert, one of a series organized by Pete Seeger, also featured Joan Baez and Peter, Paul and Mary. Guthrie, a folk music pioneer, had died the previous October.

January 20, 1973 - The Stampeders, after a couple of years of hits in the light country-pop vein, rocked it up for the second single in a row when Johnny Lightning peaked in the Canadian charts. It wasn't as successful as its immediate predecessor, Wild Eyes, but together the tracks let the world know that the Stamps were anxious to expand their audience.

January 20, 1979 - The Cooper Brothers, from Ottawa, peaked in the Canadian top 30 with The Dream Never Dies (Just the Dreamer). It was their only single to crack the top 30, but was definitely a keeper, and remains one of the most popular Canadian tracks of all time. Regular use in commercials has likely benefitted the writers greatly.

January 21, 1956 - The Four Lads scored their second of three international top five hits in a row, when No Not Much entered the US charts. It followed Moments to Remember and preceded Standing On the Corner. The Lads were part of a triumvirate of Canadian vocals groups who would become major stars in the States during this era, alongside The Crewcuts and the Diamonds, and many of the members of all three groups were drawn from the St. Michael's School Choir.

January 22, 1989 - Colin James peaked in the Canadian top 40 in 1989 with Five Long Years. This was the Saskatchewan born guitarists first charted track but, even though he was just into his 20s he had already had a successful career for 6 years. Initially a bluegrass musician, by the time he was 18 he was touring the country as a blues guitarist, presaging the careers of such as Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Jonny Lang. He signed to Virgin Records and quickly became a star in Canada and beyond.

January 22, 1996 - Joni Mitchell and French composer Pierre Boulez shared Sweden's Polar music prize. Mitchell was the first woman to win one of the annual awards from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.

January 23, 1950 - Canadian rock singer Kevin Staples, formerly of Rough Trade, was born.

January 23, 1965 - Gordon Lightfoot emerged as a promising songwriter when his song, For Lovin' Me, entered the US charts in a version by Peter Paul and Mary. Though PP&M did write, on occasion, they were best known as interpreters of young songwriters, including giving both Bob Dylan and John Denver their first hits. Lightfoot soon came under the wing of their manager, Albert Grossman, who also managed Dylan, the Band and Janis Joplin in his career.

January 23, 1973 - Neil Young interrupts a New York concert to read a message handed to him. "Peace has come," he announces, sending the audience into a joyful ten minute fit of hugging and kissing. Young then went into a powerful version of "Southern Man."

January 23, 1989 - Red Rider officially changed their name to Tom Cochrane and Red Rider as most of the original members had left the band, and their first hit under their new identity was Big League which peaked in the top ten in Canada on this day. The song was about a promising junior hockey player from Northern Ontario who was killed in a car crash before being able to move into the big leagues. Tom was performing this song once in Sault Ste. Marie and, after the show, was approached by the father of the boy. Apparently he was a big fan of Red Rider and Tom was moved enough by his story regarding his son's situation that he wrote the song and recorded first chance he got.

January 24, 1938 - Rock 'n' Roll singer Jack Scott was born in Windsor, Ontario. He recorded several rockabilly numbers at the start of his career, but soon turned to a smoother ballad style on most of his records. "My True Love" was a big hit in 1958, and he scored a couple of years later with "What in the World's Come Over You" and "Burning Bridges."

January 24, 1965 - The Rolling Stones play their first date in Canada in Ottawa. A few days later, they would play London where the police pulled the plug because some of the audience refused to sit down. The resulting riot was front page news, and the Stones gladly added it to their legend, though the cops were responsible for the riot, not the Stones.

January 24, 1970 - The Archies topped the Canadian charts with Jingle Jangle, a song that qualifies as Cancon even though it only has one of the four requirements. Andy Kim's lyrics were enough, as before the Cancon regulations were formalized, and even today, any pre-1971 songs only require one part.

January 24, 1970 - The Original Caste from Calgary peaked in the Canadian top ten with One Tin Soldier. The song would go on to become a major international hit as well, although the Caste had to compete with a studio group called the Coven south of the border when the song was used as the theme for the film Billy Jack.

January 24, 1976 - Dan Hill, later much better known for his songs of love, peaked in the Canadian charts the same day he entered the US charts with his most politically pointed lyric ever. Growin' Up (In the Shadow of the USA) dealt with the country of his father, and Dan's own understanding of the differences between the two countries.

January 24, 1976 - The Band entered the studio, rehearsed to the max as they always were, and recorded the entire Islands album in one day. This was their habit since the second album, and certainly made them the most cost efficient superstars of their time.

January 24, 1983 - Rough Trade peaked in the Canadian top 20 with the single Crimes of Passion. This band's place in Canadian rock history is unique in that, at the time, what they sang about didn't usually make it on to the airwaves, and, likely, would not have were it not for the fact that they were Canadian, and the records were good. One case where Cancon did help to push the envelope of public acceptance despite the conservatism of radio.

January 24, 1996 - "Oh What a Feeling," a four-CD box set to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and the Juno Awards, was released. It would sell more than 250,000 copies in 75 days, raising about two million dollars for charity.

January 25, 1988 - Paul Carrack is not Canadian, but his only top ten hit as a solo artist is. The keyboardist/vocalist has been the behind the scenes voice for bands like Ace (How Long), Squeeze (Tempted), and Mike and the Mechanics (The Living Years) but his biggest hit as a solo performer was co-written by Toronto's Eddie Schwartz who, in his formative years, played in a band with Greg Godovitz. The song was Don't Shed a Tear and, oddly, though it peaked at #34 in Canada, in the United States it climbed all the way to #9 on the Billboard Hot 100.

January 25, 1993 - Celine Dion was already establishing herself internationally as a pop balladeer of the highest order when she decided to up the tempo a little. A gospel choir was hired to accompany her, and the end result, Love Can Move Mountains, peaked in the Canadian top ten on this day. Internationally, it was only a top 40 hit, rather than top ten, but it didn't slow down her momentum, as the major hits she's had since bear witness.

January 26, 1948 - Corky Laing was born. The drummer relocated to the United States at the end of the 60s where he joined Leslie West in the band Mountain. He was with them through the biggest days of their career, before returning to Canada where he eventually became director of A&R for Polydor Canada. He left that position in the 80s and has been seen, once again, pounding the skins for Mountain on reunion tours.

January 26, 1959 - The Diamonds scored the last of their nine US top 20 hits. Originally a jazz vocal group, they decided to have a little fun and recorded Little Darlin' by the Zodiacs as a gentle jab at rock and roll. It went on to become a worldwide hit and, largely because they were white, the accepted definitive version of the song. They cashed in, and continue to do rock 'n' roll oldies shows today with none of the original members left.

January 26, 1974 - Terry Jacks topped the Canadian charts with his version of Seasons in the Sun. It would go on to become the biggest selling single of all time, second only to White Christmas. It also, effectively, was his last big hit. The critic's attacked it universally, and the fans, though it sold so well, were not receptive to any later offerings. Terry took the money and built a new studio in Vancouver and rarely emerges anymore.

January 26, 1986 - Corey Hart's "Boy in the Box" album reached the million mark in sales in Canada. Hart was the second Canadian artist to reach the figure, which qualified him for a diamond award. The first Canadian artist to sell a million copies of an album was Bryan Adams, whose "Reckless" album reached that mark in December 1985.

January 26, 1995 - Joni Mitchell, not the most visible of touring artists, chose to play for her fans in a live radio special that aired across Canada and the United States. She has done some touring since, most notably on a bill with Bob Dylan and Van Morrison.

January 27, 1931 - Rudy Maugeri is born. As one quarter of the group The Crew Cuts, from Toronto, Rudy enjoyed a number of big hits in the United States and Canada in the 50s. When one scans the titles, however, the thought comes to mind that all of their hits were songs you thought were by somebody else. Earth Angel...Young Love...A Story Untold...and so on. They were among the many white artists with major label deals who drew their material from the rhythm and blues charts, making the songs well known, but not, necessarily, raising the profile of the original artist, and, in most cases, not enriching the writers, either, though the publishers did well.

January 27, 1959 - Margo Timmins, lead singer of the Canadian band Cowboy Junkies, was born in Montreal.

January 27, 1969 - Andy Kim was a successful writer, but most often for others. In the early days of his career, his biggest hits were songs written by Barry Mann, who also owned his label and produced Andy's tracks. On this day, one of Andy's own, Rainbow Ride, peaked in the Canadian charts but, sadly, short of the top 40. As a writer, his biggest success would be the Archies' Sugar Sugar.

January 27, 1973 - Joni Mitchell peaked in the Canadian top ten with You Turn Me On I'm a Radio. By her standards, it was less acoustic in feel than what we were used to, but the paean to both a lover and the radio was acoustic based. The filtering used on both the instruments and her voice gave it an energy, though, that made it one of her first rock records.

January 27, 1979 - Anne Murray entered the American charts with I Just Fall in Love Again. Certainly not one of her most memorable tunes, but, at a stage in her career where the States meant concert tours and precious little airplay for her, this track, combined with its predecessor, the #1 You Needed Me from the same album, guaranteed the profile would be high for a while.

January 27, 1979 - Frank Mills, a one-time member of The Bells, entered the US charts with what would go on to become his biggest hit. Music Box Dancer was an instrumental based on the melody he heard on a music box and, as unlikely as it seems, it would go on to sell a million-plus worldwide, and reach as high as #3 in the Billboard listings.

January 27, 1986 - Corey Hart peaked at #1 on the Canadian charts for the second. Initially seen as a pop rocker, he had already hit the top with Never Surrender, and this one, Everything In My Heart, followed the pattern. Obviously, his fans were responding to ballads more than they were to his light rockers. His third #1, a year later, would be a remake of I Can't Help Falling in Love With You, continuing the trend.

January 27, 1992 - Tom Cochrane peaked in the Canadian top 20 with No Regrets. This was the follow-up single to Life Is a Highway, and despite becoming very successful, suffered by comparison to his biggest hit ever. While it went on to the top 20 here, Life Is a Highway so dominated the airwaves for months after its release, that even at its peak, No Regrets had trouble matching the spins total at radio of its predecessor.

January 27, 1997 - Ottawa native Alanis Morissette's "Jagged Little Pill" was named favorite album at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Presenter Paul Abdul accepted the award for Morissette, who was on vacation in India. Morissette was also picked as favorite female artist. Timmins, Ontario, native Shania Twain captured the trophy for best female country artist.

January 28, 1967 - Buffalo Springfield entered the US charts for the first time with their song about the LA teen riots, For What It's Worth. Obviously, its Canadianism comes from the fact that 3/5ths of the band had Canadian connections. Neil Young and Bruce Palmer were 100% Canadian, and drummer Dewey Martin had, reportedly, been an Ottawa resident in his teen years before moving on to the States and hooking up with this groundbreaking quintet. The other two members, Steven Stills and Richie Furay, like Young, had long careers beyond the life of this band.

January 28, 1968 - In 1968, Sarah McLachlan was born in Halifax.

January 28, 1985 - A who's who in the world of music show up at the legendary A&M Studio's in Hollywood. They "check their egos at the door" and record "We Are The World".

January 28, 1989 - In 1989, the Bachman-Turner Overdrive lineup of guitarists Randy B achman and Blair Thornton, bassist Fred Turner and drummer Robbie Bachman played together for the first time in 11 years at a reunion concert in a Vancouver nightclub. BTO was joined on stage by Paul Dean of Loverboy and Bryan Adams for BTO's 1974 hit "Taking Care of Business" and a rock 'n' roll oldies medley.

January 29, 1955 - The Crew Cuts entered the US charts with the first of their r 'n' b covers, Earth Angel. The song, much better known these days in its original version by The Penguins, made it all the way to #3 on Billboard, but, despite the proclivity of radio programmers to go with the "safe" version, it must be noted that the Penguins version also made it to the top ten, peaking at #8. There were almost a dozen other competing versions, most notably by Gloria Mann.

January 29, 1973 - The Band held another of their legendary one-day recording sessions, this time laying down all the tracks for the album that would become Moondog Matinee. It was a tribute to all the songs the members of the group grew up listening to back in the days of clear channel radio, when you could stay up late at night and listen to stations in New York, Boston, Chicago, Nashville, and New Orleans with such legendary broadcasters as Allan Freed whose own show was called The Moondog Matinee. It is the only album by the Band that does not qualify as Cancon as only the artists were recognized. All the songs and the production credit were American.

January 29, 1988 - Prism, which faded in 198 3 after earlier hit records and a Juno award, staged a reunion at the 86 Street club in Vancouver. The reunion group featured three of the original members - Lindsay Mitchell, Rocket Norton and Al Harlow. Prism was formed in 1977 and produced such hit rec ords as "Armageddon," "Spaceship Superstar" and "Night to Remember." It won the Juno for Group of the Year in 1980 and served as a springboard for writers such as Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance.

January 29, 1990 - Tom Cochrane and Red Rider peaked in the top 20 with a live version of their classic White Hot. Previously, it had been an album track on their first release, but had never been pushed as a single until their live set released that year.

January 29, 1995 - Ken "Dimwit" Jensen, a veteran member of the Vancouver music scene and drummer for both DOA and American band The Four Horsemen, with whom he recorded their Still Alive and Well album, died in a house fire on this day.

January 29, 1996 - Shania Twain was named best new country artist at the American Music Awards.

January 30, 1971 - Janis Joplin's "Me And Bobby McGee" is released.

January 31, 1978 - Blood Sweat & Tears saxophone player Greg Herbert dies of an accidental drug overdose in Amsterdam during the band's European tour. He was 30 years age.

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