Canada’s Best Music – 5 Songs At A Time – Part 26

Today’s collection includes some country rock, some classic staples, some music from my favourite city and some really sappy 70’s pop.

1. Murray McLauchlan

“Try Walking Away”

Murray McLauchlan (album)
Murray McLauchlan (album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Murray had a strong career in the 70’s and 80’s, writing and recording many current staples on Canadian classic radio.  Unfortunately, he never hit mainstream elsewhere.

2. The Poppy Family

“Where Evil Grows”

Terry Jacks Guests on OTR
Terry Jacks Guests on OTR (Photo credit: Stephen Dyrgas)

Smaltzy Canadian pop at its’ best (worst?).  The Poppy Family had a string of North American hits in the late 60’s and early 70’s.  The group was made up of Susan and Terry Jacks.

4. Northern Pikes

“She Aint Pretty”

Live (Northern Pikes album)
Live (Northern Pikes album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hello Saskatoon, Canada‘s greatest city.

5. Bachman Turner Overdrive

“Blue Collar”

Cover of "BTO (1984)"
Cover of BTO (1984)

BTO’s very first release, very different from everything they did afterwards.  My favourite song by them by a country mile.  This clip is of Randy Bachman only, but it is live and is at a great venue in Vancouver called the Commodore Ballroom.  Great groove.

Song Of The Day – Remembering Belita Woods



Belita Wood
Belita Wood (Photo credit: snabby)


May 14 saw the passing of 70’s soul singer Belita Woods.  She was 63.  She was with the group Brainstorm and recorded “Lovin’ Is Really My Game”, a disco hit in the late 70’s.





She spent time in the 90’s and 2000’s with Parliament – Funkadelic.  I think most will enjoy this one.






Song Of The Day – Remembering Donald “Duck” Dunn


Photo of musician Donald "Duck" Dunn
Photo of musician Donald “Duck” Dunn (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just a quick note to acknowledge the passing of a great one, Donald “Duck” Dunn, on May 13.  A member of Booker T & the MG’s, he replaced the original bassist, he is forever connected to Green Onions, even though he was not on the original recording.

He was also notable as a session player for Stax Records, which means he is on about 50 zillion songs recorded there.  He also performed with a multitude of bands, such as CCR, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Rod Stewart, Levon Helm, Bob Dylan and the list goes on and on.    He was also the pipe smoking, wild hair bass player in the Blues Brothers.

Let’s Explore The Blues – Georgia Tom

Precious Lord: New Recordings of the Great Son...
Precious Lord: New Recordings of the Great Songs of Thomas A. Dorsey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Georgia Tom, (Thomas Dorsey) is considered by many to be the father of black gospel music.  He was born in Villa Rica, Georgia in 1899, living to the ripe old age of 93, passing away in 1993.  His early career was spent with such famous blues men as Tampa Red.  Later in his career, he turned to gospel, writing many current standards.  These include “Peace In The Valley” (recorded by Mahalia Jackson) and “Precious Lord, Take My Hand“.  His songs have  been recorded by a veritable who’s who of the music world.  think, Elvis Presley, think Aretha Franklin, even Roy Rogers.  Now to some music.

First up is a blues number sung by the man himself.

Maybe It’s The Blues

This next one is a recording of Mahalia Jackson.

Peace In The Valley

Here is Elvis singing Precious Lord

As a final treat, we have Thomas Dorsey discussing gospel music  and the story behind Precious Lord.  Great stuff.

Song Of The Day – Remembering Michael Burks

Cover of "Iron Man"
Cover of Iron Man

Blues-man Michael Burks passed away on May 6, after having a heart attack. He was 54. If you love the blues (like I do), then you will really like what Michael had to offer. He recorded 4 albums between 1999 and 2008, with “Iron Man” reaching number 4 on the Billboard Blues Chart. I have attached a couple of videos in memorial.

Michael Burks – Home

Michael Burks – Last FM

“Empty Promises”

Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue – Michael Burks – Cadillac Assembly Line

Trivia Question of the Day

Who did (and wrote) the first recording of Aretha Franklin’s classic “Respect”?

The last Question answered

Q: What was the first album released on CD?

A: ABBA – The Visitors in 1981

Song Of The Day – Eva Cassidy – Wade In The Water

Eva Cassidy discography
Eva Cassidy discography (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This interpretation of the classic “Wade In The Water” by the late Eva Cassidy (1963-1996) is a staple on my iPhone. What a great song. She was an adept singer whose repertoire covered pretty much everything from pop to gospel. A superb singer, taken far to early.

Eva Cassidy Home

Wade In The Water

Janice and Kirk Come To Calgary

My sister Janice and her husband Kirk (they just retired so I’m kind of pissed at them) popped out for a quick visit with us over the Canada Day long weekend.  We did a bit of sightseeing with them before they headed off south into Montana.  I have decided to name this the Great Calgary Wildlife Tour.


We did an afternoon in downtown Calgary.  You can get a nice drink and a stupendous view of Calgary’s downtown wildlife from this perch on Stephen Avenue.  A great place for people watching.

We did a run out to Banff and Lake Louise.  On the way we saw a moose, but could not stop to take a picture.

Bow Valley Parkway Bear

As we pulled out of Lake Louise and onto the Bow Valley Parkway, I spotted something in the ditch, a flipping bear.  I pulled over to the shoulder to try to get a picture.  Please note the car to the right.  This is a panic-stricken idiot of a tourist who decided to stop in the middle of the freaking highway.  Also note the oncoming car moving at 60 miles per hour.  Also note that the fool was blocking our view and could only shoot out the rear window.

Bow Valley Trail Sheep

As we continued on, we came up on a line up of traffic.  It was like the drive through at Tim Horton’s on a weekday morning.  As we inched our way along, I soon saw what the hold up was.  A Bighorn Sheep on the side of the road.  Once we got up to it, I literally stuck my phone out the window and took a picture.  The pavement edge is in the bottom right corner.

Bow Valley Parkway Elk

Our next stop up the road was at a spot where about 30 vehicles were pulled over.  We looked, couldn’t see anything and then noticed the elk, way back in the forest.  Kirk hopped out and headed for them.  He got the shot from afar.  I didn’t have the heart to tell him that they wander the streets in parts of Banff.

To sum up the day, we got pictures of 2 elk, 1 bear, 1 bighorn sheep and 3 beer drinkers.  We didn’t get shots of 1 moose, a bald eagle and many gophers.  A pretty good day.

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Song Of The Day – Remembering Sweet Joe Russell



The Persuasions
The Persuasions (Photo credit: cisc1970)


Sweet Joe Russell died on May 5.  Best known as a singer for The Persuasions, Joe recorded 22 albums with the group.  Strange as it sounds, frank Zappa discovered them and was responsible for their first recording.  The group was a capella and recorded songs by such diverse people as Elvis Presley and The Grateful Dead.  The clip here covers The Everly Brothers tune, “Dream” and an old gospel song “Somewhere To Lay My Head”.  Love this era of music.  Very diverse and very fresh, at the time.


The Persuasions


Trivia Question of the Day

What was the first album released on CD?

The last Question answered

Q: Who was the first British musician to have a #1 single in the USA.

A: Mr Acker Bilt.  He topped the charts in 1962 with “Stranger On The Shore”

Stranger On The Shore




Song Of The Day – Sly and The Family Stone – “If You Want Me To Stay”

The Original Family Stone live, 2006. Jerry Ma...
The Original Family Stone live, 2006. Jerry Martini, Rose Stone, and Cynthia Robinson (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cleaning out my tags on Shazam and came across this one. Sly and The Family Stone is one great band with a super bass player.

If You Want Me To Stay

Trivia Question of the Day

Who was the first British musician to have a #1 single in the USA.

The last Question answered

Q. Who was the first African-American recording artist?

A: Willie “The Lion” Smith. He played piano on Mamie Smith’s “Crazy Blues” in 1920

Time to Tidy Up The Place and Humbly Accept Awards

It’s been a while since I last tidied up the odds and ends and things outstanding, and I have a few minutes. Here goes.

1. Evea at Anthony’s Ramblings hit me up with my first Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I enjoy this blog and thank Evea for recognizing me. I enjoy the posts and I can now say I have a blogging friend in South Africa.

2. The Blog Of Funny Names made up 2 awards for me (which are special because no one else has them). Hit the link to see them.

3. Life In The Drivethru bestows a Sunshine Award on me. This blog is great, but seems to have gone dark, no posts since June 3. To bad if it ends, very funny.

4. SightsnBytes, one of my daily stops, was kind enough to nominate me for a One Lovely Blog Award. Thanks Sights, love Newfoundland.

As per my normal, I nominate anyone and everyone for these awards, except my awards from The Blog Of Funny Names. You cannot have those.

Now a bit of music. A Gripping Life popped up a post on album covers today and it made me think of the inside cover of Tres Hombres by ZZ Top, which also made me think of La Grange.

So without further adieu (Canada is bilingual, so I slip in some French here and there) here is La Grange.

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