Tag: 1960s

Vintage Vinyl – Ray Griff

Vintage Vinyl – Ray Griff

Vancouver-born Ray Griff has had a very successful career as a songwriter, having penned hits for country artists including but not limited to Dolly Parton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Porter Wagoner and Faron Young, but he’s made a pretty good go of it as a recording artist, too. He had his first taste of success in the late ’60s with a cover […]

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Sharon Strong - Sincerely...

Vintage Vinyl – Sharon Strong

It is 1965. The girl, who is only 16 but already a showbiz pro who has been singing for country and western audiences since she was 4 years old, has traveled to Toronto from her home on a farm in southwestern Ontario. It’s not her first visit – she’s even been on TV there and in Hamilton – but to be […]

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Vintage Vinyl – Guido Basso

Vintage Vinyl – Guido Basso

Trumpeter and flugelhornist Guido Basso was born in Montreal in 1937, apprenticed in several dance bands as a young man, toured throughout North America with U.S. singers Vic Damone and Pearl Bailey and wound up settling in Toronto in 1960, where he became a highly in-demand studio musician and music director for radio and television programs. His name pops up on a lot […]

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Vintage Vinyl – The Phil Nimmons Group

Vintage Vinyl – The Phil Nimmons Group

Clarinetist, saxophonist, composer and educator Phil Nimmons has done pretty much everything it’s possible to do in jazz over the course of a career that has stretched over six decades. After taking up the clarinet in a Vancouver high school he played in and wrote arrangements for local dance bands, earned a scholarship to Julliard in New York City and studied at […]

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Vintage Vinyl – Shirley Field

Vintage Vinyl – Shirley Field

Country singer/songwriter Shirley Field was born in Armstrong, B.C. and began singing in school operettas and local stampedes at the tender age of five. Her first recordings were with Evan Kemp and His Trail Riders, she had her own radio program (“The Cowboy’s Sweetheart Show”) on CFJC Kamloops, and she made appearances on both the CBC, CTV’s “Cross Country Barn […]

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Vintage Vinyl – Nick Ayoub

Vintage Vinyl – Nick Ayoub

Music is the ultimate melting pot. In 1927, a year after the subject of this post was born, Columbia released the first recorded version of a folk song old enough that its origins, although traced to Asia Minor, have been lost. It was performed by Tetos Demetriades, a Turkish singer who had emigrated to the United States, and his rendition of the song […]

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Vintage Vinyl: Orval Prophet

Vintage Vinyl: Orval Prophet

Orval Prophet (an inductee into the Ottawa Country Music Hall of Fame) was born in Edwards Ontario in 1922. He had quite the storied career, and a few cool stage names (he was also known as Johnny Six!), as he sang around Ontario, and had some tours around the United States with Wilf Carter. Unfortunately, he was also riddled with […]

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Vintage Vinyl: Les Alexandrins

Vintage Vinyl: Les Alexandrins

This 1966 album was the first Capital (and first overall) album by Les Alexandrins, a duo made up of Lise Vachon and Luc Cousineau. These two were a very popular Quebec duo for several years, well into the mid 1970s. As with many of the Quebec music I find, I can get a bunch of videos on YouTube, but not a lot […]

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