Tag: Beau Levitt

Vintage Vinyl – Carl’s Sons

Vintage Vinyl – Carl’s Sons

Carl’s Sons were a lounge duo consisting of Rob and Elmer Stalkie who were a featured attraction at the Ali Baba Steakhouse (apparently still a going concern) in Waterloo, Ontario throughout the ’70s. Rob played mandolin, Elmer played guitar and on this version* of Bobby Hebb’s oft-covered hit “Sunny” what sounds like a primitive drum machine or (more likely) one of […]

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Vintage Vinyl – Bob Lucier

Vintage Vinyl – Bob Lucier

The Stevie Wonder r&b classic “Too High” might not seem like the most likely candidate for a country music steel guitar makeover, but guitarist Bob Lucier (who played in the backup band on The Tommy Hunter Show) makes it seem like a natural fit. Wonder’s music generally didn’t display much of a country influence (aside from maybe 1981’s “I Ain’t Gonna […]

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Vintage Vinyl – Eugene Amaro

Vintage Vinyl – Eugene Amaro

Most of the songs on this 1975 LP by the late Toronto-based tenor saxophonist and flautist Eugene Amaro (who led his own jazz combos and often sat in with The Boss Brass in addition to playing with visiting musicians like Woody Herman and Benny Goodman) are cloying easy-listening numbers that sound like music you’d wait for the dentist to, but this funky cover […]

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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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Vintage Vinyl – SMI

Vintage Vinyl – SMI

The sum total of information on the internet about hip-hop crew SMI is almost entirely limited to one comment on a HipHopCanada.com message board, so that plus the information on the record label is everything I know about them. Written and performed by Simple and Simplicity, with DJ duties handed by Kid Ebony The Light Skin Assassin, “(Hold The) Toe Print […]

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Vintage Vinyl – The Shakers

Vintage Vinyl – The Shakers

The Hamilton power-poppers known as The Shakers may have come and gone without leaving much of a lasting mark on rock history, but they do have one thing in common with legends like U2, Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash; they recorded at Grant Avenue Studio. Long before Daniel Lanois was a world-famous producer and artist in his own […]

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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 – Renee Martel

Vintage Vinyl – Renee Martel

Quebecois chanteuse Renee Martel was born in Drummondville in 1947, and over the course of a career that has spanned almost 50 years she’s sold 10 million records, won multiple Felix Awards (Quebec’s version of the Junos) and become a cultural icon in la belle province. Early successes as a pop singer were followed by struggles with alcohol, a switch to country […]

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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 – Truck

Vintage Vinyl – Truck

Straight outta Ingersoll, Ontario, the rock band Truck was originally named Sound Spectrum. Formed in 1966, by the end of the decade they’d changed their name and decamped for the relatively big city lights of London. Relentless gigging and a name which lent itself to the then-trendy catchphrase “Keep On Truckin’” gained them a modest following and gigs opening for acts like Emerson, […]

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Vintage Vinyl – Garnett Ford

Vintage Vinyl – Garnett Ford

Before the keytar-weilding hordes of synth-pop took over in the early ’80s, AOR (Album-Oriented Rock) artists like Ian Thomas, Loverboy and Triumph ruled the airwaves in Canada. One of those who aspired to the AOR throne was Toronto singer Garnett Ford, who had cut his teeth playing with Tom Cochrane, Edward Bear and Klaatu and his own band named Pinball before […]

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Lost Durangos - Evil Town

Vintage Vinyl – Lost Durangos

 This blog describes Vancouver’s Lost Durangos as a cowpunk band, one example of a very ’80s mashup of country and punk which included bands like Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper, Social Distortion and The Gun Club. And they’ve definitely got more than a touch of that, but there’s a sunnier, new wave edge to their sound that brings to mind bands […]

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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 – Ray Dalan

Vintage Vinyl – Ray Dalan

  Outside of these two pages, one of which refers to him as “Reverend” and states that he passed away on April 8th, 2012, there’s not much information about singer-songwriter Ray Dalan on the internet. For Mature People was written and produced by Dalan, recorded in “Bob and Dan’s basement”  and released on Sky Records in 1974. “Bob and Dan” are the Lanois brothers, […]

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Vintage Vinyl – Mickey McGivern

Vintage Vinyl – Mickey McGivern

Guitarist Mickey McGivern was born in Pembroke, Ontario in 1931 and by the age of 17 he was already on the road with The Kidd Baker Show. This was the start of a career that saw him tour coast to coast as leader of Mickey and The Mustangs and a part of backing bands for country singers like Johnny Paycheck, […]

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