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Subject: Canadian artists/songs of the 70s

Written By: whistledog on 07/14/18 at 1:01 am

Probably just me talking about Canadian music again, but oh well lol. 
The 70s is my favourite decade for Canadian rock as there were so many good songs.  Feel free to post some of your favourites, while I ramble on about ones that did not make it outside of Canada :D



From 1973, here is Yes! by Fludd.  This made it to #47 in Canada.  3 members from this band went on to form the band Saga
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Here is Wednesday with a very fun and catchy song called Here today, gone tomorrow.  This made it to #49 in Canada during 1975.  It was originally written and recored by a duo named Stella and Bambos in 1973
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Subject: Re: Canadian artists/songs of the 70s

Written By: nally on 07/14/18 at 1:21 am

The band Bachman Turner Overdrive readily comes to mind. They had several hits then.


You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet
Let It Ride
Taking Care Of Business


...among others.

Subject: Re: Canadian artists/songs of the 70s

Written By: AmericanGirl on 07/14/18 at 3:26 pm


...Here is Wednesday ...


I recall Wednesday had a U.S. hit in early '74 with a cover of Last Kiss  :)  I'd hear it on the radio...

Subject: Re: Canadian artists/songs of the 70s

Written By: AmericanGirl on 07/14/18 at 3:32 pm

How about the band Lighthouse?  They had a few U.S. hits - this wasn't a huge U.S. hit but I like it:

Lighthouse - Pretty Lady (1973)  :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxLY8ajMfBU

Subject: Re: Canadian artists/songs of the 70s

Written By: whistledog on 07/15/18 at 1:17 am


I recall Wednesday had a U.S. hit in early '74 with a cover of Last Kiss  :)  I'd hear it on the radio...



They did.  It reached US #34.  They had one other US hit with a cover of the 60s song Teen angel which only got to US #79



How about the band Lighthouse?  They had a few U.S. hits - this wasn't a huge U.S. hit but I like it:

Lighthouse - Pretty Lady (1973)  :)


That is my favourite Lighthouse song.  It is so good.  It only made it to #53 in the US, but I gather that was high enough to still get some radio play.  Skip Prokop, a founding member of Lighthouse sadly passed away last year. 

Subject: Re: Canadian artists/songs of the 70s

Written By: whistledog on 07/15/18 at 1:24 am


The band Bachman Turner Overdrive readily comes to mind. They had several hits then.


You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet
Let It Ride
Taking Care Of Business


...among others.


In 1977, Randy Bachman left the group due to creative differences, and after a not so successful solo album in 1978, he formed a new band called Ironhorse, and in 1979, hit the Top 40 in both the US and Canada with the fantastic single Sweet lui-louise

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Subject: Re: Canadian artists/songs of the 70s

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/15/18 at 1:58 am

Canadian singer Gordon Lightfoot's biggest hit?

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Subject: Re: Canadian artists/songs of the 70s

Written By: AmericanGirl on 07/15/18 at 8:49 am


Canadian singer Gordon Lightfoot's biggest hit?

The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald - awesome!  O0

Subject: Re: Canadian artists/songs of the 70s

Written By: CatwomanofV on 07/15/18 at 1:09 pm

I love the Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald but I think this is my Gordon Lightfoot favorite.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5tr_L31StI

To be, this screams Canada. Yup, another Gordon Lightfoot.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSXamq-gUbc

Can you tell, that I really like Gordon Lightfoot. 


Cat

Subject: Re: Canadian artists/songs of the 70s

Written By: nally on 07/15/18 at 5:57 pm


I love the Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald but I think this is my Gordon Lightfoot favorite.


Can you tell, that I really like Gordon Lightfoot. 


Cat

Good choice with him. Yes, he was another Canadian artist who had lots of hits then. O0 My parents are even fans of his music. (It's kinda rubbed off on me too.)

Subject: Re: Canadian artists/songs of the 70s

Written By: whistledog on 07/16/18 at 12:37 am


Canadian singer Gordon Lightfoot's biggest hit?



His biggest hit was Sundown.  It was his only #1 hit in the US, and the 2nd of 3 in Canada.  For you guys in England, his highest charter was If you could read my mind

Subject: Re: Canadian artists/songs of the 70s

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/16/18 at 4:36 am


His biggest hit was Sundown.  It was his only #1 hit in the US, and the 2nd of 3 in Canada.  For you guys in England, his highest charter was If you could read my mind
Only reaching #30 in the UK Charts.

Subject: Re: Canadian artists/songs of the 70s

Written By: Howard on 07/16/18 at 6:56 am


His biggest hit was Sundown.  It was his only #1 hit in the US, and the 2nd of 3 in Canada.  For you guys in England, his highest charter was If you could read my mind


Did he have any hits in the 1980's? ???

Subject: Re: Canadian artists/songs of the 70s

Written By: AmericanGirl on 07/16/18 at 4:40 pm


Did he have any hits in the 1980's? ???


No big U.S. hits - from my reference it looks like he had a minor hit in '82 called Baby Step Back

I had the pleasure of attending a Gordon Lightfoot concert (it was outdoors) and he was excellent!  This was in '83 or '84.  Most of what he performed I would characterize as his "old stuff" (from the 70's).

Subject: Re: Canadian artists/songs of the 70s

Written By: AmericanGirl on 07/16/18 at 4:49 pm

The Guess Who (from whence Randy Bachman also of B.T.O. fame came) was still rockin' in the 70's! They had a huge U.S. hit with this one (ironically, since it was arguably anti-U.S.)  ;)

The Guess Who - American Woman (1970)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkqfpkTTy2w

Subject: Re: Canadian artists/songs of the 70s

Written By: AmericanGirl on 07/16/18 at 4:53 pm

Anne Murray was a big hitmaker in the U.S. during the 70s - I always liked this Beatles cover of hers  :)

Anne Murray - You Won't See Me
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlM15soLy-Y

Subject: Re: Canadian artists/songs of the 70s

Written By: nally on 07/16/18 at 11:17 pm


The Guess Who (from whence Randy Bachman also of B.T.O. fame came) was still rockin' in the 70's! They had a huge U.S. hit with this one (ironically, since it was arguably anti-U.S.)  ;)

The Guess Who - American Woman (1970)

Oh yes, that one still gets widely played on the radio (at least here). As well as their preceding single "No Time", which is from the end of the preceding decade.

Subject: Re: Canadian artists/songs of the 70s

Written By: whistledog on 07/17/18 at 1:08 am


Did he have any hits in the 1980's? ???


In 1986, he had a surprise Top 40 hit here in Canada called Anything for love.  It featured David Foster on keyboards.  It was his only mainstream Top 40 hit of the 80s


The Guess Who (from whence Randy Bachman also of B.T.O. fame came) was still rockin' in the 70's! They had a huge U.S. hit with this one (ironically, since it was arguably anti-U.S.)  ;)

The Guess Who - American Woman (1970)


It's funny.  Burton Cummings said once in an interview that the American Woman they are singing about is the Statue of Liberty, which confused me because wasn't that a gift from France?  I guess "French woman, stay away from me" doesn't have the same ring to it lol

Subject: Re: Canadian artists/songs of the 70s

Written By: whistledog on 07/17/18 at 1:26 am

In 1971, a Gospel-Rock band from Toronto called Ocean had a hit with Put your hand in the hand.  It reached #2 in the US and #10 in Canada.  They went on to have a few other minor hits in both countries, but in 1972, they saw the Top 40 in Canada one more time with a fantastic song called One more chance that made it to #12

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Subject: Re: Canadian artists/songs of the 70s

Written By: whistledog on 07/17/18 at 1:49 am

In 1974, a pianist named Frank Mills released a song called Music box dancer.  Initially not a single, it was re-released in 1978, but only made it to #47 in Canada during September of 1978 (I was shocked as well when I learned this).  When released in the US, it made it to #3 in May of 1979 and became his lone Top 40 hit there, and the 2nd of 3 total US Hot 100 hits he would have. 

The follow-up single to that was called Peter piper.  It peaked at #48 in the US and #11 in Canada during December of 1979, and is my favourite song of his

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Subject: Re: Canadian artists/songs of the 70s

Written By: whistledog on 07/17/18 at 2:12 am

One more for now …

Any April Wine fans out there?  They were one of Canada's best kept secrets of the 1970s.  From 1971-1979, they had 21 hit singles in Canada.  Of those, only two of them saw the US Hot 100, both reaching the Top 40:  Their cover of the Hot Chocolate song You could have been a lady made it to #32 in 1972 and an original composition called Roller made it to #34 in 1979.

Flash forward to the 80s, they had a brief run of minor charting singles in the US.  One such from 1982 was called Sign of the gypsy queen which reached US #52.  Not a big hit, but from what I understand, it is somewhat well known to American audiences, but did you know it was a cover song?  The original is by a man named Lorence Hud and made it to #16 in Canada during January of 1973.  Here is a comparison of both ...

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Subject: Re: Canadian artists/songs of the 70s

Written By: Howard on 07/17/18 at 7:02 am


Oh yes, that one still gets widely played on the radio (at least here). As well as their preceding single "No Time", which is from the end of the preceding decade.


and I also think "Clap For The Wolfman".

Subject: Re: Canadian artists/songs of the 70s

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/17/18 at 11:09 am

Born in Canada, Andy Kim, "Rock Me Gently" reached #2 in the UK in 1974.

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Subject: Re: Canadian artists/songs of the 70s

Written By: whistledog on 08/31/18 at 1:51 pm

I like Andy Kim's music.  He had quite a few hits in the 70s, and under the alias Baron Longfellow, had a few more hits in the 80s.  He wrote hits for The Archies such as Jingle Jangle and Sugar Sugar

Subject: Re: Canadian artists/songs of the 70s

Written By: AmericanGirl on 08/31/18 at 3:26 pm

Here's a fun one  :)

The Stampeders - Sweet City Woman  (1971) 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CPt3eSBJiQ


Subject: Re: Canadian artists/songs of the 70s

Written By: annimal on 08/31/18 at 3:38 pm

oh man, my double vision now

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