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Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Announces 2011 Inductees

This morning the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame announced its inductees for 2011. This year, the Hall of Fame has begun a new practice of recognizing songwriters for their entire body of work, instead of a specific song. The awards are divided according to historical era: The Pioneer Era is pre-1939, the Radio Era is 1939-1969 and the Modern Era is 1970-1985.

MODERN ERA: Songwriters

ROBBIE ROBERTSON (b. Toronto, Ontario)

·       Guitarist and primary songwriter for The Band

·       Classic hits include The Weight, Somewhere Down the Crazy River and Broken Arrow

LUC PLAMONDON (b. Saint-Raymond, Québec)

·       Has written hits for Bruno Pelletier, Robert Charlebois, Céline Dion

·       Co-author of a number of musicals including Starmania and Notre-Dame de Paris

MODERN ERA: Songs

JE SUIS COOL by Gilles Valiquette, 1972

·       Gilles Valiquette is a Canadian rock musician, stage actor and record producer

PAS BESOIN DE FRAPPER POUR ENTRER by Jacques Michel, 1972

·       Jacques Michel toured Canada in the early ’70s, introducing Anglophone Canadians to a hit Francophone song

OH WHAT A FEELING by Kelly Jay, Roly Greenway, 1971

·       Reached Gold in Canada quickly after its release, garnering international acclaim

·       Considered the first ever CanCon hit

WHEN I DIE by Willie Smith, Steve Kennedy, 1969

·       Reached #5 on the Canadian charts and #18 in the U.S.

·       Willie Smith and Steve Kennedy were members of Motherlode; RPM magazine declared Motherlode Canada’s first supergroup

WILDFLOWER by Doug Edwards, Dave Richardson, 1972

·       One of the most performed songs in the history of Canadian popular music

·       Has sold millions of copies, in more than sixty versions

PIONEER ERA: Songwriters

ROMÉO BEAUDRY (b. Montréal, Québec)

·       Composer, pianist, record producer; established Éditions Radio, founded Starr Phonograph

·       More than 75 of his original songs were recorded, including L’amour se souvient, and Les baisers sont les fleurs de l’amour

JOHN STROMBERG (b. Milton, PEI)

·       Composer/conductor for the burlesque and variety shows for comedy duo Weber & Fields

·       Well known compositions include Kiss Me, Honey, Do; Say You Love Me; Ma Blushin’ Rosie

PIONEER ERA: Songs

VOTRE AVION VA-T-IL AU PARADIS? by Roméo Beaudry, 1930

·       Popular Francophone tune recorded and made famous by Odilon Rochon

SQUID JIGGIN’ GROUND by Arthur Scammell, 1928

·       Wrote this to the tune of an Irish fiddle song, Nell Flaherty’s Drake

·       Traditional song that describes the way of life of the local fishermen in Newfoundland

RADIO ERA: Songwriters

PIERRE LÉTOURNEAU (b. Verdun, Québec)

·       Released 15 albums of his own, wrote hit songs for Claude Léveillée and Lucille Dumont

·       Among his most popular hits are Doves, Song of America and Maurice Richard

JACK SCOTT (b. Windsor, Ontario)

·       Has more US singles in a shorter period of time than any other recording artist other than The Beatles

·       Among his most popular hits are My True Love, Leroy and Goodbye Baby

RADIO ERA: Songs

LA CHANSON DES PISSENLITS by Pierre Létourneau, 1963

·       One of Pierre Létourneau’s most popular songs

MY HEART CRIES FOR YOU by Percy Faith, Carl Sigman, 1949

·       Originated as French folksong, first performed by Guy Mitchell, #2 on Billboard in 1951

·       Became a hit for the numerous artists including Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, Serena Ryder

FRANK DAVIES LEGACY AWARD RECIPIENTS

EDITH (MARGARET) FOWKE (b. Lumsden, Saskatchewan)

·       One of Canada’s leading folklorists

(MARY) HELEN CREIGHTON (b. Dartmouth, Nova Scotia)

·       Prominent folklorist, one of the most significant collectors in North America

THE CMPA (CANADIAN MUSIC PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION) LEGACY AWARD RECIPIENT

YVAN DUFRESNE (b. Montréal, Québec)

·       Highly regarded producer, discovered Michael Louvain, Pierre Lalonde, Ginette Reno, Donald Lautrec

The inductees will be honoured at a gala on April 2, 2011. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

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