Canadian music. It’s actually interesting. Here are just a few highlights:
- “American Woman” by the Guess Who (based in Winnipeg, Manitoba) hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 list for three weeks in May 1970.
- Musician Burton Cummings was born on December 31, 1947 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was a member of The Guess Who and was the first Canadian to have a quadruple platinum-selling album in the U.S. for his 1978 album Dream Of A Child.
- Bryan Adams, Singer/songwriter, was born in Kingston, Ontario on November 5,1959. He was the first Canadian musician to sell one million alburms in Canada with his 1984 album Reckless.
- Anne Murray was born in Springhill, Nova Scotia on June 20, 1945. She was the first solo Canadian female artist to be awarded an American Gold album (500,000 sales) in 1970 with her second album This Way Is My Way. It featured the well-known hit “Snowbird.”
- Shania Twain, Canadian country music star, was born Windsor, Ontario on August 28, 1965. Her second album (1995) The Woman in Me, holds the record for most weeks at Number One on Billboards’s country album chart. It resided there for 29 weeks at the top and has sold more than 7.7 million copies.
- Alanis Morissette, musician, was born in Ottawa on June 1, 1974. She still holds the record for the best-selling American début for a female solo artist, for her 1995 album Jagged Little Pill. The album won four Grammys and has sold more than 33 Million copies.
- The band April Wine (from Halifax, Nova Scotia) became the first Canadian group to make a Platinum album (100,000 sales) in Canada just for advance sales, for The Whole World’s Goin’ Crazy which was released in September 1976. They also hold the record as the first tour to gross $1 million.
- Céline Dion was born on March 30, 1968, in Charlemagne, Quebec. She was the first Canadian to receive a Gold Record in France. She did this in 1983 at just 15 years old.
- Justin Bieber was born in Stratford, Ontario, on March 1, 1994. He is the first Canadian musician with five Number One albums on the Billboard 200 chart before turning 19 years old. He achieved this for his album My World 2.0 (2010), Under the Mistletoe (2011), The Remixes (2011), Believe (2012), Believe Acoustic album (2013).
I hope you enjoyed the post. Who are your favourite Canadian musicians?
How many of you are familiar with impressionist Rich Little? Did you also know that he was born right here in Ottawa (Canada’s capital)? I would like to introduce you to him today.
Little was born on November 26, 1938. Little was an usher at the Elgin Movie Theatre in Ottawa where he would perfect his voices while standing at the back of the theatre. He started his amateur acting career at Ottawa’s Little Theatre, winning his first acting award at the Eastern Ontario Drama Festival in Deep River, Ontario.
In 1979, Little recorded, on videotape, a one-man adaption of A Christmas Carol called Rich Little’s Christmas Carol. You can purchase this, with other recordings, from his official website at Rich Little.com.
The best way to show just how talented he is, allow me to show you a few YouTube videos that showcases some of his appearances.
An interview with Rich little:
There are so many more on YouTube. I’d do a search on the site to find more. His best work, in my opinion, is when he was performing at roasts. I hope you’ve all enjoyed this.