By Marvin Baker, a new weekly column in The Kenmare News
Posted 6/20/17 (Tue)
I don’t think many people are aware that
There was a recent promotion on
It turns out that Streetheart has used
The group got its start in 1965 and hit the music scene in the
A portion of The Guess Who’s music was politically motivated, such as the single “American Woman,” which was banned in the United States for a time for lyrics detesting the Vietnam War.
Share the Land was the name of an album quoting Bible verses in songs. “Guns Guns Guns” was the name of a tune on the album Rockin’ with lyrics suggesting American hunters abused wildlife on the Canadian side. And “Rich World Poor World,” from the album Power in the Music, pointed out how vastly different the poor and rich see the world.
Burton Cummings’ partner in that group was Randy Bachman who went off on his own to form Ironhorse, then Bachman Turner Overdrive.
BTO’s music was more hard charging rock ‘n’ roll rather than politically suggestive and, as a result, BTO hit the American charts quicker than The Guess Who did.
Bachman later tried performing solo but that didn’t work out as well. He is now host of the CBC radio program Vinyl Tap.
Bachman doesn’t live in
His son Tal, who grew up in
Neil Young, of Crosby Stills Nash and Young fame, grew up in
His group was famous in the 1970s and still has a big following, but Neil himself, has become very outspoken about the environment in recent years, even making a cameo visit to the Dakota Access Pipeline protest site.
Harlequin is another group, much like Streetheart, that started out playing in taverns in Winnip-eg to get its start.
And, like Streetheart, the group has never really had much air time in the
Two years ago the
You might remember the song “Seasons in the Sun,” by Terry Jacks in 1974?
Jacks was born and raised in
There was an alternative rock band in the early ‘90s called the Crash Test Dummies whose base was in
This group was really a flash in the pan as it had a huge following for maybe four or five years then faded quickly because the music just didn’t keep the interest of the main stream.
The Watchmen’s claim to fame is that for a while they opened shows for the Tragically Hip.
Amanda Cook is a popular
It’s amazing how so many musicians got their start in
When you read the stories about The Guess Who, which were all childhood friends living on one street, or Streetheart struggling in bars for the first three years of its existence or Randy Bachman who saw a different side of rock ‘n’ roll, you still wonder how so many quality musicians could come from such a concentrated area.
It’s most likely because they were promoted and motivated.