Tag: Canada

Thursday 11/5/2020 12pm ET: Feature Artist – Chilliwack


Chilliwack is a Canadian rock band centered on the singer and guitarist Bill Henderson, which started off with a more progressive rock sound that incorporated elements of folk, indigenous, jazz and blues, before moving towards a more straight-ahead hard rock/pop rock sound by the mid-70s. They were active from 1970 to 1988. Henderson reformed the band in 1997. Their six best-selling songs were “My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone)”, “I Believe”, “Whatcha Gonna Do”, “Fly at Night”, “Crazy Talk”, and “Lonesome Mary”. The band’s lineup has changed many times while they have continued to tour across Canada.

Monday 12pm: Across The Tracks – Canada

Today we feature music featuring Canada in the title and other tracks about the country.

Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. Its ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres (3.85 million square miles), making it the world’s second-largest country by total area. Canada’s southern border with the United States is the world’s longest bi-national land border. Its capital is Ottawa, and its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. As a whole, Canada is sparsely populated, the majority of its land area being dominated by forest and tundra. Consequently, its population is highly urbanized, with over 80 percent of its inhabitants concentrated in large and medium-sized cities, many near the southern border. Canada’s climate varies widely across its vast area, ranging from arctic weather in the north, to hot summers in the southern regions, with four distinct seasons.

Various indigenous peoples have inhabited what is now Canada for thousands of years prior to European colonization. Beginning in the 16th century, British and French expeditions explored, and later settled, along the Atlantic coast. As a consequence of various armed conflicts, France ceded nearly all of its colonies in North America in 1763. In 1867, with the union of three British North American colonies through Confederation, Canada was formed as a federal dominion of four provinces. This began an accretion of provinces and territories and a process of increasing autonomy from the United Kingdom. This widening autonomy was highlighted by the Statute of Westminster of 1931 and culminated in the Canada Act of 1982, which severed the vestiges of legal dependence on the British parliament. – Wikipedia

Feature Artist: The Fray (Singles) 9:30am ET

the_frayThe Fray is an American rock band from Denver, Colorado. Formed in 2002 by schoolmates Isaac Slade and Joe King, they achieved success with the release of their debut album, How to Save a Life in 2005, which was certified double platinum by the RIAA and platinum in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. The Fray achieved national success with their first single, “Over My Head (Cable Car)”, which became a top ten hit in the United States. The release of their second single, “How to Save a Life”, brought the band worldwide fame. The song charted in the top three of the Billboard Hot 100 and was a top 5 single in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

The group’s self-titled, second album, released in 2009, debuted at number-one on the Billboard charts and was certified gold in the United States, Australia and Canada. It was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album in 2010. While both the albums were commercially successful, critical reception was mixed. The Fray was ranked No. 84 on Billboard‍ ’​s “Artists of the Decade” list. Their third album Scars & Stories, released in 2012, achieved moderate commercial success; debuting and peaking at number four on the Billboard 200. The album again received mixed reviews from critics. The band’s fourth and latest album, Helios, was released in February 2014.

Artist Countdown: Terri Clark Top 35 Hits 6pm ET @TerriClarkMusic

TerriClarkTerri Lynn Sauson (born August 5, 1968), known professionally as Terri Clark, is a Canadian country music artist who has had success in both Canada and the United States. Signed to Mercury Records in 1995, she released her self-titled debut that year. Both it and its two follow-ups, 1996’s Just the Same and 1998’s How I Feel, were certified platinum in both countries, and produced several Top Ten country hits.

Her fourth album, 2000’s Fearless, though certified gold in Canada, was not as successful in the U.S., producing no Top 10 hits. Pain to Kill from 2003 restored her chart momentum in the U.S. with “I Just Wanna Be Mad” and “I Wanna Do It All”, while a 2004 greatest hits album produced the Number One “Girls Lie Too”. A non-album single, “The World Needs a Drink”, and the 2005 album Life Goes On were her last releases for Mercury before she signed to BNA Records in 2007. There, she released the singles “Dirty Girl” and “In My Next Life”. Although the latter went to Number One in Canada, she has not released an album for BNA.

Clark’s albums have accounted for more than twenty singles, including six Number Ones. “If I Were You”, “Poor Poor Pitiful Me”, “Emotional Girl” and “In My Next Life” all topped the country charts in Canada, “Girls Lie Too” reached Number One only in the U.S., and “You’re Easy on the Eyes” was a Number One in both countries. – Wikipedia

1 You’re Easy on the Eyes
2 Now That I Found You
3 Everytime I Cry
4 Poor Poor Pitiful Me
5 If I Were You
6 Emotional Girl
7 When Boy Meets Girl
8 Better Things to Do
9 I Just Wanna Be Mad
10 Girls Lie Too
11 I Wanna Do It All
12 Suddenly Single
13 Unsung Hero
14 Just the Same
15 A Little Gasoline
16 Dirty Girl
17 In My Next Life
18 She Didn’t Have Time
19 The World Needs a Drink
20 No Fear
21 Movin’ On (featuring Dean Brody)
22 Three Mississippi
23 Love Is a Rose
24 Something in the Water
25 Getting There
26 If You Want Fire
27 Gypsy Boots
28 We’re Here for a Good Time
29 Empty
30 Damn Right
31 Slow News Day
32 A Million Ways to Run
33 You Tell Me (featuring Johnny Reid)
34 Northern Girl
35 The One

Artist Countdown: Gordon Lightfoot Top 35 Hits 1pm ET @Lightfoot365

Gordon LightfootGordon Meredith Lightfoot, Jr. CC OOnt (born November 17, 1938) is a Canadian singer-songwriter who achieved international success in folk, folk-rock, and country music, and has been credited for helping define the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and 1970s. He has been referred to as Canada’s greatest songwriter and internationally as a folk-rock legend.

Lightfoot’s songs, including “For Lovin’ Me”, “Early Morning Rain”, “Steel Rail Blues”, “Ribbon of Darkness”—a number one hit on the U.S. country charts with Marty Robbins’ cover in 1965— and the 1967 Detroit riot-generated “Black Day In July” brought him international recognition in the 1960s. He experienced chart success in Canada with his own recordings, beginning in 1962 with the Number 3 hit “(Remember Me) I’m the One”. Lightfoot’s recordings then made an impact on the international music charts as well in the 1970s, with songs such as “If You Could Read My Mind” (1970) (Number 5 on the US charts), “Sundown” (1974), “Carefree Highway” (1974), “Rainy Day People” (1975), all reaching number 1, and “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” (1976) (reaching number 2).

Some of Lightfoot’s albums have achieved gold and multi-platinum status internationally. His songs have been recorded by some of the world’s most renowned recording artists, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Jr., The Kingston Trio, Marty Robbins, George Hamilton IV, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Barbra Streisand, Johnny Mathis, Viola Wills, Richie Havens, The Replacements, Harry Belafonte, Tony Rice, Sandy Denny (with Fotheringay), The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, Scott Walker, Sarah McLachlan, John Mellencamp, Toby Keith, Peter, Paul and Mary, Glen Campbell, Anne Murray, The Irish Rovers and Olivia Newton-John.

By January 2002 Lightfoot had written 30 new songs for his next studio album. He recorded guitar and vocal demos of some of these new songs. In September, before the second concert of a two-night stand in Orillia, Lightfoot suffered severe stomach pain and was airlifted to McMaster Medical Centre in Hamilton, Ontario. He underwent surgery for a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm, and he remained in serious condition in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Lightfoot endured a six-week coma and a tracheotomy, and he underwent four surgical operations.[28] All of his remaining 2002 concert dates were canceled. More than three months after being taken to the McMaster Medical Center, Lightfoot was released in December to continue his recovery at home.

In 2003 Lightfoot underwent follow-up surgery to continue the treatment of his abdominal condition. In November he signed a new recording contract with Linus Entertainment and began rehearsing with his band for the first time since his illness. Also in 2003, Borealis Records, a related label to Linus Entertainment, released Beautiful: A Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot. On this album, various artists, including The Cowboy Junkies, Bruce Cockburn, Jesse Winchester, Maria Muldaur, and The Tragically Hip interpreted Lightfoot’s songs. The final track on the album, “Lightfoot”, was the only song not previously released by Lightfoot. It was composed and performed by Aengus Finnan.

In January 2004 Lightfoot completed work on his album Harmony, which he had mostly recorded prior to his illness. The album was released on his new home label of Linus Records on May 11 of that year. It was his 20th original album and included a single and new video for “Inspiration Lady.” Other songs were “Clouds Of Loneliness,” “Sometimes I Wish,” “Flyin’ Blind”, and “No Mistake About It.” The album contained the upbeat yet reflective track called “End Of All Time”

In July 2004 he made a surprise comeback performance, his first since falling ill, at Mariposa in Orillia, performing “I’ll Tag Along” solo. In August he performed a five-song solo set in Peterborough, Ontario, at a flood relief benefit. In November he made his long-awaited return to the concert stage with two sold-out benefit shows in Hamilton, Ontario.

Robbie Robertson of The Band declared that Lightfoot was one of his “favourite Canadian songwriters and is absolutely a national treasure.” Bob Dylan, also a Lightfoot fan, called him one of his favourite songwriters, and in an often-quoted tribute to his fellow songwriter, Dylan once observed that when he heard a Gordon Lightfoot song he wished “it would last forever.” Lightfoot was a featured musical performer at the opening ceremonies of the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary, Alberta. He received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree (arts) in 1979 and the Companion of the Order of Canada—Canada’s highest civilian honor—in 2003. On February 6, 2012, Lightfoot was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. In June of that same year he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (Source: Wikipedia)

1 Sundown
2 The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
3 Carefree Highway
4 If You Could Read My Mind
5 The Circle Is Small (I Can See It In Your Eyes)
6 You Are What I Am
7 Rainy Day People
8 Race Among The Ruins
9 Talking in Your Sleep
10 Beautiful
11 Dream Street Rose
12 Daylight Katy
13 Anything for Love
14 Baby Step Back
15 Summer Side of Life
16 I’m Not Sayin’
17 Me and Bobby McGee
18 Stay Loose
19 Dreamland
20 Spin Spin
21 Blackberry Wine
22 Approaching Lavender
23 Go Go Round
24 The Way I Feel
25 Bitter Green
26 Black Day in July
27 If I Could
28 Ribbon of Darkness
29 Canadian Railroad Trilogy
30 Alberta Bound
31 In My Fashion
32 I’ll Prove My Love
33 Waiting for You
34 Inspiration Lady
35 It’s Worth Believin’

 

Artist Countdown: Bryan Adams Top 35 Hits 6pm ET @bryanadams

BryanAdamsBryan Guy Adams, OC OBC (born 5 November 1959) is a Canadian rock singer-songwriter, musician, producer, actor and photographer. Best known for hit singles including “Summer of ’69“, “Run To You”, number one single “Everything I Do (I Do It For You)” and “18 Til I Die” album. His latest studio album ’11’ was released in 2008.

For his contributions to music, Adams has garnered many awards and nominations, including 20 Juno Awards among 56 nominations, 15 Grammy Award nominations including a win for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television in 1992. He has also won MTV, ASCAP, American Music awards, two Ivor Novello Awards for song composition and has been nominated for several Golden Globe Awards and three times for Academy Awards for his songwriting for films.

Adams was awarded the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia for contributions to popular music and philanthropic work via his own foundation, which helps improve education for people around the world.

Adams was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame, with the 2,435th star in March 2011 and Canada’s Walk of Fame in 1998, and in April 2006 he was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at Canada’s Juno Awards. In 2008, Bryan was ranked 38 on the list of All-Time top artists by the Billboard Hot 100 50th Anniversary Charts. On 13 January 2010, he received the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award for his part in numerous charitable concerts and campaigns during his career, and on 1 May 2010 was given the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for his 30 years of contributions to the arts.  (Source: Wikipedia)

1 (Everything I Do) I Do It for You
2 All for Love (with Rod Stewart & Sting)
3 Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?
4 Please Forgive Me
5 Can’t Stop This Thing We Started
6 I Finally Found Someone (with Barbra Streisand)
7 It’s Only Love(with Tina Turner)
8 Heaven
9 When You’re Gone (with Melanie C)
10 The Only Thing That Looks Good on Me Is You
11 Summer of ’69
12 Let’s Make a Night to Remember
13 Heat of the Night
14 Here I Am
15 There Will Never Be Another Tonight
16 Thought I’d Died and Gone to Heaven
17 Run to You
18 Cloud Number Nine
19 Open Road
20 Back to You
21 Do I Have to Say the Words?
22 Somebody
23 On a Day Like Today
24 This Time
25 The Best of Me
26 I Thought I’d Seen Everything
27 Cuts Like a Knife
28 Hearts on Fire
29 Straight from the Heart
30 Kids Wanna Rock
31 Victim of Love
32 All I Want Is You
33 18 til I Die
34 I’ll Always Be Right There
35 Inside Out

Artist Countdown: Bachman Turner Overdrive Top 20 6pm ET @BachmanTurner

The Anthology (Bachman–Turner Overdrive album)
The Anthology (Bachman–Turner Overdrive album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

BTOBachman–Turner Overdrive is a Canadian rock group from Winnipeg, Manitoba, that had a series of hit albums and singles in the 1970s, selling over 7 million albums in that decade alone. Their 1970s catalog included five Top 40 albums and six U.S. Top 40 singles (ten in Canada). The band has sold nearly 30 million albums worldwide, and has fans affectionately known as “gearheads” (derived from the band’s gear-shaped logo). Many of their songs, including “Let It Ride“, “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet“, “Takin’ Care of Business“, “Hey You” and “Roll On Down the Highway“, still receive play on classic-rock stations.

After the band went into a hiatus in 2005, Randy Bachman and Fred Turner reunited in 2009 to tour and collaborate on a new album. In 2010, they played the halftime show at the Grey Cup in Edmonton, AB.  (Source: WIkipedia)

1 You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet
2 Hey You
3 Roll On Down the Highway
4 Takin’ Care of Business
5 Let It Ride
6 Down To The Line
7 Take It Like A Man
8 Blue Collar
9 Lookin’ Out For #1
10 Gimme Your Money Please
11 My Wheels Won’t Turn
12 Heartaches
13 Life Still Goes On (I’m Lonely)
14 Shotgun Rider
15 Down The Road
16 Jamaica
17 The House of the Rising Sun
18 Welcome Home
19 Rollin’ Along
20 Blown

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Artist Countdown: Shania Twain Top 40 Hits – 6pm ET @ShaniaTwain

Shania TwainShania Twain, OC (born Eilleen Regina Edwards; August 28, 1965) is a Canadian country pop singer-songwriter. Her 1995 album The Woman in Me brought her fame, and her 1997 album Come On Over became the best-selling studio album of all time by a female act in any genre and the best-selling country album of all time, Come On Over sold more than 40 million copies worldwide. Her fourth and last studio album to date, Up!, was released in November 2002 and has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide.

Twain has won 5 Grammy Awards and 27 BMI Songwriter awards. She has had three albums certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America and is the second best-selling artist in Canada, behind Céline Dion, with three of her studio albums certified double diamond by the Canadian Recording Industry Association. She is the first (and currently only) female artist in history to have 3 consecutive albums reach diamond status, certified by the RIAA.

Sometimes referred to as “The Queen of Country Pop”, she has sold more than 75 million albums worldwide and is ranked 10th best-selling artist of the Nielsen SoundScan era. She was also ranked 72nd on Billboard’s “Artists of the decade” (2000–10). Most recently, Twain has her own TV series, Why Not? with Shania Twain, that premiered on the OWN on May 8, 2011. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on June 2, 2011.   (Source: Wikipedia)

1 You’re Still the One
2 That Don’t Impress Me Much
3 Man! I Feel Like a Woman!
4 From This Moment On
5 I’m Gonna Getcha Good!
6 Forever and for Always
7 Ka-Ching!
8 You’ve Got a Way
9 Party for Two (with Mark McGrath)
10 Up!
11 Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)
12 Don’t!
13 When You Kiss Me
14 (If You’re Not in It for Love) I’m Outta Here!
15 Thank You Baby! (For Makin’ Someday Come So Soon)
16 Love Gets Me Every Time
17 Any Man of Mine
18 When
19 You Win My Love
20 Come On Over
21 It Only Hurts When I’m Breathing
22 Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?
23 The Woman in Me (Needs the Man in You)
24 Today Is Your Day
25 I’m Holdin’ On to Love (To Save My Life)
26 No One Needs to Know
27 Honey, I’m Home
28 God Bless the Child
29 Party for Two (with Billy Currington)
30 Rock This Country!
31 Home Ain’t Where His Heart Is (Anymore)
32 She’s Not Just a Pretty Face
33 What Made You Say That
34 Dance with the One That Brought You
35 Shoes
36 I Ain’t No Quitter
37 Coat of Many Colors (with Alison Krauss & Union Station)
38 If It Don’t Take Two
39 Endless Love (with Lionel Richie)
40 You Needed Me (with Anne Murray)

Artist Countdown: Debarge (Family) Top 30 Hits 6pm ET @ElDeBarge @kristinia

Debarge

DeBarge was a sibling music group of American origin whose repertoire included R&B, soul, funk, pop, adult contemporary, and gospel. Active as a professional recording group from 1979 to 1989, the group was one of the few recording acts to bring success to the Motown label during the 1980s.

Eldra Patrick “El” DeBarge[1] (born June 4, 1961) is an American R&B/pop singer-songwriter, best known as the lead singer of the R&B/Soul family group DeBarge throughout the early to mid-1980s. As a solo artist, he is best known for the hits “Who’s Johnny” and “Love Always” and for his collaborations with Tone Loc, Quincy Jones, Fourplay and DJ Quik. DeBarge is a three-time Grammy nominee.

Etterlene “Bunny” DeBarge (born March 15, 1955) is an American soul singer-songwriter, best known as the lone female sibling of the Motown family group DeBarge. She is also best known as the lead vocalist behind the classic R&B ballad, “A Dream” from the group’s In a Special Way album and is also the co-writer of the group’s 1982 breakthrough hit, “I Like It” and the number-one hit, “Time Will Reveal“.

Jonathan Arthur “Chico” DeBarge (born June 23, 1966, Detroit, Michigan) is an American R&B singer and a younger brother of the members of the Motown family act DeBarge. Unlike the rest of his DeBarge siblings, Chico is the only male DeBarge that does not sing in the falsetto range that is well known in his family; he sings tenor.

Kristinia Jamie DeBarge (born March 8, 1990) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress. She first appeared on national television in 2003 as a contestant on the American Idol spin-off, American Juniors. In 2009, DeBarge signed a contract with the Island Records department Sodapop, releasing her debut album, Exposed, in July of the same year. The first single, “Goodbye”, reached the top 20 in the US and Canada. The lead single (“Cry Wolf”) from her untitled sophomore album was released on September 27, 2012. (Source: Wikipedia)

1 Rhythm of the Night (Debarge)
2 Who’s Holding Donna Now (Debarge)
3 Who’s Johnny (El Debarge)
4 All This Love (Debarge)
5 Time Will Reveal (Debarge)
6 Goodbye (Kristinia Debarge)
7 You Wear It Well  (Debarge)
8 Love Always (El Debarge)
9 Real Love (El Debarge)
10 Love Me in a Special Way (Debarge)
11 Give You What You Want (Fa Sure) (Chico Debarge)
12 Talk to Me (Chico Debarge)
13 The Heart Is Not So Smart (Debarge) 
14 Someone (El Debarge)
15 I Like It (Debarge)
16 Dance All Night (Bunny Debarge)
17 You Know What I Like (El Debarge)
18 Rainy Night (Chico Debarge)
19 Where Is My Love (El Debarge)
20 Lay With You (El Debarge) (featuring Faith Evans)
21 Can’t Get Enough (El Debarge)
22 Somebody Loves You (El Debarge)
23 Slide (El Debarge)
24 Second Chance (El Debarge)
25 Listen to Your Man (Chico Debarge)
26 Stop! Don’t Tease Me (Debarge)
27 My Heart Belongs to You (El Debarge)
28 Oh No (Chico Debarge)
29 Where You Are (El Debarge)
30 Future Love (Kristinia Debarge)

Artist Countdown: Guess Who Top 30 Hits 4pm ET @burtoncummings @BachmanTurner

GuessWhoThe Guess Who is a Canadian rock band from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Initially gaining recognition in Canada, the group also found international success from the late 1960s through the mid-1970s with numerous hit singles, including “No Time”, “American Woman”, “These Eyes” and “Share the Land“. Several former members of The Guess Who, notably Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman (of Bachman–Turner Overdrive), have also found considerable success outside the band.

This countdown listing features two hits from Burton Cummings as a solo act.

The band was inducted into The Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1987.  (Source: Wikipedia)

1 American Woman
2 No Sugar Tonight
3 No Time
4 Clap for the Wolfman
5 Albert Flasher
6 Share the Land
7 Rain Dance
8 Hand Me Down World
9 These Eyes
10 Undun
11 Laughing
12 Dancin’ Fool
13 Heartbroken Bopper
14 Star Baby
15 Hang on to Your Life
16 Sour Suite
17 His Girl
18 Broken
19 Follow Your Daughter Home
20 Runnin’ Back to Saskatoon
21 Believe Me 
22 Stand Tall (Burton Cummings)
23 Guns, Guns, Guns
24 Orly
25 This Time Long Ago
26 Life in the Bloodstream
27 Rosanne
28 Clock on the Wall
29 My Own Way To Rock (Burton Cummings)
30 Bus Rider

 

Artist Countdown: Billy Dean Top 25 Hits 8pm ET

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William Harold “Billy” Dean, Jr. (born April 2, 1962, in Quincy, Florida) is an American country music singer and songwriter. Billy Dean first gained national attention after appearing on the television talent competition Star Search. Active as a recording artist since 1990, he has recorded a total of eight studio albums (of which the first three have been certified gold by the RIAA) and a greatest hits package which is also certified gold. His studio albums have accounted for more than twenty hit singles on the Billboard country charts, including eleven Top Ten hits. Although he never reached the top of the Billboard country charts on his own, he reached Number One in 2000 as one of two guest vocalists on Kenny Rogers‘ “Buy Me a Rose“, and had two Number Ones on the RPM country charts in Canada. He resides in Liberty, Tennessee. – Wikipedia

1 Buy Me a Rose (with Kenny Rogers and Alison Krauss)
2 If There Hadn’t Been You
3 Only Here for a Little While
4 Somewhere in My Broken Heart
5 You Don’t Count the Cost
6 Only the Wind
7 Billy the Kid
8 Tryin’ to Hide a Fire in the Dark
9 That Girl’s Been Spyin’ on Me
10 We Just Disagree
11 It’s What I Do
12 I Wanna Take Care of You
13 Cowboy Band
14 I’m Not Built That Way
15 Let Them Be Little
16 I Wouldn’t Be a Man
17 Real Man
18 Thank God I’m a Country Boy
19 Once in a While
20 Keep Mom and Dad in Love (with Suzy Bogguss and Jillian)
21 I’m in Love with You
22 This Is the Life
23 Men Will Be Boys
24 Innocent Bystander
25 Race You to the Bottom

In Memoriam: Sammy Johns (1946 – 2013)

sammyjohnsSammy Johns’ song about a chance encounter with a girl sat on the shelves of a record company for nearly two years before it was released in 1975.

That song, “Chevy Van,” went on to sell 3 million copies and was called “The Song of the Seventies” by Rolling Stone magazine. It reached No. 5 on the charts in the United States and Canada.

Johns, who was born in Charlotte but spent most of his life in Gaston County, died Friday January 4, 2013 at Gaston Memorial Hospital. He was 66.