Paul Valdemar Horsdal known as Valdy, is a Canadian folk and country musician whose solo career began in the early 1970s. He is known for "Rock and Roll Song", his first mainstream single. Valdy is the winner of two Juno Awards for Folk Singer of the Year and Folk Entertainer of the Year, has received seven additional Juno nominations, his fourteen albums have achieved sales of nearly half a million copies, four of which are certified gold. Valdy was born and grew up in Ottawa, the third child of Danish portrait photographer Paul Horsdal and English Lillian Horsdal, a nurse and writer, he studied guitar and piano, attended Lisgar Collegiate Institute. Valdy was a member of the London Town Criers during the 1960s and subsequently joined Montreal band The Prodigal Sons, he moved to Victoria, where he worked with various rock and country musicians, including Blake Emmons. When he was 25 Valdy began farming, he began performing as a solo artists, in 1972 recorded his "Rock and Roll Song" on Haida/A&M.
His music was featured in the 1972 Steve McQueen film The Getaway. In 1973 he won a Juno Award for Outstanding Folk Performance. Valdy recorded a live album, Family Gathering, through A&M. Valdy appeared on the CBC TV show The Beachcombers as the environmental activist "Halibut" Stu, he secured a part in the reunion production of The New Beachcombers performing a song he wrote, "It's The Water," as part of a jug band. In 1986, Valdy made a guest appearance as himself in the popular 1980's Canadian children's television show, Today's Special, he guest appeared as himself on Sharon, Lois & Bram's Elephant Show in the third season episode titled "Growing Up". In 2000 Valdy released the album Contenders with country musician Gary Fjellgaard, he continued to tour with Fjellgaard for many years. Valdy recorded 2003's Viva Valdy: Live at Last during the Rack-On-Tour. On November 21, 2005, Valdy was awarded the National Achievement Award by SOCAN at the 2005 SOCAN Awards in Toronto. Valdy was appointed a member of the Order of Canada in June 2011.
In 2012, he released his 18th album, Read Between the Lines, toured across Canada in support. In 2013 Valdy toured in Canada with New Zealand guitarist Graham Wardrop. In 2014 he continued to perform at folk festivals, including KIngsville Folk with jazz pianist Karel Roessingh and Nadina Mackie-Jackson on bassoon; as of 2018, Valdy continues to tour across Canada, including a performance on the main stage at the Mariposa Folk Festival. His daughter Chelah Horsdal is an actress. Valdy's website CanConRox entry The Canadian Encyclopedia: Valdy
Could You Ever Love Me Again
"Could You Ever Love Me Again" is a 1973 song recorded by Gary and Dave. It became their greatest hit, reaching # 1 in Canada, it was a minor hit in the United States. The song charted on the Adult Contemporary charts of the U. S. and Canada. Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
1974 in music
List of notable events in music that took place in the year 1974. 1974 in British music 1974 in Norwegian music 1974 in country music 1974 in heavy metal music 1974 in jazz January 1 – John Dankworth is named CBE in the New Year's Honours List. January 3 – Bob Dylan and The Band kick off their 40-date concert tour at Chicago Stadium, it is Dylan's first time on the road since 1966. January 17 Joni Mitchell releases her monumental album Court and Spark, supported by the single "Help Me" reaching the highest moment of commercial success. Dino Martin and son of Dean Martin, is arrested on suspicion of possession and sale of two machine guns. February 10 – record producer Phil Spector is badly injured in a car accident. Details of the accident are kept secret. February 12 – New York's rock club, The Bottom Line, opens in Greenwich Village; the first headlining act is Dr. John. February 14 – The Captain & Tennille are married in Virginia City, Nevada. February 16 – Two years of litigation between Grand Funk and former manager Terry Knight are resolved.
The band gets the rights to its name but Knight wins a cash settlement. February 18 Yes sells out the first of two nights at Madison Square Garden, without a bit of advertising for the show. Kiss releases their self-titled debut album. February 19 – The first American Music Awards are broadcast on ABC, two weeks before the Grammys. February 20 – Cher files for divorce from her husband of 10 years, Sonny Bono. February 22 – The English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Raymond Leppard performs the world premiere of Three Regions from Terrain by Douglas Young. February 27 – The Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn, conducted by Jörg Faerber, makes its English debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. March 1 – Rush release their self titled debut album. March 4 Ivan Stepanov and His Balalaikas make their London debut at the Wigmore Hall. Baritone Hermann Prey cuts short a vocal recital in the Royal Festival Hall, due to vocal fatigue. March 10 – Hans Vonk makes his London debut in the Royal Festival Hall, conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a programme of Berlioz and Schubert, as well as the Violin Concerto by Roberto Gerhard, with Erich Gruenberg as soloist.
March 12 – John Lennon is involved in an altercation with a photographer outside The Troubadour in Los Angeles, California. Lennon and friend Harry Nilsson have been heckling comedian Tommy Smothers and are forced to leave the club. March 16 – Country music's Grand Ole Opry moves to a new location at the Opryland USA theme park in Nashville, Tennessee March 30 – The Ramones play their first concert at the Performance Studio in New York. April 5 – Van Halen play their first gig on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood at Gazzarri's. April 6 200,000 music fans attend The California Jam rock festival. Artists performing at the event include Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Black Oak Arkansas, the Eagles. Swedish group ABBA wins the 19th Eurovision Song Contest in The Dome, England, with the song "Waterloo", kickstarting their stellar international career; the 1967 Eurovision winner, Sandie Shaw, attends. April 14 – Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones, a concert movie filmed during the band's 1972 North American Tour, premieres at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York.
April 16 – Queen play their first North American concert, opening for Mott the Hoople in Denver, Colorado. April 25 Sotheby's Galleries in London sell a violin made in 1733 by Cremonese master Giuseppe Guarneri belonging to violinist Elaine Weldon, for the equivalent of $140,000, the second-highest price paid for a violin. Pam Morrison, Jim Morrison's widow, is found dead in her Hollywood apartment from an apparent heroin overdose. May 7 – Led Zeppelin announces their new record label, Swan Song Records, with a lavish party at The Four Seasons Hotel in New York. May 11 – The New York Police bagpipe band performs shortly after midnight at the Portsmouth, RI Ramada Inn, in connection with a National Police Week event, prompting a drunken spree lasting until dawn by at least a dozen off-duty members of the Boston Police Department, who ran naked through the motel, "smashing chairs and tables, soiling rugs, discharging fire extinguishers, exploding firecrackers, setting off a burglar alarm, disconnecting a security camera, slashing automobile tires and throwing pictures into the motel courtyard", causing an estimated $1027.75 in damage, including liquor stolen from a locked cabinet and unpaid breakfast bills.
May 25 – Twenty years after it was recorded, "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and His Comets returns to the Billboard Top 40, after it gains renewed popularity from its use in the film American Graffiti and the TV series Happy Days. May 28 – Experimental orchestra, the Portsmouth Sinfonia, plays a concert at the Royal Albert Hall, with its regular conductor John Farley; the performers included Brian Eno. June 1 – Kevin Ayers, John Cale, Brian Eno and other musicians perform at the Rainbow Theatre in London; the performances are released as June 1, 1974. June 5 Sly Stone married model-actress Kathy Silva on June 5, 1974, during a sold-out performance at Madison Square Garden. Patti Smith records "Hey Joe", her debut single, which arguably becomes the first punk rock single when released in August. June 14 – David Bowie launches his Diamond Dogs tour at the Montreal Forum. One year he had announced that he was retiring from touring as Ziggy Stardust. June 17 – U. S. President Richard Nixon is welcomed in Amman, Jordan, by King Hussein and a ceremonial band playing John Philip Sousa's Washington Post March, composed in 1889 to honor the newspaper whose reporters broke open the Watergate scandal in 1973.
July 4 – Barry White marries Love Unlimited lead singer Glodean James. July 19–21 – Ozark Music Festival is hel
The Juno Awards are presented annually to Canadian musical artists and bands to acknowledge their artistic and technical achievements in all aspects of music. New members of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame are inducted as part of the awards ceremonies. Members of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, or a panel of experts, depending on the award, choose the award winners. However, sales figures are the sole basis for determining the winners of nine of the forty-two categories like Album of the Year or Artist of the Year. CARAS members determine the nominees for Single of the Year and Group of the Year. A judge vote by experts in the relevant genre, determines the nominees for the remaining categories; the names of the judges remain confidential. The judges represent all facets of the Canadian music industry, they are spread across the country and include of men and women, speakers of both official languages. No person can judge the same category two years in a row; the Juno Awards are named in honour of Pierre Juneau, the first president of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and former president of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
In 1964 RPM magazine began polling its readers to determine which artists and groups they considered the best in Canada. RPM announced the results of these polls each December. There were no formal award ceremonies. Record label owner Stan Klees met with RPM founder Walt Grealis to plan a formal music industry awards ceremony. Instead of publishing the award results in RPM, presentations would be made at a physical venue; the first ceremony was the Gold Leaf Awards which took place on 23 February 1970 in Toronto, Ontario. That year RPM invited its readers to suggest a new name for these awards; the name "Juneau" was submitted, in honour of Pierre Juneau, the first head of the CRTC. Juneau was instrumental in establishing Canadian content regulations for broadcasters to promote Canadian musicians; that name became shortened to Juno and by 1971, the awards ceremonies were referred to as the "Juno Awards". From 1970 to 1973, RPM announced the before the awards night. From 1974, the award winners were not made public until the Juno ceremonies.
Music industry representatives formed an advisory committee for the Junos in 1974 which became the Canadian Music Awards Association the following year. This organisation assumed full management and operation of the Juno Awards from 1977 and became the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences; the Junos were first televised across Canada in 1975 on CBC Television. Primary ceremonies continued to be broadcast on CBC until 2001, moving to CTV Television Network in 2002. CBC broadcast the Juno Awards of 2018; the Canadian Music Hall of Fame was introduced in 1978. In 1979 the stauette's name was changed from RPM Annual Gold Leaf Award to Juno Award, Canada's Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau was a presenter. Joni Mitchell was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of fame by Pierre Trudeau in 1982; the awards were presented during the early part of each year. In 1984, organisers postponed that year's awards until December. CARAS maintained a late-year scheduling until January 1988 when it noted the declining viewership of the Juno broadcasts and reverted to an early year awards schedule.
CARAS postponed that year's Juno Awards until 12 March 1989, so there was no ceremony in the 1988 calendar year. In 1991, the awards were hosted in Vancouver, the first time the Juno ceremonies were conducted outside Toronto; that year marked the introduction of a category for rap recordings. For the first time the 1995 Awards, held in Hamilton's Copps Coliseum, were open to the public; this marked the 25th Anniversary of the Junos. In 1996 the four-CD, 77-song box set Oh What a Feeling: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music and a book were released to mark the 25th anniversary of the Juno Awards; the box set featured popular songs by Canadian artists from the 1960s to 1990s sold over one million copies and was certified diamond. In 2001, a second four-CD box set was released to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the awards. In 2006, a third box set was released to celebrate the 35th anniversary, certified platinum in Canada. CARAS transferred the broadcast rights to the Juno Awards from CBC to CTV for the 2002 ceremonies.
2006 marked the first time the Junos were broadcast internationally through MTV2 in the United States and several affiliated MTV channels in other nations. The telecast of the 2006 Juno Awards was available to 250 million people; the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award honouring media icon Allan Waters was inaugurated in 2006. The first artist to be given this honour was Bruce Cockburn. At the 2007 ceremony, host Nelly Furtado made Juno history by being the first nominee with multiple nominations to win every award for which she was nominated; these included Album of the Year and Artist of the Year. On 18 April 2017, CARAS president Allan Reid announced that the ceremonies would return to CBC for the first time since 2002, for at least the next six years, he said he wanted to collaborate with the CBC to bolster a year-round presence for the Juno Awards as a platform for promoting Canadian music. Specific award categories and their descriptions vary from year to year reflecting changes and developments in the music industry.
In 1964 there were 16 categories, in 2017 there were 42. Judging panels change each year, they include people from regions of the country. An advisory committee oversees each category to ensure that all the submissions meet the required criteria; the nominations for each year's Junos are based on an eligibility period which lasts for 13 to 14 months, ending
George Hamilton IV
George Hege Hamilton IV was an American country musician. He began performing in the late 1950s as a teen idol switching to country music in the early 1960s. Hamilton was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on July 19, 1937. While a 19-year-old student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Hamilton recorded "A Rose and a Baby Ruth" for a Chapel Hill record label, Colonial Records; the song, written by John D. Loudermilk, climbed to No. 6 on the United States Billboard Hot 100 chart. By 1960, "A Rose and a Baby Ruth" had attained gold record status for ABC-Paramount; the self-penned B-side of the record, "If You Don't Know", revealed Hamilton's ambitions to be a rockabilly-country singer. In late 1959, Hamilton moved his family to Nashville, Tennessee to further his work as a country musician. On February 8, 1960, Hamilton became a member of the Grand Ole Opry; that same year, he began recording for RCA Records, having been signed by Chet Atkins. In the UK he was less successful, with his biggest hit being "I Know Where I'm Going" in 1958.
In 1984 he appeared with Billy Graham on his UK tour'Mission England' and made other appearances as a solo performer in venues around the UK at this time. Hamilton's breakthrough hit was the 1961 song "Before this Day Ends", his biggest hit came two years with "Abilene", another song penned by Loudermilk and Bob Gibson. The song spent four weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's country singles chart and reached the Top 20 of the Hot 100. The success of "Abilene" was followed with the song "Fort Worth, Dallas or Houston". By the mid-1960s, Hamilton's music began showing a decidedly folk influence; this was evident with 1966's "Steel Rail Blues" and "Early Morning Rain", 1967's "Urge for Going" by Joni Mitchell. Another 1967 hit was "Break My Mind". One more Hamilton song of this genre was a moderate hit in 1969—the Ray Griff-penned "Canadian Pacific", his last Top 5 single came in 1970, with "She's a Little Bit Country". After his American chart success declined in the early 1970s, Hamilton began touring the world, across the Soviet Union, Australia, the Middle East, East Asia.
These acclaimed international performances earned Hamilton the nickname The International Ambassador of Country Music. He hosted several successful television programs in the UK and Canada during the 1970s, in the 1990s he played himself in the West End musical Patsy, based on the life of Patsy Cline. In 2004, he recorded an acoustic gospel album with producer Dave Moody titled On a Blue Ridge Sunday which earned Hamilton a Dove Award nomination in the "Best Bluegrass Album of the Year" category by the members of the Gospel Music Association. A single from the album, "Little Mountain Church House", won nominee recognition in the "Best Bluegrass Recorded Song" category the following year; until the late years of his life, Hamilton was a regular at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and in country shows throughout the U. S. and the UK. He concentrated on gospel tours both at home and abroad. In 2007 he collaborated with Live Issue, a group from Northern Ireland, to record a live album based on the life of Joseph Scriven, who wrote the hymn "What a Friend We Have in Jesus".
The two toured together again in 2009. In 2008, Hamilton released a parody of his classic hit "Abilene" in the height of the soaring U. S. gas prices called "Gasoline". The acoustic single featured "The Oil Spots" and became a hit with audiences during Hamilton's Opry appearances. Hamilton was a regular participant in the Country's Family Reunion video series. In 2010, Lamon Records released the album Old Fashioned Hymns, recorded transatlantic with producers Dave Moody in Nashville and Colin Elliott in Ireland. Hamilton was joined on the 28-track collection by a number of musical guests, including Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart, Gail Davies, Pat Boone, Del McCoury, Bill Anderson, Connie Smith, Tommy Cash, Cliff Barrows, George Beverly Shea, among others. Hamilton had a heart attack on September 13, 2014, died on September 17 at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital in Nashville. On September 24, the Ryman Auditorium hosted a memorial service which include performances by Marty Stuart, Ricky Skaggs, the Whites, Jett Williams, Gail Davies, Connie Smith, Dave Moody, Jimmy Capps and Holly Tashian, the Babcocks, Andrew Greer, Cindy Morgan.
English music historian and journalist Tony Byworth, music writer and author Frye Galliard and songwriters John D. Loudermilk and Bill Anderson, Grand Ole Opry general manager Pete Fisher, WSM announcer Eddie Stubbs all shared stories of Hamilton's life and career during the memorial; the service concluded with "Amazing Grace" performed on bagpipes by Nashville Pipes and Drums Pipe Sergeant David Goodman. The George Hamilton IV Collection is located in the Southern Folklife Collection of the Wilson Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Hamilton had a son George Hege Hamilton V who became a singer using the name Hege V, since his father and the actor were using the name George Hamilton; when he was seven years old, he found one of his father's guitars and began writing songs, including one about Martin Luther King Jr. and one about Richard Nixon. The younger Hamilton said his father "never pushed me", but he began playing in nightclubs, he performed rock music rather than country because, the music of his generation, but described the themes as similar to country music.
While his sound was described as "too abrasive" for country fans, the younger Hamilton listed his influences as, in addition to his father, Ernest Tub
Bachman–Turner Overdrive abbreviated as BTO, is a Canadian rock group from Winnipeg, that had a series of hit albums and singles in the 1970s, selling over 7 million albums in that decade alone. Their 1970s catalogue included six US Top 40 singles; the band has sold nearly 30 million albums worldwide, has fans affectionately known as "gearheads". 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; the original lineup consisted of Fred Turner, Tim Bachman and Robbie Bachman. This lineup released two albums in 1973; the second and most commercially successful lineup featured Blair Thornton, in place of Tim Bachman. This lineup released four albums between 1974 and 1977, including two that reached the Top 5 in the U. S. pop charts, as well as the band's only U. S. No. 1 single. Subsequent lineups enjoyed only moderate success. 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 and continue to tour as of summer 2014. On March 29, 2014, the classic Not Fragile line-up reunited for the first time since 1991 to mark Bachman–Turner Overdrive's induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, participated in performing in a tribute version of "Takin' Care of Business". After leaving The Guess Who at the height of that band's success, Randy Bachman recalled being labelled "a lunatic and a loser" and that "nobody wanted to work with me"; the exception was Chad Allan, former Guess Who lead singer/keyboardist who had left that band four years before Randy. The two agreed to explore a musical project, Randy turned to family; the result was the band Brave Belt, formed in Winnipeg in 1971 with the additions of Randy's brother Robin "Robbie" Bachman on drums, Gary Bachman acting as band manager. Brave Belt's self-titled first album, which saw Randy playing both lead guitar and bass, did not sell well; the record label still wanted Brave Belt to tour, so Randy hired fellow Winnipeg bassist/vocalist C. F. Turner to perform in the band's scheduled gigs.
Turner was soon asked to be a full-time member and sing lead for the recording of Brave Belt II in 1972. Chad Allan appeared as a vocalist on two Brave Belt II songs, but left the band shortly after the album's recording. During the tour to support this album, another Bachman sibling, Tim Bachman, was added as a second guitarist because the band had felt their three-piece arrangement was too restrictive. Brave Belt II failed to achieve any notable chart success, in mid-1972 their supporting tour was cancelled halfway through, but Turner's influence had started to make itself felt, as he composed five songs for the Brave Belt II album. Brave Belt II had a harder, more guitar-heavy sound than its predecessor, complemented by Turner's throaty, powerful voice. According to Randy Bachman's autobiography, the seeds of the BTO sound were sown at a university gig in Thunder Bay, Ontario shortly after Allan's departure. A promoter, disheartened with reactions to Allan's country-flavoured songs, which the band was still playing, decided to sack Brave Belt for the Saturday night show and bring in a more rock-oriented replacement from Toronto.
When that didn't materialize, he begged Brave Belt to stay on and play a set of classic rock cover songs. As the band played songs like "Proud Mary", "Brown Sugar" and "All Right Now", the dance floor filled up and, according to Randy, "We saw the difference between playing sit-down music people could talk over and playing music they would jump out of their seats and dance to."After Reprise Records dropped Brave Belt from their label, Randy emptied his own bank account to finance another set of recordings, began to shop around the next album. The band landed a new record deal from Mercury Records, one which Randy Bachman proclaimed as a pure stroke of luck. After their demo tape had been rejected 26 times, Bachman was prepared to tell the other band members that "they had to go and get the dreaded day jobs." However, in April 1973, Charlie Fach of Mercury Records returned to his office after a trip to France to find a stack of unplayed demo tapes waiting on his desk. Wanting to start fresh, he took a trash can and slid all the tapes into it except one which missed the can and fell onto the floor.
Fach noticed Bachman's name on it. He remembered talking to him the previous year and had told Bachman that if he put a demo together to send it to him. Coincidentally, Mercury had just lost Uriah Heep and Rod Stewart to other labels, Fach was looking for new rock acts to replace them. Fach called Bachman, Randy describes the conversation from there: I could hear "Gimme Your Money Please" playing in the background, and, the first song on the tape. Back you sent out two 7 1/2-inch reels of your album, an A-side and a B-side, and, side one, cut one, he said, "Randy, this is fabulous. Is the rest of the album like this?" And I said, "Yeah, it's all just good ol', dancing rock-and-roll." So he said, "Well, I have a meeting with my A&R people, but as far as I'm concerned, this is great and I want to sign it." At this point the band's demo tape was still called Brave Belt III. Fach convinced the band; the band had a