This Day in History: 2022-01-01

Jan 1
1926: Tenor Richard Verreau is born in Chateau-Richer, QB.

1936: Jazz guitarist Sonny Greenwich is born in Hamilton.

1946: Walter Zwolinski of Zwol and Brutus is born in Toronto.

1957: Joe Rockman, bassist for Jeff Healey is born in Toronto.

1963: Michael Hanson, original drummer for Glass Tiger is born in Newmarket, Ont.

1966: Paupers and Luke & The Apostles close out another four-night run at Boris’ in Toronto.

1969: Paupers are in Toronto for a show at El Patio.

1970: Joni Mitchell is among the artists signed to David Geffen’s upstart Asylum Records.

1971: The Wackers release their debut album, WACKERING HEIGHTS.

1974: Joni Mitchell releases her COURT AND SPARK album.

1976: New Brunswick rock band Hard Road release the single, “Love Potion #9” b/w “Not Here With Me.”

1979: A show featuring The Blues Brothers and Grateful Dead ends, and The Winterland Theatre in San Francisco closes forever.

1980: Rush rings in the new year by releasing PERMANENT WAVES.

1980: Models and Streetheart are in Winnipeg for a show at the Winnipeg Arena.

1980: The Numbers release their album, ADD UP.

1981: April Wine play in London, England. The show is filmed and subsequently released as the video Nature Of The Beast Live, back in the good old VHS days.

1985: Kick Axe and Lee Aaron are in Medicine Hat for a show at the Cypress Centre.

1986: White Wolf is at home in Edmonton, opening for Kick Axe at the Jubliee Auditorium.

1987: Mindstorm releaese their self-titled debut album.

1987: Edsel Records releases SEVENTEENTH SUMMER – a repackaging of earlier material from The Collectors.

1990: BARNEY BENTALL & THE LEGENDARY HEARTS, Bentall‘s debut with that band, is released in the US.

1990: Capitol Records releases OVER 60 MINUTES WITH HELIX.

1991: Tineta Couturier releases her debut album, LOVE ON THE LINE.

1992: At 12 noon, radio stations across Canada play one of two new versions of “O Canada” recorded at the instigation of Orangeville, Ont. DJ Ross Carlin. There was a symphonic recording but the most played was a contemporary version featuring dozens of top Canadian artists, including Rita MacNeil, Alannah Myles, Patsy Gallant and Tommy Hunter.

1993: The Smalls release their self-titled debut album.

1995: The New Country Network video channel is on the air, knocking the US-owned Country Music Television off Canadian cable systems, leading to the US threatening trade sanctions against Canada. The network is eventually bought by CMT and rebranded as such.

1995: Tineta releases her sophomore album, DRAWN TO THE FIRE, and its first single, “From My Heart’s Point of View.”

1997: Hagood Hardy dies of cancer in his Hamilton home at the age of 59.

2005: Jimmy & The Sleepers release their self-titled debut album.

2005: Provincial leaders including Premier of Saskatchewan Lorne Calvert announce Theresa Sokyrka as the Saskatchewan Centennial 2005 Youth Ambassador.

2011: Hedley are on Billboard’s chart for the first time, peaking at #25 with “Perfect.”

2013: Jazz great Moe Koffman dies of cancer at his Orangeville, Ontario home. He was 73.

2014: Road Hammers release their new album, WHEELS.

2019: Sass Jordan releases her own brand of wine, Kick Ass Sass.

2020: Brett Kissel releases his new album, NOW OR NEVER.