This Day in History: 2022-01-20

Jan 20
1941: Singer and French TV host Pierre Lalonde is born in Montreal.

1958: “The Stroll,” by The Diamonds peaks at #3 on the Canadian charts, and sparks a dance craze of the same name.

1958: “You Are My Destiny” by Paul Anka hits #1 on the Canadian chart.

1967: Buffalo Springfield, featuring Canadians Neil Young, Dewey Martin, and Bruce Palmer starts a three night stand in LA at Gazzarro’s. The problem tho is Palmer was left behind in New York a month earlier after he was busted on drugs charges, so Ken Forssi of Love fills in on bass. Later that nite they’re doing an unannounced after hours show across town at Hullabaloo.

1968: The Band is among the performers at a tribute concert to folksinger Woody Guthrie in New York’s Carnegie Hall.

1973: The Stampeders‘ “Johnny Lightning” peaks at #13 on the Canadian chart.

1974: April Wine‘s “Weeping Widow” peaks at #5 on the Canadian chart.

1978: The Diodes are in Chicago at The Aragon Ballroom.

1979: The Cooper Brothers‘ “The Dream Never Dies” peaks on the Canadian chart at #24.

1991: Stan Szelest, onetime member of The Hawks ( The Band) dies of a heart attack in a Woodstock, NY recording studio.

1993: Ronnie Hawkins is among the performers at the White House during President Bill Cinton’s inauguration. They were friends since growing up together in Arkansas.

1998: Bruce Cockburn releases his third live album, YOU PAY YOUR MONEY AND YOU TAKE YOUR CHANCE.

2007: Matt Mays performs live in Toronto at The Mod Club Theatre.

2008: The late Jeff Healey and his band win seven out of 17 awards handed out at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, including best entertainer, electric artist, guitarist and recording of the year for his album MESS OF BLUES.

2009: During President Barack Obama’s inauguration in Washington, Canadian group the Nathaniel Bett Chorale are among the performers.

2011: Kim Wempe opens for Rawlins Cross at the Savoy Theatre in Glace Bay, Cape Breton Island.

2014: George Canyon announces his Conservative bid to be the MP for High River, Alberta. To do this, he had to legally change his name from his given name, Frederick Lays. He’s eventually beaten out in the party leadership race by eventual MP, Martin Shields.

2016: Holly Woods is in Toronto for a show at The 40.

2016: Blue Rodeo is in Edmonton for the second of a two-night stand at the Jubilee Auditorium.

2017: At The White House, some people think it’s ironic the first song Make America Great Again President Trump and Melania dance to at the Inauguration Ball is Paul Anka‘s “My Way.

2019: Chilblaine Winters releases his new single, “Tower Road.”