This Day in History: 2022-01-21

Jan 21
1891: Calixa Lavallee, the composer of “O Canada,” dies at his home in Boston at the age of 48 from tubercular laryngitis.

1931: Rudi Maugeri of The Crew Cuts is born in Toronto.

1956: The 4 Lads release the single “No Not Much.”

1963: The first recording of a Joni Mitchell song, country legend George Hamilton IV’s version of “Urge for Going,” enters Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart. Mitchell’s own version would later appear as the B side of the 1972 single “You Turn Me On, I’m a Radio.”

1967: Buffalo Springfield is at Gazzarro’s in LA, for the second of a three night run.

1967: Hank Snow peaks on Billboard’s country chart at #21 with “Hula Love.”

1967: Barry Allen enters the Canadian pop chart at #64 with “Armful of Teddy Bears.”

1967: Lovin’ Kind’s “Jungle Sun” debuts on the Canadian top 100 at #90.

1967: Buffalo Springfield, which features Canadians Neil Young, Dewey Martin, Bruce Palmer are in LA at Gazzarro’s for the second of a three night stand.

1967: Gary Buck reaches the top of the Canadian country chart, with “The Weatherman.” It stays there for four weeks.

1971: Neil Young is in Toronto for a show at Massey Hall.

1979: Blondie is booed off the stage at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It’s Rush they want to see.

1983: Pat Travers opens for Aerosmith in Vancouver at the Pacific Coliseum.

1989: Anne Murray peaks at #36 on Billboard’s country chart for the first of two weeks with “Slow Passin’ Time.”

1999: Matthew Good sees his UNDERDOGS album certified platinum in Canada.

2000: The makings of a nasty lawsuit begin when The National Enquirer reports that Celine Dion is pregnant with twins, which her people deny. Few people care one way or the other.

2001: Blue Rodeo‘s GREATEST HITS VOLUME ONE album is certified platinum.

2002: Bruce Cockburn releases the ANYTHING ANYTIME ANYWHERE album.

2006: Following a show in Hamilton, a plane carrying Bon Jovi skids off the runway at Hamilton International Airport. No one is injured and not one hair is found out of place.

2008: The Eleventh Annual Maple Blues Awards Gala is held in Toronto, showcasing the country’s top blues musicians.

2011: Chilliwack is in Toronto playing at the Sound Academy.

2013: Tragically Hip play a sold-out show at Rexall Place in Edmonton.

2016: Steppenwolf is in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. They’re on stage during the Rock Cruise IV.

2017: After 40 years and 21 albums, Saga announces they’re calling it quits at the end of the year. They don’t.