This Day in History: 2022-02-20

Feb 20
1941: Singer/songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie, who wrote Donovan’s anti-war protest “Universal Soldier” and co-wrote the not-so-angry “Up Where We Belong,” is born on the Piapot Reserve in Saskatchewan, near Craven.

1944: Lew Soloff, trumpeter for Blood Sweat & Tears is born in Toronto.

1945: Oakley‘s namesake, Robert Ritchie Oakley, is born in Halifax.

1950: Paul Cooper of The Nylons is born in Chatanooga, Tennessee.

1953: David Taylor, longtime bassist for Bryan Adams is born in Vancouver.

1965: Esquires open for The Beach Boys in Ottawa at the Auditorium.

1971: Smyle’s debut on the RPM chart is “Glory Glory” at #98.

1971: Anne Murray peaks at #3 on the Canadian pop chart with “Sing High Sing Low.”

1971: Gordon Lightfoot tops Canada’s RPM singles chart with “If You Could Read My Mind.” It also peaks at #5 on Billboard’s chart.

1978: The B-Girls open for the Clash in Toronto at the Rex Danforth Theatre.

1978: Rush is in London, England for the second of two shows at Hammersmith Odeon.

1988: Bryan Adams performs a private concert for 3,000 athletes and media people at the Calgary Olympics. Over 200 athletes join him on stage for the finale.

1988: “Never Thought That I Could Love” by Dan Hill peaks at #43 on Billboard’s chart.

1988: Bruce Cockburn opens a US tour in Seattle before a sellout crowd of 3,000. The concert netted over $10,000, which he donated to the Central American Peace Campaign.

1991: Neil Young and Crazy Horse are in Providence, RI for a show at the Civic Center.

1995: Econoline Crush is in Edmonton, opening for Sons of Freedom at People’s Pub.

1996: Econoline Crush release their first full length album, AFFLICTION.

1996: Lisa Brokop releases her third album, self-titled.

1996: Men Without Hats release the greatest hits album, COLLECTION.

1998: Bob McBride, vocalist for Lighthouse dies in hospital from a heart failure after an assault and from substance abuse.

2001: Connie Kaldor performs at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage in Washington, DC.

2007: Faber Drive release the single, “Second Chance.”

2008: Neil Young is in Amersterdam for a concert at the RAI Theatre.

2008: Corb Lund plays the first of a two-night stop in Vancouver at the Commodore Ballroom.

2015: Honeymoon Suite is in Niagara Falls, NY for a show at the Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel.

2018: Headstones release their new single, “Devil’s On Fire.”

2020: Behind The Empire release their new single and video, “Battle of The Holme.”