This Day in History: 2022-02-25

Feb 25
1905: New Brunswick born tenor Harry H. McClaskey, under the stage name of Irving Gillette, debuts on the American charts with the song “Sing Me To Sleep” on the Edison label. It peaked at #8 and charted for only one week. McClaskey was better known under his main stage name of Henry Burr. He was the king of pop before Bing Crosby dethroned him. To this day, just based on his solo chart performance is he ranked #8 on the list of All Time Top 25 Pop Artists/Groups. McClaskey under the stage name Henry Burr was also a member of the Peerless Quartet, they rank #9 on the list. For comparison, with all of Elvis’ pop success, he’d rank at #21 on the list.

1958: Saga‘s Jim Gilmour is born in Carfin, Scotland.

1966: Paupers are in Toronto to close out a two night stand at El Patio.

1967: The Paupers are at New York’s Cafe Au Go Go, opening for Jefferson Airplane.

1971: Singer/songwriter Daniel Powter is born, who had a #2 UK single in 2005 with “Bad Day,” also featured in a Coca-Cola ad campaign in Europe.

1972: Brave Belt is in Hollywood, California for a show at the Valley Music Theatre.

1979: Fans at the Municipal Auditorium in Austin, Texas get a double shot of CanCon, with April Wine and Rush.

1983: Bruce Cockburn releases his THE TROUBLE WITH NORMAL album.

1987: “Canadian Idol” winner Eva Avila is born in Ottawa.

1992: Bryan Adams wins a Grammy for best song written specifically for a motion picture or television – for “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” from “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.”

1994: The Viletones release their A TASTE OF HONEY album, recorded in 1977.

1997: The Nylons release PERFECT FIT.

2010: Burton Cummings, backed by The Carpet Frogs, headlines the day’s post Olympic events fun at Vancouver’s BC Place.

2011: Helix is in Brandon, Manitoba for a show at The 40.

2012: The Stampeders are in Calgary at the Deerfoot Casino.

2012: Arapacis holds an album release party for NETHERWORLD, their third album, at Montreal’s Bistro de Paris.

2012: Sven Gali guitarist Dee Cernile succumbs to lung cancer at the age of 46.

2013: One Bad Son release their new single and video, “Scarecrows.”

2016: The Hutchinson Andrew Trio perform at The Yardbird Suite in Edmonton.

2016: Kelly Fraser releases her sophomore album, SEDNA, and the title track as the first single.

2020: Trenchfoot release their new single and video, “Dirty June.”