This Day in History: 2022-03-09

March 9
1944: Canadian blues-rock singer and harmonica player King Biscuit Boy is born in Hamilton as Richard Newell.

1973: Stampeders sign an international deal with Polydor.

1975: Mahogany Rush is in St Louis, MO for a show at Kiel Auditorium.

1979: Heart peaks at #51 on the Canadian chart with the song “Dog and Butterfly.” The band had already gone home to Washington State by its release, but thanks to a loophole, the title track and a few of the other songs on the album still qualified as CanCon.

1980: Dick Gardiner is in Stephenville, NFLD at Clode Sound Productions, working on what would become his HEADIN’ BACK TO NEWFIE album later that year.

1985: The Ethiopian famine-relief “Tears Are Not Enough” by Northern Lights, is released. Written by Adams/Vallance, it features practically everyone in Canadian music.

1990: Barry Allen and the Rebels are featured on CFRN TV Edmonton’s “Marquee” program.

1995: During a ceremony in Ottawa, Ian and Sylvia Tyson are named to the Order of Canada.

1996: David Clayton-Thomas of Blood, Sweat and Tears, John Kay of Steppenwolf, Denny Doherty of the Mamas and Papas, Zal Yanovsky of the Lovin’ Spoonful and Dominic Troiano are inducted into the Juno Hall of Fame. Ronnie Hawkins is also given the Walt Grealis Achievement Award for his contribution to the development of the Canadian music industry, which somehow seems like a runner-up prize to some people.

1997: Jann Arden hosts the Juno Awards in Hamilton at Copps Coliseum. Tragically Hip win best group of the year and album of the year for TROUBLE AT THE HENHOUSE. Alanis Morissette wins single of the year for “Ironic”, and Sloan wins for best alternative album for ONE CHORD TO ANOTHER.

1998: Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” tops the Canadian singles chart for the second of six weeks.

1999: Wide Mouth Mason release their WHERE I STARTED album.

2001: Powder Blues are home in Vancouver for a show at The Town Pump in Gastown.

2006: Grady is in Edmonton for a show at Cook County Saloon.

2011: Big Sugar is in Edmonton for a show at Cook County Saloon.

2011: Stampeders release the album, LIVE AT MAE WILSON.

2014: KD Lang‘s stint in the Broadway musical “After Midnight” ends with the show at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

2016: Ray Griff dies of Pacificumonea following surgery at the age of 75.

2017: Kyler Schogen is in Smoky Lake, Alberta for a show at the Smoky Lake Inn.

2018: Three Days Grace release their new album, OUTSIDER.

2019:The Adopted release their new single, “Destiny.”