This Day in History: 2022-04-16

April 16
1940: “It’s Love Love Love” by Guy Lombardo tops Billboard’s chart.

1946: Jon Lee and The Checkmates’ bassist Peter Hodgson is born in Toronto.

1952: “The Mocking Bird” b/w “Won’cha” from The 4 Lads is released on Columbia Records, their first single.

1956: “Rhythm Pals,” which features the band of the same name, debuts on CBC TV.

1960: Colin Linden is born in Toronto.

1976: Gordon Lightfoot is in Vancouver for a show at the Pacific Coliseum.

1979: Anne Murray gives birth to her daughter Dawn.

1980: Toronto release their debut album, LOOKIN’ FOR TROUBLE.

1983: Flying saucers are sighted by many in attendance, while Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush are on stage during a festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

1983: Bryan Adams performs “Straight From The Heart” and “Cuts Like A Knife,” during his first appearance on American Bandstand.

1990: Neil Young and Daniel Lanois are among the performers at the Nelson Mandela – An International Tribute To A Free South Africa concert in London’s Wembley Stadium.

1993: Rawlins Cross release their REEL ‘N ROLL album.

1998: Killjoys are in Toronto for a show at The Rivoli. It’s taped and becomes their OVERNIGHT AND A MORNINGLATER album a year later.

2001: Rising country star Atlanta Jane is born Atlanta Wagmann in Meadow Lake, Sask.


2005: Jann Arden closes her Calgary restaurant, simply called Arden’s.

2007: Aldo Nova releases the sort of ‘best of’ collection UNDER THE GUN – A PORTRAIT OF ALDO NOVA.

2008: Faber Drive’s “When I’m With You” peaks on the Canadian singles chart at #19.

2010: Stephanie Braganza tears the roof off at The Mansion in Kingston. Ont.

2011: George Canyon peaks on Billboard’s country chart at #25 with “Better Be Home Soon.”

2012: Marc Wald, most notable as part of Tommy Hunter‘s backup band The Rhythm Pals, dies peacefully in his Nanaimo, BC home at the age of 90.

2013: Rita MacNeil dies at the age of 69.

2014: George Canyon is in Charlottetown, PEI for the East Coast Music Awards.

2016: Jeff Healey peaks at #5 on Billboard’s blues chart with “Heal My Soul.” The album debuts at #66 on the Canadian albums chart. It’s gone a week later.

2017: Kyley Styles is in Calgary for a show at The Smith.

2017: Bob Bryden releases a video for the 1968 Reign Ghost song (and the first tune he’d ever wrote), “Standing Room Only Mr Mars.”