This Day in History: 2022-05-03
1969: Canadian customs officials arrest Jimi Hendrix after finding heroin in his travel bag while entering Toronto. He’s released on $10,000 bail. He’s acquitted in court that December.
1969: John Rutsey and Alex Lifeson are in Willowdale, Ontario for a show at the United Church. Joe Perna is the bassist, and they’re called Hadrian.
1970: The Guess Who top Billboard’s chart with “American Woman.”
1971: Gordon Lightfoot is the first Canadian non-classical act booked to play New York’s Philharmonic Hall at Lincoln Center.
1971: Ocean receive a gold record from the Recording Industry Association of America for their lp PUT YOUR HAND IN THE HAND.
1975: “I Don’t Like To Sleep Alone” by Paul Anka is atop Canada’s singles chart.
1975: Carroll Baker‘s “I’ve Never Been This Far Before” debuts at #1 on Canada’s country singles chart.
1978: Neil Young is among the performers on the soundtrack to the film FM, the story of the struggles of a radio station. The film debuted in Los Angeles, but more people bought the soundtrack than saw the film.
1983: Blue Peter is in Toronto for the first of a two night stand at BJ Cuddles.
1987: Eight Seconds is in New York for MTV’s Live At The Ritz broadcast.
1991: The Tragically Hip are in The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles. The show is filmed and becomes the basis to the “New Orleans Is Sinking” video.
1997: Bruce Cockburn‘s show at the Barrymore Theatre in Madison, WI is taped and becomes the YOU PAY YOUR MONEY album a year later.
1997: Econoline Crush is in Calgary, opening for KISS at the Saddledome.
2008: Kim Mitchell is in Renfrew, Ontario for a show at Ma-Te-Way Activity Center.
2010: Cowboy Junkies release their REMNIN PARK album.
2011: Captain Tractor releases their FAMOUS LAST WORDS album.
2011: George Canyon’s BETTER BE HOME SOON album is certified gold in Canada.
2013: The Frank are in Red Deer for a sold-out show at The Vat.
2013: The Alberta Ballet debuts “Balletlujah!,” a tribute to KD Lang in Edmonton.
2018: Delta Stone & The Wardogs release their first single, “Cajun Queen.”
2019: Steadies are home in Saskatoon for some lacrosse action, and as the entertainment during the Saskatchewan Rush’s home opener against the Colorado Mammoth.