This Day in History: 2022-05-12

May 12
1958: The movie “Let’s Rock”, with Paul Anka among others, opens across the US.

1967: Walter Rossi plays his first show with Wilson Pickett at Massey Hall in Toronto.

1967: The Paupers begin a three night run in San Fransisco at the Fillmore West, backing Jefferson Airplane.

1973: Hank Snow peaks on Billboard’s country chart at #71 with “North To Chicago,” the second of two weeks in that slot.

1973: Keith Hampshire‘s “The First Cut Is the Deepest” tops Canada’s RPM singles chart.

1976: Gordon Lightfoot is in Fort Worth, Texas for a show at the Tarrant County Convention Centre.

1978: Streetheart is in Winnipeg for a show at The Warehouse.

1979: Murray McLauchlan plays The Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver. The show is released as a promo only lp.

1983: Craig Ruhnke releases his album, URBAN BREEZE IN LOVE.

1985: Ottawa raised pianist Angela Hewitt wins first prize at the Toronto International Bach Competition.

1992: 54-40 release the album, DEAR DEAR.

1995: Spirit of the West is at the Orpheum Theatre with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra – the first of a two-night stand. The shows are taped and become the band’s OPEN HEART SYMPHONY album the next year.

2004: Sugakane releases their debut EP, YEAR ZERO.

2007: Robbie Lane of The Disciples is in a Toronto hospital where doctors operate on him to cure a brain aneurism. The procedure is a success.

2008: Biologist Jason Bond discovers a previously undocumented species of spider. He names it the ‘Neil Young’ spider.

2009: Jim Byrnes releases the MY WALKING STICK album.

2011: Goddo is in Toronto for a show at Rockpile. Guest appearing during “Under My Hat” is Nash The Slash.

2012: Lee Aaron and Harlequin are in Edmonton for a show at Century Casino.

2014: Nash The Slash dies at the age of 66.

2015: Aaron Pritchett releases his greatest hits collection, BODY OF WORK – A COLLECTION OF HITS.

2016: Frank Soda rocks the Rockpile in Toronto.

2016: Alan Doyle holds a benefit concert for the victims of the Fort McMurray wildfire in St John’s, NFLD at The Factory.

2016: Chilliwack‘s Bill Henderson is inducted into the Order of Canada.

2016: Billy Talent release their new single, the title track to their AFRAID OF HEIGHTS album.

2017: The New Customs release their sophomore album, ALL WALLS FAIL.

2017: Road Hammers release their new album, THE SQUEEZE.

2018: Teenage Head are inducted into the Canadian Independent Music Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Toronto.