This Day in History: 2022-07-12

July 12
1937: Early French pop star and radio host Michel Louvain is born in the Thetford Mines in Quebec as Michel Louvain Poulin.

1963: Montreal-born jazz pianist Paul Biley plays on Sammy Rollins’ “All The Things That Your Are” – argued my many as one of the greatest piano solos in jazz history.

1964: Esquires release their debut self-titled album. Their deal is the first major signing with Capitol by a Canadian group.

1965: “Tossin’ and Turnin’ ” by The Guess Who peaks on the Canadian chart at #3.

1965: Staccatos enter the Canadian chart at #23 with “Small Town Girl.”

1969: Hank Snow peaks on Billboard’s country chart at #26 with “Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day.”

1971: Oscar Peterson is the only Canadian on the bill in New York City during the Schaefer Music Festival.

1974: Mahogany Rush is in St Catherines, Ontario for a show at the Garden City Arena.

1984: Chad Brownlee is born in Kelowna, BC.

1983: Parachute Club release their debut self-titled album, and their first single, “Rise Up.”

1988: “Canadian Idol” season three winner Melissa O’Neil is born in Calgary.

1994: Margo Timmins of The Cowboy Junkies sings the Canadian national anthem at MLB’s all star game in Pittsburgh.

1994: I Mother Earth and Headstones are in Edmonton for a show at Peoples Pub.

1997: The Tea Party peak at #3 with “Transmission” on Billboard’s chart.

1999: Big Sugar‘s “Turn The Lights On” peaks at #8 on the Canadian singles chart.

2002: Copperpenny‘s Ken Hollis dies from injuries sustained after being hit by a truck three days earlier.

2005: Thor releases the THOR AGAINST THE WORLD album.

2007: Blue Rodeo headlines the Ottawa Blues Fest.

2008: Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush is in London, Ontario for a show at Bluesfest.

2008: Road Hammers peak at #50 on Billboard’s country albums chart with BLOOD SWEAT & STEEL.

2008: Hedley makes their first appearance in Bonnyville, Alberta and play the Centennial Centre to the delight of thousands of screaming kids.

2011: Theory of a Deadman release their fourth album, THE TRUTH IS…

2011: Wide Mouth Mason release their first album with new bassist/producer Gordie Johnson, NO BAD DAYS.

2013: Harem Scarem is in Toronto at The Rockpile.

2013: Barstool Prophets are in Cornwall, Ontario for a show at Lamoureux Park.

2014: Shawn Mendes’ first single, “Life of the Party” peaks at #24 on Billboard. At 15, he becomes the youngest artist to crack the top 25.

2016: Jeff Martin is in Meaford, Ontario for a show at the Meaford Hall.

2016: Aaron Goodvin takes the stage at Exhibition Grounds in Lloydminster, Sask during Colonial Days.

2019: Bryan Adams, Amanda Marshall, and Odds are in Calgary for the Stampede and a show at Shaw Millennium Park.

2019: Fighting Our Last Days are in Calgary for the Stampede, doing a show at The Blind Beggar’s Pub.

2019: Neil Young is in London, England, for a show at Hyde Park.

2019: Folks gather at the Community Centre in Boscombe, Alberta for the start of the 24th edition of the 3 day Hillbilly Jam.