This Day in History: 2022-08-12

Aug 12
1953: The Four Lads release the single “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)”.

1955: Jane Siberry is born in Toronto.

1957: “Diana” by Paul Anka is the number one song in Canada, breaking up eight weeks of Elvis on top.

1967: Rainvilles top Canada’s country chart for the first time with “I Got What I Wanted.”

1967: Neil Young returns to Buffalo Springfield after a couple of months away for the band’s show at the Teen and Twenty Club in Huntington Beach, Cal.

1967: CANADA by the Young Canadian Singers is the best-selling homegrown album on Canada’s charts – at #21.

1967: Tom Northcott enters the Canadian top 100 with “Sunny Goodge Street,” at #100.

1967: Bonnie Dobson and Joni Mitchell both take the stage for day two of the Mariposa Folk Festival at Innis Lake Campground in Caledon, Ontario.

1969: The Guess Who are in Chicago laying down tracks to the AMERICAN WOMAN album, while at RCA Mid-America Recording Center.

1970: Dean Brody is born in Smithers, BC.

1970: Aaron Prichett is born in Terrace, BC.

1975: Doc Walker’s Chris Thorsteinson is born in Portage La Prairie, MB.

1984: Lenny Breau, master of jazz, flamenco, classical, country and more, and the mentor for Randy Bachman, is found strangled at 43 at the bottom of his swimming pool in LA, the victim of a homicide that remains unsolved to this day.

1983: Tip Splinter is among the performers in Toronto at The Mariposa Music festival, kicking off the four-day event.

1983: Saga release the album, HEADS OR TALES.

1989: The Moscow Music Peace Festival kicks off, with Sebastian Bach and Skid Row.

1997: Junkhouse release their FUZZ album.

2001: The Lunenburg Folk Harbor Festival in Nova Scotia closes with a performance by Connie Kaldor.

2002: REMEMBERING LEADBELLY, Long John Baldry‘s last album recorded before his death, is released internationally.

2008: Frank Marino is in Toronto for a show at Live at Sound Academy.

2008: Rush and Alanis Morrissette appear on the charity album, SONGS FOR TIBET.

2008: Voivod opens for Judas Priest in Montreal at the Bell Centre.

2008: Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush begin the second leg of the Canadian portion of their North American tour in Toronto at the Sound Academy.

2012: Harlequin and Doug & The Slugs perform in St Albert at the Rock\’n August Festival.

2012: Parachute Club is in Edmonton for the Edmonton Folk Music Festival. They’d actually performed the night before as well, for the volunteers.

2014: Mel Degan of The Lords, Gainsborough Gallery, and Privelege dies peacefully in Edmonton after a long bout of lung cancer.

2016: Kick Axe, Prism, and Loverboy kick off Rock The Lake in Kelowna, BC.

2017: Loverboy closes out CanaFest in Grand Forks, BC. Also on stage during the day are The Vindicators, Dr Fun and the Nightcrawlers, Platinum Blonde, and Randy Bachman.

2017: Sass Jordan, TJ Ruckus, and The Johnny McQuiag Band close out the East Coast Garden Party in Cold Lake, Alberta at the Energy Centre.

2017:Duane Steele is among the performers at Dogpatch Music Festival outside Loon Lake, Sask.

2018: Headpins are in Prince George, BC for Caribou Rocks The North.

2020: Honeymoon Suite release their new single, “Find What You’re Looking For.”