This Day in History: 2022-12-05

Dec 6
1940: Folk singer/songwriter Ron Hynes is born in St John’s, NFLD.

1957: Mercury Records releases

The Diamonds‘ version of “The Stroll”. The song eventually peaks at #4 on the Billboard chart and sparks a dance craze of the same name.

1961: Bobby Cameron is born in Port Hawksebury, NS.

1965: Gordon Lightfoot‘s “Just Like Tom Thumb Blues” peaks on the Canadian chart at #3.

1965: It’s been a good run, but Gary Buck’s “Break The News to Liza” enjoys its last week after over two months on Canada’s country singles chart.

1969: Neil Young is with CSNY as part of the ensemble in Livermore, Cal for a show at the Altamore Speedway. The Hell’s Angels are the security, and four people are killed during the show, including one by one of the bikers. The show becomes the movie, “Gimmer Shelter” a year later.

1975: Hank Snow enters Billboard’s country chart and peaks at #95 with “Colorado Country Morning,” the first of two weeks before it disappears.

1980: Rhinegold, featuring Lawrence Gowan, is in Toronto for a show at Spats.

1980: Ken Tobias is in Toronto for the first of a two night run at The Northgate.

1980: Frank Soda & The Imps are in Toronto for a show at the New Shamrock Hotel.

1980: Ray Materick is in Toronto for a show at Riverside.

1980: Zwol closes out a four night run in Toronto at Nickelodeon.

1988: Killer Dwarfs open for Iron Maiden at London’s Hammersmith Odeon.

1993: Tragically Hip are featured on the German late-nite show, “Nachtwerk – In Concert.”

1994: Sarah McLachlan releases her FREEDOM SESSIONS album.

1994: Bryan Adams‘s LIVE LIVE LIVE, originally released in ’88, is re-released on CD.

1995: Joni Mitchell is presented with the Century Award at the Billboard Music Awards.

2003: Ryan Malcolm’s “Something More” is atop the Canadian pop chart for the seventh straight week.

2005: Alanis Morissette releases the single “Crazy.”

2007: Bill Bourne is in Toronto for a show at Hugh’s Room.

2008: Burton Cummings is in Richmond. BC for a show at River Rock Casino.

2012: Fresh off a show the night before backing Burton Cummings, The Carpet Frogs are on their own in Winnipeg at The Pony.

2014: Lee Aaron is in Whitby, Ontario for a show at Barney’s.

2016: Grammy nominations are out, and Drake and Justin Beiber are both up for Album of the Year. Drake is up for seven other awards, as well.

2016: In Gatineau, Quebec, the Assembly of First Nations honour Gord Downie for his efforts in bringing problems with the residential school system to light, and in particular the plight of Chaney Winjack, a 12-year old boy who died trying to flee the system.

2016: The Forgotten Rebels take the stage at This Ain’t Hollywood in Hamilton.

2017: Julio Biafore releases his new single and video for “Into the Sun.”

2017: Taking a break from Styx, Gowan goes it alone and is in Belleville, Ontario for a show at the Empire Theatre.

2017: The 13th annual Andy Kim Christmas show at Toronto’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre features performances by Sheepdogs, Platinum Blonde, Hawksley Workman, and Ron Sexsmith, among others.

2017: Jeff Martin from The Tea Party is in Hamilton for the first of two nights at This Ain’t Hollywood.

2017: Pierre Noles, one of Quebec’s most prolific proders/arrangers/orchestraters during the 1960s, dies of natural causes at the age of 85.

2018: Matchstick Skeletons open for Headstones in Oshawa, Ontario for a show at the Music Hall.

2019: Punch Drunk Cabaret is in Camrose, Alta for a show at The Bailey Theatre.

2019: Valdy is in White Rock, BC for a show at Blue Frog Studios.

2019: The Steadies are in Vancouver for a show at Guilt & Co. It’s an album release party for their new disc, TIRO DE LEONE. Opening is Desmond Day.

2019: Wayward Transmission release their new single, “Prescription Pills.”

2019: Virginia To Vegas see their single, “Selfish” certified platinum.