Proudly Canadian: Shirley Matthews

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Shirley Matthews was a Canadian pop singer born in Harrow, Ontario.

Matthews sang in a church choir and at high school dances prior to embarking on a career in music. She worked in a Bell Telephone office while singing nights at the age of 19 at the Club Bluenote in Toronto, Ontario.

Discovered by an associate of Bob Crewe (who managed the Four Seasons) Matthews went to New York to sign her record deal in New York.

Her debut single, "Big Town Boy", was a major hit in Canada in 1964, selling over a million copies. She won the RPM Gold Leaf Award for Female Vocalist of the Year in 1964.Later singles failed to duplicate the success of "Big Town Boy”.

“Big Town Boy” debuted on 1050 Chum in Toronto on December 2/1963 on the same day as “She Loves You” by the Beatles.

In 1967, she married, taking the name Shirley Vedder, and quit the music industry, eventually becoming the CEO of a chain of racquetball and sports fitness clubs.  

On January 8, 2013 Shirley died in Toronto, Ontario.

Big Town Boy    1964
Private Property 1964
He Makes Me Feel So Pretty 1964
Stop the Clock 1965

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