On Thursday, August 20th 2009, Larry Knechtel passed away at the age of 69, the result of an apparent undetermined illness. Apart from being a brilliant musician, Larry was loved by many for his character – honest, humble, hard-working, and charismatic. He was a loving and devoted father and husband. Larry preferred a simple rural lifestyle and valued the quality of life. Those close to him knew Larry as a student of western lore and history, an outdoorsman, a farmer, and a good neighbor.
It is with heavy hearts we inform you that Chuck Azzarello has passed away. Chuck Azzarello was one of “us” – a radio industry guy who helped mold the way sounds would develop in Canada. It is not often we write from a personal point of view but this one is close to the heart and Chuck Azzarello deserves the accolades.
Azzarello had a colourful career, and those who worked closely with him knew he could be passionate and aggressive in what he wanted the station to become once he had figured out the critical path.
By Nick Patch, The Canadian Press
LOS ANGELES - When Grammy gives its person of the year award to Neil Young this weekend, a star-studded cast of performers will be on hand to serenade the Toronto-born rock legend.
Sheryl Crow, Elton John, James Taylor, k.d. lang and John Mellencamp are just a few of the names who will perform at Friday's MusiCares gala, and who will presumably have a chance to meet the elusive singer/songwriter.
Many Canadian artists who hold Young up as a Canuck icon still haven't had the pleasure.
"I've always wanted to meet him," Stompin' Tom Connors told The Canadian Press in a recent interview.
"He's got a great name for himself throughout the world and he's well thought of back here in Canada. I'm looking forward to meeting him someday.
"If you see him before I do, let him know that I'd be willing to meet him, sit down and have a few beers."
“When I was young and on my own” (lyrics from "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" - "After the Goldrush")
Neil (Percival) Young was born in Toronto on November 12, 1945.Young first became interested in music in 1958 when his father, renowned sports columnist Scott Young, bought him a ukulele for Christmas. Later, when his parents separated, Neil moved to Winnipeg with his mother where he became interested in learning to play the banjo and eventually the guitar. At Kelvin High in the early 1960s he played in a group called The Squires. In the fall of 1962, Young dropped out of school to write songs and play music as a full-time career.