June 2014

The Checkers Band Receives Canada's Recording Legacy Award


Submitted to Cashbox Canada

Mel Shaw, president of Canada's Recording Legacy is pleased to announce that The Checkers of Lethbridge received an award of recognition for their career in music dating back to the late fifties and sixties -  a career that took them on national tour dates before the Guess Who or Stampeders.

Presenting the award to the Checkers was the multi-award winning promoter, Ron Sakamoto. Also in attendance was the Mayor to  receive a duplicate award to hang at City Hall. It was held at the University of Lethbridge and the Dean of the University also received a duplicate award to hang in the University recording studio.

Mel Shaw of CRL comments,  "Ron is one of Canada's premier music industry participants and a friend of mine for fifty years dating back to the days of the Stampeders who went east and established themselves as a multi hit making group". Mel Shaw was Personal Manager and Record Producer for the Stampeders from 1965 thru 1979.

The two surviving members of the original Checkers will be receiving the award from Ron - guitarists Jerry Arnold and Dennis Gioshmon. The other original members have both passed away -  drummer, Garry Fabbi, and bass player, Wes Kucheron.

From “Outrageous” to World Pride

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Submitted by Bill King
Author of Bill King’s “In Concert!” Essays, Images and Interviews

Diversity, acceptance and human rights are central themes in the current ten day rainbow take-over of Toronto the ‘really good,’ as gay parents, activists; partners fan out across the sprawling metropolis in celebration of openness and equality. In fact, Toronto is the first North American city to host World Pride.

It wasn’t that long ago gay awareness was addressed on stage through “Outrageous;” a film starring attention grabbing entertainer and female impersonator, Craig Russell.

Gays are big on humour! Russell never failed to deliver. With the anti-gay Westboro Baptist church in Kansas City constantly ripping at your psyche and inciting hatred, coming out and having a sense of humour has been one of the rare means of defense.

It was a good thing I had nearly twenty years of gigging under my belt by the time I met female impersonator Craig Russell. It would have been near impossible deciphering each unpredictable moment spent in his company.

I always say the two craziest music icons I've ever worked for were Ronnie Hawkins and Craig Russell. You couldn't tell them apart. Every moment in their company brought the kind of hilarity that most would grimace at or desperately dial 911. It had a certain level of sadness.

Gerry Goffin We Will Still Love You Tomorrow

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Submitted by Don Graham

Gerry Goffin, lyricist , has died at his home in Los Angeles. He was 75. His wife, Michelle Goffin, says he died of natural causes.

It used to be when you picked up a “record” there was the song title in a large font and right underneath in smaller print and in parenthesis the songwriter or songwriters. In the 60’s under the title of some of your favourites you would see ( Goffin /King). The King was Carole King the Goffin - Gerry Goffin.  This pair wrote some the classics that are woven into the tapestry of the American songbook of the 60’s.  Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, Up On The Roof, Chains covered by the Beatles, (You Make Me Feel  Like) A Natural Woman.

Goffin was born in Brooklyn in 1939 and met King at Queens College.  The two were married in 1959 while they were in their teens. Goffin and King wrote more than 50 Top 40 hits, including Pleasant Valley Sunday for the Monkees, Crying in the Rain by The Everly Brothers, Take Good Care of My Baby by Bobby Vee and  the classic You've Got a Friend by James Taylor. They also wrote Locomotion and Halfway To Paradise.

"She was interested in writing rock 'n' roll, and I was interested in writing this Broadway play," Goffin said  in 2001. "So we had an agreement where she would write the music to the play if I would write the lyrics to some of her rock 'n' roll melodies. And eventually it came to be a boy-and-girl relationship. Eventually I began to lose heart in my play, and we stuck to writing rock 'n' roll."


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Submitted by Cashbox Canada
Photo: Carly Rae Jepsen and writers of 'Call Me Maybe'

The Annual SOCAN Awards Gala took place on June 16, 2014 in Toronto at the prestigious Westin Harbour Castle Hotel. The SOCAN Awards Gala is a celebration of the music industry’s most important music creators who are  honoured for their Canadian songwriting achievements. The Award presentations include Pop/Rock, Dance, Urban, Country, Jazz, Folk/Roots, Classical, and Film & Television.

ole CEO Robert Ott ole songwriters Johnny Reid, Marty Dodson, and Alan Frew SOCAN’s Peter Fera & Karen Richards ole VP Gilles Godard.ole CEO Robert Ott ole songwriters Johnny Reid, Marty Dodson, and Alan Frew SOCAN’s Peter Fera & Karen Richards ole VP Gilles Godard.The 2014 Major achievement recipients are:
Drake  Global Inspiration Award

Proudly Canadian: Ray Materick

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Ray Materick is a Canadian singer-songwriter, particularly popular in the 1970s, who continues to perform and create music.

Ray Materick is the son of an evangelical preacher, who had previously played saxophone, trumpet and clarinet in his own dance band, during the 1940s and 1950s. Materick's recording career commenced in 1972, with the release of Sidestreets on Kanata Records, considered to be one of Canada's first independent record labels. The label folded soon after Materick's album was released. His major national breakthrough came with the release of Neon Rain in 1974 onWarner Bros./Asylum Records, featuring the hit single "Linda Put The Coffee On".

The album was produced by Eugene Martynec. Materick had been specifically signed by record executive Gary Muth as one of the first Canadian artists on the U.S. Asylum Records label, formed by David Geffen. A number of albums followed throughout the 1970s: Best Friend Overnight (1975) and Midnight Matinee (1976), both of which were produced by Don Potter and featured musical contributions from Daniel Lanois, as well as Fever In Rio (1978). Materick did not continue with Asylum Records, following the release of Midnight Matinee.

During the 1980s, Materick withdrew from music for a period of approximately eight years, assuming employment in a Toronto woodworking company. He later relocated to Hamilton, Ontario.