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Early CanCon Hits
"Starting in 1970, radio stations in Canada had to broadcast at least 30% Canadian content. Some of these songs went on to become international hits, others were mostly confined to our borders. How well do you remember the early days of CanCon?"
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Can you name the Alberta group that took this song to number one in Canada, in 1971?
"Sweet, sweet city woman
I can see your face, I can hear your voice, I can almost touch you
Sweet, sweet city woman
Oh, my banjo and me, we got a feel for singin, yeah, yeah"
Ian and Sylivia
The Hurtin' Albertans
Fill in the missing lyrics to this song, which could be heard everywhere in the summer of '72:
Oh, sunny, sunny, sunny days
Ain't nothin' better in the world, you know
Than lyin' in the sun ____________"
with the friends you know
soakin' up those rays
with your radio
in a daquiri haze
Please name the singer/songwriter who gave us these lines, along with gazillions of others over the years:
"If I could read your mind love, what a tale your thoughts could tell
Just like a paperback novel, the kind the drugstores sell
When you reach the part where the heartaches come
The hero would be me..."
(First and last name, or last name only)
Which Quebec musician had a hit throughout English Canada in 1971 with this song, "Lovin' You Ain't Easy"?
"Hitch any ride you want to
Do anything you wanna do
Just keep ridin' your way
Take anyone you want to
Long as I can hear from you
Just be mine in your way"
Can you remember the name of this song, the only real hit for the band A Foot in Cold Water?
"Work hard in the daytime
For our dinner at night
Comfort me at the right time
Everything's gonna be alright"
What the Hell I Got
(Make Me Do) Anything You Want
Seasons in the Sun
Which Way You Goin' Billy?
I remember waking up to this song on my clock radio one morning in 1971, and loving it. It's an early effort by a man who was to go on to become one of Canadian folk music's superstars. Who gave us "One Day I Walk"?
"I sat on the street corner
And watched the bootheels shine
And cried out glad and cried out sad
With every voice but mine
One day I walk in flowers
One day I walk on stones
Today I walk in hours
One day I shall be home"
Fill in the missing words from this 1973 hit:
"Now when I get _________ I get on the telephone
Now when I get _________ I get on the telephone
Well, I call my baby, tell her I'm on my way back home
Flip, flop and fly
I don't care if I die..."
Name this song, which came from the West Coast in 1971:
"She was a weepin' and a wailin'
You know she does it every day
I said "Mary Mary Mary Mary
How can you live that way?"
Can you name this song, the biggest hit for the Five Man Electrical Band?
"And the sign said,
"Long-haired freaky people
Need not apply."
So I tucked my hair up under my hat
And I went in to ask him why"
Neil Young didn't really need CanCon to get his music on the radio - by the early '70's he was a bona fide star. Fill in the missing words from this 1970 song.
"I was lying in a burned out basement
With the ___________ in my eyes.
I was hoping for replacement
When the sun burst thru the sky"
This band started off in Yorkville coffee houses, and went on to have several solid Canadian hits. A few of their songs got into the top forty in the States, and one, "Last Song" went to number three. It wasn't the last song, of course - at least one more, "Close Your Eyes", was written for that same girl.
What's the name of the band?
The Poppy Family
I grew up in Edmonton. Now, Edmonton may be one of the coldest cities, but it certainly wasn't one of the 'coolest', at least not in 1971. Long hair and beards could be found in other places; in my junior high school, most of our boyfriends still had their hair cut by their dads. I imagine this had something to do with the popularity of this song, where the girl sings:
"Into my room he creeps
Without making a sound
Into my dreams he peeps
With his hair all long and hanging down"
What is the song?
Fly Me High
High School Confidential
Every Bit of Love
The Guess Who were the first Canadian band to have a number one Billboard hit, with "American Woman". Can you fill in the missing words from another Guess Who hit song, from the fall of 1970?
"Maybe I'll be there to shake your hand
Maybe I'll be there to ________________"
share the land
smile and wave
hold you tight
take your hand
This group, basically a husband/wife duo with added guitar and drums, had a couple of hits in 1970: "Which Way You Goin' Billy?" and "That's Where I Went Wrong". When the marriage broke up, so did the band. Who were they?
The Family Brown
The Poppy Family
The Partridge Family
The big hit from his "Powerful People" album was "People Gotta Move":
"People come on and do it right
Shake your behinds like dynamite
Chuck all your worries and toss your thighs
To be tame is a pain when you realize
You gotta move...
People gotta move..."
Who is he?
"I came into town as a man of renown
A writer of songs about __________"
What are the missing words, in this 1972 song from Valdy?
wisdom and pain
freedom and joy
rock and roll
fun and sun
Please name the very successful power-pop group whose early hits included "Bad Side of the Moon" and "You Could Have Been a Lady".
Crowbar were a rock/blues band, fronted by King Biscuit Boy. Their biggest hit was 1971's "Oh, What a Feeling". Most of the members had been a backup band for which legendary performer?
Jerry Lee Lewis
The band that was to become Bachman-Turner Overdrive was formed by Randy Bachman in 1971, soon after he left the Guess Who. They had a little CanCon hit with the song "Dunrobin's Gone" in '72. What was the name of this band?
The New Guess Who
Fill in the missing lyric to this 1971 song:
"Oh Carey get out your cane
And I'll put on some ________
Oh you're a mean old daddy, but I like you"
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Compiled Nov 04 12