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Every RPM Canadian Content #1 single discussion thread 1964-2000

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by bunglejerry, Aug 17, 2020.

  1. bekayne

    bekayne Forum Resident

    At #59 the week of August 24, "Shoeshine Workin' Song" by Murray McLauchlan (also #15 on the Country chart and #13 on the Pop Music Playlist).



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    The A-side would be on his next album, but that wouldn't be until the new year.
     
  2. bekayne

    bekayne Forum Resident

    At #64 the week of August 24, "I'm On Fire For You Baby" by April Wine. It peaked at #7 at Vancouver's CKLG, #14 at CKOC (Hamilton), #16 at both CHUM and CFGO (Ottawa), #25 at Windsor's CKLW and it was #58 for 1974 at Winnipeg's CKY. Another one of the RMP chart placements that makes you go "huh".



    "Come On Along" from Electric Jewels was the B-side
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QwB9pLYQjY

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    The studio version on "I'm On Fire For You Baby" was not released on an album, but a live version would appear on their latest album April Wine Live. The LP would peak at #36 during the first two weeks of December during a 15 week stay on the charts.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHX0HEVS6lk

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    "I'm On Fire For You Baby" was a cover of a song by British singer-songwriter David Elliott, released as "On Fire For You" in 1973
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwkVAj1y8gE

    One of the songs most associated with April Wine, yet there are 24 of their songs which charted higher (would have been 25 if not for a mail strike)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jw26sU5HtU0

    I'm On Fire For You Baby by April Wine - 1974 Hit Song - Vancouver Pop Music Signature Sounds
     
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  3. JamieC

    JamieC Forum Resident

    Location:
    Detroit Mi USA
    I have been scratching my head with these records charting on CKLW. Were they playing these in the middle of the night?
     
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  4. bunglejerry

    bunglejerry Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Toronto, ON
    You don't know that song? @bekayne is right; it's one of April Wine's best-remembered songs up here. Looking at their embarrassingly disorganised Spotify discography, it seems to be about the fifth most-played April Wine song (and so interesting how low it charted). The establishment of these Canadian bands' legacy decades later is an increasingly intriguing topic to me. And the areas where songs are - relatively - better remembered in Canada than the States or the other way round are a significant aspect of that.

    Of course, the simple answer to your question is "yes"; Google the phrase "beaver hours".

    EDIT: Apparently it's also on the Trailer Park Boys soundtrack, so that explains... something.
     
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  5. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector

    Location:
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    It was in 1974 that Big Tree Records switched distribution from Bell to Atlantic. Big Tree's founder, Doug Morris, was credited as producer here.
     
  6. JamieC

    JamieC Forum Resident

    Location:
    Detroit Mi USA
    Yeah, not the April Wine. But most of these are completely unknown to me. Not unusual in this thread but not being on CKLW was usual.
    Beaver hours eh?
     
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  7. bunglejerry

    bunglejerry Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Toronto, ON
    Wow, there's a person with an illustrious career. The MAPL logo says it was produced in Canada. I wonder if he was active as actual producer or just more of an "executive producer" capacity.
     
  8. colinu

    colinu I'm not lazy, I'm energy saving!

    Well it's right up there with Charlene & Stevie Wonder "Used To Be"
     
  9. colinu

    colinu I'm not lazy, I'm energy saving!

    Was it popular in Korea?
    I have a CD of the Craig Ruhnke Band with this track on it - from South Korea. Probably didn't chart in the North.
     
  10. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector

    Location:
    New York, NY, USA
    Notice I said he was credited. This does not necessarily mean he actually produced it, given what you said about where it was produced.
     
  11. bekayne

    bekayne Forum Resident

    I heard that one for the first time just yesterday.
     
  12. bekayne

    bekayne Forum Resident

    Is it safe?
     
  13. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector

    Location:
    New York, NY, USA
    Not necessarily those connotations. Probably more refers to:
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    but not necessarily
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  14. John54

    John54 Senior Member

    Location:
    Burlington, ON
    Ick. 'Nuff said.
     
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  15. bunglejerry

    bunglejerry Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Toronto, ON
     
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  16. John54

    John54 Senior Member

    Location:
    Burlington, ON
    Another 45 I went out and bought. Those upwards-flying guitar motifs always reminded me of (from a few years earlier) No Time by the Move as well as (from a few years later) Like One Thousand Violins by One Thousand Violins.

    I just listened to the B-side -- maybe even for the first time -- and it's very nice!
     
  17. bekayne

    bekayne Forum Resident

  18. bekayne

    bekayne Forum Resident

    At #66 the same week of August 24, "Good Day" by Lighthouse



    The B-side "Going Downtown"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLjn-fWgwhQ

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    Both songs were from the final Lighthouse album Good Day. It would reach #40 during a 15 week stay, the first LP of theirs not to make the top twenty since they left RCA Victor. Skip Prokop (now on guitar rather than drums) would be the only band member on the cover of the Canada edition, the rest of the world got a different cover.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiExg32kQWw&t=2178s

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    Only three original members were still in the band (Prokop, Ralph Cole and Don DiNovo; Paul Hoffert now served as Executive Producer), the lineup including the two Australian immigrants (Terry Wilkins and Sam See) from Flying Circus. Skip Prokop, tired of life on the road, would leave the band later in the year. Ralph Cole would re-form Lighthouse at the start of 1975, retaining only himself and Dale Hillary from the Good Day lineup. Previous members Ian Guenther and Louis Yachnin would return, Billy Ledster (Illustration, Man Made) was the new lead singer, plus some local musicians. The band would last to the end of 1975.

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    Ralph Cole would re-form the band again (debuting in Kitchener May 1, 1978) with Hillary, Yachnin, and others including lead singer Alan Staniforth and Moe Koffman's son Herbie on trumpet. This version lasted about a year. The most famous lineup would reunite at Ontario Place in September of 1982 (One Fine Weekend):
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1BtwoDVSqQ&t=2569s

    Skip Prokop will return in this thread as part of one of the biggest instances of hype in the Canadian music industry during the 1970s.
     
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  19. bekayne

    bekayne Forum Resident

    At #27 for the first of two weeks the week of August 31, Scotland's Nazareth with a cover of Joni Mitchell's "This Flight Tonight"



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    French picture sleeve

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    Yugoslavia

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    Germany and Austria

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    It didn't chart in the U.S. like it did in Canada, but was a smash in Europe: #1 in Germany, #2 in Austria, #5 in Switzerland, #11 in the U.K.

    This Flight Tonight - Wikipedia
    Nazareth's version would also inspire another "CanCon" hit:
    https://youtu.be/7MR28NW1sLM?t=148
     
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  20. bekayne

    bekayne Forum Resident

    At #66 for the first of two weeks the week of August 31, Susan Jacks with "I Want You To Love Me". It was #7 on the Pop Music Playlist and a top twenty hit at Ottawa's CFGO. The B-side "I Thought Of You Again" was the previous A-side, it later would be recycled again.



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  21. bekayne

    bekayne Forum Resident

    At #52 the week of September 7, Tinker's Moon with "Shang-A-Lang". It had substantial regional action despite its nation wide showing (this is starting to become a theme): #6 at CKLG, #23 at CHUM, #24 at CKLW. In the U.S. it reached #111 in Record World



    The B-side "I'm Sad"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOHCBQrRx0k

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    "Shang-A-Lang" was originally a U.K. #2 hit for the Bay City Rollers in the spring of 1974. Tinker's Moon was a collection of Montreal studio musicians, produced by Ben Kaye. The follow-up tried to mine the same formula, "Ting A Ling Ding" b/w "Now That Summer's Over" but didn't chart. The one after that one would.

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    Shang-A-Lang by Tinker's Moon - 1974 Hit Song - Vancouver Pop Music Signature Sounds
     
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  22. bekayne

    bekayne Forum Resident

    At #70 the week of September 7, "A New Rock And Roll" by Mahogany Rush. It reached #24 at Windsor's CKLW and #37 at KIMN in Denver.



    B-side "Child Of The Novelty"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fVfpcHMxWg

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    Child Of The Novelty was the title of the band's second album (two weeks at #83 in Canada, #74 in Billboard)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbTpBAn1kwA

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    Mahogany Rush was led by Montreal guitarist Frank Marino:
    Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush -Band History
    They would release their first album Maxoom in 1972 when Marino was still just 17 years old on the local Kot'Ai label (#76 in RPM, #159 in Billboard)

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    This was their one and only time on the top 100, they would release several more albums that would chart in both Canada and the U.S.
     
  23. bekayne

    bekayne Forum Resident

    At #76 the same week of September 7, Charity Brown with a cover of the Martha & The Vandellas hit "Jimmy Mack"



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    The B-side "Elijah Stone"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NsEjeTOlmQ

    "Elijah Stone" was originally the B-side of "More Than Missing You" which had ben released in 1973 under the name Phyllis Brown

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    She came from Kitchener ON with the name of Phyllis Boltz, changing her last name to Brown when she began singing with a local band Rain, known for the #22 hit "Out Of My Mind"

    Every RPM Canadian Content #1 single discussion thread 1964-2000
    Every RPM Canadian Content #1 single discussion thread 1964-2000

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    She will have many more hits.
     
  24. bekayne

    bekayne Forum Resident

    At #82 the same week of September 7, for the first of two weeks, Bolt Upright with "Love You Back To Georgia". The 92nd biggest song of 1974 in Sydney, NS



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    In the U.S. A&M was so scandalized by the group's name they were renamed Savannah

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    The B-side "Love Love"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFa_IbEH46M

    The bands full name was Bolt Upright and the Erections, Bolt Upright was Mike O'Reilly who was an Ottawa disk jockey. The band did 1950s parodies.
    Mike O'Reilly Retires as Mc at the Tottenham Bluegrass Festival - The Tottenham Bluegrass Festival - Official Site of the Tottenham Bluegrass Festival

    Video from 1984 with Les Emmerson in the band.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpOeaKmqxwM

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  25. bekayne

    bekayne Forum Resident

    At #66 for the first of two weeks the week of September 14, "Love Will Get You" by Vancouver's Jayson Hoover, the third release by Mushroom Records.



    B-side "Sing With Soul"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvJ8eziDUso&t=17s

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    He's been covered earlier in this thread:
    Every RPM Canadian Content #1 single discussion thread 1964-2000
    Every RPM Canadian Content #1 single discussion thread 1964-2000
    Every RPM Canadian Content #1 single discussion thread 1964-2000
    Every RPM Canadian Content #1 single discussion thread 1964-2000

    He will have one more hit with an album to accompany it.
     

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