Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017: Year in Review


Like 2016, 2017 was also a  was a mixed year. Many in the musical community (both local and international) passed away but there were a number of wonderful news items as well. This year, the Hamilton Blues Lovers also proudly won the very first ever George R. Robinson Award from the Hamilton Musicians' Guild

Local musicians who passed away in 2017 include: Skip Prokop of Lighthouse, Carl Horton,  Kathryn Stachyra (Whisky Concussion), Bill Crawford (Caledonia Folk Club Founder), music supporter Paul C Young, Herve Basset, Greg Peltz (local supporter), Hamilton superfan Gary DePodesta, Bryon Wapole (Backbeat Brian)David Gerry and Festival of Friends Volunteer Mosche Freedman

The rest of Canada also lost quite a few musical greats: Gord DownieFormer April Wine Bassist Steve LangFounding Steppenwolf Keyboardist Goldy McJohn, Streetheart Singer Kenny ShieldsTerry Graves of Headframe, Jurgen Peter of the HauntedBobby Taylor (of the Vancouvers)Music Teacher (and Oscar Peterson's sister) Daisy Peterson SweenyQuebec songwriter Réjean DucharmeQuebec Singer Tex LecorJohnny BurkeJan V. Matejcek (First SOCAN CEO)Canada's 'Pet' Juliette (Cavazzi)Drummer Pentti 'Whitey' GlanPatrick Bourgeois of Les BB

A number of international stars passed away this year as well: Tom Petty, Fats DominoChuck Berry, James CottonGregg Allman, Lonnie BrooksCharles BradleyGlen CampbellWalter Becker (Steely Dan)Soundgarden Frontman Chris CornellMalcolm Young (AC/DC), David Cassidy (Partridge Family), Jim Nabors (Gomer Pyle, singer), John Wetton (Asia, King Crimson), Geoff Nicholls (Black Sabbath keyboardist), Jim Fuller (Surfaris guitarist)Sib Hashian (ex-Boston drummer), Col. Bruce HamptonJimmy CopleyAnita Pallenberg (Keith Richards' ex-girlfriend), Erik Cartwright (ex-Foghat guitarist), David Hlubek (Molly Hatchet), George Young (Easybeats member and AC/DC producer), Jimmy Beaumont (Skyliners singer), Michael "DikMik" Davies (Hawkwind), Johnny Halladay (French rocker)Vincent Nguini (Paul Simon Guitarist)

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