Last Sunday I celebrated Canada and, with ‘The Fourth of July’ – America’s Independence Day – this Sunday, I thought we’d celebrate with our friends south of the border. I’ve gathered some great songs from a range of genres: Woody Guthrie’s rootsy folk, Chuck Berry’s rock’n’roll, and stirring songs from Sinatra to Ray Charles and Elvis. We’ll set aside the politics, and enjoy this moment with friends, neighbours – and fabulous music.
Next week also marks the birthday of a Canadian, who’s songs came to define a new genre called ‘Americana‘. I’ll salute Robbie Robertson who went from Ronnie Hawkins, to Bob Dylan to the Band, and a solo career – marking each phase with musical excellence. And the show’s first hour: ‘This Week in Zoomer Music‘, takes us back to that historic July night in 1954, in SUN Studios when Sam Phillips caught lightning in a bottle as Elvis, Scotty and Bill made their first recording. ‘That’s All Right’ has been called ‘The Big Bang of Rock’n’Roll‘. I’ll tell you all about it in ‘The Story Behind the Song‘.
Please tune in this Sunday (July 4), for ‘Vintage Favourites’ from 2:00 to 4:30.