One of our favourite singers – David Clayton-Thomas – is turning 80 next week. He helped define ‘The Toronto Sound’ of the Sixties before joining Blood, Sweat & Tears for international fame at the turn of that decade. Later he charted a solo course that’s given us a wonderful variety of originals and famous cover songs. I’ve got ten terrific songs that trace that career from his autobiographical tune about how it all started at Burwash Correctional Facility to the classics you’d expect to hear along with several surprises.
It’s a busy week in music history as we reflect on two legendary concerts: the Toronto Rock’n’Roll Revival which brought Chuck, Jerry Lee, and Little Richard along with John Lennon and Eric Clapton to Varsity Stadium this week in 1969. A year later another famous concert in Vancouver raised money to launch the good ship ‘Greenpeace’, and began a 50 year crusade to save our planet. I’ll play you a very early performance of Joni Mitchell, with James Taylor.
There’s a trio of country music legends featured ‘This Week in Zoomer Music‘: Johnny Cash, George Jones and Hank Williams. There’s also glam-rock pioneer Marc Bolan, rock’s greatest guitarist Jimi Hendrix, and – wait for it – ‘The Story Behind the Song‘ that launched rap on the pop charts: ‘Rappers’ Delight’.
If you like music variety – this one hour alone guarantees that: ‘This Week in Zoomer Music‘ 2-3pm. followed by key performances from The Rock’n’Roll Revival concert and the exciting career of David Clayton-Thomas, from 3:00 to 4:30. Tune in.