CBC was Raised on Radio
What do Don Messer
, Serena Ryder, Glenn Gould
, and Phyllis Marshall
have in common? No, Gould, Marshall and Ryder aren't closet fiddlers. But each has contributed to Canadian music history, and more specifically to the history of public broadcasting and music in Canada.
In celebration of 75 years of Canadian music and CBC broadcasting, CBC Radio 2
is pre-empting regular programming on Nov. 2 from 12-7 p.m. ET to present Raised on Radio
- a decade-by-decade countdown of Canada's most essential songs.
Radio 2 has been weaving its way through the '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s and 2000s in preparation for the big show. Right now, you can tune in daily for songs and stories from each decade on Radio 2 Morning
and Radio 2 Drive
. Then on Nov. 2 - CBC's official 75th birthday - you'll have the chance listen to the special day-long broadcast featuring music experts and the essential Canadian songs.Raised on Radio: The CBC Hits 75
will be hosted by Tom Allen
and Rich Terfry
. Earlier this week, the countdown was recorded live in front of four separate studio audiences. But listeners to the special broadcast on Nov. 2 will be treated to great songs, a trip down memory lane on Canada's musical milestones, lively conversation and a collection of jaw-dropping archival material.
Some of the guests include Erica Ehm, an original MuchMusic VJ, singer Kim Stockwood, hip hop impresario Ivan Berry, Sloan's Jay Ferguson, MusicPlus VJ Anne Marie Wittenshaw, music journalist Martin Melhuish, Vancouver DJ Red Robinson, concert promoter Gary Cristall, fiddler and musicologist Ann Lederman, Painted Ladies' Ian Thomas, The Poppy Family's lead singer Susan Jacks and True North Records founder Bernie Finkelstein. Feist performs from Metals
The special then concludes with a concert by one of Canada's greatest current singer-songwriters, Feist.Feist: Metals Live in Concert
, was recorded live in concert at Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto. Feist performs songs from her hotly anticipated new album, Metals
, and hosts special guests and album contributors Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), Bry Webb (Constantines), Edward Droste (Grizzly Bear), Doug Paisley, Joel Gibb (The Hidden Cameras) and Mocky.
Want to get involved now? You can visit the decade pages on the Raised on Radio site
to share your favourite songs and memories. The comprehensive site, includes archived photos, clips from interviews and songs, highlights from CBC's radio history, as well as blog posts and biographies of the special's guests and experts.
You can also check back into the archives of the CBC 75th anniversary website
to learn more about CBC/Radio-Canada's role in Canada's music history and for even more behind-the-scenes photos from specials and clips from the archives highlighting interviews and special broadcasts.Decade-by-decade history
In 1936, the CBC was born, and national radio helped weave the country together. The 1930s and 1940s saw many Canadians at war. Ruth Lowe's song I'll Never Smile Again
captured the mood of many. Wilf Carter and Hank Snow became music gods with their unique styles. For music, the slate was clean and almost anything went.
By the 1950s, Canadians started dominating the charts. Tastes were changing: doo-wop groups like The Four Lads, The Diamonds and The Crew Cuts had people singing and swaying; Jack Scott had people rocking; and Paul Anka
about his babysitter and became a pop idol.
In the 1960s, there was an explosion of pop and new sounds. Bobby Curtola made girls swoon with Fortuneteller
, well-known author Leonard Cohen
decided to start making music, Gordon Lightfoot
released the Canadian Railroad Trilogy
and Joni Mitchell
started making waves in the folk music scene.
Then in 1970, the CanCon rule that required radio stations to play 30% Canadian music took effect. The decade was filled with Canadian classics, such as Anne Murray
, Neil Young
's Heart of Gold
and Bachman-Turner Overdrive
's You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet
Whether you wore your sunglasses at night or had a love that cut like a knife, both Corey Hart and Bryan Adams dominated the early 1980s. They were joined on the charts by a solid list of "hair" bands, including Loverboy and Platinum Blonde. By the late '80s, a softer sound was welcomed from bands like Blue Rodeo and the Jeff Healey Band.
In the 1990s, it was a group of women who became household names. From rock, to pop, to country, Alanis, Celine and Shania rose to the top and paved the way for many women to follow. Canadians also got fresh with Maestro Fresh Wes and Dream Warriors and welcomed a wave of new music from the East Coast that included Sloan and Thrush Hermit.
Then the new millennium introduced a countless array of pop acts to Canada. As a result, some turned to independent music for an alternative sound. This new momentum saw "indie" artists signed to major labels, winning Grammys and becoming just as popular in their own right. Arcade Fire
and Feist, anyone?
You can leave a comment on the site, tweet at @CBCRadio2 with the hashtag #cbcror or leave a recorded message at 1-877-563-1477. Examples of some of the songs you can hear clips of on the site and that might end up included among the greats on the Nov. 2 countdown are: Far Away Places
- Dinah ShoreI'll Never Smile Again
- Frank SinatraDiana
- Paul AnkaThe Goldberg Variations
- Glenn GouldI'm Movin' On
- Hank SnowWhy Do Fools Fall in Love?
- The DiamondsCanadian Railroad Trilogy
- Gordon LightfootHymn to Freedom
- Oscar PetersonSuzanne
- Leonard CohenUniversal Soldier
- Buffy Sainte-MarieAmerican Woman
- The Guess WhoBig Yellow Taxi
- Joni MitchellHeart of Gold
- Neil YoungHot Child in the City
- Nick GilderI Just Wanna Stop
- Gino VannelliSeasons in the Sun
- Terry JacksSnowbird
- Anne MurraySometimes When We Touch
- Dan HillSweet City Woman
- The StampedersYou Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet
- Bachman-Turner OverdriveCuts Like a Knife
- Bryan AdamsEcho Beach
- Martha & the MuffinsIf I Had a Rocket Launcher
- Bruce CockburnRise Up
- Parachute ClubAhead by a Century
- The Tragically HipAny Man of Mine
- Shania TwainBuilding a Mystery
- Sarah McLachlanCoax Me
- SloanLife is a Highway
- Tom CochraneNaveed
- Our Lady PeaceBest I Ever Had
- Avril LavigneI'm Like a Bird
- Nelly FurtadoMushaboom
- FeistRebellion (Lies)
- Arcade FireRiver Below
- Billy TalentWavin' Flag
Posted on Oct 24, 2011 1:03:46 PM