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CBC Remembers Stompin' Tom Connors


Canadians are mourning the loss of the patriotic, toe-tapping, cowboy hat and boot-wearing, musical folk-legend Stompin' Tom Connors after he passed away last night (March 6) at the age of 77.

Stompin' Tom, who slipped away at his Ontario home from what a spokesperson described as "natural causes", penned a message to his fans (posted on his website after his death) eluding to his knowledge of his declining health. "I want all my fans, past, present, or future, to know that without you, there would have not been any Stompin' Tom," the letter said. "...I must now pass the torch, to all of you, to help keep the Maple Leaf flying high, and be the Patriot Canada needs now and in the future. I humbly thank you all, one last time, for allowing me in your homes, I hope I continue to bring a little bit of cheer into your lives from the work I have done."

After more than 45 years and 61 albums (10 of which have yet to be released), Stompin' Tom's true love for his country is evident in his music. Songs like Canada Day, Up Canada Way, Bud the Spud, and Sudbury Saturday Night are just a few of the examples of songs that have become anthems for Canada.

Arguably his most notable tune - The Hockey Song - will ensure his legacy lives on (it's played during the second intermission at NHL games).

Stompin' Tom also lent his talent to CBC when he penned the theme song The Consumer especially for the premiere CBC's Marketplace back in 1972.

The theme song wasn't Stompin' Tom's first (or last) with CBC. In 1974, CBC gave him his own series Stompin Tom's Canada, where he traveled across the country and met with his fellow Canadians. But in 1970, he spoke about the launch of his career on Luncheon Date. Take a look:

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Stompin' Tom Connors 1936-2013

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Stompin' Tom Connors leaves final letter to fans



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