Let’s All Make A New Years Pledge for 2018 to Keep Record Stores Alive
By Doug Draper
Posted December 22nd, 2017 on Niagara At Large
Canada and countless others around the world said goodbye in 2017 to one of its favourite musical sons, and a true advocate for social justice and environmental protection, Gord Downie.
For those of us – young and old – who are fans of pop music going back to the first records of Elvis, Chuck Berry and The Beatles, 2017 was another year of sad goodbyes to some of the giants in the world of rock and soul and folk and blues and jazz, and everything in between.
The goodbyes started with the one and only Chuck Berry and another one of rock’s pioneers, Fat Domino, and continued with the legendary likes of Gregg Allman of Allman Brothers fame, Allman Brother co-founder and drummer Butch Trucks, Glen Campbell, J. Geils, one half of Steely Dan’s brilliant music makers, Walter Becker, soul-singing sensation and late comer to stardom, Charles Bradley, and (I still can’t believe this next guy left us before I was ever able to get my hands on one of those always hard to get tickets to see him in concert) Tom Petty – just to name a few
Greg Allman, co=founder of the legendary Allman Brothers Band, left us in 2017 with one last great recording out of the just as legendary Muscle Shoals studios called ‘Southern Blood’.
On the Canadian side of the ‘rock and roll heaven’ ledger, 2017 goes down as the year millions of us mourned the news we all knew was coming when Tragically Hip front man and national treasure Gord Downie succumbed to brain cancer. Canadian music fans also said goodbye to April Wine bassist Steve Lang and, for those of us who got into the habit, starting in the late 1960s and early 1970s, of going to a Lighthouse concert whenever that band was booked to take a stage anywhere within driving distance, we lost its co-founder and one of the world’s greater drummers, Skip Prokop. Continue reading