Dec 07, 2017
By Gene Stevens
As December arrives, we start looking back on the fast-fading year. I’ll revisit a dozen of my favourite music-city songs from our year-long series that took us all over Canada, the US and even into Europe. Tune in Sunday afternoon at 2, and see which music-city combination you like the most.
Hard to believe it’s been 50 years since that plane-crash that killed the great soul singer Otis Redding; and to think he had just recorded ‘Dock of the Bay’ days earlier. That song became the first posthumous #1 hit, ever. I’ll play 3 of Otis’ classic songs, including ‘Respect’ – which most everyone now thinks of as Aretha’s song.
Perhaps the segment I’m most excited to share with you Sunday is my spotlight on Jackie Shane. S/he was likely Toronto’s first famous transgendered woman – a thrilling live performer and a fabulous singer – who’s retrospective CD/LP has just been released, including her live performance at The Saphire in 1967. So, what’s my connection ? Well, my girlfriend, Trudy, was a ‘regular’ at the Yonge Street clubs during the 1960s, and she caught Jackie’s act – with her mom, nonetheless. They both loved Jackie’s show. And I think you will too.