This Saturday – September 30th – is Canada’s National Day of Truth and Reconciliation; it’s the day we recognize the legacy of the Canadian Indian residential school system. This marks the tenth anniversary of ‘Orange Shirt Day’ – first observed in 2013 – as part of an effort to promote awareness of the residential school system and its impact on Indigenous communities for over a century.
I missed the earlier opportunity to celebrate National Indigenous People’s Day on June 21st, but I didn’t want to miss this chance to feature the very large and significant contribution to popular music by Canadian and American Indigenous performers.
Some of these artists you’ll recognize: Robbie Robertson and Buffy Ste. Marie, for example. Others you may not know claimed Indigenous roots, like the legendary guitarists Link Wray and Jimi Hendrix, vocalists Mildred Bailey and Kay Starr, and country music icons like Kitty Wells, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash. You’ll hear them all, and you’ll be introduced to others like Jessie Ed Davis, Willie Dunn and Tom Jackson – each with powerful messages in their songs.
I hope you’ll tune in for this special edition of Vintage Favourites: ‘Songs of Truth and Reconciliation‘ this Sunday, October 1st. As for the show’s first hour spotlight on ‘Our Sunday Best – A Century of #1 Hits‘ I’ll take us from Al Jolson in the Roaring Twenties to Perry Como and Les Paul with Mary Ford, to Buddy Holly, The Archies and Andy Kim to Bonnie Tyler and Boyz II Men … each with wonderful songs at the top of the pop charts this week in past years.
And this week’s ‘Story Behind the Song‘ reveals how Domenico Monardo added a disco arrangement to the iconic ‘Star Wars’ theme by John Williams, to score a #1 hit as ‘Meco’ this week in 1977. Join me this Sunday at 2pm. (Oct.1) for the next edition of ‘Vintage Favourites’.