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    Soulful Canada

    The past and present of soul music in Canada.

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    I know and like Eddie Spencer. The rest are a bit too "modern" for me to have come across. Too bad they didn't have links to You-Tube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robb_k View Post
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    I know and like Eddie Spencer. The rest are a bit too "modern" for me to have come across. Too bad they didn't have links to You-Tube.
    I had big hopes for that too. I know some very good soul records came out of Canada that were not heard all over the U.S.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marv2 View Post
    I had big hopes for that too. I know some very good soul records came out of Canada that were not heard all over the U.S.
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    I remember some good ones by Tobi Lark. And I know that Marva Josie used to sing a lot in Toronto, and she lived there for a while. I don't know, for sure, if any Canadian labels recorded her, but I think so.

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    Is there a CD or box set of classic soul that was only released in Canada?

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    Quote Originally Posted by robb_k View Post
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    I remember some good ones by Tobi Lark. And I know that Marva Josie used to sing a lot in Toronto, and she lived there for a while. I don't know, for sure, if any Canadian labels recorded her, but I think so.
    Do you remember Ernestine Anderson?

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    How about this one from Shawne Jackson:


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    Eric Mercury from Toronto was great. Here's one from in 1070:


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    Shirley Matthews from Ontario:


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    Quote Originally Posted by marv2 View Post
    Do you remember Ernestine Anderson?
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    Certainly! Great gospel singer, and secular Soul singer from St. Louis. I have lots of her records.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marv2 View Post
    Shirley Matthews from Ontario:

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    I always was told Shirley Matthews was from L.A. She was a young kid living there when I started university at U.C.L.A. in 1965. I always heard she was born and raised in L.A. I'm sure this video was just her appearing on a Canadian T.V. programme. LOTS of Americans appeared in Canada on long tours. Detroit artists appeared not only in Windsor, but also in London, Hamilton, and Toronto, regularly. But that doesn't make their singing "Canadian Soul". "Big Town Boy" was written and produced by Americans in USA. Did Shirley immigrate to Canada, later?
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    Quote Originally Posted by robb_k View Post
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    Certainly! Great gospel singer, and secular Soul singer from St. Louis. I have lots of her records.
    I also understand that she appeared quite often on Canadian TV in the 60s. I am just rediscovering her. Great singer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robb_k View Post
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    I always was told Shirley Matthews was from L.A. She was a young kid living there when I started university at U.C.L.A. in 1965. I always heard she was born and raised in L.A. I'm sure this video was just her appearing on a Canadian T.V. programme. LOTS of Americans appeared in Canada on long tours. Detroit artists appeared not only in Windsor, but also in London, Hamilton, and Toronto, regularly. But that doesn't make their singing "Canadian Soul". "Big Town Boy" was written and produced by Americans in USA. Did Shirley immigrate to Canada, later?
    Robb, this Shirley Matthews was a Canadian native. She was born in Harrow, Ontario, Canada. There is another Sherlie Matthews that was a pretty well known session singer and songwriter for Motown from LA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marv2 View Post
    Robb, this Shirley Matthews was a Canadian native. She was born in Harrow, Ontario, Canada. There is another Sherlie Matthews that was a pretty well known session singer and songwriter for Motown from LA.
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    Thanks for that information. I always thought they both were the same person, because so many people misspelled both their names (switching them). Nice to know.

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    The Motherlode was from Ontario. They had a hit with this popular record in 1969 - "When I Die"

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    Quote Originally Posted by marv2 View Post
    How about this one from Shawne Jackson:

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    Very nice! Did Dominic Troiono record that in Toronto and have Gene Page record the strings or do the final mixing in L.A.? Or did Gene come up to Canada to work in the session? In my experience, usually when two different arrangers are listed, part of the recording was done in a different city.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robb_k View Post
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    Very nice! Did Dominic Troiono record that in Toronto and have Gene Page record the strings or do the final mixing in L.A.? Or did Gene come up to Canada to work in the session? In my experience, usually when two different arrangers are listed, part of the recording was done in a different city.
    I wished I could answer that. This record received a lot of airplay at the time(1974) on CKLW. I always liked it,but later learned that folks in other parts of the U.S. never heard it.

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