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November 17, 2007

Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Honours Oscar Peterson

Written by
cindy mcleod

jazz music news, Canada

Canadian Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Honours Oscar Peterson

The Canadian Songwriter’s Hall of Fame announced the new inductees for 2008, including four leading Canadian songwriters, one Founder’s Award, and 23 songs.

Included among the inductees are Alex Kramer, celebrated songwriter of the Big Band era, Francophone songwriter of the Radio Era, André Lejeune, Claude Dubois, whose songs have been performed by French artists around the world and the chart-topping king of pop, Paul Anka.

The Founder’s Award will be presented to Oscar Peterson, legendary jazz pianist and composer and Order of Canada recipient. Peterson is also being recognized for his Canadiana Suite and Hymn to Freedom works.

A gala evening of honours and awards presentations and musical performances is to be held at the Toronto Centre for the Arts on March 1, 2008, marking the fifth annual event.

Among the 23 songs being inducted this year are Anka’s She’s a Lady, made famous by Tom Jones, Diana, Put Your Head on My Shoulder, It Doesn’t Matter Anymore and My Way, which he co-wrote. Also included are Love Child (R. Dean Taylor, Deke Richards, Pam Sawyer, Frank Wilson), made famous by Diana Ross & the Supremes, Aimes-tu la vie comme moi? (Georges Thurston), which received over 25,000 radio airplays and was picked up by Loto Quebec, and Signs (Les Emmerson), released twice by the Five Man Electrical Band.

2008 SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME – SONGS INDUCTED

RADIO ERA: 1921 to 1955 – Anglophone Repertory

Ain’t Nobody Here But us Chickens (Alex Kramer, Joan Whitney)

Candy (Alex Kramer, Joan Whitney, Mack David)

Il Suffit de Peu de Choses (André Lejeune, Fernand Robidoux, Moune Victor)

My Sister and I (Alex Kramer, Joan Whitney, Hy Zaret)

Prétends Que tu es Heureux (André Lejeune)

Une Promesse (André Lejeune, Guy Godin)

MODERN ERA: 1956 to 25 Years Prior to Present – Anglophone Repertory

Love Child (R. Dean Taylor, Deke Richards, Pam Sawyer and Frank Wilson)

Aimes-tu la Vie Comme Moi? (Georges Thurston)

Canadiana Suite, Hymn to Freedom (Oscar Peterson)

Comme un Million de Gens, L’infidèle, Le Labrador, Femme du Rêve (Claude Dubois)

Heart Like a Wheel (Anna McGarrigle)

La Vittt à Tibi (Raoul Duguay)

Signs (Les Emmerson)

for more information visit www.cansong.ca

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