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Stompin' Tom Connors

Stompin' Tom Connors, the most successful country artist in Canadian history and Dr. Stompin' Tom Connors to you, received an honorary doctor of law degree from the University of Toronto in the year 2000, and this was not the only award bestowed upon the board-stomping fellow that year -- he also received a Governor's General Performing Arts Award. This and the doctorate were among the first awards that Connors didn't ship back, as he has done with six Juno Awards for Male Country Singer of the Year, and a 1998 Lifetime Achievement prize at the East Coast Music Awards. The Juno trophies, Canada's equivalent of a Grammy, were packed up and sent back to the office, because Connors said he never asked for them, while he asked that the Lifetime Achievement Award be re-dedicated to unsung heroes of the Canadian Maritime music industry. Connors wrote "...for all the folks out there who quit the business a long time ago, I ask for them to write in and let the people know the work they have done, their recordings, and the bands they were in. I would like that list to go along with this award."

This generous, uncompromising artist was the composer of more than 300 songs. He released in the neighborhood of four dozen albums, which sold nearly four million copies. He did it all without ever leaving Canada and thus was the total opposite of every other Canadian country artist of renown, all of whom went to great lengths to become established in the United States. An example would be the extensive string-pulling from Ernest Tubb to get the Canadian Hank Snow on the Grand Ole Opry. Connors not only never toured outside of Canada, he also never embraced the typical subject matter of popular American country songs and instead stuck to singing about -- you guessed it -- all things Canadian, from a Saturday night in Sudbury to the joys of hockey.

He did not begin his singing career until the mid-'60s, when he found himself on the road, penniless. The identifying sound of his stomping foot was at first developed in order to be heard over the rowdy bar patrons at the Maple Leaf Hotel in Sudbury, a mining town that is legendary throughout Canada for being both boring and ugly. Connors was even better known across Canada than the town of Sudbury, and it would be safe to say that every Canadian child grows up getting to know his songs and is usually introduced to them on television, where he appeared frequently. Whereas in the '70s he was considered corny and square, he became a cultural icon among the new wave and punk crowd a decade or so later. In 1997 he published the first volume of what was intended to be a series of autobiographical volumes. The 532-page Before the Fame, covering the first 31 years of his life, was a national best-seller. He attained such recognition without any of the expected career accomplishments such as a hit record. Not only did he never have a single record released in the United States, he also didn't have his first hit country record even in Canada.

Connors was born to an unwed teenager in Saint John, New Brunswick, in the mid-'30s. At the age of three he was spending his time hitchhiking from town to town with her, and when they got to wherever they were going they would beg in the streets. He wound up in several orphanages and a foster home, almost died several times, ran away from a mean foster mother, was apprehended by the Mounties, and sometimes apparently preferred a jail cell to the even worse sleeping conditions available outside. With such a harsh childhood, the simple joy and good humor evident in all of his music becomes something of a miracle. In the initial phase of his career he created a series of albums on the Rebel and Boot labels. Despite being pushed off Canadian country radio as unsuitable for the format, Stompin' Tom's efforts were so well received that he was presented with the Juno Award for six years in a row, an accomplishment no other Canadian artist has even come close to. But Connors became involved in the musical politics of this time between Canada and the much bigger music industry to the South. He said he was sick of Juno Award winners "border jumping" and leaving their native land behind, and so in protest returned his awards and began what was supposed to be a one-year boycott on performing in Canada, again done to point out the unfairness of the oversize competition from the U.S.A.

The logic of not performing in Canada for these reasons was of course questioned by the media and fans in great detail, but stubbornness had always been part of the Connors mystique and it always seems to have worked for him. Beginning this strike at what was the pinnacle of his career, he kept it up for an inexplicable ten years, only to find an audience of happy punkers awaiting him upon his return. k.d. Lang was also becoming a star, and it was suddenly acceptable to be an eccentric goofball Canadian country star. He wrote a song in tribute to her for the well-received comeback album Fiddle and Song released on Capitol -- but only in Canada -- in 1988. One of his most famous songs is "The Hockey Song," which has been played at least once at every single NHL game. And when the final game was played on the ice at Maple Leaf Gardens, of course Stompin' Tom himself was called in to play the song one last time, apparently quite a touching moment. There is a Stompin' Tom museum in Tignish, Prince Edward Island, and in 1999 the street facing this facility was renamed in his honor. Stompin' Tom Connors died at his home in Ontario in March 2013; he was 77 years old. ~ Eugene Chadbourne
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Roads Of Life

1. Pie In The Sky

2. Cruisin' Down The River

3. Mayflower Love

4. Make Yourself At Home

5. Whiskey In The Jar

6. Mountain Dew

7. Skinner's Pond Jig

8. Tiny Red Light

9. Mary Of The Wild Moor

10. Men With Broken Hearts

11. The Pirate's Lament (Aka A Prison Song)

12. Rattlin' Cannonball

13. My Nova Scotia Home

14. Rose Of San Antone

15. Yoho Valley Gal

16. Rose Of Tralee

17. The Flander's Fields Song

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Track List: The Ballad Of Stompin' Tom

1. The Olympic Song

2. The Hockey Song

3. Hockey Mom Tribute Aka (My Hockey Mom)

4. Bride & Groom Waltz

5. Lady Slipper

6. The Cowboy's Broken Ring (Aka Broken Wedding Ring)

7. Rose Of Silver Falls

8. My British Columbian Home

9. Kevin Barry

10. Birth Of The Texas Gulf Mine

11. Chickee Pooh

12. Bush Of Buctouche (Aka The "DOOT" Song)

13. Chase Me, Charley

14. Ottawa Lures

15. Ballad Of Stompin' Tom

16. Take Me Back To Old Alberta

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Track List: On Tragedy Trail

1. Tragedy Trail

2. How The Mountain Came Down

3. Shanty Town Sharon

4. Fire In The Mine

5. Somewhere There's Sorrow

6. Don Valley Jail

7. Benny The Bum

8. Black Donnelly's Massacre

9. Battle Of Despair

10. Reesor Crossing Tragedy

11. Little Boy's Prayer

12. Around The Bay And Back Again

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Track List: Long Gone To The Yukon

1. Long Gone To The Yukon

2. Al Sass & Dee John

3. Case Closed

4. How Do You Like It Now?

5. Country Jack (Aka Wino Of Skid Row)

6. Kitchen Show

7. Maple Leaf Waltz

8. Polka Playin' Henry

9. Broken Wings

10. I'll Dream You Back

11. My Home's In Newfoundland

12. Song Bird Valley

13. All Night Cafe Blues

14. No, No, No

15. Hey, Hey, Loretta

16. I'll Do It For You

17. Mrs. Blue Guitar

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Track List: Dr. Stompin' Tom...Eh?

1. Football Song

2. Horse Called Farmer

3. Road To Thunder Bay

4. Your Someone Lonesome

5. Just A Blue Moon Away

6. Old Flat-Top Guitar

7. Honeymoon Is Over, Poochie Pie

8. Canada Day, Up Canada Way

9. Blue Berets

10. Let's Smile Again

11. Suzanne De Lafayette (Aka Girl From Lafayette)

12. Gumboot Cloggeroo

13. Shakin' The Blues

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Track List: Stompin' Tom At The Gumboot Cloggeroo

1. The Legend Of Marty & Joe

2. Jaqueline

3. The I Don't Know How To Fix The Damned Thing Blues (Handy Man Blues)

4. Man From The Land

5. Farewell To Nova Scotia

6. Ripped Off Winkle

7. Gumboot Cloggeroo (Gumboot Cloggin')

8. The Happy Hooker

9. We Doubt Each Other's Love

10. Little Old Forgetful Me

11. The Singer (Voice Of The People)

12. Isle Of Newfoundland

13. Roses In The Snow

14. Home On The Island

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Track List: Northlands Zone

1. The World Goes Around

2. Maritime Waltz

3. Northern Gentlemen

4. Movin' On To Rouyn

5. May, The Millwrights Daughter

6. Algoma Central No. 69

7. Emily The Maple Leaf

8. Goin' Back Up North

9. Streets Of Toronto

10. My Home Cradled Out In The Waves

11. The Peterborough Postman

12. Carolyne

13. Sudbury Saturday Night

14. Little Wawa

15. My Swisha Miss

16. The Flying C.P.R.

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Track List: Fiddle & Song

1. Lady, k.d. lang

2. Fiddler's Folly

3. It's All Over Now, Anyhow

4. The French Song

5. I Never Want To See The World Again

6. Hillside Hayride

7. Morning & Evening & Always

8. Return Of The Sea Queen

9. Canada Day, Up Canada Way

10. Jolly Joe MacFarland

11. Skinner's Pond Teapot

12. Teardrop Waltz

13. Entry Island Home

14. I Am The Wind

15. Wreck Of The Tammy Anne

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Track List: An Ode For The Road

1. Ode For The Road (Many Years Ago)

2. Don't Write Me No Letters

3. Roll On, Saskatchewan

4. Saint John Blues

5. Teardrops On My Pillow

6. Erika Nordby (Canada's Miracle Child)

7. Valentine Song (My One And Only Valentine)

8. I'll Dream Alone

9. Peterborough Postman

10. When The Ice-Worm Nests Again

11. Back Yardin'

12. Moonshine Daddy (We Can Make Our Own Moonshine)

13. Stompin' Tom Fan Tangle

14. Red River Jane

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Track List: Move Along With Stompin' Tom

1. Move Along

2. Songwriter's Wife

3. Excuse Me

4. If A Memory Was A Melody

5. A Brand New Love Affair

6. Stop Me

7. Confederation Bridge

8. Silver Sea

9. Wildwood Flower

10. Meadows Of My Mind

11. Sammy Morgan's Gin

12. Dominoes And Dice

13. Long Gone To The Yukon

14. Big Joe Mufferaw

15. Sasquatch Song

16. Waltzing Matilda

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Track List: And The Hockey Mom Tribute

1. Hockey Mom Tribute Aka (My Hockey Mom)

2. The Whale And The Rex-N-Dale

3. Black Velvet Band

4. Just An Old Train

5. North Of Old Lake Erie

6. Maggie (When You And I Were Young)

7. Down Nova Scotia Way

8. My Silver Bell

9. If I Hurt Any More

10. You Struck Me Out

11. Sam McGee

12. I Belong To Glasgow

13. That "Awful" Thing? Aka (The Thing)

14. Mirazha Aka (Good Night Mirazha)

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Track List: Bud The Spud

1. Bud The Spud

2. The Ketchup Song

3. Ben, In The Pen

4. Rubberhead

5. Luke's Guitar (Twang, Twang)

6. My Brother Paul

7. The Old Atlantic Shore

8. My Little Eskimo

9. Reversing Falls Darling

10. She Don't Speak English

11. The Canadian Lumber Jack

12. Sudbury Saturday Night

13. T.T.C. Skidaddler

14. (I'll Be) Gone With The Wind

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Track List: More Of The Stompin' Tom Phenomenon

1. Margo's Cargo

2. Flyin' C.P.R.

3. Rita MacNeil (A Tribute)

4. Brown Eyes For The Blues

5. J.R.'s Bar

6. Loser's Island

7. St. Anne's Song & Reel

8. Made In The Shade

9. Love's Not The Only Thing

10. Land Of The Maple Tree

11. A Real Canadian Girl

12. Okanagan Okee

13. No Canadian Dream

14. Gone With The Wind (I'll Be)

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Track List: Stompin' Tom And The Moon Man Newfie

1. Oh Laura

2. Isle Of Magdalen

3. Fire In The Mine

4. I Can Still Face The Moon

5. The Bug Song

6. The Moon-Man Newfie

7. Roving All Over The Land

8. Movin' In (From Montreal By Train)

9. Benny The Bum

10. Twice As Blue

11. Little Wawa

12. Rubber Head

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Track List: Stompin' Tom Meets Muk Tuk Annie

1. Streaker's Dream

2. My Home By The Fraser

3. Bibles And Rifles

4. Paddlewheeler

5. Unfaithful Heart

6. Ballad Of Muk Tuk Annie

7. We're Trading Hearts

8. Oh Chihuahua

9. Zakuska Polka

10. I Saw The Teardrop

11. Wishful Hummin'

12. Renfrew Valley

13. My Old Canadian Home

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Track List: Stompin' Tom And The Hockey Song

1. The Consumer

2. The Last Fatal Duel

3. The Curse Of The Marc Guylaine

4. Blue Spell

5. Singin' Away My Blues

6. The Hockey Song

7. The Maritime Waltz

8. Gaspe Belle Faye

9. Where Would I Be?

10. True, True Love

11. The Piggy-Back Race

12. Your Loving Smile

13. Mr. Engineer

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Track List: To It And At It

1. Prince Edward Island, Happy Birthday

2. To It And At It

3. Keepin' Nora Waiting

4. Marten Hartwell Story

5. New Brunswick And Mary

6. Midnight Lady

7. Muk Luk Shoo

8. Manitoba

9. Don Messer Story

10. Alcan Run

11. Pizza Pie Love

12. Golden Gone Bye

13. Cornflakes

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Track List: My Stompin' Grounds

1. My Stompin' Grounds

2. The Bridge Came Tumblin' Down

3. Snowmobile Song

4. "Wop" May

5. Cross Canada

6. Tillsonburg

7. Tribute To Wilf Carter

8. Song Of The Irish Moss

9. Song Of The Peddler

10. Bonnie Belinda

11. Name The Capital

12. Song Of The Cohoe

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Track List: Stompin' Tom Connors Live At The Horseshoe

1. Happy Rovin' Cowboy

2. Big Joe Mufferaw (Live)

3. Come Where We're At

4. The Green, Green Grass Of Home No. 2

5. Spin, Spin

6. Muleskinner Blues

7. Horseshoe Hotel Song

8. I've Been Everywhere

9. Sudbury Saturday Night

10. Bus Tour To Nashville

11. Luke's Guitar

12. Bud The Spud

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Track List: Stompin' Tom Connors Meets Big Joe Mufferaw

1. Big Joe Mufferaw

2. Sable Island

3. Don't Overlove Your Baby

4. Log Train

5. Roll On Saskatchewan

6. Jenny Donnelly

7. The Coal Boat Song

8. Algoma Centra No. 69 (From The Film "Catch The Sun")

9. The Night That I Creamed Sam McGee

10. Poor, Poor Farmer

11. My Last Farewell

12. Rocky Mountain Love

13. Around The Bay And Back Again

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I learned more about the real Canada from Stompin' Tom than I ever did from school books. He knew exactly what made Canada and its people special..... . . . a n d wrote songs about it.
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Tom toured America around the border states! Know what your talking about before you publish
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Great guy and musician. Too bad most of US never experienced his music. Also, the bar where he started was The Maple Leaf, but it was in Timmins Ontario, not Sudbury.
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where can I get a CD went to Hastings today they couldn,t find any thing
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Shoe endorsements - - a n d other forms of spiritual isolation--a r e problematica l in a music career, especially when "authenticit y " is on the line.

Oh, sorry, I thought he was saying, "stomp me."

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