Label: Capitol Records - C4 92977 • Format: Cassette Album, Reissue Dolby HX Pro • Country: Canada • Genre: Folk, World, & Country • Style: Folk, Country
Focusing his career exclusively on his native Canada, Connors is credited with writing more than songs and has released four dozen albums, with total sales of nearly 4 million copies. His songs have become part of the Canadian cultural landscape. Isabel's family were Irish Protestantsand his maternal grandfather, John Connors, was a sea captain from BostonMassachusettswho had died before Stompin' Tom was born.
Connors' first home was on St. Patrick Street, in the "poorest and most rundown part of Saint John". He lived there with his mother, his maternal grandmother Lucy Scribner, and his maternal stepgrandfather Joe Scribner  When Connors was three, Lucy and Joe died within weeks of each other.
This forced Isabel to move to a two-bedroom apartment. This trip was the first time he saw his mother steal to feed them, when she stole food from a Chinese restaurant in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. When they returned to Saint John, they moved in with friends of Isabel  and she gave birth to Tom's sister Marie, who had to stay in hospital to have a birthmark removed. While they did not marry, the family would take on his surname.
Terrence and Isabel did pretend to be married to find a place to live, due to the moral standards of the time. When they missed paying rent, the family was evicted and moved to a house on St. Patrick Street. Connors spent a short time living with his mother in a low-security women's penitentiary before he was seized by Children's Aid Society and later adopted by Cora and Russell Aylward  in Skinners PondPrince Edward Island. At 13 he ran away from his adoptive family to hitchhike across Canada, he got first guitar Yellow6 - Bootleg#3 14 and at 15 he wrote his first song called "Reversing Falls Darling" his hitchhiking journey consumed the next 13 years of his life as he travelled among various part-time jobs while writing songs on his guitar, singing for his supper.
He worked in mines and rode in boxcars,  and in the coldest part of winter he welcomed vagrancy arrests for the warm place to sleep. Connors married Lena Welsh on November 2, Connors was never part of the Canadian musical establishment, and his style was quite different from other Canadian icons such as Leonard Cohen or Gordon Lightfoot.
He sang of a nation without politics, to its proud history, and to its better angels. His songs remind us that Brigade - S.
Pakhomov* - Coal (File, Album) matters—that we've built something amazing here, and must not take it for granted. During the mids Connors wrote and recorded The Take Me Down The River - Stompin Tom Connors - The North Atlantic Squadron an ode to bill-paying that became the theme song for the popular Canadian Broadcasting Corporation CBC consumer affairs program Marketplace. For the first few seasons, Connors appeared in the program's opening credits, before "The Consumer" was replaced as the theme—initially by an instrumental background version and ultimately by different piece of music.
The song that Tom wrote in the least time was "Maritime Waltz", which was completed in 12 minutes. His character was rough but genuine.
As the National Post noted:. Stompin' Tom was one of the great Canadian story-tellers, and a uniquely collegial one as well. The proper venue for a Gordon Lightfoot performance is a concert hallwhere the audience connects silently and contemplatively.
The proper venue for Mr. Connors was a smoky bar Chris LeDoux - Old Cowboy Classics where people connected by slamming their beer mugs together, hopefully obliterating whatever differences existed between them.
Connors' habit of stomping the heel of his left boot to keep rhythm earned him the nickname "that stompin' guy", or "Stomper". Various stories have circulated about the origin of the foot stomping, but it's generally accepted that he did this to keep a strong tempo for his guitar playing—especially in the noisy bars and beer joints where he frequently performed.
After numerous complaints about damaged stage floors, Tom began to carry a piece of plywood that he stomped even more vigorously than before. The "stompin ' " board became one of his trademarks. After stomping a hole in the wood, he would pick it up and show it to the audience accompanied by a joke about the quality of the local lumber before calling for a new one. It was reported that when asked about his "stompin' board", Tom replied, "it's just a stage I'm going through". Tom's favourite guitar was a Gibson Southern Jumbo acoustic that he purchased in while on his way through Ohio to Nashville, Tennessee and Mexico.
The guitar was used to audition in at the Maple Leaf Hotel in Timmins, as well as for writing Bud the Spud four years later. Although retired init remained in his possession. It has subsequently been refurbished, a birthday gift from his wife Lena. The serial number inside the guitar reads in red stamped numbers and the actual age of the guitar is still unknown.
Connors released music on no fewer than seven different labels. His first two albums and two subsequent 45 RPM Photocopy - Bad Vision - Bad Vision were released on the Rebel Records bluegrass label, under the name "Tom Connors". These two albums were subsequently re-released on Dominion Records under the Stompin' Tom moniker and had to be totally re-recorded due to a dispute with Rebel Records owner John Irvine.
Most of Connors' well-known albums were released on Dominion Records —70and after on the Boot Records label that he co-founded with Jury Krytiuk and Mark Altman. His releases on Dominion and all subsequent releases were done under the name "Stompin' Tom Connors".
Most of the Rebel and Dominion albums would be reissued and in some cases, re-recorded under the Boot label, and would The Only Logical Conclusion - Shawn Phillips - Collaboration Take Me Down The River - Stompin Tom Connors - The North Atlantic Squadron bulk of his recorded material.
A-C-T also re-released Tom's back catalogue on cassette tapes only. Most of this work is now available on Compact Disc. In recent years, many of his album releases have included at least one re-recording of one of his earlier songs. Connors founded three record labels, which promoted not just his own work, but that of other Canadian artists:. Liona Boyd recalled in about the time Connors signed Boyd to Boot for her first record, 's The Guitarand two more:.
It was Tom's vision obviously. And as I understood it, he wasn't really a fan of classical music but he had heard Canada had no classical label, which was absolutely true. So bless him, he went and decided he'd be the first one. And he signed myself and the Canadian Brass. It's like me deciding, "Well listen, maybe I don't know much about rapbut hey Canada's doesn't have a rap label, I'll go and do it. The following is a list of events in the history of Canada which have been the subject of a song by Connors, who is widely renowned for singing about both well-known and little-known episodes in the country's past.
Connors was a heavy smoker—estimated to consume cigarettes a day  —and an equally heavy drinker. On tour, he had to drive the lead truck, and could never be the last person to go to bed, and that often meant that his fellow musicians had to keep up with his pace. Connors always wore his black Stetson in public, and refused to remove it for any reason, even when meeting Queen Elizabeth II at a dinner in Ottawa in October Buckingham Palace smoothed the way by likening Mr. Connors's hat to a religious headdress such as a nun's habit or a Sikh's turban.
As the s progressed, he retired to his farm at Ballinafad,  near Erin, Ontarioto protest Arpas - Derek Baron - Palmillas lack of support given to Canadian stories by the policies of the Federal government, particularly the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission CRTC. He strongly opposed artists who conducted most of their business in the United States being nominated for Junos in Canada.
Connors, who referred to these particular artists as "turncoat Canadians", felt that in view of the fact that they had chosen to live and work in the U. His protest caught national attention when he sent back his six Junos accompanied by a letter to the board of directors. I am returning herewith the six Juno awards that I once felt honoured to have received and which, I am no longer proud to have in my possession.
As far as I am concerned you can give them to the border jumpers who didn't receive an award this year and maybe you can have them presented by Charley Pride. I feel that the Junos should be for people who are living in Canada, whose main base of business operations is in Canada, who are working toward the recognition of Canadian talent in this country and who are trying to further the export of such talent from this country to the world with a view to proudly showing off what this country can contribute to the world market.
Until the academy appears to comply more closely with aspirations of this kind, I will no longer stand for any nominations, nor will I accept any award given. Yours very truly, Stompin' Tom Connors . He remained in retirement for 12 years, only returning to the studio in to produce a new album to promote Canadian artists. Connors' music is rarely heard outside Canada, with the possible exception of his anthemic " The Hockey Song " which has been recorded by many artists and played regularly within the arenas of the National Hockey League.
It has been suggested that Connors refused to allow foreign release of his material, although a more likely reason is that the very Canadian-specific subject matter of many of his folk songs has resulted in limited demand in foreign markets. When Late Night with Conan O'Brien taped a week's worth of shows in Canada inConnors was one of the guests of honour, leading the Toronto audience in a rendition of "The Hockey Song"; this was one of the few times Connors performed on American television.
Edwards said that a copy was presented to the CBC's head of TV variety and that he received a reply the next day telling him that a decision would be reached within a few weeks.
After 10 weeks, another email was then sent to the newly appointed programming VP, and a prompt reply came back that said that the broadcaster was moving away from music and variety programming and that the Connors special did not fit with its strategy.
Edwards said that he received another letter from the CBC that reinforced its lack of interest in the concert special but said that Connors would have been a great guest to perform a song on the network's Hockeyville series or an excellent subject for a Life and Times project. In Take Me Down The River - Stompin Tom Connors - The North Atlantic Squadron , Connors said:.
As far as I'm concerned, if the CBC, our own public network, will not reconsider their refusal to air a Stompin' Tom special, they can take their wonderful offer of letting me sing a song as a guest on some other program and shove it. Inthe soundtrack to the unbroadcast special was released posthumously on CD by Universal Music Canada. Stompin' Take Me Down The River - Stompin Tom Connors - The North Atlantic Squadron Before the Fame is an autobiography detailing Connors' childhood years in an orphanage, and as a farm labourer.
It details his life before becoming famous. In Connors wrote his second autobiography The Connors Tone. Connors died of kidney failure on March 6, at his home in Ballinafad. Immediately after his death, The Globe and Mail noted:. These days, Canada isn't scared to be a Take Me Down The River - Stompin Tom Connors - The North Atlantic Squadron loud and proud. Politicians push patriotic buttons and endlessly recite their devotion to "hard-working Canadians. But Stompin' Tom was doing that a long time ago, celebrating the end of a hard week's work with famous lyrics like.
I think people should die without their dreams being fulfilled, so maybe they can have an excuse for coming around again. On March 7, several members of the federal New Democratic Party caucus, Where Are You - Daddy Freddy meets The Rootsman - Old School New School by former musicians Charlie Angus and Andrew Cashperformed a group rendition of Connors' signature song Bud the Spud in the foyer of the House of Commons of Canada in tribute.
Tommy Hunter attended, and the celebration included speeches by former governor general Adrienne Clarkson Take Me Down The River - Stompin Tom Connors - The North Atlantic Squadron Ken Dryden. Before his death, Connors had personally selected the artists who would perform: . At the end of the service, before Sudbury Saturday Night was played, Tom Connors, Jr spoke about his father, and looked to the future:.
I heard some people comment at the funeral, saying there'll never 1st Movement. The Source - Refugee - Refugee another Stompin' Tom. Well, I got news for you. We still have a Canada, and we still have the roads, towns, people, jobs -- and that's what Tom wrote about.
So never say never He never liked anyone copying him, but anyone who wants to sing about Canada, keep 'er on going.