So Long Bannatyne

As many of you may know I am a Music fan, any type of music as long as it is good and as such I notice when the famous and not so famous in the world of music pass away. And in 2011 the world lost many influential artists and others involved with the scene, Dobie Gray drifted away,Amy Winehouse lost her battle with her demons,Phoebe Snow’s Poetry Man still echos in my mind and Andrew Gold is no longer the Lonely Boy. One of the great Guitarist’s Garry Moore of Thin Lizzy fame played his last solo, while Gerry Rafferty left Baker Street for the last time. The big man Clarence Clemons left us as well but his Saxophone rifts with Springsteen will always be with us and Gil-Scott Heron’s Revolution will indeed not be televised, and without Don Kirshenerthere never would have been MTV and Much Music as his Rock Concert television series in the early 70′s was a forefather to it all, but perhaps the one figure that left us in 2011 that was the most influential to us here in Canada is a name that many may not know and that is the Great Jack Richardson.

Jack Richardson was a record producer extraordinaire and without him we may have never heard of the Guess Who,or the Five Man Electrical band. The list of Artists that he worked with and the albums produced would make a top 100 list of many music fans. Among his credits are:

  • The Guess Who – Wheatfield SoulCanned WheatAmerican Woman
  • The Irish Rovers – Wasn’t That A PartyGrandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
  • Bob Seger – Night Moves
  • Alice Cooper – Love It to Death (co-producer with Bob Ezrin), Muscle of Love (co-producer with Jack Douglas)
  • Kim Mitchell – Kim Mitchell (co-producer with Mitchell)
  • Max Webster – Universal Juveniles
  • Moxy – Moxy II
  • Poco – A Good Feelin’ to Know & Crazy Eyes
  • Badfinger – Say No More
The Producer of the year award at the Juno’s since 2002 is named after him, and he was named to the Order Of Canada in 2003. Without him our musical landscape would not be as great as it is.  He Died on may 13th 2011.
Some others who left us included: Mel McDaniel of “Baby’s got her Blue Jeans on” fame. Ted Kowalski of the Canadian 50′s era band The diamonds( Little Darlin and the stroll), Rick Coonce from the Grass Roots and Nickolas Ashford who wrote Ain’t no Mountain High Enough and Ain’t nothing like the real Thing with his wife Valerie Simpson.   They all made there mark and will be missed.