Stompin' Tom Connors, OC, (February 9, 1936 – March 6, 2013)
A folksinging, foot-stompin’ troubadour and Canadian music legend, Stompin’ Tom Connors wrote songs about Canada including my personal favourite, Sudbury Saturday Night...
(filmed at the Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, circa 1973)
Oh, the girls are out to bingo
And the boys are gettin' stinko
And we think no more of Inco
On a Sudbury Saturday night
I once posted this photo of Stompin' Tom and asked if you could foreigners could identify him...
The following are just some of your answers...
Mago: “Mr. "I had my best time 1970"”
Eroswings: “K.D. Lang! Wait...this one is wearing shoes. It's Ian Tyson.”
Ayem8y: “K. D. Lang or Shania Twain - It’s un clear, I’m unfamiliar with Canadian Country singers and I thought you only had the two.”
Kapitano: “Neil Young”
Miss Scarlet: "The man who invented Crocs."
Though he may not have been a household name abroad, Stompin' Tom ranked thirteenth on the Greatest Canadian List.
Stompin' Tom on a Canadian postage stamp...
Stompin' Tom: A great Canadian who will be missed by Canucks from coast to coast to coast.
Let's give Stompin' Tom the final word...
"Hello friends, I want all my fans, past, present, or future, to know that without you, there would have not been any Stompin' Tom."
"It was a long hard bumpy road, but this great country kept me inspired with it's beauty, character, and spirit, driving me to keep marching on and devoted to sing about its people and places that make Canada the greatest country in the world."
"I must now pass the torch, to all of you, to help keep the Maple Leaf flying high, and be the Patriot Canada needs now and in the future."
"I humbly thank you all, one last time, for allowing me in your homes, I hope I continue to bring a little bit of cheer into your lives from the work I have done."
Your Friend always,
Stompin' Tom Connors