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“THE HOOK”

by John Harada
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April Wine said it all in their 1978 hit, “Rock ‘n Roll Is A Vicious Game”... cuz it is.

So is Hot AC, AC, Dance, Urban, R & B, Pop, Country, Jazz... whatever music genre, you name it and it’s a tough sell to score a hit song.

Writing a hit comes down to 1 key element... does the song have a great hook ?

If it doesn’t, then you might as well continue with your fulltime job by day and your Thursday-Saturday and/or whatever gig(s) you can score by night.

I’ve been in radio and TV a long time and have been a Program Director and Music Director at several stations throughout my career, so I’ve seen and heard lots of great tunes and seen and heard even more songs that just downright suck.

PD’s and MD’s are busy- they’re inundated with new music sent to them every day on DMDS or record reps calling them and/or banging on their doors to play their artists.

Rebel Emergency in Toronto and It’s All Good

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by Sandy Graham

When you first speak to Roddy and Geoff of Rebel Emergency, you can feel their synergy with each other and their music. “We went to the same school, but didn’t know each other that well”, Geoff Willingham says. “That is right”, Roddy agrees, “I was in high school then and jamming with Neil. We found we had some good melodies and fine tuned the current lineup and sound. I met Geoff and he said he was going to play guitar for the rest of his life, and I thought he is the guy we are looking for to round out the sound.”

They both agree that there is homage to be paid to the artists that influenced them in their younger years. Bob Marley, Toots and the Maytals, Jimmy Cliff were a few names bantered about in our conversation of their early immersion into the world of reggae.

Rebel Emergency started out as a basement band in Scarborough, Ontario and have developed into

Top 10 Love Songs

Love songs are a fundamental part of pop music. Most of us can think of particular songs we associate with the love relationships of our lives. Taken from the Top Chart Songs on Cashbox – The Crush- Love Songs Breakup.

THE LOVE SONGS

1. Beyonce featuring Jay-Z - "Crazy In Love" (2003)
As she stepped out on her own for the first time away from the group Destiny's Child, Beyonce chose this deliriously happy, romantic tune featuring raps from her main squeeze Jay-Z. The boys from Philadelphia have recorded many songs about love and romance. This one is perhaps the best song ever recorded for a prelude to a magical night with a lover.

Top 10 Love Songs: The Breakup

Love songs are a fundamental part of pop music. Most of us can think of particular songs we associate with the love relationships of our lives.
Taken from the Top Chart Songs on Cashbox – The Crush- Love Songs Breakup.

THE BREAKUP

1. Abba - Knowing Me, Knowing You (1977)
The majestic pop of Abba is particularly effective here detailing the walk through an empty house and memories of "old familiar rooms children would play in" when a relationship has come to an end.

2. Cher - Believe (1999)
Cher is someone with a bit of firsthand experience at relationships coming to an end. "Believe" is an inspirational dance classic providing encouragement to make it through the pain. It became the biggest hit of Cher's long career.

3. Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive (1979)

Susan Boyle: Dreams Really Do Come True – Just Have Faith & Believe

I Dream a Dream

By Natasha Slinko

It is said that dreams do come true, and on January 21st 2009, Scottish-born Susan Boyle took one extraordinary leap of faith to achieve her dream by stepping completely out of her comfort zone, auditioning for Britain’s Got Talent to follow her one true passion – singing.

'I Dreamed A Dream’, a song made famous by the Andrew Lloyd Weber musical Les Misérables, was Boyle’s song of choice.

Boyle stepped onto the stage, only to be ridiculed by the judges and the audience alike, as they assumed and promptly judged a book by its cover, disvaluing anything else that was present, such as the human heart and the human spirit. How brave and resilient she was in the light of their scorn.

Then history was made as Boyle began to sing “I dream a dream in time gone by, when hope was high, and life worth living. I dreamed that love would never die, I dreamed that God would be forgiving…” You could have heard a pin drop.

Elvis Crossing The Border

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By Don Graham

On January 8th this year Elvis Presley would have turned seventy five ! The King of Rock n’ Roll, three quarters of a century old. Sounds hard to imagine doesn’t it? Well it does to me, but maybe that’s because I remember seeing him on a black and white 17 inch screen on the Dorsey Brothers television show, before the famous Ed Sullivan performances. We were just kids looking for something different to listen to than our parents favourites, Johnny Ray, Frankie Laine and Julius Larosa to name a few. We wanted something to call our own, and this young, duck tailed, sideburned, gyrating rebel from the south seemed to be the ticket. In no time at all, we were all growing our hair long, using Brylcreem, buying 45’s and walking with a new found swagger. Our folks couldn’t understand a word he said and yet every word he sang spoke right to us! Something to call our own!!

Top 10 Love Songs: The Crush

Love songs are a fundamental part of pop music. Most of us can think of particular songs we associate with the love relationships of our lives. Taken from the Top Chart Songs on Cashbox – The Crush- Love Songs Breakup.

THE CRUSH

1. Paul Anka - Puppy Love (1960)
Paul Anka was only 19 years old when he wrote and recorded this ode to young romance. The song was written in reference to a romance between Anka and Annette Funicello. Donny Osmond also had a hit with the song 12 years later in 1972.

Arthur Kall Notes in Neon

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by Sandy Graham

Although born in Edmonton, Alberta, Arthur Kall moved to Montreal, Quebec as a young lad, and considers himself a Quebecer, both in spirit and birthplace. “ I love Montreal, it is a wonderful place and full of energy. In these current times you can live anywhere and promote your music, so staying here is good for me right now.”

Modern Day Beatle Chris Tassone

by Bill Delingat

The wing back chairs shuffle and the conversation was on two things, #1 chicken beef or fish as the vested waiters fought to get the food drop done before the curtain call and “yes, I thinks that’s him ,could it be ,why is he here?” was #2 as the blue rinsed haired guests and their spouse argued over meals and the familiar gentlemen sitting at Table 5.

They had driven in for miles to relive their youth and see Elvis, Buddy Holly and even Marilyn live on stage!! Tribute shows were the hit of the dinner theatre business, with the ever popular legend style shows, pulling in the fans of music gone by for the chance to have one last glimpse of their youth and fond memories of their Top 10 tunes.

Canadian Tenors The Perfect Gift

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The Gift That Keeps On Giving

By Natasha Slinko

Four incredibly diverse and multi-talented gentlemen - Victor Micallef, Remigio Pereira, and Fraser Walters and their newest member Clifton Murray, come together to form The Canadian Tenors. Each performer has diversified musical experience, various backgrounds and perspectives in their training, yet when they sing together in their four-part harmony, it is truly magic.

The Canadian Tenors originally stole the hearts of people world-wide with their debut album entitled The Canadian Tenors, with tracks such as ‘We Were Born to Shine’ and ‘Your Moment Is Here’. With the release of the Christmas CD The Perfect Gift, they will continue to capture the hearts of their audience.

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