Advertisement

Stompin' Tom Connors, Canadian country-folkie, dead at 77

March 07, 2013|By Reed Johnson
  • Canadian music legend Stompin' Tom Connors before the 20th annual SOCAN Awards gala in Toronto.
Canadian music legend Stompin' Tom Connors before the 20th annual… (Darren Calabrese / AP )

Stompin' Tom Connors, the legendary Canadian country-folk singer known for tunes that proudly raised a beer to hockey and other pillars of Canadian national culture, has died at age 77.

One of Connors' signature tunes, "The Hockey Song," is practically a surrogate national anthem, regularly blasted at hockey games from Vancouver to Nova Scotia. Connors, a kind of cross between Merle Haggard and Gordon Lightfoot, also is known for workingman blues songs about long-suffering, hard-drinking proletarians, like "Bud the Spud" (about a potato-hauling trucker) and "Sudbury Saturday Night" (inspired by Ontario miners).

PHOTOS: Notable deaths of 2013

Like Haggard, Connors knew firsthand the hard, itinerant life he sang about. Born in New Brunswick to a single mother, he later ran away from his adopted family and journeyed across the country, making mental and lyrical sketches of the ordinary people he met and the challenges they faced.

He is survived by his wife and several children and grandchildren.

As Canadians have taken to Twitter and Facebook to mourn the loss Wednesday of a national folk hero, implied hockey metaphors were rife. Prime Minister Stephen Harper tweeted, "You played the best game that could be played."

ALSO:

Ringo Starr exhibit to open June 12 at Grammy Museum

Gripping 'Cowsills Story' documentary coming to Showtime

Chile's pop music scene hits a new high, with Astro in its orbit

Follow me on Twitter: @RJohnsonLAT

PHOTOS AND MORE

Coachella lineup

COACHELLA: Complete 2013 lineup

Envelope

THE ENVELOPE: Awards Insider

PHOTOS: Grammy top winners

Advertisement
Los Angeles Times Articles
|
|
|