Saturday Jukebox – Franco-tastic


Jonathan McLeod

Jonathan McLeod is a writer living in Ottawa, Ontario. (That means Canada.) He spends too much time following local politics and writing about zoning issues. Follow him on Twitter.

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6 Responses

  1. Avatar zic says:

    One of my favorite French-Canadian musicians, the late Lenny Breau, and a beautiful song he wrote, Five O’Clock Bells in the Morning. Sad he’s no longer with us.

    • Avatar zic in reply to zic says:

      and early on, the Canadian TV show, A Touch of Jazz circa 1961.Report

    • Avatar BlaiseP in reply to zic says:

      Lenny Breau. Listening to him after all these years makes me so sad. Randy Bachman kinda took over what was left, rather like Emmylou Harris took over after Gram Parsons burned down.

      Lenny Breau was a musician’s musician. He’s still influencing people today.Report

      • Avatar zic in reply to BlaiseP says:

        I was fortunate to see Lenny perform at a VFW hall when I was probably 14; first time I ever went into a bar. My husband frequently plays with his brother Denny, much of the same style of playing, and one of the most gifted guitarists alive today, though, and produced his album, Live at the Outlook.

        I’m most grateful to their mother, Betty Cody, who had her own recording career on the RCA circuit. About a decade ago, after backing her up on stage on the harmonica, she smiled at my sweetie and told him he was ‘some harp player.’ He’s taken the harmonica much more seriously ever sense. And that’s a very good thing.

        Did you know you can’t get a degree in music in Canada without studying Lenny’s harmonizations? No wonder he’s still influencing people today, particularly Canadians!Report

  2. Avatar BlaiseP says:

    Some people around here might like Debout sur le Zinc.Report