In the early years of Rock and Roll, the focus was mainly on Memphis and cover records. Well there were quite a few big Canadian artists, The Four Lads (Toronto) The Crew Cuts (Toronto) The Diamonds (Toronto) Jack Scott (Windsor) and so on, you get the idea.
A few lessor-known Canadian records where also actually charted, but I do not think many people will remember:
Indiana Wants Me
1. R. Dean Taylor, from Toronto, long before Indiana wanted him.
R.Dean Taylor – At The High School Dance
[Editor note: It sounds like Jack Posluns on drums]
2. The Blue Tones also Toronto, released on King in the US.
Blue Tones – Shake Shake Shake
3. Buddy Burke & The Canadian Meteors. He only recorded once, from Toronto, had that Elvis sound, was big locally only.
Buddy Burke – That Big Old Moon
Now the longest running Chart Music in the “World” was the Chum Chart which charted the top 50 songs from 1957 to 1986, it was the bible and in Toronto it RULED; it could make you or break you.
I hope you enjoy; remember, these recordings are all over 50 years old, so do not expect great things. Recording was different then.