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Buffy Sainte-Marie

Buffy Sainte-Marie

Born, February 20, 1941 (age 77), Qu'Appelle Valley, Saskatchewan. I was a little reluctant to include Buffy in the series of Canadian Artists being cover due to the fact that she has spent little if any time actually living in Canada. She apparently identifies with being Canadian but was adopted by an American couple at just a few months old and raised in Massachusetts. She had a son and raised him in Hawaii and as far as I can tell still lives there at age 77.  

She has certainly been well recognized in Canada for her many achievements, she really is a remarkable person, but I will stick with the music here. If she identifies with Canada (she is a dual American and Canadian citizenI guess that gives me licence to blog about her here.
So apart from her obvious vocal talents she plays guitar, mouthbow, piano, ukulele, autoharp, harmonica and some percussion instruments.
She has written some epic songs.

Up Where We Belong”, written by Will Jennings (lyrics), Jack Nitzsche and Buffy Sainte-Marie (composers), released in 1982. Covered 57 times
If you recognize the name Will Jennings I mentioned him in the Celine Dion blog as he wrote the lyrics for “My Heart Will Go On”. Jack Nitzsche married Buffy in 1982 (separated in 1992) he is also an accomplished composer/producer.
Originally recorded by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes for the movie “An Officer and a Gentleman” the song won the Oscar for best song.
Buffy Sainte-Marie recorded it in 1996
Bebe & Cece Winans (1984) A sister/brother gospel duo.

Universal Solider” written by Buffy Sainte-Marie, covered over 30 times
Originally recorded by The Highwaymen (1963), a folk group from the sixties who had a hit with “Michael Row the Boat Ashore” and not to be confused with the supergroup of Johnny Cash et al who would adopt the same name.
Buffy recorded it in 1964 on the album It’s My Way!
Donovan would make this song famous in 1965.

Until It's Time for You to Go” written by Buffy Sainte-Marie, covered over 100 times originally recorded and released in 1965.
Elvis Presley in 1972
The Four Pennies would have a top 20 hit in the UK (1965)
Other notable songs from Buffy include; “Cod'ine”, “Take My Hand for Awhile”, “Now That the Buffalo's Gone” and “I'm Gonna Be a Country Girl(Boy) Again”.

My apologies for the flurry of posts recently, I've been carried away trying to squeeze in as many Canadians as I can before July 1! I will slow things down a bit ;)


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