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Bryan Adams, The Band

More Canadian Artists being covered
It’s a lengthy list for me to make my way through the rest of it but over the next few blogs I will highlight a few more covered songs written or originally performed by Canadians.
Bryan Adams

“(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” by Bryan Adams, Written by; Bryan Adams, Michael Kamen, Robert John "Mutt" Lange. You likely know this song was written for and featured in the (1991) film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. To say this song was a mega hit is a bit of an understatement, it peaked at number one on every documented music chart in the world. It broke the record for most consecutive weeks at number one in the UK and was the song of the year in Canada for 1991.
An Article by Henry Yates July 27, 2016 tells the story about this song.
Released in June 1991, here is Bryan Adams in 1992 (covered 68 times).…

Celine Dion

Celine Dion
...continuing the Canadian artists being covered theme

My Heart Will Go On” (Love Theme from 'Titanic') by Celine Dion Written (lyrics) by Will Jennings, here are some highlights of songs he has written or co-written; Steve Winwood: "Higher Love" (#1, nominated for Grammy Award for Song of the Year 1987) Eric Clapton: "Tears in Heaven" (#2, nominated for a Golden Globe award, 1993 Grammy for Song of the Year, 1993 Ivor Novello award from British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors) Barry Manilow: "Looks Like We Made It" (#1) Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes: "Up Where We Belong" (#1, American Academy Award, British Academy Award, Winner Tokyo Song Festival) Whitney Houston: "Didn't We Almost Have It All" (#1) Tim McGraw: "Please Remember Me" (#1 Country)
The other writer (composer) is the late James Horner and here is a sample of his work accomplishments: Just Grammy Awards alone; 1988: An Amer…

Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell

Born Roberta Joan Anderson, November 7, 1943 (age 74) Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada I have included some covers of Joni’s songs in previous posts but there is more to be said about her amazing talent and song writing ability. Firstly, her guitar playing is superb and what makes it all the more remarkable is the fact she had polio as a child (age 9) and as a result has weakness in her left hand in particular. Despite this she learned ukulele, piano and then guitar creating her own tunings to compensate, resulting in a very unique sound. While standard tunings (determining the string pitch) were then commonly used, Joni turned to open tunings which reduced the dependency on her left hand. If you research guitar tunings Joni Mitchell comes up frequently and remains a guide and influencer in this area. Rolling Stone ranks her at #75 of the world's best guitarists and she (along with fellow Canadians Sue Foley and Liona Boyd) ranks in the top female guitarists on just a…