Goodbye Stompin' Tom Connors: Canadian Prime Minister Pays Tribute To Country Legend
Writer of over four dozen albums passes away
There have been a flood of tributes coming through for the late Stompin’ Tom Connors, who passed away aged 77 in his Halton Hill, Ontario yesterday March 6, 2013.
Connors was one of Canada’s most prolific and well-known country singers who, according to various sources could have writing credits on as many as 300 songs, as well as releasing over four dozen albums, an astonishing figure for an artist who started his career back in the 1950’s. Tributes came from the very top, including Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper who, according to The Province, wrote “We have lost a true Canadian original. R.I.P. Stompin’ Tom Connors. You played the best game that could be played.” A statement from the National Ice Hockey league, who immortalized Connors ‘Hockey Song’ read “Sad to hear that legendary Canadian Stompin’ Tom Connors has passed. His legacy lives on in arenas every time ‘The Hockey Song’ is played.”Individual clubs passed on their condolences too, including The Calgary Flames, who write “Canadian legend Stompin’ Tom Connors passed away today. RIP Tom.”
Connors highest profile release was his 1995 album Long Gone To Yukon, which made number five on the Canadian country charts. He was never quite the crossover in Nashville, his success largely being confined to his home country.