Canadian country-folk legend + peoples' poet Stompin' Tom Connors is dead at age 77!!!! For the erudition of younger folk + readers abroad, our Tom was a Popeye jawed stetson hat wearing Merry Timer who sold over 4 million records here in his home + native land during the 1970's to 80's. He refused to travel abroad to seek fame + fortune unlike those other "Turncoat Canadian" stars he was often heard to curse in word and in song. His smash #1 hits included "The Hockey Song", "Canada Day, Up Canada Way "Bud the Spud", "Sudbury Saturday Night", "Gumboot Clogeroo", "The Ketchup Song", "A Real Canadian Girl" "Tillsonburg", "Cross Canada ["home of the biggest snowball"]", "Believe in Your Country" etc etc etc.
Here's Tom's final letter to his Canuck fans: Goodbye from Tom!
Here's today's Globe + Mail Editorial": Thank You Stompin' Tom!
Here's where Tom went to school in PEI.
See the CTV video + news report: Stompin' Video Report
Visit my "Stompin' Tom Youtube Videobar" below the blog column! A full concert is included! Hear + see Stompin' Tom play his greatest hits + then some!
Federal NDP caucus sings Bud the Spud in tribute: Bud the NDP Spud
The Toronto Star reflects on Stompin' Tom's life + times: Life + Times
Here's Tom + his wife "A Real Canadian Girl"
Stompin' Toms Website has his family photos + pictures of his many awards: Stompin' online!
Tom was nicknamed "Stompin'" coz he'd stomp his cowboy boot while he played + sang. Nervous bartenders + stage managers would insist he put a plywood board beneath his feet. He'd break one every show!
Here's a real life snapshot interview of Stompin' Tom! Our chain smokin' legend was playing at a rough + tumble mine worker's bar on a "Sudbury Saturday Night" where, to paraphrase: "The girls are off playing bingo, while the guys are getting stinko + not talking about Inco" as his hit record put it .... Tom smoked 4 packs of cigarettes a day. Later on in life Tom claimed the reason folks didn't see him so much anymore was because of all the no smoking laws. That was our Stompin' Tom! See: Sudbury Saturday Night
Keep the Maple Leaf flying high! Tom's music legacy: Bud the Spud
Tom's corny homemade album artwork can be found on the Stompin' Tom discog page, where you can buy + sell his records + cds too: Stompin' discog!
Spinner online declares Tom was the original Canadian punk before punk was even born. Suppose you tried to leave Tom's place at midnight when folk were singin' n' dancin' n' drinkin".? Well those would be fightin' words. Tom: "What my beer isn't good enough for you?" There's lots of music videos and photos here: Stompin' Punk
Lawbreakers and no goods might download Flac Files of Stompin' Toms albums from this here site to listen to first, so they could decide which they like the best + then go buy a few. What's this word coming too eh?!? Visit the site just to see + weep! Then thank God + country for our ridiculous copyright laws + outdated retail money grubbing business distribution services, but don't download. Nope. No way! See: Stompin' Downloads!