CCMHS Annual Meeting – Nov 16

Canadian Country Music Heritage Society AGM

Please join us at the Hall of Fame on Monday November 16 at 7pm for the Annual General Meeting of the Society.

Only paid up members will be eligible to vote.

2025 Quilchena Avenue, Merritt BC

Murray McLauchlan

Murray McLauchlan

Murray McLauchlan

Inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016.


Murray McLauchlan Biography


Murray McLauchlan began writing songs and performing them in his late teens. After playing at major music festivals, such as the Philadelphia Folk Festival and Mariposa, where he appeared alongside Jim Croce and John Prine, he began to attract wider attention on the club circuit, playing such well known rooms as The Riverboat in Toronto, the Bitter End in New York, The Main Point in Philadelphia, and the famous Earl of Old Town in Chicago. Before Murray had actually recorded an album of his own, his ‘Child’s Song’ was already well known after being recorded by American folk star, Tom Rush.

Now, thirty odd years later, Murray has eighteen albums to his credit on both True North Records and Capitol Records. Murray has won 11 JUNO Awards, as well as RPM “Big Country” Awards and Toronto music awards. His songs have been covered by many other artists, most recently the U.S. rock band Widespread Panic, as well as has been featured in high school text books. Murray has been both a radio and television host, as well as the author of a book. In 1993, Murray was appointed to the Order of Canada.

The most recent projects are the highly successful album, ‘Human Writes’, released in the fall of 2012 which scored high on the U.S. Cashbox Roots charts, and was played extensively in the U.K. and Europe as well as Australia. In addition, Murray continues to appear with the popular group Lunch At Allen’s after over a decade of touring and several popular albums.

The Mercey Brothers

The Mercey Brothers

The Mercey Brothers

The Mercey Brothers

Inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1989.


Birth: (Larry Mercey) December 12, 1939 – Hanover, Ontario (Lloyd Mercey) December 12, 1945 – Hanover, Ontario (Ray Mercey) November 21, 1940 – Hanover, Ontario

Biography


The Mercey Brothers, from Elmira, Ontario, grew up with music, but only started to seriously pursue a professional career together in 1957 as the duo of Larry and Ray Mercey. Their first hit, ‘Just The Snap Of Your Fingers’ was in 1961, following their signing to Chateau Records.

In 1966, the third brother, Lloyd joined the group and later that year released, ‘Whistle on the River’ and ‘Uncle Tom’ on Columbia Records, which quickly reached the top of the charts. Their career took off in 1970, when they signed with RCA Records and won the Juno Award for ‘Best Country Group’ four years running (1969-1972). The Mercey Brothers went on to win three more Juno Awards.

In 1971, their hit singles, ‘Hello Mom’ and ‘Who Wrote the Words’ catapulted them to international success, leading to a tour of England and an appearance on BBC Television. They also toured in Holland, Sweden and Finland.

In 1973, the brothers opened their own The Mercey Brothers Recording Studio in Elmira and started their own label, MBS, designed to allow them more control over their sound and product. The label would also become the home of growing country acts Terry Carisse and Marie Bottrell, amongst others.

In 1980, the band shut down their recording facility and later that year, brother Ray left the band.

The remaining Mercey Brothers brought in younger blood in 1981 with George Ogilvie and Darrell Scott, later to be replaced by Dann Peer and Gord Heins, and finally John Dymond and Eric Mahar.

In 1989, after 32 years in the music business, and 18 albums, The Mercey Brothers disbanded. Larry went on to a successful solo career, recording another three CDs.

Kenny Hess

Kenny Hess

Kenny Hess - Country Musician

Canadian country singer, songwriter, guitarist


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Kenny Hess Biography


Nominated for numerous Canadian Country Music Awards, he has won Male Vocalist of The Year, Album of The Year, Traditional Country Artist of The Year (8 Times), as well as earned The Life Time Achievement Award from The BC Country Music Association.

He is an inductee of The BC Country Music Hall of Fame.

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