Stompin' Tom Connors

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Stompin' Tom Connors
Connors in 2002
Connors in 2002
Background information
Birth nameCharles Thomas Connors
Born(1936-02-09)February 9, 1936
Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
DiedMarch 6, 2013(2013-03-06) (aged 77)
Halton Hills, Ontario, Canada
GenresFolk, country
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, producer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1964-1978, 1988-2013
LabelsEMI, Boot, Rebel, Dominion, Cynda, ACT
WebsiteOfficial website

Charles Thomas Connors, OC (February 9, 1936 – March 6, 2013) was a Canadian singer-songwriter. He was one of Canada's most well-known country and folk singers.

He received the nickname "Stompin' Tom" when Boyd MacDonald, a waiter at the King George Tavern introduced him as "Stompin' Tom Connors" and because he used to stomp the heel of his left boot to keep rhythm during his songs.[1]

He spent a small time living with his mother in a low-security women's penitentiary before he was taken by Children's Aid Society and he was later adopted by Cora and Russell Aylward of Skinners Pond, Prince Edward Island.[2]

Some of Connors best known songs are "The Hockey Song" (also known as "The Good Old Hockey Game"), "Big Joe Mufferaw", "The Martin Hartwell Story", "Sudbury Saturday Night", "Bud the Spud", "The Black Donnellys", and "Reesor Crossing Tragedy". Connors also had a miniseries on CBC called "Stompin Tom's Canada" where he met people from all around Canada.[3]

Connors was guest on Late Night with Conan O'Brien in 2004 when the show had taped a week's-worth of episodes. He performed a rendition of "The Hockey Song" along with the Toronto audience. This was one of the few times that Connors had performed on American television.[4]

Connors died on March 6, 2013 at his home in Halton Hills, Ontario from kidney failure.[4]

Discography[change | change source]

Albums[change | change source]

  • The Northlands' Own Tom Connors (1967)
  • On Tragedy Trail (1968)
  • Bud the Spud and Other Favourites (1969)
  • Stompin' Tom Meets Big Joe Mufferaw (1970)
  • Merry Christmas Everybody (1970)
  • Live at the Horseshoe (1971)
  • My Stompin' Grounds (1971)
  • Love & Laughter (1971)
  • Stompin' Tom and the Hockey Song (1972)
  • To It and at It (1973)
  • Northlands Zone (1973)
  • Stompin' Tom Meets Muk Tuk Annie (1974)
  • The North Atlantic Squadron (1975)
  • The Unpopular Stompin' Tom Connors (1976)
  • Stompin' Tom at the Gumboot Cloggeroo (1977)
  • Stompin' Tom Is Back to Assist Canadian Talent (1986)
  • Fiddle and Song (1988)
  • More of the Stompin' Tom Phenomenon (1991)
  • Believe in Your Country (1992)
  • Dr. Stompin' Tom Eh? (1993)
  • Long Gone to the Yukon (1995)
  • Move Along with Stompin' Tom (1999)
  • The Confederation Bridge (2000)
  • An Ode for the Road (2002)
  • Stompin' Tom and the Hockey Mom Tribute (2004)
  • The Ballad of Stompin Tom (2008)
  • Stompin’ Tom And The Road’s Of Life (2012)

References[change | change source]

  1. "Fond memories of Stompin' Tom Connors in Peterborough". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2013-03-07.
  2. "Canada's troubadour sang of everyday lives". The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on 2015-02-23. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
  3. "Stompin' Tom's Canada". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2013-03-07.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Stompin' Tom Connors dead at 77". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2013-01-07.

Other websites[change | change source]