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Valdy’s “Play Me a Rock and Roll Song” inducted into Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame

June 3, 2015
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Valdy & Justin Rutledge

CSHF Inductee Valdy and Juno Award Winner Justin Rutledge

In celebration of its induction into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CHSF) this week, the song “Play Me a Rock and Roll Song,” was covered by Juno Award winner Justin Rutledge as part of the CSHF and CBC/Radio-Canada’s Covered Classics series.  Written by Canadian singer-songwriter Valdy, “Play Me a Rock and Roll Song,” is a 1970s folk classic about his experience getting jeered by an audience for playing his folk music at a rock festival. The song spent 12 weeks on RPM’s Top 40 singles chart for Canada and went gold by 1975.

“It’s a huge honour to have my song ‘Play Me a Rock and Roll Song’ inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame,” says Valdy from his West Coast home. “I’m grateful to all involved, and hugely proud to have one of my songs included as a part of Canada’s musical legacy.”

“Valdy is an iconic songwriter and performer, and one of Canada’s great storytellers,” says Justin. “It’s an honour to perform ‘Play Me a Rock and Roll Song’ as part of the Covered Classics series, and to have the opportunity to celebrate Canada’s great songwriting heritage.”

Click Here for more information on the induction.
Click Here for more information on Covered Classics.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 3, 2015 11:50 pm

    This is so awesome to see! I met Valdy years ago, late ’80’s maybe or very early 90’s, while working in The Nylon’s management office on Princess Street in Toronto, my favourite job ever. Valdy had the most amazing blue eyes I imagined that I could see and sense the West Coast through them, and a lovely energy. He produced my friend Jenny Allen’s first CD, wonderful CD! I am SO please do see this!! Thanks!!

  2. June 4, 2015 5:55 am

    Congratulations!

  3. Joi Freed-Garrod permalink
    June 6, 2015 1:34 am

    hey Valdy!! Now everyone knows how wonderful a songwriter and musician you are! And one of our island home-grown folk!
    hugs,
    Joi and Stan (Freed) Garrod

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