SUMMERSIDE – The original Stampeders, Kim Berly, Rich Dodson and Ronnie King, are hitting the road and it will bring them to the Harbourfront Theatre in Summerside on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14.
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The Stampeders, Kim Berly, Rich Dodson and Ronnie King, will be returning to the Harbourfront Theatre in Summerside for a Valentine’s Day concert.
The Stampeders were one of Canada's top rock groups in the early ‘70s, having won Juno awards in the categories Best Group, Best Single, Best Producer and Best Composer for their platinum single, “Sweet City Woman.” Their other hits include “Carry Me,” “Devil You,” “Wild Eyes,” “Oh My Lady,” “Then Came the White Man,” “Minstrel Gypsy,” “Playing in the Band,” “Hit the Road Jack,” “New Orleans,” “Monday Morning Choo Choo” and “Keep Me Running Wild,” to name just a few.
Between 1971 and 1976, the group went on to become a household name, with four songs reaching Top-30 in the U.S and ten Top-5 singles in Canada. They recorded nine albums, many achieving gold and platinum status.
“Sweet City Woman” has since become a classic and a standard in the world of pop music. In a recent poll, it was voted one of the Top-10 most-recognizable songs of the ‘70s.
In 1972, the band was awarded Holland's prestigious Edison Award along with Ry Cooder and Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys, during a televised award show with an estimated audience of over 30-million viewers throughout Europe. In 1991, the Stampeders had the honour of being inducted into the Alberta Recording Association's Hall of Fame, and in 1994, they were inducted into the Calgary Rock Hall of Fame. Also, in 1994, Rich Dodson was inducted into the SOCAN Hall of Fame for his compositions, “Sweet City Woman” and “Carry Me” along with Kim Berly for his composition “Oh My Lady”.
From 1970 to 1977, the band completed six tours across Canada and performed extensively in Europe, South America (representing Canada at the Brazilian Song Festival to an estimated audience of 90 million viewers) and the U.S. with acts like Santana, the Beach Boys, the Eagles, Mountain, Z.Z. Top, Rush, Black Oak Arkansas, Robin Trower, Sonny and Cher, America, Earth Wind and Fire, Joe Cocker, Steeley Dan, Blood Sweat and Tears, the James Gang, and Genesis.
According to promoter Donald K. Donald, they were the top Canadian concert draw from 1971 to '74, and were the first Canadian band to tour from one end of the country to the other.
The Stampeders can also be credited with having some of the first rock videos by a Canadian act, five of which are included in a one-hour video entitled “Canada's Country-Rock Legends - The Stampeders.”
They made numerous TV appearances, including their own one-hour CBC special, "A Short Visit to Planet Earth," the Juno Awards, CBC’s “Miss Teen Canada”, NBC’s “The Dating Game”, “Saratoga Springs, N.Y. American Song Festival”, Kenny Rogers’ “Rolling Down the River,” and the U.S.-originated, “Don Kirshner's Rock Concert.”
The Stampeders were honoured in 2012 with a Lifetime Achievement Award from SOCAN at the Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto. With over 350 reunion concerts to their credit and a brand-new live album, “Live at the Mae Wilson” on Marigold Records/E1 Music, to the delight of their dedicated fans, the Stampeders are back.
The Summerside concert will be presented by Sandpiper Productions East and Quality Inn and Suites Summerside. Tickets now on sale and available at the Harbourfront Theatre Box Office, online at www.harbourfronttheatre.com or by phone 1-800-708-6505 or 888-2500.