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Toronto AES Bulletin

Dec 2001

Volume 10, Number 4

An Evening with Canadian Music Hall of Famer and Legendary Record Producer JACK RICHARDSON

Join us for an evening with one of Canada's luminaries in the recording industry, Mr. Jack Richardson. Mr. Richardson will regale us with war stories and insight from his days with the Guess Who, Bob Seger, Alice Cooper and many more.

See the premiere of a recent documentary on the life and times of Jack Richardson for City TV/Much Music.

Join us also for our annual toasting in of the holiday season with old and new friends.

Bio - Jack Richardson

Canada's legendary record producer, Jack Richardson, was honoured recently by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), by being the first person to have a Juno named after him. From here-on the best-producer Juno will be known as the "Jack Richardson Producer Award".

Richardson was pivotal in pushing the Guess Who to stardom more than 30 years ago. He believed so strongly in the Winnipeg rock band that he mortgaged his home, started his own very successful label, Nimbus Nine. He financed the Guess Who's pivotal album, "Wheatfield Soul", released in early 1968. At that time Nimbus also signed a deal with RCA records, which association was heralded by RCA as the beginning of the Canadian Invasion

Armed with their first single, "These Eyes", The Guess Who and Richardson broke major ground in the U.S., eventually reaching No. 3 and selling a million copies. This opened the door for a string of hits including "Laughing", "Undun", "No Time", "Share the Land", "Clap for the Wolfman", and their biggest selling record of all time - "American Woman".

Over Richardson's long and distinguished career, he produced albums with the likes of Alice Cooper, Bob Seger, Poco, Dickey Betts, Brecker Bros., the Rovers and the Boss Brass. All-in-all, he has produced more than 280 albums, with dozens of them going gold.

Richardson was inducted into the CARAS Canadian music hall of fame at the 1986 Junos for his "industry builder" status and presented with the "Walt Grealis Lifetime Achievement Award". Over his extraordinary career Richardson was nominated for Junos 3 times: in 1975, 1979 and 1981.

The "semi-retired" Richardson still teaches three days a week at Fanshawe College's music industry arts program. He moved to London and became a Fanshawe professor on a full-time basis in the 1980s.

Richardson has been involved with CARAS for many years, helping to foster the growth of the producer and recording engineer categories. He was also one of the early founders of the Canadian Independent Record Producers Association, which successfully lobbied for Canadian content rules.

The first Jack Richardson Producer Award will be handed out at the 2002 Juno Awards ceremonies April 13-14 at St. John's, Nfld. Richardson expects to attend.

Date Tues, 4 Dec 2000
Time 7:30 pm
New Location! Please note that because of potential for a labour disruption at the CBC we have had to change the venue.
Time 7:30 pm
Place Harris Institute for the Arts
Address 118 Sherbourne Street, Toronto, Ontario
South of Queen and Sherbourne
Please Pre-register Call National Mail Box at (416) 922-8122

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Originally posted: 18 Nov 2001
Last update: 18 Nov 2001