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The Stratford Gazette received some great feedback regarding its front page article last week promoting local musician Dan Stacey’s entry in CBC’s Song Quest competition, which is seeking the next great hockey anthem via online voting.
Stacey, however is not the only Stratford songwriter who has entered the competition.
Andy Dalton, guitar player for the classic rock cover band One-Eyed Jack and the Fogg Duckers, has penned his own anthem. The instrumental piece, entitled HNIC Theme Song with Danny Gallivan and Don Cherry, is a nod to theme songs of the past, including the iconic Hockey Theme that accompanied CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada for 40 years.
“I wanted to pay homage to history a bit,” says Dalton.
His anthem begins with a swing style drum beat before evolving into a more modern sound, complete with a wah pedal guitar played by Lou Dublestyne. The song also includes voice clips from hockey announcer Danny Gallivan and coach Don Cherry taken from Game 7 of the 1979 Stanley Cup semifinal between the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins.
“It’s one of my most vivid hockey memories,” says Dalton.
The Habs were down and Cherry’s Bruins stood to knock them out of the series when, late in the game, Boston received a penalty for too many men on the ice.
“(Guy) Lafleur came out and tied it up … and the Habs went on to win it. Don Cherry says the penalty he took cost him the Stanley Cup.”
Dalton says he hopes his song will make the contest’s top 50, but also wishes Stacey good luck.
“Local musicians here hold each other in pretty high regard,” he says. “We all root for each other.”
Both Dalton’s and Stacey’s hockey anthems can be listened to online at www.music.cbc.ca/#/Hockey-Night-in-Canada-Song-Quest. Voting began last Saturday and will conclude on Dec. 11, at which point the top 50 songs will be announced and the second round of voting will commence.
Listeners can vote once a day per province. Click the Listen and Vote tab and select your province, then search for artists by name via the search bar.
The winning song will be announced during CBC’s coverage of the NHL’s Outdoor Winter Classic on January 1 and will undergo a studio remastering under noted producer and performer Joel Plaskett.
The song’s final version will accompany a video montage during a future episode of Hockey Night in Canada.