Growing up in Central Alberta during the 1970s, 630 CHED out of Edmonton and 1140 CKXL out of Calgary were the ultimate stations to listen to – they were 70s AM radio at it’s finest. I remember that if the weather and the night were clear, the reception from these two stations would be excellent. 630 CHED and 1140 CKXL played a lot of great Canadian content; I suspect that was because of the prevailing CanCon requirements of the day. Those two stations influenced the music I listened to, and continue to listen to all these years later.
CKXL and CHED spun music from so many wonderful Canadian bands from a time in Canadian music history I think of as special – roughly 1971 to 1974. Bands and songs I still hold near and dear all these (many) years later are:
Favourite cuts: 1849, Little Kind Words, Pretty Lady
Favourite cuts: You, Me and Mexico, Masquerade, Last Song, Close Your Eyes
Favourite cuts: Some Sing, Some Dance, Lovin’ You Ain’t Easy, What The Hell I’ve Got
Favourite cuts: Minstrel Gypsy, Oh My Lady, Carry Me
The Guess Who
Favourite cuts: [Lord, where do I begin on this one?] For starters, how about These Eyes, No Time, American Woman, No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature, Do You Miss Me Darlin’, Rain Dance, Sour Suite
Favourite cuts: Cousin Mary, Get Up, Get Out, Move On
Favourite cuts: West Coast Woman
So many of these songs are special and still give me chills when I hear them. Thank you, fellow Canadians, for all those awesome tunes. They were the soundtrack to my youth, and will stay with me forever.