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ROCK AND ROLL WONDERS OF WINNIPEG
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It's no surprise that John Einarson's list of local wonders are decidedly musical in nature. "I've actually taken people from out of town on a musical history tour of Winnipeg music landmarks," says Einarson, the author of books covering the careers of Randy Bachman, Neil Young and the Byrds, among others.
In no particular order, here is Einarson's run-down of notable spots 'round town, rock and roll-wise.
* 152 Bannerman Ave.
Burton Cummings' childhood home. In 1968, Cummings and Bachman began their songwriting partnership in the living room, composing hits like These Eyes and No Time.
* 1123 Grosvenor Ave.
Neil Young's residence from 1961-1965. Young's band, the Squires, regularly rehearsed in the living room.
* Earl Grey Community Club, Cockburn and Fleet in Fort Rouge.
Site of Young's first-ever gig in January 1961, with the Jades.
* River Heights Community Club, 1370 Grosvenor at Oak
"The kingpin," says Einarson. "The pinnacle of community club gigs in the 1960s."
* Winnipeg International Airport (now Richardson International Airport)
Where at 2:05 PM, Tuesday, Aug.18, 1964, the Beatles touched down for a fill-up and were met by thousands of screaming fans.
* Memorial Park, corner of Broadway and Osborne
Winnipeg's late-60s equivalent of Haight-Ashbury. On Tuesday, June 30, 1970, rock goddess Janis Joplin took a dip in the Memorial Avenue fountain pool.
* Blue Note Café, south Main Street
Ultra-hip after-hours club and scene of many a late-night jam session. Crash Test Dummies, aka St. James Rhythm Pigs, served as the Blue Note's de facto house band during the late 80s.
* The Paddlewheel Restaurant, 6th floor, The Bay
"The place to hang out and be seen, especially on Saturdays when all the bands were there," says Einarson.
* CKRC radio station, Carlton Street
In addition to being the home of Wash and Ash, CKRC also served as a local recording venue. It was here in 1964 where Young was told, "You're a good guitar player, kid, but you'll never make it as a singer."
* Birds Hill Park, 30 km. north-east of Winnipeg
33-year-old home of the Winnipeg Folk Festival.
* Edmund Partridge Junior High School (now West Kildonan Collegiate)
Christmas, 1957: Billed as the Embers, Randy Bachman, together with Garry Peterson, played his inaugural gig.
* The Red Top Drive-In Restaurant, St. Mary's Road,
Teen hot-spot during the 1960s and home to nightly, live broadcasts featuring CKRC personalities.
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 8, 2007 $sourceSection$sourcePage
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