It’s No Big Deal. I’ve Got A Better Song In Mind
June 9, 2008 in Toronto Maple Leafs Tags: 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Banjo the Mule, Beatles, Bob Dylan, CBC, Chris Young, CHUM radio, CTV, Day Tripper, Doloros Claman, Eddie Shack, Frank Zappa, hockey, Hockey Night in Canada, Honky the Christmas Goose, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Johnny Bower, Leafs coach, Maple Leaf Gardens, Montreal, NHL, Punch Imlach, RDS, Red Kelly, Rinky-Dinks, Ron Wilson, theme song, Toronto, Toronto Maple Leafs, TSN, Vancouver, We Can Work it Out
“TSN reports CTV has acquired the rights to the Hockey Night in Canada theme song. The song, which was created by Vancouver’s Dolores Claman in 1968, will now be used in NHL broadcasts on TSN and RDS beginning this Fall. In addition, CTV will utilize the song as part of its hockey coverage during the upcoming Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.”
I guess a new song is needed for Hockey Night in Canada.
So at this time, June 9, 2009, I would like to nominate Johnny Bower’s “Honky The Christmas Goose” as the new theme song to replace the old.
Here’s a little background to make you more familiar.
During the 1965-66 season, songwriter Chris Young visited Maple Leaf Gardens to see if any of the Leafs might be interested in becoming recording stars. He talked to cool cat hipsters like Punch Imlach, Red Kelly and the other Leaf rockers, and Johnny Bower, who reminded many at that time as a cross between John Lennon, Frank Zappa, and Bob Dylan, agreed to do it as long as any profits went to charity.
Bower and a bunch of kids including his son Johnny Jr., then became know as Johnny Bower and the Rinky-Dinks, and the rest was history.
The Rinky-Dinks came out with Honky the Christmas Goose, with the flipside being Banjo the Mule. There was no word at the time about if you played either song backwards, there was a hidden message, possibly some meaning of life morsels from spiritual guru Eddie Shack.
Honky debuted on Toronto’s CHUM chart at number 42, and went up against the obviously inferior Beatles and their songs “We Can Work it out” and “Day Tripper.” Sales of Honky exceeded 40,000, and it finally bottomed out at number 29 on the CHUM chart.
The Beatles, for whatever reason, and unfair as it was, did better than the Rinky-Dinks. Some things in life defy explanation.
Early the next day news:
Ron Wilson has his press conference after being announced as head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. My prediction is: He’s going to lose his friggin mind after a few months into the season.