Born: February 9, 1936
Died: March 6, 2013 Place of Birth: Saint John, New Brunswick
Tom Connors writes and sings songs that are truly patriotic to Canada.
He has recorded at least 40 albums.
His early life was marked by extreme poverty .
Moving was characteristic of his early life and he settled to a degree at Skinners Pond, Prince Edward Island.
At age 17, Tom Connors began travelling across Canada promoting himself as a singer and gaining experience in the field of music.
He agreed to sing at a Toronto hotel bar to earn his keep and received tremendous acceptance.
Stompin' Tom then made a record contract and played for over a year at the hotel.
Connors expressed disappointment in how many Canadian stars work largely outside of Canada.
In that regard, he has actually returned or refused awards such as Junos as a form of protest.
Some of his songs have reached what could be called a legendary status.
Connors has written two autobiographical books that depict his life growing up and his life as an entertainer.
It is a mark of respect that Stompin' Tom Connors has received at least two honorary doctorate university degrees.
When Stompin' Tom passed away, he left a letter he wanted all Canadians to see. It said ...
"Hello friends, I want all my fans, past, present, or future, to know that without you, there would have not been any Stompin' Tom."
"It was a long hard bumpy road, but this great country kept me inspired with it's beauty, character, and spirit, driving me to keep marching on
and devoted to sing about its people and places that make Canada the greatest country in the world."
"I must now pass the torch, to all of you, to help keep the Maple Leaf flying high, and be the Patriot Canada needs now and in the future."
"I humbly thank you all, one last time, for allowing me in your homes, I hope I continue to bring a little bit of cheer into your lives from the work I have done."
Your Friend always,
Stompin' Tom Connors
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