FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 5th, 2016 (Edmonton, AB)
CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC FAMILY, LOST ONE OF ITS TRUE PIONEERS
Jimmy Arthur Ordge recorded albums on the Point, MCA and Royalty Records labels, and charted multiple singles. He was a popular performer on the Western Canada music scene, and was often called upon as a show opener for touring Nashville stars like Buck Owens, Webb Pierce, Roy Clark, Hank Snow, etc.
His recording successes led to 1967 and 1968 Moffatt Broadcast Awards for Best Canadian Folk or Country Record Of The Year, as well as JUNO award nominations for Country Male Vocalist in 1976, 1978 & 1979. In 1971 he received an Alberta Achievement Award as a performer.
Prior to his passing, Jimmy Arthur Ordge had retired but was often called upon as a special guest performer on “Legends” shows in his native Alberta.
“Our Royalty family, and in fact all of the Canadian country music family, lost one of its true pioneers and arguably one of the best traditional country music performers to ever pick up a guitar and walk onto a stage. Jimmy Arthur Ordge could handle a country song, be it a ballad, uptempo, narration, or country comedy songs. Jim did them all, from Irena Cheyenne to Muk-Tuk Annie to The Old Man to Herschel’s Hemi Half-Ton, Just One Night of Love, to The Ballad of Pierre Oral Bonafee, the true hilarious story of how the St. Lawrence Seaway was really created. And any great country classic he chose to sing, he owned.”
“Jim was not just a real Canadian country music legend, he was a true friend. He cared deeply for his audiences, fans, and mostly his close friends. He was a compassionate, warm-hearted, country music icon. We laughed till we cried, telling tall tales during the many recording sessions we shared, fought a little over some songs he might record and release, but mostly I feel just damned blessed and lucky to have witnessed first-hand his magic as a recording artist. Jimmy Ordge had, and will always have fans across this country, across the U.S. and in the U.K. His music will live on. Damn it Jim, we will sure as hell miss you.” – R Harlan Smith
ABOUT JIMMY ARTHUR ORDGE
A true Canadian country music icon
Jimmy was born and raised in the Donalda area where he started picking and playing for school house dances. Jim moved to Edmonton in his teens and was a regular on “Old Dad Taylor’s Jubilee Jamboree.”
Jimmy did shows and dance jobs around the area and in the early 50’s, he started doing radio and television shows. While playing a club in Whitehorse, he met Al Oster who wrote Jimmy’s first hit, “Irena Cheyene.” “Irena” won him his first Moffat Award. Jim’s other big hits included “Muk Tuk Annie” and “Hershel’s Hemi Half-ton.” When country music hit a decline for a few years, Jimmy diversified and bought himself a business that kept him busy when not entertaining.
Jimmy continued to entertain folks with “That Voice” in the traditional country style that hadn’t changed in the last four decades and was often a guest artist with the Canadian Country Music Legends touring throughout Alberta.
Full-time career over 6 decades (1950’s to current) Canada/USA
Major Radio and Television Appearances
- CFRN Edmonton
- Jubilee Jamboree CHED Edmonton
- Carl Smith Show, CFTO Toronto
- Country Time, CBC Halifax
- 1961 hit record “Easy Rockin Chair” Quality Records
- 1966 first LP Point Records
- 1967 single “Irena Cheyenne”, top 5 Canadian country single
- 1967 single “Irena Cheyenne” released on Decca Records US
- 1970 #1 hit “Muk Tuk Annie” Damon Records
- 1972 LP release MCA Records
1974 Signed with Royalty Records
Four albums including “Storytime & Prayers”, “I’ll Go Anywhere”, “Greatest Hits”, and “The Legend”, and numerous top 20 Canadian country hit singles including “The Old Man”, “Just One Night of Love”, “The Ballad of Dawson City”, and “Herschel’s Hemi Half-Ton”, to name a few
1978 US Album Release “I’ll Go Anywhere”
- 1967 received his first Lloyd E Moffat Award (forerunner of the Juno Awards), Best Country Record, “Irena Cheyenne”
- 1968 received his second Lloyd E Moffat Award, Best Country Male Artist for, “Cold Grey Winds of Autumn”
- 1971 Alberta Achievement Award, Performer
- 2006 Bev Munro Award for his contribution to traditional Canadian country music artist
Multi-year Award Nominations
1975 to 1980 Three-time Juno Awards Nominee, Best Male Country Artist
Major Live Performances
- Fan Fair, Nashville
- Grand Ole Opry
- Sahara Casino, Reno NV
- Harvey’s, Lake Tahoe
- New Year’s Eve Spectacular, Condessa del Mar, Chicago
- Palomino Club, North Hollywood
- Multiple state fairs throughout the U.S.
- Special guest artist at 54th Shenandoah Apple Festival, West Virginia, Patsy Cline tribute
- Grand Island State Fair, special guest Marty Robbins
- Coast to coast live Canadian shows – grandstand Calgary Stampede, etc
- Up to his passing, Jim still performed as a special guest with the Canadian Country Music Legends
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The Orchard made up of Kasha Anne and Mitch Smith are set to release their debut album
“Southern Ground” today, August 28th, 2012. The duo will host a CD release event tonight at 5:00pm at Permanent Records.
The band also releases their 3rd single today. “Gotta Let You Go” is officially at radio.
“I’ve gone through those relationships, where I know things have to come to an end. The thought stays with me throughout the day, another night behind closed doors doesn’t seem like such a terrible idea..I think it is common for people to go through things like that. Whether they are afraid of missing that person, or just aren’t sure what the right thing to do is. That’s what this song means to me…Honest and simple, with a touch of bluegrass” – Mitch
“We all have a person in our lives at some point who we love, but isn’t good for us. Gotta Let You Go is light and encouraging for anyone who needs the strength to make a change. Hopefully this beat can help kick the blues.” – Kasha
Hey Romeo has been nominated for Fan’s Choice Award and our happy to announce our fans can vote!
The Canadian Country Music Association wants you to be the one to present your favourite Canadian country star with the 2012 CCMA Fans’ Choice Award.
One vote/contest entry per email address will be accepted. Contest entrants must be age of majority in the province in which they reside. The Ultimate Fan contest closes 11:59 AM, EST on Friday, August 24, 2012. Voting for the 2012 Fans’ Choice Award closes 5:00 PM, EST on Friday, September 7, 2012.
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