Canadian musicians who were born in 1928

Here are 12 famous musicians from Canada were born in 1928:

Pauline Julien

Pauline Julien (May 23, 1928 Trois-Rivières-October 1, 1998 Montreal) a.k.a. Julien, Pauline was a Canadian singer and actor. She had two children, Nicolas Galipeau and Pascale Galipeau.

Her albums: Rétrospective, Québec love, Femmes de paroles, Les Refrains d'abord, and .

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Galt MacDermot

Galt MacDermot (December 18, 1928 Montreal-) also known as Galt MacDermot, Gerome Ragni and James Rado, Hair: The Musical, Original Hair Cast, Hair Original Broadway Cast, Hair, Galt McDermot, Ragni, Rado & MacDermot, Galt MacDermott or Arthur Terence Galt MacDermot is a Canadian composer, pianist, writer and film score composer. His child is called Vincent Macdermot.

His albums: Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, Hair (1979 film cast), Hair: The Musical, Hair, Hair: The American Tribal Love Rock Musical, Hair, Up From the Basement: Unreleased Tracks, Volumes 1 & 2, Woman Is Sweeter / Shapes of Rhythm, Shapes of Rhythm and The Human Comedy (1984 original Broadway cast).

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Peter Appleyard

Peter Appleyard (August 26, 1928 Cleethorpes-July 17, 2013 Guelph/Eramosa) was a Canadian , .

His albums include Peter Appleyard Presents and Per-cus-sive Jazz. Genres he performed include Jazz.

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Monique Leyrac

Monique Leyrac (February 26, 1928 Québec-) also known as Leyrac, Monique or Monique Tremblay is a Canadian singer and actor.

Her albums include Collection Émergence, Les Refrains d'abord, Leyrac chante Nelligan, Leyrac chante Leclerc and La Diva des années 60.

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Norman Brooks

Norman Brooks (August 19, 1928 Montreal-September 14, 2006 Montreal) was a Canadian singer.

He was known for his deep baritone voice and popular renditions of traditional Jewish songs, often performed in Yiddish. Brooks started his career singing in local clubs and radio stations before signing with RCA Records in the 1950s. He became a household name in Canada and the United States during the 1960s and 1970s and performed for dignitaries, celebrities, and even royalty. Brooks was also an active member of the Montreal Jewish community and was a frequent performer at Jewish events and celebrations. In addition to his successful music career, Brooks was known for his charitable work, particularly for organizations that supported children's health and welfare.

Despite his success, Brooks remained humble and grounded, often remarking on his gratitude for his fans and the opportunities he had been given. He was respected not only for his musical talent but also for his kindhearted nature and devotion to his family. Brooks continued to perform and record music throughout his life, even after suffering a stroke in 1997. He received multiple awards and honors for his contributions to music and the Jewish community, including being inducted into the Order of Canada in 1994. Brooks passed away in 2006 at the age of 78, but his legacy and impact on Canadian and Jewish music continue to live on.

In addition to his successful career as a singer, Norman Brooks was also an accomplished songwriter and often wrote his own material. He released numerous albums throughout his career, including his popular 1969 album "My Yiddishe Heritage", which showcased his mastery of traditional Jewish music. Brooks' music reached audiences beyond the Jewish community and he was often invited to perform on television shows, including "The Ed Sullivan Show" and "The Johnny Carson Show". His popularity also led to performances for the Canadian Armed Forces stationed overseas. In his later years, Brooks remained active in the music industry, recording new material and performing at local events in Montreal. He was a beloved figure within the Montreal Jewish community and his contributions to music and charity continue to be celebrated today.

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Gilles Vigneault

Gilles Vigneault (October 27, 1928 Natashquan, Quebec-) a.k.a. Gilles Vignault or Vigneault, Gilles is a Canadian film score composer, actor and publisher. He has seven children, Guillaume Vigneault, Michel Vigneault, Louis Vigneault, François Vigneault, Pascale Vigneault, Jessica Vigneault and Benjamin Vigneault.

His most important albums: Au doux milieu de vous, Chemin faisant - Cent et une chansons, La Collection Emergence, Mets donc tes plus belles chansons ensemble, 40 ans de chansons, Théâtre petit Champlain Québec (disc 1), À Bobino, 1 fois 5, A l'olympia de Paris (disc 1) and .

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Moe Koffman

Moe Koffman (December 28, 1928 Toronto-March 28, 2001 Orangeville) also known as Koffman, Moe, Morris Koffman, Moe, Morris Koffman, OC, Morris "Moe" Koffman or Morris "Moe" Koffman, OC was a Canadian musician, composer, flutist, music arranger, music director, bandleader and multi-instrumentalist. He had three children, Herbie Koffman, Larry Koffman and Elie Koffman.

Discography: Music for the Night, The Best of Moe Koffman: Volume 1 & 2, Moe Koffman Project, Tales of Koffman, Moe's Curried Soul, Museum Pieces and Jungle Man. Genres related to him: Bebop and Jazz.

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Bengt Hambraeus

Bengt Hambraeus (January 29, 1928 Stockholm-September 21, 2000) also known as Hambraeus, Bengt was a Canadian , .

composer, musicologist, and choir director of Swedish origin. He grew up in Upsala, Sweden, and began his career in music at a young age, studying under several renowned musicians. In 1949, he moved to Canada and spent most of his life there. He held several positions at prominent institutions, including the University of Toronto, where he started the first electronic music studio in Canada. He was known for his experimentation with various musical styles and techniques, including electronic and choral music. He produced a significant body of work, which includes operas, symphonies, choral works, and chamber music. He was also a music critic and author of several books on music, including a study of the works of Swedish composer Carl Nielsen. He received numerous awards and honors, including multiple Juno Awards, the Canada Council Molson Prize, and was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1980.

Bengt Hambraeus was an influential figure in Canadian music, having contributed significantly to the country's musical landscape. He was also involved in several artistic and cultural organizations, including the Canadian Music Centre and the Canadian League of Composers, where he served as president. As a musicologist, he was highly regarded for his research into Swedish music, and his work on the music of Carl Nielsen is still considered seminal. Hambraeus was also a dedicated teacher, and many of his students went on to become respected composers and scholars themselves. He continued to compose and perform music until his death in 2000, leaving behind a rich legacy that continues to inspire musicians and music-lovers alike.

Hambraeus had a deep passion for choral music and was particularly interested in exploring the possibilities of combining traditional choral works with electronic music. He founded the Festival Singers of Canada in 1954, which quickly became one of the country's leading choral groups. He led the choir until 1962 and during this time, they performed many of his own compositions, as well as works by other Canadian composers.

In addition to his contributions to the Canadian music scene, Hambraeus was also an active participant in the international music community. He served as a juror for numerous music competitions and collaborated with musicians and composers from all over the world. He received commissions from several major orchestras, including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.

Throughout his career, Hambraeus remained committed to pushing the boundaries of music and exploring new ways of creating sound. He was innovative in his use of electronic music, synthesizers, and other technology, and his work has had a lasting impact on the field of music composition. Today, he is remembered as one of the most important Canadian composers of the 20th century.

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Tony Romandini

Tony Romandini (July 27, 1928 Montreal-) is a Canadian composer and guitarist.

Genres he performed include Jazz.

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Renée Morisset

Renée Morisset (June 13, 1928 Quebec City-May 3, 2009 Quebec City) was a Canadian , .

Genres she performed include Classical music.

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Fraser McPherson

Fraser McPherson (April 10, 1928 Saint Boniface, Winnipeg-September 28, 1993 Vancouver) also known as Fraser MacPherson or McPherson, Fraser was a Canadian musician.

His albums: MacPherson, Indian Summer and I Didn't Know About You.

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Maynard Ferguson

Maynard Ferguson (May 4, 1928 Verdun, Quebec-August 23, 2006 Ventura) a.k.a. Ferguson, Maynard or Walter Maynard Ferguson was a Canadian trumpeter and musician.

Related albums: A Message From Birdland, MF Horn 4&5 : Live at Jimmy's, New Vintage, Live at the Great American Music Hall 1973, Part II, Verve Jazz Masters 52, Birdland Dream Band, 2, A Message From Newport, Carnival and Conquistador. Genres related to him: Hard bop, Jazz fusion and Jazz.

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