While researching this playlist a theme kept repeating; change. Many beginnings, ends, and departures into new territory. The Beatles and The Supremes swap the #1 spot on the charts for the fifth time, the Stones get psychedelic then later wise up, Johnny Cash does a live album on his own terms at Folsom Prison, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Rush, and The Flying Burrito Brothers all became bands, David Gilmour replaced Syd Barrett in Pink Floyd, Janis Joplin went solo, The Temptations gave David Ruffin the boot, Buffalo Springfield formed and disbanded, Cream played their farewell concert, The Filmore East opened in New York, Fender was sold to CBS, and Elvis made a comeback. The changes worked out well for most.
CanConCon: Though under a different name then, the CRTC (Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission) was established in 1968. The commission is in charge of enforcing the Broadcasting Act of Canada, which basically requires Canadian broadcasters to prominently feature Canadian content. Back then, radio stations were required to feature at least 25% Canadian content, rising as high as 40% in recent years. Ostensibly meant to nurture Canadian talent, the CRTC has been accused of not doing enough to support up and coming, or lesser known artists. It’s up to broadcasters what Canadian content they feature, but from here it looks like most uphold the long standing Canadian tradition of getting behind a Canadian artist only after they have some success in the US. I still don’t know any of those lesser-known artists! Does your local radio station(s) play anything local, besides all those ads?