Canadian Sunset

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"Canadian Sunset"
Single by Eddie Heywood and Hugo Winterhalter
Released July 1956
Genre Pop
Label RCA Victor 6537
Writer(s) Eddie Heywood, Norman Gimbel
Eddie Heywood and Hugo Winterhalter singles chronology
"Land of Dreams"
(1954)
"Canadian Sunset"
(1956)

"Canadian Sunset" is a popular song with music by jazz pianist Eddie Heywood and lyrics by Norman Gimbel. An instrumental version by Heywood and Hugo Winterhalter reached #2 on the Billboard chart and #7 on the R&B chart in 1956.[1] A version sung by Andy Williams was also popular that year, reaching #7 on the Billboard chart.[2] The Sounds Orchestral, conducted by Johnny Pearson, hit the Easy Listening chart reaching #14 and the Billboard Top Hot 100 in 1965 reaching #76.[3]

Emergence as a jazz standard[edit]

The tune has been covered by a number of jazz performers beginning in the 1960s.

  • Wes Montgomery (guitar) recorded the piece with small combo. The recording features his signature octave melodic technique.
  • Danny Gatton (guitar) playing with Buddy Emmons (pedal steel) produced a funky version of the tune that fit appropriately with the "Redneck Jazz" sound they developed (jazz played on instruments normally relegated to country music)
  • George Shearing (piano) recorded the piece with his quintet along with an orchestral arrangement of his writing.
  • Kenny Barron (piano) Trio
  • Floyd Cramer (piano)
  • Gene Ammons (tenor saxophone)
  • Earl Bostic (alto saxophone)
  • Earl Grant (organ)
  • Cedar Walton made it funky in the 1976 album Beyond Mobius
  • Sam Cooke did a version on his You Send Me album
  • Dean Martin recorded a version on his 1959 album A Winter Romance
  • Carey T. Smith recorded a version on his 2009 album Birdy

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