Al Cherney

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Al Cherny
Birth name Alexander Peter Chernywech
Born (1932-11-01)November 1, 1932
Medicine Hat, Alberta
Died August 23, 1989(1989-08-23) (aged 56)
Mississauga, Ontario
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Fiddler
Instruments fiddle
Years active 1951-1989
Associated acts Vic Siebert; the Sons of the Saddle

Alexander Peter Chernywech (November 1, 1932[1] – August 25, 1989) recording as Al Cherny, was a Canadian fiddler. He studied with Frank Nowak and played country music on CHAT-FM.

Cherney won the Canadian Old Time Fiddlers' Contest in Ontario, under the novelty class from 1959 to 1961 and the open class in both 1960 and 1961.

In the early 1970s, he was a leading studio musician, recording with musician like Gary Buck, Dick Damron, Tommy Hunter and Sylvia Tyson. He released more than ten studio albums and received an RPM Big Country Award for Top Country Instrumentalist in 1978.

From 1964, until his passing in 1989, Cherny was a regular, featured musician on the CBC's The Tommy Hunter Show. Cherny met Tommy Hunter when he worked at CHAT in Wingham, Ontario.


He was posthumously inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1989. He also performed regularly on The Tommy Hunter Show, until his death in 1989,[2] of lung cancer.[3]



Year Album[4]
1965 North American Fiddle Champion (Plays Contest Winning Tunes)
1965 Plays Old Tyme Fiddle
1967 On Stage With Al Cherny AKA Al Cherny
1968 Golden Slippers
1969 Blue Ribbon Fiddle
1972 Fiddle Magic
1974 Rural Roots
1975 "The Big Fiddle Sound" Of Al Cherny
1975 Fiddle Country
1978 Country Club Hits of Al Cherny (Compilation)
1988 Al Cherny's Fiddle Party (Compilation)
1988 A Tribute to Al Cherny (Compilation)
2002 The Lost Recordings - Live


Year Single Peak positions
CAN Country
1972 "Shannon Waltz" 46
"Mr. Bojangles" 45


  1. ^ Zylstra. Encyclopedia Of Music In Canada. p. 258. ISBN 0-8020-2881-0. 
  2. ^ "Al Cherney". CCMA. Archived from the original on 23 January 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Owen, Randy (23 August 2011). "Cowboys". Retrieved 15 June 2014. One of Canada's finest fiddlers, Al Cherney died on this date in 1989 of lung cancer at the age of 56. [..] 
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  5. ^ Peak chart positions for singles charting on RPM Country Tracks:

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