Canadian Sunset

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"Canadian Sunset"
Single by Eddie Heywood and Hugo Winterhalter
ReleasedJuly 1956
LabelRCA Victor 6537
Songwriter(s)Eddie Heywood, Norman Gimbel
Eddie Heywood and Hugo Winterhalter singles chronology
"Land of Dreams"
"Canadian Sunset"

"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 No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and No. 7 on the R&B chart in 1956.[1] A version sung by Andy Williams was also popular that year, reaching No. 7 on the Billboard chart.[2] The Sounds Orchestral, conducted by Johnny Pearson, hit the Easy Listening chart reaching No. 14 and the Billboard Hot 100 in 1965 reaching No. 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) on the 1960 album Boss Tenor
  • Earl Bostic (alto saxophone)
  • Earl Grant (organ)
  • Etta Jones (vocals) recorded this tune in her album "Something Nice" 1961
  • 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
  • Beegie Adair (piano) recorded the piece with her trio "Moments to Remember" 2009
  • Carey T. Smith recorded a version on his 2009 album Birdy


  1. ^ Eddie Heywood and Hugo Winterhalter, "Canadian Sunset" chart positions,, Retrieved June 3, 2013
  2. ^ Andy Williams, "Canadian Sunset" chart positions,, Retrieved June 3, 2013
  3. ^ Sounds Orchestral, "Canadian Sunset" chart positions,, Retrieved June 3, 2013

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