Hagood Hardy

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Hugh Hagood Hardy
Gordon F. Henderson (left) presents Hagood Hardy the Harold Moon award (from RPM (magazine))
Born(1937-02-26)February 26, 1937
Angola, Indiana, United States
DiedJanuary 1, 1997(1997-01-01) (aged 59)
Occupation(s)Composer, arranger, vibraphonist, pianist, percussionist

Hugh Hagood Hardy, CM (February 26, 1937 – January 1, 1997) was a Canadian composer, pianist, and vibraphonist. He played mainly jazz and easy listening music.[1] He is best known for the 1975 single, "The Homecoming"[2] from his album of the same name, and for his soundtrack to the Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea films.

Early life[edit]

Hardy was born in Angola, Indiana. His mother was an American citizen. Hardy came to Canada as an infant settling in Brantford and grew up in Oakville, Ontario. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity College, Toronto, and studied music privately in Toronto with Gordon Delamont. As a young man he participated in bebop jam sessions on Gerrard Street in Toronto.[1] In the 1960s he played vibraphone in the bands of Martin Denny, Gigi Gryce, Herbie Mann, and George Shearing.


Hardy performed with Herbie Mann on the latter's 1961 recording Herbie Mann at the Village Gate. The session includes the jazz standard "Comin' Home Baby" & the Gershwin classic, "Summertime". This version of "Summertime" was later "covered" by the 90's rock group Sublime in their hit song "Doin' Time."

Hardy released a number of singles in the early 1970s. His single "Just a Little Lovin'" appeared on the RPM Adult Contemporary chart in 1971,[3] and "The Garden Path" was on the chart in 1972.[4] Hardy's tune "The Homecoming" was used 1972 as music to a TV commercial for Salada tea. It was later included on an album of the same name.[5]

Hardy set up an independent record label, Isis, through his Toronto company, Hagood Hardy Productions, and released "The Homecoming" as a single in 1975.[6][7] It climbed the charts, rising to 14 in Canada,[8] and in the US number 41 on the pop and number 6 on the easy listening charts, and was certified Gold in Canada,[9] where it reached number one on the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart.[10]

Hardy won Juno Awards in 1976 and 1977 as instrumentalist of the year, and in 1976 as composer of the year.[11] He was named instrumental artist of the year by Billboard magazine.[12]

Hardy wrote the scores for the 1982 film Mazes and Monsters, the 1985 film Anne of Green Gables and the sequel, Anne of Avonlea.[13][12]

In 1992, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.

In the 1995 provincial election he was the candidate for the Ontario Liberal Party in the riding of York South and faced local MPP and Premier of Ontario Bob Rae. The Ontario Liberals faltered in the election, and Hardy lost to Rae.


His great-uncle was Arthur Sturgis Hardy, a Liberal politician who served as Ontario's fourth premier from 1896 to 1899.

Hardy died from lymphoma in January, 1997, at the age of 59; he was survived by four children.[14]

Selected discography[edit]

with Herbie Mann

Solo albums

  • Stop 33 (RCA Victor, 1967)
  • Montage (GRT, 1972)
  • The Homecoming (Attic, 1975)
  • Maybe Tomorrow (Attic, 1976)
  • Tell Me My Name (Attic, 1977)
  • Reflections (Attic, 1978)
  • As Time Goes By (Attic 1980)
  • The Christmas Album (Attic, 1980)
  • Love Me Closer (Attic, 1982)
  • Chasing a Dream (Duke Street, 1983)
  • Night Magic (Duke Street, 1985)
  • Hagood Hardy (Duke Street, 1986)
  • In My Heart (Duke Street, 1992)
  • Morocco (Sackville, 1989)
  • After Hours (Isis, 1995)
  • Alone (Isis, 1995)
  • Between Friends (Isis, 1996)
  • My Song (Channel, 1996)


  1. ^ a b Elaine Keillor (18 March 2008). Music in Canada: Capturing Landscape and Diversity. McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP. p. 283. ISBN 978-0-7735-3391-2.
  2. ^ Martin Melhuish (2 October 1976). "Striving for Success without Leaning on Government". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 60–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  3. ^ "Adult Contemporary". RPM Magazine - Volume 15, No. 23, Jul 24, 1971
  4. ^ "Adult Contemporary". RPM Magazine - Volume 17, No. 19, Jun 24, 1972
  5. ^ "Hagood Hardy The Homecoming". AllMusic Review by Shawn M. Haney
  6. ^ Claude Mill (5 February 1977). "'The Homecoming' makes it over Five Year Pull". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 31–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  7. ^ "Hardy sets up Indie Label". Billboard. Vol. 86, no. 20. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 18 May 1974. p. 54. ISSN 0006-2510.
  8. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1975-10-25. Retrieved 2019-06-08.
  9. ^ "Little: Canadian radio and music history lives in Burlington". Hamilton Spectator, Aug 07, 2013 by Joan Little
  10. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1975-10-13. Retrieved 2019-06-12.
  11. ^ Martin Melhuish (23 April 1977). "Juno 1977". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 76–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  12. ^ a b "Hagood Hardy" Archived 2014-02-28 at the Wayback Machine at The Canadian Encyclopedia.
  13. ^ "We asked an Anne of Green Gables superfan to review the first episode of CBC’s new TV series". Toronto Life, By Saleema Nawaz | March 21, 2017
  14. ^ "Partiers Bring in New Year; Deaths of two arts icons sound more sober note". Brandon Sun, January 2, 1997, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada

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