|Hugh Hagood Hardy|
February 26, 1937|
January 1, 1997 (aged 59)|
|Occupation||Composer, arranger, vibraphonist, pianist, percussionist|
Hugh Hagood Hardy, CM (February 26, 1937 – January 1, 1997) was a Canadian composer, pianist, and vibraphonist. He is best known for the 1975 single, "The Homecoming" from his album of the same name, and for his soundtrack to the Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea films.
Hardy was born in Angola, Indiana. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Trinity College in the University of Toronto. He also studied music privately in Toronto with Gordon Delamont. 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."
In 1972 Hardy's tune "The Homecoming" was used as music to a 1972 TV commercial for Salada tea. It was later included on an album of the same name, and was released as a single in 1975. It climbed the charts, rising to 14 in Canada, and in the US number 41 on the pop and number 6 on the easy listening charts.
Hardy won a Juno Award in 1977 as instrumentalist of the year.
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.
Hardy died from lymphoma at the age of 59; he was survived by four children.
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with Herbie Mann
- Herbie Mann at the Village Gate (Atlantic, 1961)
- Herbie Mann Returns to the Village Gate (Atlantic, 1961 )
- Right Now (Atlantic, 1962)
- Brazil, Bossa Nova & Blues (United Artists, 1962)
- 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)
- Order of Canada citation
- Hagood Hardy at The Canadian Encyclopedia
- Canadian Parliament Citation in Hansard of Parliament of Canada
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