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When I Die
  • Year Inducted: 2011
  • Written In: 1969
Songwriters
Steve Kennedy Lyricist
William ‘Smitty’ Smith Composer
Artists
Dean McTaggart
The Sojourners

In the summer of 1969, William “Smitty” Smith and Steve Kennedy formed Motherlode along with Wayne Stone and Kenny Marco. In that same summer, Smitty and Steve co-wrote the hit single When I Die. The title track was a smooth, soulful, slick and beautiful pop classic that went onto the Top 20 Canadian and United States charts. The song was not originally a hit on the radio but the band’s reciprocal deal in the United States with Neil Bogart’s Buddah Records made the song a #18 hit. When I Die sold upwards of 500,000 copies, eventually making it to #5 on the Canadian charts and causing RPM magazine to declare Motherlode Canada’s first super group.

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When I Die (performed by Francine Raymond)
"When I Die", written and composed by Steve Kennedy and William 'Smitty' Smith, was performed by Québécois singer-songwriter Francine Raymond at the 2011 CSHF Induction Gala.
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