Year Inducted: 2005
Recipient Of: Special Achievement Award Recipient
Frank Davies has been a major contributor to Canada’s music fabric for more than three decades, credited with discovering, financing and developing many celebrated artists’ and songwriters’ careers.
In 1986, Davies formed The Music Publisher (TMP) and built it into Canada’s largest and most successful independent music publisher. During the nineties, TMP was twice named “Music Publisher of the Year” in The Record’s annual industry awards and was indeed the only independent to have been so recognized. TMP songs and songwriters won Junos, Genies, ASCAP and BMI awards, SOCAN awards, ECMAs and numerous Canadian and international Gold, Platinum, and Diamond sales awards. Davies sold TMP to Alliance Communications Corporation and A&F Music in 1994, and stayed on as its President until 1999.
Prior to launching TMP, Davies was the President of ATV Music’s Canadian company for four years and oversaw its U.S east coast operations during its sale to Michael Jackson. Davies also owned the Canadian independent record label Daffodil throughout the 70s for which he produced, among other hits, the very first CanCon single ever released – Oh What a Feeling by Crowbar.
Before coming to Canada from the United Kingdom in 1970, he worked for both EMI Records and Liberty Records, and started his music career as a correspondent for Billboard magazine in France in 1964.
Davies secured 1,500 recordings of the songs contained in the publishing catalogues he owned by artists as diverse as Joe Cocker, Bonnie Raitt, Alice Cooper, the Doobie Brothers, Tom Cochrane, Mountain, Heart, Glass Tiger, Cher, Don Henley & Sheryl Crow, kd lang, Tanya Tucker, Alannah Myles, Loverboy, Terri Clark, Emmylou Harris, the Wilkinsons, Chilliwack, the Dirty Dancing soundtrack, Wynonna, Junkhouse, George Jones, Bette Midler, the Carpenters, Blue Öyster Cult, Amanda Marshall and the Guess Who.
Canadian songwriters and recording artists represented by Davies over the years reads like a ‘who’s who’ of some of the greatest domestic talent since ‘Canadian Content’ was introduced 35 years ago. They include: Murray McLauchlan, Honeymoon Suite, Ron Hynes, Crowbar, Klaatu, the King Biscuit Boy, A Foot In Coldwater, Tom Cochrane, Alfie Zappacosta, Dean McTaggart, Sherry Kean, Exchange (Gerald O’Brien and Steve Sexton), Ian Thomas/The Boomers, Hagood Hardy, David Tyson, Eddie Schwartz, Jane Siberry, Aldo Nova, Dan Hill, Toronto, Bill Henderson/Chilliwack, the Headpins, Christopher Ward, the Pukka Orchestra, Annette Ducharme, John Capek, Gil Grand, Robert Priest, Bill Wallace, Molly Johnson and many others.
Davies also served as a director on a variety of boards including CARAS, CMRRA, FACTOR, PROCAN, CMPA, OMDC, and SOCAN; and he founded the non-profit Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame/Le panthéon des auteurs et compositeurs canadiens (CSHF) in 1998 and served as its Chairman until 2004.