TORONTO, February 1, 2016 – The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF) is excited to announce its first song induction for 2016, Mile After Mile / Mille après mille written by country music singer-songwriter Gérald “Gerry” Joly. To celebrate this induction, JUNO Award winner Élage Diouf pays homage to Gerry Joly with a tribute performance of Mille après mille, as part of our Covered Classics series. A collaboration between the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and CBC/Radio-Canada, Covered Classics invites Canada’s brightest musical talent to perform their own rendition of newly inducted songs. Élage Diouf’s performance can be viewed here
“I’m delighted to have been able to participate in Covered Classics,” says Senegalese-born and Quebec-based singer-songwriter Élage Diouf. “Gerry Joly is one of our country’s greatest songwriters and his music has stood the test of time.”
Mile After Mile / Mille après mille is a rarity – a song that became a chart-topping hit in both French and English for two different artists. Part love song, part introspective query about the meaning of life, Mile After Mile was written by Franco-Ontarian singer-songwriter Gerry Joly in northern Ontario in 1969. It wasn’t until a few years later, however, that the song first gained popularity when it was recorded by country singer Orval Prophet. Mile After Mile debuted on the RPM country chart in September 1971 and established itself there for over three months, attaining the coveted No. 1 position in January 1972 and remaining in the top spot for three weeks.
The next country star to pick up the song was Quebec’s giant of country music, Willie Lamothe, known as “the king of western”. In 1972, Lamothe recorded Joly’s French version of the tune, Mille après mille, where it proved to be the second hit for the Joly composition and firmly established Mille après mille as a lasting favourite of French Canada’s country, pop and folk scenes. Many celebrated Quebec artists have performed or recorded Mille après mille, including Fred Pellerin (solo and as a duet with Céline Dion), Patrick Norman with Renée Martel, and Roch Voisine.
“Gerry would be honoured to have his song inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame” says his widow Eleanor Joly. “It’s quite remarkable that after all these years, Mile After Mile is still being played and performed in both English and French.”
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