8-track, A Very Special Christmas with Hagood Hardy. 1978, Attic Records Limited. Distributed by K-Tel International.
The last of the free purchase at the antique/junk store. (See Day 306 for the story of acquisition)
Hagood Hardy was born in the States, but is listed as a Canadian. He became a member of the Order of Canada in 1992. Wikipedia says he is best known for writing the pop song “The Homeland” originally created for a commercial for Salada Tea. He also wrote the soundtrack for the Anne of Green Gables films.
I wonder how many songs that were written for commercials became pop hits? I know there’s one that was written for a bank. Now, it seems the reverse trend is what happens, where you’re horrified to hear a rock classic tune selling cars.
There are two more Canadian connections for this tape. K-Tel is based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. I never knew that. It had its hey-day in the last century, but still exists. I also learned it is called a “As-Seen-On-TV” company. Will such companies soon be known as “As-Seen-On-Le-Web”?
The other Canuck connection is merely that it was manufactured in the big smoke (aka T.O.).
Status: Borrow an 8-track player, pour up an eggnog, and settle in for a festive night.
Kill-ratio: 26: 3/ ~8:1
Alt-title: Untitled Object No. 318 For Celebrating Schmaltz!