November 29, 2004

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Artist: Peterson, Colleen




Born: November 14, 1950; Died: 1996

Peterborough native Colleen Peterson bought her first guitar using green stamps she had saved at the age of 13.

Adept at guitar she moved to Toronto and began playing coffeehouse gigs like the Riverboat where she met Vancouver act Three's A Crowd and replaced their singer Donna Warner in 1966.

She began singing for them at the Mariposa Folk Festival the same year and Montreal's Expo '67.

Following her stint with the band in 1968, she worked with two other acts - Five D and St. Patrick Street Rooming House - followed by a Juno Award for 'Most Promising Female Vocalist'.

In the summer of 1968 she reformed Three's A Crowd with Bruce Cockburn and David Wiffen until March 1969 at which time she joined TCB, a ten piece ensemble from New York City who recorded one album before Peterson landed a roll in the Toronto production of 'Hair' causing her to move back to Canada.

In April 1970 she moved to Kingston, Ontario to sing and act in the musical road production of 'Love And Maple Syrup'. By February 1971 she hooked up with Mark Haines and they began working as the duo Spriggs And Bringle. For 4 years they toured North America before Peterson decided to go solo and did some touring of her own with the likes of Waylon Jennings, Roger Miller and Charlie Daniels.

She signed a record deal with Capitol in 1974 and released her first album 'Beginning To Feel Like Home' containing the hit single "Souvenirs" in 1976. Anne Murray would record one of Peterson's songs, "Carolina Sun", that same year giving her inspiration and security for the formation of her own publishing company Swofford Music.

In 1977 she returned to Toronto and co-hosted the CBC-TV replacement to the Tommy Hunter Show cakked 'The Road Show' with Rick Neufeld. More albums followed through to the end of the '70's and in the 1980's was performing at prestigious outings such as the Mariposa Folk Festival and Expo '86.

She moved to Nashville and continued a long string of hit singles and recorded several duets with French rocker Gilles Godard. She spent the remainder of the '80's back in Toronto where she worked in the Songwriters Association of Canada. During the '90s she was founding member of the all-female vocal group Quartette who recorded three albums. By the mid-90s she had returned to her home in Lakefield to teach and support music in the Peterborough/Lakefield area. She died of cancer in 1996.

with notes from Richard Patterson, Tim Morawetz and Greg Simpson.


Singles
1986 I Had It All (Cardinal) 1987 What A Fool I'd Be 1987 Basic Fact Of Love 1987 Gently Lay Me Down 1988 Mr. Conductor 1989 Weather The Storm 1990 If You Let Me Down Easy with GILLES GODARD 1988 I Still Think Of You 1990 Life Is Just A Holiday

Albums
1976 Beginning To Feel Like Home 1977 Colleen 1978 Takin' My Boots Off 1981 Christmas Jam (RCI) 1988 Basic Facts 1991 Let Me Down Easy with TCB 1969 TCB (???)

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