Hagood Hardy


Hagood Hardy

Hugh Hagood Hardy, CM (February 26 1937 – January 1 1997) was a Canadian composer, pianist, and vibraphonist. He is best known for the 1975 single, "The Homecoming", originally created as music to a 1972 TV commercial for Salada tea, and for his soundtrack to the "Anne of Green Gables" and "Anne of Avonlea" films.

Born in Angola, Indiana, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Trinity College in the University of Toronto. In the 1960's he played vibraphone in the bands of Martin Denny, Gigi Gryce, Herbie Mann and George Shearing.

In 1992, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.

In the 1995 provincial election he was the candidate for the Ontario Liberal Party in the riding of York South and faced local MPP and Premier of Ontario Bob Rae. The Ontario Liberals faltered in the election, and Hardy lost to Rae.

Hagood's mother was an American citizen, thus Hagood's birth in the United States. His great-uncle was Arthur Sturgis Hardy, Liberal politician who served as Ontario's fourth premier from 1896 to 1899.

References

* [http://www.gg.ca/honours/search-recherche/honours-desc.asp?lang=e&TypeID=orc&id=3020 Order of Canada Citation]
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* [http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=U1ARTU0001535 Hagood Hardy] at The Canadian Encyclopedia
* [http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?pub=Hansard&doc=121&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=35&Ses=2#7571 Canadian Parliament Citation] in Hansard of Parliament of Canada


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