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RIP, Gord Downie (October 17, 2017) Lead Singer of The Tragically Hip

Posted by themusicsover on October 17, 2017

Gordon Downie
February 6, 1964 – October 17, 2017

Photo by Ryan Merkely via Wikipedia

Gord Downie, the co-founder, lead singer and co-songwriter for the immensely popular Canadian rock band, The Tragically Hip, passed away following his battle with cancer.  He was 53. Downie was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an incurable form of brain cancer, after having a seizure in 2015.  Born and raised in Ontario, Canada, Downie met his future band mates while still in high school.  The Tragically Hip formed in 1983 as a cover band, and when the president of MCA Records saw them play at a Toronto bar, he offered them a record deal. While their debut album, 1989’s Up To Here, peaked at #9 on the Canadian album charts, their next six albums, and three later studio albums, all hit #1.  The band also enjoyed moderate success in the US where Modern Rock radio helped build them a cult following.  Downie released six studio albums as well, including Introduce Yourself, which me out 10 days after he passed away.  It also reached #1 in Canada.

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