COLLEEN PETERSON (1995 Inductee)

Colleen Peterson was one of the most talented and versatile entertainers in the music business. Since the 60’s, she was a fixture on the Canadian music scene and counted an eclectic group of country, folk, pop, rock, and rhythm and blues musicians as influences on her career. She toured extensively in North America, appeared on countless television and radio shows, and worked as a back-up singer both on the road and in studios. In 1976, Capitol Records signed Colleen to an exclusive worldwide recording contract. Her debut album, "Beginning to Feel like Home", was a critical and commercial success. Two singles from the LP, Dave Dudley’s classic "Six Days on the Road" and the Peterson-penned "Souvenirs", had a considerable impact on Canada’s country charts.

Colleen was an accomplished songwriter and a Juno award winner who never lost sight of her roots, and they went deep in the Ottawa Valley where she grew up. During her early career, she performed often from the stage at Le Hibou, one of Canada’s premiere coffee houses then owned by Harvey Glatt. There, she met Bruce Cockburn, who played an important role in helping her develop her career.

Over the years, Colleen shared the stage with such greats as Lyle Lovett, Roy Orbison, Jesse Winchester, Bonnie Raitt and Joni Mitchell, and her songs have been recorded by Anne Murray, Sylvia Tyson, Ronnie Prophet and Kathy Mattea. In later years, she performed across Canada, working with Sylvia Tyson, Caitlin Hanford and Cindy Church on their Quartet project.

Sadly, Colleen died of cancer in 1996.


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