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56 North with Allan Hawco

It isn’t very often that a Canadian Television program can captivate an audience from coast to coast, let alone a worldwide audience in 999 countries. Thankfully, we live in times that allow us to watch a show that does just that. Republic of Doyle (Sundays at 7:00 p.m. on CBC) is the show I am alluding to. Allan Hawco is the writer, producer, star, chief cook, and bottle washer. I got a chance to speak with Hawco while he was in Newfoundland, editing the current episodes of the show. We had a chance to speak about a variety of topics including how Republic of Doyle has spread its nets across Canada and the world; Hawco’s roots in many places across the province; his favorite spots to eat in St. John’s; and much more.

56 North is a specialty program hosted by Rosco. It’s an opportunity to hear from not only rock’n’rollers, but generally interesting people from coast to coast and beyond. All the past shows, and dates for future shows are found online at

Rock Facts

The artist formerly known as, now once again known as, Prince is a huge fan of Jimi Hendrix.

The song Purple Rain is an allegory to Purple Haze.

Speaking of Hendrix, piano and soul legend Little Richard kicked Jimi out of his band for stealing the attention of the audience. The story goes that Jimi wouldn’t wear the uniform Richard had imposed (since he wanted all the attention) and the audiences were drawn to Jimi firstly for his clothes, not his music.

Punk rock legends The Sex Pistols in their prime were banned in almost every part of the UK, so they started touring under the name SPOT (Sex Pistols On Tour).

This story should ring true to our morning man, McCully: In Freddie Mercury’s video The Great Pretender, one of the women that sings with him is actually the band’s drummer Roger Taylor disguised as one.

Ever have a teacher that impacted your life? Lynyrd Skynyrd took their name from a high school teacher named Leonard Skinner who had suspended several students for having long hair.

Ever preach one thing, and do anther? Unlike pretty much every rocker, Frank Zappa didn’t like beer. He used to say his body “gets along better with pepper, tobacco, and coffee”. The problem with that statement is Zappa also said “You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.” I’ll pick beer.



February 1, 1937 Ray “Dr. Hook” Sawyer (Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show)
February 2, 1966 Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots)
February 4, 1948 Alice Cooper (Vincent Furnier)
February 6, 1945 Bob Marley (Robert Nesta Marley)
February 6, 1962 Axl Rose (William Bailey) (Guns n’Roses)
February 6, 1966 Rick Astley
February 8, 1961 Vince Neil (Motley Crue)
February 11, 1962 Sheryl Crow
February 13, 1950 Peter Gabriel
February 16, 1935 Sonny Bono (Salvatore Phillip Bono)
February 16, 1961 Andy Taylor (Duran Duran)
February 17, 1972 Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day)
February 18, 1933 Yoko Ono (Lennon)
February 19, 1960 William “Holly” Johnson (Frankie Goes to Hollywood)
February 20, 1946 Jerome Geils (J.Geils Band)
February 20, 1950 Walter Becker (Steely Dan)
February 20, 1967 Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)
February 26, 1932 Johnny Cash


March 1, 1944 Roger Daltrey
March 2, 1962 Jon Bon Jovi
March 4, 1948 Chris Squire (Yes)
March 4, 1950 Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top)
March 5, 1958 Andy Gibb
March 12, 1941 Paul Kantner (Jefferson Airplane)
March 17, 1951 Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy)
March 17, 1967 Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins)
March 18, 1938 Charlie Pride
March 18, 1941 Wilson Pickett
March 18, 1947 Robert Harrison (Procol Harum)
March 20, 1947 Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake & Palmer)
March 21, 1949 Eddie Money
March 26, 1948 Steven Tyler (Aerosmith)
March 29, 1967 John Popper (Blues Traveler)
March 30, 1933 Willie Nelson
March 30, 1942 Graeme Edge (Moody Blues)
March 30, 1945 Eric Clapton


April 1, 1945 John Barbata (Jefferson Starship)
April 1, 1948 Ronnie Lane (Faces)
April 1, 1948 Jimmy Cliff (James Chambers)
April 2, 1952 Leon Wilkerson (Lynryd Skynyrd)
April 2, 1961 Keren Woodward (Bananarama)
April 3, 1928 Don Gibson
April 3, 1939 Jeff Barry (songwriter)
April 3, 1941 Jan Berry (Jan and Dean)
April 3, 1942 Billy Joe Royal
April 3, 1943 Richard Manuel (The Band)
April 4, 1952 Gary Moore (Skid Row/Thin Lizzy)
April 5, 1965 Mike McCready (Pearl Jam)
April 6, 1945 Bob Marley
April 7, 1949 John Oates
April 12, 1944 John Kay (Steppenwolf)
April 20, 1948 Craig Frost (Grand Funk Railroad)
April 21, 1947 Iggy Pop
April 22, 1950 Peter Frampton
April 23, 1936 Roy Orbison
April 27, 1950 Paul “Ace” Frehley (Kiss)
April 28, 1945 John Wolters (Dr. Hook)


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