(Photos: Kelly Roche/QEW South Post)
BY KELLY ROCHE
Denny Doherty was “fiercely Canadian” and would’ve been delighted to see his star on the Mississauga Music Walk of Fame.
Doherty – who died in 2007 and was the front man of The Mamas and Papas, known for epic rock hits such as California Dreamin’ – was the first of four names unveiled during a rainy ceremony at the Southside Shuffle Blues and Jazz festival at Port Credit Memorial Park Sunday afternoon.
Daughter, Emberly Doherty, accepted the honour on the family’s behalf.
“It’s spooky to be home where we grew up,” said Doherty, before talking about her dad’s penchant for telling the world he was a Canuck.
John Bride, Neill Dixon, and Rob Wells are three more locals who joined the elite club.
Bride, a Port Credit guitarist, credited his sister for his success. She received the first guitar in the house when they were children and “lucky for me,” she never had much interest in playing, he said.
Family was also mentioned when Dixon accepted his plaque, sending a shout out to his wife and daughters. Dixon, who’s been leading Canadian Music Week for decades, said he was “quite proud to be here,” calling the award humbling.
Producer/songwriter/musician Wells was a man of few words; Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, and Selena Gomez are some of the artists he’s worked with.
Mayor Bonnie Crombie and Ward 1 Coun. Jim Tovey probably haven’t, however, they were on hand unveiling the stars.
Tovey created the city’s Music Walk of Fame in 2012 and said it stemmed from his own run as a musician performing rock, gospel, R&B, jazz, and blues.
His band was often labelled a Toronto group.
“It didn’t really drive me crazy, but it kind of irked me a little bit that so many of us were from Mississauga and yet there was not that sort of recognition,” said Tovey.
There are now 17 inductees.