Full Name: Denise Eliane Helene McCann

Description: Vocalist, USA

Known For: Single – “It Still Hurts”

Instruments: guitar, mandolin, hurdy-gurdy, percussion

Music Styles: Rock, Disco, Celtic

Date Born: 16th December 1948

Location Born: Clinton, United States of America

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Denise McCann

An American-Canadian singer/songwriter.

Denise McCann (born December 16, 1948, in Clinton, Iowa) is an American-Canadian singer/songwriter.

Growing up in a musical family, (her grandfather Albert Hews McCann, Sr. was a professional cornet player and singer in Shreveport, Louisiana), part of the McCann Family Orchestra that accompanied traveling vaudeville acts at the Shreveport theatre.

McCann’s family moved to Castro Valley, California during her teen years. After graduating from high school in 1967, she moved to San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury region.

McCann became part of the hippie movement when she worked at the Magic Mountain Festival on Mount Tamalpais and then at the Monterey Pop Festival, where she was befriended by a nervous Jimi Hendrix just before his seminal performance. She appears in the D.A. Pennebaker documentary “Monterey Pop!”

She went on to become a folk singer and songwriter, appearing many times at famed San Francisco folk clubs, such as The Holy City Zoo, The Drinking Gourd, and The Coffee Gallery, where she would play her distinctive Gibson J-50 guitar and sing her self-penned songs.

She joined with Bob Smith and Roy Michaels of “Cat Mother & the All Night Newsboys” to form a new group called “Rich and Famous (and Denise)”. The group only played a few gigs before going their separate ways.

McCann traveled to British Columbia to Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighborhood, where she became a fixture performing at local clubs such as “Rohan’s Rockpile” (see music of Vancouver) and The Commodore Ballroom.

There McCann teamed up with Guy Sobell, who produced her first single, the country-tinged “It Still Hurts” and its proposed B side “Tattoo Man”. But her record label, Polydor Records in Montreal, decided the second song was too rock and roll oriented to serve as the B side to this country song, and they asked Sobell to extend it by adding a 2-minute percussion break in the middle so they could market it in the new clubs that were springing up all over Montreal. These clubs were playing a new genre of music that was called “Disco” for the discotheques where the beat-heavy dance music was popular and they wanted long, extended pieces that could be mixed by the club DJs to make them seamlessly meld into one another. Sobell complied with the request and “Tattoo Man” was released as a five-minute extended play LP that became a hit on the disco charts across North America. http://www.discogs.com/Denise-McCann-Tattoo-Man/release/149566



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