Origin: Rossland, British Columbia
Dad grew up in Saskatchewan. He played for radio and tv shows as a young adult. He met and married my mom in Kaslo, BC when he was 25 and at that point, music became more recreation than career. There are 4 of us kids, born and raised in Kaslo.
Dad continued to play in bands and at small local functions. My Uncle is Alex Riley and he wrote the song about Nancy Greene and Rossland right after Nancy won the Olympic medals. I believe he knew her. However, it took a year for him to find someone to record the music for them and by then, the Nancy Greene fame had died down.
Dad really didn’t sing folk music, this was a step out on a limb for him. He was very country – and very creative. Made up his own version of The Rhinestone Cowboy for one of his co-workers and sang it as “he’s a truck driving cowboy”. He doesn’t play anymore even tho he yearns to. He has very stiff fingers and parkinsons. We recently bought him a tuner, new guitar strings and stuff but he hasn’t picked I up. Has flooded me with memories of him singing and campfires……Everyone in his retirement facility is asking for him to play the songs.
Hope this helps.
Amberlee (Unrau) Ficociello