Fleming, Gordie

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Fleming, Gordie

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August 3, 1931 - August 31, 2002

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Gordon Kenneth Fleming was born in Winnipeg on August 3, 1931. He began to perform professionally in vaudeville theatre in Winnipeg at the age of five, and went on to have a career as a professional musician. He played on radio and television and was well known as a jazz accordionist. In 1949 he moved to Montreal and played at clubs such as Bellevue Casino, the Esquire, Downbeat, and El Morocco, often with name acts such as Lena Horne, Nat King Cole, Cab Calloway, and Billy Eckstein. Gordie Fleming won the Canadian Jazz Poll four years in a row (1952-1955), among other honours. He recorded a wide variety of musical forms for the London, RCA and other labels and wrote scores for films by the National Film Board and for Columbia/Screen Gems. He moved to Toronto in 1977 and performed at such jazz clubs as Bourbon Street and George's Spaghetti House. He died in Toronto August 31, 2002. He was married to singer Joanne Lalonde for 47 years; they had seven children.

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Created by the Records Management and Archives Department 2010-09. Input by Concordia University Libraries 2015-06-16.

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