Fonds P178 - Gordie Fleming fonds

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Gordie Fleming fonds

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  • [195-]-[197-] (Creation)
    Fleming, Gordie

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11 audio reels (3hrs., 20 min.)
44 optical discs : audio compact disc (28 hrs., 20 min.)

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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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The recordings were given to the Concordia University Archives by Gordie Fleming's daughter Heidi Fleming in 2002 and 2005. The fonds was transferred from Concordia University's Records Management and Archives Department to Concordia University Libraries' Special Collections March 16, 2016, April 20, 2016, May 5, 2016 and May 10, 2016.

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The fonds consists mainly of recordings of radio broadcasts featuring musical performances by Gordie Fleming and his group. Most were broadcast on Radio-Canada and CBC on Lower Canada Swing, Saturday Set, Les joyeux troubadours, Jazz en liberté and Les fantaisistes.

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      In March 2003 the reel-to-reel tapes were copied onto audio compact disc.

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