New Brunswick-born singer-songwriter Shirley Eikhard dies aged 67

Canadian singer-songwriter Shirley Eikhard, whose flirtatious song “Something to Talk About” earned Bonnie Raitt her biggest hit and Grammy Award win, has died after a long battle with cancer. letters.

Longtime friend Deborah Duggan said the musician died early Thursday morning at a hospital in Orangeville, Ont. surrounded by those closest to her. She was 67 years old.

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Eikhard, born in Sackville, NB, got her first taste of success in her teens when Anne Murray recorded her 1971 track “It Takes Time,” making it a hit on the Canadian charts. .

A year later, her debut album titled Eikhard, released when she was 16 years old, gave her a boost. She went on to win the Juno Award for Female Country Artist in 1973 and 1974.

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Eikhard released several albums in the years that followed, but Raitt’s “Something to Talk About” took an unexpected turn.

Originally intended for Murray, the East Coast singer’s producers vetoed the song in the mid-1980s, saying it didn’t deserve to be a hit.

A few years later, it went to Raitt, who recorded it for her 1991 album Luck of the Draw.

“Something to Talk About” peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 that year and earned Raitt a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Female Artist.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on December 15, 2022.

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