Music History

The Musical Manure Bomber of Calgary

Musicians can be a quirky lot. Most of these quirks are (mostly) harmless. Sometimes, though, they move into realms of extreme weirdness. This brings me to the story of Calgary’s Cal Cavendish. From

The story of Cal Cavendish is a thing of legend in the Canadian province of Alberta.

In 1975, the country and folk singer grew so frustrated by the lack of money he was making from his music career that he decided to take it out on the city of Calgary.

A pilot, Cavendish loaded 100 records of his latest single, “Government Inspected,” and 100 pounds of cow manure into his single-engine plane. Cavendish then proceeded to open the door and dump the records and manure along Ninth Avenue.

“I developed a burr under my saddle,” Cavendish said. “All I wanted to do was be successful, but I kept getting rejected. I was angry.

“I flew over the main drag, held the door open with my foot, and I just let the bag go. It was my protest flight for the starving musician.”

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Alan Cross

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