Next to “O Canada,” the most Canadian song of all time is the theme Dolores Claman wrote for CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada. I think I even once owned a vinyl version.
Claman was born in Vancouver on July 6, 1927, into a musical family and studied at both USC and then the Julliard School of Music. Originally wanting to be a concert pianist, she switched to jazz and moved to England with her husband where she composed material for the UK’s ITV network. Relocating to Toronto, she became an in-demand jingle writer with Mclaren Advertising., eventually penning over 3,000 jingles. This is also one of hers.
In 1968, she was commissioned to write a new hockey theme for the CBC. It ran for at least a decade before the CBC agreed to put her name in the credits as the composer of the theme. That music because so popular that she ended up with a spot in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010. (She sold the rights to TSN in 2008.)
Hell, Neil Peart of Rush even covered it.
The announcement of Dolores’ death came Saturday (July 20). She was 94 and had been suffering from dementia.