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Dal Richards

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The legendary Dal Richards discusses his new memoir One More Time! The Dal Richards Story (Harbour Publishing, 2009), with Joseph Planta; they discuss his robust health at 91, his wife Muriel Honey’s influence on his life and career, the music that many Vancouverites have danced to, giving Michael Bublé his first paying singing engagement, as well as the many gigs he’s got down the road.

One More Time! The Dal Richards Story by Dal Richards with Jim Taylor. (Harbour Publishing, 2009) Click to buy this book from Amazon.ca: One More Time!

Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

I am Planta: On the Line. This is THECOMMENTARY.CA.

Last year, when Jim Taylor was on the program to talk about his memoir, he mentioned that he was working on my guest now, Dal Richards’s own memoir. Dal was one of the first guests on the program when we first started five years ago, and now he’s back as his book One More Time! has just been published. It’s a wonderful book, filled with wonderful remembrances of his storied career as a musician here and across Canada on the radio and elsewhere. The book has some wonderful photographs, and is also a wonderful view onto this city, Vancouver, taking us to those great places that once were, Isy’s, The Cave, the Panorama Roof at the Hotel Vancouver and more. He was born in 1918, and he’s been honoured by nearly every institution in this country. He has the Order of Canada, the Order of BC, he’s got honorary degrees. He will be a Torch Bearer in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. He plays regularly gigs throughout the area, so check out his website www.dalrichards.com for dates. You can also hear his program, Dal’s Place, Sundays on radio station AM 650. He maintains a calendar that’d tire someone half his age, but at 91, it doesn’t seem to faze him. This is such a great book, and you ought to go out and get it: One More Time! The Dal Richards Story, written by Mr. Richards with Jim Taylor. It’s published by Harbour. Please welcome once again to the Planta: On the Line program, Dal Richards; Good morning, Mr. Richards.