Kim Mitchell

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Kim Mitchell
Kim Mitchell publicity image.jpg
Background information
Born (1952-07-10) July 10, 1952 (age 66)
Sarnia, Ontario
Genres Rock, hard rock, progressive rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, Radio DJ
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1973–present
Labels Anthem, Alert
Associated acts Max Webster
Website kimmitchell.ca

Joseph Kim Mitchell (born July 10, 1952) is a Canadian musician. He was the lead singer and guitarist for the band Max Webster before going on to lead a solo career. His 1984 single, "Go For Soda", was his only charted song on the US Billboard Hot 100, reaching number 86.[1] Six other singles, "Patio Lanterns", "Rock and Roll Duty", "Rockland Wonderland", "Expedition Sailor", "America", and "Some Folks", reached the top 20 in Canada.[citation needed]

Early life

Mitchell attended St. Clair Secondary School in Sarnia. During the 1970s, Mitchell began playing with local bands in Sarnia. After going through a few name changes with essentially the same band, Mitchell and "Zooom" headed for Toronto, Ontario. Zooom eventually dissolved, with Mitchell travelling to the Greek islands.

Career

On his return to Canada, he formed the band Max Webster with fellow Sarnia native Pye Dubois. Max Webster toured extensively and built a string of hits. Mitchell's solo career began after his departure from Max Webster, with session work and a succession of solo albums.

A new sound was tested on the club circuit and recorded on his 1982 self-titled mini-album. Songs such as "Chain of Events" featured Mitchell's lead vocal and guitar and Dubois' suburban storytelling, anchored by the visceral drum/bass combination of Paul DeLong and Robert Sinclair Wilson. Peter Fredette added a vocal and guitar counterpoint.

In early 1985, the song "Go For Soda" from the Akimbo Alogo album became an international hit and remains his best known song outside of his native Canada. His most successful Canadian album was the follow-up, 1986's Shakin' Like a Human Being, featuring the hits "Alana Loves Me", "Easy to Tame", and the biggest hit of his career, "Patio Lanterns".

In 1992, Mitchell played guitar on the track "Brave and Crazy" from Tom Cochrane's album Mad Mad World. In that same year he also made a cameo appearance (as himself) on the third season finale of the Canadian sketch program The Kids in the Hall. In 1995, Mitchell participated in the Kumbaya Festival to raise money for AIDS research.[2]

2004 to present

Mitchell entered the radio broadcasting industry, becoming an afternoon drivetime host on Toronto classic rock radio station Q107 (CILQ-FM) from 2004 until August 2015.[3][4]

On November 15, 2004, Mitchell was awarded the National Achievement Award by SOCAN at the 2004 SOCAN Awards in Toronto.[5]

In 2006, Mitchell provided a guitar solo on the song "Wind It Up" from the Barenaked Ladies' album Barenaked Ladies Are Me.

Mitchell opened for Def Leppard at the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto on July 16, 2007. His eighth studio album, Ain't Life Amazing, was released on July 17, 2007.[6]

Mitchell has been on the same live bill with many acts over the course of his solo career including Sammy Hagar, Def Leppard, Aerosmith, and Van Halen.

In January 2016, Mitchell suffered a heart attack, for which he underwent emergency surgery.[7]

Discography

Mitchell at the Fergus Truck Show, 2008

Albums

Studio albums

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
CAN
[8]
US CAN
[9]
1982 Kim Mitchell 38
1984 Akimbo Alogo 23 106 Platinum
1986 Shakin' Like A Human Being 6 3× Platinum
1989 Rockland 4 2× Platinum
1992 Aural Fixations 17 Gold
1994 Itch 55
1999 Kimosabe
2007 Ain't Life Amazing

Live albums

Year Title Chart positions Certifications
CAN CAN
[10]
1990 I Am A Wild Party Platinum

Compilation albums

Year Title Chart positions Certifications
CAN
[11]
CAN
[12]
1995 Greatest Hits 31 Platinum
2005 Fill Your Head with Rock

Singles

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
CAN US
[13]
US
Rock

[14]
1982 "Miss Demeanor" Kim Mitchell
1984 "Lager & Ale" Akimbo Alogo
"Go For Soda" 22 86 12
"All We Are" 79
1986 "Patio Lanterns" 12 36 Shakin' Like a Human Being
"Alana Loves Me" 31
1987 "Easy to Tame" 32
"In Your Arms" 97
1989 "Rock and Roll Duty" 7 Rockland
"Rockland Wonderland" 10
1990 "Expedition Sailor" 20
"Lost Lovers Found" 78
"All We Are" (Live) 73 I Am a Wild Party
"I Am A Wild Party" (Live) 43
1992 "Find the Will" 28 Aural Fixations
"America" 3
"Pure as Gold" 21
1993 "Some Folks" 16
1994 "Acrimony" 40 Itch
"Wonder Where and Why" 63
1995 "The U.S. of Ache" 78
"Rainbow" 21 Greatest Hits
"No More Walking Away" 35

Guest singles

Year Title Artist Album
2006 "Young at Heart" Charlie Major Shadows and Light

Juno Awards

Mitchell has been awarded several Juno Awards for his work:

  • 1983 – Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year
  • 1987 – Album of the Year: Shakin' Like A Human Being
  • 1990 – Male Vocalist of the Year

Television appearances

  • Mitchell made a cameo appearance on the show Twitch City.
  • In 2005, Mitchell played a taxi driver on the sixth episode of the third season of Puppets Who Kill, titled "Buttons and the Paternity Suit".
  • On the sixth episode of the seventh season of the Canadian sitcom Trailer Park Boys, Ricky (Robb Wells) plays one of Mitchell's songs, "Go For Soda", on 8 track, while exclaiming "Bubbles, while you rock a piss, I'll rock some Mitchell."[15]
  • Mitchell appeared in a skit on the Canadian show The Kids in the Hall, teaching senior citizens how to tune the electric guitar.
  • Mitchell does several voices on the PBS Kids animated TV series CyberChase, including the Poddleville Chief, Walter and various other characters.
  • Go For a Soda is in Season 2 Episode 5:Buddies on Miami Vice

Family

Kim Mitchell has two sons, Josh and Jesse. Jesse works for his father as a drum tech and road manager.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Billboard > Artists / Kim Mitchell > Chart History > The Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-04-12. 
  2. ^ "Kumbaya disc needs more odd couplings". Toronto Star - Toronto, Ont. By Peter Howell and Geoff Chapman Sep 2, 1995 Page: L.8
  3. ^ "Kim Mitchell becomes DJ". CBC News. July 27, 2004. Retrieved 2017-11-10. 
  4. ^ http://www.q107.com/schedule/
  5. ^ "2004 SOCAN Awards". SOCAN website
  6. ^ "Kim Mitchell's back in his groove". Hamilton Spectator. August 2, 2007. Retrieved 2017-11-10. 
  7. ^ "Rocker Kim Mitchell recovering after heart attack". Toronto Star. The Canadian Press. 2015-01-13. Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  8. ^ Peak positions for Kim Mitchell's albums in Canada:
    • For "Kim Mitchell" "Top Albums/CDs – Volume 37, No. 19, December 25, 1982". RPM. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
    • For "Akimbo Alogo" "Top Albums/CDs – Volume 41, No. 2, September 15, 1984". RPM. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
    • For "Shakin' Like A Human Being" "Top Albums/CDs – Volume 44, No. 21, August 16, 1986". RPM. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
    • For "Rockland" "Top Albums/CDs – Volume 50, No. 16, August 14, 1989". RPM. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
    • For "I Am A Wild Party" "Top Albums/CDs – Volume 52, No. 11, July 28, 1990". RPM. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
    • For "Aural Fixations" "Top Albums/CDs – Volume 55, No. 19, May 09 1992". RPM. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
    • For "Itch" "Top Albums/CDs – Volume 60, No. 3, August 08 1994". RPM. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
    • For "Greatest Hits" "Top Albums/CDs – Volume 61, No. 26, July 31, 1995". RPM. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
  9. ^ "Gold Platinum Database: Kim Mitchell". Canadian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
  10. ^ "Gold Platinum Database: Kim Mitchell". Canadian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
  11. ^ Peak positions for Kim Mitchell's albums in Canada:
    • For "Kim Mitchell" "Top Albums/CDs – Volume 37, No. 19, December 25, 1982". RPM. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
    • For "Akimbo Alogo" "Top Albums/CDs – Volume 41, No. 2, September 15, 1984". RPM. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
    • For "Shakin' Like A Human Being" "Top Albums/CDs – Volume 44, No. 21, August 16, 1986". RPM. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
    • For "Rockland" "Top Albums/CDs – Volume 50, No. 16, August 14, 1989". RPM. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
    • For "I Am A Wild Party" "Top Albums/CDs – Volume 52, No. 11, July 28, 1990". RPM. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
    • For "Aural Fixations" "Top Albums/CDs – Volume 55, No. 19, May 09 1992". RPM. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
    • For "Itch" "Top Albums/CDs – Volume 60, No. 3, August 08 1994". RPM. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
    • For "Greatest Hits" "Top Albums/CDs – Volume 61, No. 26, July 31, 1995". RPM. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
  12. ^ "Gold Platinum Database: Kim Mitchell". Canadian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
  13. ^ "Billboard > Artists / Kim Mitchell > Chart History > The Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-04-12. 
  14. ^ "Billboard > Artists / Kim Mitchell > Chart History > Mainstream Rock Tracks". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-04-12. 
  15. ^ Trailer Park Boys – Season 7 – "We Can't Call People Without Wings Angels – So We Call Them Friends"

External links

  • Official website
  • Kim Mitchell – The lovelorn troubadour
  • Kim Mitchell Music Summary
  • "Kim Mitchell" The Canadian Encyclopedia


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