The Vintage Edmonton Music Podcast #2 features the Late 70's duo Randy And Sue and their album "Just For You", including their astounding cover of Neil Young's "Down By The River":
You can listen and download this episode HERE
July 13: I got an email from Susan (Whalen) Janzen a couple of days ago and she graciously filled me in on the history of Randy & Sue, the making of the LP, and what's she been up to recently:
"Randy and I were married in 1972 and worked as a duo touring western Canada for 10 years. After five years on the road we started playing mostly in Edmonton and really wanted to record something. Jack Hennig was a friend and we liked his tune Maybe Tonight - so we decided to record it as the single and go all in and record the album.
For a little personal history Randy and I met right out of high school - I wanted to be in a group and he was doing a single at the time. So we joined up - and called ourselves " Just Friends"
My mom was a professional singer - June Whalen - and she sang with Tommy Banks on his TV show - Somewhere There's Music in 1963 and also sang in clubs around town from 1963-1971 - The Embers - Shasta - etc. She was one of the first "chic" singers in the city.
I loved singing and after Randy and I were divorced in 1982 I did a lot of Klondike shows around town during Klondike Days - and when I was approached to audition for Klondike Kate I was chosen as the first "local" Klondike Kate and then won it again and so was the first local Kate to do two years - 1986 and 1987. I sang at the Grey Cups, Stanley Cups and numerous telethons and TV appearances..and travelled representing the city - it was a great two years.
I had great musicians work on this album. I was fortunate enough to have Charlie Austin on keyboard who worked and travelled with me the two weeks of K Days and we still work together occasionally. Tom Doran is still around town and we ran into each other when we were out to hear Malory Chipman - Tommy Bank's granddaughter sing just last week!
I remarried in 1988 to Dr. Henry Janzen, Psychologist and co host of the CJCA talk radio show "That's Living" which ran for 9 years.
I don't sing professionally anymore, but did do a Christmas album and worked with Marc Atkinson on Honrby Island three years back to do another album. Just because. I miss singing so sing at seniors homes and hospitals when I can."
Nice to, after many years, hear My Good Friend "Suzie" sing. She is still a wonderful Gal - follows her Mom's June's Qualities so nicelyReplyDelete
What a great little snippet of Edmonton music history. So interesting to see what "Sue" from the duo has to say looking back.ReplyDelete
Keep it coming!