VOCM Radio: St. John's NL
Legendary Entertainer Passes Away
Legendary Newfoundland entertainer Dick Nolan has passed away. He died early this morning in hospital in Carbonear. He was 66 and was hospitalized after suffering a stroke last week. Nolan will perhaps be best-remembered for his now-famous song, "Aunt Martha's Sheep." His sister, former Corner Brook Mayor Priscella Boutcher says her brother had a good life. She says the family feels proud and he had to struggle to get there. It's a sad day.
Musician and composer, Lloyd Bartlett, a board member of Music NL that presented Nolan a Lifetime Achievement award less than a month ago, says Dick Nolan and Harry Hibbs dominated the radio airwaves in the 1960's and 70's. He says they were on the radio all the time back then. you would hear a Dick Nolan song on the radio five or six times a day.
Music NL executive director Dennis Parker says Nolan helped paved the way for other artists and has left quite a legacy. He says Nolan gave quite a performance when he received his lifetime achievement award last month.