Nettwerk One Congratulates Dave Richardson and Doug Edwards On The Induction Of "Wildflower" Into The Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame
Check out this old footage of Skylark performing
"Wildflower" on Midnight Special in 1973!
Nettwerk One is happy to congratulate writers Dave Richardson and Doug Edwards on the induction of their song “Wildflower” into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.
“Wildflower” has a rich and profound history, with the lyric ““Let her cry for she’s a lady” still standing as an anthem for women around the world. The lyric was written in 1970 by Dave Richardson—then a young policeman in Saanich, BC—as a poem about his girlfriend. Skylark guitarist Doug Edwards composed the music, and “Wildflower” was released in 1973 as the third single from Skylark’s first album for Capitol Records.
Championed by the queen of radio programming, Windsor, Ontario’s Rosalie Tremblay, “Wildflower” spread across the US and Canada and became a huge soul hit before crossing over to the pop charts. It reached #8 on the Billboard Top 200 and went on to sell well over a million copies.
In 1973, “Wildflower” was released as an instrumental by Ray Charles’ former music director, saxophonist Hank Crawford. It was then released in 1974 by both The New Birth and the O’Jays, and has since been covered an astonishing 70 times by artists including Johnny Mathis, the Neville Brothers, Gary Morris, Colour Me Badd, Blake Shelton and Hong Kong superstar Sandy Lam.
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Incredibly, since 2002, “Wildflower” has been sampled on five urban music albums that went to #1 on Billboard, a feat surely achieved by no other song. The Hank Crawford recording was sampled by Tupac Shakur in the song “Shorty Wanna Be a Thug” on All Eyez On Me; by Kanye West and Paul Wall in the song “Drive Slow” from both Late Registration and The People’s Champ; and The New Birth recording was sampled by Jamie Foxx in the title track of his hit CD Unpredictable. Canadian rapper Drake sampled “Wildflower” in the song “Miss Me” (featuring Lil Wayne) on the album Thank Me Later, which debuted at #1 in both Canada and the US in 2010.
In February 2011, a French translation by Canadian composer/chanteuse Joelle Rabu called “Fleur Sauvage” was released by Paris vocalist Karolin Blandin as a single from the Maurice Gainen CD The Sound of Freedom. A Spanish translation, “Flor Sylvestre,” is also available.
Since 1974, “Wildflower” and its writers have been represented by producer/manager
Valley Hennell, who continues to document its remarkable history. It is administered worldwide for Edsel Music by Nettwerk Songs Publishing.
“Nettwerk One is very proud to represent ‘Wildflower,’” says Nettwerk’s Mark Jowett. “We hope its amazing story will continue to unfold with new interpretations of this wonderful and classic song.”
David Richardson is now retired from police work and is a lay clergyman helping to feed the homeless and poor in Israel. Doug Edwards currently performs with the classic Canadian rock band Chilliwack.
A full list of covers and additional information is available at www.wildflowersong.com.
The 2011 Canadian Music Hall Of Fame inductees will be honoured at the CSHF’s 7th annual gala, presented by BMO Nesbitt Burns on Saturday, April 2, 2011, at the George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts.
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