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Heartbreak Hotel

DATE: June to October 2011

LOCATION: Chalet Studios Claremont ON, Slip One Studio Newmarket


Drums … Jim Casson

Bass … Dennis Pendrith

Piano … Bob Burrows

Guitar … Larry Leishman

Mouth Organ … Larry Leishman

Pedal Steel Guitar … Al Brisco

Flugelhorn … David Ivany

Tenor Horn … Meagan Smith

Baritone Horn … Jeremy Smith

Vocals … Bob Burrows


SONGWRITER: Tommy Durdon, Mae Boren Axton, Elvis Presley


Recording Engineers: Theo Postumous / David Chester

Mixing Engineer: Sam Reid

Producer: Sam Reid / Bob Burrows



The recording of this song came out of my father’s funeral, where a traditional Salvation Army Band with their traditional horns played … reminded me of my youth and the first organized music I ever heard … Salvation Army Bands. As we worked on the song the idea of supporting the homeless evolved … mostly because of the connection to the Salvation Army which is often associated with that issue. So we also made a video to accompany the song … after wandering the streets of downtown Toronto for several nights. Our intention was to present the video and the recording to Fred Victor Mission to support their comprehensive work in that area and to raise funds for them and The River St. Café (soup kitchen for the homeless) run by The Sally Anne. While we did get the mechanical rights to record the song we could not obtain the synchronization rights for the video from the lawyers of the songwriters for love nor money … they wouldn’t even talk to us! … so we were unable to complete the project as we had hoped. However, the musical adventure and the experience we went through were well worth the time and effort.

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