On today’s date in 1992, CBC cancelled The Tommy Hunter Show after 27 years as a weekly series, which over the years became North America’s longest-running network music show. Despite the apparent success, the network felt “Canada’s country gentleman” only appealed to an older audience.
Tommy Hunter said it was a “big thrill” to be one of five Canadian country music artists commemorated in a series of stamps issued by Canada Post last year.
Hunter, a 77-year-old living in London, Ont., where the unveiling took place, said he was proud of the honour but suggested his late mother might not have been impressed, CBC reported.
“I’d have to reassure my mother that while this stamp is going to be used, it’s only until Christmas time or something, and then Her Majesty will be put back on the stamp.”
Renée Martel, Hank Snow, k.d. lang and Shania Twain were also recognized in the collection, which honoured Canada’s contribution to county music history. The five stamps were available in a number of sets, including booklets of 10 domestic-rate stamps.
Hunter first played guitar on stage in London when he was only nine years old. He’s well known for The Tommy Hunter Show, which ran for 27 years starting in 1965.
The stamps measure 40 mm x 32 mm and came in five separate booklets of 10 – one featuring each artist. The five separate souvenir sheets measure 140 mm x 110 mm. The stamps were printed by Lowe Martin Group, with the Tommy Hunter stamps designed by Roy White of Subplot Design Inc. The official first-day cover cancellation site for the Hunter stamp was London.