"That Big Old Moon" by Buddy Burke & The Canadian Meteors

LISTEN: "That Big Old Moon" by Buddy Burke & The Canadian Meteors

1950s rockabilly from the Yonge Street scene

In the late 1950s, Toronto was all about rockabilly. The early rock 'n' roll country sound was popular at the bars and taverns along the Yonge Street Strip. And one of the best songs to come out of the scene was "That Big Old Moon" by Buddy Burke & the Canadian Meteors. This was back in the days before CanCon regulations made the Canadian music industry a viable enterprise, so the band headed down to New York City to record the single. It came out in 1957 and it was a hit — it even scored a spot on the Billboard Top 100.

Eventually, Burke would move out of Toronto and head up into cottage country. He was still plugging away at music as recently as 2007, when he released a new jazz record from his new home in Muskoka.


Listen to more songs from the Yonge Street strip here.

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