MICHAEL TARRY McDERMOTT

Songwriter, musician,  recording artist and radio announcer

Michael Tarry McDermott,  known professionally as Michael Tarry,   was born in Lees (Oldham), England,  and  immigrated  to Canada with his family in 1958.   In the late 60s and early 70s ,  he was a member of two groups:   "Susan Taylor and the Paytons",  and "Milestone".   By 1969 he  was  signed to Columbia Records for a single, All That I Love.  That single did not chart.  However,  he did receive  a Certificate of Honour  for having made an outstanding contribution to Canadian music with his recording of  If You Believe. (Flip Side -  Such a Long Time)  In the same year a single was released with the group "Milestone",  featuring Michael Tarry - Sometimes Your Up  (Flip side-  Silent People).  All these 45s can still be found for sale on the internet.  

Michael also wrote commercials and scores for two movies. By 1973 he had signed to WEA Records and soon had a charted hit with the song,   Rosalie,  for which he received another Certificate of Honour.    In July 1973Rosalie peaked inside the Top 10 at #8 on the Canadian charts, competing against Paul McCartney,  George Harrison,  Elton John, Stevie Wonder,  David Bowie and Paul Simon.  No easy feat!  In fact,  Michael Tarry was nominated for a Juno award that year.    Have a listen!

Rosalie,  by Michael Tarry (McDermott)

She was a ballet dancer,
with the grace of a dove she would dance up above in the other room.
I would invite her down to tea,
but she never would agree,
she didn’t like my way of doing things;
it’s not her way.

And when the music played,
like arrows in your heart,
bleeding from the start she meant everything.
Make the answer lie within
and your troubles not begin,
can you make it that way for me?

Rosalie Rosalie
can I sing you a song?
and tell you all my secrets?
and tell you all my thoughts?
There’s nothing I’d like better
and there’s nothing I would not do for you, Rosalie.

Of all the things we talked about,
it would never come across,
you would always get so cross and ruin everything.
You know I tried my very best;
when I did I pleased you less,
there’s no use in trying anymore.

Rosalie Rosalie
can I sing you a song?
and tell you all my secrets?
and tell you all my thoughts?
There’s nothing I’d like better
and there’s nothing I would not do for you, Rosalie.

Rosalie Rosalie
can I sing you a song?
and tell you all my secrets?
and tell you all my thoughts?
There’s nothing I’d like better
and there’s nothing I would not do for you, Rosalie.

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Michael retired from the professional music business when he and his wife, Gilian, relocated to Marmora, Ontario  from Toronto in 1978,  to live on the Crowe River.  There he enjoyed country life and  working as a radio announcer for CIGL Quinte Broadcasting,  but most of all,  he enjoyed boating. 

A lot of people in Marmora will remember him as Michael McDermott,  the guy who wrote the "Sled Dog Song"  and later the song for T.N.T. to aid their protest against Toronto's plan to deliver their garbage to the Marmora Mine Site.

 

                                           Michael died  on April 15, 2013

 

THE MARMORA SLED DOG SONG

 Are we going to Marmora Town

When the Sled Dog Races they come around

 Are we going to Marmora Town

 To the Festival to feel warm all around

 To celebrate the snow on the ground

 I am a driver for the huskies

Long distance is my trade

 In the sunlight through the moonlight

On winters frozen trails

 And I can feel my heart a-pounding  as the huskies take me home

 Just one more mile ... just one more mile

I hear the echo from the  riders like a cry from years gone by

 In a winter world of silence it drives me to my quest

 I am with my friends the huskies  

Can they hang on for one more mile ... just one more mile

 Are we going to Marmora Town

 When the Sled Dog Races they come around

 Are we going to Marmora Town

 To the Festival to feel warm all around

 To celebrate the snow on the ground