Shirley Eikhard, a singer who composed one of Bonnie Raitt’s best hits and received two Juno Awards, passed away. Let’s see How did Shirley Eikhard die and Shirley Eikhard cause of death in detail.
How did Shirley Eikhard die?
In the popular song “Something to Talk About,” Bonnie Raitt and singer-songwriter Shirley Eikhard worked together. Eikhard has passed away. She was 67 years old.
The tragic information about Eikhard’s passing was revealed by his publicist on Thursday.
In accordance with the statement, the musician passed away in the company of her loved ones at the Orangeville Hospital in Ontario, Canada.
The news of Eikhard’s passing on Thursday was also shared by Deborah Duggan, a close friend of hers.
Ok, so it is public knowledge now.
Our friend Shirley Eikhard passed away early this morning. I've worked with/for her for about 15 years.
She was an absolutely beautiful person. I know people say that all the time, but she was.
I'll write the full story soon. Bye Shirl.💔 https://t.co/bfeBLgH9ga
— Elephants and Stars (@ElephantsStars) December 15, 2022
Shirley Eikhard Cause of death
Shirley Eikhard cause of death was not disclosed yet. There are no information available about Shirley Eikhard cause of death.
She was found to have died from cancer, according to CBC News.
According to the National Cancer Institute, the dread disease of cancer is brought on when a person’s cells grow out of control and spread to other bodily parts. Cancers of the breast, colorectal, endometrium, lungs, cervix, skin, and ovaries are the most prevalent among women.
I met Shirley Eikhard when I was 13. She was 15. We recorded “Don’t Try To Please” 1 of her 2 songs on the 1st & only album by “The Sanderlings”, a vocal group which included my 2 sisters & me. The other track was “It Takes Time” which @annemurray1 made a hit. RIP Shirley 🎼🎤🇨🇦 pic.twitter.com/UfEzDFvlDi
— Tom Harrington (@cbctom) December 15, 2022
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Who was Shirley Eikhard?
Shirley Rose Eikhard was a Canadian singer-songwriter.
In Sackville, New Brunswick, Eikhard was born. In the 1950s, when both of her parents were members of a tiny local band called the Trantramar Ramblers, her mother June Eikhard started her musical career with her husband, bassist Cecil Eikhard, who later passed away.
When Eikhard was just entering her teens, her family moved to Oshawa, Ontario. She received her first guitar when she was 11 years old, and at the age of 12, she had her stage debut at a fiddling festival in Cobourg, Ontario.
Here’s the first song I remember Shirley Eikhard having on the radio, Smiling Wine. She was 15! pic.twitter.com/87hUAcP9ff
— Roberta Nichol 🕯🌟🇨🇦 (@rjlnichol) June 24, 2020
Eikhard successfully applied for the Songwriter’s Workshop at the Toronto Mariposa Folk Festival in 1969 at the age of 13, following her maiden performance in Cobourg. There, she performed with Joni Mitchell, Ian & Sylvia, and Bruce Cockburn.
When she was 15 years old, Anne Murray recorded her song “It Takes Time,” which went on to become a Canadian success. She was signed to Capitol Records in 1972 after Capitol Records’ Earl Ball learned of her rising fame.
She launched her debut record, “Shirley Eikhard,” and despite the album’s and its two accompanying singles’ dismal sales, it was recognised with two RPM Weekly Gold Leaf Awards in Canada. Kim Carnes, Anne Murray, and Chet Atkins later recorded a number of her songs.
She resumed recording after a three-year hiatus and put out three albums for Attic Records, “Child of the Present,” “Let Me Down Easy,” and “Horizons.”
She also did cover versions of Christine McVie’s “Say You Love Me” and Lindsey Buckingham’s “Don’t Let Me Down,” though again, none of these was particularly popular.
Early in June 1976, “Say You Love Me” was made available as a single many weeks before Fleetwood Mac.
When Fleetwood Mac’s version of the song was released only a few weeks later, it reached its highest point in the Canadian top 40 at No. 29, while Eikhard’s version peaked at No. 34. Emmylou Harris covered Eikhard’s “Good News” in 1981 and later released a rendition of “Maybe Tonight.”
The second artist to work with her was Alannah Myles, who included “Kickstart My Heart” (co-written with Chris Waters and Madeline Stone) on her 1989 debut album. This came after her 1987 album, “Taking Charge” for WEA Records.
For her album “Luck Of The Draw” in 1991, Bonnie Raitt selected “Something to Talk About” as the first single.
The 1990s saw a lot of radio play for the song. In 1991, the song won Raitt a Grammy for “Best Female Pop Vocal Performance,” and the album won Raitt a second Grammy.
Eikhard received a JUNO nomination for songwriter of the year in Canada for “Something to Talk About,” as well as SOCAN Classics and BMI awards later on.
Cher recorded her song “Born with the Hunger” for her album “Not.com.mercial.” She performed “Love Is, Love Is Not,” the tune from The Passion of Ayn Rand.
She co-wrote the song “Lovers Forever,” originally for the 1994 movie Interview with the Vampire, with Cher. It is included in Cher’s 2013 studio album, “Closer to the Truth.” She co-produced a new album with her longtime keyboardist Evelyne Datl in 1995 titled “If I Had My Way.”
She also contributed to the soundtrack of the newest Something To Talk About movie from Warner Brothers.
Hall of Fame
For her 1991 song, “Something to Talk About,” Eikhard was honored by being inducted into the Canadian Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2020.
In October 2021, Eikhard released her farewell album, “On My Way to You,” which included the hit “Anything is Possible.” Early in her career, Eikhard toured extensively, although she stopped doing so later.
She played at exclusive gatherings and sporadic club gigs, frequently alongside the late Brent Eikhard, her brother.
Tributes to Shirley Eikhard
Many people expressed their profound sympathies to her family and expressed how much they loved her. The news of this occurrence has upset her supporters and fans.
Sorry to hear that Shirley Eikhard has passed . When I was 21 I met with her to try and write a song, something that was fairly new to me. After a while we realized that we weren’t going to catch a fish, but she was lovely, and it was another chapter in my musical education. pic.twitter.com/jwptoSAcQo
— David “King Of Boogie” Gogo (@DavidGogoBlues) December 15, 2022
Shirley Eikhard has died.
Born in Sackville, NB, she wrote It Takes Time at 15, which Anne Murray recorded
She wrote Something To Talk About, a massive hit for Bonnie Raitt
She released 17 albums in her career
A 2-time Juno winner, she is in the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame pic.twitter.com/7DfgLydBcO
— Craig Baird – Canadian History Ehx (@CraigBaird) December 15, 2022
Toe Knee tweeted,
“R.I.P. Shirley Eikhard.”
Kevin Mcmade tweeted,
“This is sad news. Shirley Eikhard was a great Canadian talent. I was a long time fan. RIP Ms.Eikhard.”
Our show has a special connection to Shirley Eikhard – a few of us toured with her back in the 80s. So sad to hear she's gone – a gifted and wonderful person RIP https://t.co/tFX00AjEFX
— Puppets Who Kill (@Puppets_WhoKill) December 15, 2022
Alison Smiley tweeted,
“One of the most beautiful, distinctive voices I’ve ever heard. RIP Shirley Eikhard.”
Peter Goral tweeted,
“Damn cancer takes another great Canadian talent from us way too soon. #RIPShirley”
Dan Fewings commented,
“She came and played at the Village Pump in Simcoe, Ontario and we had a brief awesome friendship! Her guitar player was hugely underrated and her grace and positivity was right at the top of the scale! Rest In Peace my friend, thanks for being so kind to an 18 old me with your kindness.”
One of the worst things anyone can go through in life is losing a loved one. Any journey must have a destination at the end. The person’s time on earth has regrettably come to an end now that they have died.
We wish her eternal peace and send our thoughts and prayers to her loved ones, family, friends. May She rest in peace.
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