Tom Northcott

Tom Northcott (born August 29, 1943 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) is a Canadian folk-rock singer with hits in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Tom Northcott
Born (1943-08-29) August 29, 1943 (age 78)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Musical careerEdit

He became known to a Canadian audience by his regular appearances on CBC Television's Let's Go music program in 1964-68. He was nominated as best male vocalist for a Juno Award in 1971.[1] Later he co-founded Mushroom Studios in Vancouver and produced records. His hits are played regularly on Canadian classic rock radio stations.

"She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not" (1965) was by 'Tom Northcott & the Vancouver Playboys'; the Playboys were an established band that had played around British Columbia since 1962.[2] Northcott joined the band on a tour in 1965, and issued the single on his own label. The 1966 singles were by 'The Tom Northcott Trio', which consisted of Tom Northcott, Chris Dixon (drums), and Rick Enns (bass). Four of his hits were, "1941", "Girl from the North Country", "Suzanne" and "Sunny Goodge Street".

Retirement and life after musicEdit

Northcott gave up his performing and singing career in the early 1970s and became a commercial fisherman in British Columbia. He attempted to run in the 1972 British Columbia general election as a member of the Progressive Conservative Party of British Columbia in Vancouver Centre (provincial electoral district) but his nomination papers were not filed on time.[3] He later entered law school which spawned a career in maritime and admiralty law. He is now retired and living in Kamloops, British Columbia. He was inducted into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2008.[1]



Year Album CAN
1971 Upside Downside 58
1993 So...You Thought You Heard It All -
1997 Joyful Songs of Leonard Cohen -


Year Single Chart Positions Album
1965 "She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not" singles only
1966 "Just Don't"
"Going Down" 49
1967 "Sunny Goodge Street" 20 123
1968 "1941" (Nilsson) 68 88
"Girl from the North Country" 65
1969 "Make Me an Island"
"Ask Me No Questions"
1970 "The Rainmaker" (Nilsson, Martin) 38 28
"Crazy Jane" 12 Upside Downside
"I Think It's Going to Rain Today" 46 17
1971 "Spaceship Races" (Goffin, King) 61
"Suzanne" 8
1990 "The Trouble with Love" 33 single only


  1. ^ a b "B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame". 2008-06-23. Retrieved 2014-08-23.
  2. ^ Ed Nadorozny, Brian Pulham, Garnet Hunt, Dennis MacFadden, Karen Jordan. "Vancouver Playboys - Vancouver, BC (1962 - 1966)". Retrieved 2014-08-23.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ "Tories prepared to fight for two lost candidates", Vancouver Sun, August 18, 1972

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