Friday, August 23, 2013

New Oldies - Tears Of Misery by Pat Hervey

Pat Hervey was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. As a child, Pat loved to sing. At age nine, she was a member of her high school choir. Pat sang at school dances and parties accompanied by her girlfriend on guitar. Al Boliska, a very popular Toronto disc jockey, saw her perform at an amateur talent show and hooked her up with CBC-TV. They were so impressed, they made her a regular on four network shows, While You Were Young, Holiday Ranch, Club Six, and Country Hoedown. Just 5' 3" tall, Pat has been called the Brenda Lee of Canada.

Art Snider, musical director for the Club Six television show, signed Pat to a recording contract with his Chateau label. Her first hit, Mr Heartache, climbed the 1050 CHUM charts to #14 in June 1962. She made another brief appearance on the charts at #39 with both sides of her next single, A Mother's Love b/w Heaven For Awhile.

Al Snider had been taking Pat to Nashville to record her sessions, and it was there that legendary Nashville producer Chet Atkins discovered her. He helped her get a recording contract with RCA Victor and produced several singles for her, including today's New Oldie, which was her biggest hit in Canada, reaching #11 in February 1963 and stayed on the charts for nearly three months.

Here's Tears of Misery by Pat Hervey on RCA 8135 from 1963:

Pat followed this up with her final chart single, Walking In Bonnie's Footsteps, which reached #16 on 1050 CHUM in December 1963. Chet Atkins also had her record an album full of new material, none of which every made it on the charts.

She became the featured singer on a very popular Canadian country music variety series called The Tommy Hunter Show. In 1964, Pat also won an award for Top Country Female Artist.

She moved to the Red Leaf label owned by Stan Klees, but never made any more hit singles. None of Pat's recordings ever appeared on any national charts in the United States, despite getting some regional airplay, mostly in the northern states.

At age 22, Pat moved to Vancouver and temporarily retired from the music business. She came out of retirement for her own Summer television show in 1970, followed by a second album called Peaceful which she recorded in 1971 on RCA's Camden label. By 1973, Pat was working as a regular musician on the Judy And Jim Show on CBC television across Canada.

Pat married a famous Canadian jazz guitarist named Oliver Gannon and they live in British Columbia. They've got a four-piece group called the Oliver Gannon-Patty Hervey Quartet, in which Pat plays bass and sings. They play in jazz venues around Vancouver.

You can hear a couple dozen songs by Pat Hervey on MusicMaster Oldies. What are you waiting for? Tune in, turn on, and drop out!


  1. Hello! Thanks for this song, but I'm longly looking for a record of Pat Hervey's song "One wish for Christmas". May be you'll be able to find it and post it here? It's a nice song, and it's nice for Christmas.

    1. I wish I could help you! Unfortunately, I can't find any reference to a recording of that name by Pat Hervey, or any other artist between 1950 and 1973. It is not on any of her singles or albums, nor is it listed in the history records of her recording sessions. I can't even find a single Christmas song recorded by Pat Hervey regardless of title. If you have some more information about it, please let me know and I'll try to dig a bit deeper. It could be that she performed that song live on a TV show and it was never recorded or prepared for official release.

    2. Thank you for your answer. May be I wrongly attributed this song to Pat Hervey? Here's the lyrics:

      One wish for Christmas

      If I could have one wish, for Christmas,
      And if all my dreams could come true,
      I'd wish that I could be safe in your arms,
      Wayting fo Santa and cuddling with you.

      I've waited all year just for Christmas,
      And pray you'll come home to stay,
      And now and forever you won't leave me ever,
      And each day will be Christmas day.

      I hung up the lights on the front porch,
      It started to snow yesterday,
      I put a star on the top of the tree,
      But I'm just not happy, 'cause you're not with me/

      Why can't you just make it for Christmas,
      And help me get rid of these blues,
      My darling, my baby, don't make it just "maybe",
      I'd love to spend Christmas with you!

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