Kim Mitchell Biography
Joseph Kim Mitchell is a Canadian musician born July 10, 1952. He was the lead singer and guitarist for the band Max Webster before going on to lead a solo career. His 1984 single, “Go For Soda”, was his only charted song on the US Billboard Hot 100, reaching number 86. Six other singles, “Patio Lanterns”, “Rock and Roll Duty”, “Rockland Wonderland”, “Expedition Sailor”, “America”, and “Some Folks”, reached the top 20 in Canada.
Mitchell attended St. Clair Secondary School in Sarnia. During the 1970s, Mitchell began playing with local bands in Sarnia. After going through a few name changes with essentially the same band, Mitchell and “Zooom” headed for Toronto, Ontario. Zooom eventually dissolved, with Mitchell travelling to the Greek islands.
Kim Mitchell Career
On his return to Canada, Kim formed the band Max Webster with fellow Sarnia native Pye Dubois. Max Webster toured extensively and built a string of hits. Mitchell’s solo career began after his departure from Max Webster, with session work and a succession of solo albums.
A new sound was tested on the club circuit and recorded on his 1982 self-titled mini-album. Songs such as “Chain of Events” featured Mitchell’s lead vocal and guitar and Dubois’ suburban storytelling, anchored by the visceral drum/bass combination of Paul DeLong and Robert Sinclair Wilson. Peter Fredette added a vocal and guitar counterpoint.
In early 1985, the song “Go For Soda” from the Akimbo Alogo album became an international hit and remains his best known song outside of his native Canada. His most successful Canadian album was the follow-up, 1986’s Shakin’ Like a Human Being, featuring the hits “Alana Loves Me”, “Easy to Tame”, and the biggest hit of his career, “Patio Lanterns”.
In the year 1992, Mitchell played guitar on the track “Brave and Crazy” from Tom Cochrane’s album Mad Mad World. In that same year he also made a cameo appearance (as himself) on the third season finale of the Canadian sketch program The Kids in the Hall. In 1995, Mitchell participated in the Kumbaya Festival to raise money for AIDS research.
From the year 2004 to August 2015, Mitchell entered the radio broadcasting industry, becoming an afternoon drivetime host on Toronto classic rock radio station Q107 (CILQ-FM).On 15th of November , 2004, Mitchell was awarded the National Achievement Award by SOCAN at the 2004 SOCAN Awards in Toronto.
In 2006, Mitchell provided a guitar solo on the song “Wind It Up” from the Barenaked Ladies’ album Barenaked Ladies Are Me.Mitchell opened for Def Leppard at the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto on July 16, 2007. His eighth studio album, Ain’t Life Amazing, was released on July 17, 2007.
The Kim Mitchell Band features his musical partner since 1982, Peter Fredette, on bass and vocals (originally 2nd guitar and keyboards), with Dave Langguth on drums and vocals, and Ray Coburn on keyboards.In January 2016, Mitchell suffered a heart attack, for which he underwent emergency surgery.
Kim Mitchell Juno Awards
- 1983 – Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year
- 1987 – Album of the Year: Shakin’ Like A Human Being
- 1990 – Male Vocalist of the Year
Kim Mitchell Family
Kim Mitchell has two sons, Josh and Jesse. Jesse works for his father as a drum tech and road manager.
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Kim Mitchell Songs
- All We Are
- Cheer Us On
- Deep Dive
- Easy to Tame
- Expedition Sailor
- Go for Soda
- Human Condition
- I Am a Wild Party
- Lager & Ale
- Lemon Wedge
- Lick Yer Finger
- Patio Lanterns
- Rock & Roll Duty
- That’s the Hold
- The U.S. Of Ache
- Wonder Where & Why
- World’s Such a Wonder
- Your Face or Mine
Kim Mitchell Albums
- 1982 Kim Mitchell
- 1984 Akimbo Alogo
- 1986 Shakin’ Like A Human Being
- 1989 Rockland
- 1992 Aural Fixations
- 1994 Itch
- 1999 Kimosabe
- 2007 Ain’t Life Amazing