Dal Richards, Vancouver’s “King of Swing,” died on Thursday at the age of 97.
The legendary big band leader was born and raised in Vancouver and was honoured with numerous awards, including the Order of Canada, the Order of B.C., and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal. He was also inducted into the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame in 1994.
Richards played 79 consecutive New Year’s Eve gigs and had shows at the PNE for over 70 years.
Here are some clips of Richards and Michael Bublé from the ’90s:
Vancouverites today are mourning the loss of Richards and have taken to social media to share their thoughts and memories.
— Van Mayor’s Office (@VanMayorsOffice) January 1, 2016
— Michael Kaeshammer (@kaeshammer) January 1, 2016
All entertainers want to go the way #DalRichards did. 97 and only missed the gig because of death itself. I tip my hat, what a class act.
— simon king (@unfamous) January 1, 2016
I’d like to think that Dal Richards is leading the Big Band in the sky while Natalie Cole sings Unforgettable with her father. ???? — Michelle Hiebert (@MauiMickey) January 1, 2016
#BCLions mourn the loss of BC icon Dal Richards. Condolences go out to his family. Roar, you Lions, Roar will be sung a little louder today.
— BC Lions (@BCLions) January 1, 2016
Mentor,Friend and an incredible artist. Thanks for all you did for me #DalRichards
— jasonmanning (@jasonmanning) January 1, 2016
— Rod Mickleburgh (@rodmickleburgh) January 1, 2016
Rest in peace, #DalRichards. Summer won’t be the same.
— Nicolb (@nicolb) January 1, 2016