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Top 5 Nova Scotia Musicians And Bands Of All Time – Combined They Sold 235 Million Albums

When you think of Nova Scotia music you might think Celtic tunes, The Rankin Family or Anne Murray. One of those names is on the top 5 list of Nova Scotia musicians by albums sold.

Nova Scotians have certainly made their impact on the international music stage. From top Billboard hits, to stars on the Hollywood’s Walk of Fame and Grammy Awards, they have achieved it all.

Here are your top 5 Nova Scotia musicians and bands of all time by albums sold! Together they have sold 235 million albums!

#1 Hank Snow – 80+ million albums sold

In 1914, Clarence Eugene Snow was born in Brooklyn, Nova Scotia . He later took the name Hank and took the country music world by storm.  Hank Snow sold over 80 million albums and had many number one hits.

He won numerous awards and is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame and Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

The Hank Snow Museum, located in Liverpool, NS celebrates his life and success.

Hank Snow died in Madison, Tennessee at the age of 85 in 1999.

#2 Anne Murray – 55+ million albums sold

Born Morna Anne Murray in Springhill Nova Scotia, Anne was the first solo female Canadian singer to reach number one on the U.S. music charts.

She has won four Grammy Awards, a record 24 Junos, three American Music Awards and three Canadian Country Music Association Awards.

Anne is one of the few Nova Scotians with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

#4 Denny Doherty (The Mamas and the Papas) – 40 million albums sold

In 1940 Denny Doherty was born Dennis Gerrard Stephen Doherty in Halifax, NS. His parents were a dockworker and housewife who lived in the city's North end.

Before the formation of The Mamas and the Papas, Denny got his start in the band the Halifax III. Denny sang lead on the Mamas and the Papas hit song, California Dreamin' which was released in 1965.

The band performed on The Ed Sullivan Show, released five studio albums and 17 singles over four years. Six of their songs made the Billboard top 10. They were inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

More locally, Denny stared as the Harbour Master on the popular 1990's Halifax produced children's series, Theodore Tugboat.

#5 April Wine – 20 million albums sold

April Wine began in Waverly, NS in late 1969. They found much of their success in the 1970's an 1980's with  Tonite Is A Wonderful Time To Fall In Love and Wouldn't Want To Lose Your Love. One of their more successful songs was a cover of You Could Have Been A Lady.

Original members were David Henman on guitar and Ritchie Henman on drums. Cousin Jim Henman joined on bass and Myles Goodwyn led band with vocals and guitar.

April Wine never won a Juno but has been nominated 11 times. They have been inducted into the East Coast Music Hall of Fame and Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

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