Don Messer died in Halifax (b. 1909). He was leader of Don Messer and His Islanders, an old-time music group — the most popular in Canada during the mid-twentieth century. They had formed in 1939 for CFCY radio in Charlottetown and in the ’50s appeared regularly on CBC-TV Halifax. Eventually they had a national broadcast show, winning a wide audience. When the show was cancelled in 1969 it brought many complaints from viewers and raised questions in the House of Commons. Singalong Jubilee (see July 3, 1961) replaced Don Messer’s Jubilee. (Also see Anne Murray, February 15, 1979.). (Image credit: Don Messer and His Islanders. N.S. Archives).