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Memorable Manitobans: Kenneth Wayne “Kenny” Shields (1947-2017)


Born at Nokomis, Saskatchewan in 1947, after high school he moved to Saskatoon where he joined the band Witness Incorporated. In 1970, he was critically injured in an automobile accident. After several years of convalescence, he moved to Winnipeg in 1975 to join a band called Wascana then they returned to Saskatoon and renamed themselves Witness. In late 1976, he joined other musicians at Regina to form the band Streetheart and they returned to Winnipeg. It recorded several popular albums in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Inducted into the Western Canadian Music Association Hall of Fame in 2003, he died at the St. Boniface Hospital on 21 July 2017.


Biography - Kenny Shields, Kenny Shields and Streetheart.

‘He was magic’: Canadian rock legend Kenny Shields dies,” CBC News, 21 July 2017.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 July 2017

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