The week of April 20th marked two significant historical events.
- Posted on Aug 11th 2010 3:00PM by Emily Tan
"I feel Chris knew I was in the company of love and could pass without worry," his wife Moira wrote on Dedrick's website. "I have felt for days that he had dropped all baggage, and now I feel he is traveling lightly and continuing his journey in freedom."
Dedrick started his music career when he 19 as the vocalist and main songwriter for the Free Design with his siblings Sandy, Bruce, Ellen and Stephanie. The band produced seven albums between 1967 and 1972, and while they didn't top the charts, the Free Design's music later inspired various artists such as Beck, Stereolab and Caribou. In 2005, 'The New Sound Redesigned' was released to pay homage to Dedrick and the band.
After the group went their separate ways in 1972, Dedrick record a solo album, 'Be Free.' He later played, wrote and produced with artists including Barry Mann, Peter, Paul and Mary and Simon and Garfunkel. He also went on to compose, produce and arrange music for television and film and was given a Genie award for composing the score for 'The Saddest Music in the World.'
Dedrick was also dedicated to classical music and composed and arranged music for five albums released by the Canadian Brass in the '90s. He also conducted the Canadian Brass and members of the New York Philharmonic in 1995 for the New York and Toronto premieres of 'Entre Nous.'
To read more about Dedrick's battle with cancer, visit his blog, Circle of Fifths.