Les Emmerson Death: Canadian Singer and Songwriter, Les Emmerson has passed away. Les died on December 10, 2021 at the age of 77 surrounded by family.
Les Emmerson wrote the classic rock anthem “Signs,” which was a hit song for his band the Five Man Electrical Band. Les Emmerson was the primary songwriter, lead vocalist and guitarist with the Canadian rock band the Five Man Electrical Band.
The Ottawa, Ontario group was first known as the Staccatos and had a top ten hit in Canada in 1966 titled “Half Past Midnight.” Though they has some success in their native country, they had not broken through in America. They changed the name of the band to Five Man Electrical Band and released a self-titled LP in 1969.
In 1971, the Emmerson penned song “Signs” became the band’s first international hit, reaching the top ten in America, Canada, and Australia. The song became a generational anthem which Emmerson wrote after he was driving in California and noticed the billboard signs blocking the beautiful scenery. The band broke up in 1975 and Emmerson released some solo material. He has been inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Les Emmerson Obituary News
Loving husband of Monik for 34 years. Devoted father of Kristina (Neil) and beloved brother of Darlene. Les will be deeply missed by his nephew Michael (Mary), his family and many good friends. The family would like to thank Dr. A. Iyengar and his team at the Queensway Carleton Hospital for the care he received.
Friends may pay respects at Kelly Funeral Home, Barrhaven Chapel (3000 Woodroffe Ave. 613-823-4747) on Friday, December 17, 2021 from 6-9 p.m. and again on Saturday, December 18, 2021 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon. Service to follow in the Chapel at 12:30 p.m.
At the request of the family, attendance will be limited to fully vaccinated guests. Please provide proof of vaccination upon entry. A Celebration of life will be planned for the spring, due to current COVID restrictions. Memorial donations to the Humane Society of Ottawa in lieu of flowers are appreciated. Condolences and Sharing Memories at www.arbormemorial.ca/en/kelly-barrhaven