Bruce CockburnInducted in 2001
“Saint” Bruce Cockburn has earned his nickname. For decades the Canadian folk rocker has not only infused his music with a sense of spirituality but an earnest political and social awareness that has earned him commercial and critical recognition and respect.
Bruce Douglas Cockburn was born May 27, 1945, in Ottawa, ON. Clarinet and trumpet lessons morphed into an obsession with guitar as a teen. Busking in Paris led to a year and a half of education at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. There he developed an appreciation for jazz and folk, and after dabbling in rock upon his return to Ottawa, started his musical career in earnest.