The early sounds of Canadian radio in the 1970s was happily playing all the hits, including Loving you ain’t easy by Michel Pagliaro.
Pagliario, a Montreal-based musician, performed and recorded in English and French, and had a hit with Give us one more chance in 1970.
But it was the catchy riffs of Loving you ain’t easy that got the song on English radio playlists across the country and beyond. Many critics alluded to the Brit sounds of the song.
Released in 1971 as a single, the song was a chart hit for Pagliaro, and thanks to the rules of Canadian content on air, played extensively.
The album Pagliaro, became a chart success too, with follow up singles Some Sing, Some Dance and Rainshowers. The album was partly recorded at Abbey Road Studios in England.
Pagliaro continued to record, scoring success with French songs, in 1972 established himself as a successful Quebec rock star with and by 1975 was nominated for a Juno for Male Vocalist of the Year. He was the first Canadian pop artist to score chart hits in both English and French.
But thanks to Canadian content rules still in effect on radio airwaves, this song is a perennial favourite for radio stations to play this catchy tune.