While on a tour, I was sitting in my room waiting for the night's show to come, flipping channels on the TV. On ESPN they were showing the first fight between George Chuvalo and Muhammad Ali. I was mesmerized by Chuvalo's concentration and jotted down a few ideas for a tune. Later I did the research on Chuvalo's life and it was an incredible story. So I wrote the song and recorded it. Peter Verity was kind enough to add some mandolin and harp. I played it one night on an open stage and was invited by another musician, Frank Wilks, to attend a George Chuvalo drug awareness fund-raiser he was playing. They asked me to play the tune, which I did, along with Peter and Sebastian Agnello accompanying me. When we reached the line "he never went down" the audience went crazy. George had never been put down by Ali, or anyone else. George came up afterwards and said, "You know it takes a man with heart to write a song like that." I said, "It's a man with heart that gets songs written about him." That was it. He is a remarkable human being.
Biography Tim Harrison has worked as an artist, songwriter, and as a creator of arts events.. Along with
founding the Owen Sound Summerfolk Festival,Tim has been Artistic Director of the Mariposa, Northwind, and Eaglewood Folk Festivals, and the Big Fish Music Fest. Tim has released eight highly acclaimed recordings of original material and has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada....more