Ben McPeek

Ben McPeek was best known as "King of the Jingle" for 2000 commercials he wrote.

Brian "Ben" McPeek was born in Saskatchewan and came to Trail in 1940. He started studying music at the age of nine with Jessie Gairnes. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1956 with a degree in music.

Besides jingles, Ben wrote pop music and serious piano music. Ben helped initiate The Guess Who, Bachman Turner Overdrive, and many other young musicians.

He initiated the idea of a Library of Canadian Music and with the assistance of Imperial Oil, The Imperial Oil McPeek Pops Library was founded.

Ben died in 1981, but is well remembered as a conductor, an arranger, a performer, a business entrepreneur and a top music industry personality.