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Gene MacLellan

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Gene MacLellan (February 2, 1938 - January 19, 1995) was a Canadian singer-songwriter from Prince Edward Island.

Among his notable compositions were “Snowbird”, made famous by Anne Murray, “Put Your Hand in the Hand, “The Call”, “Pages of Time” and “Thorn in My Shoe”. Elvis Presley, Joan Baez and Bing Crosby were among the many artists who recorded MacLellan’s songs.

MacLellan was born in Val-d’Or, Quebec, and grew up in Toronto, Ontario. He would eventually move to Atlantic Canada, settling in Summerside, where he lived until his death by suicide.

He won a Juno Award in 1971 as best songwriter.

MacLellan was a frequent guest on Don Messer’s Jubilee and later a regular cast member of “Singalong Jubilee” with Anne Murray and Bill Langstroth.

MacLellan died in 1995 and was posthumously inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame later that year.

Discography:

1970 - Gene MacLellan (Capitol ST-6348)
1970 - Street Corner Preacher (Capitol ST-660)
1977 - If It’s Alright With You (Capitol ST-11535)
1979 - Gene and Marty (Pilgrim PMC-7005)
1997 - Lonesome River (posthumous compilation) (EMI 724385758720)

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