Gene Cotton

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Gene Cotton
Born (1944-06-30) June 30, 1944 (age 73)
Origin Columbus, Ohio, United States
Genres Pop, folk
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1974–1982

Gene Cotton (born June 30, 1944 in Columbus, Ohio) is a pop and folk singer-songwriter. He is best known for his four Billboard Top 40 entries during the years 1976–1978. In the UK he is most famous for his song "Me and the Elephant" which failed to make the top 40 best sellers, but was an airplay hit.


Cotton has been a resident of Leiper's Fork, Tennessee since the late 1970s.[1] In recent years, Cotton has scaled back his career as a singer and songwriter and spent much of his savings on a legal battle against the construction of a state highway (State Route 840) which would surround Nashville.[2] Cotton, the father of two adopted children and one biological child, has devoted himself to helping the underprivileged of his area by motivating them in their studies and activities through a program called Kids On Stage (KOS). KOS brings in Nashville artists to run summer classes that open the doors to the arts to kids who might otherwise never see greatness or think about greatness in their arts. Most notably, Grammy Award winner Michael McDonald has performed numerous times to bring awareness and raise donations for this program under Cotton's leadership, besides producing independent films about the plight of the poor around the world.

Cotton was instrumental in 1970s pop singer Michael Johnson's career.[3]

In 2001, Cotton lost a race for a seat in District 63 of the Tennessee House of Representatives, to Republican Glen Casada. Casada won 3,185 votes to Cotton's 1,554 in a special election in which only 13 percent of registered voters cast ballots. Both Casada and Cotton campaigned on strong opposition to proposals for a state income tax.[4]



Year Title Label
1966 Charity Street Platinum Records
1968 Power To Be Impact
1970 Peace Impact
1973 In the Gray of the Morning Myrrh
1974 Liberty Myrrh
1975 For All the Young Writers ABC
1976 Rain On ABC
1978 Save the Dancer Ariola America
1979 No Strings Attached Ariola America
1981 Eclipse of the Blue Moon Knoll
1983 Best of Gene Cotton People Song
1996 Songs for the Journey People Song
1983 Edgehill File People Song


"Gene Cotton Live at Tennessee Tech" People Song


Year Song Peak Chart Positions Album
1973 "Lean On One Another" - - In the Gray of the Morning
"The Great American Novel" - - Liberty
1974 "Sunshine Roses" 79 30
1975 "Damn It All" 73 - For All the Young Writers
"Let Your Love Flow" - -
1976 "Me and the Elephant" (UK only) - - Rain On
"You've Got Me Runnin'" 33 7
"Deeper And Deeper" (Germany only)[5] - -
1977 "Rain On" - -
"Sweet Destiny" - -
1978 "Before My Heart Finds Out" 23 3 Save the Dancer
"You're a Part of Me (w/Kim Carnes)" 36 6
"Like a Sunday in Salem (The Amos & Andy Song)" 40 35
"Going Through The Motions Of Love" - -
1979 "Ocean Of Life" - - No Strings Attached
1981 "Bein' Here With You Tonight" - - Eclipse of the Blue Moon
"Child Of Peace" - - Single Only
1982 "If I Could Get You Into My Life" 76 22 Eclipse of the Blue Moon


  1. ^ Karen Emerson-McPeakstaff (November 3, 2004). "Leiper's Fork residents say artists attract artists". Tennessean, The (Nashville, TN). 
  2. ^ "On Outskirts Of Nashville, Foes Of Sprawl Attune Region". Boston Globe. May 3, 2003. 
  3. ^ Jack Hurst (June 20, 1986). "Hitmaker Starts Over and Makes New Fan". Chicago Tribune. 
  4. ^ Richard Locker (December 12, 2001). "Gop Gains Tenn. House Seat In Special Election". Commercial Appeal,. 
  5. ^

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