Gene Eugene

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Gene Eugene
Birth name Gene Andrusco
Born (1961-04-06)April 6, 1961
Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada[1]
Died March 20, 2000(2000-03-20) (aged 38)
Huntington Beach, California
Genres Rock
Occupation(s) Record producer, singer-songwriter
Instruments Voice
Years active 1982–2000
Associated acts Adam Again, Lost Dogs, The Swirling Eddies
Website adamagain.com

Gene "Eugene" Andrusco (April 6, 1961 – March 20, 2000) was a Canadian-born actor, record producer, engineer, composer and musician. Andrusco was best known as the leader of the Christian alternative rock band Adam Again, a member of The Swirling Eddies (credited as Prickly Disco) and as a founding member of the supergroup Lost Dogs.

Acting[edit]

Andrusco was a child actor who appeared in such programs as Bewitched (where he played young "Darrin Stephens"), The Screaming Woman (TV Movie), Gidget Gets Married (TV Movie), Jake and the Fatman, The Bold Ones and Cannon. Eugene was also a voice actor, lending his voice to several animated series, including Wait Till Your Father Gets Home, The Barkleys and The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan (1972–1974). (Ironically, he is quoted in the liner notes to the Terry Taylor/Daniel Amos/Swirling Eddies compilation Miracle Faith Telethon as saying, "Sorry guys, I don't do voices.")

Music[edit]

Many years later, Gene would form a funk/rock band called Adam Again and become the owner of the Green Room recording studios in Huntington Beach, California. Gene recorded and produced hundreds of albums at the Green Room including albums by the Aunt Bettys, The Choir, Daniel Amos, Michael Knott, The Waiting, Crystal Lewis, Jon Gibson, Plankeye, Starflyer 59, and others.

In 1987, Eugene, Ojo Taylor and another investor formed Brainstorm Artists International (B.A.I.), which became an important label in the development of the West Coast Christian alternative music scene. Though the record label focused primarily on modern rock artists, B.A.I also released significant contributions from early rap and hip-hop artists like Dynamic Twins and Freedom of Soul. It was also at this time that Eugene discovered future Myrrh Records artist Anointed and went on to produce their first few albums.

In 1990, Eugene joined the rock band The Swirling Eddies, where he was known as "Prickly Disco". The following year, Gene, along with Terry Scott Taylor, Derri Daugherty, and Michael Roe, formed the alt-country supergroup, the Lost Dogs. He also produced for soul/R&B pioneer Jon Gibson on the album Love Education.

Gene Andrusco died in his sleep of a brain aneurysm on March 20, 2000 in his studio. Friends said that Eugene hadn't been feeling well in recent weeks and complained of headaches the day before his death. Eugene divorced singer Riki Michele in 1994, but the two remained close until the time of his death.

Various Production/Recording Credits[edit]

Influence and tributes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McIntosh, Dan (March 25, 2000). "Gene Eugene's Funeral". DanielAmos.com. Retrieved 2007-01-27. 

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