Gene MacLellan

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Gene MacLellan
Born (1938-02-02)February 2, 1938
Val-d'Or, Quebec
Died January 19, 1995(1995-01-19) (aged 56)
Summerside, Prince Edward Island
Genres Country
Occupation(s) singer-songwriter
Instruments guitar, voice
Years active 1950s-1995

Gene MacLellan (February 2, 1938 – January 19, 1995) was a Canadian singer-songwriter from Prince Edward Island.[1][2] 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,[3] and grew up in Toronto, Ontario. He would eventually move to Atlantic Canada, settling in Pownal, Prince Edward Island.

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 committed suicide in Summerside, on January 19, 1995.[1] He was posthumously inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame later that year.

His daughter Catherine MacLellan is a folk singer-songwriter.



Year Album CAN
1970 Gene MacLellan 80
Street Corner Preacher
1977 If It's Alright with You
1979 Gene & Marty (with Marty Reno)
1997 Lonesome River (posthumous compilation)


Year Single Chart Positions Album
1970 "The Call" 15 91 Gene MacLellan
"Thorn in My Shoe" 20
1971 "Isle of Saint Jean" 8 84
"Pages of Time" 26
1972 "Lonesome River" 16 singles only
"I Get Drunk on Monday" 10
1977 "Shilo Song" 14 If It's Alright with You


  1. ^ a b Talevski, Nick. Knocking on Heaven's Door: Rock Obituaries. Omnibus Press. pp. 388–389. ISBN 9781846090912. 
  2. ^ Nygaard King, Betty (20 November 2011). "Gene MacLellan". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Canada. Retrieved 18 October 2017. 
  3. ^ Bennett, Michael (23 March 1972). "Snowbird writer showing his 'scars'". Windsor Star. Canadian Press. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 

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