Hal Willis (singer)
Leonald Francis Gauthier|
July 15, 1933
Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, Canada
September 4, 2015 (aged 82)|
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
|Labels||Sims Records, Decca Records, Atlantic Records, Mercury Records, Arc international Records, Bonanza Records|
Hal Willis (born Leonald Francis Gauthier; July 15, 1933 – September 4, 2015) was a Canadian country singer who lived in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. He was born in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec the youngest son of Alfred and Evelina Gauthier.
His famous country single was "The Lumberjack," an international hit that sold over 1.5 million copies. In 1965, it peaked at number 5 on the Billboard country charts in the USA. This success was such a phenomenon that he was nicknamed "Mr. Lumberjack."
His popularity started rising in 1956 when he and his wife, Ginger Willis, were hired by Colonel Tom Parker to tour with the music phenomenon of the hour, Elvis Presley. At this time, Hal and Ginger were also rock and roll singers recording songs like "My Pink Cadillac" and "Bop a Dee Bop a Doo." Hal and Ginger, along with Hank Snow, were the only Canadian performers to tour with Elvis Presley. He also performed and toured through his career with many American Country Music Hall of Fame singers such as Patsy Cline, Webb Pierce, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson.
On May 27, 2012, Hal Willis was also inducted to the Quebec Museum of Rock & Roll through a ceremony held in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, Canada at the international Festival des guitares du monde de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue:www.fgmat.com.
In March 2013, at the age of 79 years, Hal Willis released a new single "Working in the Goldmine".
|1967||Mr. Lumberjack: Volume 2|
|2000||Coast to Coast|
|2006||A Cut Above|
|Better 'N Ever|
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|1965||"Nopper the Topper"||7||—||—|
|1966||"Doggin' in the US Mail"||—||45||—|
- "LifeNotes: Canadian Country Star Hal Willis Passes". MusicRow - Nashville's Music Industry Publication - News, Songs From Music City.
- "Hal & Ginger Willis biography". Canadian Country Music Association. Archived from the original on September 29, 2011. Retrieved November 1, 2010.
- Oermann, Robert K. (9 September 2015). "LifeNotes: Canadian Country Star Hal Willis Passes". MusicRow. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
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