John Allan Cameron
John Allan Cameron
John Allan Cameron performing in 1990
|Birth name||John Allan Cameron|
|Born||16 December 1938|
Inverness County, Nova Scotia, Canada
|Origin||Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|Died||22 November 2006 (aged 67)|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
John Allan Cameron, CM (16 December 1938 – 22 November 2006) was a Canadian folk singer, "The Godfather of Celtic Music" in Canada. Noted for performing traditional music on his twelve string guitar, he released his first album in 1969. He released 10 albums during his lifetime and was featured on national television. He was a recipient of the East Coast Music Award's Lifetime Achievement Award and the Order of Canada, conferred in 2003.
Cameron was born in Inverness County, Nova Scotia to Dan L. Cameron and Catherine Anne (Katie Anne) MacDonald. Katie Anne (1914–1983) was the only sibling of renowned Cape Breton fiddler and composer Dan Rory MacDonald. In 1957 John Allan moved to Ottawa, Ontario where he studied to be a Roman Catholic priest through the Order of the Oblate Fathers. In 1964, a few months before ordination, Cameron obtained a dispensation from the church to pursue studies in education at St. Francis Xavier University, and eventually a career in music.
He was a regular on Singalong Jubilee in the 1960s and he was later host of two Canadian television series. The first was the Montreal-produced John Allan Cameron on CTV from 1975 to 1976. Guests included Stan Rogers, Edith Butler, The Good Brothers, Stringband, Colleen Peterson, Adam Mitchell, Michael Cooney, Shirley Eikhard, Liam Clancy, Tommy Makem, Nancy White, Steve Goodman, and Rhythm Pals. Cameron would return to national television on CBC with the Halifax-produced The John Allan Cameron Show which ran from 1979 to 1981.
In January 2005, Cameron was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome. Several benefit projects such as concerts and a tribute CD were produced to support costs resulting from his treatment of this cancer.
Cameron's son, Stuart Cameron is also an accomplished musician.
|1969||Here Comes John Allan Cameron||—|
|1969||The Minstrel of Cranberry Lane||—|
|1972||Get There by Dawn||75|
|1972||Lord of the Dance||—|
|1976||Weddings, Wakes and Other Things||78|
|1979||Freeborn Man (reissued in 1991 as Classic John Allan Vol. 1)||—|
|1981||Song For The Mira||—|
|1982||The Best of John Allan Cameron|
|1992||Classic John Allan, vol 2|
|1996||Classic John Allan, vol 3|
|CAN Country||CAN AC|
|1972||"Streets of London"||—||4||single only|
|"Get There by Dawn"||—||11||Get There by Dawn|
|1973||"I Can't Tell You"||28||—||Lord of the Dance|
|1976||"Tie Me Down"||—||33||Weddings, Wakes and Other Things|
|1982||"Overnight Success"||15||—||single only|
|1996||"Getting Dark Again"||—||—||Glencoe Station|
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