John Bottomley

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John Bottomley (September 17, 1960 – April 6, 2011)[1][2] was a Canadian singer-songwriter.

He started in music in the early 1980s with the band Tulpa, which also included his brother Chris,[3] and launched a solo career in 1990 with his solo debut album Library of the Sun.[3] He followed up with his second album, Songs with the Ornamental Hermits,[4] in 1992, and won the Juno Award for Most Promising Male Vocalist the following year.[3]

His most successful album, 1995's Blackberry, spawned the Top 40 hits "You Lose and You Gain" and "Long Way to Go".[3]

Bottomley died in 2011 in Brackendale, British Columbia. The coroner's report concluded that Bottomley took his own life and a family spokesperson confirmed that he had been suffering from clinical depression.



Year Album
1984 Mosaic Fish (with Tulpa)
1986 Live at CBGB's (with Tulpa)
1990 Library of the Sun
1992 Songs with the Ornamental Hermits
1995 Blackberry
1998 Raggle Taggle
2000 The Crown of Life, Part I
2001 The Crown of Life, Part II
Here's the Candy
2005 Star in the Singing Grove
2007 Songpoet
2010 The Healing Dream


Year Single Chart Positions[5] Album
1991 "Barkeeper (Pour Me a Drink)" Library of the Sun
1992 "Bell Tower Radio" 29 Songs with the Ornamental Hermits
1995 "You Lose and You Gain" 6[6] 6 Blackberry
"Long Way to Go" 15 29
1998 "Take You Higher" 53 Raggle Taggle


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