Ocean (band)

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OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
GenresGospel rock
Years active1970 (1970)–1975 (1975)
LabelsYorkville, Kama Sutra
Past members
  • Greg Brown
  • Jeff Jones
  • Janice Morgan
  • Dave Tamblyn
  • Chuck Slater

Ocean was a Canadian gospel rock band formed in 1970 in Toronto, Ontario. They are best known for their million-selling 1971 single "Put Your Hand in the Hand", penned by Gene MacLellan.[1] The record sold over one million copies and received a gold disc in the United States awarded by the Recording Industry Association of America on 3 May 1971.[1]

Ocean consisted of Greg Brown (vocals, keyboard), Jeff Jones (bass, vocals), Janice Morgan (guitar, vocals), Dave Tamblyn (guitar), and Chuck Slater (drums). The album was recorded in Toronto in 1970 and originally released on the Yorkville label in Canada. The album contained eight songs written by such notables as Robbie Robertson and Gene MacLellan.

The album was picked up in the U.S. by the Kama Sutra label that also released the band's second album in both the U.S. and Canada. Ocean managed additional hits in Canada with the songs "We've Got a Dream" and "One More Chance", both written by the British songwriting team of Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway, but they failed to make any further impact in the U.S., and the group disbanded in 1975 after releasing two albums.[2]



Year Album Chart Positions
1971 Put Your Hand in the Hand 47 60
1972 Give Tomorrow's Children One More Chance


Year Single Chart Positions Album
1971 "Put Your Hand in the Hand" 10 6 34 2 4 Put Your Hand in the Hand
"Deep Enough for Me"[4] 54 73
"We Got a Dream" 47 82
1972 "Make the Sun Shine" 75 19 Give Tomorrow's Children One More Chance
"One More Chance" 12 1 76
1973 "I Have a Following" 83 non-album single


  1. ^ a b Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 300. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  2. ^ "Ocean - Put Your Hand in the Hand CD Album Canada". Cduniverse.com. 2005-07-26. Retrieved 2015-08-25.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 659. ISBN 0-89820-188-8.
  4. ^ Ritchie Yorke (17 July 1971). Content legislation boon for local product. Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 47–. ISSN 0006-2510.

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