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Gene Cotton
Born (1944-06-30) June 30, 1944 (age 76)
OriginColumbus, Ohio, U.S.
GenresPop, folk
Years active1974–1982

Gene Cotton (born June 30, 1944 in Columbus, Ohio) is an American pop and folk singer-songwriter. He is best known for his four Billboard top 40 entries during the years 1976–1978. In the UK, he is most famous for the song "Me and the Elephant" which failed to make the top 40 best sellers, but was an airplay hit.


Cotton has been a resident of Leiper's Fork, Tennessee since the late 1970s.[1] In recent years, Cotton has scaled back his career as a singer and songwriter and spent much of his savings on an unsuccessful legal battle against the construction of Interstate 840 which surrounds Nashville.[2] Cotton, the father of two adopted children and one biological child, has devoted himself to helping the underprivileged of his area by motivating them in their studies and activities through a program called Kids on Stage (KOS). KOS brings in Nashville artists to run summer classes that open the doors to the arts to kids who might otherwise never see greatness or think about greatness in their arts. Most notably, Grammy Award winner Michael McDonald has performed numerous times to bring awareness and raise donations for this program under Cotton's leadership, besides producing independent films about the plight of the poor around the world.

Cotton was instrumental in 1970s pop singer Michael Johnson's career.[3]

In 2001, Cotton lost a race for a seat in District 63 of the Tennessee House of Representatives, to Republican Glen Casada. Casada won 3,185 votes to Cotton's 1,554 in a special election in which only 13 percent of registered voters cast ballots. Both Casada and Cotton campaigned on strong opposition to proposals for a state income tax.[4]



Year Title Label
1966 Charity Street Platinum Records
1968 Power to Be Impact
1970 Peace Impact
1973 In the Gray of the Morning Myrrh
1974 Liberty Myrrh
1975 For All the Young Writers ABC
1976 Rain On ABC
1978 Save the Dancer Ariola America
1979 No Strings Attached Ariola America
1981 Eclipse of the Blue Moon Knoll
1982 Best of Gene Cotton People Song
1983 Edgehill File People Song
1985 Gene Cotton Live at Tennessee Tech People Song
1996 Songs for the Journey People Song


Commercial Singles
Year Song Chart Positions Album
US US AC US Country
1968 "Mandy" Charity Street
1970 "Rhymes And Reasons" Peace
1973 "American Indian Blues" In the Gray of the Morning
"Lean on One Another"
"The Great American Novel" Liberty
1974 "Sunshine Roses" 79 30
1975 "Let Your Love Flow" - For All the Young Writers
"Damn It All" 73
1976 "Me and the Elephant" (UK only)[5] Rain On
"You Got Me Running" 33 7 92
"Deeper and Deeper" (Germany only)[6]
"Sweet Destiny"
"Rain On"
1978 "Before My Heart Finds Out" 23 3 78 Save the Dancer
"You're a Part of Me (with Kim Carnes)" 36 6
"Like a Sunday in Salem (The Amos & Andy Song)" 40 35
1979 "Ocean of Life" No Strings Attached
1982 "If I Could Get You (Into My Life)" 76 22 Eclipse of the Blue Moon
1985 "I Will Teach God's People" Single only
Promotional Singles
Year Song Album
1978 "Going Through The Motions Of Love"[7] Save The Dancer
1981 "Bein' Here with You Tonight" Eclipse of the Blue Moon
"Child Of Peace" Single only


  1. ^ "Leiper's Fork residents say artists attract artists". Tennessean, The (Nashville, TN). November 3, 2004.
  2. ^ "On Outskirts Of Nashville, Foes Of Sprawl Attune Region". Boston Globe. May 3, 2003.
  3. ^ Jack Hurst (June 20, 1986). "Hitmaker Starts Over and Makes New Fan". Chicago Tribune.
  4. ^ Richard Locker (December 12, 2001). "Gop Gains Tenn. House Seat in Special Election". Commercial Appeal.
  5. ^ Song charted at #53 in the UK
  6. ^ "Gene Cotton - Deeper And Deeper / Me And The Elephant (1976, Vinyl)". Retrieved March 2, 2020.
  7. ^ UK-only promo

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