JEL ELLIFF
Cotton Jenny
(Gordon Lightfoot)
Australia 1971
#32 Brisbane

Charted March 1972. Single on HMV (Australia) by Australian singer who had three charting singles in various cities. The other two were What Are You Doing Sunday (1971, #44 Adelaide # 30 Brisbane #23 Perth) and Going Nowhere (1971, #28 Adelaide: not the Los Bravos song). He also released Silvertown Girl (1972). < br/>
In November 1971 Jel Elliff represented Australia with Going Nowhere at Yamaha's World Popular Song Festival. 2nd Semi-final. 

Jel Elliff singles discography:
1971 What Are You Doing Sunday/Willoughby HMV #EA-9560
1971 Going Nowhere/Pearly John HMV #EA-9625
1971 Cotton Jenny/Suzanne HMV #EA-9776
1972 Silvertown Girl/Morning Has Broken HMV #EA-9955

See Jeff Elliff singing Going Nowhere: YouTube link.
References: 1. Charts: Gavin Ryan's Australian chart books [available here]. 2. World Music Song Festival: Wikipedia entry and unofficial WMSF site.
3. Discography: (i) Australian EMI releases at GlobalDogProductions. One listing there spells Jel's name as Jel Ellif. (ii) Chris Spencer, Australian Rock Discography 1970-1979 [available here].

Suggested by Barbara.

GORDON LIGHTFOOT
Cotton Jenny
(Gordon Lightfoot)
Canada 1971
Original version

On 1971 album Summer Side Of Life by Canadian singer-songwriter (b. 1938) whose biggest chart hits were If You Could Read My Mind (1975, #5 USA), Sundown (1974, #1) and Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald (1976, #2). He also wrote the Peter, Paul & Mary songs For Lovin' Me (1965, #30) and Early Morning Rain (1965, #91).

The Lightfoot! website lists 36 artists who have recorded Cotton Jenny, including Lynn Anderson, Val Doonican, Anne Murray and Olivia Newton-John.

Reference: All Music Guide to Rock, entry on Gordon Lightfoot, also online.
Further reading: Lightfoot! The Gordon Lightfoot Internet Companion

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