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Hal Willis is a Canadian country singer, living in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. He was born Leonald Francis Gauthier in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec on July 15, 1933. He is the youngest son of Alfred and Evelina Gauthier.
His biggest success was “The Lumberjack,” an international hit that sold over 1.5 million copies. In 1965, it peaked at number 5 on the Billboard country charts in the USA. This success was so phenomeneous that he has been since called Mr. Lumberjack.
His popularity started rising in 1956 when he and his wife, Ginger Willis, were hired by Colonel Tom Parker to tour with the music phenomenon of the hour, Elvis Presley. At this time, Hal and Ginger were also rock and roll singers recording songs like “My Pink Cadillac” and “Bop a Dee Bop a Doo.” Hal and Ginger, along with Hank Snow, were the only Canadian performers to tour with Elvis Presley. He also performed and toured through his career with many American Country Music Hall of Fame singers such as Patsy Cline, Webb Pierce, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson.
Hal and Ginger Willis were inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010.
On May 27, 2012, Hal Willis was also inducted to the Quebec Museum of Rock & Roll through a ceremony held in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec in cooperation with the international Festival des guitares du monde de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue