Alan Mills, Canadian folksinger, writer, actor. Born September 7, 1913 (sometimes given as 1912), died June 14, 1977. Best known for popularizing Canadian folk music, he composed the classic folk song I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly (with lyrics by Rose Bonne) which was later recorded by Burl Ives, Peter Paul & Mary and many others. Also appeared on several radio and television programs and in movies. Was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1974 for his contributions to Canadian folklore.