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Gordon Meredith Lightfoot, C.C., O.Ont., (born November 17, 1938) is a Canadian folk singer, composer and lyricist.

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Life

Lightfoot was born November 17, 1938 to Gordon Meredith Lightfoot Sr. and Jessica Lightfoot in Orillia, Ontario, Canada. He moved to Los Angeles, California during the 1950s where he studied at Hollywood's Westlake College of Music. He returned to Canada by the 1960s and performed in coffee houses on the Toronto folk scene. In 1966 Lightfoot! was released as his debut album. In the mid-1960s he was more known as a songwriter than for his own work, as his songs were recorded by artists such as Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley.

He is one of the first Canadian popular singers who achieved real stardom in his own country instead of moving to the United States. In June of 1974, his single, "Sundown", went to No.1 on the American charts.

In the fall of 2002, Lightfoot suffered a near-fatal abdominal hemorrhage, which caused him to go into a comatose state for a short period of time. He later returned to the music business with the album Harmony and an appearance on Canadian Idol.

Lightfoot has received 15 Juno Awards and been nominated for 5 Grammy Awards. He was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1986, the Canadian Country Music Hall Of Fame in 2001, and in May 2003 was made a Companion of the Order of Canada, the country's highest honour. Lightfoot is also a member of the Order of Ontario, the highest honour in the province of Ontario.

Best-selling songs

Tribute and covers

In 1968, Canadian rockers "The Guess Who" wrote a tune about Lightfoot entitled "Lightfoot", which includes references to Lightfoot's songs.

Netherlands-based singer Viola Wills released a disco version of "If You Could Read My Mind" in 1980, an attempt that was repeated by Amber (with techno-dance group "Stars on 54") in 2000.

Discography

Compilations

  • 1968 Early Lightfoot
  • 1970 The Best
  • 1971 Classic Lightfoot: The Best of Gordon...
  • 1974 The Very Best of Gordon Lightfoot
  • 1975 Gord's Gold
  • 1976 Early Morning Rain
  • 1985 Songbook
  • 1988 Gord's Gold, Vol. 2
  • 1989 The Best of Gordon Lightfoot
  • 1992 Original Lightfoot
  • 1993 The United Artists Collection
  • 1994 Lightfoot!/The Way I Feel

References

  • "Lightfoot, Gordon." The Canadian Encyclopedia (http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=U1ARTU0002075). Retrieved Sep. 9, 2004.

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