Gordon Lightfoot

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Gordon Meredith Lightfoot, Jr. CC OOnt (born November 17, 1938) is a Canadian singer-songwriter who achieved international success in folk, folk-rock, and country music, and has been credited for helping define the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and 1970s. He has been referred to as Canada's greatest songwriter and internationally as a folk-rock legend.

Lightfoot's songs, including "For Lovin' Me", "Early Morning Rain", "Steel Rail Blues", "Ribbon of Darkness"—a number one hit on the U.S. country chart with Marty Robbins's cover in 1965— and the 1967 Detroit riot-generated "Black Day In July" brought him international recognition in the 1960s. He experienced chart success in Canada with his own recordings, beginning in 1962 with the #3 hit "(Remember Me) I'm the One". Lightfoot's recordings then made an impact on the international music charts as well in the 1970s, with songs such as "If You Could Read My Mind" (1970) (#5 on the US chart), "Sundown" (1974), "Carefree Highway" (1974), "Rainy Day People" (1975), all reaching #1, and "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" (1976) (#2).

Some of Lightfoot's albums have achieved gold and multi-platinum status internationally. His songs have been recorded by some of the world's most renowned recording artists, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Jr., The Kingston Trio, Marty Robbins, George Hamilton IV, Jerry Lee Lewis, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Barbra Streisand, Johnny Mathis, Viola Wills, Richie Havens, The Replacements, Harry Belafonte, Tony Rice, Sandy Denny (with Fotheringay), The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, Scott Walker, Sarah McLachlan, John Mellencamp, Toby Keith, Peter, Paul and Mary, Glen Campbell, Anne Murray, Waylon Jennings, The Irish Rovers, Nico and Olivia Newton-John.

Robbie Robertson of The Band declared that Lightfoot was one of his "favourite Canadian songwriters and is absolutely a national treasure." Bob Dylan, also a Lightfoot fan, called him one of his favourite songwriters, and in an often-quoted tribute, Dylan observed that when he heard a Gordon Lightfoot song he wished "it would last forever." Lightfoot was a featured musical performer at the opening ceremonies of the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary, Alberta. He received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree (arts) in 1979 and the Companion of the Order of Canada—Canada's highest civilian honor—in 2003. On February 6, 2012, Lightfoot was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. In June of that same year he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Rating Releases
1966 Lightfoot! 1
1967 The Way I Feel 2
1968 Did She Mention My Name 1
1968 Back Here on Earth 1
1970 If You Could Read My Mind (Sit Down Young Stranger) 4
1971 Summer Side of Life 3
1972 Don Quixote 3
1972 Old Dan's Records 2
1974 Sundown 7
1975 Cold on the Shoulder 4
1976 Summertime Dream 3
1978 Endless Wire 1
1980 Dream Street Rose 1
1982 Shadows 1
1983 Salute 1
1986 East of Midnight 2
1993 Waiting for You 2
1998 A Painter Passing Through 3 2
2004 Harmony 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1971 Early Lightfoot Compilation 1
1974 The Very Best of Gordon Lightfoot Compilation 1
1975 Gord's Gold Compilation 2
1981 The Best of Gordon Lightfoot Compilation 1
1988 Gord's Gold, Volume II Compilation 2
1991 Best of Gordon Lightfoot Compilation 5 1
1991 Lightfoot! - The Way I Feel Compilation 1
1992 The Original Lightfoot Compilation 3
1993 The United Artists Collection Compilation 1
1995 Early Morning Rain Compilation 1
1999 Songbook Compilation 1
2000 Did She Mention My Name? / Back Here on Earth Compilation 1
2001 Early Lighfoot / Sunday Concert Compilation 1
2001 Gordon Lightfoot Compilation 1
2002 Complete Greatest Hits Compilation 2
2003 Classic Masters Compilation 2
36 All Time Favorites! Compilation 1
Over 60 Minutes With ... Compilation 1
The Best Of Compilation 1

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1969 Sunday Concert Live 2
2012 All Live Live 1

Single

Year Title Rating Releases
1966 Early Morning Rain 1

EP

Year Title Rating Releases
2005 Rhino Hi-Five: Gordon Lightfoot 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Rating Releases
1985 Songbook 1

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