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At a concert in Winnipeg, Nov 5th, 99
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Gordon Lightfoot, "fills the role of journalist, poet,
historian, humorist, short-story teller and folksy recollector of bygone
days." These are the words of Jack Batten of the Toronto
Globe and Mail when he describes the singer/songwriter.
The musical genius of Lightfoot began in his hometown of Orillia,
Ontario. He was encouraged to sing for church, women's clubs and Kiwanis
festivals. He went on to study classical piano, jazz drums and taught
himself the basics of folk guitar. He also performed in plays, operettas
and with barbershop quartets before becoming a mainstay in the Toronto
folk music scene.
He emerged from Toronto and eventually became an international success.
He has recorded a total of 19 albums (5 for United Artists and 14 for
Warner Bros./Reprise). He has also earned five Grammy nominations and
won 17 Juno awards in his native Canada. He received the prestigious
Order of Canada Citation for his contributions in furthering Canadian
culture and lifetime accomplishments have brought him Canada's highest
honor, the Governor's General Award. Most recently, Gordon was honored
as a charter member of Canada's Walk of Fame.
Various artists from country to rock have recorded Gordon's music, among
them are: Marty Robbins, Peter, Paul and Mary, Ian & Sylvia, Richie
Havens and Glen Campbell. Other artists who have recorded his remarkable
music include: Anne Murray, Nana Mouskouri, Harry Belafonte, Elvis
Presley, Barbara Streisand, George Hamilton IV, and Tony Rice.
Various compilations of Gordon's work have been released but far and
away the most comprehensive package is his 4-CD boxed set "Songbook."
Released from Warner/Archives/Rhino his career is covered from 1962-1998
with 88 original songs from his 19 albums including 16 previously
unreleased tracks and 17 songs making their CD debut.
Today Lightfoot continues to tour and record with his stellar band.
Gordon plays both 6 and 12 string acoustic guitars , Terry Clements
plays lead guitar, Rick Haynes adds bass, Mike Heffernan is featured on
keyboards and Barry Keane rounds out the ensemble on drums.
Gordon Lightfoot has composed a large catalogue of hits both for himself
and others. At the top of the list are these songs:
Early Morning Rain
Canadian Railroad Trilogy
If You Could Read My Mind
The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald
(click on the song name to listen to a short clip, need RealPlayer)
Now that you know a little more about Gordon Lightfoot you can go on
and explore this website:
Guestbook - read what others have to say
about Gordon Lightfoot and his music
board - get in touch with Gordon Lightfoot fans around the world
Press articles - here you can read
reviews of live concerts and album reviews
Tour schedule - It's always an
experiece to see Gordon Lightfoot perform live