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Old 03-01-2010, 02:39 PM   #101
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The thing that really freaked me about this was the fact that in Sept. 2002 I had taken the "red eye" (overnight flight) from Vancouver, landing the next morning in Ottawa to be greeted with the news that Gordon Lightfoot was in a coma and in the process of being air lifted to a hospital in Hamilton, Ontario for treatment.

On Feb 17th, 2010, I took the "red eye" from Vancouver to arrive next morning in Ottawa to news that Gord was dead followed by an emergency phone call telling me that it was a hoax.

It's got to be something about that "red eye" that's for sure.

Time to step into that tent and have the palm read I guess. This is all too freaky.

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Old 03-30-2010, 10:16 PM   #102
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The words I can think of to describe the person who originated this rumor aren't publishable,so I'll use these:JERK! IDIOT! MORON!
Ok,I'm fine now that I've 'shouted across the ocean to the shore'.
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Old 04-05-2010, 11:28 AM   #103
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I don't remember seeing this, so please forgive me if it's a repeat:

http://www.hour.ca/music/music.aspx?iIDArticle=19567

Dead man walking
Richard Burnett



Lightfoot has stayed in touch with the widows of the crew of the Edmund Fitzgerald

Gordon Lightfoot wants you to know that rumours of his death are greatly exaggerated

If you could read Gordon Lightfoot's mind right now, what a tale his thoughts would tell. Except I don't have to because I got the Canadian music icon on the phone a couple days after Canwest reported on Feb. 18 that he had died.

"I was in my car driving from the dentist with the radio on when the DJ said I was dead!" Lightfoot explains. "It became an obituary. Then they played a strain of If You Could Read My Mind. It gave me a bit of a shock. I put my foot on the gas and got to [my] office and the phone was lit up like a Christmas tree! It was also weird for my kids - my eldest daughter got very emotional that night."

Despite some serious health problems over the years, today Lightfoot is healthier than he's ever been. "When I gave up alcohol [in 1982] the gym became my substitute."

Lightfoot famously got his start when Ian Tyson introduced him to rock's first great manager, NYC-based Albert Grossman, in 1964. Grossman also managed Bob Dylan, The Band and Janis Joplin. "I'd see Bob Dylan in the office. And Janis was in a corner reading a book."

Lightfoot was a favourite of Johnny Cash ("We did a duet on his TV show") and his songs have been covered by rock royalty, including Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Bob Dylan. And Lightfoot explored his relationship with his former lover Cathy Evelyn Smith - famed for her drug connections to The Rolling Stones and John

Belushi - in his number one Billboard hit Sundown. "She came to see me in concert in Vancouver six months ago and looks healthy and happy."

So does Lightfoot.

"I am happy," he says. "Today I have control of my own destiny."

Gordon Lightfoot
At Place des Arts, April 8
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Old 04-07-2010, 10:10 PM   #104
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I can only imagine what a terrible shock that had to be for him to hear his own obituary.
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Old 12-21-2010, 03:30 PM   #105
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http://www.thestar.com/videozone/910...-minute-canada


the Year in a Minute

.... including Gord's fifteen, stiff, minutes of fame...
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Old 12-21-2010, 05:12 PM   #106
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.... including Gord's fifteen, stiff, minutes of fame...
I watched the Olympics...I missed that event !
lol
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Old 12-22-2010, 01:54 AM   #107
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Wow, I watched the Olympics too, (in part hoping gordon would be mentioned,) and I didn't see that clip either. Bummer!
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Old 12-22-2010, 08:59 AM   #108
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Very cool, jj.
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Old 12-22-2010, 04:46 PM   #109
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In that still of Gord--it looks like he's had his Martin D-18 refinished. Are there any other recent pix of that guitar? I loved its old beat-up patina...
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Old 12-30-2010, 02:22 AM   #110
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That's the "other" D-18. He was playing it a lot a few years ago but is now back to playing the "well-worn" one - the one we all know and love.

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Old 02-18-2013, 01:03 PM   #111
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Three years ago today - what a scare...!! http://www.corfid.com/vbb/showthread...t=rumour+death
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Old 06-24-2013, 07:27 PM   #112
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AUDIO - didn't see this in the previous pages. http://www.680news.com/2010/02/18/li...in-fact-alive/
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Old 07-04-2013, 02:48 PM   #113
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TWITTER tried and YOUTUBE is taking a kick at it now: (thanks Gwen!)

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Old 07-04-2013, 07:12 PM   #114
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Why are we reviving this 3 year old thread?
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Old 07-05-2013, 11:23 AM   #115
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Why are we reviving this 3 year old thread?
A silly and IMHO quite unnecessary question
OK in response Touchy I am probably not alone in wondering why you did not bother playing the youtube video that Char presented when you could have seen had you not already guessed that at aboot 2:22 whoever made the video included a picture of Gord amongst the roster of late singers
see the attached screenshot
this grievous error was made by whoever made that video
presumably it was the originator of the web site
http://adhdrecords.com/rockandrollheaven/?s
"Robby Rockman" who apparently uploaded the video in April 2011 but who had not checked the facts about the previous year's tweeting properly!
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Old 07-05-2013, 11:36 AM   #116
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Not only that but to celebrate the third anniversary Char also showed a link to the page that contains a recording of Gord's bemused phone call to the radio station
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Old 07-08-2013, 06:35 PM   #117
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from the video producer: yes just a mix up with the software and photo batch i had ... it showed different pictures under wrong names, Sorry Gordon!
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Old 02-18-2014, 02:35 PM   #118
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just because I am thankful that it was a hoax I've brought this forward again to mark 4 years and he's still out there because as he says, "we love the work!"
lol ..(As well as for those who may not have seen it when it happened.)
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How long are we gonna drag this on?

If he saw this site and this thread he's probably think something's wrong with you.


Let it go for pete sakes! That was 4 years ago!
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Old 02-18-2014, 05:36 PM   #120
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I'd have never heard of the hoax if it weren't for corfid.

Feb. 18th again...my ex-husbands birthday. I'd have been married 30 years last Nov.,.... but thank God I didn't stick around for the applause.
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Old 02-18-2014, 05:47 PM   #121
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LOL Patti!!

Gordon himself is still milking this topic - "Hi, I'm Gordon Lightfoot and the reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.".. he said it at many concerts just a few weeks ago..
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Old 02-18-2014, 06:14 PM   #122
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Sure doesn't feel like 4 years.

Glad I didn't hear theinitial reports when I woke
up that day,I'd have freked out and then been bummed out all day!

I heard the news "after" he'd squashed the rumor.
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Old 02-18-2014, 08:22 PM   #123
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Let it go for pete sakes! That was 4 years ago!
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well the man himself is certainly regurgitating it at many concerts and most interviews mention it too!!

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Old 02-19-2014, 04:04 AM   #124
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You're right Sir John. He mentioned it on stage in Austin last week. And although he received laughs for the comment, the reality of someday knowing that awaits him as it does all of us, I just don't want to think about anything happening to him. Especially when he is there singing live in front of us. That being said, it does make me reflect on the fact that here in front of me is a mortal man whose music is immortal. And I intently listen even harder knowing that I need to appreciat even more his life and the sacrifices he makes to continue to please each and every one of us by traveling to our towns and leaving a piece of himself behind. For our hearts and memories to cherish long after the wheels of his buses roll out of town.
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Old 02-22-2014, 01:36 PM   #125
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Well, I recently felt forced to comment on a newish Amazon (UK) review of 'Sundown' that referred to him as 'the late' Gordon Lightfoot, so it seems the rumours persist in certain quarters!
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