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charlene 03-04-2011 01:40 PM

article about Terry-York Region.com
 
http://www.yorkregion.com/news/artic...riters-at-home

By Teresa Latchford
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Mar 04, 2011 - 11:39 AM
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0 .Guitarist Clements helped songwriters at home
Fans will remember Terry Clements for his talent and musical status, but Darryl Bradley will also remember him as a friend.
Mr. Clements, guitarist for Gordon Lightfoot, died Feb. 20, 10 days after suffering a stroke. The 63-year-old had lived in Newmarket for more than two decades and formed many friendships here along the way.
Mr. Bradley, owner of The Arts Music Store in Newmarket, was not only Mr. Clements’ go-to guy for guitar maintenance, but the two also had a friendship that lasted 17 years.
“He was the most gracious and caring person I’ve ever met,” he said. “He was the kind of guy who had zero ego and treated everyone like an equal.”
Mr. Bradley will never forget the first time he was invited backstage at Massey Hall in Toronto for one of Mr. Clements performances. He thought it would be a hectic scene, but being part of the small crowd of family members and close friends just spoke to the type of person he truly was.
“He was just a good human being and so dedicated to his family,” he added. “He is the kind of person I would aspire to be, all talents aside.”
Mr. Clements started playing guitar at age five. After high school, he spent two years in the navy before becoming a member of Golden Sunflower, which was managed by Lou Adler, who also managed The Mamas & the Papas and Carole King, according to his biography at lightfoot.ca.
His stint with Mr. Adler included recording, producing, arranging and performing. It was his stepping stone for entering film-score work, which is how he met Mr. Lightfoot.
While working on a score for a Paramount film, the directors brought in Mr. Lightfoot for the title theme song. Right then and there, Mr. Lightfoot offered Mr. Clements a spot in his band.
While Mr. Clements declined at first, he agreed to take the place of band member Red Shea in 1970. He was flown to Toronto for an audition that led to a 30-year career with Mr. Lightfoot.
Mr. Clements had a hand in nearly all of Mr. Lightfoot’s popular tunes, including Carefree Highway, Sundown and The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.
“He was always such a perfectionist in his playing,” Mr. Bradley recalls. “All the gigs I went to of his, I don’t think I ever heard him play a bum note and that’s saying a lot.”
When he wasn’t on the road, he helped songwriters in his eight-track analog studio at home.

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imported_Next_Saturday 03-04-2011 02:15 PM

Re: article about Terry-York Region.com
 
1970-2011...Isn't that over 40 years? ;)

Wes Steele 03-04-2011 02:21 PM

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Thanks Char for finding and posting this...

Believe it or not, I have been to New Market, Ontario once.

Also, they mention Terry had a 30 year with Gord... More like 40 year...

Thanks again for posting Char...

charlene 03-04-2011 05:12 PM

Re: article about Terry-York Region.com
 
yep - it's actually 40 years.. Newmarket is just north of Toronto about an hour away...North of urora and Richmond Hill...Nice little town..http://www.newmarket.ca/en/aboutus.asp

Morgaine 03-04-2011 06:11 PM

Re: article about Terry-York Region.com
 
I like the continual use of the term "Mr" in the article. Very refined, respectful and not seen in the press often these days.

Jenney 03-04-2011 07:02 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Wes Steele (Post 170201)
Also, they mention Terry had a 30 year with Gord... More like 40 year...

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I noticed that too, but chalked it up to the exchange rate.

charlene 03-04-2011 07:39 PM

Re: article about Terry-York Region.com
 
LOL - I'd love an 'age' exchange rate like that.. drop 10 years immediately! Oh the things I would change!

Canadian dollar has been running around $1.02 and at par against the U.S. buck this week..
lol

Tim 03-04-2011 08:31 PM

Re: article about Terry-York Region.com
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by charlene (Post 170209)
Canadian dollar has been running around $1.02 and at par against the U.S. buck this week..
lol

Thanks Char. I'm getting more and more interested in the exchange rate -- Massey 2011 is approaching.

charlene 03-04-2011 09:59 PM

Re: article about Terry-York Region.com
 
i'm loving it for my trip to florida in June...
lol
5 or 6 years ago I lost about 400 bucks when i exchanged a thousand..
sheesh..

brink- 03-05-2011 02:05 AM

Re: article about Terry-York Region.com
 
age exchange, weight exchange - dropping a 10 isn't a bad thing :)


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