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Old 06-17-2000, 10:26 AM   #1
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In about 1967 the CBC had a one-hour GL television special, and I set my little cassette recorder in front of the TV and taped (among others) a great tune that had that phrase in its lyrics ... also "each telling me that life has passed me by" The cassette is long gone, and the song was never recorded, or was it? - Ron
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Old 06-18-2000, 06:27 AM   #2
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No, he never recorded that song.

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Old 11-18-2003, 05:35 PM   #3
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I hope one day to see that CBC special get released on DVD and or Video! I want that like I wanted Live In Reno!--- "C'mon Rhino!" "What can you show us?" "Where can you get this to put it in our hands?" I want my GordTV! Later!

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Old 11-19-2003, 02:12 PM   #4
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there is a CD of rarities that had that song on it. quality'sa not too great on it but it's as damn good song
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Old 11-19-2003, 06:33 PM   #5
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quote:Originally posted by Borderstone:
I hope one day to see that CBC special get released on DVD and or Video! I want that like I wanted Live In Reno!--- "C'mon Rhino!" "What can you show us?" "Where can you get this to put it in our hands?" I want my GordTV! Later!




I doubt it will happen, BS. Gord has mentioned that much of the old CBC archive has either been lost, or was auctioned off at some point.

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Old 11-20-2003, 07:29 AM   #6
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quote:Originally posted by brink:
What is the name to that song?

Face Of A Thousand People
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Old 11-20-2003, 03:58 PM   #7
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LOST???!!! Aaaarrrrgh! : (nothing personal.)

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Old 12-20-2014, 02:54 PM   #8
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I was a'googling for this song title and found this
from an archive on newspapers.com at
http://www.newspapers.com/newspage/42710363/
The Ottawa Journal March 19, 1968
from Ottawa (duh!!) Page 26
Location:
Ottawa, Canada (where on earth else would the Ottawa Journal be located)
Issue Date:
Tuesday, March 19, 1968
Page:
Page 26
There is a promising looking button to "view full page"
but this only opens another page headed menacingly
"You need a subscription to view this page"
Fortunately under that misleading button some of the page's text IS
presented and this included the following, which was obviously scanned by a character recognition program as there were a dozen or so obvious errors all but two of which I have corrected in the text below, which I was gratified to see paid due reverence to the importance of Gord's hit single Spin Spin

Folk singer Gordon Lightfoot is one Canadian who has been accepted as a star in his homeland., The indication of personal acceptance for a singer is his own special on the CBC. And that's exactly what the Orillia born song writer achieved last night. For years Gordon has been living in the Canadian shadows. Acclaimed throughout the U.S. as one of the most promising songwriters of the last two years, he has received little recognition from this country's two television networks. Four years ago Gord was an unknown, singing country songs and making a meagre living on tour with the stars.

Then he decided to go it alone, armed with a guitar and a flair for concocting a song. His talent led to a management contract with Albert Grossman, long-haired manager and developer of such top-flight folk artists as Bob Dylan and Peter, Paul and Mary. This in turn brought a contract with United Artists records and an 'album simply entitled "Lightfoot." His first single, "I'm Not Saying" made a little bit of noise.

Then came "Spin Spin." which turned the tide and put the Lightfoot record on radio turntables from coast to coast. Through his publishing affiliation in the U.S.. other artists came to recognize his pleasant turn-of-phrase and turn-of-melody. Peter. Paul and Mary. Marty Robbins and a host of other pop and folk singers recorded his numbers and started setting a consistent path of hits.

But in Canada, where it all started. Gord was still a sub-star. He made the personal appearance circuit, attracting large crowd and building a sizeable following. Next came television and one-shot guest stints on several CBC shows. With his second album "The Way I Feel." the Lightfoot prestige rose again. Canadian radio stations came out in solid support of the. singer something of a rarity and a feat that even Rich Little, I nine(???Lorne??) Green and Juliette combined could not equal and the records sold in the tens of thousands. Last night the CBC's top variety program, "Show of the Week" finally paid him the tribute he so richly deserves his own hour. Not particularly big-budget, but his first.???w???by Sandy Gr???'

Surrounding Gord were Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks, Bonnie Dobson and Jackie Gabriel, who may as well have stayed at home for the amount of feeling they projected. Lightfoot and company chose a selection of songs from his old and new catalogue and staged them in both indoor and outdoor settings. Unfortunately, there was often more meaningless background than entertainers but the un-complimentary settings were the only distraction of an otherwise enjoyable hour if viewers allowed themselves involvement in the stories of the songs. Accompanied by guitarist Red Shea and John Stockfish on electric bass.

Gord supplied the majority of the vocals in his casual, warm style. Many of the songs were new drawn from a soon-to-be released album, "Did She Mention My Name" though some have been performed in concert before the Lightfoot regulars. But Gord was aiming at his new audience with his "Show of the Week" hour. In the past his attraction has been mainly in the student bodies and with the young record buyers. Now he is rapidly gaining adult support.

Among the numbers he performed was, "Black Day in July," a song he composed about last year's Detroit riots, which offered no political conclusion but rather was a touching assessment of a city caught up in the fury of internal upheaval. This, which just also happens to be one side of his new single, was one of the highlights of the 60 minutes performed off - camera by Lightfoot, as the screen projected pictures of the motor city mayhem. But, there were, plenty of others like "Wherefore and Why" and "Face of a Thousand People" setting the mood . and conveying the striking Lightfoot lyrical originality.

Strange as it may seem, this was only "Show of the Week's" second Canadian musical offering of the past season. And it once again hammered home the point that Canada's top talent is equally as good as the foreign imports.

Sooner or later that message will get through to the CBC critics. And perhaps they will restrict some of the money going across the border in favor of more expensive-internal productions
 
 
 
 
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Old 12-20-2014, 06:27 PM   #9
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I spaced out the text in John's post so it was easier to read..
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I am just bringing this thread back into ready accessibility for future reference regarding the fantastic unreleased song of the thread's title
the page from The Ottawa Journal that I quoted from is headed:-
"Hide Page 26 article text (OCR)

so yes I was correct in my OCR assumption made in my posting in which I had copied the rext that was relenvant to Gordon
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