Gordon Lightfoot


Gordon Meredith Lightfoot, Jr. CC, OOnt 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.… Read More

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1938 Birth Born on November 17, 1938.


1958 19 Years Old Lightfoot moved to California in 1958, where he studied jazz composition and orchestration for two years at Hollywood's Westlake College of Music, which had many Canadian students. … Read More


1960 - 1962 2 More Events
1963 24 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1963 Lightfoot travelled to Europe where, in the United Kingdom, he hosted, for one year, BBC TV's Country and Western Show.
1964 - 1965 2 More Events
1966 27 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1966, he released his debut album Lightfoot!, which brought him increased recognition as both a singer and a songwriter. … Read More
1967 28 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He embarked on his first Canadian national tour in 1967, and also performed in New York City.


1970 31 Years Old 1 More Event
Lightfoot was signed to Warner Bros./Reprise in 1970 and had a major hit in the United States with his recording of "If You Could Read My Mind". … Read More
1971 32 Years Old 1 More Event
During the 1970s Lightfoot's songs covered a wide range of subjects, including "Don Quixote", about Cervantes' famous literary character, "Ode to Big Blue", about the widespread killing of whales, "Beautiful", about the simple joys of love, "Carefree Highway", about the freedom of the open road, "Protocol", about the futility of war, and "Alberta Bound", which was inspired by a lonely teenaged girl named Grace he met on a bus while travelling to Calgary in 1971.
1972 - 1975 4 More Events
1978 39 Years Old "Sundown" and "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" continue to receive heavy airplay on many classic rock stations. In 1978, Lightfoot had another top 40 hit on the United States Hot 100, "The Circle Is Small (I Can See It in Your Eyes)," which reached number 33. … Read More


1982 43 Years Old The 1982 American released single "Baby Step Back" marked his last time in the top 50 in that country. … Read More
1987 48 Years Old In April 1987, Lightfoot filed a lawsuit against composer Michael Masser, claiming that Masser's melody for the song "The Greatest Love of All"—recorded by George Benson (1977) and Whitney Houston (1985)—stole 24 bars from Lightfoot's 1971 hit song "If You Could Read My Mind". … Read More
1988 49 Years Old Lightfoot rounded out the decade with his follow-up compilation Gord's Gold, Vol. 2, in late 1988, which contained re-recorded versions of his most popular songs, including a re-make of the 1970 song "The Pony Man". … Read More


1989 50 Years Old After being alone for 16 years between marriages, Lightfoot married Elizabeth Moon in 1989. … Read More


1999 - 2003 7 More Events
2004 65 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 2004 Lightfoot completed work on his album Harmony, which he had mostly recorded prior to his illness. … Read More
2005 - 2006 2 More Events
2008 69 Years Old 1 More Event
Three members of Lightfoot's band have died over the years: Red Shea in June 2008 from pancreatic cancer, Clements at 63 on February 20, 2011, following a stroke and original bassist John Stockfish from natural causes on August 20, 2012 at 69.
2009 - 2010 2 More Events
2011 72 Years Old 1 More Event
Haynes, Keane and Heffernan continue to tour and record with Lightfoot, having added in 2011 guitarist Carter Lancaster from Hamilton, Ontario, a "great player," according to Lightfoot.
2012 73 Years Old 1 More Event
To stay in shape to meet the demands of touring and public performing, Lightfoot works out in a gym six days per week, but declared in 2012 that he was "fully prepared to go whenever I'm taken."
2014 75 Years Old 1 More Event
On June 16, 2014, Lightfoot was awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by SOCAN at the 2014 SOCAN Awards in Toronto.
Lightfoot's first tour of the United Kingdom in 35 years was announced in 2015, with 11 dates across England, Ireland and Scotland between May 18, 2016 and June 1, 2016 currently announced. … Read More
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