About Gordon Lightfoot
∙ In 1958, singer-songwriter and guitarist Gordon Lightfoot came to the US to study orchestration in Los Angeles, supporting himself by producing demos and commercial jingles.
∙ His first big commercial break came when Peter, Paul & Mary recorded “Early Morning Rain,” which has since been covered by Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, and Paul Weller.
∙ In 1971, Lightfoot had his first No. 1 hit as an artist with “If You Could Read My Mind,” which has since been recorded more than 100 times.
∙ The music for his 1976 hit, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” was based on an Irish dirge that he first heard when he was three-and-a-half years old.
∙ He won 12 Juno Awards—Canada’s equivalent of the Grammy Awards—and was inducted into the Juno Hall of Fame by Bob Dylan in 1986.
∙ In 2007, he was included in Canada’s first-ever series of postage stamps honoring national music icons.
∙ At the concert celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced Lightfoot, noting that he had also played the same stage at the 100th anniversary.
HOMETOWNOrillia, Ontario, Canada
BORNNovember 17, 1938