Gordon Lightfoot
Gordon Lightfoot

Gordon Lightfoot

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.

    Orillia, Ontario, Canada
  • BORN
    November 17, 1938