Born Gordon Meredith Lightfoot November 17, 1938 in Orillia
Genre - Folk
Styles - Singer-Songwriter, Folk-Rock
In Lightfoot's 35-year career he has written over four hundred songs, recording over two hundred of them.
, Bob Dylan
, George Hamilton IV
, Olivia Newton-John
, Barbra Steisand
, Jerry Lee Lewis
, Johnny Cash
, Tony Rice
, Nanci Griffith
and Sarah McLachlan
have all recorded covers of Lightfoot's songs.
Lightfoot worked and performed in Los Angeles
while studying orchestration
at Westlake College
, 1958; debuted in New York City
, 1965; signed first recording contract
What is unique about Lightfoot is that is that he appears to have heightened senses
; he sees, hears and feels things that most of us don't; and then he can create the music and lyrics to help us experience what he does. What he says
and how he says it
leaves a lasting impression.
Discography: If You Could Read My Mind, Summer Side Of Life, Don Quixote, Sundown, Cold On The Shoulder, Summertime Dream, Endless Wire, East Of Midnight, Waiting For You, and A Painter Passing Through.
Awards: Five Grammy
nominations, Winner of 17 Canadian Juno Award
s; for top folk singer
, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, and 1977, for top male vocalist
, 1967, 1970, 1971, 1972, and 1974, and for composer
of the year, 1972 and 1976; recipient of awards from ASCAP
, 1971, 1974, 1976, and 1977; decorated Order of Canada
, 1970; "Sundown" named pop record of the year, 1974, by Music Operators of America
; recipient of Vanier Award
by Canadian Jaycees, 1977; named Canadian
male recording artist of the decade (1970s), 1980; named to Juno Hall of Fame
, 1986. In 1997 he received the Governor General's award
- the highest official Canadian honor.
Some of his songs: