Gordon Lightfoot Caricature


Gordon Lightfoot Caricature, illustrated here for his 1974 release of his “Sundown” album, shown with his iconic Gibson B45-12 guitar, age 36.

Lightfoot is a Canadian singer-songwriter guitarist who achieved international success in folk, folk-rock, and country music. He is credited with helping to define the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and 1970s. He is often referred to as Canada’s greatest songwriter and is known internationally as a folk-rock legend.

Lightfoot signed to Warner Bros./Reprise in 1970 and scored a major hit in the United States with “If You Could Read My Mind,” which sold over one million copies by early 1971 and was awarded a gold disc.

In 1972, Lightfoot contracted Bell’s palsy, a condition that left his face partially paralyzed for a time. The affliction curtailed his touring schedule but Lightfoot nevertheless continued to deliver major hits: in June 1974 his classic single “Sundown” from the album Sundown went to No.1 on the American and Canadian charts. It would be his only number one hit in the United States.

In late November 1975, Lightfoot read a Newsweek magazine article about the loss of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, which sank on November 10, 1975, on Lake Superior during a severe storm with the loss of all 29 crew members. The lyrics in his song, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”, released the following year, were substantially based on facts in the article. It reached number two on the United States Billboard chart and was a number one hit in Canada.

Lightfoot’s greatest hits: “If You Could Read My Mind”, “Rainy Day People”, “Sundown”, “Early Morning Rain”, “The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald”, “The Circle Is Small”, “Carefree Highway”, “Anything For Love”, “Ribbon Of Darkness”, “Talking In Your Sleep”, “Dream Sweet Rose” and “Cold On The Shoulder”.

Robbie Robertson of the Band described Lightfoot as “a national treasure”. Bob Dylan, also a Lightfoot fan, called him one of his favorite songwriters and, in an often-quoted tribute, Dylan observed that when he heard a Lightfoot song he wished “it would last forever”.

Lightfoot was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001. On June 24, 2012, Lightfoot was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in a New York City ceremony, along with Bob Seger.

Lightfoot still performs today.

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Weight .25 lbs
Dimensions 16 × 20 × .25 in
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