Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Gordon Lightfoot

Today in Music History:

In 1974, Canadian Singer songwriter Gordon Lightfoot scored his only US No.1 single with "Sundown".
Gordon LightfootI think I shall talk about ole Gord today to tie in with the music history thing. Gordon Lightfoot was born November 17, 1938 in Orillia, Ontario, Canada. He moved to Los Angeles, California during the 1950s where he studied at Hollywood's Westlake College of Music. He returned to Canada by the 1960s and performed in coffee houses on the Toronto folk scene. In 1966 Lightfoot! was released as his debut album. In the mid-1960s he was more known as a songwriter than for his own work, as his songs were recorded by artists such as Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley.

He is one of the first Canadian popular singers who achieved real stardom in his own country instead of moving to the United States. In June of 1974, his single, "Sundown", went to No.1 on the American charts.

In 2002 Lightfoot suffered a near-fatal abdominal hemorrhage while performing in his hometown of Orillia, Ontario, causing him to cancel his fall tour. When he awoke from a coma weeks later, the artist immediately began picking tracks from the 18 demos he'd recorded in 2001 and urged his band to flesh them out in the studio. Harmony, his 20th album, was released in May of 2004 and he made an appearance on Canadian Idol.

Lightfoot has received 15 Juno Awards and been nominated for 5 Grammy Awards. He was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1986, the Canadian Country Music Hall Of Fame in 2001, and in May 2003 was made a Companion of the Order of Canada, the country's highest honour.

Today's song will not be Sundown. From the 1967 album The Way I Feel comes the classic cut

Canadian Railroad Trilogy by Gordon Lightfoot

Buy this CD

Funny Toon