Gordon Lightfoot

Genres: Folk Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Television
Tags: folk singer-songwriter canadian 70s acoustic Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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17 November 1938, Orillia, Ontario, Canada. Lightfoot moved to Los Angeles, USA during the 50s where he studied at Hollywood’s Westlake College of Music. Having pursued a short-lived career composing jingles for television, the singer began recording demos of his own compositions which, by 1960, owed a considerable debt to folk singers Pete Seeger and Bob Gibson. Lightfoot then returned to Canada and began performing in Toronto’s Yorktown coffee houses. His work was championed by several acts, notably Ian And Sylvia and Peter, Paul And Mary. Both recorded the enduring ‘Early Morning Rain’, which has since become a standard, while the latter unit also enjoyed a hit with his ‘For Lovin’ Me’. Other successful compositions included ‘Ribbon Of Darkness’, which Marty Robbins took to the top of the US country chart, while such renowned artists as Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis have all covered...

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