Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Gordon Lightfoot

Posted on 2013-07-29.

Gordon Lightfoot

On Tuesday, July 30th at 8:00 PM Gordon Lightfoot will return to the Fraze stage to celebrate 50 Years On The Carefree Highway Tour. Lightfoot has been recording and playing live shows for decades and his songwriting abilities have been recognized by his peers and fans alike. Below are a few facts you might not know about this Canadian superstar:

1. He’s been nominated for 5 Grammy’s and has won 17 Juno Awards in his native Canada
2. Written in 1969, Lightfoot’s song “If You Could Read My Mind,” has been recorded more than 100 times, first by Lightfoot himself for Sit Down Young Stranger. Other recordings include those by Carroll Baker, Glen Campbell, The Bells, Johnny Mathis, Liza Minelli, Barbara Streisand and Andy Williams. Instrumental arrangements have been recorded by Herb Alpert, John Arpin, James Last, The Boss Brass and others
3. At the request of his daughter, Ingrid, he performs the lyrics to “If You Could Read My Mind,” with a slight change now: the line “I’m just trying to understand the feelings that you lack” is altered to “I’m just trying to understand the feelings that we lack”
4. Was married to Elizabeth Moon from 1989 to 2011.
5. Appeared with Bruce Dern and Helen Shaver in the 1980 feature film Harry Tracy
6. His full name is Gordon Meredith Lightfoot
7. He studied orchestration at Westlake College in Los Angeles, earning his living doing vocal arrangements, demo records, and commercial jingles.
8. Lightfoot’s haunting ballad “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” is the factual tale of the fate of the ship and crew of an ore carrier sunk on Lake Superior in 1975
9. He has written over 400 songs
10. His first public tune was “Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral” (an Irish lullaby) in grade four, which was broadcast over his school’s public address system on a parents’ day event.