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Gordon Lightfoot Was a Storyteller

As I write these posts and do research I start to realize things I'd never paid much attention to before. For instance, how many Canadian artists had great careers during the Golden Days of Rock. Neil Young, members of The Band, Joni Mitchell and many others, including the Folk/Rock Singer/Songwriter, GORDON LIGHTFOOT. Gordon has a beautiful voice and wrote songs with interesting lyrics and a lot of hooks.

 

During our trips to the Northern Shore of Lake Superior, we've often heard the story of "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzerald," about the sinking of a giant ship with all hands on-board during one of the terrible storms on that vast Lake that has sunk scores of ships and was the subject of one of his most popular songs. Scott pointed out that Gordon has just turned 78 (still working) and sent a video of one of my favorite Lightfoot songs and his first American #1 Hit, SUNDOWN.

 

The list of artists who have covered his songs and his own hits have gained him a fortune of about $30 million, but he still lives a relatively low-key lifestyle. Robbie Robertson called him a Canadian National Treasure, and Bob Dylan said he was one of his favorite songwriters...High Praise, well-earned from his peers.

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