Gordon Meredith Lightfoot, Jr,, born on November 17, 1938 in Orillia, Ontario, Canada, who as a youth learned piano and taught himself to play drums and percussion. In high school, Lightfoot performed extensively and taught himself to play folk guitar and sang in a church choir as he began his climb to fame to be an influential songwriter and singer for many recording stars in the 1970’s.
Lightfoot gained recognition upon signing with Warner Brothers Records in 1970 and striking gold with his “If You Could Ready My Mind.” “Sundown” topped the charts in 1974 with “Carefree Highway” earning him another gold record during that year and “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” in 1976.
Gordon Lightfoot was awarded numerous Juno Awards in Canada and nominated for five Grammy Awards. In 1980 he was named Canadian male recording artist of the decade for his musical contributions in the 1970’s. He also was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1986 and that country’s Walk of Fame in 1998 as well as the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2010 he was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame.