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Gordon Lightfoot, Iconic Canadian Singer-Songwriter, Passes Away at 84, Leaving Fans Heartbroken
Author: Lisa Bennett / 2023-05-02 07:18:29Canadian folk singer and songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, known for his rich baritone and gift for melodic songwriting, has died at the age of 84. His death was confirmed on his Facebook page and website, as well as by his publicist and longtime Canadian concert promoter. No cause of death was given.
Lightfoot first gained international recognition when his songs «Early Morning Rain» and «For Lovin' Me» were recorded by his friends and fellow Canadians Ian and Sylvia Tyson. When Peter, Paul and Mary and Marty Robbins also recorded his songs, he became one of the most popular recording artists of the 1970s.
Some of his most famous hits include «If You Could Read My Mind,» «Sundown,» «Carefree Highway,» «Rainy Day People,» and «The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,» which he wrote after reading about the sinking of an iron-ore carrier in Lake Superior in 1975. For Canadians, Lightfoot was a national hero who stayed true to his roots, even after achieving success in the United States. He frequently went on cross-country tours and his ballads about Canadian themes, like «Canadian Railroad Trilogy,» showcased his love for the nation's natural beauty.
Lightfoot's personal style was self-effacing and he avoided interviews, despite being regarded as a music icon. In a 2008 interview with The Globe and Mail, he said, «Sometimes I wonder why I'm being called an icon, because I really don't think of myself that way. I'm a professional musician, and I work with very professional people. It's how we get through life.»
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