Gordon Lightfoot Honored by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released a statement honoring the legendary singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, who died on Monday In it, he remembers meeting Lightfoot as a child, when Trudeau’s father Pierre was prime minister in the 1970s and ’80s.

“I was deeply saddened to hear that one of Canada’s greatest singer-songwriters passed away yesterday.

“Mr. Lightfoot has given us so many special moments over the years. With a career spanning more than half a century, Mr. Lightfoot’s music has told stories that capture the spirit of Canada as much as the iconic Canadian Railroad Trilogy that will forever be a part of our country’s musical heritage.

“I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Lightfoot as a child – he spent the afternoon with my family in the Gatineau Hills, and it is a memory I will always cherish.

“Mr. Lightfoot has received multiple Juno Awards and Grammy nominations and was honored as a member of the Canada’s Walk of Fame, the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 1997, the Governor General’s Show Arts Award and was appointed Fellow of the Order of Canada in 2003.

“On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I express our deepest sympathies to Gordon’s family, friends and numerous fans. His legacy will live on in the dynamic Canadian soundscape he helped shape.”

A legend in his own country, Lightfoot’s greatest successes in the US came in the 1970s. He entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1974 with “Sundown” and entered the Top 5 with “If You Could Read My Mind” and “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”. All three songs reached #1 on the adult contemporary chart, as did “Carefree Highway” and “Rainy Day People” on their mid-’70s chart today.

With a career spanning seven decades, Lightfoot rose to prominence in the mid-60s, penning folk standards such as “Early Morning Rain” (a big hit for Canadian folk duo Ian and Sylvia Tyson), “For Loving Me” and “For Loving Me”. took. “Ribbon of Darkness” and the ambitious “Canadian Railroad Trilogy” are a kind of Northern counterpart to Mickey Newbury’s “American Trilogy”.

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