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Canadian Folk Legend Gordon Lightfoot Dies at 84

Beloved singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot best known for hit tracks including If You Could Read My Mind, Sundown, and Rainy Day People has died. He passed away at the age of 84 on May 1, 2023.

According to various reports, the Canadian folk music laureate took his last breaths on Monday evening. Continue reading further to know the cause behind the demise of legendary singer Gordon Lightfoot.

Canadian singer Gordon Lightfoot passes away at 84

Canadian folk icon Gordon Lightfoot who rose to prominence in the United States during the 1970s has died. At the time of his passing, he was 84 years old. He died Monday evening at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto.

The unfortunate news of the musician’s demise was confirmed by his longtime agent, Victoria Lord. As of this moment, the cause behind Gordon’s death has not been revealed publicly.

Who was Gordon Lightfoot?

For those of you who are unaware, let us share with you, Gordon Lightfoot was a Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist who shot to fame in the 70s. He was born on November 17, 1938, in Orillia, Ontario to Jessie Vick Trill Lightfoot and Gordon Lightfoot Sr.

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald singer had an elder sister named Beverley who passed away in the year 2017. His mom saw the artist in him at a young age and helped him to become a successful child performer.

Gordon came a long way from being a rural choirboy to becoming a part of the Canadian folk scene. In 1970, he released the song If You Could Read My Mind and it received good feedback from the viewers. The track which was inspired by his divorce landed on the Billboard Hot 100.

Soon after, the Scottish-descent musician dropped three more Reprise albums: Summer Side of Life (1971), Don Quixote (1972), and Old Dan’s Records (1972). All of his albums were hit. Then, he released his LP Sundown in the year 1974 and it went gold. He worked with many top artists like Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Sarah McLachlan, and Barbra Streisand.

While having a chat with Rolling Stone in 2019, Lightfoot said that audiences embraced his songs because of “the turn of the phrase. Or the fact that they’re so simple… They’re all tunes that move along and have a forward momentum, which is what I look for in my writing. Forward momentum.”

Gordon Lightfoot also tried his hand at acting

Keeping aside his illustrious music career, Gordon also dabbled in acting. He bagged a part in a 1988 episode of the show Hotel. Along with this, he also had a few other acting credits to his name. He made guest appearances on several talk shows as well as documentaries.

You can hear Lightfoot’s beautiful songs in a couple of movies and television shows ranging from McCloud, James at 16 and 54 to Supernatural, The Blacklist, Mr. RobotKnives Out, and Licorice Pizza. 

We send our deepest condolences to the close pals and entire family of Gordon Lightfoot during this time of difficulty. Don’t forget to stay tuned with us for the latest updates from the world of showbiz.

Meenal Mehta
Hi, I am Meenal. I'm a travel enthusiast, a movie buff and a cricket fan all wrapped in one. I love to capture moments through my words. Writing is my happy space, it has been a great way of putting all my thoughts out and feel liberated.


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