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I can actually see Gordon getting inducted one day. I mean, the HoF seems to like 70s singer-songwriters, and he was THE canadian singersongwriter of the 70s, for whatever thats worth.
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 03.4.09 @ 23:36pm
I didn't even think his name would be here, though I guess that was foolish of me. They've got everyone else here, why not Gordon Lightfoot.
Posted by Cheesecrop on Thursday, 03.5.09 @ 17:10pm
I hate Gordon Lightfoot. "Sundown" is an annoying song.
Posted by Philip on Thursday, 03.5.09 @ 17:17pm
Sundown's great! That song is like "Wichita Lineman". I love that song too. Those story-songs get to me. Maybe it's the fact that I've never had a halfway decent yard, or that I've never lived for any extended period outside the city, but I love those songs.
Posted by Cheesecrop on Thursday, 03.5.09 @ 17:33pm
Gordon Lightfoot just bores me. I'm not all that fond of his voice either.
Posted by Philip on Thursday, 03.5.09 @ 17:36pm
Cool. I shall not try to sway you in any way on the merits of Mr. Lightfoot.
Posted by Cheesecrop on Thursday, 03.5.09 @ 17:43pm
Fair enough, and I'll try not to be so much of a wet blanket regarding GL. But I did grow up in the country, and I don't relate to those songs as much as you might think.
Posted by Philip on Thursday, 03.5.09 @ 17:52pm
I daydream a lot, & those kind of songs are made for daydreaming a minute or two away.
Posted by Cheesecrop on Thursday, 03.5.09 @ 17:56pm
I don't mind GL so much...I'd have to say "If You Could Read My Mind" was my favorite by him. Another artist that I like who isn't so diffrent from GL is Al Stewart.
Posted by Gitarzan on Thursday, 03.5.09 @ 18:35pm
If You Could Read My Mind isn't as bad. I think of GL as a Canadian Jim Croce or something, even though Lightfoot's been around longer.
Posted by Philip on Thursday, 03.5.09 @ 18:45pm
I like "Black Day in July" personally, but at this point inducting GL into the RRHOF seems like a bit of a long shot. Might even be a safer bet with Jim Croce who was already mentioned here
Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Saturday, 06.19.10 @ 04:42am
No, I think Lightfoot is better than Croce, and I'm not just saying that because I'm Canadian. If Croce had lived he might have had a chance, but Lightfoot is better in terms of the sheer quality of his songs. His catalogue is massive, and for someone that released so much music, the quality of most of it is surprisingly good.
Posted by Chalkie on Wednesday, 06.23.10 @ 18:35pm
When I compared Croce and Lightfoot, I was referring more in terms of vocal stylings. Lightfoot was definitely throatier in terms of sound of voice. And I guess GL's appeal is more to the folk-rock crowd whereas Croce is more pop, but I think that's where the advantage lies with Croce. The fact that the same man could put out energetic, bar-room style boogie like Leroy Brown and Don't Mess With Jim AND put out songs like Time In A Bottle and I Guess I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song, whereas Lightfoot has nothing (that I'm familiar with anyway) in the way bouncy in his catalog.
Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 06.23.10 @ 18:49pm
"His catalogue is massive, and for someone that released so much music, the quality of most of it is surprisingly good." - Chalkie
Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Thursday, 06.24.10 @ 02:50am
When evaluating Jim Croce's work, you have to take into consideration that he died so young.
Posted by Paul in KY on Thursday, 06.24.10 @ 05:46am
2012 Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee!
Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 02.21.12 @ 19:02pm
Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 02.21.12 @ 19:52pm
Posted by Happy on Tuesday, 02.21.12 @ 21:10pm
Are you saying let's hope for a Rock Hall induction for Lightfoot?
Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 02.21.12 @ 22:00pm
Posted by Happy on Wednesday, 02.22.12 @ 00:24am
Just curious. What noteworthy songs did he write?
Posted by astrodog on Wednesday, 02.22.12 @ 01:15am
Looked it up. Actually nothing spectacular. If You Can Read My Mind and Sundown are OK, although a bit on the easy listening side. But it seems songwritery in a traditional sense. No reason for him to be inducted into the R&RHF, but I could say the same about Nyro.
Posted by astrodog on Wednesday, 02.22.12 @ 01:22am
Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 02.22.12 @ 19:48pm
Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 02.22.12 @ 19:49pm
Michael Masser and Linda Creed wrote The Greatest Love Of All and it was originally recorded in 1977 by George Benson for a Muhammad Ali biopic. Whitney Houston's remake was in 1986. There is a part of the song that makes me think of the 1971 song, If You Could Read My Mind by Gordon Lightfoot every time I hear it. I wonder if Masser and Creed intentionally copied it. You have to listen to both of the songs again.
Posted by Roy on Thursday, 05.24.12 @ 23:22pm
Tonight is the 2012 Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Lyle Lovett will be inducting Gordon Lightfoot. Lyle Lovett and Gordon Lightfoot will both be performing.
Posted by Roy on Thursday, 06.14.12 @ 08:48am
Lyle Lovett will be performing Sundown, while Gordon Lightfoot will perform If You Could Read My Mind at the 2012 Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Posted by Roy on Thursday, 06.14.12 @ 08:53am
The story changed again as it always does with the Song Hall (sigh). Steve Miller (not Lyle Lovett) ended up inducting Gordon Lightfoot.
Posted by Roy on Friday, 06.15.12 @ 06:11am
ARTISTS WHO WERE INDUCTED INTO THE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME AND THE HIT PARADE HALL OF FAME IN THE SAME YEAR:
Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 01.29.13 @ 11:10am
It's very possible that Bruce Springsteen lifted part of "If You Could Read My Mind" for "Born to Run"
Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Wednesday, 09.11.13 @ 12:10pm
What a travesty he isn't in the HOF. Listen to what Dylan said about him. He's in the top 25 songwriters in my opinion. His songs just grow on you as they send a message, unlike the mindless music of today.
Posted by Bruce Prutzman on Friday, 02.6.15 @ 13:16pm
Leonard Cohen is in the hall - and Gordon Lightfoot isn't?
Posted by Gray Power on Saturday, 05.23.15 @ 22:30pm
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