Gordon Lightfoot

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1987 (The 1988 Induction Ceremony)

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If You Could Read My Mind (1970)
Sundown (1974)
Carefree Highway (1974)
The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald (1976)

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Will Gordon Lightfoot be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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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.
His songs have been covered by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, George Hamilton IV, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Barbra Streisand, Johnny Mathis, Richie Havens, Harry Belafonte, Sandy Denny (with Fotheringay), Scott Walker and John Mellencamp.

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.

I went through a weird moment in late 96-early 97 where all I wanted to hear for at least 2 or 3 months was stuff like Lightfoot, America, CSN, lots of stuff like that. Maybe it was 4 or 5 constant years of alternative that was making my ears bleed or something. He probably won't make the cut, but I still like a lot of his music. He's got a great set of pipes.

Favorites:

Sundown
Carefree Highway
Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
Wherefore and Why
Cold on the Shoulder

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.

Philip...So, what's wrong with KC & the Shoeshine Band????? I had some of those platform shoes...and I'm 6'2" to begin with. Must've been my napoleonic (sp) complex...

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.

And we went over the KC thing before (nice job with the Shoeshine... didn't notice at first!). I think you said that they also suffer from "Chic Syndrome" back when we were trying to come up with a glossary.

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.

Interestingly, both Elvis and Dylan covered "Early Morning Rain". Lightfoot was known as the "Canadian Dylan" (obviously he was much less cutting-edge than Dylan) until Neil Young came along and essentially owned Lightfoot in the quality and innovation categories.

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

I fully agree with this statement, Chalkie. I didn't say I don't think he should be in the RRHOF, I said I doubt he will, I could always be wrong though

I also feel Philip has made a good point in comparing Croce to Lightfoot, he said it better than I was going to

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.

The 'real' Hall doesn't seem to take that into consideration. Most athletic-type halls (and ours, I hope) do take into consideration career ending injuries/death (Gale Sayers being a good example, Sandy Koufax being another).

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


GORDON LIGHTFOOT

THE 1971 OFFICER OF THE ORDER OF CANADA
THE 1986 JUNO/CANADIAN MUSIC HALL OF FAME
THE 1998 CANADA HONOURS/CANADA'S WALK OF FAME
THE 2001 CANADIAN BROADCAST HALL OF FAME
THE 2001 CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME
THE 2003 CANADIAN SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME
THE 2003 COMPANION OF THE ORDER OF CANADA
THE 2003 CANADIAN FOLK MUSIC WALK OF FAME
THE 2012 SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 02.21.12 @ 19:52pm


Roy
I agree let's hope!

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


Yes Roy
I think more folk music should be in the hall.

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


http://songhall.org/vote/entry/1274

The 2012 Songwriters Hall of Fame

Gordon Lightfoot

Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot came to fame first in the 1960s when his compositions became hits for other artists, among them Peter, Paul & Mary (“Early Morning Rain”) and Marty Robbins (“Ribbon Of Darkness”). He came into his own as an artist during the following decade with such original folk-pop hits as “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Sundown” and the contemporary Great Lakes shipwreck narrative “Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald.” Key songs in the Lightfoot catalog include “Carefree Highway,” “Early Morning Rain,” “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Sundown” and “Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald.”

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 02.22.12 @ 19:48pm


http://www.songhall.org/news/entry/1328

The 2012 Songwriters Hall of Fame

Gordon Lightfoot

Performing songwriter Gordon Lightfoot is credited for helping to define the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and 1970s. He is the author and voice of many timeless songs including: “Early Morning Rain,” “Canadian Railroad Trilogy,” “Sundown,” “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Carefree Highway,” “The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald,” “Beautiful,” “Ribbon Of Darkness,” “Rainy Day People,” “That’s What You Get For Lovin’ Me,” “Did She Mention My Name,” “I’m Not Sayin’ That I Love You,” “Race Among The Ruins,” “Softly,” “Song For A Winter’s Night,” and “Summer Side Of Life.” Many of Lightfoot’s albums have achieved gold and multi-platinum status internationally and his songs have been recorded by some of the world’s most renowned artists including Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Sarah McLachlan, Barbra Streisand, Peter Paul & Mary, Harry Belafonte, Jane’s Addiction, Richie Havens, Glen Campbell, Toby Keith, Anne Murray, Nana Mouskouri and George Hamilton IV. He has received five Grammy® nominations and seventeen Juno Awards in his native Canada, and was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, among his many other distinctions. Lightfoot is slated to release his first record since 1994 in the spring of 2012.

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.

The Greatest Love Of All (1977, 1986)

I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone's shadow
If I fail, If I succeed
At least I live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can't take away my dignity
Because the greatest love of all
Is happening to me

If You Could Read My Mind (1971)

I never thought I could feel this way
and I got to say that I just don't get it.
I don't know where we went wrong
but the feelings gone
and I just can't get it back.

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:

01. 2010 - Jackie DeShannon
02. 2012 - Gordon Lightfoot

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"

I will never be set free as long as I'm a ghost/If you can't see

Sprung from cages on Highway 9/Chrome wheels fuel injected and steppin' out over the line

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?
Give me a break!

Lightfoot was a great singer, good guitar player, and one of the very best songwriters - melody & lyrics. His output was high in quality, and quantity - and still is.
If You Could Read My Mind - that song alone should get him there.

Posted by Gray Power on Saturday, 05.23.15 @ 22:30pm


Yes Gordon Lightfoot
should be in RARHOF and so should Marty Robbins.

Posted by Margo on Friday, 08.25.17 @ 21:37pm


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