Gordon Lightfoot was born on 17 November 1938 in Orillia, Ontario. Despite a few solo recordings in the 1960s, he first made a name for himself primarily as a songwriter. His songs were sung by Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and the group Peter, Paul and Mary, among others. His first international hit was “If You Could Read My Mind” in 1970. During his career, he recorded 31 albums and had 15 singles in the US Top 50. In 1986 Gordon Lightfoot was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, with Bob Dylan giving the eulogy.
The Canadian folk and country singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot died in Toronto on 1 May 2023 at the age of 84.