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Old 01-19-2020, 09:46 PM   #1
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Default The first time I ever heard Gordon Lightfoot

I joined this site a long time ago but have not been very active. I thought I would post this. In 1969 I was living in Lancaster California working at Edwards AFB. I was a big folk fan and learning to play guitar. I used to listen to a radio program out of LA at night called "The Folk Show". The host was Skip Weshner and his wife he called "Beautiful". He had guests from time to time like John Hartford. Occasionally, he would play the same song by different artists to compare their interpretations. One night he played "Me and Bobbie McGee" by 4 artists. I don't remember the first 3, but the 4th version was a guy I had never heard before named Gordon Lightfoot. I was stunned! He was the most amazing baritone singer I had ever heard. I started looking for his recordings the next day. Not long after I was transfered to Japan for 4 years. When we returned we lived in the Bay Area. Gord normally played there twice a year. We saw all his concerts for the next 4 years until I was transfered to Germany. The one I remember most was at a theater in the round somewhere in the South Bay. It was a small venue with a circular revolving stage. We had seats on the 1st row. Every time they came around I could have stood up and grabbed his foot! It's hard to imagine that was 51 years ago!
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Old 01-20-2020, 08:38 AM   #2
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My ‘first time’ was ( if I recall correctly...) late 1971 when a good friend’s sister was working in the USA.
She was in Los Angeles and sent her brother a pre-recorded cassette of GL’s ‘Summer Side of Life’.
He lent it to me and I was immediately taken with the songs. I’d never heard anything like it in England.
I bought the LP, which I still own. Little did I know how it would set me on a long road, which ended up at the Massey Hall in Toronto.
Even after all this time, ‘Love and Maple Syrup’ is one of my favourite Lightfoot songs.

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Old 01-20-2020, 04:34 PM   #3
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I became familiar with Gord at a young age because my folks had some albums of his.
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Old 01-20-2020, 05:57 PM   #4
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My wife, Fran, loved Lightfoot's music as much as I did. We lived in Plano, TX. We only had 1 chance to see him there. In 2007 Fran became ill and was diagnoiced with pancreatic cancer, stage 4. Fran died that Aug after 54 years of marriage. She was a Jewish convert and her funeral was held at Temple Emanuel in Dallas. She was buried in Ness City, KS with her parents. The night before we had a non-religious service at the funeral home. To close the service I said I would like to spend our last night together doing what we loved best, listening to Gordon Lightfoot. I chose 5 songs to be played. They were:
The First Time Ever I Saw Her Face
Beautiful
If You Could Read My Mind
The Last Time I Saw Her
End of All Time

I think she would have liked that
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Old 01-21-2020, 04:29 AM   #5
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I can't remember the first time I heard a Gordon Lightfoot song, but it must have been "Sundown" in 1974 when Australian radio stations were playing it constantly. It reached No 4 in Australia. The next Lightfoot song I became aware of was IYCRMM, because my secondary school included it in the annual concert at the Melbourne Town Hall (and my year level was among those who sang it). Then a schoolmate lent me his brother's LP of Gord's Gold. And after my older sister brought home the Summertime Dream album, I was hooked.

By the way, Steve, I can understand you choosing "End Of All Time" for your wife's passing, because it struck a chord with me when my father died in 2017 and I have included it in my own funeral album (along with "Carefree Highway") for when that time comes.

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Old 01-22-2020, 11:20 PM   #6
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There was a thread about this many, many years ago, but it's great that it's come back.

I have a somewhat amusing recollection about this. I was with a group a friends, male and female, in a car, in my high school years. I was sitting next to a young lady that I was just starting to get to know and was, ahem, "hoping to know better." We were talking about some stupid thing or another, when I heard "If You Could Read My Mind" coming over the radio. It was one of the most beautiful things I had ever heard, and I shushed her so I could listen to it. Not exactly the smoothest move, romantically.☺ I will never regret it, however--Lightfoot has accompanied me throughout my life's journey, and if the price was the chance to have some "fun", then so be it.
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Old 01-26-2020, 05:01 PM   #7
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I became familiar with Gord at a young age because my folks had some albums of his.
The nice thing about that is I'd get to know many of his songs that weren't the major hits and then years later rediscover him through the internet.
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Old 01-31-2020, 08:22 AM   #8
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When I heard IYCRMM for the first time. A few laters later I heard Sundown, and asked myself, who's that? The DJ said "Gordon Lightfoot," & I remembered, "Oh, the guy who recorded IYCRMM!" I bought my first Gordon CD in 1976 - "Gord's Gold," then received "Summertime Dream" for a Chanukah gift. After that I started backtracking & getting many of his albums containing the other album tracks!



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Old 02-02-2020, 11:41 PM   #9
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I'm pretty sure it was my older brothers who introduced me to GL, with IYCRMM and Sundown. Later in High School a buddy showed me Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgeraldand it was all over FM radio.
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Old 02-03-2020, 09:42 AM   #10
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I don't get what you mean by "all over FM radio" considering it was a hit and I assume most top 40 stations were still on AM at that time.
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