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Jenney 02-21-2011 01:19 AM

I got a phone call at midnight tonight. Terry was taken off life support today after sufffering a stroke 10 days ago, and passed away.

Terrible, terrible news.

The end of an era.

They will still continue on though, and expect to still go out in a couple of weeks.

Islandgirl1 02-21-2011 02:38 AM

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OMG! I was not prepared to hear this news. I have tears in my eyes. As you said Jenney, the end of an era. RIP Terry.

Scott Mac 02-21-2011 02:53 AM

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Sad, sad news. I cannot imagine a Lightfoot concert without Terry.

byKimberly 02-21-2011 02:56 AM

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I wish it wasn't true. Sad, so sad.
I will miss him.

brink- 02-21-2011 03:08 AM

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Shit! Poor Terry, he was so young still.

R1zbear 02-21-2011 04:26 AM

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Sad, sad news

Moosedog 02-21-2011 08:06 AM

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Incredibly sad. Terry will be missed by so many. :(

Yuri 02-21-2011 08:52 AM

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Speechless.....I'm devastated.

formerlylavender 02-21-2011 09:06 AM

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OMG such bad news. Can't believe it...I'm in shock. Feel so badly for everyone...

spocksbrain 02-21-2011 09:10 AM

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I am also in shock. He was a very talented and underrated guitarist. At the same time there never was a more gracious person. I will always treasure the autographs I have. I must admit that I wept at the news. I have always loved the way he played everything.

Melissa 02-21-2011 09:15 AM

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I am so very sorry to hear this terrible news. Poor Terry. He was an awesome picker and will be sorely missed by many, many people. I cannot imagine that empty spot on the right side of the stage. That is going to be very hard to see.


brink- 02-21-2011 09:23 AM

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Terry always spoke so highly of Roz and was so proud of his girls. I hope they know how he treasured them.

peterpeter 02-21-2011 09:44 AM

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Very sad news indeed. Key contributor to the Lightfoot sound for more than 40 years.
Terry will be nigh impossible to replace and I feel that 2011 will be the last year of GL going on tour.
A sad consequence.

peterpeter 02-21-2011 09:47 AM

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joveski 02-21-2011 10:26 AM

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i thought this was another spam thread at first. sad news indeed. some of his solos made the Lightfoot sound, especially from the mid 70s to early 80s. R.I.P

charlene 02-21-2011 10:33 AM

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Sad, sad news. Terry was always so great to talk with and as Brink says he was so proud of his girls.
I think that as long as GL feels he wants to still tour that arrangements will be made to do so for this year (50+ dates are already booked) and onward.
It's very sad.

Yuri 02-21-2011 10:55 AM

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Any plans to arrange contributions to, say the 'Heart & Stroke' foundation or at least a note of condolence to EMP/Gord/family(?) from Corfid?
Not to be premature but does Gord have someone who knows all the tunes and can sit in on the tour, or would he audition unknowns? I still can't imagine a show without Terry.....

Jenney 02-21-2011 11:04 AM

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As of now, nothing has been decided on for a memorial. It's still so new that it may take some time to come to grips with.
They will soldier on though, and expect to be out on the road March 15th as scheduled. I can't even imagine what that first concert will be like for the guys after being together for 40+ years. I know it will be hard for most of us, but devestating for them.
My deepest condolences go out to Roz and Terry's children.

charlene 02-21-2011 11:11 AM

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Yuri - I spoke with Jenney about that this morning..perhaps collect some funds during the Massey get together..If I hear or Jenney hears of any news regarding that we'll let folks know.

Melissa 02-21-2011 11:25 AM

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What a terrible day.

I'll never forget when Gord had his triumphant "return" in 2004 in Hamilton. After the show, a lot of us gathered at the hotel across the street from the venue. In addition to it being a wonderful night because Gord was "back" it was also a very happy time for Terry because he was so happy to get out there and tour again after such a long time. He had really missed the shows. I don't remember the details of whether his daughter had just gotten her PhD or had just been licensed as a medical doctor, but he introduced me to her and said, "this is DR. CLEMENTS!" He was so proud, he was just beaming. I finally met Roz one time at Massey and was happy to finally meet the gal he always loved and was so proud of. He loved his family very much and my heart goes out to them today.


charlene 02-21-2011 12:39 PM

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I think she was a 'doctor' of music...or english.. I think it was English... That was a great night in Hamilton...
One was a prof at a uni/college in Toronto..dont' think it was medical tho..
I got them mixed up - I sat beside one of the girls at Rama when Gord was there a while ago..B.Fiedler on the other side of me..His daughter knew who I was..lol

Mr. Fiedler called me awhile ago to let me know in case I hadn't heard about Terry and to confirm that the 2011 tour is still on with a new guitarist..
A possible press release from EMP will be issued tomorrow.
It was beyond thoughtful of him to call me at such a hectic time. Very sweet man.

2silent2breal 02-21-2011 01:43 PM

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Awful, awful news. Those perfect notes have been in the soundtrack of so many of our lives.

Sundreme 02-21-2011 01:54 PM

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This is really sad news. I met Terry many years ago and he was always extremely sweet, kind and funny. He was just a wonderful person and his loss will no doubt be felt deeply by everyone who knew him.
He got me backstage once, and I remember him asking Barry Harvey if I could join them after the show. Hard to believe in the space of a few short years, they're both gone.

lighthead2toe 02-21-2011 02:17 PM

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Very sad and unexpected news to begin this day with.

Terry's contribution to the Lightfoot sound was undeniable and his was a powerful, albeit a gentle presence up there on that stage being the lead guitar player for Gordon Lightfoot.

Condolences go out to his family and friends. He will surely be missed.

Ron Jones.

charlene 02-21-2011 02:34 PM

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Peter Bro10 02-21-2011 02:42 PM

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A very sad day...
My condolences to Terry's family... may he rest in peace!

nvtmusic 02-21-2011 02:56 PM

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Hi Folks ,
one off the few times i post ,
just wanted to add my condolences to Terry's family . Last october in Burlington Vt i got the chance to meet Terry and the band after the show, my son as - i did grew up watching the band and he was very excited to meet Terry . He Told him he was his biggest influence at becomming a guitar player - Terry was very gracious and thanked us for comming out to see them play - great guy - Very big loss,

Tim 02-21-2011 03:53 PM

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I can't add any more than what has already been said. We are all feeling the loss. Now, we can't help but recall our favorite "Terry Memories." Mine is during a show back in 2000, I attended with my son who was 7 years old at the time. We had the good fortune of sitting in the front row. At one point in the concert I thought I saw Terry just have this beaming smile as he saw my son. Then I realized, he really was looking at him, he just kept smiling & gazed at him for quite a while as he flawlessly breezed through whatever tune that Gord and the guys were playing. Then our eyes met and he gave a nod -- I think it was the father in hiim coming out as he appreciated this young fan. We had the good fortune of meeting Terry a number of times over the years -- always a gentleman.

niffer 02-21-2011 03:59 PM

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So very sorry to hear this news. I will remember Terry's mischievous smile as he played, and his immense talent. He will be greatly missed.

charlene 02-21-2011 04:07 PM

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I remember meeting him for the first time at Mariposa in 2000. He had been walking around with his wife. We stopped and chatted and snapped a couple of pics and got an autograph. I told him I had my 45 of IYCRMM that was 30 years old at the time...I asked him if Gord would be talking to anyone before the show and he showed me where the area was behind the stage and I could go over there and talk to him. When I went over Terry was talking with Gord. He was facing me and Gord has his back to me.They were about 50 feet away. Terry saw me and said something to Gord, then Gord turned around and came over... I think he told him about my 45...it's a wonderful memory. From that meeting with Terry I then met Gordon and subsequently sent him one of the pics I snapped..A couple of years later after a show in Pennsylvania he remembered me as the person who sent that picture...
here's the one of me and Terry -

musky_man 02-21-2011 05:08 PM

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What sad, sad news. So hard to believe. My sympathies to his family.

I still remember back when there was both Terry and Red on stage in their transition period. He seemed like he was barely out of high school, he looked so young.

Hard to find anymore words at this point -- damn this is heart breaking!

Bill 02-21-2011 05:15 PM

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SO sad. By all accounts a wonderful man and musician, and deep contributor to the Lightfoot sound. I can't imagine them going back out so soon. We have tickets for Raleigh on the 19th of March. I really don't know what to expect.

Lisa J 02-21-2011 05:15 PM

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What devastating news this is. My thoughts go out to his family and to the Lightfoot "family." Rest in Peace, Terry. What a kind, gentle and talented man. I always liked watching the interplay between Terry and Rick during concerts. They seemed to have so much fun on stage. The first time I got a chance to sit up front at a concert, I was watching Terry's fingers as he played. When I looked up at his face, he was looking at me and he winked! It startled me, but it made my day forever. I talked to him a few times after shows and he actually remembered me. For all the shows and fans, it was special that he did that. He will be truly missed.

Borderstone 02-21-2011 05:20 PM

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I received a call from
Dream Street Rose today and she told me this news.

I can say it wasa great honor not only to meet him and get an autograph from him,like most but to also talk with him as I did at the
January 2007 concert before they let us in for the show and have my piscture taken with him too.
We even shared the memory of wathcing the Canadian TV show "The Hilarious House of Frightenstein",which I was able to recive in my hometown in NW Pennsylvania.

His guitar playing was and is (as well as other band members contributions) the backbone of Gordon's works starting in the 1970s. Now when I listen to all those albums up to Harmony,the guitar playing will seem even deeper than before.

When we watch that clip from Saturday Night Live from 1976,where they do the close up of his playing.the feeling will be so very different,as well as with Live In Reno.

Especially his work on "End Of All Time",an unforgettable sound.

Rest In Peace Terry,I'm sor very glad to have met you.

RM 02-21-2011 05:22 PM

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Stunning news.

redhead 02-21-2011 06:00 PM

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What an incredibly sad way to begin a week.

My heart goes out to his family and to all of his friends in mourning the loss of this wonderfully talented man. May he rest in peace.

Borderstone 02-21-2011 08:12 PM

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I just found this in the "Press Articles Section" of the site.

January 2000 : 11 years and 1 month ago.

Terry Clements in the Lead

By Ben Elder
"I've been playing guitar too long to get uppity about it," says Terry Clements, the tall, soft-spoken Detroit native who has supplied lead guitar textures in Gordon Lightfoot's music for 30 years. "I'm still of the mind that the guitar is in the rhythm section. I actually like rhythm a lot more hat I like lead, and I'm not much of an acrobat."

His favourite acoustic guitarists include Tony Rice, Doc Watson, Ricky Skaggs, and Jerry Douglas (on Dobro). "I think Tony is about one of the slickest guys I've ever seen play," Clements says. "He doesn't even look like he's moving" Where are all these notes coming from?" Clements has recently been listening to Buena Vista Social Club, flamenco guitarist Manitas de Plata, and a lot of salsa music." "Growing up I California, I played with Mexican guys a lot," he says. "That stuff - all the percussion and horns - has got so much life to it!"

Clements started playing guitar at about age five using an open-D tuning. Before that, the guitar was not so much a musical tool as comfort. "My mum and dad broke up when I was between two and three, and my mum had to go out and work" he remembers. "She sent me off to St. Vincent de Paul, which is an orphanage in Mt. Clement, Michigan, for about three years," he recalls. "The guy there had this old Washburn acoustic, missing a string, so that became my teddy bear." He was reunited with his mother when her job situation improved, and she later bought him his first real guitar - a Stella.

In 1959, the family moved to southern California, where Clements was more likely to be found hanging out, playing guitar, and surfing in Huntington Beach that attending high school in Pasadena. By that time he'd stepped up to a Kay electric and was playing surf guitar wizard Dick Dale. This influence was to prove useful in Clements' later professional career. "You know that tremolo par in 'Canadian Railroad Trilogy'? Yearned that from Dick Dale!"

After high school, Clements spent two years in the navy, where he "busted up" his right and. He now picks with just a flatpick and his ring finger. He was part of Golden Sunflower in he '60sm a group managed by Lou Adler (manager of he Mamas and the Papas). Clements wrote and arranged for the group, and he was the only band member who actually played on the group's album; all the other parts were recorded by the legendary Wrecking Crew - an ensemble of first-call L.A. session aces.

Clements' association with Adler included recording, producing, arranging. Performing, and gofer work. He eventually got into film-score work, where he met Lightfoot. "A friend of mine was writing the score for a film at Paramount," he recalls. "They wanted to try Gord singing the title theme. They calles him in and right then and there he said, 'You want to join my band?' That's when Red [Shea] was still in there. I said I wanted to try this movie music stuff for a while. Then Gord calls up out of he blue, like late 1970, and says, 'What're you doing? How would you like a hipper gig? Red wants to get off the road, so I'm looking for a guitar player.'" Lightfoot flew Clements up to Toronto for an audition, and the two have been collaborators ever since.

At first, the "hipper gig" was challenging, because fans were often asking for Red Shea, but Clements brought his own style to the band - including electric guitar and a country rock sound - and eventually won them over. After three decades of working with Lightfoot, Clements says his job is not that complicated. "If Gord has specific idea, he'll tell me. Otherwise, it's, 'Come up with something,'" he explains, The ideas can flow in either direction, and "In My Fashion" from Waiting For You was built on a Terry Clements idea. "That was one of my riffs," he recalls. "Gordon said, 'Hey, can I use that I said, 'Sure,' and we ended up building that song around that riff."

When he's not on the road, Clements busies himself at home. "I have a little eight-track analog studio - enough to make a fairly good DAT, so I get songwriters in here. I help them arrange their stuff. The first time the young songwriters hear their song, hat's a pretty good feeling."

Clements' long tenure with Lightfoot is a testimonial in itself to the boss. "Gord is personable and more down to earth than a lot of people I've been around people who believe their own hype and have heads the size of watermelons. Gord doesn't have many airs about him. I guess to be in he business this long, you have some sense of decorum."

(typed by Gerhard Menzel)

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Name Clements, Terry Gender: M

Terry Clements : July 22nd,1947 - February 20th,2011

American musician who has played lead guitar with Gordon Lightfoot since the early '70s.

Clements’ parents broke up when he was between two and three. His mother sent him to St. Vincent de Paul, an orphanage in Mt. Clement, Michigan, for about three years. There he received an old Washburn acoustic, missing a string, that became his "teddy bear." Clements started playing guitar at about age five. He was reunited with his mother when her job situation improved, and she later bought him his first real guitar, a Stella.

In 1959, the family moved to Pasadena, California where Clements often skipped school to play guitar and surf. After high school, Clements spent two years in the Navy, where he injured his right hand. He now picks with just a flat pick and his ring finger. He was part of Golden Sunflower in the 1960s. Clements wrote and arranged for the group, and he was the only band member who actually played on the group's album.

He eventually got into film-score work, where he met Lightfoot. Lightfoot flew Clements up to Toronto for an audition, and the two have been collaborators ever since. After nearly three decades, Clements still enjoys their work together, often coming up with riffs that Lightfoot uses in his songs.

When he's not on the road, Clements works in his eight-track analog studio at home, helping new songwriters record their work. Terry was also featured in the 1974 documentary "Janis"

Jillian 02-21-2011 08:18 PM

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I'd like to joing others in expressing condolences to the family of a truly wonderful man.

I also have my own "Terry" story to tell. I was attending a concert in Florida with my mom, my dad, and my three brothers. It was maybe fifteen years ago, and I was probably eight, but it could have been a year or so in either direction, as my family attended multiple Lightfoot concerts. While we were preparing to entering the concert venue, my older brother and I got into an altercation in which I landed a solid kick to his knee. My dad saw this, to he sent my mom and brothers into the auditorium with their tickets, while he walked me in the direction of the parking lot to get to our car, where Dad would "counsel" me as to the error of my ways. Before we even reached the parking lot, sort of behind the stage area of the building, we came across Terry smoking a cigar. Dad recognized him. I don't know if Terry was just being his usual friendly self or if he recognized the looks on our faces, read the situation, and decided to save a poor little girl from getting whacked. Anyway, he engaged my dad in conversation for what was probably ten minutes. He was very sweet to me as well. My dad was so utterly thrilled at meeting and conversing with the great Terry Clements that I never got whacked that night. I've always been grateful to Terry, and I'll always wonder if he knew what he did for me.

charlene 02-21-2011 08:35 PM

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Borderstone 02-21-2011 08:51 PM

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I've just finished updating the Gordon Lightfoot Wikipedia page to include not only the news of Terry but of Red Shea as well.


I'm going home now to play my copy of the SNL performance and play some Gord Cd's as well.

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