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Country Singer Gordon Lightfoot

13 Feb 10 - 12:53 PM (#2838248)
Subject: Country Singer Gordon Lightfoot
From: Beer

Yep, you heard right. And here he is.
Sure glad he went folk though. He comes on just after the dancers.
Beer (adrien)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmCarFE1NGc


13 Feb 10 - 12:56 PM (#2838251)
Subject: RE: Country Singer Gordon Lightfoot
From: gnu

Well, well, well....


13 Feb 10 - 01:05 PM (#2838266)
Subject: RE: Country Singer Gordon Lightfoot
From: frogprince

My gawd, Dan, how old are you trying to make a bunch of us feel, anyhow? I wonder if any of us would have realized that was him just from either seeing or hearing it.


13 Feb 10 - 01:08 PM (#2838269)
Subject: RE: Country Singer Gordon Lightfoot
From: Zany Mouse

He starts at 1:50 if you don't want to sit through the dancers.

I mustnadmit I wouldn't have recognised him. He's changed since he couldn't read my mind!

Rhiannon


13 Feb 10 - 01:16 PM (#2838276)
Subject: RE: Country Singer Gordon Lightfoot
From: meself

I've seen footage in which Gord IS one of the dancers (I don't think he is in this) ....


13 Feb 10 - 02:41 PM (#2838355)
Subject: RE: Country Singer Gordon Lightfoot
From: MikeL2

Hi

Im am a long time admirer of Gordon Lightfoot. I have lots of his records and used to do some of his songs.

Like others here I just wouldn't have recognosed him.

I don't really know what to say....

Cheers

MikeL2


13 Feb 10 - 03:02 PM (#2838366)
Subject: RE: Country Singer Gordon Lightfoot
From: Little Hawk

Well, I think he sings it very nicely.


13 Feb 10 - 03:58 PM (#2838405)
Subject: RE: Country Singer Gordon Lightfoot
From: GUEST,Russ

OMG!

Incredible.

Russ (Permanent GUEST)


13 Feb 10 - 04:25 PM (#2838436)
Subject: RE: Country Singer Gordon Lightfoot
From: Beer

I agree L.H. he does sing it nicely. But as a country singer I don't think he would have made it as far as he did with his crossover to folk.
Lightfoot will always be a favorites, just like Prine, Dylan, Kristofferson and a Hamilton boy by the name of Ray Materick.
Adrien


13 Feb 10 - 05:08 PM (#2838471)
Subject: RE: Country Singer Gordon Lightfoot
From: Amergin

My mother use to have all his records, and she use to go see him at the Stateline there on the Idaho/Montana border, so I grew up listening to him. Several years ago I got her the Gordon Lightfoot box set...and then I found out he was coming to town, and so got two tickets. One for her and one for me. It was awesome.


13 Feb 10 - 05:38 PM (#2838488)
Subject: RE: Country Singer Gordon Lightfoot
From: Little Hawk

It's hard to find a classier and finer body of work than the songs Lightfoot has written and performed.


13 Feb 10 - 05:47 PM (#2838499)
Subject: RE: Country Singer Gordon Lightfoot
From: Arkie

Thanks for link. Several decades back, I had the chance to see Lightfoot at a concert in Sacramento. The sound was awful. I still consider it one of my favorite concerts. Hey, it was Gordon Lightfoot.

Enjoyed the dancers too. One of the figures was something we call Two Little Hobos here in Arkansas and is among the rarer dances done here these days.


13 Feb 10 - 06:21 PM (#2838515)
Subject: RE: Country Singer Gordon Lightfoot
From: Susan A-R

Sounds a bit like Elvis. I must admit I like the edge he developed later better.


13 Feb 10 - 07:18 PM (#2838541)
Subject: RE: Country Singer Gordon Lightfoot
From: Sandy Mc Lean

It looks like an old Country Hoedown clip. That was a great CBC show from years past!


13 Feb 10 - 07:35 PM (#2838545)
Subject: RE: Country Singer Gordon Lightfoot
From: gnu

There was a time in this fair land when Lightfoot did sing country.
Thank God he found himself and did not bow to gentry.
For if he had, those ballads that we sing and all know,
Would be forever lost like the spring's melting snow...

Sorry. Especially to Him.


13 Feb 10 - 07:38 PM (#2838546)
Subject: RE: Country Singer Gordon Lightfoot
From: meself

"One of the figures was something we call Two Little Hobos here in Arkansas"

And of course that's the Arkansas Traveller they're dancing to ... hmmm ...


13 Feb 10 - 07:47 PM (#2838549)
Subject: RE: Country Singer Gordon Lightfoot
From: gnu

Interview.


13 Feb 10 - 08:09 PM (#2838558)
Subject: RE: Country Singer Gordon Lightfoot
From: Beer

Thanks for sharing that Gnu.
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13 Feb 10 - 10:48 PM (#2838620)
Subject: RE: Country Singer Gordon Lightfoot
From: open mike

i just discovered his song Crossroads...
i collect as many songs by this title as i can
because it is the name of my radio show.


13 Feb 10 - 11:08 PM (#2838632)
Subject: RE: Country Singer Gordon Lightfoot
From: katlaughing

I thought I'd posted earlier. Hmmmm...I really enjoyed the clip, but am glad he want folk, too.

The dancing was a lot of fun. It reminded me of the square dances we did in elementary school and the ones my mom and dad played for. Fun stuff!


13 Feb 10 - 11:14 PM (#2838634)
Subject: RE: Country Singer Gordon Lightfoot
From: topical tom

Wow! I never knew that Gordon was once a country singer. I knew him only as a folk singer. I saw him in a folk concert in Montreal years ago. A true Canadian icon, a great songwriter and singer.


14 Feb 10 - 06:42 AM (#2838774)
Subject: RE: Country Singer Gordon Lightfoot
From: MikeL2

hi gnu

Thanks for your brief parody of Gordon's great Canadian Railroad Trilogy.

This is my all time Gordon favourite -:

Some time ago I learned it all and two friends who are better guitarists than I used to do it at some folk clubs when we could get together.

Thanks for the memory

Cheers

MikeL2


14 Feb 10 - 07:47 AM (#2838803)
Subject: RE: Country Singer Gordon Lightfoot
From: 3refs

Pretty sure Gord was one of the dancers!
If I'd have heard that song and not seen Gord sitting there, I'd have thought it was Bobby Curtola or Tommy Hunter or anybody except Gordon Lightfoot.


14 Feb 10 - 08:30 AM (#2838827)
Subject: RE: Country Singer Gordon Lightfoot
From: Beer

I also think he is ref.
Love the song "Crossroads". Interesting collection you have there. Pleased to hear you can add to it. I was just going over this site.
http://www.lightfoot.ca/lyrics.htm as I use for a reference to words and chords. Other Lightfood fans here may find it useful as well.

Gordon is a great story tell in song. Here are a few that in MHO stand out.

Ballad of Yarmouth Castle
Black Day in July
Canadian Railway Trilogy
Cold Hands From New York
Ode to Big Blue
The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

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14 Feb 10 - 09:13 AM (#2838869)
Subject: RE: Country Singer Gordon Lightfoot
From: Duke

I believe Gord was still on the show when he broke into folk as one half of the Two Tones and played a 4 string guitar. I saw them quite often at the Village Corner Club in Toronto.


14 Feb 10 - 09:41 AM (#2838891)
Subject: RE: Country Singer Gordon Lightfoot
From: Little Hawk

Do you remember Mike Cavendish from the Village Corner? It so happens he's a regular attendee at a local song circle I go to these days. He's got various photos and memorabilia from back then, including one cool photo of a very young Joan Baez sunning herself on the roof of some building. He's also got a lot of outrageous stories about the people and the times...I figure at least half of them are true! ;-)


14 Feb 10 - 11:05 PM (#2839465)
Subject: RE: Country Singer Gordon Lightfoot
From: GUEST,char

www.corfid.com - fan based Lightfoot site/discussion board. pics/videos/concert reviews etc.

www.lightfoot.ca - tour/history/discography etc.

Gord is The Man.

Still on tour with 70 shows per year.. 71 years old and packing them in..he's awesome.

Char


15 Feb 10 - 09:26 AM (#2839822)
Subject: RE: Country Singer Gordon Lightfoot
From: MikeL2

Hi

The man is indefatiguable !!

Gord used to vist the Uk regularly back in the 70's I caught a couple of concerts then. Red Shea was with him and I thought he was the perfect back-up to Gord.

The did a BBC series called In Concert featuring top Country/Folk ( I hope this doesn't start another feud).

It must have been around 1970....?? Red Shea was with him on the televised concert.

Does anyone know what happened to Red ?/ I haven't heard anything about him in years.

Cheers

MikeL2


15 Feb 10 - 12:21 PM (#2840008)
Subject: RE: Country Singer Gordon Lightfoot
From: Beer

Red Shea passed away back in 2008. A great loss.
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http://fyimusic.ca/obituaries/obituary-guitaristdobro-player-red-shea

Scroll down close to the end of the page.


15 Feb 10 - 01:09 PM (#2840055)
Subject: RE: Country Singer Gordon Lightfoot
From: pdq

"From 1965-1970 Red Shea was in the famed trio that cut several timeless albums for United Artists and went on to record with Lightfoot during his even more celebrated Reprise Records era. Shea left the touring band in 1970, but continued to record with Lightfoot until 1975. He hosted his own Canadian variety show, played with Ian Tyson, and became band leader for Tommy Hunter's TV show in the 1980s on CBC.

Lightfoot met Red Shea in 1960 while they both worked on the CBC country series, Country Hoedown, Lightfoot as a member of the Singin' Swingin' Eight and Shea as a member of the Red & Les Trio. The trio was made up of Red, his brother Les and bassist Bill Gibbs.

Album Discography credits with Lightfoot include: Did She Mention My Name, Sunday Concert, Sit Down Young Stranger, Summer Side of Life, Don Quixote, Old Dan's Records, Sundown and Harmony (released in 2004). He is also credited on albums by James & The Good Brothers, the Good Brothers (Live), (Ol' Eon) Ian Tyson, and (The Innocent Age) Dan Fogelberg."


15 Feb 10 - 01:36 PM (#2840085)
Subject: RE: Country Singer Gordon Lightfoot
From: GUEST,Stew

I'm open to correction here, but didn't Gord Lightfoot and Anne Murray appear on a CBC show with Oscar Brand called "Let's Sing Out" or something of that nature. Also the fellow Gene (forgot his last name) who penned "Snowbird" was one of the people on the show.
Stew


15 Feb 10 - 03:23 PM (#2840186)
Subject: RE: Country Singer Gordon Lightfoot
From: MikeL2

Hi beer

many thanks for your info on Red.

I am sorry to hear he is not with us any more. My belated condolences go out to his family.

I didn't know him but had seen him a couple of times.

I was entranced by his playing and I tried to "borrow" some of his style when I performed some of Gordon's songs.

The nearest I got was on my own version of Me & Bobby McGee but I know I didn't do Red any justice with my rendition.

Thanks once again....sad news

Cheers

MikeL2


15 Feb 10 - 09:38 PM (#2840550)
Subject: RE: Country Singer Gordon Lightfoot
From: Beer

Red Shea always amazed me. Caught two shows back in the 70ties at Place des Arts in Montreal. Still remember in amazement how the two complemented each other. When I first heard Bobby McGee I thought it was Gordon who wrote it. Never thought about looking to make sure. Gordon seldom done any other artist numbers so I just took it for granted that it was his tune. When I discovered that it was some guy by the name of Kris Kristofferson I just had to look this chap up. And what a great discovery he became. Then Kris help find a great one as well by the name of John Prine.
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19 Feb 10 - 06:49 PM (#2844591)
Subject: RE: Country Singer Gordon Lightfoot
From: gnu

I can't believe this release. THAT is the guy I smoked with!


19 Feb 10 - 11:09 PM (#2844749)
Subject: RE: Country Singer Gordon Lightfoot
From: Beer

I thought you gave up cigarettes Gnu?
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