Gordon Meredith Lightfoot, Jr. CC, OOnt (born November 17, 1938) is a Canadian singer-songwriter who achieved international success in folk, folk-rock, and country music, and has been credited for helping define the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and 1970s. He has been referred to as Canada's greatest songwriter and internationally as a folk-rock legend. Gordon Lightfoot He began his career as a widely-covered, moderately- acclaimed folkie and 8 years and 10 albums later ended up as a platinum-selling star. The amazing part: he never really stopped just making his kind of music, before or after stardom. His writing stayed simple, his subjects stayed the same and his froggy croon never really altered. He may not carry too much hype anymore, but no less than Robbie Robertson called him “a national treasure” and Bob Dylan once said “I can’t think of any Gordon Lightfoot song I don’t like. Every time I hear a song of his, it’s like I wish it would last forever” among other compliments ( Influenced By Gordon Lightfoot ). Recommended Listen: Sundown Crash Course: 1. Sundown 2. Shadows 3. Summertime Dream Compilation Replacement: Gord’s Gold Signature Songs: 1. “If You Could Read My Mind” 2. “Canadian Railroad Trilogy” 3. “Sundown” 4. “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” 5. “Shadows” Personal Note: Full confession: I picked him this week because I just saw him in concert for the first time last week, but he was in my plans already. Kind of hoping the name-drop from Pianos Become the Teeth might mean people were curious. In the name of objectivity, I didn’t pick my favorite Lightfoot album (Shadows) as the recommended listen, because there just seems to be too clear a consensus in favor of Sundown. I also left out favorites like “In My Fashion”, or “I’m Not Supposed to Care” in the songs, but there’s a lot of gold to find as you keep listening. He was exceptionally consistent in releasing albums that were rarely wall-to-wall knockouts, but were always high-quality and had a fistful of songs you could class among his best.