Gordon Lightfoot (November 17, 1938 – May 1, 2023) was a Canadian singer-songwriter who achieved international success in folk, folk-rock, and country music. He had been credited with helping to define the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and 1970s. He is often referred to as Canada’s greatest songwriter and is known internationally as a folk-rock legend.
Lightfoot’s discography comprised 20 studio albums, three live albums, 16 greatest hits albums and 46 singles. Lightfoot’s songs, including “For Lovin’ Me”, “Early Morning Rain”, “Steel Rail Blues”, “Ribbon of Darkness”—a number one hit on the U.S. country chart with Marty Robbins’s cover in 1965—and “Black Day in July” about the 1967 Detroit riot, brought him wide recognition in the 1960s. Canadian chart success with his own recordings began in 1962 with the No. 3 hit “(Remember Me) I’m the One”, followed by recognition and charting abroad in the 1970s. His topped the US Hot 100 and/or AC chart with the hits “If You Could Read My Mind” (1970), “Sundown” (1974); “Carefree Highway” (1974), “Rainy Day People” (1975), and “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” (1976), and had many other hits that appeared within the top 40. Several of his albums achieved gold and multi-platinum status internationally.