Happy 77th Birthday, Gordon Lightfoot!

2 Gordon Lightfoot videosIf You Could Read My Mind & The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald – by Canadian folk singer-songwriter and septuagenarian senior citizen Gordon Lightfoot, who turns 77 today. He was born Gordon Meredith Lightfoot Jr. on November 17, 1938.

Below, a young Gordon Lightfoot on the far right at a record industry lunch in 1965. 

gordon lightfoot 1965, canadian singer, songwriter, younger, ballads, the wreck of the edmund fitzgerald, if you could read my mind(Gordon Lightfoot 1965 Photo: Alexandra Studio / City of  Toronto Archives | Wikimedia CC 20)

Born November 17, 1938 in Orillia Ontario, Gordon Lightfoot is a legend on the Canadian music scene, loved by seniors, baby boomers, and younger generations. Below, a vintage Gordon Lightfoot performance from 1972 – If You Could Read My Mind (1970)   

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald is about the sinking of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald freighter on November 10, 1975 on Lake Superior. The entire crew of SS Edmund Fitzgerald were lost when the ship sank during a storm. Below, Gordon Lightfoot sings his famous ballad The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald:

gordon lightfoot 2009, canadian singer, canadian songwriter, the wreck of the edmund fitzgerald, if you could read my mind, older, senior citizen(Gordon Lightfoot 2009 Photo: Arnielee | Wikimedia CC 3.0)

After recovering from an abdominal aortic aneurysm and the resulting surgery in 2002 (and a minor stroke in 2006), today Gordon Lightfoot still looks frail but continues to tour and perform. 

He married for the third time in 2014, to Kim Hasse; two earlier marriages ended in divorce. 

Gordon Lightfoot can be seen in concert in the United States in March 2016 and in the United Kingdom in May 2016. 

Happy 77th Birthday, Gordon Lightfoot!

Anita Hamilton

50+ World editor & baby boomer writer Anita Hamilton has always been interested in the "real people" stories behind the characters that create and inhabit the world of music, books, movies, television shows, current events, history, etc. A lifelong love of research (ok, nosiness) and writing, combined with a loving and supportive family complete with 3 mini-dachshund minions, keeps her busy.

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