No lesser an authority than Bob Dylan has remarked that Gordon Lightfoot is one of the greatest lyricists in the history of popular music. Indeed, the self-effacing Canadian can boast that some of the leading artists of all time, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and even Dylan himself, have covered his material. His own career helped establish the folk pop sound of the late 60s and early 70s, and although his commercial heyday was short-lived, it included the enduring Billboard Top 5 hit, If You Could Read My Mind, and his sole Billboard number 1, the hypnotic Sundown. Although his star faded as the 70s drew to a close, Lightfoot continued to tour and record quality material into the new millennium.
Followers: Al Stewart, Tom Chapin, Jim Croce, Bruce Cockburn
Influenced By: Marty Robbins, The Weavers, Pete Seeger, Fred Neil, Bob Gibson, Tom Paxton, Stephen Foster...