Canadian Legend Gordon Meredith Lightfoot Jr. was born on November 17, 1938 in Orillia, Ontario!
Robbie Robertson of the Band described Lightfoot as "a national treasure". Bob Dylan, also a Lightfoot fan, called him one of his favourite songwriters and, in an often-quoted tribute, Dylan observed that when he heard a Lightfoot song he wished "it would last forever”!
“Sundown” is Lightfoot's 10th Album, released in 1974. It reached #1
in the US on the Billboard Charts, the only Lightfoot album to achieve this. In his native Canada, it topped the RPM 100 for five consecutive weeks.
The Album marked the pinnacle of Lightfoot's acoustic folk-country blend before he embarked on an increasing use of electronic instruments, although he did include some electric guitar, most notably on the title track.
The 1st Single “Sundown" reached Number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and Easy Listening Charts, his only single to hit Number 1 in the US. There are rumours that "Sundown" was inspired by Lightfoot's then girlfriend, Cathy Smith, later more infamously known for her involvement in the 1982 drug-related death of actor John Belushi. "Carefree Highway”, the 2nd Single released, peaked at Number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Number 1 on the Easy Listening Chart. The song's name comes from a section of Arizona State Route 74 in North Phoenix. Said Lightfoot, "I thought it would make a good title for a song. I wrote it down, put it in my suitcase and it stayed there for eight months."
Tonight I am spinning another piece of Canadiana, Sundown by Gordon Lightfoot in honour of Gord’s 78th Birthday! Happy Birthday Gord! 🎂🎁🎉🎈🎸
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