Inductee Profile

Gordon Lightfoot

At a glance

Born: November 17, 1938
Where: Orillia, ON
Big Break:

Signed first recording contract, 1966.

Notable Achievements:

Awards: Winner of Canadian Juno Awards for top folk singer, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, and 1977, for top male vocalist, 1967, 1970, 1971, 1972, and 1974, and for composer of the year, 1972 and 1976; recipient of awards from ASCAP for songwriting, 1971, 1974, 1976, and 1977; decorated Order of Canada, 1970; ""Sundown"" named pop record of the year, 1974, by Music Operators of America; recipient of Vanier Award by Canadian Jaycees, 1977; named Canadian male recording artist of the decade (1970s), 1980; named to Juno Hall of Fame, 1986.



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The young Gordon Lightfoot first began singing in the church choir of his Orillia, Ontario hometown. By the time he graduated high school, Lightfoot had already taught himself guitar and started to write the songs that would make him an international folk music legend.

After emerging from the Toronto music scene in the early 1960s, the singer/songwriter would record 19 albums, sell nearly 10 million albums worldwide, and have over 130 of his songs recorded by other artists.

His lyrics are intensely autobiographical, frequently delving deep into the idea of Canadian identity. Constantly recording and touring, Lightfoot says "I am deeply honoured to have been chosen as one of the inaugural recipients of the Walk of Fame awards. It pleases me to see an award of this kind for Canadians."