The musician behind classic Canadian ballads “Early Morning Rain” and “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” died at a Toronto hospital on Monday evening, according to a representative for the family.
by David Friend
The Canadian Press
May 1, 2023
TORONTO — Gordon Lightfoot, the legendary folk singer whose silvery refrains told a tale of Canadian identity that was exported to listeners worldwide, has died at 84.
Lightfoot died at a Toronto hospital on Monday evening, said Victoria Lord, the musician’s longtime publicist and a representative for the family.
A cause of death was not immediately available.
Considered one of the most renowned voices to emerge from Toronto’s Yorkville folk club scene in the 1960s, Lightfoot went on to record no less than 20 studio albums and pen hundreds of songs, including “Early Morning Rain,” “Carefree Highway” and “Sundown.”
Once called a “rare talent” by Bob Dylan, his timeless compositions have transcended the boundaries of generations and musical genres.
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Brilliant singer-songwriter. One of the very best.
A very sad day RIP Gordon and thank you
A Canadian treasure. So glad I got to see him perform. One of my all time favorites.
RIP Mr. Lightfoot.
A Canadian music Icon, his music will stand the test of time.
So many great songs and most with great poetic lyrics. Canadian Railroad Trilogy, Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald and so many more. IMO his most underrated song is Circle Of Steel.
Gordon’s songs were a part of the soundtrack of our youth.
Enjoy that Carefree Highway for your last journey. 🙏🙏🙏