Today marks the 79th birthday of Canadian icon, Gordon Lightfoot.
The singer-songwriter has had his songs covered by the likes of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Barbara Streisand, and more. Bob Dylan famously said that when he heard a Lightfoot song, he wished “it would last forever”.
Lightfoot has received plenty of accolades over his long career including:
The Companion of the Order of Canada (Canada’s highest civilian honour)
The Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, Canada’s highest honour in the performing arts
The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario
Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame
To honour Lightfoot on his birthday, we’re counting down 20 of his best songs.