Gordon Lightfoot’s 20 Best Songs

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.


    20. “That Same Old Obsession”

    19. “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues”

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    Elton John Diamonds

    Watch Elton John Perform “I’m Still Standing” On Colbert

    Elton John gave a stirring rendition of his 1983 hit “I’m Still Standing” on The Late Show on Monday.

    The track is a part of John’s new greatest hits compilation, Diamonds, collecting his favourite works with songwriter Bernie Taupin.

    He also sat down with Stephen Colbert for an interview.

    “I was in a terrible band, not a terrible band, but a mediocre band, and I was getting fed up playing to people who were eating fish and chips,” John remembered. “I saw an advertisement from a record company that said, ‘singers and songwriters wanted’ … I was very chubby, I was shy, I wasn’t the lead singer, I was just the piano player in the band, but I was so fed up.” It was through this that John ended up connecting with Taupin.

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    Bob Dylan

    Bob Dylan’s Guitar Sells For Nearly $400,000 At Auction

    A guitar Bob Dylan played during his Rolling Thunder Revue (as well as at the Concert for Bangladesh) sold at auction for almost $400,000.

    An anonymous buyer picked up the 1963 Martin D-28 acoustic guitar for $396,000. It was initially estimated to sell around the $300K mark.

    Dylan’s guitar repairman, Larry Cragg, put the instrument up on the auction block. He initially bought it off of Dylan in 1977 for $500. The receipt was included in the sale.

    “According to Cragg, he has kept the guitar in a humidity-controlled environment, with loosened strings for the forty years it’s been in his possession, and it has not been played since it was wielded by Bob Dylan in 1977,” according to Heritage Auctions, the house responsible for the sale. (more…)

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