Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released a statement in honor of legendary country singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, who died at the age of 84 on Monday (US time), reports ‘Variety’.
In his statement, Trudeau recalled meeting Lightfoot as a child when his father, Pierre, was prime minister in the 1970s and ’80s. “I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing yesterday of one of Canada’s greatest singer-songwriters, Gordon Lightfoot,” Trudeau said.
Justin Trudeau said, “Mr. Lightfoot has given us many special moments over the years.” “With a career spanning more than half a century, Mr. Lightfoot’s music told stories that captured the spirit of Canada, none more so than his iconic ‘Canadian Railroad Trilogy,’ which will forever be part of our country’s musical heritage. “
Gordon Lightfoot’s biggest American success came in the 1970s. they topped Board There were also Hot 100 hits with ‘Sundown’ in 1974 and top five songs with ‘If You Can Read My Mind’ and ‘The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald’.
All three songs reached No. 1 on the adult contemporary chart, as did “Carefree Highway” and “Rainy Day People” during their mid-’70s chart heyday.
With a career spanning seven decades, ‘Variety’ further states, Gordon Lightfoot rose to prominence in the mid-1960s, singing folk standards such as ‘Early Morning Rain’ (a major hit for Canadian folk duo Ian and Sylvia Tyson) penned down To Love Me’ and ‘Ribbons of Darkness’, as well as the ambitious ‘canadian Railroad Trilogy’, the northern counterpart to Mickey Newbury’s ‘American Trilogy’.
May his soul rest in peace!
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