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Gordon Meredith Lightfoot Jr is a Canadian singer-songwriter who achieved international success in folk, folk-rock, and country music.
He is credited with helping to define the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and 1970s. He is often referred to as Canada's greatest songwriter and is known internationally as a folk-rock legend.
Lightfoot's songs, including «For Lovin' Me», «Early Morning Rain», «Steel Rail Blues», «Ribbon of Darkness»—a number one hit on the U.S. country chart with Marty Robbins's cover in 1965—and «Black Day in July» about the 1967 Detroit riot, brought him wide recognition in the 1960s.
Canadian chart success with his own recordings began in 1962 with the No. 3 hit "(Remember Me) I'm the One", followed by recognition and charting abroad in the 1970s. His first US top 10 hit «If You Could Read My Mind» (1970) reached #5; «Sundown» (1974), #1; «Carefree Highway» (1974), #10, «Rainy Day People (1975), #25, and „The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald“ (1976) #2, Hot 100. Gordon Lightfoot Gordon Lights #folkrock #CountryMusic