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Papa George Lightfoot

Biography

Thanks to a small number of terrific 1950s edges, the name of Papa Lightfoot was spoken in hushed and reverent shades by 1960s blues aficionados. After that, maker Steve LaVere monitored down the elusive harp get better at in Natchez, slicing an recording for Vault in 1969 that announced towards the globe that Lightfoot was still wailing just like a wildman for the mouth area body organ. Alas, his return was short-lived; he passed away in 1971 of respiratory failing and cardiac arrest. Classes for Peacock in 1949 (unissued), Sultan in 1950, and Aladdin in 1952 preceded an incredible 1954 day for Imperial in New Orleans that created Lightfoot’s “Mean Aged Teach,” “Wines Females Whiskey” (composed of his lone one for the company) and an amazing “Once the Saints Move Marching In.” Lightfoot’s habit of performing through his harp mike additional coarsened his currently rough-hewn vocals, while his harp playing was merely shot through with countless invention. Singles for Savoy in 1955 and Excello another year (the last mentioned billed him as “Ole Sonny Guy”) shut out Lightfoot’s ’50s documenting activities, setting up the stage for his regrettably short return in 1969.

Quick Facts


Died November 28, 1971, Natchez, Mississippi, United States
Nationality American
Music Songs Wine, Women & Whiskey, Jumpin' With Jarvis, Mean ol' Train, Jump the Boogie, P L Blues, Blue Lights, Wild Fire, Rub a Little Boogie, After-While, She'll Be Mine After a While, When the Saints Go Marchin' In, Creole Gal Blues, Mr. Ticket Agent, Coming Back Home, Wine, Whiskey & Women, Mean Ol' Train - Version 3, Mean Ol' Train #3, That Mean Old Train, The Saints, Mean Ol Train Part 2, Mean Ol Train Part 3
Albums Blues Harmonica Wizards, Love To Stay, Wine, Women & Whiskey, Mr. Ticket Agent, Jazz World Vol. 6


  • Facts
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#Fact
1 Returning to his Canadian home in Toronto after a 10 show tour ending at the Sunrise in Fort Pierce Florida. [March 2010]
2 Performing at the Memorial Center in Peterborough Ontario, as part of the flood relief concert to help Peterborough recover from great losses. [August 2004]
3 He appeared on Canadian Idol on Aug 18th, 2004. His music was one of the weekly themes of the show, and six young finalists worked with him individually to prepare for singing his songs in competition. [August 2004]
4 Saturday, September 7th 2002 - rushed to McMaster University Health Centre in Hamilton, Ontario by air ambulance after experiencing stomach pains. He had emergency stomach surgery and is expected to make a complete recovery. Details of the surgery are pending. [September 2002]
5 He is back at home after spending several months in hospital. According to a recent interview with the Globe & Mail newspaper, he has ready another album which will be titled "Twenty" and due for release sometime in 2004. [October 2003]
6 Inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in 1998 (charter member).
7 In 2002, suffered a near-fatal ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm, similar to the condition that took the life of actor John Ritter. He withstood six weeks in a coma, four surgeries and two years of extensive rehab. His first extensive tour did not happen until 2005.
8 Has earned five Grammy nominations and 17 Juno Awards in his native Canada, and was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.
9 The younger of two children, he grew up in Orillia, Ontario, where, as a boy soprano he worked the wedding circuit ("O, Promise Me" and "The Lord's Prayer" were his specialties). He also performed in a church choir, a barbershop quartet and a dance band.
10 Took classes in music school in Los Angeles before returning to his native Canada and playing the guitar and sang in coffee houses while composing songs.
11 The folk group Peter, Paul and Mary made a hit out of his song "For Lovin' Me". Other artists who did well from his material include Anne Murray, Judy Collins, Richie Havens, and Gordon's real-life idol Bob Dylan.
12 Married twice and separated from his second wife, he has six children by four women.
13 Pictured on one of four 52¢ Canadian commemorative postage stamps honoring Canadian Recording Artists, issued 29 June 2007. The other stamps pictured Paul Anka, Joni Mitchell, and Anne Murray.
14 Six children: Two children, Fred (born Feb 1, 1964) and Ingrid (born Dec 31, 1965), from his first marriage with wife Brita Two children out of wedlock, including Eric (born Dec 30, 1981) with Cathy Coonley. Two children, Miles (born ca. 1991) and Meredith (born ca. 1996), with current wife Elizabeth. One older sister, Bev. Two grandchildren.
15 He was awarded the O.C. (Officer of the Order of Canada) on June 26, 1970 and awarded the C.C. (Companion of the Order of Canada) on May 8, 2003 for his services to entertainment.
16 Has frequently sung "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" at the annual Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Service at Mariner's Church in Detroit.
17 Saturday, September 7th 2002 - rushed to McMaster University Health Centre in Hamilton, Ontario by air ambulance after experiencing stomach pains. He had emergency stomach surgery and is expected to make a complete recovery. Details of the surgery are pending.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Quatro por Quatro 1994 TV Series performer: "Sundown"
Miracle on 34th Street 1994 writer: "Song for a Winter's Night"
Gremlins 2: The New Batch 1990 performer: "If You Could Read My Mind" / writer: "If You Could Read My Mind"
Harry Tracy: The Last of the Wild Bunch 1982 performer: "My Love for You"
The Kingston Trio and Friends: Reunion 1982 TV Movie writer: "Early Morning Rain"
Renaldo and Clara 1978 performer: "Ballad in Plain D"
Jaws of Death 1977 Documentary performer: "Long River" - uncredited
James at 16 1977 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Who Are the DeBolts? [And Where Did They Get 19 Kids?] 1977 Documentary writer: "If You Could Read My Mind"
Twice Is Not Enough 1976 performer: "Cold on the Shoulder" - uncredited / writer: "If You Could Read My Mind", "Cold on the Shoulder" - uncredited
A Fantasy Fulfilled 1975 writer: "If You Could Read My Mind" - uncredited
The Graham Kennedy Show 1972-1975 TV Series writer - 5 episodes
McCloud 1974 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Ernie Sigley Show 1974 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Die Rudi Carrell Show 1973 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Paperback Hero 1973 performer: "If You Could Read My Mind" / writer: "If You Could Read My Mind"
Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii 1973 TV Special documentary writer: "Early Morning Rain"
Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii - Rehearsal Concert 1973 TV Movie writer: "Early Morning Rain"
Ciao Manhattan 1972 writer: "Can't Make It Anymore"
The Johnny Cash Show TV Series performer - 3 episodes, 1969 - 1971 writer - 2 episodes, 1969 - 1971
Music Scene TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1969 writer - 1 episode, 1969
Hail, Hero! 1969 performer: "Hail, Hero!", "Wherefore and Why" / writer: "Hail, Hero!", "Wherefore and Why"
Mike & Mike TV Series performer - 9 episodes, 2013 - 2016 writer - 9 episodes, 2013 - 2016
Supernatural TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
The Blacklist TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
A Fierce Green Fire 2012 Documentary performer: "Pride of Man"
The Greims 2009 Short performer: "Pussywillows, Cat-tails" / writer: "Pussywillows, Cat-tails"
This Beat Goes On: Canadian Pop Music in the 1970s 2009 TV Movie documentary performer: "Sundown" / writer: "Sundown", "Alberta Bound", "Cotton Jenny"
The Marty Stuart Show 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Qwerty 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Generation Kill 2008 TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Holiday Festival on Ice 2007 2007 TV Movie writer: "Song For A Winter's Night"
We Are Marshall 2006 performer: "If You Could Read My Mind" / writer: "If You Could Read My Mind"
Canadian Idol 2003-2006 TV Series writer - 5 episodes
Aloha from Sweden 2006 Video writer: "Early Morning Rain"
I Love the '70s: Volume 2 TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2006 writer - 1 episode, 2006
Cold Case TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2005 writer - 1 episode, 2005
Elvis by the Presleys 2005 TV Movie documentary writer: "Early Morning Rain"
Idol 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Wonderland 2003 performer: "If You Could Read My Mind" 1970 / writer: "If You Could Read My Mind" 1970
The Brown Bunny 2003 performer: "Beautiful" / writer: "Beautiful"
Mission Hill 1999 TV Series performer: "Sundown" / writer: "Sundown"
54 1998 writer: "If You Could Read My Mind"
Mystery Science Theater 3000 1992-1998 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Nico Icon 1995 Documentary writer: "I'm Not Sayin'"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hotel 1988 TV Series Joe Daniels
Harry Tracy: The Last of the Wild Bunch 1982 U.S. Marshal Morrie Nathan
The Wayne & Shuster Comedy Special 1970 TV Series
One Hundred Years Young 1967 TV Movie

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ghosts of Cape Horn 1980 Documentary song
One Hundred Years Young 1967 TV Movie composer: song "Canadian Railroad Trilogy"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Welcome to the Ranchero 2012 TV Series thanks - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Katie Chats 2014 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2013 TV Series Himself - Musical guest
100th Grey Cup Halftime Show 2012 TV Movie Himself
The Hour 2011 TV Series Himself
This Beat Goes On: Canadian Pop Music in the 1970s 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Power of Their Song: The Untold Story of Latin America's New Song Movement 2008 Documentary Himself
Shakin' All Over! 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
Live 8 2005 TV Special documentary Himself
Canadian Idol 2004 TV Series Himself - Audience Member / Himself - Guest / Himself - Mentor
Four Strong Winds 2003 TV Series Himself
Record Man: The Life and Times of Sam Sniderman 2002 Documentary short Himself
Gordon Lightfoot: Live in Reno 2000 Himself
Life and Times 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
The 25th Annual Juno Awards 1996 TV Special Performer
Tears Are Not Enough 1985 Documentary Himself
The Alan Thicke Show 1981 TV Series Himself
The 19th Annual Grammy Awards 1977 TV Special Himself
Saturday Night Live 1976 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
Disco 1974 TV Series Himself
In Concert 1972 TV Series Himself
The Johnny Cash Show 1969-1971 TV Series Himself - Singer
The David Frost Show 1970 TV Series Himself
Music Scene 1969 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
Telescope 1967 TV Series documentary Himself
The Country and Western Show 1963 TV Series Himself - Host
The 6:25 Show 1963 TV Series Himself - Performer
Country Hoedown 1956 TV Series Himself (1960)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Greatest Canadian 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Animal Charm: Golden Digest 1996 Video documentary Himself (uncredited)

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#Quote
1 [on avoiding writing his autobiography] I don't like to have to remind myself of everything I hate about myself. It's highly unnecessary. I'm reformed. I'm doing my best. I'm trying hard. I don't want to hurt a soul. I'm just a peace loving guy.
2 I'm a little nuts. I'm a lot nuts. All I know is that in the midst of the madness of this world it's my therapy. The music touches my heartstrings.
3 I was under contract for 33 years, and when you're like that you're always under the gun to produce. You tend to ignore certain things and to become isolated, and you don't spend enough time thinking about other things like the business end and the family and even the live performances. Now I can concentrate on my shows, which is great because that's what I like best anyway. -- GL, during 2007 interview

#Trademark
1 Songs often include references to Canada
2 Often plays a 12-string guitar and layers his own background vocals on record
3 His moustache, which he has worn consistently through the late 1960s and to this day
4 His distinctive baritone voice

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