Gordon Lightfoot new music sees recognition surge following folk new music legend’s demise

TORONTO — John Stinson experienced been listening to Gordon Lightfoot’s 1975 track, “Now and Then” on Monday soon in advance of it was announced that the Canadian folks music icon experienced died at 84.

Ironically, it’s just one of the couple music that Stinson does not accomplish as the lead singer of his Gordon Lightfoot Tribute band, which has seven demonstrates planned this summer across Ontario.

The 68-12 months-outdated from Aurora stated he is generally felt the importance of Lightfoot’s tunes when executing the tunes in bars all over the province and listening to audience’s admiration of the lyrics.

“I have usually known the affect of it, naturally, from the place I am sitting in,” he reported of Lightfoot’s legacy.

“But what does it indicate to absolutely everyone else as it filters across the state? What of his quite a few songs are likely to be the most long lasting? Is it likely to be ‘If you Could Read through My Head?’ Or is it heading to be ‘The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald?'”

Lightfoot, a person of the most renowned voices to arise from Toronto’s Yorkville folk club scene in the 1960s, died at Sunnybrook Clinic on Monday night immediately after struggling quite a few well being troubles in the latest a long time.

As followers mourn the Orillia-born famous singer-songwriter, Toronto record shops claimed they are presently observing additional clients making an attempt to get their palms on his most well-liked hits.

“I’ve sold a lot more Gordon Lightfoot these days than I have probably considering the fact that January,” stated Piers Charnley, associate supervisor at Kops Data on Queen Avenue West.

“A couple of them ended up like, they have usually required them, but they never ever got all-around to it and so now’s a superior time as any so they can really pay attention to it all over again.”

Orders have occur via for a lot of of Lightfoot’s 20 studio albums, including “Don Quixote,” “Sunset” and “Summertime Desire.”

He explained vintage copies of Lightfoot’s operate can be really hard to locate, with handful of contemporary re-presses offered.

Above at Sonic Increase Audio on Spadina Avenue, team stated they assume the Lightfoot information on hand will be sold out in times.

“I’m sure each last used record that we have acquired out there by (Lightfoot) is going to fly off the cabinets,” reported manager Chris Evers.

“We are absolutely celebrating his everyday living these days for confident. I acquired in at 9 a.m. and then we started out blasting it.” 

Evers called Lightfoot’s tunes “timeless” and mentioned he was “Canadian musical royalty.”

“A good deal of more youthful folks type of just take for granted that his data are always about since he has been so preferred, in particular in Canada. I imagine they’re likely heading to become a little bit far more scarce now.”

Celebrations of Lightfoot’s legacy have also been entrance and centre on digital platforms considering the fact that his loss of life was declared.

“Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read through My Mind,” a 2019 aspect documentary exploring his everyday living and career, had extra sights on streaming assistance CBC Gem in the earlier working day than it experienced in the preceding five months, the general public broadcaster claimed in an electronic mail.

Spokeswoman Tanya Koivusalo mentioned CBC also prepared to re-air the documentary Wednesday on television.

Tunes streaming expert services Apple Tunes and Amazon Music also both equally explained they were spotlighting Lightfoot’s audio on their applications on Tuesday. An Amazon New music spokesperson said the tunes streaming assistance has viewed a additional than 750 per cent maximize in streams of Lightfoot’s tunes globally considering the fact that the artist’s passing. 

Stinson said Lightfoot’s get the job done resonated so deeply with audiences, especially in his dwelling nation, due to the fact his words served men and women truly feel connections “to the background of Canada.”

“They are moved by them fairly normally,” Stinson reported.

“The new music seriously indicates so significantly to the people.”

This report by The Canadian Press was initially revealed May perhaps 2, 2023.

Sammy Hudes, The Canadian Press