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Bulletin! Gordon Lightfoot Lives!

03:01 PM Thursday 2/18/10 | |

Despite rumors to the contrary, Canadian singer/songwriter Gordon Lightfoot says he’s very much alive.

You can chalk up Lightfoot’s affirmation that he’s still with the living to news reports that began surfacing today claiming he had passed on to the Great Beyond.

  • Gordon Lightfoot

    Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte, NC
    May 7, 2009

    (Keith Hauck / RockinTheCarolinas.com)

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“I’m fine, everything is good,” Lightfoot told Canadian all-news radio station CP24. “I don’t know where it comes from. It seems like a bit of a hoax or something.”

“I was quite surprised to hear (it) myself.”

According to the Canadian Press, premature reports of Lightfoot’s death began circulating earlier today when the Canwest news service posted an item claiming he had died.

Other media outlets quickly ran with the story. One account even contained a quote from singer Ronnie Hawkins confirming the artist’s demise.

But after learning the reports were bogus, Hawkins told reporters that he heard the rumor from his management, which in turn heard it from someone claming to be Lightfoot’s grandson.

“Oh what a dirty, sick joke that is, but I’m glad it was a sick joke and not the truth,” Hawkins said.

Click here for the Canadian Press report.


Comments

  1. Big Dick Gozinya wrote:

    01:09 PM, Feb 19, 2010

    I can only say that I'm ecstatic that the rumour was false. Though I'm all but certain he doesn't read these comments, I do want to say this. One day, a rumour such as this, will in fact be true, and I don't want that day to come without saying the following....

    The joy and pleasure that Gordon Lightfoot's music has brought to my life, is immeasurable. He probably has no idea what he's meant to the lives of so many people, both musicians, as well as "civilians."

    He's one of the reasons that I ever got into the music business in the first place, many years ago. I was married to a Canadian gal (may she Rest In Peace, always), who turned me on to a song called "Bitter Green," and showed me how to play it on the guitar (the first song I ever learned), and the rest, as they say, is history. I've been hooked on Gordon ever since that day in the late 1960's, early 70's, and have never looked back. His vocals, lyrics, and what a band, a match made in Heaven. He is a true story teller. Close your eyes, listen to the songs, and watch it all unfold.

    Mr. Lightfoot, thank you. Thank you for the music, which got me through some very difficult times, and entertaining me in more "normal" times of my life. I hope I can see one of your show's in person one day.

    Be Well

    Jim Crouch

    Nashville, TN

  2. Umpire wrote:

    04:17 PM, Feb 18, 2010

    I saw him in concert in San Juan Capistrano on October 20, 2009.  He sounded GREAT.  Performed 27 songs................................

    www.rockandrollcollection.com



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