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Gordon Lightfoot Height, Weight, Age, Death, Family, Biography

Gordon Lightfoot Quick Info
Height 6 ft
Weight 70 kg
Date of Birth November 17, 1938
Zodiac Sign Scorpio
Date of Death May 1, 2023

Gordon Lightfoot was a Canadian musician, singer, songwriter, and guitarist who is regarded as Canada’s greatest songwriter. He helped define the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and 1970s and some of his fans included musicians like Robbie Robertson and Bob Dylan. Gordon Lightfoot’s discography consists of albums like Lightfoot!Did She Mention My Name?The Way I FeelBack Here on Earth, Endless Wire, Sit Down Young Stranger (a.k.a. If You Could Read My Mind), Old Dan’s Records, East of Midnight, Summer Side of LifeSummertime Dream, Don QuixoteSundown, Salute, Cold on the ShoulderDream Street Rose, ShadowsA Painter Passing ThroughWaiting for YouHarmonySolo, and Gord’s Gold.

Born Name

Gordon Meredith Lightfoot Jr.

Nick Name

Gordon

Gordon Lightfoot as seen while performing at a concert in Interlochen, Michigan in 2009
Gordon Lightfoot as seen while performing at a concert in Interlochen, Michigan in 2009 (Arnielee / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0)

Age

He was born on November 17, 1938.

Died

On May 1, 2023, Gordon Lightfoot died of natural causes at the age of 84 at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Sun Sign

Scorpio

Born Place

Orillia, Ontario, Canada

Residence

He resided in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Nationality

Canadian

 

Occupation

Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist

Family

  • Father – Gordon Lightfoot Sr. (Owner of a local dry cleaning business)
  • Mother – Jessie Vick Trill Lightfoot
  • Siblings – Beverley (1935-2017) (Older Sister)
  • Others – George Lightfoot (Paternal Grandfather), Emma Jane Swartz (Paternal Grandmother), John Trill (maternal Grandfather), Ethel Kate Woods (Maternal Grandmother)

Manager

Gordon Lightfoot was signed with Early Morning Productions, Inc., Production Company, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Genre

Folk, Folk Rock, Country, Pop

Instruments

Vocals, Guitar

Labels

United Artists Records, Reprise Records, Warner Bros., Linus, True North Records

Net Worth

According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, his net worth was $40 Million.

Build

Slim

Gordon Lightfoot at Apex Records luncheon, c. 1965
Gordon Lightfoot at Apex Records luncheon, c. 1965 (Toronto History / Flickr / CC BY 2.0)

Height

6 ft or 183 cm

Weight

70 kg or 154.5 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Gordon Lightfoot had dated –

  1. Brita Ingegerd Olaisson (1963-1973) – He got married to a Swedish woman named Brita Ingegerd Olaisson in April 1963 and they had 2 children – a son named Fred (b. Feb 1, 1964) and a daughter named Ingrid (b. December 31, 1965). The duo divorced in 1973 with his infidelity being one of the reasons. He later acknowledged that his musical touring and the fact that he found fidelity difficult in a long-distance relationship were the reasons for the failure of at least 2 of his relationships.
  2. Cathy Smith – He got romantically involved with occasional backup singer, rock groupie, drug dealer, and legal secretary Cathy Smith in the early 1970s. The violent relationship inspired his songs Sundown and Rainy Day People.
  3. Elizabeth Moon (1989-2011) – He married Elizabeth Moon in 1989 and they had 2 children – Miles and Meredith. Gordon and Elizabeth divorced in 2011.
  4. Kim Hasse (2014-2023) – On December 19, 2014, he married his 3rd wife Kim Hasse at Rosedale United Church in Toronto. They remained together until his death in 2023.

Note – He also fathered 2 children – Gaylen McGee and Eric Lightfoot – out of wedlock.

Race / Ethnicity

White

Gordon Lightfoot was of English, Cornish, German, and Irish descent.

Hair Color

Slat and Pepper

Eye Color

Blue

Sexual Orientation

Straight

Distinctive Features

Distinctive baritone voice

Religion

Christianity

Gordon Lightfoot as seen while playing his twelve-string guitar at Massey Hall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 2008
Gordon Lightfoot as seen while playing his twelve-string guitar at Massey Hall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 2008 (Piedmontstyle / en.wikipedia / CC BY 3.0)

Gordon Lightfoot Facts

  1. In January 1966, he released his debut album titled Lightfoot! and it included songs like The First Time Ever I Saw Your FaceRibbon of DarknessChangesRich Man’s SpiritualThe Way I Feel, Sixteen Miles (To Seven Lakes), Long RiverFor Lovin’ Me, Pride of ManI’m Not Sayin’Peaceful Waters, and others.
  2. Gordon Lightfoot was a lifelong fan of the professional ice hockey team Toronto Maple Leafs.
  3. In 1986, he was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
  4. He was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in 1998 and into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.
  5. He was made a Companion of the Order of Canada (the country’s highest civilian honor) in May 2003.
  6. Lightfoot received the Golden Plate Award from the American Academy of Achievement in 2022.
  7. His biographer Nicholas Jennings said, “His name is synonymous with timeless songs about trains and shipwrecks, rivers and highways, lovers and loneliness.”

Featured Image by Arnielee / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0

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