One of the leading singer/songwriters of the 1960s and '70s, Gordon Lightfoot is Canada's most successful contemporary folk artist, establishing himself as an important songwriter in the mid-'60s and becoming a major international recording star in the following decade. Lightfoot's songs are literate but down to earth, and deal with personal matters as well as global issues in a manner that's poetic yet accessible, and his rich, strong voice is a superb vehicle for his material, though his songs are versatile enough that many artists have enjoyed success with his tunes. His albums of the '60s established his reputation as a strong songwriter in the contemporary folk style, but the richer, more mature approach of 1970's If You Could Read My Mind made him an international star, while 1974's Sundown and 1976's Summertime Dream solidified ...
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