Gordon Lightfoot: Black Day in July

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songwriter: Gordon Lightfoot

performed by: Gordon Lightfoot

date released: 1968 by Gordon Lightfoot

Born in Orillia, Ontario, in 1938, Gordon Lightfoot is regarded as a national treasure in the genre of ballads in Canadian music. As a youth, singing in a choir encouraged emotion and confidence in his young voice. As a teenager, he learned to play the piano and later, he taught himself to play drums and other percussive instruments. Playing the guitar was soon added to his many natural talents. Later, he moved to California where he studied jazz and orchestraton for two years and jammed with many American luminaries in the folk and jazz genres.

Lightfoot returned to Canada in 1960 and began his professional singing career with various groups; as well, developing a talent for songwriting. His first big hits as a songwriter came for the group, Peter, Paul and Mary in 'In the Early Morning Rain' and 'For Lovin' Me'. He went on to write hit songs for other well-known artists.

Between 1965 and 1969, Lightfoot recorded his own songs which consistently placed in Canada's Top 40.

Gordon Lightfoot's awards and honours are numerous: sixteen Juno Awards; ASCAP awards for songwriting; five nominations for Grammy Awards; and induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1986 as well as the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2003, he was made Companion of the Order of Canada, citizenry's highest honour. In addition, Lightfoot is also a member of the Order of Ontario, the province's highest honour.
















songwriter: Gordon Lightfoot

performed by: Gordon Lightfoot

date released: 1968 by Gordon Lightfoot

Born in Orillia, Ontario, in 1938, Gordon Lightfoot is regarded as a national treasure in the genre of ballads in Canadian music. As a youth, singing in a choir encouraged emotion and confidence in his young voice. As a teenager, he learned to play the piano and later, he taught himself to play drums and other percussive instruments. Playing the guitar was soon added to his many natural talents. Later, he moved to California where he studied jazz and orchestraton for two years and jammed with many American luminaries in the folk and jazz genres.

Lightfoot returned to Canada in 1960 and began his professional singing career with various groups; as well, developing a talent for songwriting. His first big hits as a songwriter came for the group, Peter, Paul and Mary in 'In the Early Morning Rain' and 'For Lovin' Me'. He went on to write hit songs for other well-known artists.

Between 1965 and 1969, Lightfoot recorded his own songs which consistently placed in Canada's Top 40.

Gordon Lightfoot's awards and honours are numerous: sixteen Juno Awards; ASCAP awards for songwriting; five nominations for Grammy Awards; and induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1986 as well as the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2003, he was made Companion of the Order of Canada, citizenry's highest honour. In addition, Lightfoot is also a member of the Order of Ontario, the province's highest honour.
















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Quiz #: 2800
Recorded by Canadian artist, Gordon Lightfoot, Black Day in July documents the race riots in Detroit in 1967.
Quiz by: Sharon Michiko Yoneda
High Intermediate

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