Gordon Lightfoot, the Canadian singer-songwriter best known for songs like “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Early Morning Rain,” and “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” has died at the age of 84. The troubadour’s death was announced in a statement posted on his Facebook page. Last month, Lightfoot canceled his U.S. and Canadian tour dates due to a health issue. No cause of death has been revealed.
Born in Orillia, Ontario on Nov. 17, 1938, Lightfoot started performing while he was still in grade school. In 1960, Lightfoot kicked off his music career when he joined Swinging Eight. During the ’60s, Lightfoot became known as a talented songwriter whose songs were covered by Elvis Presley, Peter, Paul and Mary, Judy Collins and Bob Dylan Later that decade, he signed a management contract with Albert Grossman, who also worked with Dylan.
He released his debut album, Lightfoot!, in 1966. Lightfoot! had two of his most popular songs, “For Lovin’ Me” and “Early Mornin’ Rain.” Four years later, he released Sit Down Young Stranger, which had “If You Could Read My Mind.” The song was his first hit in the U.S., peaking at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100….