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Gordon Lightfoot performs March 17 at The Cap
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Gordon Lightfoot takes the stage March 17 at Capitol Theatre.
CLEARWATER – Multiple Grammy nominee Gordon Lightfoot will perform Friday, March 17, 8 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater.

After 50 active years of hit song making and international album sales well into the multi-millions, it’s safe to say that Lightfoot resides with some very exclusive company atop the list of all-time greats.

His song catalog is incredibly vast and includes such immortals as “Early Morning Rain,” “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Carefree Highway,” “Sundown,” “(That’s What You Get) For Lovin Me,” “The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald,” “Canadian Railroad Trilogy,” “Ribbon of Darkness,” “Beautiful,” “Song For A Winter’s Night” and “Rainy Day People.” Lightfoot was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Tickets start at $49. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.a­tthec­ap.co­m.

Lightfoot has recorded 20 albums and has five Grammy nominations. His songs have been aired regularly for 50 years, earning him radio singles chart positions in North America achieved by few others. Lightfoot’s radio hits in the United States have earned five No. 1 hits, five Top 10 hits and 13 Top 40 hits. In Canada, he has earned 16 No. 1 hits, 18 Top 10 hits and 21 Top 40 hits.

Aside from his success in writing, singing and performing his own songs, Lightfoot has found fortune in having his songs recorded and performed by other great artists. His songs have been recorded by musicians such as Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Jr., Marty Robbins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Judy Collins, Johnny Mathis, Anne Murray, Olivia Newton-John, Sarah McLachlan, Barbra Streisand, Peter Paul & Mary, Harry Belafonte, Jane’s Addiction, Richie Havens, Glen Campbell, Toby Keith, George Hamilton IV and Eric Clapton.

In June of 2012, Lightfoot’s legacy was further enhanced when he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. Lightfoot was honored for his role in defining the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and ‘70s. There are fewer than 400 inductees who make up the impressive roster enshrined in the Songwriters Hall of Fame including Barry Mann, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Hal David and Burt Bacharach, John Fogerty, Bob Dylan, Isaac Hayes, Carole King, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Sir Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Brian Wilson, James Taylor, James Brown, Bruce Springsteen, Jim Croce, Phil Collins, Loretta Lynn, Jimmy Webb, Van Morrison, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, Diane Warren, Garth Brooks, Leon Russell and Leonard Cohen.

In his native Canada, Lightfoot has been decorated with the highest honors bestowed to a civilian including the Governor’s General Award and the Companion to the Order of Canada honor of merit. He has also won 17 Juno Awards – Canada’s equivalent to the Grammy Awards.

Lightfoot is a member of Canada’s Walk of Fame and The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2007, Canada Post honored him by issuing an official Gordon Lightfoot postage stamp. Lightfoot is also in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.

Lightfoot is an indelible part of the Canadian national spirit and regarded as perhaps the most prolific and greatest Canadian singer-songwriter of all time.

This year is special for the legendary artist, who has announced plans for a cross-country U.S. tour that will feature his well-known hits as well as some deep album cuts for the die-hard fanatics. All of the music presented on stage will be woven together with some of Lightfoot’s own behind-the-scenes stories and personal anecdotes about his historic 50-year musical career. The event is sure to be a great thrill for live audiences and anyone who enjoys hearing great music and seeing a living legend in person.

It was 2004 when music icon Gordon Lightfoot last delivered a new song to fans, but this past November, the song “Plans of My Own” was released worldwide.

The song, recorded in 2001, is a sentimental story about moving on to new things. It was recorded solo, featuring Lightfoot’s signature voice and classic finger-picking style on 12-string acoustic guitar. It’s classic Lightfoot, with an addictive melody.

In addition to the release of “Plans Of My Own,” last year Warner Music Group re-released a limited edition of the 1976 super-classic album “Summertime Dream” on 180-gram vinyl.
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