This year I was asked by Warren Spitz member of the Tiff board to come and help. Warren was the Chair of Tiff fund raising gala Night That Never Ends ( more on that later ), and I was knighted by Warren as Chair of VIP Talent for the gala.
One of the people who performed at the Gala Night That Never Ends was a Canadian legend of music, Gordon Lightfoot. I was walking around and then I saw this guy with some very slick shoes on walking to the stage, and I thought to myself “WOW”, this is going to be a real treat.
Gordon Meredith Lightfoot, Jr. CC OOnt (born November 17, 1938) is a Canadian singer-songwriter who achieved international success in folk, folk-rock, and country music, and has been credited for helping define the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and 1970s. He has been referred to as Canada’s greatest songwriter and internationally as a folk-rock legend.
Lightfoot’s songs, including “For Lovin’ Me”, “Early Morning Rain”, “Steel Rail Blues”, “Ribbon of Darkness”—a number one hit on the U.S. country charts with Marty Robbins’ cover in 1965— and the 1967 Detroit riot-generated “Black Day In July” brought him international recognition in the 1960s. He experienced chart success in Canada with his own recordings, beginning in 1962 with the Number 3 hit “(Remember Me) I’m the One”. Lightfoot’s recordings then made an impact on the international music charts as well in the 1970s, with songs such as “If You Could Read My Mind” (1970) (Number 5 on the US charts), “Sundown” (1974), “Carefree Highway” (1974), “Rainy Day People” (1975), all reaching number 1, and “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” (1976) (reaching number 2).
Shaun Marq of Boy and Doll Pr had set up his VIP gifting lounge at the gala, and it was here that Gordon Lightfoot came and checked out the Jarrell guitars. Gordon Lightfoot loved the guitar, and stated it was a great sounding feeling guitar and got to take one home.
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