The Lightfoot Years
from Toronto Life March 1995
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HE WAS only twenty-eight, still in the early morning of his career. Peter Paul and Mary had recorded one of his songs, "For Lovin' Me'" two years earlier. Another, "Ribbon of Darkness" had become a hit for Marty Robbins. And local radio stations were playing his own recording of "I'm Not Saying." Like other folk singers of the day, his natural habitat was the coffeehouse, where a hundred people was a crowd. He'd performed before larger audiences at folk festivals. but it was a long way from a farmer's field north of the city to Massey Hall, with its 2.500 seats The date was March 31, 1967. The concert was sold out. Did it cross his mind that night. even before he walked onstage, that it might become an annual event? Or did the idea take form the following year, when he sold out not one concert but two? In any case, he's been turning up at Massey Hall almost yearly-he missed a few along the way-ever since. This will be this twenty-fifth stand, and this time there will be six performances, from March 16 to 25. It seems almost a matter of routine now, like the opening of baseball season. But who would have predic ted so long a run in I967? Not The Globe andMail. ' critic whose April I review of Gordon Lightfoot's first appearance at Massey Hall concIuded with this unfortunate observation: "Lightfoot is in danger of becoming one of the sacred Canadian cows. But if something doesn't happen soon, he is merely being fattened for extinction"
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