Gordon Lightfoot’ Summer Side of Life. It’s trying so hard to be nice out, that i thought I’d give us another Gord with some summer folk today. Is it sunny where you are?
The album stats: Summer Side of Life is Canadian singer Gordon Lightfoot‘s seventh original album, released in 1971 on the Reprise Records Label. The album continued the sound Lightfoot established on Sit Down Young Stranger and that would serve him well throughout the first half of the 1970’s. The album reached #38 on the pop chart. “Summer Side of Life” peaked at #98 on the pop singles chart while “Talking in Your Sleep” peaked at #64. The singles reached #21 and #19 respectively in Canada.
All compositions by Gordon Lightfoot.
- “10 Degrees and Getting Colder” – 2:43
- “Miguel” – 4:12
- “Go My Way” – 2:13
- “Summer Side of Life” – 4:05
- “Cotton Jenny” – 3:26
- “Talking in Your Sleep” – 2:56
- “Nous Vivons Ensemble” – 3:45
- “Same Old Loverman” – 3:21
- “Redwood Hill” – 2:48
- “Love and Maple Syrup” – 3:13
- “Cabaret” – 5:45]
Every major musician has adored Gord. Here’s a wiki clip of his popularity and achievements:
Some of Lightfoot’s albums have achieved gold and multi-platinum status internationally. His songs have been recorded by some of the world’s most renowned recording artists, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Jr., The Kingston Trio, Marty Robbins, George Hamilton IV, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Barbra Streisand, Johnny Mathis, Viola Wills, Richie Havens, The Dandy Warhols, Harry Belafonte, Tony Rice, Sandy Denny (with Fotheringay), The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, Scott Walker, Sarah McLachlan, John Mellencamp, Toby Keith, Peter, Paul and Mary,Glen Campbell, Anne Murray, The Irish Rovers and Olivia Newton-John.
Robbie Robertson of The Band declared that Lightfoot was one of his “favourite Canadian songwriters and is absolutely a national treasure.” Bob Dylan, also a Lightfoot fan, called him one of his favourite songwriters, and in an often-quoted tribute to his fellow songwriter, Dylan once observed that when he heard a Gordon Lightfoot song he wished “it would last forever.” Lightfoot was a featured musical performer at the opening ceremonies of the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary, Alberta. He received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree (arts) in 1979, and the Companion of the Order of Canada—Canada’s highest civilian honor — in 2003. On February 6, 2012, Lightfoot was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.