Gallo Center Presents Gordon Lightfoot Today
Singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, whose career has spanned 50 years and produced numerous #1, Top 10 and Top 40 hits, including "If You Could Read My Mind," Carefree Highway" and "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," will appear at the Gallo Center for the Arts at 7:30 pm tonight, September 30.
Tickets for the concert are priced from $25 to $65, and may be purchased online at GalloArts.org, by calling (209) 338-2100, or from the Gallo Center ticket office at 1000 I Street in downtown Modesto.
As a songwriter as well as a performer, Lightfoot virtually defined the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and 1970s. His songs have been recorded by artists including Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Johnny Mathis, and Barbra Streisand, among others. In June 2012, Lightfoot was inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame, joining contemporary inductees such as Hal David and Burt Bacharach, Carole King, Paul Simon, Sir Elton John, BrIan Wilson, and Kris Kristofferson. He also has been decorated with the highest honors that can be bestowed to a civilian in his native Canada, including membership in Canada's Walk of Fame.
Gordon 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 USA have earned Five #1s, Five Top 10s and 13 Top 40 hits. In Canada he has earned 16 #1s, 18 Top 10s 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 including: 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 and George Hamilton IV.
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.