Detroit, MI
Olympia - October 17, 1977

by Wayne Francis

Of all the benefit concerts Lightfoot has given over the years (refer to FAQ for a further listing) one of the most interesting had to be the October 1977 benefit he participated in at Detroit's Olympia Stadium before a crowd of 17,000.  The proceeds benefited World Hunger Year which Harry Chapin was directly involved in. 

The concert consisted of Lightfoot, James Taylor, Harry Chapin and John Denver doing acoustic sets backed only by Terry Clements.  As a testament to Clements' tremendous abilities, he played with each of the headliners with very little time to rehearse and by all reports he enhanced each of the performer's sets.  Lightfoot said of Clements' contribution, "He's so quick to learn a song that I brought him down to add a little bit of acoustic lead guitar for all of us.  He made us all sound better." 

The show was performed from John Denver's revolving stage. 

Lightfoot and Denver sang a moving, harmonized rendition of "Irish Lullaby" in salute to Bing Crosby who had died the week before and they were rewarded with an extended standing ovation for their efforts.  Another top highlight of Lightfoot's set was an acoustic rendition of "The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald."