- He begins work as a
and dancer on CBC's Country Hoedown, and would continue working there
for more than two years.
- Became interested in folk
music through listening to Bob Gibson and in particular, the Weavers At
Carnegie Hall album.
- Around this time he
switched from the 4-string tenor guitar to the conventional 6 and
12-string guitars. Within a year he was proficient enough to
- As a member of the Two Tones, Lightfoot undertakes a series of
recording sessions in Toronto. (Read
- Plays drums for a revue
called Up Tempo '61. He plays under the pseudonym Charles
- The first Mariposa Folk
Festival is held. The Two Tones are not invited because they are
deemed to be too commercial!
- Lightfoot makes his US
debut at La Cave in Cleveland, sharing the bill with Jose Feliciano.
- In January he records a
live album at Toronto's Village Corner as a member of the folk duo, the
Two Tones, with partner Terry Whelan. (Read
Remember Me (I'm The One)
reaches the top 10 on the Canadian charts.
- Appeared in Orillia in
January at a teen dance at the Pavalon Club with a Toronto singing
group called the Dovermen.
- In April Lightfoot
- Hosted 8 one-hour summer
replacement shows in England for the BBC called "Country And Western."
influenced by Dylan. Although he'd written 75 songs prior to that
they didn't contain an "identity." His writing now begins to
He writes Early Morning
Rain on a hot summer afternoon.
Ian & Sylvia come to
Steele's Tavern in Toronto to hear Lightfoot and come away very
impressed. They eventually record some Lightfoot songs which
leads to Lightfoot
being signed by the influential Albert Grossman management agency
from New York.
Peter, Paul and Mary's
recording of For Lovin' Me reaches the US top 20.
Lightfoot plays the
Toronto Teacher's College. The significance of this show was that
it marked the first time he had done an entire show of his own
December, he records the
tracks for his debut album for United Artists in a New York Studio.
Appears at the
Folk Festival and is there when Dylan goes "electric". (Read More...)
Lightfoot makes the 18
hour train trip to Moosenee in northern Ontario on the shore of James
Bay and the journey inspires Steel Rail Blues.
When Lightfoot was signed
to WB's in 1965 a party was held for him at Steele's Tavern - sandwiches courtesy of
WB's, beer courtesy of Steele's.
He lived for a time in
Detroit near Wayne State University at Joni and Chuck Mitchell's
apartment and performed at area clubs like Chess Mate.
Makes an appearance on
Marty Robbins' recording
of Ribbon Of Darkness spends 7 months on the C&W charts, reaching
#1, and wins the ASCAP writer-publisher award.
Red Shea and John
Stockfish are recruited as Lightfoot's touring and recording band. (Read
In November he makes his
New York debut at the Town Hall.
On November 13, the
Yarmouth Castle catches fire and sinks off of Miami.
In January, Lightfoot! is
released by United Artists.
In February he draws
Varsity Stadium in Toronto.
In February he completes
city tour of the British Isles with Ian & Sylvia, beginning at the
De Montfort Hall in Leicester and finishing up at the Fairfield Hall in
In May he completes a
successful run at Toronto's Riverboat coffeehouse. (Read More...)
Lightfoot is commissioned
by the CBC to write a song about the building of the Canadian railway
for Canada's centennial. The result is of course, Canadian
- On New Year's day,
Lightfoot debuts the Trilogy across the country on the CBC-TV special,
- In January, he completes
a month-long engagement at the Riverboat.
- In March, Lightfoot plays
two sold-out concerts at Massey Hall.
- In the spring, The Way I
Feel is released.
- A Lightfoot special is
aired on CBC on March 18.
- In March, two more
sold-out performances at Massey Hall.
- Did She Mention My Name
- Lightfoot makes a
"writng" trip to England where he composes poetry and the songs that
will comprise his next album.
- In May, he makes his
Francisco appearance at the SF State College Folk Festival.
- Lightfoot does a spring
tour of Ontario.
- Lightfoot plays a week
engagement at the Cellar Door in Washington DC.
- Lightfoot does 9 concerts
with Peter, Paul and Mary at venues such as the Hollywood Bowl.
- Lightfoot records Back
Here On Earth in Nashville in September.
- Appears at the Troubadour
in LA and the Fillmore in San Francisco.
- Back Here On Earth is
- Lightfoot appears at a
sold-out concert at the University Of Toronto.
- Appears for a second time
at New York's Town Hall, this time as the headlining act. (Read More...)
Early Morning Productions
are formed to manage Lightfoot's affairs, with Al Mair hired as general
Four Massey Hall concerts
are recorded in March and are released later in the year as Sunday
Lightfoot records in
Nashville in April but no tracks are ever released from these
sessions. These became known as the "33rd Of August" sessions,
Mickey Newbury song that was recorded during them.
Appears as a solo act for
the first time on a British stage with an appearance at London's Royal
Festival Hall. (Read
In November, Lightfoot
signs with Warner Brothers Records to record on their Reprise label,
signalling the end of the 60's and his United Artists years.