- Born November 17 in Orillia,
Ontario, Canada to Gordon Sr. and Jessica Lightfoot.
- At age five, he makes his performing
debut, singing I'm A Little Teapot at St. Paul's United Church Sunday School
- Lightfoot cuts his first record,
Irish Lullaby on a machine in the prinipal's office at school, accompanied
by Mrs. Murphy on piano. The school principal plays the record over the school's
PA on parent's day.
- Lightfoot begins piano lessons
and voice study under Ray Williams in Orillia.
- The ten year old Lightfoot
wins second place in an amateur show at the Orillia Opera House, sponsored
by a local radio station. He sang "Bless This House".
- Lightfoot makes a 78 rpm record
of "The Lord's Prayer."
- Wins first place in his under
13 vocal class at the Toronto Kiwanis Festival, singing Alpine Song and Under
The Greenwood Tree. He finished third in the unchanged voices class.
- Wins first place again at the Toronto Kiwanis
Festival in the soprano unchanged voices class. He made his first appearance
on the Massey Hall stage that year where he sang his winning performance,
a 19th century song called "Who is Sylvia". (Read More...)
- Lightfoot's first barbershop quartette the
Collegiate Four is getting booked in places like Midland, Toronto and Sarnia.
- He makes his network radio
debut on the Dominion Barn Dance with his foursome.
- Collegiate Four enters and wins first place on CBC's Pick The Stars in
- Forms a group called the Teen Timers, his first meeting with Terry Whelan.
- Lightfoot writes his first song. It's
a topical song titled, The Hula Hoop Song. He presents it to a publisher
in Toronto and while it wasn't accepted, he received encouragement and the
rest, as they say, is history!
- Lightfoot is enlisted to sing and play drums
in the Charie Andrews Orchestra a local dance band.
- Lightfoot and Terry Whalen
change the Teen Timers from a foursome to a duo and rename the group the
- Attends the now defunct Westlake
College of Music in Los Angeles. The knowledge he gained would prove very
valuable to him in his songwriting endeavors for the remainder of his career.
- At Westlake Lightfoot sings in a vocal group called the Four Winds doing
- The Four Winds sing on a local Los Angeles TV show hosted by Bobby Troup
of (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 fame.
- In the fall of 1958, home from Westlake, Lightfoot moves to Toronto.
- Working in a bank by day, Lightfoot and Whelan as the Two Timers find gigs
at places like Bloor Street's Collegiate Club.