Monday, July 27, 2015

Monday Music: Ring Them Bells (Gordon Lightfoot)

Gordon Lightfoot has had a long and successful career as a singer-songwriter. An early contributor to the folk music scene in the 1960s, his hits included "Early Morning Rain,"For Loving Me," and Canadian Railroad Trilogy." In the 1970s he had hits on the Billboard Pop charts with "If You Could Read My Mind," "Sundown," and "Carefree Highway," among others. He continued to record and perform through the 1980s and 1990s, recording this Dylan song in 1998.

"Ring Them Bells" was first recorded by Bob Dylan on the album, "Oh Mercy" in 1989. It has been feature on this blog twice before with Ron Sexsmith, Sheryl Crow, and Elvis Costello in a post titled, T.S. Elliot and Bob Dylan Ring the Bells; and later with a young artist named Hope Waits.

Lightfoot had a life threatening aortic aneurism in 2002 and a light stroke in 2006, but has continued to perform. His most recent recording was "All Live" in 2012.


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