- 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 in Orillia.
- Lightfoot cuts his first
record. His sister Bev accompanies him on piano and they get it
on the first take. 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
- 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
- He makes his network
radio debut, singing with a group called the Teen Timers.
- 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,
encouragement and the rest, as they say, is history!
- His barbershop quartet
finishes second in an Ontario competition.
- 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.