World Hunger Benefit 1977

By Wayne Francis

DETROIT, MI  Olympia - Oct. 17, 1977

Of all the benefit concerts Lightfoot has given over the years 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 taking turns doing 2 or 3 songs at a time 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 he greatly 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".

The remainder of Lightfoot's portion of the show included If Children Had Wings; Don Quixote; Partners; If You Could Read My Mind; Songs The Minstrel Sang and I'm Not Supposed To Care.