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Has Gordon Lightfoot Died?-No, this was a hoax.

alanabit 18 Feb 10 - 02:55 PM
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Subject: Has Gordon Lightfoot Died?
From: alanabit
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 02:55 PM

This unwelcome piece of news has just been reported.


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Subject: RE: Has Gordon Lightfoot Died?
From: Amergin
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 02:59 PM

It says story not available.


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Subject: RE: Has Gordon Lightfoot Died?
From: SINSULL
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 03:01 PM

Two papers are carrying the news. Dead at 71.


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Subject: RE: Has Gordon Lightfoot Died?
From: alanabit
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 03:01 PM

It has just been taken down again this minute. Let's hope it was just a false alarm.


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Subject: RE: Has Gordon Lightfoot Died?
From: Amergin
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 03:02 PM

Every site I checked the stories are no longer available.


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Subject: RE: Has Gordon Lightfoot Died?
From: Amos
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 03:05 PM

Gordon Lightfoot: 1938-2010

By Donna Hopper
SooToday.com
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Ontario-born folk music legend Gordon Lightfoot passed away Wednesday night, fellow musician and friend Ronnie Hawkins confirmed today.

Famous for timeless folk hits, including If You Could Read My Mind, Sundown and Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, Lightfoot is credited with influencing the careers Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and countless other contemporaries.

Lightfoot was in the midst of a North American tour and was scheduled to play dates in Ontario, Nova Scotia and Quebec in the coming months.

The SooToday.com video below shows Lightfoot during his visit to the Essar Centre last year.

For more on this breaking story, please go to your preferred online or broadcast source ...

(From http://www.sootoday.com/content/news/full_story.asp?StoryNumber=44784)


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Subject: RE: Has Gordon Lightfoot Died?
From: pdq
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 03:05 PM

Gordon Lightfoot: 1938-2010
      By Donna Hopper

SooToday.com
Thursday, February 18, 2010

Ontario-born folk music legend Gordon Lightfoot passed away Wednesday night, fellow musician and friend Ronnie Hawkins confirmed today.

Famous for timeless folk hits, including If You Could Read My Mind, Sundown and Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, Lightfoot is credited with influencing the careers Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and countless other contemporaries.

Lightfoot was in the midst of a North American tour and was scheduled to play dates in Ontario, Nova Scotia and Quebec in the coming months.

The SooToday.com video below shows Lightfoot during his visit to the Essar Centre last year.

For more on this breaking story, please go to your preferred online or broadcast source for entertainment news.


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Subject: RE: Has Gordon Lightfoot Died?
From: alanabit
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 03:07 PM

From another site.

    Canadian Music Icon, Gordon Lighfoot has died.

    Lightfoot who played Sault Ste. Marie last year and who's career has span over 6 decades passed away today confirms a friend close to the singer songwriter.

    Gordon Lightfoot was born on November 17, 1938 in Orillia, Ontario, Canada. His parents recognized and encouraged his interest in music; his first appearance At Massey Hall in Toronto, now a revered standard in his tour schedule, was just before he turned 13, as the winner of a competition for boys with unchanged voices according to a published biography on the entertainer.
    Source:http://www.soonews.ca
(copy-pasted from the link from Alanabit. -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Has Gordon Lightfoot Died?
From: Amergin
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 03:07 PM

I'm also finding reports stating this is a hoax.


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Subject: RE: Has Gordon Lightfoot Died?
From: alanabit
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 03:08 PM

Thank goodness. I hope you are right Amergin, in which case I apologise for posting and will ask Joe Offer to delete this thread.


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Subject: RE: Has Gordon Lightfoot Died?
From: Amergin
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 03:11 PM

I grew up on his music....I hope it's a hoax too.


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Subject: RE: Has Gordon Lightfoot Died?
From: alanabit
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 03:13 PM

My apologies to all concerned. I have e-mailed Joe and asked him to delete this thread.


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Subject: RE: Has Gordon Lightfoot Died?
From: Amos
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 03:13 PM

James Adams

Toronto — Globe and Mail Update Published on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010 3:05PM EST

Bernie Fielder, Gordon Lightfoot's long-time friend, some-time publicist and road manager, said at 2:40 p.m. ET that the singer-songwriter was very much alive and in Toronto. Indeed, he claimed Lightfoot's secretary had spoken with the artist "just a half-an-hour ago."

Mr. Fiedler claimed in a phone conversation that the death report was "a prank" originating as "a Twitter coming out of Ottawa." He indicated a media release might be issued soon putting the rumour of Mr. Lightfoot's death to rest.

Mr. Fiedler also has been Lightfoot's concert promoter and tour organizer.


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Subject: RE: Has Gordon Lightfoot Died?
From: Amergin
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 03:14 PM

Who ever started it should be lynched.


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Subject: RE: Has Gordon Lightfoot Died?
From: alanabit
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 03:15 PM

Better news.


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Subject: RE: Has Gordon Lightfoot Died?-No, this was a hoax.
From: Joe Offer
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 03:16 PM

I'd rather not delete this thread. I'm sure the question will arise many times over the next few days, so I have given the thread a new title.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Has Gordon Lightfoot Died?-No, this was a hoax.
From: Little Hawk
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 03:23 PM

In other words, it's just as bogus as the similarly unfounded rumours about Chongo's death which were spread recently on this forum by Amos. People who spread these kind of rumours should definitely be subjected to cruel and unusual punishment...such as being thrown naked into a pit of famished miniature Dachshunds.


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Subject: RE: Has Gordon Lightfoot Died?-No, this was a hoax.
From: Beer
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 03:27 PM

Some good news for a change. Thank goodness he is a live and doing fine. Bastards who do these things.
Beer (adrien)


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Subject: RE: Has Gordon Lightfoot Died?-No, this was a hoax.
From: Amergin
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 03:29 PM

LH, what would the dachsunds do? Lick him to death?

I use to torture my sister that way...hold her down while my mother's dachsund licked her face.


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Subject: RE: Has Gordon Lightfoot Died?-No, this was a hoax.
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 03:32 PM

I doubt Gordon would respond in person, but should he elect to do so, I assume his response might be "Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated," a la Mark Twain.

Why do people engage in this macabre stuff? Is it for Andy Warhol's "thirty minutes of fame?" Bad show.


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Subject: RE: Has Gordon Lightfoot Died?-No, this was a hoax.
From: olddude
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 03:34 PM

I am sorry to report that I passed away last night. I was clubbed to death by a blond lady who mistook me for Tiger Woods. I am setting up a link where you can donate funds to my wake ... I will let you know of the arrangments later :-)


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Subject: RE: Has Gordon Lightfoot Died?-No, this was a hoax.
From: Amos
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 03:40 PM

Little Hawk:

More perfervidf rhetoric!! You know perfectly well the story of Chongo demise by explosion of an IED outside of Kandahar was merely a report of the best information available at the time, necessarily qualified by the fog of war. No-one knew at the time he had escaped by hiding in a culvert and then easily disguising himself as a mangy camel.


A


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Subject: RE: Has Gordon Lightfoot Died?-No, this was a hoax.
From: meself
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 03:47 PM

So some moron "twitters" some nonsense, and our major Canadian newspapers jump all over it, without so much as picking up the phone .... My faith in the media establishment grows by leaps and bounds daily:


The National Post and other Canwest newspaper websites including the Vancouver Sun, Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette and Calgary Herald all erroneously reported today that Lightfoot was dead, quoting his longtime friend Ronnie Hawkins.

Now, the Post is attributing the report to an Internet hoax that was started on Twitter, reportedly by someone from Ottawa.

CP24.com has traced the story back to Canwest political reporter David Akin, who "made a well-circulated post on Twitter that the singer had died, quoting anonymous sources close to Lightfoot."


- from http://www.sootoday.com/content/news/full_story.asp?StoryNumber=44784, linked above


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Subject: RE: Has Gordon Lightfoot Died?-No, this was a hoax.
From: mousethief
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 03:55 PM

It's another result of the news cycle tightening down. It used to be 24 hours, you would learning the news ever 24 hours when you got the paper or watched the evening news.

Then came the morning news and the news cycle shrank to a (lopsided) twelve hours.

Then came around-the-clock CNN, and the news cycle was shortened to 10 to 15 minutes.

Then with twitters and Facebook and so on, the news cycle is constant. Any given news story can be picked up and published instantly in hundreds of "respectable" outlets (and thousands not so respectable).

So when a news outlet gets a story they have to decide very rapidly whether to go with it or get scooped. Which leads them to make not-entirely-well-advised decisions. If the story is real we want to be first off the line with it. Can we afford the time to check it out and make sure it's real? Nah. Let's just roll with it.

And most of the time it works. But with twitter &c., it's going to become less and less so, and we'll get more and more of these little embarrassments.

O..O
=o=


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Subject: RE: Has Gordon Lightfoot Died?-No, this was a hoax.
From: gnu
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 03:59 PM

Perhaps a CLONE could put "hoax" at the beginning of the title, please? I near shat.
    Hi, gnu - if you're working off an unrefreshed menu, you may not have noticed that I already put "hoax" in the title.
    -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Has Gordon Lightfoot Died?-No, this was a hoax.
From: meself
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 04:13 PM

Little embarrassments are one thing - trouble is, some of the nonsense they're so quick to report has long-lasting political and social effects. For instance, if certain reputable news sources report, "Moslem father kills daughter because she refuses to wear hijab", and two days later say, "Um, well, there was a little more to the story than that, and maybe we shouldn't have based our entire report on what the first kid that came out of her school that day told us", all anyone seems to remember years later is the original version ... (actual case, by the way) ....


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Subject: RE: Has Gordon Lightfoot Died?-No, this was a hoax.
From: mkebenn
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 04:28 PM

Alanabit, thank you for posing this as a question rather tan an "obit" Mike


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Subject: RE: Has Gordon Lightfoot Died?-No, this was a hoax.
From: Little Hawk
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 05:19 PM

Amergin - You'd be surprised how sharp their teeth are and how very strong their jaws are too. Miniature Dachshunds, that is. They can deliver a very nasty bite. I fear that a pit full of them would prove quite deadly, provided they were sufficiently aroused.


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Subject: RE: Has Gordon Lightfoot Died?-No, this was a hoax.
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 05:35 PM

Well, I'm really pleased that Gordon is still with us. Gives us longer to treasure him. So much a part of my growing up, life his music was..

Here he is from November last year, with the very beautiful 'Song For A Winter's Night'..

Gordon - Youtube


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Subject: RE: Has Gordon Lightfoot Died?-No, this was a hoax.
From: GUEST,999
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 08:18 PM

'"I'm fine, everything is good. I don't know where it comes from. It seems like a bit of a hoax or something," ... "I was quite surprised to hear (it) myself"'

From the Globe and Mail five hours ago.


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Subject: RE: Has Gordon Lightfoot Died?-No, this was a hoax.
From: Bert
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 08:40 PM

...provided they were sufficiently aroused... They might hump him to death!


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Subject: RE: Has Gordon Lightfoot Died?-No, this was a hoax.
From: Little Hawk
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 09:01 PM

Well, yes...that's another possibility.


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Subject: RE: Has Gordon Lightfoot Died?-No, this was a hoax.
From: open mike
Date: 19 Feb 10 - 03:58 AM

he did have a close call a few years back that caused him to slow down and not perform for a couple of years....he was rushed to a hospital either during or after a show in Orillia , if memory serves me right..here are the details..
In 2002 a near-fatal medical emergency left Lightfoot in a coma for six weeks. In November of 2004, In November, he made his long-awaited return to the concert stage with two sold-out benefit shows in Hamilton, Ontario. On September 14, 2006, while in the middle of a performance, Lightfoot suffered a minor stroke that eventually left him without the use of the middle and ring fingers on his right hand. He returned to performing nine days later and for a brief time used a substitute guitarist for more difficult guitar work. Since early 2007, however, Lightfoot has regained full use of his right hand and plays all of the guitar parts in concert as he originally wrote them. He has continued to perform well into 2009.

While a tour was being planned for 2008, Lightfoot's manager, Barry Harvey, died at age 56 on 4 December 2007. In late 2009, Lightfoot undertook a 26 city tour.


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Subject: RE: Has Gordon Lightfoot Died?-No, this was a hoax.
From: MikeL2
Date: 19 Feb 10 - 05:33 AM

Hi lizzie

Many thanks for you link to Gordon's Song for a Winter Night.

I have it on vinyl !!! somewhere - I do have most of Gordon's stuff on CD's as well so I am not totally ancient....lol

I saw Gordon live a couple of times way back when he toured over here in the UK.

I rate him highly and on that tour he had Red Shea with him on guitar. Red ,who I only found out the other day from another Gordon thread here at Mudcat, passed away in 2007.

My own particular favourite of Gordon's is Canadian Railroad Trilogy.

regards

MikeL2


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Subject: RE: Has Gordon Lightfoot Died?-No, this was a hoax.
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 19 Feb 10 - 05:51 AM

I was clubbed to death by a blond lady who mistook me for Tiger Woods

Was the club a wood or an iron? We need to know these things. Hopefully it wasn't a mashie niblick. It would take too long...

DeG


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Subject: RE: Has Gordon Lightfoot Died?-No, this was a hoax.
From: Little Hawk
Date: 19 Feb 10 - 09:36 AM

I also died. It happened last week. I'm still not sure what the cause of my death was, but the peculiar thing about it is that everything seems so much the same!

That being the case, I don't really get what all the fuss is about...


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Subject: RE: Has Gordon Lightfoot Died?-No, this was a hoax.
From: Rapparee
Date: 19 Feb 10 - 11:31 AM

See LH? It proves Hell exists and you were bad bad boy.

I suspect that Gordon Lightfoot would know more about his death (and sooner!) than a reporter.


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Subject: RE: Has Gordon Lightfoot Died?-No, this was a hoax
From: Ed T
Date: 19 Feb 10 - 11:53 AM

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/gordon-lightfoot-very-much-alive/article1473102/


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Subject: RE: Has Gordon Lightfoot Died?-No, this was a hoax.
From: Little Hawk
Date: 19 Feb 10 - 11:55 AM

This can't be hell. I have not been forced to watch old episodes of "Three's Company" or listen to Rap music.


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Subject: RE: Has Gordon Lightfoot Died?-No, this was a hoax.
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 19 Feb 10 - 12:34 PM

I always liked Paul McCartney's response when asked about rumors of his death. He said "I'm sure if it were true I'd be the last one to know about it."
Another favorite response was after Carey Grant was reported to have died. His studio recieved a telegram saying "how old Carey Grant?" To which Grant had them reply "Old Carey Grant fine. How you?"


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Subject: RE: Has Gordon Lightfoot Died?-No, this was a hoax.
From: frogprince
Date: 19 Feb 10 - 01:47 PM

Hey, where there's smoke there's fire! Do you really think I'm going to give more creedance to a bunch of yahoos on an internet forum who say he's alive than to mainstream media sources who say he's dead?


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Subject: RE: Has Gordon Lightfoot Died?-No, this was a hoax.
From: MikeL2
Date: 19 Feb 10 - 02:37 PM

hi lonesome


.............and wasn't it Mark Twain who said something like the rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated ??

cheers

MikeL2


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Subject: RE: Has Gordon Lightfoot Died?-No, this was a hoax.
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 20 Feb 10 - 01:18 PM

Whew! What a relief. I remember weeping over Wreck of Edmund Fitzgerald as a young teen.

I still have hopes of seeing him perform live.


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