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‘The Legend Lives On’ when Gordon Lightfoot performs at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on May 19

‘The Legend Lives On’ when Gordon Lightfoot performs at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on May 19
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From a press release:

It was announced today that legendary Canadian folk singer/songwriter Gordon Lightfoot will perform at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on Friday, May 19 at 8 p.m.

Tickets, which are $37 for regular seating or $42 for premium seating, go on sale this Friday, Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. and will be available at and all Ticketmaster outlets, the Penn’s Peak box office (325 Maury Rd., Jim Thorpe), and Roadies Restaurant and Bar (325 Maury Rd., Jim Thorpe). Penn’s Peak box office and Roadies Restaurant ticket sales are walk-up only; no phone orders.

After 50 active years of hit song making and international album sales well into the multi-millions, it’s safe to say that esteemed musician Gordon Lightfoot resides with some very exclusive company atop the list of all-time greats. His song catalog is incredibly vast and includes such immortals as “Early Morning Rain,” “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Carefree Highway,” “Sundown,” “(That’s What You Get) For Lovin Me,” “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” “Canadian Railroad Trilogy,” “Ribbon of Darkness,” “Beautiful,” “Song for a Winter’s Night,” and “Rainy Day People,” to name a few.

But this year is special for the legendary artist, who has announced plans for a cross-country U.S. tour entitled “Gordon Lightfoot in Concert: The Legend Lives On.” The tour will feature his well-known hits as well as some deep album cuts for the diehard fanatics, all of which are woven together with some of Lightfoot’s own behind-the-scenes stories and personal anecdotes about his historic 50-year musical career. The event is sure to be a great thrill for live audiences and anyone who enjoys hearing great music and seeing a living legend in person.

Lightfoot has recorded 20 albums and has five Grammy nominations. His songs have been aired regularly for 50 years, earning him radio singles chart positions in North America achieved by few others. Lightfoot’s radio hits in the United States have earned five No. 1s, five Top 10s, and 13 Top 40 hits. In Canada, he has earned 16 No. 1s, 18 Top 10s, and 21 Top 40 hits.

Aside from his success in writing, singing, and performing his own songs, Lightfoot has found fortune in having his songs recorded and performed by other great artists, including Bob Dylan; Elvis Presley; Johnny Cash; Hank Williams, Jr.; Marty Robbins; Jerry Lee Lewis; Judy Collins; Johnny Mathis; Anne Murray; Olivia Newton-John; Sarah McLachlan; Barbra Streisand; Peter, Paul and Mary; Harry Belafonte; Jane’s Addiction; Richie Havens; Glen Campbell; Toby Keith; and George Hamilton IV.

In June 2012, Lightfoot’s legacy was further enhanced when he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Lightfoot was honored for his role in defining the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and ’70s. There are fewer than 400 inductees who make up the impressive roster enshrined in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, including Barry Mann, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Hal David and Burt Bacharach, John Fogerty, Bob Dylan, Isaac Hayes, Carole King, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Sir Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Brian Wilson, James Taylor, James Brown, Bruce Springsteen, Jim Croce, Phil Collins, Loretta Lynn, Jimmy Webb, Van Morrison, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, Diane Warren, Garth Brooks, Leon Russell, and Leonard Cohen.

In his native Canada, Lightfoot has been decorated with the highest honors bestowed to a civilian, including the Governor’s General Award and the Companion to the Order of Canada honor of merit. He has also won 17 Juno Awards, Canada’s equivalent to the Grammy Awards. Lightfoot is a member of Canada’s Walk of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2007, Canada Post honored him by issuing an official Gordon Lightfoot postage stamp. Lightfoot is also in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. He is an indelible part of the Canadian national spirit and regarded as perhaps the most prolific and greatest Canadian singer/songwriter of all time.