SiriusXM remembers Gordon Lightfoot with classic interviews, programming

Gordon LIghtfoot

Canada’s own legendary singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot passed away on Monday. He was 84.


Top of the Country Radio, Iceberg, and North Americana are playing classic music from Gordon Lightfoot every hour to celebrate his life.

SiriusXM Iceberg put together Gordon Lightfoot: A Retrospective, a look back at Lightfoot’s career, featuring an interview with the man himself. You can hear it on the SXM App.


This morning on The Bridge, Peter Mansbridge shared his own thoughts and memories about the beloved musician.

Over the years, Lightfoot stopped by SiriusXM for a number of interviews, including a 2019 sit-down with Mary Sue Twohy on SiriusXM’s The Village channel. Listen to the interview today (May 2) at 11 am ET or on the SXM App by searching “Gordon Lightfoot.”

SiriusXM Canada Talks 167 will also celebrate Lightfoot’s memory all day with interviews, music, and more:

Hear Eric Alper and Arlene Bynon remember Gordon Lightfoot on The Arlene Bynon Show on the SXM App.

Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, Order of Canada recipient and 11-time JUNO Award-winning artist Murray McLauchlan joined Canada Now with Jeff Sammutt to talk about Gordon Lightfoot. Hear it on the SiriusXM App now.

The iconic Andy Kim remembered his friend Gordon Lightfoot with Allison Dore and Cassandra Bielas on The Breakdown, which you can hear on the SiriusXM App.

A Life

Gordon Lightfoot’s passing comes less than a month after he cancelled his 2023 US and Canada concert schedule because of “health-related issues.”

Born in Ontario in 1938, Lightfoot began singing as a child in church and later learned both piano and guitar as a teenager. He moved to California in 1958 to study jazz composition and orchestration before returning to Canada a couple of years later and spending time in the UK in the 1960s.

Lightfoot found success on the U.S. pop charts in 1970 with “If You Could Read My Mind.” That track also earned the artist his second of four Grammy nominations, that one for best male pop vocal performance.

His 1976 ballad about the sinking of a Great Lakes cargo ship, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” reached #2 on the Billboard charts.

In 1986, he was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and in 2003 was made a Companion of the Order of Canada, among many other honours.

To paraphrase one of his greatest songs, Gordon Lightfoot’s legend will live on.