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"I was of course going through some emotional trauma leading up to a separation, so that of course manifested itself in that particular song on that particular afternoon"
If You Could Read My Mind
  • Year Inducted: 2003
  • Written In: 1969
Gordon Lightfoot Songwriter
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Aurora UK
Connie Kaldor
Johnny Mathis
Olivia Newton-John
Stars on 54
Barbra Streisand
If You Could Read My Mind has been covered over 100 times since 1969.

It became an international success in 1971 and stormed into the Billboard charts Top 10. For a man that had written the entire If You Could Read My Mind album in an empty house, working seven days a week, 12 hours a day for an entire month, the success was well deserved. Lightfoot’s tireless dedication paid off when the recording yielded the best sales numbers of his career to that point – 350,000 albums sold and 750,000 singles of If You Could Read My Mind sold – and catapulted him onto the international scene. In 1975, Lightfoot re-recorded the song to reflect his current musical style for the album Gord’s Gold. The song enjoyed renewed success when it underwent a disco metamorphosis for the film 54 starring Neve Campbell, Ryan Phillippe and Mike Myers.

If You Could Read My Mind (Gordon Lightfoot) - performed by Blue Rodeo
"If You Could Read My Mind", written and composed by Gordon Lightfoot, was performed by Canadian country rock band Blue Rodeo at the 2003 CSHF Induction Gala.
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